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New Label for Things Made from Wind Energy

New Label for Things Made from Wind Energy

Jim Gunshinan

I am composing this blog post on a computer that was likely assembled in a factory that runs on electricity made from coal. The aluminum for the case and other parts of the computer probably came from a smelter powered by natural gas. The electricity powering the computer here in California could come from a combination of natural gas, from hydropower, wind power, or a solar thermal plant that uses the Sun’s energy ... [continue reading]

ACI's Energy Upgrade California

ACI's Energy Upgrade California

Steve Mann

ACI's Energy Upgrade California, held January 10-11 in Los Angeles, presented a pretty good picture of how the Energy Upgrade California program will roll out across California. Currently an investor-owned utility (IOU) pilot program, it offers modest rebates for whole house improvements. There are a variety of rules and regulations, and paperwork, and processes that were all laid out pretty clearly at the conference. In addition, the local municipalities talked about their related programs ... [continue reading]

Say Goodbye to a Lightbulb We All Know and Love

Say Goodbye to a Lightbulb We All Know and Love

Jim Gunshinan

You know which light bulb I mean. It is the one you burned your hands on when trying to unscrew it too soon after it’s been turned off. It’s the one you put in the lamp in your living room to read by in your comfortable chair; the one you use to light the stairways at night. It’s the 100-watt incandescent that uses practically the same technology put together ... [continue reading]

ACEE Reports on Extension and Modification of Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives

ACEE Reports on Extension and Modification of Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives

Leslie Jackson

 ACEEE wrote to us in December about the tax package that had just passed the Senate and was likely to pass the House of Representatives: It includes extensions and revisions to three existing federal energy efficiency tax incentives: for appliances, a one-year extension; for new homes, coverage for 2010 and 2011; and for home retrofits, one year with modifications. Under the pending bill, the appliance credit is extended for one year, and efficiency criteria and incentives ... [continue reading]

Why We Save: When the Cost of Energy Hits Home

Why We Save: When the Cost of Energy Hits Home

Tom White

As we work to save energy, one of our goals is to save dollars for consumers. But there are other costs that energy professionals can minimize as well, for example, obtaining and transporting energy and building materials. Knowing that we are helping to minimize these 'external' costs will renew our motivation to save energy, and hopefully inspire home energy users to save as well. 'External' costs include the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill; U.S ... [continue reading]

Through prediction or performance, how do we meet our energy challenges?

Through prediction or performance, how do we meet our energy challenges?

Jim Gunshinan

Henry Gifford, a mechanical systems designer and principal at Gifford Fuel Savings, Inc. in New York City, is suing the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for millions of dollars. Gifford, in the class action suit, claims that the USGBC has committed fraud in the selling of its Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) program, and has unfairly kept work away from people like him who are not involved in the program. (Photo of Henry ... [continue reading]

November/December 2010 Editorial: Restoring Credibility in the Efficiency Marketplace

November/December 2010 Editorial: Restoring Credibility in the Efficiency Marketplace

Alan Meier

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and nowhere is this adage truer than with the assurance of a manufacturer’s compliance with energy efficiency standards and endorsement programs. If any link is broken in this process, then it is impossible to “haul up” those energy savings for the consumer. The Department of Energy (DOE) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are finally taking actions to repair some of the ... [continue reading]

What's Next for Weatherization--Pioneers in Community Energy Leadership

What's Next for Weatherization--Pioneers in Community Energy Leadership

Tom White

At the recent NCAF Energy Leveraging conference, one of the big questions on the minds of attendees was how do we keep over 1700 weatherization subgrantees alive after the ARRA stimulus funding runs out?  As Bob Adams, Program Lead with the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program, said,"We don't want [the unemployment of weatherization staff] to be our post-ARRA legacy. The crystal ball is really cloudy, but there are ... [continue reading]

Democrats More Prone to Guilt

Democrats More Prone to Guilt

Jim Gunshinan

In general Democrats are more sensitive to the negative effect of their actions on others. That is one conclusion of a study done by Cornell University researchers, who shared their findings at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference (BECC) now taking place in Sacramento. Cornell Economist Benjamin Ho explained that an extensive human behavior study showed that Democrats are more likely to respond to television commercials and other media used to get a person ... [continue reading]

V.P. Biden Announces Three New Recovery through Retrofit Initiatives

V.P. Biden Announces Three New Recovery through Retrofit Initiatives

Tom White

Vice President Biden announced new Recovery through Retrofit initiatives that will grow the home performance industry and help middle-class families save money on their energy bills: [continue reading]

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