Arizona has one the toughest sets of standards for utility energy efficiency programs in the country. But the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has proposed eliminating at least a portion of the requirements, specifically the mandate that utilities realize 22 percent in energy savings for their customers by 2020.
Superstorm Sandy demonstrated the need to proactively strengthen critical infrastructure so it is more resilient to extreme weather. A series of storm resiliency measures and energy-efficiency upgrades have been completed at New York's Coney Island Hospital in an effort to protect critical equipment from extreme flooding like what the hospital experienced in 2012 during Superstorm Sandy.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is poised to move ahead on its promise to adopt energy-efficiency standards for plug-in digital devices, including desktop computers, monitors, displays and other devices later this month. The recent publication of a research report by the University of California, Irvine for the CEC showing the large amounts of electricity wasted by computers in California demonstrates the economic burden, the undue waste and costs these devices place on consumers. New standards for these devices are long overdue.
Denver, Colorado has announced a plan that will unlock $1.3 billion in energy savings through a targeted effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the energy used by commercial and multi-family buildings. So far, 57 building owners have committed to benchmarking and measuring their performance.
Computers consume significant amounts of energy even when they are not in use, and computer users don't even realize it, meaning lost opportunities to save energy, according to the results of two studies commissioned by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and conducted by the California Plug Load Research Center.
The government has made strides in modernizing its infrastructure, as well as integrating and managing the latest technology, to meet its energy-efficiency targets. Access to better data and the ability to integrate that data into this new infrastructure and technology will be essential for federal agencies to build on their progress and meet their energy-efficiency and energy security goals.
Utilizing the same $6 billion in unsubsidized Treasury rate loans available each year through the RUS Electric Program, the new RUS Energy Efficiency & Conservation Loan Program (EECLP) offers non-profit utilities serving rural areas financing to make capital investments on the customer's side of the meter, such as energy-efficiency improvements, distributed renewable energy systems, and smart grid solutions, for the first time.
For the fourth year in a row, California continues to be edged out of the number one spot for the most energy-efficient state in the nation by Massachusetts. That is according to an annual ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which places Massachusetts first and California second in the country.
NRDC's second annual energy report, an extensive analysis of new government data on 2013 U.S. energy use, shows that optimizing the nation's energy use through efficiency continues to contribute more to meeting U.S. energy needs than any other resource, from oil and coal to natural gas and nuclear power.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a final rule establishing criteria for federal agencies that choose to employ green building rating systems. The rule, identified as RIN 1904-- AC13, covers new construction and major renovations of federal buildings, including certain residential construction, of $2.5 million or more beginning on October 14, 2015.