Boston remains the top U.S. city for energy efficiency – receiving 84.5 out of a possible 100 points in the third edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released on May 10 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. That’s an improvement of 2.5 points over its score in the 2015 study.
The University of Tennessee spent almost $900,000 in 2007 to send its trash to a landfill. At that time, campus-wide recycling represented 9 percent of total waste. Ten years later, UT spends less than $400,000 a year transporting trash – saving a full $500,000 annually – and recycles about 30 percent of total waste, UT Recycling Manger Jay Price told the Knoxville News Sentinel on May 2.
U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (R-New York) and Mark Takano (D-California) launched the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus in Congress last week, joined by executives from utilities, developers, and manufacturers of storage technologies – including representatives of the Energy Storage Association, AES Energy Storage, S&C Electric, Stem, and National Grid.
Ingersoll Rand, a diversified industrial company based in Davidson, North Carolina, shared progress this week toward its global Climate Commitment – a pledge made by the organization in 2014 at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and UN Climate Summit to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations and product portfolio.
Senate Finance Committee Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and his colleagues introduced a Clean Energy for America Act on May 5 that includes technology-neutral tax credits for domestic production of clean electricity and clean transportation fuel, as well as performance-based tax incentives for energy-efficient homes and office buildings. These credits are open to all resources, including fossil fuels that capture carbon or make efficiency improvements.
The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages; announced on May 4 that it has joined Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) – the largest electric utility in Illinois, serving the Chicago and Northern Illinois area – in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support the study and development of new energy efficiency programs, smart streetlights, and community and residential solar; and other infrastructure projects.