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Utility Rate Decision in California Can Help Transition to Cleaner Electric System - Could Be Much Better 3.7.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sheryl Carter, Co-Director, Energy Program, San Francisco: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just approved a redesign of residential electric bills that will help reinforce California's efforts to strengthen its ambitious climate and clean energy goals, improve its economic and public health, and help customer's pocketbooks while...
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Reaping energy efficiency benefits without upfront investment: How the ESCO ... - Natural Resources Defense Council (blog) 1.7.2015 google news
Reaping energy efficiency benefits without upfront investment: How the ESCO ... Natural Resources Defense Council (blog) NRDC partners, the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), highlighted the case of every day efficiency upgrades on the Mahindra headquarters building, that resulted in significant energy and cost savings. Prof. Bilolikar presented the NRDC ...
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State and city climate policy is mired in symbolism 27.6.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Bipartisan approaches to increase energy efficiency would do more good than wasteful climate policies and regulations.
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Harnessing the Energy to Lead: New York State Energy Plan Can Deliver the Clean Energy Triple Crown 26.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, Danville, Pa.: After years of analysis and robust public comment, today New York released its 2015 State Energy Plan. While we're still digging through the documents and the details, our first take is that this is a major victory for clean energy....
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Don’t Write Off Energy Efficiency. It’s Just About to have its Day. 25.6.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Matt Golden, Senior Energy Finance Consultant A few days ago, economists from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley released a study that called into question the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency. The study was based on the team’s analysis of energy savings shortfalls in the Michigan low income Weatherization Assistance Program. Since then, a host of articles have used the study’s results to call into question the value of utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs. While this study did raise some thought-provoking points, it also contained biased assumptions and reached conclusions that far exceed its scope, lumping together market-based efficiency with low-income weatherization programs. The report paints what can only be considered a worst case scenario. For example, it counts the costs of delivering health and safety upgrades without measuring the benefits, it assumes energy prices will never rise, and it extrapolates lessons from a ...
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Low Income Energy Efficiency Programs Reduce Energy Use and So Much More 25.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Deron Lovaas, State/Federal Policy & Practice Director, Urban Solutions, Washington, D.C.: Photo courtesy of DOE Making homes more energy efficient brings outsized benefits for those living on moderate-and-low incomes, lowering their energy bills, maintaining the affordability of their homes, reducing pollution, and creating healthier and more comfortable living environments for...
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Energy efficiency: Delivering Consistent Results for Households in Michigan and Beyond 24.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Rebecca Stanfield, Deputy Director for Policy, Midwest Program, Chicago: A new academic working paper has been characterized in press accounts as broadly casting doubt on the cost-effectiveness of all residential energy efficiency programs. But extrapolating the results from one low-income program in Michigan to counter years of experience proving...
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No Question: Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver Huge Benefits 24.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Energy and Transportation, San Francisco: Decades of experience and verification prove energy efficiency programs deliver huge benefits to consumers and the environment - and these benefits far exceed the costs. A new analysis of a single federal efficiency program for low-income residents in Michigan is...
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Home efficiency upgrades fall short, don't pay: Study 24.6.2015 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- Home efficiency measures such as installing new windows or replacing insulation deliver such a small fraction of their promised energy savings that they may not save any money over the long run, according to the surprising conclusion of a University of Chicago study....
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Building Blocks of a True Energy Efficiency Market Now in Place 23.6.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Matt Golden, Senior Energy Finance Consultant The Investor Confidence Project (ICP), an Environmental Defense Fund initiative designed to unlock investment in energy efficiency, announces the launch of the ICP Quality Assurance Credential for companies with the skills, training, and experience to provide independent review of ICP projects. This last of three key credentials authorizes third-party Credentialed Quality Assurance providers to verify that a project conforms to a set of ICP protocols, as well as certify it as an Investor Ready Energy EfficiencyTM project. The completion of the ICP credentialing system marks a crucial step forward for ICP and the standardization of the commercial and multifamily energy efficiency industry. Credentialed, third-party reviewers now open for business The ICP credentialing system consists of the following credentials: Software Provider Credential, which is given to software providers who are able to document energy efficiency projects according to ...
New Frontier for Energy Efficiency Emerges in Small Buildings 22.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Jim Lindberg, Senior Director, Preservation Green Lab , National Trust for Historic Preservation Small business owners work hard to keep the lights on, so they often don't have time to think about the opportunity to strengthen their bottom line through energy efficiency improvements in their building. That's why the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is working with a national team of experts to test a program for pinpointing long-term energy cost savings in existing buildings. The America Saves program is using energy and building data to demonstrate the benefits of money- and energy-saving facility improvements. Marge Anderson, executive vice president of Seventhwave , a leading energy nonprofit, and I recently spoke about America Saves and the challenges and opportunities that exist for enhancing energy efficiency in small buildings across the country. Here is a portion of that conversation: Lindberg: Small buildings of less than 50,000 square feet represent 95 ...
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Hyderabad Workshop Showcases How Real Estate Developers Benefit from an Energy-Saving Building Code 19.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: Guest blog by Nehmat Kaur, NRDC India Representative in New Delhi As temperatures soared this past month in India, energy demand to power air conditioners surged. Aware that the power grid is already strained by an energy deficit that includes...
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Pennsylvania Gives Clean Energy Not One, but Two Boosts 18.6.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Dick Munson All industries use acronyms, but anyone who reads this blog can attest the electricity sector seems to have more than its fair share. One of these acronyms – TRC – stands for Total Resource Cost and represents the key means by which utilities measure the cost effectiveness of energy efficiency. Another – DR – is demand response , or a voluntary energy conservation tool that rewards people who use less electricity during times of peak, or high, energy demand. Getting each of these acronyms – and their associated clean energy resources – right is critical if we are to run our electric grid as efficiently as possible. Fortunately for the Pennsylvania’s clean energy economy, the state’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) last week took a commendable step toward more fairly valuing both energy efficiency and demand response. Why is the TRC important? When a utility is considering whether to invest in anything from new transmission lines to smart meters, it needs to assess the potential costs and ...
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Major Agreement for Rooftop Air Conditioners Will Lead to Biggest Energy Savings Yet 17.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CA: Industry and energy efficiency advocates have come to a major agreement, officially approved today, on updated efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces that, once adopted, will lead to huge energy and dollar savings for more than half of...
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Multiple Studies Confirm: Ohio Can Cut Carbon from its Power Fleet--Affordably and Reliably--With Clean Energy 16.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago: In the 11 months since the Clean Power Plan was proposed last summer, naysayers have been spinning doomsday scenarios claiming that cutting carbon would somehow be costly or would plunge Ohio into the dark ages. This could not be farther...
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Future of Nova Scotia's energy efficiency is on the line 15.6.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Monday, June 15, 2015 The future of Nova Scotia's quest for energy efficiency, its status as Canada's leading jurisdiction in that regard, and the wisdom of the Liberal government on energy matters will be on trial before the Utilities and Review Board this coming week, as the board deals with a demand by Nova Scotia Power Inc. to slash efficiency programs by nearly half. You'll remember that Efficiency Nova Scotia, an independent, non-profit energy conservation utility, was funded by a charge on your power bill, which aggravated many. Nova Scotia's quest for energy efficiency, along with the wisdom of the Liberal government on energy matters, will be on trial before the Utilities and Review Board this coming ...
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How the Transition to Renewable Energy Could Come 15.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While I do not believe that a carbon tax is practical or feasible and do not believe it is the "solution" to the problem of global warming, I do believe the transition to renewable energy is practical, feasible and necessary. We need to address the problem of global warming and to do that we need to gradually replace fossil fuels with other forms of energy. Energy is an indispensible ingredient of modern economic life, and the long-term future for fossil fuels is greater expense and greater environmental damage. So if a true price for fossil fuels won't stimulate the transition to a fossil fuel-free economy, what will? I am counting on human ingenuity and technological innovation. But, if I am dismissing higher fossil fuel cost as a way to stimulate innovation, what will stimulate the development and implementation of new energy technology? To address that question I look to the technological innovations I have seen in my lifetime and ask: How did they come about? I also look to the current reductions in ...
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Time for Congress to Power Up Smart Energy Policies 10.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Elizabeth Noll, Energy Efficiency Advocate, Washington, D.C.: Congress has a tremendous opportunity right now to address our nation's rapidly changing energy systems and upgrade aging transmission, storage, and other infrastructure to set the United States on a stronger path to a more sustainable and clean energy future....
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Clean Jobs Legislation Maintains Momentum in Illinois 9.6.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Dick Munson At the start of the 2015 Illinois legislative session, a diverse coalition came together to introduce and support the Illinois Clean Jobs bill – legislation which would strengthen Illinois’ energy efficiency policies, as well as update and extend the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The bill would also create a market-based strategy to meet new federal carbon regulations to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, otherwise known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). So now that the regular legislative session has ended, where does the Clean Jobs bill stand? A victory for the little guy Initially, the Clean Jobs bill was far from the energy legislation spotlight. Two deep-pocketed companies also introduced bills. Exelon proposed a bailout for three of its uneconomic nuclear reactors. And Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) wanted to restructure its rates to ensure a profit because efficiency and clean energy had reduced the demand for power. Most political observers felt Exelon and ...
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A Carbon Tax is Not Feasible or Practical 8.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a prominent editorial this past Sunday, the New York Times once again advocated the adoption of a carbon tax. While the theory of a carbon tax makes perfect sense, its lack of practicality makes it the unicorn of energy politics. It is an imaginary creature of elegance and beauty that has little chance of walking the earth. It is true that greenhouse gas regulations and gasoline taxes are forms of carbon taxes and, as the Times reports, British Columbia has a carbon tax. But the space between the carbon tax as a policy idea and the reality of American politics is too vast to overcome. For better or worse, here in America we are in a period of tax policy paralysis that is unlikely to be surmounted anytime soon. If it is, it will be because the Republicans have achieved control of both the presidency and Congress--and the agenda will be to cut taxes, not to establish new ones. In my view, the focus of climate policy should not be to raise the price of fossil fuels, but to lower the price of renewable ...
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