Building Energy Codes — At Risk Of Being Oversimplified And Undervalued

The Alliance to Save Energy's Daniel Bresette explains why 'simple payback'  is a poor way to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of building energy codes. Unfortunately, not everyone in Congress sees it this way. Amendment Threatens Bipartisan Efficiency Progress As the House Energy and Commerce Committee is set to approve its comprehensive energy … [Read more...]

Today’s Tech Innovations Could Make U.S. the Energy Efficiency Superpower Of Tomorrow

Mitchell Scuzzarella, of the Allilance to Save Energy, explains what it will take for the US to become an energy efficiency superpower. The future of energy efficiency technology often seems more like science fiction than reality, but according to energy thought leaders at last week’s 26th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum, cutting-edge efficiency … [Read more...]

Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) 101

Reed Brown, of the Alliance to Save Energy, explains the benefits of utility energy service contracts (UESC) and why their full worth isn't always recognized. The federal government is the nation’s largest energy consumer. One popular method that can help the government reduce consumption is through improved energy efficiency, which can produce … [Read more...]

Advancing Energy Efficient Buildings: From The Lab To Your Neighborhood

The Alliance to Save Energy's Rodney Sobin describes advances in energy efficient buildings that have resulted from work done by the DOE's Building Technologies Office. Accounting for about 40 percent of American energy use and about $400 billion in annual energy costs, buildings are fertile grounds for money-saving and pollution-preventing energy … [Read more...]

US/China Climate Goals Could Boost Energy Efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy says that energy efficiency will be key to meeting US/China climate goals announced by President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in an historic pact this week. The two nations – which account for 40 percent of world greenhouse gases – agreed to cut emissions over the next two decades. The U.S. will build on its … [Read more...]

A Primer on ESPCs, UESCs and the "CBO Scoring Problem"

As the nation’s largest energy consumer, the Federal government is always trying to find ways to reduce energy consumption and save valuable taxpayer dollars. One popular method used to reduce consumption is through improved energy efficiency because it has proven to be a cost-effective way to produce significant savings. However, due to the nature … [Read more...]

Some ‘Oh Wow’ Facts on Energy Efficiency from EE Global

EE Global in Washington, D.C. showcased some big energy efficiency innovations last week. Here's a rundown... Brainy light bulbs. Refrigerators that heat dishwasher water. Elevators that use no more energy than toasters. These are just a few of the “Oh Wow’ topics last week at the annual EE Global conference. But it was growth in cities – and … [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...]

EE Global Features Energy Heads of State May 20-21

Next month's EE Global forum in Washington, D.C. will feature two energy heads of state – one from the world’s largest economy and the other from its most energy efficient. Ernest Moniz, U.S. energy secretary, and Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Danish minister of climate, energy and building, will address the energy leaders gathering May 20-21. It will … [Read more...]

House Energy and Commerce Committee Okays Tenant Star Bill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee made its first move on energy efficiency in the 113th Congress with approval Jan 28 of a bill that would create a ‘Tenant Star’ program. The Better Buildings Act (H.R. 2126) would set energy efficiency standards for  those that rent space in commercial buildings. Tenants that meet the voluntary standards … [Read more...]