Vermont House Passes Backup Bill on Energy Efficient Appliances

Vermont House Passes Backup Bill on Energy Efficient Appliances

The Vermont House approved a bill (HB-411) on March 22 that would put energy efficiency standards for residential, commercial, and industrial appliances into effect in Vermont if Congress or the White House were to eliminate national Energy Star standards, the Vermont Digger reported.

Clean Energy Advocates Say Ohio’s HB114 Would Squander $10B in Market Opportunities

Clean Energy Advocates Say Ohio’s HB114 Would Squander $10B in Market Opportunities

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.

Report: Cap-and-Trade Proceeds Are ‘Clearing the Air’ in California

Report: Cap-and-Trade Proceeds Are ‘Clearing the Air’ in California

A report released on March 14 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Department of Finance details how investments from California’s cap-and-trade auction proceeds are delivering on their promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and boost the use of clean technologies throughout the Golden State.

Montana Utility Rate Kerfuffle Would Be Resolved by HB 475

Montana Utility Rate Kerfuffle Would Be Resolved by HB 475

A measure(HB 475) that would require the Montana Public Service Commission to review public utilities’ rates “at any time considered to be in the public interest” moved one step closer to clearing the Legislature on February 28, according to a report by the Helena Independent Record.

Passel of State Bills, Likely Backed by Oil Industry, Would Penalize EV Drivers

Since January, six states – Indiana, South Carolina, Kansas, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Montana – have introduced legislation that would require EV owners to pay a fee of up to $180 annually, according to a report released by the environmental advocacy group, Sierra Club.

Colorado General Assembly Ponders Measure Mandating More Transparency on Utility Bills

In the Colorado General Assembly, a measure (SB17-105) that would require investor-owned electric utilities – such as Xcel Energy, serving the Denver area; and Black Hills Energy, serving Pueblo – to provide their customers with a comprehensive breakdown of costs on their monthly bills passed … Read more…

Eneractive to Conduct Energy Audits for Big Apple’s Municipal Buildings

Eneractive to Conduct Energy Audits for Big Apple’s Municipal Buildings

The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has selected Eneractive Solutions to conduct audits and retro-commissioning projects on municipal buildings, the Edison Energy subsidiary announced on February 15.

GSEMNA Ordered by FERC to Pay $80M for Alleged Market Manipulation

GSEMNA Ordered by FERC to Pay $80M for Alleged Market Manipulation

On February 1, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order (Docket No. IN17-3-000) approving a settlement (158 FERC 61,105) between its Office of Enforcement and Houston-based power marketer GDF SUEZ Energy Marketing NA (GSEMNA) following an investigation into whether the retailer had violated the commission’s Prohibition of Energy Market Manipulation regulation between May 2011 and September 2013.

La Paz County Issues RFP for Large-Scale Solar Developers

La Paz County Issues RFP for Large-Scale Solar Developers

U.S. Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ-04) is leading a federal legislative effort (HR- 6491) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey land to La Paz County, Arizona, in order to form an economic development zone. The zone would be expected to attract utility scale solar developers – creating up to 1,500 MW of electrical power for use in Arizona and California, according to a report on February 16 by the Parker Pioneer.

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