Associated Press

Shaheen, Portman try again to advance efficiency bill

A bipartisan push to advance energy efficiency legislation in the Senate got new life on Thursday with the introduction of a revised bill that repeals a mandate for federal buildings to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2030. 

An official with a key advocacy group said the change, along with nine others added to a previous version that stalled on the Senate floor last fall, will help the new bill by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Sen. Rob Portman get the 60 votes needed to advance past procedural hurdles.

Drive for energy efficiency appears to be lowering electricity sales


Electricity sales fell in 2013 despite the continuing economic recovery in the U.S., which the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy believes is due to the impact of policies to encourage energy efficiency, ClimateWire reports.

10 new provisions in fresh Senate energy efficiency bill


The energy efficiency measure that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, intend to introduce Thursday contains ten new provisions, E&E reports.

Office of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Senators to try again to advance efficiency bill

Lawmakers return to Washington this week to get their first look at a revised bipartisan Senate energy efficiency bill, one that sponsors hope will attract enough Republican support to win passage.

Details of the final bill were not yet completed, an aide to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said. But the aide said she and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, plan to re-introduce their bill later this week with the addition of bipartisan amendments proposed last fall during a brief floor debate on their original version.

Associated Press

Obama puts second wave of truck fuel standards into high gear

President Barack Obama on Tuesday touted his plan to set higher efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks as "another big step" toward cutting oil imports, lower carbon emissions and job creation.

Backed by huge trucks at a Safeway grocery distribution plant in suburban Washington, Obama said he has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department to propose a new standard in consultation with truck makers by March, 2015 and complete it a year later.

Redford says Alberta won't act on oil emissions without U.S.


Alberta Premier Alison Redford said her province wouldn't boost regulations on carbon emissions from oil producers to press approval of the Keystone XL pipeline unless the U.S. agrees to implement similar rules on its industry, Blooomberg reports.

Senate Energy subcommittee hearing on state efficiency programs

Washington, February 12, 2014, 2:30 pm

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Energy Subcommittee hearing, "Lessons from state efficiency and renewable programs." Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, stakeholders to testify. 

DOE announces new standards for external power chargers

National Journal

The Energy Department announced new efficiency standards for external power supplies used in phone and computer chargers and power cords for other electronics, National Journal reports.

10 US cities vow to cut emissions from buildings

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.

LA hotel gets green makeover

Los Angeles Daily News

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.


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