Elk River, Minnesota moving along on plan to go green


Elk River, Minnesota – proudly touting its designation as “Energy City" – is a year into a long-term plan to promote recycling, resource conservation and green buildings, the StarTribune reports.

Trucking companies look to welcome EPA efficiency moves

National Journal

The Environmental Protection Agency's effort to further regulate fuel economy for trucks is being welcomed by the industry, which is hoping the steps will save money, National Journal reports.

Indiana regulator says move to end efficiency program was costly


The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says the state's canceled energy efficiency program had created 18,000 jobs and saved money for consumers and taxpayers, WSJV-TV reports.

Alberta government to push efficiency

Calgary Herald

New Alberta premier Rachel Notley told the provincial legislature Tuesday that efficiency will be an important element in her government’s energy strategy, the Calgary Herald reports.

Big Kansas City buildings to report on energy, water use

The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Council is ordering the city’s big building owners to report on energy and water use, despite objections the plan amounted to overreaching bureaucracy, The Kansas City Star reports.

DOE official unhappy with efficiency language in omnibus energy bill

Bloomberg BNA

The provisions in the House omnibus energy bill which would prevent the Department of Energy from issuing efficiency standards for furnaces and water down other conservation standards would undermine the president’s push to fight climate change, Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary Kathleen Hogan told a hearing this week, Bloomberg BNA reports.

Tesla Motors co-founder wants to electrify commercial trucks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Twelve years ago, Ian Wright and some fellow engineers launched Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that has helped jumpstart the market for electric cars.

Now, the Tesla co-founder wants to electrify noisy, gas-guzzling trucks that deliver packages, haul garbage and make frequent stops on city streets.

Washington state to help homeowners with efficiency


The Energy Spark program being put together by Washington state offers homeowners a reduced mortgage rate if they buy an energy efficient home or make efficiency improvements to their existing house, KIRO reports.

Money, emissions gains from tackling waste in buildings

Business Insider

In one of a number of efficiency successes reported by Business Insider, Kohl’s department store chain is saving up to 18 percent of its energy costs after installing software that enables it to monitor energy meters remotely, according to installer Environmental Systems Inc.

EPA delayed on implementing cost-saving actions, IG says

The Environmental Protection Agency is running late on implementing a number of recommended fixes to improve agency efficiency, boost environment and public health protections and save money, the agency’s inspector general says.

In a semi-annual report to Congress, EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr. said that the agency was more than a year delayed in implementing 53 fixes as of the end of 2014.


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