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How Can Critics of Carbon Dioxide Cap and Trade Explain This?

You can’t miss the swords drawn to slash the Obama administration’s new plan on carbon dioxide emissions. There are big dollar signs written on their hilts. Republican opponents, the Heartland Institute and others are brandishing warnings about hikes in electricity prices they say will come as coal-fired plants tumble under the restrictions. The … [Read more...]

Rhode Island's Energy Savings Plan to Give Economy $1.2 Billion Boost

Rhode Island, a state with some of the most aggressive energy savings programs in the country, has no intention of slowing down under a new three-year plan. The state Public Utilities Commission recently approved annual savings targets of as much as 2.6 percent for electricity and 1.1 percent for natural gas from 2015-2017. The savings could … [Read more...]

What if We Used Electricity Instead of Fossil Fuels for Buildings and Cars? Here’s a Plan…

We’ve heard fragments about the coming highly efficient, distributed energy grid. Now an influential Northeastern environmental group has tied it all together in what it calls EnergyVision, a campaign aimed at electrifying the US energy system. Released Feb. 3 by Environment Northeast, the national framework starts with successes in the … [Read more...]

Stakeholder Councils: Model for Efficiency Excellence

Three states at the top of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's national scorecard – Massachusetts  (#1), Connecticut (#5), and Rhode Island (#6) – have in common an important policy model that has been one of the keys to their success in leveraging energy efficiency as a resource. Stakeholder councils make the efficiency … [Read more...]