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Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) 101

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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...]

Constellation Wins $25.8M Energy Efficiency Contract for NY/NJ Port Authority

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Constellation has won the second phase of an energy efficiency  contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates several well-known transportation assets in the United States. The Exelon subsidiary will install $25.8 million in improvements that are expected to save $27 million  in operating costs over 20 years. The … [Read more...]

Energy Poverty Becomes Focus as UN Kicks Off ‘International Year of Light’

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The United Nations today kicked off the International Year of Light, an educational campaign aimed at highlighting the economic and health importance of light technologies. Light poverty affects about one-fifth of the world’s population and leads to 1.5 million deaths from use of kerosene and candles that cause fires and respiratory illness, … [Read more...]

How to Attract Investors to Energy Efficiency

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Policymakers could work harder to attract investors to energy efficiency and ensure the US reaps all of efficiency's environmental and cost benefits, says Jeff Haydock, president and CEO of EcoCFO. The biggest barrier, he says: "The investment community has become increasingly risk averse, overall. This means there’s a smaller pool of funds … [Read more...]

Colorado Okays $500/kW Incentive for Recycled Energy

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Xcel Energy will begin offering a $500/kW incentive for recycled energy projects, following a recent ruling by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. The incentive will be paid out over 10 years to industrials and manufacturers who convert waste heat from stacks and processes into electricity. “The ruling—a first for the state—places … [Read more...]

Why This Company Wants to be Off-Grid — And On

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Here's a company that has the ability to be entirely off-grid -- but has decided that's not exactly the way to go. Alliance Autogas's Autogas Research & Technology Center, which opened in October, can produce all of its power on-site --40 percent from solar and 60 percent from a propane powered micro combined-heat-and power … [Read more...]

California’s Brown Envisions Doubling of Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Microgrids, Battery Storage…

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California Gov. Jerry Brown called for a doubling of energy efficiency in buildings, microgrids, distributed generation and other ways to cut greenhouse gases more,  in his inaugural speech this week. Brown also wants to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard from 33 percent to 50 percent. “I envision a wide range of initiatives: … [Read more...]

Intelligent Efficiency: New Ways to Travel and Save Energy

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We’ve been hearing for years about smart energy appliances that ‘talk’ to the grid. Here’s one better.  How about cars that talk to each other to save energy? Known as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), it is one of the fascinating intelligent efficiency technologies described in a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient … [Read more...]

Lighting Standards: DOE’s Final Act of 2014 to Save Office Buildings and Schools $15 Billion

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Noah Horowitz of NRDC describes new lighting standards for fluorescents that are used extensively in commercial and industrial buildings in the U.S. On the very last day of 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent lights that will lower the electric bills of virtually every office … [Read more...]

Building Investor Confidence in Energy Efficiency Projects Part 1

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The Investor Confidence Project provides energy efficiency standards that serve as the "logo in the lobby," building investor confidence in much the same way the LEED program standards and certification build confidence in projects, says Matt Golden, director of the Environmental Defense Fund's Investor Confidence Project in this podcast, which is … [Read more...]