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Early Retrofit Chicago results 'envy of every town in America'

Preliminary results of the Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings program-- Chicago's unique partnership to showcase energy efficiency efforts in the city's biggest buildings where dozens of the city's most recognizable buildings have pledged to reduce their energy consumption by 20 percent over five years-- are in. 

Research firm credits Obama for driving EV charging surge

Research and consulting firm GlobalData credits U.S. President Barack Obama as the catalyst for a surging electric vehicles (EV) charging market. The U.S. EV level 2 charging stations market is forecast to jump from $67 million in 2013 to approximately $947 million by 2020, driven by President Obama's target of one million EVs on roads by 2015, according to GlobalData.

U.S. corporations' renewable energy demand presents clear market opportunity

Utilities take note: 12 major U.S. corporations are sending you a message. They want more options for purchasing renewable energy.

PECO energy efficiency programs save 1.5M MWh of electricity

PECO customers have saved more than $350 million through the company's energy-efficiency programs, products and services, such as PECO Smart Ideas, since the programs launched in 2009-- a combination of over $220 million in energy savings and $130 million in rebates, discounts and incentives.

WWT encourages wells over aging water infrastructure

The Water Well Trust, a national nonprofit helping Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, has broken ground on its second project in Georgia. The existing water infrastructure is failing in Ben Hill County where the project is taking place, and the county cannot afford the estimated $600,000 for repairs.

Colorado Springs Utilities sells out Community Solar Garden before construction

Customers enrolled number more than 400 residential, governmental and commercial clients. Even more customers are on a waiting list for the next Colorado Springs project, which it hopes to build early in 2015.

Energy consumption of consumer electronics down since 2010

Despite their significantly higher market penetration in U.S. homes, consumer electronics (CE) amazingly account for a lower percentage of electricity usage per household than three years ago, according to research conducted by the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems on behalf of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The research attempts to quantify the electricity consumption of CE products, including televisions, game consoles, set-top boxes (cable, satellite, telco and stand-alone), computers and peripherals, computer speakers, monitors, home audio, smart phones, tablets and networking equipment.

DTE customers to see lifetime savings of $4.5B from energy efficiency programs

Customers who participated in DTE Energy's energy efficiency programs in 2013 collectively saved $512 million last year. Those programs will continue to pay off in lifetime savings of more than $4.5 billion, according to the company.

Consumers willing to spend more to save more

Ninety-eight percent of homeowners are trying to conserve energy in some fashion, to either help save money and/or protect the environment-- with 39 percent willing to walk around in their skivvies rather than spend the money to cool their home during the summer. 

CUB calls for probe of Illinois power market

The City of Chicago and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has formally requested a probe of the Illinois electric market. The move is unprecedented, prompted by reports of confusing offers from alternative suppliers, misleading pitches, and prices up to six times higher than the utility rate.