Study: Energy Efficiency Loan Financing Proving to be a Low Risk Investment with Large-Scale Potential
Energy Efficiency Loan Programs Default Rates Range from 0–3% and Remained Largely Unchanged During Housing Bubble Collapse
The 2012 Farm Bill is still several months away from really heating up, but we are already starting to think about what our priorities should be. Given today’s political climate, it seems likely that there will be some deep funding cuts compared to the 2008 Farm Bill.
Over the past year, the utility industry has experienced significant angst over pending updates to utility environmental regulations. Of particular concern is the question of whether to invest in plant updates to comply with these regulations or to retire these plants altogether and replace this capacity with new (and most likely natural gas-fueled) power plants. Many inside and outside the utility industry have painted this situation as a crisis in the making.
Niagara Falls, N.Y.—The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named four Champions of Energy Efficiency in Industry last night at its Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. These awards, presented to outstanding leaders involved with advancing industrial energy efficiency, recognize leadership and accomplishment in the field. Winners were selected based on demonstrated excellence in leadership, program implementation, energy policy, and private sector initiatives. The 2011 winners are:
A few months ago we reported on a dramatic increase in the Department of Energy‘s (DOE) budget request for the Industrial Technology Program (ITP), as well as a more prominent position for White House Manufacturing Counselor Ron Bloom on the National Economic Council. In the past few weeks, we have seen further indications of the Administration’s sust
Policymakers, advocates, and program managers interested in energy efficiency have increasingly been realizing that a one-size-fits-all approach is not always the best solution, especially considering the impact state and local policy and regulations can have. These state and regional variations are particularly significant in the manufacturing sector, with many industries concentrated in specific parts of the country.
The President’s FY2012 budget request last week contained the latest piece of positive news for manufacturing policy. In marked contrast to the growing number of funding cuts for other government programs, the President’s request for the Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) at the Department of Energy (DOE) is over 300% higher than the last congressionally approved budget (FY2010).
While the ACEEE 30th Anniversary Policy and Analysis Conference included many excellent presentations on the two topics in its title, based on the scope of discussions, the conference might have been more accurately named the Policy, Analysis, and Communications Conference. It was clear that too often, the policy and analysis communities speak different languages.