NASEO Releases Working Paper on Least Cost, Energy Efficiency Approaches to Address EPA's Clean Power Plan
On July 31, 2015, NASEO released its working paper “Energy Efficiency Strategies for Clean Power Plan Compliance: Approaches and Selected Case Studies” to support state consideration of “no regrets” and often least-cost energy efficiency strategies for prospective Clean Power Plan (CPP) compliance.
NASEO Applauds Bipartisan, Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015
NASEO applauds the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, released by the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week.
NASEO Board of Directors Passes Resolution in Support of Access to Whole-Building Energy Data and Benchmarking
On July 22, 2015, the NASEO Board of Directors voted to support the burgeoning policies of whole-building energy data access, benchmarking, and transparency. The resolution, recommended by the NASEO Buildings Committee, was passed unanimously by the Board of Directors at their summer meeting...
NASEO Buildings Committee Seeking Input to Identify and Set Priorities
The NASEO Buildings Committee is seeking input to develop priorities in policy, partners, and programs. This quick survey will help the Committee and NASEO Staff identify topics, speakers, and where to allocate resources.
NASEO Presents with National Lab Directors at Congressional Briefing
On July 8, 2015, NASEO's Executive Director, David Terry, participated in a panel presentation on energy infrastructure modernization with the directors of three National Laboratories; Melanie Kenderdine, Director of DOE's Office Energy Policy and Systems Analysis; and the President of the Edison Electric Institute.

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WHEEL Achieves Major Milestone - First Securitization of Single Family Residential Energy Efficiency Loans
Citigroup Inc. and Renew Financial have issued a fresh class of asset-backed securities, based on a pool of residential energy efficiency loans. The issue marks a first-of-its-kind in additional securities, slated to be issued later by these parties, in association with the Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans ("WHEEL")...
Senate Energy and Intelligence Committee Submits Letter on U.S. Energy Renaissance
On July 14, 2015, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Richard Burr (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, in support of the intelligence community' assessment of the geopolitical and international security impacts surrounding current domestic energy renaissance.
Senators Coons and Moran Reintroduce Bill to Level the Playing Field for Renewables
U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX-02) and Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to level the energy playing field by giving investors in renewable energy projects access to a structure whose tax advantage is currently available only to investors in fossil fuel-based energy projects.
From Energy Star to Tenant Star: The Next Frontier in Building Efficiency
Through the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, a notable portion of the bill directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to creat a tenant-focused version of EPA's very successful Energy Star for buildings program, which is being hailded by a wide range of industry stakeholders as the next great tool for driving energy savings in commercial buildings.
RGGI Brings Billions in Net Benefits-Analysis
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has generated $1.3 billion in net economic benefits across nine participating states, according to a new report from the Analysis Group at NARUC's summer meeting in New York.

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Governor Sandoval, Office of Energy, and NV Energy Announce Nevada Electric Highway
Governor Brian Sandoval, the Office of Energy, and NV Energy are soliciting interest from business and government entities along U.S. Route 95 that would like to host charging stations and support electric vehicle infrastructure development throughout the state.
Iowa to Develop State Energy Plan
The Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Department of Transportation recently issued a request for proposals from bidders to assist in developing a state energy plan, which will encourage energy, economic and environmental benefits through the goals and recommendations that form during the planning process.
North Carolina Getting Commercial-scale Wind Farm, Opening Door for the South
North Carolina is developing a $600 million commerical-scale wind farm project by Iberdrola Renewables, LLC, which will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City. Once completed, it could generate about 204 megawatts, or enough electricity to power 60,000 homes.
Florida Office of Energy Offering Energy Kits for K-12 Public Schools
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Energy is now offering Energy Educational kits for K-12 public schools. These include: 1) the Energy Curricula and Learning kits, designed to complement the Solar Matters and Understanding Solar Energy activity units; and 2) the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) Solar Car kits, for students to use to construct a JSS car.
SolarCity to Make First Community Solar Investment in Minnesota
SolarCity Corporation, the nation's largest installer of residential solar ­panels, says it will invest $200 million in Minnesota to build its first community solar gardens, and hopes to sell much of their electric output to apartment dwellers who have been left out of the rooftop solar market.

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ACEEE Releases Report on U.S. Energy Efficiency Progress and Opportunities

A new report, "Energy Efficiency in the United States: 35 Years and Counting," from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examines U.S. energy efficiency progress over the past 35 years, and also looks at possible and recommended pathways for the next 35 years. [more]