Washington, D.C.—Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states—including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia—taking major steps that moved them up the ranks in the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by ACEEE.
OZARK — The Empire District Electric Company has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking approval of demand-side programs under the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act. Empire also seeks authority to establish a demand-side management investment mechanism.
Utilities are in a “death spiral,” trapped in a “vicious cycle,” and are exploring “profound transitions” to fight for their continued survival. These are the kinds of headlines that have dominated the discussion of how utilities, facing sagging demand for energy amidst the rise of green-powered, energy-independent customers, are struggling to adapt to a new business paradigm.
The City of Chicago recently passed the Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance of the City of Chicago (the “Ordinance”).
Subject to certain exceptions, the Ordinance generally requires owners of buildings of 50,000 gross square feet and larger to track and report energy consumption.
California has long been a leader in efforts to improve building energy efficiency, both at the time of construction and upon a major remodel or equipment replacement. Efforts have included advanced building codes and appliance standards, a wide variety of incentive programs, design and installation training, and public outreach.
Efficiency Nova Scotia could be in trouble, say critics of a new plan proposed by the incoming government. Ratepayers currently support the non-profit organization, which aims to reduce the amount of energy Nova Scotians use.
The world is at a “tipping point,” and how it produces, distributes and uses energy will determine if sustainable development succeeds, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, highlighting climate financing, in particular new public-private partnerships, increased investment and enhanced market development.