Walmart, Others Seek to Back Out of Florida Energy-Efficiency Program

Karen Henry

Walmart and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, which represents large electricity users, have submitted a proposal to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) that would allow them to opt out of the state’s 35-year-old conservation program, South Florida’s NMC-2.com reports. The proposal would separate the energy-efficiency payments and the demand-side management programs that are   …Continue Reading

Energy Legislation Moves in Congress

Linda Hardesty

The US Congress is moving forward with three separate pieces of energy legislation. Rather than waiting for an end-of-the-year panic move, the US Senate Finance Committee cleared tax extenders legislation that, if passed by Congress, would extend and expand the Section 179D tax deduction for energy-efficient commercial buildings, the Production Tax Credit and the Business Energy   …Continue Reading

New Tariffs on Chinese Solar Cells Could Raise Costs for US Buyers

Sean Windle

In an effort to quell the dumping of Chinese solar products and provide US manufacturers with a more level playing field, the US Department of Commerce (DOC) has imposed new punitive tariffs on Chinese solar product manufacturers. The DOC’s July 8 ruling calls for antidumping duties as high as 259.9 percent and countervailing duties as   …Continue Reading

It’s Going to Take Time to Implement Tenant Star

Linda Hardesty

In April President Obama signed Senate Bill 535 – the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act – which, among other things, establishes a voluntary Tenant Star program to promote energy efficiency in rental property. Mahesh Tharoor, VP of Energy and Sustainability with Transwestern Sustainability Services, describes the process for Tenant Star to get off the ground. First, the Department   …Continue Reading

Ohio Wraps Up its SB 310 ‘Energy Mandates’ Committee

Samantha Williams

It would seem counterintuitive to freeze a state law that has reaped over a billion of dollars in financial rewards for consumers, added thousands of well-paying local jobs to a struggling economy, and protected public health by enabling significant reductions in climate change-causing carbon emissions. But that’s exactly what Ohio did in 2014. Last spring,   …Continue Reading

New Yorkers ‘Share’ Renewables

Linda Hardesty

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the approval of a Shared Renewables program (also referred to as community distributed generation), allowing residents and businesses to join together to share in the benefits of local solar, wind and other renewable energy projects. Each member’s production would appear as a credit on their monthly utility bill. The   …Continue Reading

Berkeley Enacts New Building Energy Saving Ordinance

Linda Hardesty

Effective December 1, 2015, Berkeley, California’s, Energy Saving Ordinance (Berkeley Municipal Code 19.81) will replace both the Residential and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinances (RECO and CECO). With BESO, the RECO/CECO requirements of installing energy and water efficiency improvement measures will no longer be required. Instead, BESO requires all buildings to complete building-specific energy assessments, as   …Continue Reading

Mass. Governor Proposes Hydropower Imports to ‘Stabilize’ Electricity Rates

Cheryl Kaften

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is proposing to gather a coalition of neighboring states to import cost-effective, carbon-reducing Canadian hydropower – all in an effort, he said on July 9, to “stabilize New England’s electricity rates while meeting the Commonwealth’s Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) goals.” With legislation introduced last week in the State Senate called   …Continue Reading

3 States Lead a Power Market Revolution

Karen Henry

California, Hawaii and New York are radically reforming their state regulatory processes, and eventually their energy markets, to accelerate the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) into the grid. Power market reforms in these states will enable dramatically increased solar and distributed energy penetration, improved reliability, lower costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, according to   …Continue Reading

Senators National Energy Policy Vision Leads to a Hopeful Future

Peter Lehner

Forty-five senators have sent a letter to the nation’s 50 governors with forward-thinking principles about what America’s energy future could look like. These senators argue that national energy policies should spur investment in our energy infrastructure to provide all Americans with affordable, reliable and cleaner energy, and cut carbon pollution to address the impacts of climate change   …Continue Reading