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...]

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...]

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...]

Tenant Star: Cost-Saving Real Estate Energy Efficiency Solutions Power through the House

The U.S. House has passed an energy efficiency bill that includes a groundbreaking “Tenant Star” program designed to accelerate energy efficiency in leased commercial spaces, which could cut utility bills for landlords and tenants by an estimated $2 billion dollars by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions by nearly 12 million metric tons. The … [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...]

Shaheen-Portman: Everyone Loves It. So Why Isn’t It Moving in the US Senate?

Supporters of 'Shaheen-Portman' saw another day go by without action on the  important energy efficiency bill, after the Senate recessed early Monday because of the Washington Navy Yard shootings. The recess marked yet another delay for the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392), which has been hailed for months as one of the … [Read more...]

Why the Shaheen-Portman Bill is a Big Deal for Energy Efficiency

Anyone in favor of saving as much energy as California and Michigan use in a year? That’s what the US can achieve with passage of the Energy Savings & Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (aka the Shaheen-Portman bill), according to a white paper recently released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The paper puts into … [Read more...]