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.
The first energy management network operations center has launched in New York State. The center will provide public facilities across New York with real-time data on their energy use, allowing them to improve building energy performance and lower the state's utility bills.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a major demonstration project for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into commercial products. The plant will use a first-of-its-kind process to capture 75,000 tons of CO2 from a San Antonio, Texas, cement plant, converting the greenhouse gas into other products, including sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, hydrochloric acid and bleach.
Along with Georgia Power and SMECO, SEPA also named the City of Palo Alto Utilities as Public Power Utility of the Year and Warren McKenna, general manager of the Farmers Electric Cooperative, as Utility CEO of the Year.
In her opening speech at Solar Power International in Las Vegas this week, Julia Hamm asked attendees to Imagine a future in which solar energy and all the industry stakeholders-- from utilities to installers and manufacturers to customers-- were unhampered by existing regulatory and market structures, as well as the challenges and, at times, divisive debates they have created.
An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Ruling and an alternate Commissioner proposal have been issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding sanctions against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for ex parte violations concerning the assignment of a particular ALJ to the utility's gas transmission and storage rate proceeding.
Nearly 20 percent of the nation's electricity is currently generated from nuclear power plants, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). With more than 60 new nuclear units currently under construction around the world, nuclear energy is poised to play a critical role in the face of increasing pressure from environmental regulation in the United States.