August 2013

Blog Post | August 30, 2013

With Americans Stocking Up for Labor Day Cookouts, New DOE Standards Will Make It Cheaper to Keep Beer Cold and Meat Frozen

Just before Labor Day weekend, the Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed two strong new energy-saving standards for commercial refrigeration equipment, which would make it cheaper for store owners to keep the drinks and food Americans buy for their cookouts—and year-round—cold and frozen.

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Blog Post | August 23, 2013

Inspector General Shows DOE Standards Program Getting Even Better

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) inspector general (IG) released an audit report Wednesday on the agency’s management of the national appliance efficiency standards program. The audit confirms serious concerns that we have been raising for years. More importantly, it shows DOE is addressing those concerns and strengthening a vital program.

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Blog Post | August 15, 2013

Growing the Rural Economy with Energy Efficiency

With all the attention that certain provisions in the farm bill have been getting lately, it’s easy for those of us of the urban (and suburban) persuasion to forget that there’s more to the bill than just crop subsidies and food stamps. An important part of USDA’s mission is to improve the quality of life in rural areas, and one of the ways they can do this is through promoting energy efficiency.

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Blog Post | August 14, 2013

Friday Night Lights: Thanks to DOE, It Won't Cost as Much to Light Your High School Football Field

Next time you’re at a night game or in a big box store, look up—if you see bright white lights housed in dome-shaped fixtures, you’re probably looking at metal halide lights. Strong  new energy efficiency standards for metal halide lamp fixtures proposed yesterday by the U.S.

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Blog Post | August 13, 2013

Hard to Reach or Great Opportunities?

One of the most overused misnomers in the energy efficiency field is the term “hard to reach” for customer segments that aren’t easily served through existing utility customer-funded programs and marketing channels. The reality is that the segments covered by this term shift constantly as new programs or business models are developed that allow segments to be served cost-effectively, at scale.

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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 | August 7, 2013

Thinking Big About Energy Efficiency

Observers of U.S. energy policy might think of energy efficiency as a useful investment strategy to smartly manage the growth of energy consumption. They might also see it as a cost-effective means to ease our transition into a post-carbon world. And yes, the evidence does support both of these notions.

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