The recognition of April 22nd as “Earth Day” does not resonate with the vast majority of metro Detroiters. That’s because it seems like a day dedicated to suburban recycle bins and counterculture energy activists, neither of which reflect the everyday struggles of low-income families across the region.
Making energy efficiency projects pay off, right away Michigan Radio, January 5, 2017 The U.S. EPA estimates that companies in Michigan waste up to a third of the energy they buy because of inefficient buildings and equipment. But most of the companies just keep paying those high energy bills, month after month, because they can’t […]
Several States Show Marked Improvement in 2016 ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Ethan Forauer, ERS, for Zondits Energy efficiency continued to accelerate across the United States over the last year, and the improvements are evident in the tenth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). […]
FirstEnergy could make millions in profits from its energy efficiency plan Midwest Energy News, September 22, 2016 Critics say FirstEnergy’s plan to resume its energy efficiency programs in Ohio could let the company take credit for work done by others and make millions of dollars as a result — at customers’ expense. Profiting from others’ work? FirstEnergy’s […]
Financing options boost the business case for energy-efficiency projects Supermarket News, July 20, 2016 Capture the ‘free money’ of on-bill financing With on-bill financing (OBF), a project is funded by a utility company or third-party investor at a very low interest rate — perhaps even 0% — and is paid back over time on a […]
Florida Supreme Court clears hurdle to PACE energy-finance program Sun Sentinel, October 15, 2015. Image credit: Joe Gratz The court rejected a challenge to the PACE program from the Florida Bankers Association, saying the group did not have standing to to fight it. PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy. The program lets people borrow to […]