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HB 2354 both unique and critical

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 establishes Helping Home Fund

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.

EPA Clean Power Plan called a self-inflicted wound

Americans harbor major concerns about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas regulations, according to a survey conducted Paragon Insights for the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF).  In fact, the national survey of 1,340 likely voters revealed that the majority of respondents are concerned that the U.S. cannot afford new costs and potential job losses resulting from the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Fathoming the smarter future of energy

This year's IEEE Technology Time Machine, taking place October 21-22, focuses on six key themes-- among them, the future of energy. FierceEnergy Editor-in-Chief, Barbara Vergetis Lundin, caught up with John McDonald, IEEE fellow, and IEEE Technology Time Machine keynote speaker. McDonald's speech addressed, in part, the trends influencing the evolution of energy generation and distribution, which we share with you here.

AEE celebrating CA legislative wins

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) has wrapped up a number of successes in California's State Capitol. In pursuit of its mission to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy companies, AEE is celebrating new laws that will accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout the state and streamline permits for rooftop solar installations, as well as the defeat of a bill that would delay bringing vehicle fuels under California's cap-and-trade system.

NY launches first energy management center for public facilities

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.

CPUC proposes sanctions for ex parte violations

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. 

NERA predicts severe economic impacts from EPA Clean Power Plan

Most concerning to organizations like the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), who was one of several groups to commission the report, NERA says the proposal could force the closure of over 45,000 MW of coal-based electricity, which is more than New England's entire electricity supply.

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.

PA legislature passes ALEC-backed bill

Pennyslvania's statewide public interest group, PennFuture, is accusing the Pennsylvania legislature of passing two bills that will harm the water and air quality in the state.  Both HB1565, the Subdivision Flooding Bill, and HB 2354, the Stall on Carbon Bill, cater to powerful special interests, PennFuture claims.