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Sep 17

Excuse Me, Where are the Smart Devices Located?

One August afternoon, a few MEEAites embarked on a recon mission to gather data on smart devices in two major...

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Sep 17

Building Energy Efficiency Has Stalled-Here’s How to Spark Progress

U.S. commercial buildings could cut energy use by 29 percent on average by taking full advantage of controls technology and...

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Aug 17

Architects Speak Out Against Trump’s Latest Executive Order

One issue that the right and left agreed upon in the 2016 election? Infrastructure. The country’s roads, bridges, highways, hospitals, railways,...

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Aug 17

Hurricane Harvey Is Putting Texas Grid Resiliency to the Test

Hurricane Harvey’s path of destruction has left hundreds of thousands of Texans without power, and the state’s utilities are facing...

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Aug 17

Why Your Dishwasher Is Talking to Your Energy Company

The giant natural gas leak that hit California's Aliso Canyon reserve in late 2015 led to a massive quantity of methane being...

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Aug 17

Looking Beyond the Eclipse: How the Historic Event Tested Customer Engagement on the Electric Grid

Even if you couldn’t step outside to watch the solar eclipse take place today, it was still possible to participate...

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Aug 17

PACENation responds to the August 15, 2017 Wall Street Journal story, “More Borrowers Are Defaulting on Their ‘Green’ PACE Loans”

Residential PACE has been the best financing solution for the roughly 160,000 homeowners who have used it for energy, water,...

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Aug 17

Here’s how Southeastern states can reduce the energy burden of low-income households

Southeastern residents currently face historically high poverty rates, and low-income households spend an average of three times as much on energy bills, as...

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Aug 17

ACEEE’s guide tracks how local energy policy boosts community resilience

How have your community’s energy efficiency initiatives also increased its resilience? Our (ACEEE's) new paper, Indicators for Local Energy Resilience,...

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Jul 17

Energy Efficiency’s Existential Crisis Is Also an Opportunity

Just about every plan to achieve a clean-energy, low-carbon future includes a large helping of energy efficiency. But while it’s...

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Jul 17

How many billions do US businesses and individuals invest in energy efficiency each year?

Energy efficiency investments occur in virtually every sector of the economy. When combined, their total number is substantial — estimates...

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Jul 17

It’s Time to Force Behavior Change

A lot has been written about the potential impact that Volvo’s announcement will have on both the auto and oil and gas...

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Jul 17

Eight Is Enough: How Customer Engagement Can Happen in Minutes

FirstFuel’s Brian Bowen argues customer engagement is not about measuring minutes of thought or effort. It’s about achieving outcomes. Stop...

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Jul 17

Lessons From Energy and Efficiency Improvements to 100,000 Homes

This month, Renovate America marks an important milestone: 100,000 American homes have now used our innovative financing option, HERO, to...

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Jul 17

How to Get Better Results From Utility Pilot Projects

Many utility demos don’t produce results. Here are five tips to fix that. When it comes to trying out new...

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Jul 17

Utility programs can help low-income customers keep the lights on, but some do better than others

As households ramp up air conditioners to stay cool this summer, many will find themselves with higher energy bills. Paying...

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Jul 17

States Go First: How States Can Save Consumers Money, Reduce Energy and Water Waste, and Protect the Environment with New Appliance Standards

New appliance standards that states can adopt in the near term have the potential to save consumers and businesses billions...

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Jun 17

Mayor Bowser Announces Green Financing Deal with DC United

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser and DC United announced a $25 million private clean energy financing deal for the...

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Jun 17

As Arkansas leads on efficiency, two states poised to follow

Two states in the Southeast U.S. are moving to step up their energy efficiency mandates by taking lessons from programs...

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Jun 17

Pro-renewables business group prods gubernatorial candidates on Virginia energy regulations

A national association of businesses focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grids, energy storage and other technologies is pushing...

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Jun 17

The Value of the DOE State Energy Program

As part of President Trump's resolution to cut government spending, the White House has proposed drastic budget reductions for the...

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Jun 17

Blinded by the Light: Crusade Against Energy Efficiency Initiatives Ignores Their Role in Saving Consumers Money

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump and his allies in Congress are seeking to eliminate energy efficiency requirements for appliances, automobiles...

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Jun 17

Dem AGs, green groups sue Trump over paused energy efficiency rules

Eleven state attorneys general are joining environmentalists in suing the Department of Energy (DOE) over a handful of energy efficiency...

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Jun 17

The results are in: here are the most energy-efficient utilities in the US

Our first-ever scorecard of US utilities, released today, reveals striking regional differences and identifies the best — and worst —...

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Jun 17

Here’s how states can lead on clean energy

By Terry McAuliff Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, is the governor of Virginia. Climate change poses a serious threat to every Virginian’s...

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Jun 17

Climate policy: Americans want states to pick up federal slack

A majority of Americans across the political spectrum believe states are responsible for addressing climate change in the absence of...

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Jun 17

News: Virginia Joins Alliance of States Committed to Upholding Paris Climate Agreement

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia and 12 other states (to date) have formed an alliance...

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Jun 17

New York City Should Grade Buildings on Energy Efficiency

As President Trump retreats from his predecessor’s efforts to tackle climate change, it is more important than ever that our cities...

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Jun 17

While You Weren’t Looking, Energy Efficiency Became One of Our Nation’s Top Energy Resources

Here’s a fact I bet you didn’t know: in 2015, energy efficiency saved more electricity than was produced by every...

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Jun 17

Every Threat to Energy Efficiency Under Trump

What’s not to like about energy efficiency? It saves consumers money, supports millions of jobs, encourages businesses to innovate, and...

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May 17

Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency?

Not long ago in the southwest of England, a local community set out to replace a 1960s-vintage school with a...

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May 17

News: Congress should let communities set their own PACE

In hundreds of counties and cities across America, local officials are embracing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). PACE effectively expands...

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May 17

Where we stand: Climate change

Scientific consensus shows that increasing atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide contribute significantly to rising sea levels, extreme weather events and...

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May 17

News: Why we need the Building Technologies Office

Are you happy to have cheap, efficient light bulbs that don’t flicker and hum? How about a large refrigerator that...

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May 17

Why so many businesses want to save Energy Star

When the Trump Administration published its proposed budget in March, most government programs aimed at investing in energy efficiency were...

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May 17

American households use a variety of lightbulbs as CFL and LED adoption increases

As lighting technologies evolve and adapt to federal standards, lighting in U.S. homes is in a state of transition. Data...

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May 17

Will Virginia forge its own path on carbon regulation?

At the end of this month, a working group convened last year by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and tasked with recommending...

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May 17

EPA and ARPA-E Funding Survive Congressional Budget Cuts—For Now

Utility Dive: Last-Minute Congressional Budget Compromise Saves EPA, ARPA-E Funding The bipartisan budget compromise reached by Congress over the weekend...

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May 17

Congress Takes Promising Step on Budget

We welcome the new congressional budget deal as a promising sign of bipartisan cooperation. The deal maintains funding for essential...

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Apr 17

Where we stand: Climate change

Scientific consensus shows that increasing atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide contribute significantly to rising sea levels, extreme weather events and...

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Apr 17

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: “Virginia could realize 100% of pollution reductions” Through Energy Efficiency Alone

I’ve been saying this for years, but it’s great to see the superb American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) chiming...

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Apr 17

March on Climate Action by Tackling Building Energy Efficiency

As the hours tick down to the People’s Climate March this weekend, cities and private business are already forging ahead...

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Apr 17

How Big is the Market for Intelligent Efficiency Technology? You May Be Surprised

Our new research reveals that sales of learning thermostats, a very popular form of intelligent efficiency, are expected to be...

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Apr 17

Energy Upgrade California Encourages Residents to “Do Your Thing” to Lead the Way in Energy Efficiency

Golden State leaders are encouraging trendsetting Californians to “Do Your Thing”TM to set the pace for energy efficiency. State political,...

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Apr 17

The Department of Energy’s Reality Show Makes Efficiency Fun

It’s not easy to communicate excitement around energy efficiency because it’s all about HVAC upgrades, incremental improvements to boiler systems,...

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Apr 17

Companies decry Trump plan to eliminate Energy Star program

More than 1,000 U.S. companies, including some of the nation’s largest manufacturers, are urging Congress to preserve the 25-year-old Energy...

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Apr 17

Report: Fortune 500 Companies Accelerating Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Efforts

Despite efforts in Washington to sideline action on climate change, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies are taking increasingly...

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Apr 17

American energy use, in one diagram

Spring brings new growth, new possibilities, and, best of all, a new spaghetti diagram from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)...

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Apr 17

Your Fridge May Get Washington’s Next Regulatory-Rollback

Appliance makers want Congress to ease energy efficiency standards that they say are unrealistic and costly for air conditioners, refrigerators and...

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Apr 17

Energy Star ratings are cheap, effective and popular. Why does Trump want to kill them?

Commercial real estate giant CBRE is always on alert for shifts in federal government policy that might impact its vast...

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Apr 17

State of the Energy Efficiency Industry: The Utility Story

America’s electric and natural gas utilities are now investing more than $7.5 billion annually in programs to help customers use...

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Apr 17

Perry extends freeze on energy efficiency rules into fall

The Energy Department on Monday said it would extend a freeze on former President Barack Obama's energy efficiency rules, giving...

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Apr 17

The low-down on PACE financing in Virginia

Property Assessed Clean Energy financing, or PACE, is starting to get more and more attention around the Commonwealth and the...

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Apr 17

In Virginia, the Trump effect on environment is beginning to come into focus

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters often take opposite sides on environmental issues. But...

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Mar 17

Will energy efficiency be bigger than rooftop solar in the Southeast?

It’s easy to spot a solar home, but efficient homes are well camouflaged. So its no surprise that media and...

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Mar 17

Trump aims deep cuts at energy agency that helped make solar power affordable

The Trump administration is aiming a half-billion-dollar cut at the main U.S. hub for renewable energy research — 25 percent...

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Mar 17

CEE Annual Industry Report, 2016 State of the Efficiency Program Industry

The purpose of this report is to provide an annual time series analysis, a point in time report for the...

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Mar 17

Summers: Heads in the sand in Washington, climate action in Virginia

It’s hard to overstate exactly what’s at stake in moving forward to address the climate crisis, which is having real...

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Mar 17

Trump to Issue Far-Reaching Reversal of Obama Climate Push by Jennifer A Dlouhy

President Donald Trump is set to sign a sweeping executive order on Tuesday aimed at promoting domestic oil, coal and...

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Mar 17

Why rate design matters for energy efficiency

Today, most American households pay for electric service via a two-part electric rate. This typically consists of a small, fixed...

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Mar 17

Companies join green advocates in push to save efficiency program

Dozens of companies and organizations are pleading with Congress to save the popular Energy Star program for appliances and other...

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Mar 17

Energy Efficiency Spending to Spike

Businesses, as well as residential users, utilities and governments, are expected to increase spending on energy efficiency programs, according to...

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Mar 17

The Dawn of the Smart Store

The smart home has seen impressive technological innovations designed to improve sustainability and reduced energy usage, leading to a drop...

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Mar 17

Trump Got Nearly $1 Million in Energy-Efficiency Subsidies in 2012

The Trump White House has wasted no time in targeting pro-climate policies, freezing energy-efficiency standards finalized during the last days...

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Mar 17

Efficiency advocates try again to update Virginia building codes

Home efficiency advocates and homebuilders are squaring off in Virginia over what many stakeholders say is an overdue update to...

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Feb 17

A Surprising Reason Why Some Energy Efficiency Programs May Not Work, And How to Fix Them

At every level of government—from a small rural community in the U.S. to the entire European Union—there’s one common energy...

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Feb 17

Q&A: How The 2017 Unsung Hero Award Winners Are Advancing Energy Efficiency

Since the Alliance was created 40 years ago, we’ve witnessed great strides in energy efficiency, and much of it can...

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Feb 17

The ‘New Normal’ in America: Renewables Boom, Emissions Plunge and Consumers Save More Than Ever

After decades of technology development, business model innovation and policy progress, the U.S. economy is now decisively growing -- independent...

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Feb 17

Yale to Help Guide National Institute on Improving Industrial Energy Efficiency

Researchers from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) will play a lead role in a new U.S.-funded...

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Feb 17

Scott Pruitt Is Seen Cutting the EPA With a Scalpel, Not a Cleaver

Scott Pruitt, President Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, is drawing up plans to move forward on the...

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Feb 17

Trump team relaxes EPA restrictions on media and contracts

The Trump administration said Friday it has thawed its temporary freeze on contract grant approvals at the Environmental Protection Agency,...

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Feb 17

Wading into the Trump era of energy efficiency

Barely one week into the new administration, we are far enough into the water to see dim shapes of the...

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Jan 17

Trump wants to scrap two regulations for each new one adopted

President Trump signed an order Monday aimed at cutting regulations on businesses, saying that agencies should eliminate at least two...

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Jan 17

Virginia utility under pressure from company seeking to offer 100% renewable electricity

A national energy marketer offering electricity and natural gas in 10 states and the District of Columbia is trying to...

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Jan 17

Schneider Electric wants to help you buy clean energy

Some of the world’s most innovative technology companies, from Apple to Facebook to Google, are famous for "acquihires," or buyouts...

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Jan 17

Record Judge Vacancies Could See Trump Recast Courts

With President Trump preparing to nominate a ninth justice for the Supreme Court this week, tumult over the crucial vacancy...

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Jan 17

Many Fear Automation Will Wipe Out Jobs. But Automating Buildings Will Be a Jobs Creator

Amazon’s launch of its “Go” store -- essentially a grocery with no cashiers -- has fueled a debate about how...

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Jan 17

Week 1 of the Trump Presidency: Infrastructure Plans, Budget Cuts, Appointees and More

Did you blink? If so, you might have just missed a major piece of news this week. We’re just seven...

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Jan 17

Arthur Rosenfeld, Zealous Champion of Energy Efficiency, Dies at 90

Arthur H. Rosenfeld, a physicist who became widely known as the father or energy  efficiency for championing energy-saving requirements for...

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Jan 17

Now Hiring: The Growth of America’s Clean Energy & Sustainability Jobs

Over the past several decades, the United States has been transitioning into a more environmentally sustainable and energy efficient economy....

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Jan 17

EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It, Sources Say

EPA staff has been instructed to freeze all its grants ― an extensive program that includes funding for research, redevelopment...

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Jan 17

Mercom: Smart grid, storage and efficiency firms raised $1.3B in VC funding in 2016

Companies focused on smart grid, energy storage and energy efficiency raised $1.3 billion in venture capital funding in 2016, according...

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Jan 17

Business Resolve On Climate Action Is More Urgent Than Ever

Last fall, business leaders from Whirlpool, Schneider Electric and Clif Bar met with Ohio state lawmakers on an important request:...

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Jan 17

In the Southeast, conservative clean energy group is expanding

Conservatives for Clean Energy, a Raleigh based non-profit, recently expanded into Virginia where it will continue its efforts to “educate...

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Jan 17

DOE Pick Perry Backs Energy-Efficient Building Codes

Newly inaugurated President Donald Trump has selected Rick Perry to run the Department of Energy (DOE). This week, Perry testified...

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Jan 17

Trump team prepares dramatic cuts

Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending. Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting...

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Jan 17

Constitution challenge over utility rates in Virginia begins this week

Following the dismissal of a bill in the legislature, a controversy over who sets and reviews rates for Virginia’s utilities...

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Jan 17

How Tesla Batteries Help Make Sierra Nevada Beer

The hop notes are pine and citrus, chased by toasted malt and a finish of lithium-ion. That's right, one of...

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Jan 17

How Commercial PACE Came to Michigan

Michigan passed the legislation for a Commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program in 2010. Businesses and commercial properties in...

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Jan 17

Led by the Solar Industry, Grid Modernization Created Over 100,000 American Jobs in 2016

rid modernization investments are creating a construction boom across America -- largely driven by the deployment of solar. According to...

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Jan 17

Maryland: Ahead of the Game in Energy Efficiency

Chalk up a big win for the Free State! A first-of-its-kind, just-released American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) study...

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Jan 17

NC green energy industry employs 34,000, census reports

North Carolina renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses have created the equivalent of 34,000 full-time jobs and generate $6.4 billion...

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Jan 17

Looking Back on Eight Years of Progress in Energy Efficiency

As we look ahead to the swearing in of President-elect Donald Trump next week, we pause to reflect on the...

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Jan 17

Maryland Benefits: Examining the Results of EmPOWER Maryland through 2015

In 2008 Maryland passed an energy efficiency resource standard requiring the state to reduce per capita energy consumption by 10%...

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Jan 17

States, Power Companies Lead in Cutting Carbon; Election Not slowing Expected 2017 Progress

2016 was a big year for progress in the U.S. power sector. Renewable energy sources provided 16.9 percent of the country’s electricity...

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Jan 17

We knew energy efficiency employs a lot of people, and now we know how many

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office next week, he will be looking to make good on his campaign...

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Jan 17

Microgrids expand in Virginia with two new projects

Following a trail blazed by a large dairy plant, a private college and a U.S. defense agency have collectively embarked...

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Jan 17

2017 is looking like a good year for energy efficiency as investments grow

As the new year begins, we expect 2017 will bring increased investments in energy efficiency and other efforts to save...

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Dec 16

Energy Department issues five new regulations that Trump could try to cancel

It’s not over yet for Obama era rules, regulations, and other consequential decisions — which in recent days have included...

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Dec 16

Don’t kill US climate plans, 15 states warn Trump

Top legal advisors for New York, California, Virginia, Vermont and New Mexico are among those warning they will go to...

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Dec 16

Why Is Improving the Efficiency of Small Businesses So Challenging?

Since Donald Trump’s victory in last month’s presidential election, there has been much speculation about the future of the United...

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Dec 16

The 2018 Building Energy Code Holds the Line for Efficiency

The newest building energy code, which will govern how much energy and money is saved by new home and commercial...

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Dec 16

How regulations and technology brought us closer to Utility 2.0 in 2016

It's too soon to say the utility industry has evolved, or reached some kind of 2.0 status in 2016. There's...

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Dec 16

VA Dept. of Corrections Wins State Award

The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) is a premiere recipient of an efficiency award from the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council...

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Dec 16

Energy Efficiency Standards for Computers and Monitors: Frequently Asked Questions

What is covered under these standards? The standards cover desktop computers, notebooks (also referred to as laptops), small-scale servers, workstations...

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Dec 16

The Energy Department helped start a revolution- and doesn’t know who to hand it off to

As the Obama administration prepares to leave office, it is seeking to underscore just how much has changed in the...

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Dec 16

PACE program seeks to spur investment in clean, efficient energy across Maryland

Maryland counties are increasingly signing on to an unorthodox program that makes it easier for owners of large office buildings...

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Dec 16

The US will save trillions of dollars if Obama’s energy efficiency legacy stands

The Obama administration’s energy efficiency efforts are saving billions of dollars each year and could save trillions by 2040. The...

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Dec 16

Why did we do it this way?

Somewhere long ago and far away, someone decided that the value proposition for energy efficiency was saving money. “Everybody loves...

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Dec 16

California adopts nation’s first energy-efficiency rules for computers

The California Energy Commission has passed sweeping energy-efficiency standards for computers and monitors in an effort to reduce power costs, becoming...

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Dec 16

LEDs Cut New York’s Christmas-Light Energy Needs by 35%

In December 1989, Clark Griswold’s impressive lighting display caused a peaking power plant to come on-line somewhere in Illinois. Fast-forward...

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Dec 16

Energy Efficiency Jobs: Nearly 1.9 Million and Growing

President-elect Trump should look to clean energy and energy efficiency if he wants to make good on his jobs promise...

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Dec 16

Bill Gates Launches $1 Billion Breakthrough Energy Investment Fund

Billionaire philanthropist and investor Bill Gates is launching a $1 billion fund, called Breakthrough Energy Ventures, to invest in new...

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Dec 16

In Kentucky’s Dying Coalfields, Can Mining Jobs Be Transformed Into Sustainable Jobs?

Gwendolyn Christon, the 61-year-old owner of the IGA grocery store in Isom, Kentucky, has been working at the store since...

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Dec 16

NRDC: States Have the Legal Authority to Lead on Clean Energy

NRDC filed a “friend of the court” brief on December 9th to support New York State in defending against a...

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Dec 16

Conservation Voltage Reduction: Dominion’s “Fifth Fuel”

Nine years ago the Commonwealth of Virginia produced a state energy plan that included among its objectives the cutting of...

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Dec 16

Three Reasons Trump Doesn’t Matter to Energy Policy

The forces driving clean energy are likely to continue progressing regardless of efforts by President-elect Donald Trump to reverse them, a leading...

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Dec 16

Can the US cuts its energy use in half by 2050? Yes, but we will have to double down on our efforts.

Five years ago, ACEEE found that energy efficiency could reduce projected 2050 US energy use by 40–60%. As a result,...

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Dec 16

DOE Launches Signature Partnership to Jump-Start Zero Energy Schools

On December 6, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of a new partnership to jump-start zero energy...

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Dec 16

How many jobs does clean energy create?

Declining costs of wind, solar power and energy efficiency is helping to drive a shift from fossil fuels generally — and coal...

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Dec 16

Utilities embrace e-commerce in bid to boost efficiency

In an era of dramatic change, utilities across the U.S. are increasingly focused on engaging customers and finding new revenue...

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Dec 16

White House rushing out energy efficiency rules in flurry of 11th-hour actions

Dive Brief: With the clock running out on President Obama's administration, the White House is pushing out dozens of new...

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Nov 16

Michigan’s energy efficiency standard continues to exceed targets

Michigan’s 2008 law requiring utility spending on energy efficiency programs continued to exceed targets in 2015, surpassing goals for cutting...

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Nov 16

Leaders and Innovators Recognized with Inaugural Virginia Energy Efficiency Awards

6 Winners Honored by Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) and Governor McAuliffe at Richmond reception Richmond, Virginia (November 29, 2016)...

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Nov 16

Trump’s First 100 Days: Climate and Energy

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to drastically alter the U.S.’s direction on climate and energy. His promises include actions like...

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Nov 16

How Utilities Can Become Efficiency Innovators

With future federal clean energy policies in doubt, proactive clean energy policy will likely be left largely to states in the...

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Nov 16

Do New DOE PACE Guidelines Do Enough for Low-Income Residents?

The U.S. Department of Energy has updated its guidelines for property-assessed clean energy financing for homes, as residential property-assessed clean...

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Nov 16

Energy Efficiency and LED Lighting Implementation Key to Achieving Paris Agreement Climate Goals

LONDON: The COP22 climate conference, held in Marrakech earlier this month, marked a transition from high-level commitments to concrete actions...

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Nov 16

The Clean Power Plan and energy efficiency: where do we go from here?

As another round of global climate talks has concluded, many observers wonder whether the 2016 election means the end of...

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Nov 16

Hundreds of U.S. Businesses Urge Trump to Uphold Paris Climate Deal

Hundreds of businesses such as Starbucks, General Mills and Hewlett Packard are asking President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on...

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Nov 16

Boosting energy efficiency investment crucial for hitting climate targets

Energy efficiency is an area of climate action with "enormous untapped potential", according to a new report released today by...

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Nov 16

New environmental sciences building at Virginia Wesleyan College will be a learning tool itself

Christopher Haley finally has a place to cut his rocks. The science professor at Virginia Wesleyan College jokes about it,...

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Nov 16

News: State leaders discuss what’s ahead for Virginia, climate

A panel of influential voices from across Virginia came together Tuesday to discuss climate change and public opinion, how it...

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Nov 16

Zillow: Energy efficiency a hot marketing point for Fresno homes

Energy efficiency is a strong marketing point for home sales in the Fresno area, according to an analysis by real...

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Nov 16

Building Energy Code Compliance

After previously discussing what building codes are, how they are developed, and how they are adopted, we now explore the...

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Nov 16

Federal agencies look to tap into the health benefits of energy efficiency

Energy auditors across the U.S. are looking beyond leaky windows and outdated appliances in pursuit of a more holistic approach...

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Nov 16

Portland becomes first city in Maine to require reporting on large buildings’ energy use

The Portland City Council voted 6-3 to become the first community in Maine to require large businesses and residential buildings...

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Oct 16

Creating Jobs in Home Efficiency

For forty years, the Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has advanced greater energy efficiency in low-income households for the...

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Oct 16

US Smart Meter Deployments to Hit 70M in 2016, 90M in 2020

Smart meters are now the rule, rather than the exception, for U.S. electric utilities. According to a new report from...

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Oct 16

Waugh and Cummings: Virginia can grow clean energy business, cut energy costs and create jobs

On Sept. 22, our two organizations participated in an event with significant implications for families and businesses throughout the region....

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Oct 16

McAuliffe unveils energy plan update

Governor Terry McAuliffe unveiled his update to the 2014 Energy Plan at a ribbon cutting for a new solar installation...

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Oct 16

At Monticello High School, McAuliffe touts solar panels, energy plan

Gov. Terry McAuliffe attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning for a new solar panel installation at Monticello High School, taking...

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Oct 16

Hampton Roads’ solution to stop the land from sinking? Wastewater.

SEAFORD, VA. — It looks like a mad scientist’s lab, something straight out of a sci-fi novel. Valves turn in...

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Oct 16

Six Common City-Level Energy Policies Could Reduce Nationwide Carbon Emissions by up to 480 Million Metric Tons Annually

The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently examined the carbon abatement potential of city actions in six policy...

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Oct 16

Our new guide helps separate the Pikachus from the Digletts of energy efficiency behavior-change programs

In the energy efficiency world, programs that reduce energy use by targeting human behavior are relatively few, but proliferating quickly....

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Oct 16

Behavior Change Programs: Status and Impact

Behavior change programs are becoming a common method for reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency. But what types of...

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Oct 16

U.S. companies brace for climate-friendly alternatives in cooling systems

U.S. chemical companies including Honeywell and Chemours Co are ramping up efforts to produce alternative coolants used in air-conditioners and...

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Oct 16

Do solar power and energy efficiency go together like lox and cream cheese?

TreeHugger has been looking at the issues of solar power vs energy efficiency for years, how people pile solar panels...

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Oct 16

Global energy efficiency has tripled, but it’s not enough to curb climate change

The downward shift in global energy intensity has quickened its pace in recent years. But that still may not be...

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10

Oct 16

The Hospitality Sector Offers Significant Energy Efficiency Opportunities

The hospitality industry in general, and big hotels in particular, can add a tremendous amount to the bottom line by...

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10

Oct 16

How Midwest states are pursuing efficiency amid trend against mandates

While the political landscape in Midwest states shows a growing reluctance to mandate utility spending on energy efficiency, some states...

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8

Oct 16

“PACE in Virginia” Webinar Recording

On October 4 we hosted the first in a new webinar series, kicking things off with "PACE in Virginia." Watch...

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7

Oct 16

Want sharper workers? Try a green certified office

Can a green building make your company smarter? That's what new research suggests, underscoring the ROI for green certifications —...

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6

Oct 16

Anacostia nonprofit launches new HQ using DC PACE financing

A leading provider of supportive services to families in Ward 8 is constructing a new state-of-the-art headquarters with help from...

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6

Oct 16

Advocates seek to bring industry into energy efficiency conversation

Factories and other industrial energy users could make significant improvements in energy efficiency, saving money, cutting energy demand and reducing...

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3

Oct 16

Health benefits of residential energy efficiency

E4TheFuture recently commissioned Tohn Environmental Strategies to perform a review and analysis of recent literature documenting residential building energy efficiency-related...

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3

Oct 16

National Energy Efficiency Registry Gains Momentum

During the past few months I have been energized by the great work happening to create the National Energy Efficiency...

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29

Sep 16

Local, state and the federal government excel at energy efficiency

The government is a lot of things. One of them is a building owner. Indeed, owning and operating facilities are...

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28

Sep 16

Virginia industries could cut carbon, save billions with efficiency

Virginia manufacturers and industries would gain billions in benefits from better energy efficiency, while also cutting their carbon output, according...

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22

Sep 16

How do we move people from green attitudes to green habits?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the shift in American identity that we’re seeing pop off the pages...

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22

Sep 16

McAuliffe attracts heat from pipeline foes but kudos from clean energy sector during Roanoke visit

Meanwhile, several roundtable participants, including executives from businesses large and small that are involved in renewable energy projects, congratulated McAuliffe...

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20

Sep 16

How to raise trillions for green investments

SAVING our planet from the worst effects of climate change won’t be cheap. A new report from the United Nations...

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20

Sep 16

Solar and energy efficiency need to work together like PB&J

Energy efficiency and solar advocates have on occasion butted heads over which option should be implemented in homes and buildings...

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18

Sep 16

Energy efficiency is the greatest energy story you haven’t heard

The phrase “energy efficiency” pops up all the time. Why? Because it’s a big deal. Energy efficiency is now the...

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14

Sep 16

Inside Nest’s 50,000-home virtual power plant for Southern California Edison

Nest’s smart thermostats are a device for the upscale and energy-aware consumer. But they’re also a resource for grid stability...

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14

Sep 16

Three years after consumer bulb launch, Cree revamps bulb portfolio

More than three years after getting into the consumer-priced LED bulb business, Durham LED firm Cree has unveiled what it’s...

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13

Sep 16

Energy efficiency meets Reality TV

Companies usually don’t allow managers from other businesses to poke around their facilities, with television cameras no less, and criticize...

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13

Sep 16

The quest for home utility bills…of zero

SANTA CLARITA, Calif.—The KB Home development here looks like any other middle-class subdivision in Southern California—rows of stucco houses with...

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13

Sep 16

Energy efficiency meets reality TV

Companies usually don’t allow managers from other businesses to poke around their facilities, with television cameras no less, and criticize...

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1

Sep 16

Virginia homebuilder pursues a center for ‘zero-energy’ makeovers

Charley Juris, recently retired as a custom home builder, thought his career was behind him when took a phone call...

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1

Sep 16

Governor challenges Dominion to accelerate energy efficiency education and education program

During a day-long tour of three locations receiving energy efficiency improvements, Governor McAuliffe challenged Dominion Virginia Power to accelerate outreach...

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30

Aug 16

Groups aim to expand access to NC energy efficiency benefits

Recognizing that energy efficiency remains the cleanest, cheapest energy resource, SELC recently filed comments in the North Carolina Utilities Commission...

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30

Aug 16

Fourteen years later, Virginia community’s energy savings still stacking up

In 2002, Stu Rose and Trina Duncan moved into the first home in a tiny Virginia neighborhood focused on achieving...

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25

Aug 16

LEDs, not solar, have transformed their industry

For all of the talk about the disruptive nature of wind and solar on the utility sector, there is another...

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22

Aug 16

Seeking proposals for PACE experts to support local governments: Deadline 9/8

The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council is seeking proposals from subject matter experts in the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) field...

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19

Aug 16

The enormous scale of all the energy that we never used

It’s not easy working in the energy efficiency world — that wonky sphere focused on tweaking homes and appliances to...

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18

Aug 16

Energy efficiency can accelerate economic growth

Both political candidates claim that America needs to accelerate economic growth. This is accepted as a worthy goal by Paul...

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16

Aug 16

The power of renewables and energy efficiency in real estate

Energy conservation, efficient lighting and building automation are now common -- so when discussing a new home, it's important to...

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16

Aug 16

Energy Dept invests $19M to improve efficiency of nation’s buildings

The Energy Department announced today it is investing $19 million to improve the efficiency of our nation’s homes, offices, schools,...

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15

Aug 16

Global warming polarizes more than abortion

Tempers are rising in America, along with the temperatures. Two decades ago, the issue of climate change wasn’t as contentious....

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11

Aug 16

‘Dude’ software helps drive efficiency gains for Virginia city

With the help of North Carolina software developer, the city of Roanoke, Virginia is finding it a lot easier, faster...

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5

Aug 16

Obama has done more to save energy than any other president

It’s an understatement to say that the Obama administration has been dedicated to fighting climate change — with its biggest...

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2

Aug 16

White House directs federal agencies to consider climate change

U.S. federal agencies should disclose whether their actions and decisions will have an impact on climate change, the White House...

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28

Jul 16

New report: Computer energy use can easily be cut in half

Cutting computer energy waste, particularly when desktops and laptops are doing little or no work, could save consumers billions of...

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27

Jul 16

Report: Peninsula bases in crosshairs of climate change

When Hurricane Isabel pummeled Hampton Roads with 5- to 8-foot waves in 2003, low-lying Langley Air Force Base in Hampton...

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25

Jul 16

How Tim Kaine helped persuade Virginians — and conservatives — to act on climate change

Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, questions climate change just like Trump himself does. By contrast, a peek into the recent past...

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20

Jul 16

Germany, Italy and Japan top world energy efficiency rankings

US Moves Up to #8 Spot Behind Spain and China, Rising From #13 Ranking in 2014; 3rdInternational Scorecard Evaluates 23...

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20

Jul 16

A smart ‘green tech hub’ in Vermont reimagines the status quo

Inside a plain brick building in Burlington lies the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, a buzzing hipster incubator that looks...

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13

Jul 16

Utility clean energy rankings reveal ‘unprecedented shift’ in power sector paradigms

California’s film industry may have taught the Golden State something that folks in other parts of the nation are just...

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12

Jul 16

When it comes to saving energy, it’s really not all about the money

A recent psychological study has provided suggestive evidence that when people decide to take steps to use less energy at...

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11

Jul 16

The best way to teach adults to save energy might be through their children

It’s hard to get people to change their habits, even when doing so could have lasting benefits for the environment....

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8

Jul 16

The energy efficiency sector should take a bow

Energy managers, facilities managers and everyone else in the sector should take a moment to congratulate themselves. A number of...

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29

Jun 16

3 ways cities can overcome barriers to energy efficiency

Cities have more potential than ever to implement significant enhancements in energy efficiency, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions at a...

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28

Jun 16

McAuliffe promises action on carbon, climate change, sets task force in motion

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe promised a close look Tuesday at energy regulations to cut carbon production and increase clean...

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28

Jun 16

Ceres ranks U.S. utility companies’ energy efficiency, renewable energy performance

A new analysis released today by Ceres shows that many of the nation’s largest electric utilities and their local subsidiaries...

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27

Jun 16

US, Mexico, Canada pledge 50 percent clean power by 20150

The U.S. and Mexico will commit to joining Canada in boosting their use of wind, solar and other carbon-free sources...

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24

Jun 16

Richmond’s environmental plan wins first-place mayors’ award

Richmond won a first-place award among large cities for its sustainability plan, the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced Friday. The...

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23

Jun 16

Virginia startup aims to create green score for existing homes

While LEED and other certifications are well-known indicators of commercial buildings’ energy efficiency, there is no such system for homes...

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21

Jun 16

New “Alliance for a Sustainable Future” announced

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - June 21, 2016) - The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Center for Climate and Energy...

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21

Jun 16

Survey shows millennials increasingly driving force behind electric utility transformation

A motivational trifecta of environmental sensitivity, practicality and affordability is driving residential consumers and businesses to find ways to utilize...

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21

Jun 16

Millennials increasingly driving force behind electric utility transformation

A motivational trifecta of environmental sensitivity, practicality and affordability is driving residential consumers and businesses to find ways to utilize...

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20

Jun 16

Featured Member of the Month (June 2016): Siemens

For over 165 years, Siemens has built a reputation for delivering leading-edge products and services, high levels of customer satisfaction,...

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17

Jun 16

Energy Secretary: Climate goals require efficiency, innovation

Ernest Moniz, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, came to town to talk about climate change. He stressed that he had...

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16

Jun 16

EPA proposes climate rule incentives despite court hold

The Obama administration is moving ahead with an incentive program for its contentious climate change rule, despite the Supreme Court’s...

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13

Jun 16

Study suggests consumers value energy efficiency over luxury

The recently released annual Energy Pulse study from Shelton Group suggests that consumers in the market for a new home...

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10

Jun 16

Energy Dept invests more than $10M in efficient lighting research and development

WASHINGTON — Building on the new commitments to the Global Lighting Challenge announced last week during the Clean Energy Ministerial,...

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10

Jun 16

How Nest’s shakeup could alter its approach to energy management

Late last week, Nest co-founder, design guru and alleged tyrant CEO Tony Fadell announced his departure, amidst a very long-running...

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3

Jun 16

A suburban experiments aims for free energy

FONTANA, Calif. — At first glance, Anthony and Vanessa Genau’s home in a subdivision beneath the San Gabriel Mountains here...

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3

Jun 16

Your utility wants to sell you more than just electricity

'They don’t want to be a commodity provider any longer' Utilities have operated more or less the same since the...

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1

Jun 16

Energy efficiency lowers costs in recent PJM capacity auction

Energy efficiency provides many benefits to the electric utility system. One of these benefits is reducing the market price for...

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31

May 16

Californians just saved $192 Million thanks to energy efficiency and rooftop solar

It’s true. Consumer investments in distributed energy resources can save all ratepayers money by avoiding expensive grid infrastructure upgrades. Solar...

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21

May 16

Blacksburg tackles climate change

BLACKSBURG – The bicycle and electric car parked outside the Blacksburg Motor Co. town offices Wednesday hinted at what was...

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20

May 16

This is how cities in the future will get their energy

In the global effort to fight climate change, cities have some of the greatest potential– and the greatest imperative —...

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18

May 16

Facebook, Microsoft Help Form Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance

There is no shortage of non-governmental organizations dedicated to the cause of increasing the use of renewable energy among businesses....

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17

May 16

New DOE accelerators target combined heat and power, low-income clean energy

Continuing its focus on building efficiency, the U.S. Department of Energy is launching three new accelerator programs focused on boosting...

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16

May 16

Clean Power Plan To Get Unanticipated En Banc Review

Monday, acting on its own initiative, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced that it would hear...

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May 16

Richmond DMV Cuts Energy Bills By A Third

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has saved more than $300,000 a year on its energy bills since it upgraded...

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