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Blog Post | May 5, 2014

Shaheen-Portman: The low drama bill with huge benefits

The Senate has returned to the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill it dropped last fall, and has resumed fighting over amendments to it. In the midst of the battles over Keystone XL, EPA, LNG, and ACA (or, for the uninitiated: an oil pipeline, pollution standards, natural gas exports, and the Affordable Care Act), it’s easy to forget that there is an energy efficiency bill in there that does not get much press attention or warrant a three-letter moniker. Why? Because nobody is fighting over it!

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Blog Post | April 17, 2014

SF Fed highlights the central role of efficiency in the maturing of green community development

Energy efficiency is increasingly viewed as an essential element of community development, and is arguably becoming the most appreciated and integrated “green” topic in the field. For example, a growing number of state housing finance agencies actively encourage the inclusion of energy-efficient features in the properties in which they invest.

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Blog Post | February 27, 2014

Legislation As a Team Sport: Can Shaheen-Portman Score a Win?

In the Winter Olympics that just concluded in Sochi we saw amazing examples of coordination and synchronization in event after event, from bobsled to ice hockey to pairs figure skating. Unfortunately, we seldom see this kind of cooperation on display these days in Congress. Too often it seems like every member is heading in a different direction, and the sled goes nowhere.

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Press Release | November 14, 2013

Mississippi Emerging as Regional Leader in Energy Efficiency

Portfolio of Policies and Programs Could Meet 13% of Electricity and 10% of Natural Gas Demand, Create 32,000 Jobs, and Generate $4.3 billion in Economic Growth by 2025

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Blog Post | August 8, 2013

Congress Moves Forward on Energy Efficiency

Congress is now on its summer recess, but just before leaving, the Senate made the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392) the official order of business on the Senate floor upon the members’ return on September 9th. The bill was drafted by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-OH) and contains useful provisions on building codes, industrial energy efficiency, and efficiency improvements to federal facilities.

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Blog Post | June 28, 2013

Energy Efficiency in Louisiana Makes a Comeback

What had looked like a dead end for energy efficiency in Louisiana now looks like an opportunity for the state to be back on track.

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Blog Post | June 24, 2013

Louisiana’s Opportunity to Create Jobs and Save Residents and Business Billions on Their Energy Bills

Soon Louisiana could join the majority of states in the nation, including its neighbor Arkansas, in realizing the vast benefits of energy efficiency for its electric and natural gas customers.

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Blog Post | June 24, 2013

New Orleans at a Crossroads: Leading Louisiana or Standing Still?

Any day now the legal and technical advisors to the City Council of New Orleans are expected to make recommendations for the proposed integrated resource plan and 2014–2017 energy efficiency programs for the city. New Orleans has been an efficiency leader in the Southeast with its quick-start Energy Smart programs that have been running since 2011.

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Press Release | May 30, 2013

Energy Efficiency Programs and Policies Could Save Louisiana Residents and Businesses over $4 Billion

New Orleans Already Beginning to Lead State in Energy Efficiency Efforts, but Tremendous Savings for Residents and Businesses Still Untapped

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