Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) recently partnered to develop a new energy efficiency certification for industrial refrigeration operators across the Northwest and the US.
Improved energy efficiency could save American consumers approximately $1,000 on their annual energy bill, according to estimates in a new report from the Consumer Federation of America. This is because our appliances, electronics, vehicles, and buildings use far more energy than they need to, which leads to more harmful air pollution and unnecessary expense for consumers.
Hearings to finalize the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) recently wrapped up with big wins for higher efficiency requirements in existing buildings, controls for lighting and daylighting hardware, and HVAC equipment specifications.
“The Alliance applauds the Department of Energy’s issuance Thursday of the Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for commercial refrigeration equipment and walk-in coolers and freezers. On his very first day in office, Secretary Moniz committed to advancing energy efficiency —and this latest action demonstrates the DOE is serious about helping Americans save energy and money.
California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated on an approximately three-year cycle. The 2013 Standards will continue to improve upon the current 2008 Standards for new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings. The 2013 Standards will go into effect on January 1, 2014.
The Energy and Water spending bill for 2014 that’s winding its way through the House was being treated as a political football before Wednesday. But this morning, as The Hill reports, the House added insult to injury by passing a GOP amendment to the bill that blocks enforcement of new light bulb standards.