On March 21, the national business group, Advanced Energy Economy, testified before Ohio’s House Public Utilities Committee hearing on House Bill 114 – a bill that AEE said “is considered worse for the advanced energy industry than House Bill 554,” which was vetoed Governor John. Kasich (R) last year.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to cost-effectively shifting businesses, communities, and institutions to energy efficiency and renewables – issued a request for proposals (RFP) on March 14 to develop 16.75-MW of community-scale solar generation on behalf of six rural electric cooperatives based in eastern Colorado.
Since they began focusing attention on energy efficiency at the turn of the century, the Marshall County Schools have saved more than $7 million through a cost avoidance program targeted at utilities. The green initiative benefits the nearly 4,000 students in the area’s 11 public K-12 academic institutions, according to a March 20 report by the local Wheeling (West Virginia) News-Register.