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Solar Industry Gets Boost in Iowa

Karen Henry

A divided Iowa Supreme Court ruled that Eagle Point Solar would not violate Iowa law by selling energy it generates through a solar panel installation on the roof of a city building to the city of Dubuque, according to an article in the Des Moines Register. Solar industry leaders celebrated the victory, calling such power   …Continue Reading

US Puts Forward Legislation to Support Power Africa Initiative

Karen Henry

As of 2010, 68 percent of the sub-Saharan Africa population did not have access to power. For the majority of people who do have access to power, services are highly unreliable and remain at least twice as expensive compared to other emerging regions. In June 2013, President Obama announced Power Africa—an initiative to double the   …Continue Reading

AEMA: States, Consumers, Industry Rally for Demand Response Appeal

Karen Henry

In response to a US Circuit Court decision to vacate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 745, state utility regulators, electric grid operators, demand response providers, industrial consumers and consumer advocates all filed a request for a rehearing en banc, expressing strong support for all types of demand response as a valuable resource to the   …Continue Reading

House Passes Energy Efficiency Bills

Karen Henry

The US House of Representatives recently passed two bills to increase energy and cost savings for federal agencies and schools and support the production and use of hydropower. H.R. 4801, the Thermal Insulation Efficiency Improvement Act, will help identify opportunities for federal agencies to use energy and water more efficiently, according to an article in   …Continue Reading

New California Title 24 Energy Standards Affect Lighting

Linda Hardesty

Today, the 2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24) take effect. Digital Lumens says updates to the standards include mandated lighting controls, such as daylight harvesting and occupancy sensing for non-residential environments. Digital Lumens adds that its Intelligent LED Lighting System meets the new requirements and: Each fixture has a fully integrated occupancy sensor and   …Continue Reading

DOE Issues Final Rule on Water Heater Test Procedure

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule regarding the test procedure for residential water heaters and certain commercial water heaters so that it better represents real-world conditions. Under the final rule, a uniform descriptor will be established that can be applied to all residential water heaters and to certain   …Continue Reading

Legrand Lays Out Regulatory Landscape for High Performance Buildings

Linda Hardesty

  Legrand published a white paper that lays out all the major standards related to high-performance buildings in the United States. Legrand’s paper “A Guide to the Building Performance Landscape,” reviews the wide array of initiatives that influence or impact the creation and evaluation of high performance buildings in the US, which is evaluated and   …Continue Reading

ASHRAE BEQ Program Qualifies for Florida Rating System

Karen Henry

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 7147, which qualifies ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient (BEQ) as an energy rating option for Florida buildings. The provisions in the bill amend a 2013 Florida law specifying requirements for energy ratings for all residential, commercial and state-owned buildings. ASHRAE commended the state of Florida, saying that the first   …Continue Reading

DOE Releases Stronger Energy Efficiency Standard for Furnace Fans

Kirsten Korosec

The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled a stronger energy efficiency standard for furnace fans that is projected to cut carbon pollution up to 34 million metric tons by 2030. The carbon pollution reduction is the equivalent of the annual electricity use of 4.7 million homes. The measure will also save more than $9 billion in electricity bills   …Continue Reading

Online Tools Track Energy Policy

Karen Henry

Staying on top of state energy policy involves navigating legislative and public utility commission websites state by state and keeping track of information manually with lists and spreadsheets. Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) aims to change that with the launch of PowerSuite, an integrated set of online tools for tracking energy legislation and regulatory proceedings across   …Continue Reading

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