LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayors from 10 U.S. cities took aim at their skylines Wednesday, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their buildings.
While power plants are the nation's No. 1 carbon emitter, it has long been known that businesses and homes also contribute to carbon dioxide pollution. Most of it comes from the burning of fossil fuels for heating, cooling and lighting.
Many of the participating cities — Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, Orlando, Fla., Philadelphia and Salt Lake City — already are working toward making their building stock more energy efficient.
Los Angeles officials were hailing a $7 million energy saving remodeling job just completed on a Hilton hotel in the area, paid for through the county's Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, or PACE, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Making good on a promise from last year's State of the Union to help create good-paying American jobs, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a new public-private manufacturing hub in North Carolina to develop next-generation power electronics.
Obama's announcement was meant to give a manufacturing boost to the state that has taken hits in the recession. "We're not going to turn things around overnight. A lot of jobs were lost in the textile industry and furniture-making," he told 2,000 gathered at a North Carolina State University arena.
But he expressed optimism that the time is now for a change. "This can be a breakthrough year for America," Obama said. "The pieces are all there to start bringing back more of the jobs that we've lost over the past decade."
The Energy Department and cable and satellite providers reached an agreement to improve the energy efficiency of set-top boxes, devices that often consume electricity when turned off, The New York Times reports.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said she and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, have been working to gather support for energy efficiency legislation and hope to give an update on their bill before the Senate ends work for the year, National Journal reports.
Energy-conservation lobbying groups the Alliance to Save Energy and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy urged the Environmental Protection Agency to prioritize energy efficiency in its greenhouse-gas regulations at existing power plants, National Journal reports.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled a program that will let local utilities borrow money from USDA's Rural Utilities Service and re-loan it to consumers for home energy efficiency projects, the Des Moines Register reports.
Energy Department, American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership, Council on Competitiveness hold American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit. Speakers include National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, President's Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Jason Furman.
A bipartisan group of eight senators including Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and committee ranking Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, called on the Environmental Protection Agency to make public the data it uses to craft Energy Star efficiency standards, National Journal reports.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote on its version of a Ukraine aid measure Wednesday, but inclusion of language on IMF reform could make it difficult to get the House to agree on the bill, The Hill reports.
EPA's inaction so far on carbon limits for major stationary sources beyond power plants, such as refineries, means the agency may not manage to do so under the Obama administration, National Journal reports.
NRG Energy Inc. is expanding in different parts of the country, buying Dominion Resources Inc.'s retail energy business and taking on California-based Edison Mission Energy, the Houston Business Journal reports.
Angry landowners in parts of Pennsylvania are claiming they've been shortchanged on royalties from Chesapeake Energy Corp., fueling a debate in the state over payment deductions, The Wall Street Journal reports.
FuelCell Energy Inc. was the most actively traded stock in U.S. markets Tuesday morning, hitting a multiyear high in intraday trading before closing lower, shares in Plug Power Inc. also finished down, Marketwatch reports.