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March 2010

Blog Post | April 1, 2010
Blog Post | April 1, 2010
Blog Post | March 31, 2010

State Current: States Move on Energy-Related Recovery Act Funding

The one-year anniversary of the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided the opportunity for legislators and the public to examine its progress achieving the stated goals of both stimulating job growth and laying a foundation for sustained economic growth.

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Blog Post | March 31, 2010

State Current: Nation Approaches 25-State EERS Milestone

The country is rapidly approaching a milestone in energy policy. As of today, twenty-three states have an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). Since 2007 fifteen states adopted an EERS, a policy that requires utilities to save a specific percentage of electricity and natural gas sales over an extended period of time through energy efficiency. The country will likely soon see over half of the states since an EERS is pending in three states (Utah, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island).

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Blog Post | March 31, 2010

Manufacturing Continues to Recover, If Somewhat Slower

While reports indicate that factor orders increased for the 10th month out of the past 11, inventories grew at a slower rate than anticipated indicating continued caution on the part of companies. The bright spots are in investments in manufacturing equipment that suggest a growing recovery in manufacturing capacity. Also manufacturing hiring continued to decline, reinforcing trend toward labor productivity.

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Blog Post | March 29, 2010

Carbo2n Nation Film Review

I was privileged to attend the world premier of a new energy and climate documentary, Carbo2n Nation, last night at the DC Environmental Film Festival. For disclosure purposes, I was an early technical adviser to the film, though I have not been involved with the production or editing of the film and this is the first time I have seen the film.

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Press Release | March 18, 2010

Energy Efficiency Can Create New Jobs, Save Consumers Billions of Dollars, and Meet Nearly One-Quarter of North Carolina's Energy Demand

Morrisville, North Carolina — Energy efficiency can create 38,000 new jobs for North Carolinians while saving consumers $3.6 billion in energy bills, according to a new report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Press Release | March 9, 2010

Energy Efficiency Proposals Could Create 333,000 Jobs in 2010

Washington, D.C. — Proposed federal energy efficiency jobs provisions would create about 333,000 jobs in 2010 and then 184,000 jobs in 2011 as funding begins to ramp down, according to a new analysis released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The proposed programs include residential and commercial retrofit programs and an energy-efficient manufacturing grant program. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment will be holding hearings on these issues this week.

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Blog Post | March 9, 2010

Federal Jobs Bill for 2010

The Administration and Congress are concerned about the high unemployment rate and are planning a significant jobs bill, to be enacted in spring 2010.  The focus of the bill is creating jobs in 2010 and the bill will emphasize projects and programs that can begin quickly and start creating jobs within a few months of enactment.  The bill is likely to have multiple components, a few of which relate to energy efficiency and creating “green jobs.”  As of this writing, three major efficiency provisions are in development – residential retrofits, industrial and CHP efficiency grants, and commerc

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