Energy Efficiency

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Smart technology could help government meet energy mandates

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.

Roanoke, North Arkansas first to receive EECLP loans

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. 

MA and CA still battling in energy-efficiency rankings

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: Don't believe the negative hype about U.S. energy

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. 

Green building rule promotes energy, water management

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.

SMUD saving customer 80 percent on commercial energy bill

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. 

Utilities, major retailers uncovering multi-millions in energy savings

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.  

Despite AB 2581 veto, there is still hope for CA consumer electronics efficiency

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. 

Green Bay Packers, WPS focus on energy

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.

Clean Energy Fund plan commits $5B to NY renewables

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.