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California Energy Efficiency Coalition Offers First Set of Recommendations for New Program Planning Model 19.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Lara Ettenson, Director, California Energy Efficiency Policy, San Francisco: Nearly twenty diverse groups interested in energy efficiency—including consumer and social justice advocates, utilities, local governments, environmental groups, and efficiency program implementers—have been working over the past year to develop recommendations for how the California Public Utilities Commission should transition...
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Texas Grid Regulator Cites Very Little Burden in Complying with EPA’s Clean Power Plan 19.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston Well, it didn’t take long before the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released, at the request of Texas’ very political Public Utilities Commission, another report about the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rules designed to protect public health. This time ERCOT, which manages 90 percent of Texas’ electric grid, looked at the impact of seven EPA clean air safeguards on the electric grid, including the Cross State Air Pollution Rule ( CSAPR ), the Mercury Air Toxics Standard ( MATS ), the Regional Haze program (all of which go back before the Obama administration), the proposed Clean Power Plan , which would set the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, and others. What was surprising to learn, though, is that after power companies in the state start complying with EPA’s other clean air protections, the proposed Clean Power Plan poses a minimal incremental impact to the power grid. We would only have to cut 200 ...
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How a Broken Evaluation System Hampers California's Efforts to Scale Up Efficiency 19.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Christa Heavey, MAP Sustainable Energy Fellow, San Francisco: California’s method of evaluating energy efficiency programs needs fixing because it hinders efforts to help Californians save more energy and the state’s progress on its climate goals. With some concerted effort, this broken system can be repaired. When utilities and...
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ERCOT Cites Very Little Burden in Complying with EPA’s Clean Power Plan 18.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston Source: Armin Kübelbeck, Wikimedia Commons Well, it didn’t take long before the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released, at the request of Texas’ very political Public Utilities Commission, another report about the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rules designed to protect public health. This time ERCOT, which manages 90 percent of Texas’ electric grid, looked at the impact of seven EPA clean air safeguards on the electric grid, including the Cross State Air Pollution Rule ( CSAPR ), the Mercury Air Toxics Standard ( MATS ), the Regional Haze program (all of which go back before the Obama administration), the proposed Clean Power Plan , which would set the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, and others. What was surprising to learn, though, is that after power companies in the state start complying with EPA’s other clean air protections, the proposed Clean Power Plan poses a minimal incremental impact to the ...
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A Report on Energy Efficiency at America's Utilities 18.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco, CA: Part of NRDC’s Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments America’s utilities have become the most important investors in smarter energy use, helping all of us reduce our bills, and NRDC’s advocacy over the past year helped achieve major gains...
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National Program Aims to Expand Minority Participation in Energy Sector 17.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF Climate Corps fellow Olivia Moreno uncovers ways to increase energy efficiency at University of Texas at El Paso. It's no secret that minorities are underrepresented in the energy field. In the United States, Hispanics, African Americans, and American Indians make up 24 percent of the overall workforce , yet only account for nine percent of the country’s science and engineering workforce. An initiative called Minorities in Energy (MIE) aims to change those numbers. It is creating a sustainable model that identifies diverse stakeholders to address challenges and opportunities for underrepresented communities in the growing energy economy, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, and climate change. Launched a year ago by the U.S. Department of Energy, MIE has built an impressive list of ambassadors and partnerships. Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz puts it this way: "We can only be successful in achieving our energy goals if we are inclusive of America's diverse ...
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Untapped Incentives for Energy Efficiency Projects 17.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Abraham Weiner, 2013 EDF Climate Corps Alumnus As an EDF Climate Corps fellow back in 2013, one task that was of particular interest to me was figuring out how to help my host organization fund, in whole or in part, its efficiency upgrades. In my research, the most unique funding source I found was the energy efficiency forward capacity market. This program allows those who invested in energy efficiency over the last several years to go back and obtain additional incentive dollars on top of traditional utility rebates. This is essentially free money for organizations who have invested in efficiency measures. In fact, when I was a fellow, I identified over  $50,000 in incentives  that my EDF Climate Corps host organization was eligible for from projects completed before I even arrived. In order to explain how this program works, I need to explain who PJM is and what they do. PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization. They coordinate the activity of suppliers, generators, ...
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2014 Brings Big Savings in Appliance and Equipment Efficiency, More to Come in 2015 17.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CA: Another in NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments. The Department of Energy (DOE) this year set final energy efficiency standards for seven products ranging from electric motors to commercial refrigeration equipment that will save consumers more than $54...
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ERCOT Report Confirms Ease to Comply with EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan 17.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
ERCOT Report Confirms Ease to Comply with EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan
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California Energy Efficiency Year in Review And What's on Tap for 2015 15.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Lara Ettenson, Director, California Energy Efficiency Policy, San Francisco: Part of NRDC’s Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments   Thanks to new initiatives and tried and true approaches to help customers optimize their energy use, California’s energy efficiency programs saved customers more than $600 million on their energy...
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Senate Energy Efficiency Bill, We Hardly Knew Ye 12.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan pair of senators is making a last-ditch effort to pass a scaled-back version of their energy efficiency bill before the end of this Congress. But it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have been trying to pass their energy efficiency legislation since they first introduced it in 2011 . They reintroduced it in 2013 and it passed in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in May of that year with bipartisan support. But then it got bogged down repeatedly in Senate fights over unrelated measures like the Keystone XL pipeline and Obamacare. Last week, Shaheen and Portman introduced a pared-down bill . The new version mirrors a bipartisan energy efficiency bill that passed in the House in March , from Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) that creates a voluntary system for rating the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The proposal is much like the government's Energy Star program for consumer ...
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EDF Climate Corps Continue to Drive Results for Private Equity firms 11.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Michael Reading The results are in. As my colleague Victoria Mills wrote recently , this year’s cohort of EDF Climate Corps fellows found $130 million in potential energy savings across 102 organizations. Among the engagements, 12 fellows worked with private equity firms and portfolio companies on a diversity of projects. Each engagement offers its own story, but we’d like to showcase a few examples demonstrating the value the Climate Corps program can bring to firms of all sizes and at all stages of understanding of energy management. Energy audits and retrofits for a major manufacturing company Hellman & Friedman’s portfolio company Associated Materials, which specializes in exterior building products, hosted two fellows this past summer, its first year with the Climate Corps program. Fellow Karunakaren Muthumani Hariharan  audited two of the firm’s 11 manufacturing locations to identify opportunities for energy efficiency, including lighting upgrades, process equipment upgrades and manufacturing ...
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4 Ways Virginia Can Meet EPA’s Proposed Power Plant Standards 11.12.2014 WRI Stories
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves forward with standards to reduce emissions from existing power plants—which are due to be finalized in June 2015—many states are wondering how they will comply. WRI’s fact sheet series, Power Sector Opportunities for Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions, examines the policies and pathways various states can use to cost-effectively meet or even exceed future power plant emissions standards. This post explores these opportunities in Virginia.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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RELEASE: New Analysis Shows Virginia Can Meet EPA Emissions Targets 11.12.2014 WRI Stories
RELEASE: New Analysis Shows Virginia Can Meet EPA Emissions TargetsDecember 10, 2014 By using existing infrastructure and expanding clean energy, Old Dominion State can reduce its emission rate 32% by 2020Read more [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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New York Utilities to Get a Clean Energy Makeover 11.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Raya Salter, Senior Utility Advocate, New York City: Over 130 years after Edison’s incandescent light bulb, the way New York state gets its energy is fundamentally changing. And much of that change is centered around reforming the way the electric utilities—like Con Ed and LIPA—do business here. On...
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RELEASE: New Analysis Shows Missouri Can Meet and Exceed Emissions Targets 10.12.2014 WRI Stories
RELEASE: New Analysis Shows Missouri Can Meet and Exceed Emissions TargetsDecember 10, 2014 By expanding clean energy policies and using available infrastructure, the Show-Me State can reduce its emission rate 31% by 2030Read more [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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5 Ways Missouri Can Meet EPA’s Proposed Power Plant Standards 10.12.2014 WRI Stories
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves forward with standards to reduce emissions from existing power plants—which are due to be finalized in June 2015—many states are thinking through how they will comply. WRI’s fact sheet series, Power Sector Opportunities for Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions, examines the policies and pathways various states can use to cost-effectively meet or even exceed future power plant emissions standards. This post explores these opportunities in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Power Sector Opportunities For Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Missouri 10.12.2014 WRI Stories
President Obama announced a national climate plan in June 2013, directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set carbon pollution standards for the power sector. Once EPA establishes those standards, states will implement their own plans for achieving those reductions. In this fact sheet, WRI examines existing tools Ohio can use to reduce power plant emissions and help meet future standards. Read about additional analyses in WRI’s fact sheet series, Power Sector Opportunities... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Shedding Efficient Light on DOE Appliance Standards Program 10.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Elizabeth Noll, Energy Efficiency Advocate, Washington, D.C.: Part 3 of a 3-Part Series Whether in a home, business, or factory, energy that is burned without benefit is a waste. Efficiency standards, such as those set for appliances and equipment by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), prevent...
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Steamboat Springs School District completes $2.78 million in energy upgrades 10.12.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Steamboat Springs School District has nearly completed a $2.78 million energy efficiency overhaul that includes thousands of new light bulbs and new digitally controlled thermostats. While the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system still is being monitored and tweaked for accuracy, the system when operating offers convenience and immense energy savings for the district, said Pascal Ginesta, the district's director of maintenance, operations and transportation. “I can sit here on my computer or on my laptop in my living room or my cellphone in my truck and make a change to the temperature in any building in the district,” Ginesta said. The Tridium energy management system replaces outdated room-by-room thermostats at the district office and middle school and control systems at the district’s other buildings. Thermostats are set between 64 and 71 degrees, with temperatures dropping between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. and during weekends, unless a teacher inside a building alerts the system that the ...
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