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Senate approves long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency 28.3.2015 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and ...
Senate approves Shaheen-Portman bill to boost energy efficiency in commercial buildings, homes 27.3.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Senate approves Bennet’s bill 27.3.2015 Durango Herald
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced legislation Thursday to make fighting climate change a higher priority. The Senate approved the amendment 53-47 on Thursday night. Bennet is offering the amendment to the Senate’s budget proposal along with three other Democratic senators.“Colorado can’t wait...
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City Energy Project Cities' Buildings Make ENERGY STAR Top 10 27.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Melissa Wright, Director, City Energy Project, New York: This week the federal ENERGY STAR program announced the list of the 25 cities that had the most ENERGY STAR-certified buildings in 2014, and we're proud to say that City Energy Project (CEP) cities were well represented among them. Not...
China’s Coal Cap Policy Will Increase Country’s Clean Energy Jobs 26.3.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
BEIJING (March 26, 2015) – China’s national policies to control coal consumption can lead to greater and better employment opportunities in China’s power sector and related industries, according to a new study released today by the China Coal Cap Project, a joint initiative of academic, governmental and non-profit researchers. The study analyzes the overall employment benefits of establishing a national coal cap policy starting in China’s 13th Five Year Plan, which begins next ...
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New York's Energy Revolution includes Victories for Environmental Justice 25.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Raya Salter, Senior Utility Advocate, New York City: This is the second part of a two-part series. The see the first, click here. This post was co-authored by Raya Salter and Mr. Cecil D. Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives with WE ACT for Environmental Justice. New York...
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Hitting Those Clean Energy Notes 24.3.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations (SONGS) Photo source: Flickr/Jason Hickey When the door to one power plant closes, a window to more clean energy solutions opens. It may seem logical that once a power plant closes, another one needs to be built to replace it – after all, we need to make up for its potential energy generation with more natural gas or nuclear-powered energy, right? San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is certainly trying to convince Californians this is true. Trouble is, EDF and other environmental groups, along with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) , aren’t buying it. And you shouldn’t either. This story begins in 2013, when the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations (SONGS) permanently closed, shutting down a nuclear power plant with a capacity of 2,200 megawatts (MW) and sparking a debate about how to replace this lost power source. When first determining how to proceed in the wake of the SONGS closure, the CPUC decided SDG&E could buy between 500 to 800 megawatts ...
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Austin Launches Texas’ Inaugural PACE Program, Unleashes Private Funding for Water and Energy Efficiency 24.3.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By: Charlene Heydinger, Executive Director, Keeping PACE in Texas Today marked a milestone for Texas’ clean energy economy. Travis County voted to adopt the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, making it the first county in Texas to do so. This means Austin and the surrounding area will soon reap the economic and environmental benefits from giving energy-intensive, thirsty Texas a reprieve with water efficiency and clean energy. What is PACE? PACE, enacted during the 2013 Texas Legislature with support from both sides of the aisle, has the potential to unlock a considerable amount of private funding for clean energy projects in the state. Specifically, it is an innovative financing program – completely free of government mandates and public funding – that enables commercial, industrial, multi-family, and agricultural property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for water conservation, energy-efficiency, and renewable energy projects. Participants will then repay these loans for clean ...
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Drive to sell food derails Starbucks’ energy efficiency goal 24.3.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Starbucks’ push to sell more warmed pastries and refrigerated sandwiches has undercut its vow to cut energy consumption, the company acknowledged in a corporate responsibility report published Monday.
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A Positive House Hearing on Grid-Enabled Water Heaters 23.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Robin Roy, Director, Building Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Strategy, Washington, DC: I had the pleasure of testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce - Subcommittee on Energy and Power last week. The topic was proposed legislation to grant "grid-enabled water heaters" a carefully designed exemption from...
New York's Energy Revolution Will Mean More Clean and Renewable Power Projects in Low- to Moderate-Income Neighborhoods 23.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Raya Salter, Senior Utility Advocate, New York City: This post was co-authored by Raya Salter and Mr. Cecil D. Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives with WE ACT for Environmental Justice. New York State is revolutionizing its electric system - a move NRDC has praised as positive and...
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The Emergence and Importance of President Obama's Climate Policy 23.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a quiet and low-key move last week, President Obama took what may turn out to be one of the most significant steps he has ever taken to reduce greenhouse emissions. As reported by Julie Hirschfeld Davis in the New York Times , the president signed an executive order directing: ...federal agencies over the next decade to cut their emissions by an average of 40 percent compared with their levels when he won office in 2008, and to increase their use of electricity from renewable sources by 30 percent. This move is wholly within the president's power as the nation's chief executive and will have a significant impact on the market for energy efficiency and renewable energy goods and services. The federal government is the nation's largest organization. It employs more people and buys more goods and services than anyone else. It is also a powerful role model for the private sector. As Ms. Davis observes: ...because the federal government is the largest user of energy in the United States economy -- ...
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New YVEA program hopes to conserve energy, save members money 23.3.2015 Steamboat Pilot
There's a reason Yampa Valley Electric Association's newest program replaces the "s" in its name with a dollar sign. The new community energy efficiency program, Cen$ible Energy, is targeted toward saving YVEA residential and small business members and customers money in the long run, and it's doing so in a way that is very unique to energy companies. Offering rebate-type programs to customers who take the initiative to implement energy-efficient products in their homes and businesses isn't exactly a new concept nationwide, YVEA President and CEO Diane Johnson said. But YVEA didn't want to launch Cen$ible Energy by itself, so it joined forces with the city of Steamboat Springs, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampatika to make sure its newest program wasn't without outside collaboration. Johnson said YVSC's Sarah Jones and Yampatika's Sonja Macys began to brainstorm in 2014 about what a “true community program” that would save in-need members money would look like. “It's actually very unique,” ...
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Good Ideas Keep Governor Snyder's Energy Vision Sharp 21.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Patrick Kenneally, Staff Attorney, Chicago: Governor Snyder proved Friday while delivering his long awaited address on Michigan's energy future that he is the right man at the right moment. In particular, Governor Snyder deserves credit for restoring levelheadedness and integrity to this debate by staking...
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INDIA GREEN NEWS: Piyush Goyal tells developed nations to keep India's needs in mind on climate change; Guide for issuing green bonds released 21.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ariel Cooper, Program Assistant, San Francisco: India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India. Compiled by Nehmat Kaur March 13 - 20, 2015 CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change: keep India's needs in mind, Goyal tells developed nations NEW DELHI:...
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ComEd's plan to boost smart grid would hit customers' wallets, critics say 20.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Commonwealth Edison on Thursday unveiled a plan that it billed as an expansion of ongoing efforts to overhaul the power grid and invest in renewable energy but that critics said would result in customers paying more to the electricity ...
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Cutting Climate Changing Pollution at Home - Starting with Our Government Agencies 20.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director of Programs, Washington, D.C.: When it comes to protecting our health and communities, what we need to do as a nation is roll up our sleeves and act to tackle every source of climate changing pollution. That's why President Obama's new executive order to...
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Reducing Stress on India's Energy Grid Through Efficient and Climate-Friendly Air Conditioning Refrigerants 20.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: As industry leaders gather in Delhi this week for ACRECONF, an international conference on key emerging technologies in the built environment, including air conditioning, lighting and other products with rising demand in Asia. One of the featured discussions is on...
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Five Key Questions Lawmakers Should Ask About ComEd's New Energy Legislation 20.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Rebecca Stanfield, Deputy Director for Policy, Midwest Program, Chicago: Today Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has proposed new legislation in the Illinois General Assembly it says will boost clean energy, and we welcome their acknowledgement that Illinois needs to embrace clean energy technologies. The bill is one of several energy bills...
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A Word to States: Question Senator McConnell's Climate Advice 20.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Future home to the first solar project ever approved by the PSC in Senator McConnell's home state. Photo courtesy of Daniel Boyd. Written by Sarah Saylor, Senior Legislative Representative for Earthjustice The EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan is a turning point for our nation in tackling climate change. Its goal? Cut climate-altering carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The plan gives states the flexibility to achieve pollution cuts in a variety of ways by switching to less carbon-intensive sources, using more renewable energy like wind and solar and improving energy efficiency. However, owing to a misinformation campaign by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY ) -- who recently used debunked industry claims in advising states to forgo developing their own implementation plans -- there seems to be some unnecessary confusion about what states, including his home state of Kentucky, have to gain by crafting their own plans. First, Inhofe's snowball, now McConnell's ...
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