East coast states again dominate awards for efficiency

By Elisa Wood September 15, 2010 Again East Coast states have won disproportionate recognition in a national analysis of energy efficiency programs, this time from the well-respected American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. ACEEE named five of the best state-led efficiency programs in a report issued Wednesday. Three of the five awards … [Read more...]

Energy head tilters for this week

By Elisa Wood October 8, 2009 I’ve been writing about energy for 20 years.  And during those years, I’ve heard many out-of-the box concepts and witnessed some surprising trends. But it seems that lately head-tilting news comes along more and more frequently, a sign I think of how quickly innovation is occurring in the electric power … [Read more...]

Are you eligible for a manufacturing tax credit?

By Elisa Wood September 10, 2009 The United States has been generous with tax credits for energy production. But until now, it’s been somewhat miserly about giving breaks to those who make the equipment that makes the energy – or saves it. That’s changed with creation of the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Credit (MTC), part of the federal … [Read more...]

Carbon cap and boom?

By Elisa Wood August 6, 2009 If we try to reduce greenhouse gases, the economy will take a hit, according to conventional wisdom. The Energy Information Administration bolstered the notion this week by reporting that energy prices would rise for the average US family by $142 in 2020 and $583 in 2030 under the House cap and trade bill passed in … [Read more...]