EU seeks energy efficiency to ease Russia gas link

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive is proposing legislation to curb the energy use of households and firms by almost one third by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower its dependence on gas imports, particularly those from Russia.

The Commission proposed Wednesday to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent, an upward revision of its earlier target of 20 percent by 2020.

Florida utilities seek to back away from efficiency programs

The News Service of Florida

Major electricity providers -- including Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy -- have been presenting testimony to the Florida Public Service Commission this week in support of their request to cut back on energy efficiency programs, a move opposed by conservationists, The News Service of Florida reports.

Whirlpool seeks end to Energy Star class action suits

The New York Times

Whirlpool is threatening to pull out of Energy Star unless Congress moves to ban class action lawsuits stemming from the Environmental Protection Agency’s program, a process already begun with legislation introduced by Rep. Robert Latta, R-Ohio, The New York Times reports.

General Motors

EIA: New gasoline cars will give hybrids and plug-ins financial heat

For those looking at fuel economy strictly to save money, buying a standard gasoline-powered vehicle may be the way to go, according to data analysis from the Energy Information Administration.

In part that’s because of what the EIA calls the "diminishing returns" in fuel savings – the higher the efficiency to start with, the less effect there will be from improving it by a few miles per gallon.

Alliance to Save Energy briefing on efficiency financing

Washington, July 1, 2014, 12:00 pm

Alliance to Save Energy congressional briefing, "Invest: Perspectives on Energy Efficiency Financing." Energy Department Special Advisor for Finance Kenneth Alston to moderate. 

EPA moves to approve 'climate-friendly' refrigerants

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday rolled out a plan to allow new, more climate-friendly refrigerants it said would cut greenhouse gas emissions without harming the atmospheric ozone layer.

In a proposal made available for public comment, EPA listed five alternative refrigerant chemicals as substitutes for ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons in six uses. Those include home and commercial air conditioners, freezers and vending machines, among other applications.

Tech sector targets efficiency

Los Angeles Times

Energy efficiency is a booming business for Silicon Valley and companies in the technology sector, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Efficiency measures clear the House

The Hill

The House has approved two energy measures on a voice vote: One to establish an office within the Energy Department to coordinate efficiency programs in schools, and another to require the department to study insulation in federal buildings, The Hill reports.

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.


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