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July 2013

Blog Post | July 31, 2013

Saving Drops, Watts, and CO2

President Obama’s speech on climate change back in June specifically called on new and existing power plants to reduce carbon pollution. As the nation considers how to best reduce greenhouse gases from the energy sector we should not leave out the impact of water use on carbon emissions.

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Blog Post | July 26, 2013

Rollin’ on the River

Like the great river that is its namesake, Mississippi has been moving swiftly along on efforts to save residents and businesses money on their energy bills, and as a result is becoming a regional leader in energy efficiency. Governor Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Legislature, and the Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) have all taken major steps recently to improve energy efficiency.

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Blog Post | July 15, 2013

More Irony As the House Contradicts Itself on Energy Efficiency Standards

The House of Representatives tacked on two amendments to the Energy and Water spending bill Wednesday that would limit DOE’s ability to carry out requirements mandated by none other than…Congress. One amendment would stop DOE from enforcing lighting efficiency standards passed by Congress in 2007 and the other amendment would halt a Congressionally-mandated 6-year review of ceiling fan standards.

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Blog Post | July 11, 2013

Energy Efficiency Resource Standards Chart a Steady Course

Utilities and policymakers are increasingly turning to energy efficiency as a low-cost way to meet or curtail rising energy demand. One policy tool in particular—an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS)—has been instrumental in providing a framework for energy efficiency across the nation.

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Blog Post | July 3, 2013

U.S. Building and Industrial Efficiency Policy 101

This blog was co-written with Kevin Mo and He Ping, Energy Foundation China.

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Blog Post | July 2, 2013

Powering Up Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency took center stage last week when President Obama announced a series of steps the administration will be taking to address climate change. From increasing fuel economy standards on heavy duty vehicles to making commercial and industrial buildings 20% more efficient by 2020, it is gratifying to see energy efficiency have such a prominent role.

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