Law & Policy

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Amsterdam to Reduce Natural Gas Usage

Gita Subramony, ERS, for Zondits Currently, 90% of the homes in Amsterdam use natural gas to provide heat. City Lab takes a look at how the Netherlands’ capital is planning on moving away from natural gas as a heat source. The city is planning on switching buildings over to a district heating system, starting with

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Wisconsin Wants to Use Focus on Energy Funding to Boost Internet Speed

Advocates’ fears realized as Wisconsin directs energy dollars to internet access Midwest Energy News, December 9, 2016 Wisconsin ranks 49th in the country for internet speed and gets low marks for citizens’ access to broadband internet. The situation is hurting the state’s economy, experts say, and few would argue against investments to improve this situation.  But clean

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Future Energy Jobs Bill – Will it Help Illinois Improve Their ACEEE Scorecard Report?

Ethan Forauer, ERS, for Zondits   A few months ago we reported on the release of the highly anticipated ACEEE 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard report. This annual report provides key insight into the integration of energy efficiency across the United States and offers states a reality check on their progress towards often ambitious goals.

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A Contrarian View of Energy Efficiency for Your Serious Consideration

David Reynolds, ERS, for Zondits Seriously. The point of this article is to challenge those who believe in energy efficiency and all of the benefits it provides to society and to the environment – and to our continued employment in a noble field. It is time to rethink, reevaluate, and restate the benefits of energy


Poland Wants to Subsidize Coal-Fired Electricity

EU plan for CO2 limit to power reserve schemes hasty: Poland Reuters, November 30, 2016 The European Commission’s proposal to attach emissions limits to subsidies paid to utilities that set aside capacity to avert blackouts would be hasty and bad for the environment, Poland’s energy ministry said. A draft law published by the EU executive

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Introducing the Newest Congressional Climate Warriors

Climate hawks unite! Meet the newest members of Congress who will fight climate change. Grist, November 16, 2016 Last week was an awful one for anyone who cares about the environment. The new Congress and president-elect have a broad, aggressive, anti-environment agenda. Donald Trump has promised to scrap the Paris agreement, repeal all climate regulations, and

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Election Results Bring Both Uncertainty and Hope for Energy Efficiency

What do the 2016 election results mean for energy efficiency? American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), November 10, 2016 Now that the hard-fought 2016 election is over, I think it is useful to consider its impact on energy efficiency policy. No doubt, a lot of uncertainty remains because of President-elect Donald Trump’s lack of