The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), RENEW Wisconsin and The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) have filed a request with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) to open an investigation into a petition filed by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) in an ongoing We Energies rate case. The same petition was filed in a Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) rate case.
ComEd has announced the winners in its Student Innovation Contest, which more than 60 student from colleges and universities across northern Illinois entered. The contest challenged students in the utility's service territory to envision products, services or software applications that leverage smart meter technology to help low-income customers better manage their electricity use and save money.
New York University (NYU) is stimulating the creation of clean energy companies with the launch of a certificate program to train experienced business professionals in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Clean Start program, supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will provide the foundation for 15 professionals interested in establishing companies in, or making a career change to, those growing fields.
The Water Well Trust has received a $140,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Household Water Well Systems program for a project to increase potable water availability to rural households in northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Energy Upgrade California, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the University of California's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory have named the winners of the CoolCalifornia City Challenge-- a competition among 10 California cities to reduce their carbon footprint and better manage energy use. Beginning April 1, 2014, the cities were judged based on the points earned by individual households, small businesses, and teams on the community by tracking their energy use and vehicle emissions.
The results of improvements made to Pepco Energy Services' Midtown Thermal Control Center (MTCC) operations in Atlantic City, including numerous energy-efficiency upgrades and an automated plant optimization application are in-- and are impressive.
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.
Pennsylvania has joined a growing number of states passing legislation or resolutions allowing for a comprehensive approach to state compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, as Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 2354 (HB 2354) into law.
Duke Energy has launched a $20 million assistance program for income-qualified customers in North Carolina to receive up to $10,000 in energy-efficiency upgrades, as part of a fund designed as a result of an approved agreement approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission during the 2013 Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas rate cases.
The first nationwide bulk solar purchase program has been launched to give North American homeowners easier access to more affordable, clean, renewable energy. Developed in conjunction with 3M, Cisco, Kimberly-Clark and the National Geographic Society, and created by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), the Solar Community Initiative presents a new approach to purchasing, financing and installing solar panels at a uniform discounted price.