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LPEA candidates give voters a choice (Cached) 20.4.2014 Durango Herald
Ballots for the election of three La Plata Electric Association directors x2013 a fourth is running unopposed x2013 wonx2019t be mailed until May 1. But candidate statements and public comment indicate some sharp elbows could be thrown before votes are tallied May 21.In an election that on the surface should be neutral and...
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AT&T and EDF open up water efficiency toolkit 18.4.2014 Business Operations |

AT&T has used the WaterMAPP to achieve building water savings of up to 40 percent. Now the scorecard and calculator are available to any business.

AT&T and EDF open up water efficiency toolkit
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City of Steamboat reviews LEED certification requirements 18.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The city of Steamboat Springs is researching green energy standards in anticipation of a request from the local development community to reduce the costs associated with energy efficiency certifications such as LEED and Green Globes . In her most recent staff report, City Manager Deb Hinsvark wrote that the Steamboat Springs City Council soon might hear a request to drop the LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification requirement for single family and duplex construction in the mountain base area. The requirement is part of the mountain base area design standards, which supplement the community development code and govern construction in four Steamboat zone districts near the mountain. The city also has its own separate green building standards that apply to development in all areas. One of the issues that has been raised, Steamboat Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said, is the cost of having a third party come out to perform an inspection to certify the building as LEED or one of ...
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The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 2 18.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Noah Long, Legal Director, Western Energy Project, Energy & Transportation Program; and Clean Energy Counsel, Land & Wildlife Program, San Francisco: This entry is the second of a two-part follow up to the blog I posted last fall. The first entry focused on the national story of coal's decline, this entry focuses on the west. Investors already projected another bleak year for...
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Kansas City Power & Light to Double its Energy Efficiency Investment in Missouri - if the State allows it 18.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Weiskopf, Sustainable Energy Fellow, Chicago: NRDC, along with several other environmental groups and the Missouri Division of Energy, has just reached an agreement with Kansas City Power & Light that would approximately double the benefits of energy efficiency for people in the Kansas City region....
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10 major cities form City Energy Project 18.4.2014 Business Operations |

From Boston to Salt Lake City, cities are banding together to combat the biggest demand for energy and source of carbon emissions.

10 major cities form City Energy Project
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Thermodynamic, Energy Efficiency, and Power Density Analysis of Reverse Electrodialysis Power Generation with Natural Salinity Gradients 17.4.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es5005413
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Front Groups Spread Disinformation in Attempt to Freeze Ohio Cleantech Laws 16.4.2014 Green on
Utility and fossil fuel-funded front groups are peddling disinformation to attack Ohio's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) and Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) that should not be considered credible evidence as legislators debate a bill to freeze the pro-clean technology laws. Policymakers should instead consider unbiased research when evaluating the impact of Ohio's clean energy and energy efficiency standards. The fossil fuel-funded Heartland Institute has been using flawed analysis to inflate the cost of renewable portfolio standards in states around the country. Heartland Institute's James Taylor claims that because electricity prices in Ohio have risen slightly faster than the national average since 2008, the state's clean energy standard is the culprit causing a spike in electricity prices. But Taylor ignores several additional factors that impact electricity prices. In reality, Ohio uses less natural gas (5 percent) for electricity generation and more coal (82 percent) ...
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How CPUC's Robert Weisenmiller sees California's energy future 16.4.2014 Business Operations |

The chairman of California Public Utilities Commission explains the future role of renewables in powering the Golden State.

How CPUC's Robert Weisenmiller sees California's energy future
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Why A Broken Appliance Can Actually Be A Blessing 16.4.2014 Yahoo: Business

Why A Broken Appliance Can Actually Be A BlessingIt's a situation most of us can identify with--our furnace or water heater breaks or our home air conditioning system fails. While it makes sense to replace these outdated appliances for more energy-efficient ones, the immediate need to fix the problem usually wins out. Most of us haven't saved enough to do an appliance overhaul. So we fix the issue, continue with the status quo, and - as an unintended result - we keep wasting power.

EDF Helps Standardize Energy Efficiency Projects in Texas 16.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By: Matt Golden, Senior Energy Finance Consultant Texas currently has the highest rate of energy consumption of any U.S. state and accounts for 10% of the country’s total energy consumption. Most of that energy goes to energy-intensive industries , such as aluminum, chemicals, forest products, glass, and petroleum refining, which consume 50% of the state’s energy, compared with a national average of 32%. Last year, the Texas legislature passed statewide legislation enabling cities to use their property taxes as a way to finance clean energy and energy efficiency for industrial, agriculture, water, and commercial buildings. This innovative financing tool, generally referred to as property-assessed clean energy (PACE), has the potential to unlock a considerable amount of funding for both renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the state, while simultaneously offering building owners cheaper financing options and secure repayment through their property tax assessment. While PACE holds great ...
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EDF helps standardize energy efficiency projects in Texas 15.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF helps standardize energy efficiency projects in Texas
Indiana Governor’s Inaction Results in First Rollback of Energy Efficiency Standards in the Nation 15.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By John Finnigan Indiana State Capitol, Source: David Schwen At the end of March, the Indiana legislature passed a bill repealing the state’s energy efficiency standard, becoming the first state in the nation to roll back its energy savings goals. Governor Mike Pence could have signed the bill into law or he could have vetoed it. He did neither; instead, the bill became law because he took no action within the prescribed time period. His statement as to why he allowed the bill to become law left us scratching our heads. Here’s what he said: “I could not sign this bill because it does away with a worthwhile energy efficiency program developed by the prior administration. I could not veto this bill because doing so would increase the cost of utilities for Hoosier ratepayers and make Indiana less competitive by denying relief to large electricity consumers, including our state’s manufacturing base.” Governor Pence admits that energy efficiency saves money on ratepayers’ electricity bills. He’s right, ...
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RMI: How applying Deep Retrofit Value makes for Better Buildings 15.4.2014 Business Operations |
With the new Deep Retrofit Value guide, Rocky Mountain Institute strives to help partners meet the Better Buildings Challenge.
RMI: How applying Deep Retrofit Value makes for Better Buildings
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Q&A with Mihir Jagdish Save: Efficiency Best Practices from Godrej Bhavan's Operations and Engineering Expert 15.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: Q&A with Mihir Jagdish Save Efficiency Best Practices from Godrej Bhavan’s Operations and Engineering Expert  Mr. Mihir Jagdish Save is Regional Manager – India & Asia Pacific of Godrej Green Building Consultancy Services. He helped lead the energy efficiency retrofit...
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Senate to Tackle Tax Incentives, Energy Efficiency 12.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The Senate will take up an $85 billion tax-extenders bill and an energy-efficiency measure after lawmakers return April 28 from a two-week recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.
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US EPA finds the most energy efficient buildings in top 10 cities 11.4.2014 Environmental News Network
Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its sixth annual list of the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in 2013. The list demonstrates economic and environmental benefits achieved by facility owners and managers in America’s leading cities when they apply a proven approach to energy efficiency to their buildings.
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Southern California municipal utilities innovate with decoupling 11.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Dylan Sullivan, Energy Advocate, Santa Monica: This is a guest post by Lisa Xue, a Sustainable Energy Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, working on energy efficiency issues in California. She received her M.A. in International Policy from Stanford University and B.A. in Economics and B.A....
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Advice for utilities: Don't cede power 11.4.2014 Business Operations |

Many utlities are ceding electricity generation to the solar industry, perhaps forever. The problem? This sacrifices an enviable marketing relationship with customers.

Advice for utilities: Don't cede power
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Roberto Rocks the House (and the Senate Too): Why Protecting Ohio’s Clean Energy Standards is Imperative 11.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By John Finnigan Source: American Insurance Association Flickr Cheryl Roberto, Associate Vice President and leader of EDF’s Clean Energy Program, recently testified before the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee against S.B. 310 , which would freeze Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards at current levels. Sen. William Seitz, the Committee Chair, described her testimony as “passionate,” “very persuasive” and “thought provoking.” Roberto described how the electric grid has changed. The old model, in effect for the past hundred years, relies on one-way power flows from large, centralized utility power plants, with limited customer service options and limited information available to customers on their energy usage. The new model involves two-way power flows between the utility and customers who own small, on-site solar, wind, and combined heat and power units. Customers receive detailed, real-time energy usage and price information. New energy and communications technologies offer many ...
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