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New California Homes Mandated to Install Solar PV

Energy Efficiency vs. Home Affordability Written by Radhika Ojha, dsnews.com, May 11, 2018 Long seen as a frontrunner in clean energy goals, The Golden State has done it again by introducing a regulation that will make it mandatory for all new homes to install solar panels starting January 2020. The California Energy Commission recently voted unanimously to […]

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Hawaii Gets New Utility Regulations

Hawaii Gov Signs Performance-Based Ratemaking Into Law The new law will link utility revenues to hitting various customer-focused performance metrics, including the interconnection of solar and energy storage. Written by Julia Pyper, greentechmedia.com, April 24, 2018 Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill into law Tuesday that reforms the century-old electric utility business model, to […]

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Colorado Moves on Energy Storage Legislation

Colorado Senate approves second storage bill, waits on House Written by Robert Walton, utilitydive.com, April 24, 2018 Dive Brief: The Colorado Senate on Monday voted 26-9 on third reading to approve HB18-1270, which directs the development of mechanisms to enable investor-owned utilities to acquire energy storage systems, while restricting their size to 15 MW. Because amendments […]

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Connecticut Feels the Results of Energy Fund Raid

State Report: Budget Raid On Energy Funds Hurting Connecticut Economy Written by Gregory B. Hladky, www.courant.com, March 30, 2018 Lawmakers’ deficit-driven decision to “sweep up” $127 million in energy efficiency program funds will trigger far larger economic losses, according to a state board created to monitor Connecticut’s efforts to cut energy use. The Connecticut Energy Efficiency […]

Legal Loophole Denies Consumers Energy Savings

Lighting standards loophole jeopardizes energy and cost savings for fluorescent tubes Written by Chris Granada, appliance-standards.org, March 23, 2018 A legal loophole has already denied American consumers expected energy savings from efficiency standards on fluorescent tubes. Unless it is closed, this loophole threatens additional missed savings, particularly for households and small businesses. General service fluorescent […]