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.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) research and development, along with experts from SMUD's Savings by Design program are helping environmental services and information technology company Synectics to realize 80 percent savings on their energy bills. Synectics and SMUD are collaborating on a new approach to more efficiently manage climate control in the office-- a warehouse Synectics is repurposing for use as office space.
This year, the Environmental Defense Fund's EDF Climate Corps of fellows has uncovered $130 million in potential energy savings. Since 2008, when the program began, more than 300 organizations have worked with EDF Climate Corps fellows to uncover energy savings in their own operations, including utilities and energy providers like Pacific Gas and Electric, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, New Jersey Resources, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, Southwestern Energy, TXU Energy, and Washington Gas.
California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed California Assembly Bill 2581, which would have improved the process by which the California Energy Commission (CEC) considers energy-efficiency requirements for electronics and other products and equipment by requiring it to take into consideration the most current data prior to rulemaking, among other things. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and others have advocated for the bill and are disappointed by the veto.
The Green Bay Packers have made energy-efficiency upgrades to Lambeau Field-- with the help of Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy-- that will save the organization more than $100,000 on their energy bill.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has proposed a plan for promoting clean energy development after the current authorization of the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) programs end in 2015. The Clean Energy Fund is just one component of the strategy to bridge the transition from the current portfolio of clean energy programs to the new Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) market and required regulatory framework.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a series of executive actions to expand the deployment of renewable energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions in a combined effort to bring the U.S. closer to its clean energy future. The actions include new energy-efficiency standards and a final determination strengthening commercial building codes.
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) has been recognized with the New Jersey Association of Energy Engingeers' Project of the Year award for its $3.7 million energy-energy efficiency effort at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Trinitas' CEO says that the energy efficiency improvements have allow the medical center to not only improve operations in terms of energy and cost savings, but has also allowed them to direct more resources to patient care.
With the average U.S. commercial building wasting 30 percent of the energy paid for by its owners, the potential to reduce energy waste is attractive to utilities, building professionals, members of the energy industry and business owners alike. Driving the cause is an increase in energy management and information systems (EMIS), which synthesize and display a building's energy use data, allowing occupants to leverage the information to make positive improvements in how they manage their energy use.