Policy

An Interesting Summer for PACE

Carl Weinschenk

PACE programs are potent financing vehicles for commercial and residential upgrades and retrofits. Not everybody is happy with how they operate and are marketed, however.


Technology Evolves – And So Do Incentive and Grant Programs

Carl Weinschenk

Delaware has upgraded a key energy efficiency grant program. The goals are to increase the sophistication of elements that deal with LEDs and help businesses see the broader energy efficiency landscape.


Zero Net Energy Initiatives Taking Root

Carl Weinschenk

It’s no surprise that California is the leading state in creating buildings that generate as much or more energy than they use. The Golden State is not alone, however.


The Feds Double Down on Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

The Obama Administration has implemented more energy efficiency rules and regulations than any previous administration. Though momentum will slow if the next administration doesn’t push as hard, other factors will drive energy efficiency forward no matter who is in the Oval Office.


Fort Collins, CO, to Mandate Utility Cost Disclosure

Carl Weinschenk

Fort Collins, CO, soon will flip the switch on its Building Energy Scoring and Disclosure program. The Coloradoan says that the program will provide people looking for apartments and houses with a better idea of what they will pay in utility bills. The sign that the program is about to go live is that the   …Continue Reading


PACE Loan Program in Pulaski County, AK

Carl Weinschenk

A Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan program has been introduced in Pulaski County, AR, according to Arkansas Online. PACE financing allows business and home owners to finance energy efficiency steps such as the installation of solar panels and new insulation by a line item on their tax bill. The story says that state law   …Continue Reading


Behind the Meter Podcast: Pushing Sustainability, Efficiency with Green Leases

Carl Weinschenk

Leases present a unique set of challenges to energy efficiency and renewable energy proponents. For instance, aligning the beneficiary with the party paying for improvements can be tricky. In the big picture, however, green leases can be a winner all around. Last month, the Institute for Market Transformation and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better   …Continue Reading


Bill Introduced to Give Businesses and Homeowners a Tax Credit for Energy Storage Use

Ken Silverstein

US. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has co-sponsored the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act, a bipartisan bill to establish investment tax credits (ITC) for business and home use of energy storage.


The Hunt for Reforming Energy Markets

Matt Rennie

In both developed and emerging markets, the challenges faced by governments and utilities to balance demand and cost while improving services are often the catalyst for energy reform.


Nuclear Giant Exelon Wants to Invest in Wind Energy in Ohio

Ken Silverstein

Exelon Corp is installing wind at a rapid pace, with 47 projects in 10 states — a total of 1,191 megawatts. It’s the 12th largest wind producer in the country, reports the Columbus Business Journal. Nearly 4 percent of its electricity portfolio comes from wind generation, it adds, noting that nuclear makes up two-thirds of it.