Four major California cities commit to dramatically reducing pollution from buildings by 2030

“Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Monica on Thursday joined 15 other cities around the globe in committing to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas pollution produced by buildings. The landmark Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration brings together mayors representing 19 cities and 130 million people to declare that all new buildings in these…

Good news from the Midwest: Michigan emerges as energy efficiency powerhouse

“Despite recent challenges and setbacks for energy efficiency in the Midwest, promising advances are also taking place. Perhaps most notable is the story unfolding in Michigan, where smart policy decisions over the past decade have already led to utility efficiency programs that will reduce utility costs statewide by more than $9 billion, with even greater…

Quantifying the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: A Guide for State and Local Governments

This Guide starts by describing, in Part One, the multiple benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy and explaining the value of quantifying these benefits so that they are considered along with costs. In Part Two, the Guide shows policy makers and analysts how they can quantify the direct electricity, electricity system, emissions, health, and…

Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

This guide provides information for local government staff and policy makers on: -The multiple benefits of energy efficiency -Step-by-step approaches to energy efficiency in new, existing, and green affordable housing -Key stakeholders to engage -Policy mechanisms for supporting energy efficiency -Implementation strategies for success -Investment and Financing opportunities Key features include: -Case studies and examples…

Honda Installs Large Solar Array at its California Campus

“The array is one of the largest in Southern California, rated at 2.0 megawatts of DC current. It features 6,000 panels and is expected to generate more than 3,000-megawatt hours annually. The solar system will replace approximately 30 percent of the facility’s purchased electricity. Plus, it will provide 100% of the location’s EV charging power.…

UC launches Million Light Bulb Challenge community buy program

“The University of California is spearheading a statewide effort to advance the purchase of 1 million high-quality, energy-efficient light bulbs for campus buildings and residences across the state. Under the new Million Light Bulb Challenge community buy program supported by UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, all UC students, staff, faculty and alumni can purchase light bulbs…

A Remarkable Return on Investment in Fundamental Research: 40 Years of Basic Energy Sciences at the Department of Energy

This report explores the connections between DOE-sponsored fundamental research in fields such as physics, materials science, and chemistry and the present-day technologies in information and other fields that pervade our lives. The critical role of DOE in these technological advances ranges from LED lighting and smartphone communications to more efficient internal combustion engines and lighter…

Landmark legislation: California’s water-energy nexus voluntary registry encourages water efficiency and emissions reductions

“Water usage is not often thought of in the context of energy. However, in a drought-ridden state like California, the transportation and treatment of water make up nearly 20% of the state’s energy usage. Senator Pavley’s innovative bill sets a new precedent for holding utilities accountable while also gathering new information on water’s impact on…

Permitting is making residential solar expensive and reforms can change that

“The cost of installing residential solar electricity generation in the United States has declined significantly over the past few years, due mostly to innovations that have reduced the cost of photovoltaic panels. But, nationwide, American consumers are still being charged far more for solar panels than the average consumer in other countries.” Click here to…

Incorporating Pollution Reductions from Energy Efficiency in State Implementation Plans

State air regulators can rely on energy efficiency to help meet specific pollutant reductions required under the EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). However many states are not incorporating this compliance strategy into their state implementation plans (SIPs). This report analyzes the location of air quality improvements from energy efficiency and identifies areas in…

Give Your Marketing a Power Boost: Become a National Housing Innovation Award Winner

National awards are hard to come by and immediately raise the stature of a home building business. Winners can prominently promote this distinction with the plaques provided by DOE as well as with announcements in ads, websites, and signage. All Housing Innovation Award winning homes are automatically added to the Zero Energy Ready Home website…

How energy efficiency can contribute to resilient rebuilding

“The Atlantic hurricane season is just beginning, and experts are predicting another active year. With that forecast and last year’s devastating storms in mind, many are calling for a rebuilding strategy that reduces the risk of repeated devastation by building more resilient communities. Energy efficiency should be a central component of that strategy. Its technologies…

Powering Energy Efficiency and Impacts Project Framework – June 21

Led by the Upper Coastal Plains Council of Governments, this webinar will explore the Powering Energy Efficiency and Impacts Project Framework (PEEIF) initiative, which resulted from a financial assistance award from DOE’s Cities-LEAP. The framework will enhance the efficiency of energy service delivery to low-income households in northeastern North Carolina. This project involves a data…
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