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...]

New Analysis: The Cost of Energy Efficiency is Under Half the Cost of Building Dirty Coal Power Plants

The cost of energy efficiency is truly less than coal. NRDC'S Merrian Borgeson explains a new by-the-numbers analysis. After mining the results of energy efficiency programs representing every U.S. region, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers have reported the initial result that the average total cost of saved energy is … [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...]

Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Keep Power Flowing in Extreme Weather

Something extraordinary occurred this winter that kept the lights on and people warm during record-breaking cold. Energy efficiency and demand response emerged to save the day, preventing potentially life-threatening power shortages across much of the Midwest and Northeast. The subzero weather strained more than just our patience; it put a serious … [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...]