Ameren Missouri Warns of Diminishing Returns from Energy Efficiency

Ameren Missouri warned state regulators in a recent filing that it sees diminishing returns from energy efficiency.The warning came within a three-year energy efficiency proposal submitted before the Missouri Public Service Commission. The utility is seeking approval for $135 million in energy efficiency programs to achieve $260 million in … [Read more...]

What about Microgrids to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions?

Where do microgrids fit into the Obama administration’s new plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions? It’s not clear and some are wondering why.“I find the draft regulations to be written in a vacuum, as if the electricity/utility industry were not undergoing fundamental, lasting change.  There is really no mention of this whatsoever,” said Dan … [Read more...]

What the New Federal Carbon Dioxide Rule Means for Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency advocates have argued for years that energy efficiency should be a first fuel – considered before others in portfolio planning.  Today, they appear victorious with the release of the US' first-ever carbon dioxide restrictions for existing power plants.The draft rule places energy efficiency in good position to be a top choice as … [Read more...]

New Carbon Dioxide Rules Could Boost Energy Efficiency and CHP

Energy efficiency and combined heat and power could be big winners when the Obama administration releases its first-ever carbon dioxide rules from existing power plants.The Environmental Protection Agency is expected on June 2 to propose the carbon pollution restrictions under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.The rules will require that … [Read more...]

Obama Bypasses Congress and Turns to Big Business to Make Energy Efficiency Happen

It’s never a bad thing to have the leader of the free world in your corner. And President Barrack Obama made clear again last week that he’s with energy efficiency.At a Walmart in Silicon Valley, Obama laid out his next round of green energy expansion plans. Sexy solar got much of the play in the media coverage. But staid energy efficiency was in … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency: Peacemaker in War on Coal?

Infusing more energy efficiency into the US economy could ease pressure on coal states that feel under attack by pending federal greenhouse gas rules, says a new study.The study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy outlinesCalled Change is in the Air: How States Can Harness Energy Efficiency to Strengthen the Economy and … [Read more...]

EPA’s Gina McCarthy to headline BuildingEnergy14

Gina McCarthy, the administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency, will deliver opening remarks at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s BuildingEnergy 14 conference on March 5 in Boston.McCarthy, who has been a central player in federal development of greenhouse gas emissions rules, will speak on upcoming EPA policies and … [Read more...]