Uneasiness over energy usage comparisons

Detroit Free Press

Reports comparing customers’ energy usage with that of their neighbors -- favored by a number of utilities to encourage efficiency -- have generated complaints as well, the Detroit Free Press reports.

LED lighting offers potential for smart cities

The New York Times

Copenhagen’s use of LED lighting on the streets – combined with sensors and wireless communication – takes energy efficiency to new levels, but other cities, including Los Angeles, are also moving to take advantage of opportunities provided by the new technology, The New York Times reports.

Shaheen, Portman bring efficiency back to Senate table

The Hill

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced an energy efficiency bill Wednesday –- less extensive than the one that failed in May –- hoping to get the legislation passed before the end of the lame-duck congress, The Hill reports.

Florida regulators ditch solar rebates, roll back efficiency goals

Tampa Bay Times

On a 3-2 vote, the Florida Public Service Commission has fallen in line with proposals from Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and Florida Power & Light, agreeing to wrap up solar rebate programs by the end of next year and reduce efficiency goals by more than 90 percent, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Greens want tougher efficiency standards in Florida

Sun Sentinel

Environmentalists and entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector are pushing Florida’s Public Service Commission to set tougher efficiency standards when it meets Tuesday to set targets through 2019, a move opposed by Florida Power & Light Co., the Sun Sentinel reports.

Airlines’ fuel efficiency drive stalls


A report from the International Council on Clean Transportation found that U.S. airlines failed to improve their fuel efficiency last year, a trend attributed in part to their retention of older aircraft, which may well continue as the recent slump in oil prices is easing pressure on them to cut their consumption, FuelFix reports.

Kia, Hyundai promise better fuel economy following U.S. penalties


In the wake of U.S. penalties that will cost them $350 million for overstating fuel economy figures, Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors pledged to raise average fuel economy by 25 percent by the end of the decade, Reuters reports.

EPA, DOE say more fuel efficient vehicles on market in 2015

The Hill

The EPA and Energy Department today unveiled their new fuel economy ratings for new vehicle models, pointing to a greater number of fuel efficient cars on the market next year, The Hill reports.

DOE announces meeting to discuss power cords

The Hill

Standards to improve the efficiency of fast-charging power cords for cellphones and computers will be the topic of discussion at a public meeting Nov. 21, the Department of Energy said Monday, The Hill reports.

Associated Press

Record $100M fine for Hyundai, Kia to settle EPA mileage case

The Obama administration and automakers Hyundai and Kia announced on Monday they've agreed to a record-setting $100 million fine that will end a federal investigation into allegations of inflated mileage claims, the largest ever under the Clean Air Act.

The settlement stems from findings two years ago by EPA that Hyundai and Kia, with three other companies in the Hyundai Motor Co. of South Korea, reported inaccurate mileage testing results for 1.2 million 2012 and 2013 model year cars and sport utility vehicles.


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