Obama signs bill to boost energy efficiency in buildings

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed long-delayed legislation to boost energy efficiency in buildings.

Obama signed the bill into law Thursday in the Oval Office. He was surrounded by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

Business to see growth in energy usage: EIA

Columbus Business First

A new forecast says businesses will see small growth in energy consumption through 2040, while residential usage is likely to remain flat, Columbus Business First reports.

Ford's 1Q net income falls on strong dollar, lower sales

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford's net income fell in the first quarter, hurt by lower sales of key vehicles like the F-150 pickup and a stronger U.S. dollar.

But the Dearborn automaker says the picture should improve as the year progresses, and it's still aiming for a full-year pretax profit of $8.5 to $9.5 billion, up from $6.3 billion in 2014.


GAO: $2.2B loss expected from DOE loans

The Energy Department’s $28 billion loan programs for clean energy and high-tech vehicles, associated with failures like Solyndra and successes like Tesla Motors, are estimated to cost taxpayers more than $2.21 billion when all loans are repaid.

But that projection is down considerably from the Obama administration’s previous estimate of $4.49 billion, a government audit found, due to stronger performance in the vehicle loan program.

House OKs efficiency measure, sends it to Obama

The Hill

Legislation that requires creation of voluntary energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings has been approved by the House on a voice vote, and sent on to the President for his signature, The Hill reports.

Kentucky utility settles Fort Knox overbilling case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky utility accused of overbilling Fort Knox for energy-saving initiatives has agreed to pay the government $7.6 million to settle the case.

Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr. announced the agreement Monday with Elizabethtown-based Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative.

Office of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

House urged to act quickly on water heater measure, beat out DOE deadline

With Congress back in town, a group of businesses, trade associations and electric grid operators are urging the House to move quickly on a Senate efficiency package passed last month, to avoid an impending Energy Department deadline for large-volume electric resistance water heaters.

The bill, introduced and passed by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, includes a number of measures aimed to boost energy efficiency and would also exempt certain large-volume, grid-enabled heaters from rules set to take effect on April 16.

Truck, bus efficiency proposal getting WH review

The Hill

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy says a proposal to improve the fuel efficiency of trucks and buses is getting reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget, The Hill reports.

Office of Sen. Rob Portman

Analysis: After Shaheen-Portman win, good prospects for House action

It took several years and a vote in the wee hours of the morning, but Senate approval Friday is a major step forward for long-delayed energy efficiency legislation -- with the House preparing to move on a bill of its own. Representatives already have a history for backing efficiency legislation, and have a bill teed up.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, were the sponsors of the Energy Efficiency and Improvement Act. They were also the only two people to vote for it. All the other senators had gone home following a marathon session of voting on budget amendments.

Senate OKs efficiency measure

The Hill

The Senate passed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act – sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. – on a voice vote in the early morning hours Friday, The Hill reports.


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