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UCS: Senate Energy Bill Better than Doing Nothing

Rob Cowin, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, explains the good and bad of the Senate energy bill as lawmakers ready it for approval. Today the Senate is expected to pass the Energy Policy and Modernization Act. From a clean energy standpoint the bill still falls far short of what is needed to promote more clean energy deployment. But there’s … [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...]

Major U.S. Senate Energy Bill Pushes Microgrids, Grid Modernization

Microgrids get a federal push under a broad Congressional energy bill unveiled yesterday by U.S. Senate energy committee leaders after months of hearings. The bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 elevates many of the issues that have already been spurring microgrid development in the United States -- the need for resiliency, … [Read more...]

Murkowski Introduces Remote Microgrid Bill in the Senate; Angus Pushes Local Energy

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has championed use of remote microgrids in her own state of Alaska. And now she wants their value brought to the nation. The Republican recently introduced a bill into the Senate that instructs the Secretary of Energy to create a national strategy to promote hybrid microgrids, including renewables, for isolated … [Read more...]