Washington, D.C. — New home water heater efficiency standards proposed yesterday by the Obama Administration will save energy and money for U.S. households and reduce global warming and other harmful emissions; but they fall short of their potential according to a broad coalition of energy-efficiency, consumer and environmental organizations.
Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit yesterday granted the Obama Administration’s request to reconsider weak efficiency standards of residential furnaces, one of the home’s biggest users of energy. The case was brought to the U.S. DOE by several states, and environmental and consumer groups.
Congress passed an economic stimulus package over the weekend that does much to promote energy efficiency. The American Recover and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 includes several provisions modifying and expanding the scope of the energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives. A few notable changes:
A campaign by energy efficiency advocates to accomplish a 30 percent energy efficiency improvement to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) came to a head in September at the final action hearings of the International Code Council (ICC) in Minneapolis. The IECC is the national model energy code that is used by 44 states to set minimum energy efficiency requirements for residential and commercial new construction.
Nearly 1,000 participants gathered at Asilomar Conference Center in California for the 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, making the conference a major success. The biennial meeting, held August 17-22, broke the previous attendance record by more than 100 people; many would-be registrants had to be turned away due to lack of space.
Washington, D.C. — With the downturn in the economy grabbing daily headlines, consumers across the nation are looking for ways to reduce living expenses and save money. While we can’t help with your slumping 401k, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) does have some useful tips to help ease the burden of winter energy bills.
On Oct. 3, 2008, the President signed into law legislation to extend many of the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives first enacted in 2005 but that expired at the end of 2007 or that were scheduled to expire at the end of 2008. The bill also includes extensions of a variety of renewable energy tax incentives. The energy efficiency provisions include: