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Pay-TV industry driving hundreds of millions in energy efficiency

The voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates has saved American consumers approximately $168 million in energy bills, according to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report conducted by D&R International.

Customers to AEP, Duke Energy: Down with coal

According to the telephone poll of 526 Ohio electricity customers, 75 percent said they would deny AEP's rate request to pay for extra costs associated with continuing to generate electricity from existing power plants.

FPL customers saving $6.8B and counting

According to FPL's filing with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), a typical 1,000-kilowatt-hour residential customer bill will decrease nearly $2 a month beginning in January 2015. At the same time, typical business customers are expected to see a roughly 1 percent decrease, depending on rate class and type of service.

ERV helps utilities meet energy efficiency mandates

Many electric and gas utilities offer rebate programs to encourage the use of ERV. These utilities then reap the benefits of the resulting peak load reductions, operating cost savings, and, ultimately, compliance with mandates encouraging the use of energy-efficient equipment.

Litigation tactics tainting federal rulemaking

"Sue and settle" continues to be an attractive vehicle for regulation, because it is difficult for states and industries to intervene in these lawsuits and plaintiffs are often compensated for their attorneys' fees, incentivizing litigation, but the use of this type of litigation can be abused.

Consumer viewpoints on sustainability

The Shelton Group, a marketing communications firm focused on the sustainability and energy-efficiency sectors, has found that consumers' environmental attitudes are improving, but green purchases and behaviors are on the downturn-- and concluded that the economy may be responsible.

AEP, Columbia Gas promoting energy-efficient homes

AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio are using Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores to promote energy-efficient homes in the state, as part of their EnergyCrafted Program. The program calls for building homes that surpass local building codes and meet a higher standard of energy performance.

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.