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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...]

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...]

UCS: Senate Energy Bill Better than Doing Nothing

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Rob Cowin, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, explains the good and bad of the Senate energy bill as lawmakers ready it for approval. Today the Senate is expected to pass the Energy Policy and Modernization Act. From a clean energy standpoint the bill still falls far short of what is needed to promote more clean energy deployment. But there’s … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…CEE Says Spending Stable…Obama Signs Energy Savings Bill…Major Labs Focus on Tropics

Quick energy efficiency news for this week... Utility energy efficiency and demand response spending remained stable at $8 billion for 2013 in the U.S. and Canada, about the same as the previous year, according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. CEE tracked the spending in its ninth Annual Industry Report, issued May 1, 2015. Other … [Read more...]

Tenant Star: New National Branding Label for Energy Efficiency in Commercial Spaces

NRDC's Wendy Fok reports on the April 30 signing by President Barack Obama of the Energy Efficiency Act of 2015, which encourages energy efficiency in commercial spaces. Tenant Star, a multi-year effort envisioned by the Real Estate Roundtable's Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC) was signed into law by President Obama this afternoon. … [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...]