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Study: EmPower Maryland Will Save Customers $4B Over Life of Upgrades

Cheryl Kaften

Residential and business electric customers will save more than $4 billion over the life of energy efficiency improvements made through the EmPower Maryland program; according to results of a study (Research Report U1701) released on January 12 by the nonprofit research group, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).


Oregon ALJ Signs Off on Ground Rules For Energy Storage

Cheryl Kaften

The Public Utility Commission of Oregon, in compliance with HB 2193 – a state measure passed in June 2015 that directed the Commission to develop energy storage guidelines by January 1, 2017 –approved competitive bidding requirements and project ground rules on December 28 (Order No. 16-504)


Indiana Extends Energy Codes

Carl Weinschenk

Outgoing Indiana Governor Mike Pence in late December issued an executive order that extends the state’s energy codes for one year, according to the Indiana Business News. The Vice President Elect said in a statement that the move was a way to stave off the dangers of having no rules in place, which would have   …Continue Reading


Wyoming Legislators Covet a Cut of Federal ‘Windfall’

Cheryl Kaften

A joint resolution sponsored by State Senator Ogden Driskill (R-Devils Tower) and five other lawmakers in the Wyoming Legislature, which convenes its 2017 General Session today, urges the U.S. Congress to pass legislation granting states 50 percent for any rent or right-of-way fees for wind projects on federal land, according to a January 9 report by the Casper Star Tribune.


Customers Lose As Congress Fails To Renew Energy Efficiency Tax Breaks

Cheryl Kaften

The Alliance to Save Energy is calling on legislators to restore common-sense energy efficiency tax breaks for American consumers and businesses that Congress –“ like a Grinch,” the energy efficiency coalition said – allowed to expire on December 31.


Governor’s Association Says It Can Be a Catalyst For Grid Modernization

Ken Silverstein

The National Governor’s Association says that it can help facilitate grid modernization, which will take into account the market demand for clean energy and the state and federal policies that will encourage that use.


Corporate Community Will Spur Demand for New, Low-Carbon Technologies

Ken Silverstein

It is the corporate community that is spurring on the trend toward a low-carbon economy and the resulting investments in clean technologies — a catalyst that will create even more opportunities and progress.


California Energy Commission Votes on Computer and Monitor Rules

Carl Weinschenk

These devices consume huge amounts of electricity. The goal in The Golden State is to curb their appetites, a least a bit.


Keystone Pipeline Has Better Odds Now But Energy Managers Won’t See An Immediate Benefit

Ken Silverstein

The Dakota pipeline is now getting all the headlines. But sometime after President-elect Trump is sworn in, the Keystone XL Pipeline will be back in the news. What is Trump likely to do and how will this impact both environmental and energy managers?


State Utility Commissions Now Want Their Utilities To Improve Cybersecurity Efforts

Ken Silverstein

When Michigan utility commissioners issued an order to have their staff ensure that utilities are doing their utmost to prevent hacks, they did so out of fear that a cyber invasion could shut down the grid and hence cost the state millions of dollars in lost commerce. The move is a harbinger of things to come.