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New Life Breathed Into "Filed and Forgotten" Utility Reports: Significant Energy Efficiency Savings Available to Ohioans for Years to Come 2.9.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago: A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), finds there is huge potential in Ohio to save families and businesses money on their utility bills through energy saving programs. But this is no ordinary study. It...
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Widespread and Increasing California Support for Climate Bills Embracing Clean Energy Economy 2.9.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Puzey, Policy Advisor, Energy & Transportation Program, San Francisco: There has been a flood of support in recent weeks for two landmark bills that would advance California's clean energy economy and continue its leadership on curbing climate change. Not unexpectedly, the oil industry is trying to derail the...
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Clean Energy Conference Roundup: September 2015 2.9.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs Each month, the Energy Exchange rounds up a list of top clean energy conferences around the country. Our list includes conferences at which experts from the EDF Clean Energy Program will be speaking, plus additional events that we think our readers may benefit from marking on their calendars. Top clean energy conferences featuring EDF experts in September: Speaker: John Finnegan , Lead Attorney The ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource is a biennial event first held in 2001. The conference is widely recognized as the premiere event for examining energy efficiency as a strategic and critical utility system resource. The program content will be specifically designed to focus on the issues related to utility-sector energy efficiency policies and programs. Industry leaders will gather to discuss the latest developments in the use of energy efficiency as a key resource for meeting customer and utility system needs and for addressing other critical economic and environmental ...
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To Achieve its New Climate Goals, China Must Look to its Buildings 1.9.2015 WRI Stories
This post is co-written with Clay Nessler, the vice president for global energy and sustainability at Johnson Controls. China made international news earlier this summer when it announced a new pledge to peak its emissions by 2030, in addition to other climate commitments. The country laid out 15 specific actions as part of its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC). One in particular—curbing emissions from the buildings sector—offers significant potential for helping China... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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To Achieve its New Climate Goals, China Must Look to its Buildings 1.9.2015 THE CITY FIX
China made international news earlier this summer when it announced a new pledge to peak its emissions by 2030, in addition to other climate commitments. The country laid out 15 specific actions as part of its “intended nationally determined contribution” ...
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Building Energy Retrofits Just got a lot Easier with this New Toolkit 28.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Guest Author By: Karen Penafiel, Vice President, Advocacy, BOMA International At its Every Building Conference this summer, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International announced the relaunch of its BOMA Energy Performance (BEPC) toolkit .  BEPC is an industry-vetted, proven process to plan, procure, and implement performance-driven building retrofits that has been used in successful projects around the world. For this reason, BEPC and the I nvestor Confidence P roject (ICP) are a “natural fit.” ICP, an Environmental Defense Fund initiative designed to unlock investment in energy efficiency, is accelerating the development of a global energy efficiency market by standardizing how projects are developed and energy savings are calculated. Together, BEPC and ICP can be used to execute successful, reliable, investment-grade energy retrofit projects from concept through measurement and verification. ICP’s Roadmap to Investor Confidence lays out six major steps in the project ...
Accelerating Building Efficiency Improvements in Latin America 28.8.2015 THE CITY FIX
Energy efficiency improvements in the building sector can yield significant financial and environmental benefits including reduced energy costs, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, improved occupant health and increased local employment.  However, long standing market and policy barriers stand in the way ...
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Report: Significant Energy Efficiency Savings Available to Ohioans for Years to Come 26.8.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
CHICAGO (August 26, 2015) – A new study finds there is huge potential in Ohio to save families and businesses money on their utility bills through energy saving programs. This study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which examines reports from Ohio utilities as well as industry-standard programs that Ohio has yet to take into account, concludes the state has significant, cost-effective, and untapped energy efficiency potential just waiting to be ...
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Texas Grid Survives Heat, but Could Use More Energy Efficiency and Demand Response 26.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By John Hall By: John Hall , Texas State Director, Clean Energy, and Sarah Ryan, Clean Energy Consultant This month Texans have been at the mercy of some extreme, shoe-melting heat. Yet, despite the heat wave and resulting high demand in electricity, the state’s main grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), has barely broken a sweat . Demand even passed the previous record-high mark twice in one afternoon, but ERCOT has not called for a single system emergency. How is ERCOT able to handle this massive stress on the grid, even as Texas’ population continues to rise at an impressive rate? Although some new generation has come online to meet increased electricity needs in the state, two key resources are working “behind the grid” to lower demand. Energy efficiency and demand response , a way to incentivize people to conserve energy when the electric grid is stressed, are both essential tools in preventing blackouts during the hottest months of the year, while maintaining Texas’ ...
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5 Reasons Utilities Are Hating on Their Solar-Producing Customers 25.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It seems crazy that electric companies would have anything against customers that spend their own money to reduce their energy use with clean, local solar power. But any number of utilities are slapping excessive fees and charges on customers with solar to slow or stop them. Here are five reasons why... 1. Utilities Don't View Customer-Owned Solar Power as a Resource Most utilities see a solar array on a customer rooftop the same as they see an energy efficient refrigerator. It means the customer buys less electricity. In some states, policies called "decoupling" tend to hold utilities harmless to these sales losses in order to encourage more investment in cost-effective energy efficiency. But with solar, utilities tend to ignore the benefits that this energy provides to the electricity system unless someone tells them to account for it. Read a utility integrated resource plan (their 15-year plan for the electric grid), and you can see an electric utility wax eloquent about a shiny new 100 megawatt power ...
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New NRDC Analysis Shows that Illinois Can Meet Clean Power Plan Goals and Deliver Huge Benefits to State's Economy 25.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Nick Magrisso, Policy Advocate, Midwest Program, Chicago: Following NRDC's national analysis of the Clean Power Plan, NRDC released state by state analyses last week showing that Illinois can cut even more carbon pollution than called for in EPA's Clean Power Plan. Under the new state analysis, Illinois...
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How the Clean Power Plan is a Game-Changer for Clean Energy 25.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
**Note:** This blog post is part of a series geared toward discussing the wide ranging impacts of the President's Clean Power Plan. Over the course of this week, Sierra Club experts are adding to this series of posts on Sierra Club's Compass blog with more posts on what's new in this plan and its effects on coal , environmental justice , labor , policy , and international climate negotiations (coming soon!). This piece was co-written by Mary Anne Hitt and Liz Perrera, Climate Policy Director at the Sierra Club. The final Clean Power Plan is the most significant single action any President has taken to date to tackle climate disruption. It establishes the first-ever set of national carbon limits on power plants, our biggest source of the pollution that's throwing our climate into chaos. It's also a game-changer for clean energy, because it creates big, important new opportunities for renewable energy and energy efficiency in every state. This post provides an overview of the clean energy elements of the ...
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Report: Federal Weatherization Assistance Program Provides Benefits Four Times Its Costs 24.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Peter Miller, Senior Scientist, San Francisco: The federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides low-income households with more than $13,000 in energy, health, and safety benefits - four times the cost - according to recently released data that contrasts sharply with a controversial working paper that drew...
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The White House Gets It Right: Climbing to Energy Efficiency for All 24.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Deron Lovaas, State/Federal Policy & Practice Director, Urban Solutions, Washington, D.C.: One of the challenges facing America as we get serious about tackling carbon pollution from power plans is our wasteful housing stock. Energy efficiency upgrades driven by policies promoted by the Obama Administration are making a dent in this...
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NRDC: White House Initiative on Energy Efficiency Huge Step Forward 24.8.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (August 24, 2015) – The public-private initiative announced today by the Obama Administration will ease some of the worst impacts of climate change being felt in America’s low-income communities, where parents struggle to pay high energy bills and their children suffer from intensified cases of asthma and other respiratory ...
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Pennsylvania's Pathway to Cutting Carbon Pollution 20.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Mark Szybist, Senior Program Advocate, Energy and Transportation, Washington, D.C.: Got 10 minutes? That's all you need to see how Pennsylvania - yes, one of our biggest coal states - can hit its target for power plant carbon pollution under the Environmental Protection Agency's newly finalized Clean Power Plan. In...
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NRDC: Pennsylvania on Target to Meet EPA Carbon Pollution Limits with Clean Energy and Efficiency 20.8.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
HARRISBURG (August 20, 2015) – Pennsylvania can strike a blow against climate change and meet its new federal target for cutting power plant carbon pollution by advancing wind and solar power, boosting energy efficiency and adopting complementary policies to help low-income communities, a new issue brief by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows. ...
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Report: California an Energy Efficiency Powerhouse, but Meeting Long-term Energy & Climate Goals Requires More 20.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Lara Ettenson, Director, California Energy Efficiency Policy, San Francisco: This blog was co-authored with my colleague Christa Heavey Ever wonder what Californians are getting out of the more than $1 billion invested in energy-saving programs, buildings codes, and appliance standards every year? A new NRDC and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)...
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California’s Energy Efficiency Success Story: $90 Billion in Utility Bill Savings, Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs, and 40+ Polluting Power Plants Avoided 20.8.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 20, 2015) – California’s 40-year commitment to energy efficiency has saved Californians $90 billion on their utility bills, created hundreds of thousands of efficiency jobs, and will have avoided the pollution from 41 power plants by the end of the next decade, according to a new report published today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). However, the report cautioned that a major efficiency ramp-up is necessary to meet the state’s long-term climate and energy ...
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California’s Energy Efficiency Success Story: $90 Billion in Utility Bill Savings, Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs, and 40+ Polluting Power Plants Avoided 20.8.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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