Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., are re-introducing energy efficiency legislation that has fallen victim to Capitol Hill political battles in the past despite enjoying wide bipartisan support, National Journal reports.
Carnegie Mellon University hopes to cut its utilities bill 10 percent - $2 million a year - using a cloud-based analytics system to find and fix energy inefficiencies on campus, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a standard seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include another major household appliance.
Clothes dryers, perhaps the last of the major household appliances to be included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's program, became available in 45 Energy Star models starting Presidents' Day weekend, according to the EPA.
The trend toward creating “gamified” programs that encourage energy efficiency and better energy practices can actually achieve noticeable energy savings among people who use them, according to a study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, The Washington Post reports.
Massachusetts-based Schneider Electric will work on bringing a focus on energy efficiency to the construction of the new $375 million Las Vegas Arena, an indoor sports venue slated to open in the Nevada city next spring, The Boston Globe reports.
Energy usage by the federal government –- one of the world’s biggest energy consumers –- was at the lowest level ever recorded in 2013, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, though at $24 billion, the tab to taxpayers was more than more than double the low set in 2000, The Times-Picayune reports.
Opower, which works with utilities to get reductions in customers’ energy use, has found that there is a drop during the Super Bowl, and in its Outlier blog presents the theory that watching TV in groups rather than as individuals is partly responsible, The Washington Post reports.
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee have written to Centrus Energy Corp. and the firm’s new chief, Dan Poneman, asking to see correspondence between the two while Poneman was serving as deputy at the Department of Energy, The Hill reports.
Former Environmental Protection Agency lawyer Chet Thompson will step into the top slot next month at the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, replacing Charles Drevna as chief of the refiners’ lobbying group, FuelFix reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency should take a closer look at the herbicide glyphosate, used in Monsanto’s "Roundup", said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., after an arm of the World Health Organization found it is "probably carcinogenic", The Hill reports.
The decision over who pays for the massive costs of shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant could be reviewed now that a different member of the California Public Utilities Commission has been assigned the matter, NBC San Diego reports.