Washington, D.C. — Today both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate moved forward on legislation to improve energy efficiency in the United States. The House passed a new program called "Home Star" that will help homeowners reduce their energy bills through energy efficiency investments and at the same time help our struggling economy by providing jobs for construction workers. On the Senate side, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee reported out a set of amendments that adopt new consensus minimum efficiency standards on a variety of products.
Washington, D.C. — New efficiency standards released late yesterday by the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy (DOE) will deliver huge energy savings nationwide by making each of the millions of new water heaters installed more energy-efficient, according to a coalition of energy efficiency, consumer, and environmental organizations.
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.
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. — Strong new national appliance standards for 26 common household and business products planned during President Obama’s current term could slash total U.S. electricity use by over 1,900 terawatt-hours (1.9 trillion kilowatt-hours) cumulatively by 2030 while saving consumers and businesses over $123 billion, according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). The new standards also could make a big contribution to U.S.
Washington, D.C. — New national minimum energy efficiency requirements for light bulbs will save more energy than any other standard ever issued by any administration, according to a coalition representing environmental and consumer organizations, state government, and utilities. The new standards, announced by President Obama today, will make the hundreds of millions of fluorescent tube lamps that light offices, stores, and factories more efficient.
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.