Consumer group sees trend toward more fuel efficient cars

The Hill

Over the past six years, the average fuel efficiency of cars purchased in the U.S. has increased by more than 4 miles per gallon, according to the Consumer Federation of America, which predicts the trend will continue, The Hill reports.

Current cable boxes are energy hogs

Los Angeles Times

Boxes to run cable and satellite TV have become the second biggest users of energy in U.S. homes after air conditioning, the Los Angeles Times reports, noting that the devices could be as efficient as smart phones but there haven’t been incentives pushing such improvements.

Ford cuts fuel ratings on 6 models

The New York Times

Mileage ratings on six Fords in the 2013-14 model year – including Fiestas, plug-in and hybrid versions of the Fusion and C-Max and a hybrid Lincoln – have been lowered by up to seven miles per gallon, The New York Times reports.

DOE announces $10M for new grid software


The Energy Department announced it would invest more than $10 million in six software projects to boost the efficiency of electric grids in five states, Bloomberg reports.

Colo. PUC lowers Xcel’s efficiency targets

Denver Business Journal

Efficiency targets for Xcel Energy in Colorado from 2015-2020 will be higher than the company wanted, but less than the state’s Public Utilities Commission originally proposed, the Denver Business Journal reports.

Ohio lawmakers near rescheduled energy-target vote

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill halting the phase-in of Ohio's renewable energy and efficiency standards is re-emerging after the long weekend.

The contentious proposal delays targets for how much energy Ohio utilities must generate from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2025.

House Public Utilities Chairman Peter Stautberg delayed the vote to Tuesday after intensive lobbying last week.

Moniz to discuss LED lighting in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary is visiting Detroit to mark the city's progress installing energy-efficient LED streetlights.

Secretary Ernest Moniz plans to speak Thursday afternoon at the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program. He's expected to discuss the installation project that includes the participation of the Energy Department, the city, its Public Lighting Authority and others.

Office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Absent on efficiency bill vote, Murkowski avoids taking sides

The Senate vote Monday that failed to advance the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill revealed a split among its 14 co-sponsors, with three Republican supporters voting against a motion to end a Republican filibuster and move to final passage.

Among the others, 10 voted to stop the filibuster, leaving Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as the only one of the group to miss the vote. It was unclear which group she would have joined, as she declined on Tuesday to say whether how she would have voted on the motion. 

"I have not said how I would have voted," she remarked in the Capitol.

Associated Press

Senate shelves Shaheen-Portman bill

Bipartisan energy efficiency legislation failed to advance in the Senate on Monday, as backers were unable to overcome a Republican filibuster. 

The 55-36 vote fell short of the 60-vote margin needed to end general debate.

The bill, by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was expected to die after Republicans said last week they would not agree to an up-or-down vote offered by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. that did not allow them to offer amendments. 

The defeat also ends an offer by Reid to hold a separate vote on a Keystone XL pipeline approval bill by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

Three of the seven Republican sponsors of the efficiency bill voted against the motion to end the filibuster. They were Hoeven, Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, and Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

The vote likely means no energy legislation will move in the Senate this year, outside of a bill to renew expired tax breaks that includes incentives for renewable energy production, alternative vehicles and biofuels.

2014 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum Day 2

Washington, May 13, 2014, 8:30 am

2014 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum concludes. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Sen. Rob Portman to deliver luncheon speeches. 


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