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Building Energy Codes — At Risk Of Being Oversimplified And Undervalued

The Alliance to Save Energy's Daniel Bresette explains why 'simple payback'  is a poor way to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of building energy codes. Unfortunately, not everyone in Congress sees it this way. Amendment Threatens Bipartisan Efficiency Progress As the House Energy and Commerce Committee is set to approve its comprehensive energy … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Advocates See Poison Pill in Major US Energy Bill

Two leading U.S. energy efficiency organizations are not happy with a comprehensive Senate energy bill, saying that it unravels a stakeholder agreement on appliance standards for furnaces. At issue is language in The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, which its backers hope will be the first major energy bill passed by Congress since 2007. … [Read more...]

Advancing Energy Efficient Buildings: From The Lab To Your Neighborhood

The Alliance to Save Energy's Rodney Sobin describes advances in energy efficient buildings that have resulted from work done by the DOE's Building Technologies Office. Accounting for about 40 percent of American energy use and about $400 billion in annual energy costs, buildings are fertile grounds for money-saving and pollution-preventing energy … [Read more...]

US/China Climate Goals Could Boost Energy Efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy says that energy efficiency will be key to meeting US/China climate goals announced by President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in an historic pact this week. The two nations – which account for 40 percent of world greenhouse gases – agreed to cut emissions over the next two decades. The U.S. will build on its … [Read more...]

A Primer on ESPCs, UESCs and the "CBO Scoring Problem"

As the nation’s largest energy consumer, the Federal government is always trying to find ways to reduce energy consumption and save valuable taxpayer dollars. One popular method used to reduce consumption is through improved energy efficiency because it has proven to be a cost-effective way to produce significant savings. However, due to the nature … [Read more...]

Senate Kicks ‘Fluffy Puppy’ Again: Shaheen-Portman Fails

The U.S. Senate on Monday once again faltered on Shaheen-Portman, an energy efficiency bill that has broad bi-partisan support, but keeps getting tangled in unrelated issues that block its passage. The bill is so universally supported and inoffensive, it has been described as the ‘fluffy puppy’ of legislation by New York Times op-ed columnist Gail … [Read more...]

EE Global Features Energy Heads of State May 20-21

Next month's EE Global forum in Washington, D.C. will feature two energy heads of state – one from the world’s largest economy and the other from its most energy efficient. Ernest Moniz, U.S. energy secretary, and Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Danish minister of climate, energy and building, will address the energy leaders gathering May 20-21. It will … [Read more...]

Seriously? Light Bulb Politics Again?

If you thought that politicizing the light bulb was over, think again.  Congress included a rider in this week’s $1.1 trillion budget deal that undercuts light bulb standards. The rider would block the Department of Energy from enforcing the standards  – which did not originate with President Barack Obama, as some mistakenly believe, but in fact … [Read more...]

This Is Even Bigger than New York’s $1 Billion Green Bank

New York's $1 billion Green Bank is expected to give energy efficiency a big boost by using public funds to leverage private investment. But another, more obscure program could have an even greater impact. It is the state’s recently launched residential bond initiative. Francis Murray, former head of the New York State Energy Research and … [Read more...]