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Beazer Homes Wins Energy Star Award

Carl Weinschenk

Beazer Homes has received the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the company. The press release said that all of the homes it builds meet or exceed requirements established by the Energy Star program. The firm said that it has saved more   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Measure Passes the Senate and Would Improve Building Codes

Ken Silverstein

The United States Senate has voted to pass an energy efficiency measure that would help state and local governments implement effective building codes to allow them become more efficient — to use less energy, or about 25 percent less over the next 10 years. “The energy bill passed by the Senate moves the ball forward   …Continue Reading


New Energy Management System Reveals Issues & Opportunities

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by EnergyCAP. One month before Jason Laros stepped into the post of city energy manager for Tucson, AZ, the city began an energy management software acquisition process. At the time, the city’s energy office was employing interns to help crunch the numbers on the top 20–30 buildings in spreadsheets. Historical utility   …Continue Reading


Fort Hood Pushing Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Army is experimenting at Fort Hood, TX, on ways to increase the use of renewable energy resources, according to MyStatesman.com The story says that in January ground was broken on a massive solar farm that eventually will accommodate 63,000 solar panels on 132 acres, which is about the size of 100 football fields.   …Continue Reading


DoE Pushes Data Access, Other Efficiency Measures

Carl Weinschenk

Late last week, the Obama Administration announced a series of steps aimed at giving cities, utilities and businesses easier access to energy data and in other ways promoting energy efficiency. The press release says that: Eighteen utilities (serving more than 2.6 million commercial customers) will provide easier access to data by 2017. Thirty cities and   …Continue Reading


Exelon Intervenes in FirstEnergy Rate Case

Cheryl Kaften

In a filing (Docket No. 14-1297-EL-SSO) submitted to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on December 30, Exelon Generation (ExGen) – the largest operator of nuclear power plants in the United States – intervened in the ongoing, contentious FirstEnergy rate case – asserting that it could offer ratepayers a better deal. “I will show   …Continue Reading


Double Whammy: Texas City Challenges PUCT for Purview over REP

Cheryl Kaften

Houston-based AP Gas and Electric (APG&E), a retail energy provider (REP), filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) (Docket No. 45486) on December 30, requesting that a declaratory or other order be issued, “stating that the mayor of the city of McAllen … exceeded the city’s jurisdiction when hearing and ruling on [a]   …Continue Reading


PSE&G Residential Customers to Pay $124 Less This Winter

Cheryl Kaften

Following a September  announcement by Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) that it would reduce its basic gas supply rate to 40 cents per therm from 45 cents per therm, effective October 1; the Newark-based utility revealed just in time for Thanksgiving that it would provide bill credits of about 30 percent during the months   …Continue Reading


Think Energy Expands in Texas

Cheryl Kaften

Think Energy – a retail electricity provider (REP) that is a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ Energy Resources – announced on November 3 that the company has expanded into Texas. The retail provider, which serves residential and small commercial customers, has been providing electricity in the United States since its launch in 2011. With the addition   …Continue Reading


Careful Planning Key to Successful Energy Upgrades

Carl Weinschenk

Upgrading the energy efficiency of a building can save money, please the people who use the building and help the environment, but careful planning is necessary, according to a feature at Building Operating Management. The complexity of modern buildings means that multiple systems must be dealt with in an upgrade. The upgrades are complex and require   …Continue Reading


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