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State of the Union 2015: President Obama’s Remarks on Energy

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy compiled these comments from President Obama’s sixth State of the Union Address.

Governor Brown’s ‘Big Ideas’ for Energy & Climate

Jon Costantino

Governor Brown was sworn into office earlier this month and gave his fourth inaugural address, which also doubled as his State of the State (a rare double feature). Though he touched on a variety of other proposals, the Governor kept his laser focused on climate and energy issues. He proposed three carefully worded, but ambitious,   …Continue Reading

Senators Introduce Bills to Advance Renewable Energy in Nebraska

Karen Henry

Nebraska State senators will introduce five bills intended to advance the state’s renewable energy industry, KNOP-TV reports. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist’s bill would create a transferrable state production tax credit for renewable electric generation facilities. Nordquist says that Iowa and Oklahoma, which already offer a credit against state income tax for each kilowatt hour of electricity   …Continue Reading

Ohio Energy ‘Freeze’ Kills Wind Projects

Linda Hardesty

Ohio’s two-year “freeze” of its energy efficiency and renewables mandates is having a definite chilling affect on the wind industry, reports the Toledo Blade. In June 2014, Ohio’s Governor John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 310 that froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy mandates at 2014 levels until 2017. Based on research from The   …Continue Reading

Demand Response Policy Roundup

Linda Hardesty

An “Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering” prepared by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) highlights developments in retail demand response and time-based pricing activities since the agency’s 2013 report. • California. In a September 2013 Order Instituting Rulemaking, the California Public Utilities Commission launched a proceeding to consider several changes to demand response   …Continue Reading

Office Buildings and Schools to Save $15B with New DOE Standards

Noah Horowitz

On the very last day of 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent lights that will lower the electric bills of virtually every office building, school, and hospital across the country by $15 billion through 2030. The new DOE standards are a big deal as there are billions   …Continue Reading

Final Rules for Commercial Icemakers, Fluorescent Lamps

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy issued final rules for automatic commercial icemakers and general service fluorescent lamps. These rules mark the ninth and tenth standards finalized this year. The new rules will increase the energy efficiency of the ice machines in hotels and restaurants, as well as the long linear bulbs that light many offices,   …Continue Reading

Proposed Policy Would Require Portland Buildings to Report Energy Use

Karen Henry

Energy costs for commercial buildings in Portland, Oregon, are currently $335 million per year. The Portland Business Journal reports that the city is considering a policy that would require commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to track and report their energy use. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) introduced the proposal in a bid   …Continue Reading

IEA Issues Review of US Energy Policies

Karen Henry

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a review of US energy policies, stating that while the United States is in a strong position to deliver a reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy system, the country must establish a more stable and coordinated strategic approach for the energy sector than it has in the past. The   …Continue Reading

CNEE Releases Energy Legislation Year in Review

Karen Henry

With all but eight state legislative sessions closed for 2014, Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has released its 2014 Year in Review of State Advanced Energy Legislation. The paper includes the following highlights: Thus far in 2014, 430 advanced energy bills have become law. While the total number of enacted   …Continue Reading

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