New York Launches $70 Million EV Rebate and Outreach Program
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently launched a major electric vehicle (EV) rebate and outreach initiative to encourage the adoption of clean cars in New York. NYSERDA will manage the program, and will provide rebates of up to $2,000 for purchase of a new EV or hydrogen fuel cell car. The initiative will also provide $15 million for improving consumer awareness, installing infrastructure, and developing and demonstrating new EV-enabling technologies.
Date Posted: 3/24/2017

Sixth Annual Governor's Utah Energy Development Summit: Discount Available to NASEO Members
Under the leadership of Governor Gary Herbert, the Sixth Annual Energy Development Summit will chart new paths for the sector's responsible growth at home and abroad. The two-day conference and trade show is expected to draw more than 1,200 attendees, with a special discount available to NASEO members.
Date Posted: 3/24/2017

Alaska: Largest Onshore Oil Discovery in 30 Years
Earlier this month, Spanish oil company Repsol announced the discovery of approximately 1.2 billion barrels of oil in Alaska’s North Slope.
Date Posted: 3/24/2017

Colorado Energy Office Director, Jeff Ackermann, Appointed to Public Utilities Commission
Jeff Ackermann, the former Director of the Colorado Energy Office was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper as Chair of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. The appointment of Jeff Ackermann was confirmed by the Colorado State Senate.
Date Posted: 2/28/2017

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Program to Create More Clean Energy Jobs in Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected Virginia as the recipient of a $500,000 grant to support commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs in communities across the state.
Date Posted: 2/28/2017

DC Announces $13 Million in Funding for Solar Innovation and Expansion
The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) recently made two funding opportunities available for eligible entities to install additional solar capacity throughout DC and provide benefits to low-income residents.
Date Posted: 2/28/2017

Governors of Colorado, Utah and Nevada Announce Joint Action to Build Regional Electric Vehicle Corridor
The Governors of Colorado, Utah and Nevada recently announced that they will work together over the year to develop complementary plans for building an electric vehicle charging network across key highway corridors in their states. In total, the charging network will connect more than 2,000 miles of highway.
Date Posted: 1/20/2017

Hawaii Aims to Lead in Energy Efficiency, in Addition to Renewables
As Hawaii continues to push for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2045, it is also focusing on energy efficiency, according to a new report by the Hawaii State Energy Office. In addition, and for the past five years, the Energy Services Coalition has ranked the state first in government for energy performance contracting.
Date Posted: 1/20/2017

Montana and Wyoming Governors Release Report on Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technology
Two more states are leading the way in realizing the benefits of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Wyoming Governor Matt Mead recently released a report on CCS and possible state policies to encourage its use.
Date Posted: 1/20/2017

NY Green Bank Announces the Closing of 13 Transactions in 2016, Spurring Thousands of Clean Energy Projects
NY Green Bank recently announced that it closed 13 transactions during 2016, which will result in financing for thousands of clean energy projects, including solar, fuel cells and energy efficiency. The projects are expected to create new jobs in New York's clean energy economy, while spurring substantial economic development.
Date Posted: 1/20/2017

Massachusetts Adopts Energy Rating Index Compliance Option to State Energy Code
Massachusetts recently joined the ranks of states and municipal code jurisdictions that have incorporated the Energy Rating Index as a compliance option to their residential energy building codes.
Date Posted: 12/15/2016

Alabama Energy Office Wins National Compliance Award
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Energy Division was recently named recipient of the 2016 Standard Bearers Award for Excellence in Energy Code Compliance.
Date Posted: 12/15/2016

Connecticut's First Zero-Energy Ready Subdivision is Taking Shape
5 Singer Village Drive, the latest home in Brookside Development’s Singer Village community in Derby, Connecticut, has been completed and is currently available for sale.
Date Posted: 12/15/2016

Maryland's First, All Solar Neighborhood Promising Big Savings to Buyers
Clarksburg Square, developed and built by Miami-based Lennar Corporation, is slated to become the first ‘all solar’ community in Maryland.
Date Posted: 12/15/2016

Iowa's Energy Division Releases Electric Vehicle Study
Iowa's Economic Development Authority's Energy Division released a study on advancing the state's EV market
Date Posted: 12/8/2016

Anacostia Non-Profit Launches New Headquarters Using DC PACE Financing
Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May, Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative (FSFSC) Executive Director Perry Moon, and restaurateur Andy Shallal for the groundbreaking of the new FSFSC headquarters in historic Anacostia.
Date Posted: 10/13/2016

Clean Energy Communities Initiative Launched in New York
Elected officials and representatives from environmental organizations gathered on the banks of the Hudson River to launch Hudson Valley Clean Energy Communities initiative, part of a statewide campaign to go green.
Date Posted: 10/13/2016

Rocky Mountain Compromise: Inside Xcel's Landmark Colorado Solar Settlement
Xcel Energy and 26 solar and consumer interest groups recently struck a compromise on a large-scale utility solar program and the regular review of Colorado's renewable energy plan.
Date Posted: 8/29/2016

District of Columbia Releases Draft Climate Ready DC Plan
The District of Columbia's Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) released its draft climate adaptation plan, Climate Ready DC, for community input. The plan identifies current and future impacts of a changing climate on the District's infrastructure, public facilities, and residents.
Date Posted: 7/28/2016

DC Mayor Bowser Signs Renewable Portfolio Standard Bill
DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser recently hosted a press conference with Courtney Snowden, Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO); Tommy Wells, Director of the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE); GRID Alternatives; and participants in DOEE’s Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP), where she signed the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Act of 2016.
Date Posted: 7/27/2016

Governor Raimondo Names Carol Grant New Commissioner of Rhode Island Energy Resources
Governor Gina Raimondo recently nominated Carol Grant as the new Commissioner of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER). Ms. Grant replaces Dr. Marion Gold, who has now been appointed a Commissioner for the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
Date Posted: 6/29/2016

Governor Hassan Names Amanda Merrill New Director of the New Hampshire Energy Office
Continuing her efforts to build a more affordable and innovative energy future that helps spur economic development, Governor Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire recently announced that Amanda Merrill will serve as the new Director of the Governor's Office of Energy and Planning (OEP).
Date Posted: 6/29/2016

Governor Bullock Releases Blueprint for Montana's Energy Future
Governor Steve Bullock recently released his blueprint for Montana's energy future. Governor Bullock's energy plan stems from numerous meetings with Montanans to gather input and perspective from all sectors of the energy industry.
Date Posted: 6/29/2016

Connecticut Expanding Electric Car Incentive Program By $1 Million
Connecticut is adding $1 million to a program that provides incentives for consumers, businesses and municipalities buying electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.
Date Posted: 6/29/2016

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Creates Program to Support Electric Vehicles
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is rolling out a new grant program to help employers offset the costs of installing electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using electric vehicles.
Date Posted: 6/29/2016

NYSERDA and Open NY Expand Solar Projects to Accelerate Solar Growth
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has made data available on residential and small commercial solar projects in development in New York State through NY-Sun, an integral component of Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).
Date Posted: 6/29/2016

California Energy Commission Receives Leadership Award for New Solar Homes Partnership
The California Energy Commission was recently honored as a recipient of a 2016 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for its New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP), which provides financial incentives and other support to builders, developers, and homeowners to encourage the construction of new, energy-efficient solar homes.
Date Posted: 6/29/2016

Maryland PSC Approves Final Community Solar Regulations
Maryland's Public Service Commission recently approved its final regulations for establishing a three-year pilot community solar program, which is expected to be published shortly and become final in mid-July.
Date Posted: 6/29/2016

New York Announces $12 Million Fund to Install Emergency Generators at Gas Stations Downstate
On June 13, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the $12 million Permanent Generator Initiative for the installation of permanent emergency generators at retail gas stations in New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley to ensure they have back-up power capacity after major storms and emergencies.
Date Posted: 6/29/2016

Alaskan Airport Celebrates Clean-energy Biomass Boiler System
Alaska's Ketchikan Airport recently completed the installation of a a biomass wood-pellet boiler system, which is environmentally friendly and, officials say, will yield energy savings for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in the long term.
Date Posted: 6/29/2016

Governor Hogan Appoints Dr. Mary Beth Tung as Director of Maryland Energy Administration
Governor Larry Hogan recently appointed Dr. Mary Beth Tung as the director of the Maryland Energy Administration, where she will further the Hogan administration's energy policies.
Date Posted: 5/26/2016

Governor Cuomo Announces New York Green Bank Transactions of up to $220 Million in Clean Energy Projects
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the closing of four new NY Green Bank transactions, which are expected to generate up to $220 million in clean energy projects, including more than 6,200 residential rooftop solar installations across the state.
Date Posted: 5/26/2016

Gearbox Express Opens New Wisconsin Headquarters through State Energy Program Loan Fund
Gearbox Express, North America's only provider of down-tower, wind gearbox re-manufacturing services, opened its new headquarters in Mukwonago, WI, by attracting private investment capital, along with a $3.4 million low interest, through the Wisconsin Clean Energy Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund.
Date Posted: 5/26/2016

Governor Branstad Signs Biorenewable Tax Credit into Law
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad recently signed legislation that was outlined in the Governor's 2016 Condition of the State Address and will represent the next generation in production of renewable bio-chemicals.
Date Posted: 4/25/2016

DC Named #1 in EPA's 2016 Top ENERGY STAR Cities List
The District of Columbia's metropolitan area has earned the #1 ranking in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's annual list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. This is the second year in a row the District has received the recognition.
Date Posted: 4/25/2016

National Grid to Launch a First-of-Its-Kind Solar Marketplace in Rhode Island
This spring, National Grid will launch a new online marketplace that allows customers in Rhode Island to shop for solar and receive an incentive for improving energy efficiency at the same time.
Date Posted: 3/16/2016

PACE Financing through Kansas Energy and Efficiency Act
Through the Kansas Energy and Efficiency Act (KEEA), the bill, or HB 2649, would allow businesses to take advantage of an innovative energy efficiency financing mechanism called Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).
Date Posted: 3/16/2016

Illinois Reveals First Round of State Energy Roadmap Analysis
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) recently released the Illinois Energy Roadmap, which seeks to complete a rigorous evaluation of the state's progress in achieving its existing energy policy goals.
Date Posted: 3/16/2016

Governor Sandoval Electrifies Nevada Highways
Governor Brian Sandoval recently announced plans for the electric highway concept in the summer, which would include charging stations on Nevada's most important intrastate route. In addition, there are plans to electrify U.S. Highway 93 from Las Vegas to Wells, Nevada.
Date Posted: 3/16/2016

Maine and Quebec Announce Electric Vehicle Corridor Initiative
Governor Paul LePage and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard recently announced in Quebec City an initiative to expand electric vehicle infrastructure between the State of Maine and Quebec.
Date Posted: 3/16/2016

U.S. Army Signs Agreement to Bring Solar and Wind Energy Project to Fort Hood, Texas
The U.S. Army has signed a nearly $500 million agreement with a Virginia-based company to bring more solar and wind energy to Fort Hood, Texas.
Date Posted: 2/18/2016

Governor Cuomo Launches $5 Billion Clean Energy Fund to Grow New York's Clean Energy Economy
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the New York State Public Service Commission's approval of a 10-year, $5 billion Clean Energy Fund to accelerate the growth of New York's clean energy economy, address climate change, strengthen resiliency in the face of extreme weather and lower energy bills for New Yorkers starting this year.
Date Posted: 2/18/2016

Virginia Completes Statewide PACE Financial Underwriting Guidelines
The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) recently completed a document which provides localities guidance in developing financial underwriting guidelines for clean energy financing programs.
Date Posted: 12/18/2015

EmPower TN Program Seeks to Lower Costs by Boosting Energy Efficiency in Tennessee State Buildings
Tennessee's Office of Customer Focused Government Director Terry Cowles recently announced project selections for the EmPower TN Program to improve energy efficiency at state buildings and reduce the cost of government.
Date Posted: 12/18/2015

Colorado's New Energy Improvement District Launches Statewide Commercial PACE Program
Colorado's New Energy Improvement District recently launched a statewide Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program that provides commercial property owners mechanisms to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water-conservation improvements.
Date Posted: 12/18/2015

Nebraska Seeks Comprehensive Approach to Energy Policies
Nebraska's Energy Office Director, David Bracht, recently stated that a comprehensive approach to its energy policy is needed statewide.
Date Posted: 12/18/2015

District of Columbia Mayor Bowser Announces Largest Municipal Onsite Solar Project in United States
Mayor Muriel Bowser demonstrated the District of Columbia's commitment to renewable energy and sustainability by entering into one of the largest municipal onsite solar projects in the United States.
Date Posted: 12/18/2015

District of Columbia Wins Global Award for Green Energy at the 2015 C40 Cities Awards
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced today that the District of Columbia has won the global award for Green Energy at the 2015 C40 Cities Awards.
Date Posted: 12/18/2015

Tennessee Explores No-Cost Opportunities for Public Sector Information Systems
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recently completed a pilot project to test computer power management (CPM) technologies.
Date Posted: 11/19/2015

Dallas Jumps Houston as Top Green Power Government
The EPA recently stated that the City of Dallas is now the largest local government user of green power in the nation, taking the top spot away from the City of Houston.
Date Posted: 11/19/2015

New Mexico Releases 2015 Energy Policy and Implementation Plan
At the end of September, 2015, the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources department released the New Mexico Comprehensive State Energy Plan.
Date Posted: 10/23/2015

Missouri Releases 2015 Comprehensive State Energy Plan
On October 15, 2015 the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Energy released the Missouri Comprehensive Statewide Energy Plan.
Date Posted: 10/23/2015

California Offers $31 Million for ZNE Buildings and Efficient Communities
California is offering up to $31 million for ZNE building projects and demand-side management for communities.
Date Posted: 10/22/2015

California Governor Brown Signs Landmark 50% RPS into Law
On October 7, 2015, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed landmark legislation SB 350 to establish world-leading energy efficiency and renewable energy goals for the state.
Date Posted: 10/22/2015

Kentucky Finds Opportunity Using ESPCs for Local Government
Supported by DOE's State Energy Program, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has established a public facilities energy retrofit program to review ESPCs for local governments.
Date Posted: 10/22/2015

New Energy Codes Being Implemented Across Montana
Energy codes adopted by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry are being implemented statewide to make all future home and commercial buildings more energy-efficient.
Date Posted: 10/22/2015

DOC Awards Over $50,000 to Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center
The U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $54,125 to the Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center for a study that will explore establishing petro-chemical testing.
Date Posted: 10/22/2015

DOI Approves Wind Leases off New Jersey Coast
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) will lease nearly 344,000 acres of ocean area off the coast of New Jersey for commercial wind energy generation.
Date Posted: 10/22/2015

Lieutenant Governor Kicks off Iowa Energy Plan
The Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP) recently held a meeting at Pella Corporation to kick off the Iowa Energy Plan.
Date Posted: 10/22/2015

Vermont Releases Public Review Draft of Comprehensive Energy Plan, Seeks Public Input
The Vermont Public Service Department recently released the Public Review Draft of the 2015 Comprehensive Energy Plan.
Date Posted: 10/22/2015

Connecticut Utilities Detail Energy Savings Spending Plan
The state’s electric and natural gas utilities have submitted a 549-page plan to Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection detailing how they believe that energy efficiency program funds should be spent through the end of 2018.
Date Posted: 10/22/2015

Hawaiian Electric Company Proposes New Community Renewables Program
Hawaiian Electric Co. has proposed a Community-Based Renewable Energy program and tariff designed to broaden access to rooftop solar and support development of more renewable energy.
Date Posted: 10/22/2015

Rochester, Minnesota, Eyes 100% Renewable Energy by 2031
The city of Rochester, Minn., will attempt to use all renewable energy by 2031, targeting energy efficiency and the heating and cooling sectors as the community's top priorities, Minnesota Public Radio reports.
Date Posted: 10/22/2015

Governor Sandavol Names Paul Thomsen as Energy Adviser to Nevada Public Utilities Commission
Governor Brian Sandoval recently announced that Paul Thomsen would chair the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, which regulates utility companies and approves rate changes. Prior to this, Mr. Thomsen served as the top energy policy adviser in the Governor's Office of Energy.
Date Posted: 9/24/2015

Michigan Announces State-based Strategy to Comply with Clean Power Plan
The Michigan Agency for Energy recently announced that the state will submit a compliance strategy for the federal rules, avoiding challenging the rules in federal court.
Date Posted: 9/24/2015

California Becomes First State to Open Whole-Building Energy Usage Data
On September 11, California's Assembly Bill 802 cleared both houses of the Legislature, with minimal opposition. The bill adds firepower to energy efficiency requirements for buildings by opening up access to data about energy use.
Date Posted: 9/24/2015

Governor McAuliffe Announces $20 Million to Improve Energy Efficiency in Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced the launch of Virginia's first Green Community Program, VirginiaSAVES, created to lower financing costs for energy efficiency, renewable energy generation and alternative fuel projects. VirginiaSAVES will be funded through $20 million in federally-allocated qualified energy conservation bonds.
Date Posted: 9/24/2015

Clean Energy Industry Supports 10,000 Jobs in Rhode Island
A recent report released by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and the Executive Office of Commerce found that the clean energy sector added 613 jobs over the last 12 months, (for a total of 9,832 clean energy jobs). It also projected that another 1,600 energy efficiency and renewable energy related positions would be created over the next year.
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

New California Law to Jump-start Higher Energy Efficiency Standards
Recent mandates approved by California lawmakers are expected to require higher efficiency standards for buildings and more reliance on renewable energy, while drawing new investments and jump-starting wind and solar projects.
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

Texas Grid Survives Heat, Still Seeks Greater Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
While temperatures in Texas continue to rise, resulting in high demands in electricity, the state's main grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), has barely broken a sweat. Demand even passed the previous record-high mark twice in one afternoon, but ERCOT has not called for a single system emergency.
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

CEC Projects Local Electric Reliability Deficits, Triggering Natural Gas Generations
The California Energy Commission recently released a report projecting local reliability shortfalls in the Los Angeles area as early as 2021, which may require new natural gas power generation to maintain grid reliability.
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

District of Columbia Selected for Cutting Edge Affordable Housing Project Focused on Sustainability
The District of Columbia's Department of Energy and Environment and the Department of Housing and Community Development will be participating in a "Living Building Challenge Affordable Housing Pilot Project."
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

Roadside Solar Farms Thrive throughout Massachusetts
Five solar projects along the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 3 are examples of a solar industry that continues to grow. The highway solar farms are part of an initiative launched by the state Department of Transportation.
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

California Ramps Up Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Challenges Residents to Think of New Ways of Using Energy Smarter
California recently took significant steps to ramp up its leadership in energy efficiency while challenging us to think of new ways of using energy smarter to avoid the pollution from conventional energy generation and improve the quality of life for all Californians.
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

Colorado Kicks Off Home Energy Score Program to Benefit Home Buyers, Sellers
Through its Better Buildings Colorado program, Colorado became the second state to offer the Home Energy Score statewide, which provides a home’s efficiency score and recommendations for efficiency improvements.
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

DC Mayor Bowser Announces Re-Designation of DDOE as the Department of Energy and Environment
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser convened a press conference to share details about the District’s recent major wind power purchase and to announce that her re-designation of the District Department of the Environment as the Department of Energy and Environment.
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

Maryland Looking to Reduce Energy Costs through PACE Financial Servicing and Maryland Clean Energy Council
Across Maryland, commercial property owners are looking to reduce their energy costs -- and now they can, thanks to a financing structure to ease the lending process for building improvements and energy measures that has been successfully used by other states.
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

Texas Development Plan to Bring 7,500 Energy Neutral Homes to Austin
A development that promises to bring 7,500 energy-saving homes to Central Texas is beginning to take shape in northeastern Travis County.
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

Washington Department of Commerce to Design and Execute Clean Energy Fund Extension: Q&A with Energy Office Director
The Washington State Department of Commerce is currently working to design and execute the Clean Energy Fund extension. Tony Usibelli, the Energy Office Director, recently answered questions to provide additional insight into what comes next.
Date Posted: 9/23/2015

Governor McAuliffe Launches Broader Weatherization Program for Low-income Customers in Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced a major expansion of a statewide home-weatherization program that promises to find and plug energy leaks for elderly, disabled or low-income residents, and military veterans.
Date Posted: 8/12/2015

Hawaii and Okinawa Extend Renewable Energy Collaboration
Hawaii and Okinawa are proposing to extend an existing memorandum to keep collaborating on renewable energy development projects through June 2020, the state's energy office recently reported.
Date Posted: 8/12/2015

Governor Haslam's EmPower TN Initiative Set to Cut Tennessee Utility Bills by an Estimated 28%
Governor Bill Haslam's EmPower TN initiative aims to reduce energy consumption across the state through a strategy of "measuring and controlling energy use, investing in increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, and creating an operational environment of excellence."
Date Posted: 8/12/2015

New Vermont State Energy Plan in the Works
The Vermont Public Service Department is preparing an update of the state's comprehensive energy plan, paying particular attention to the solar boom and changes in transportation.
Date Posted: 8/12/2015

California Energy Commission Approves Grants for Alternative Fuel Transportation Projects
The California Energy Commission recently approved more than $10 million in grants for four alternative-fuel projects, including a zero emission fuel-cell truck to transport shipping containers and battery-electric school buses.
Date Posted: 8/12/2015

Colorado Cuts Water Consumption and Expands Hydro-powered Irrigation
The Colorado Pressurized Irrigation Small Hydropower Partnership Project, working through the Colorado Energy Office and the Colorado Department of Agriculture, is helping the state's agricultural producers transition from the water-costly flood irrigation method to pressurized center-pivot sprinkler irrigation systems.
Date Posted: 8/12/2015

District of Columbia Mayor Bowser Announces Groundbreaking Wind Power Purchase Agreement
Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Iberdrola Renewables, LLC that will supply 35 percent of the District of Columbia government's electricity with wind power from Pennsylvania.
Date Posted: 8/12/2015

District of Columbia Department of the Environment Announces $150,000 of Funding Available for Pollution Reduction Efforts
The District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE) recently announced that it seeks entities to assist in the completion of its Greening the Fleet initiative, to reduce air pollution and improve fleet fuel efficiency. This grant is in the amount of $150,000.
Date Posted: 8/12/2015

Delaware Launches Clean Transportation Incentive Program
On July 16, 2015, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small announced Delaware's new Clean Transportation Incentive Program (CTIP).
Date Posted: 8/12/2015

NASEO Affiliate Member and Director of Government Relations at NEMA Brings ZNE to Century Old Home
Energy-efficient, solar homes tend to be brand-new architectural gems powered with the latest — and priciest — technology. But a couple who bought a century-old fixer-upper on Capitol Hill in 2013 are proving you don’t have to be rich to embark on a “net-zero” quest.
Date Posted: 8/11/2015

Risky Business Project Releases New Report on Climate and Manufacturing in the Southeast and Texas
A new report “Come Heat and High Water: Climate Risk in the Southeastern U.S. and Texas” [executive summary] was released by the Risky Business Project, led by a bipartisan committee of former public officials and business leaders.
Date Posted: 8/11/2015

Iowa Utility Reverses Policy, Will Net Meter Third-party Solar Projects
After informing a few institutional customers and at least one solar installer over the past few months that it would not allow them to net meter their third-party funded projects, one of Iowa's major power companies has reversed course.
Date Posted: 8/11/2015

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.
Date Posted: 7/15/2015

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.
Date Posted: 7/15/2015

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.
Date Posted: 7/15/2015

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.
Date Posted: 7/15/2015

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.
Date Posted: 7/15/2015

Tennessee Providing Electric Vehicle Rebate Program
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is offering rebates for qualifying electric vehicles that are purchased, or leased and registered in the state. The two-tiered rebate will provide up to $2,500 on zero-emission battery electric vehicles and $1,500 on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Date Posted: 7/15/2015

Delaware Schools Look to Cut Costs Through Energy Efficiency
In Delaware, school districts are overhauling their campuses to make them more self-reliant. One example is the Christiana School District, which is planning to work with the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility to install solar panels in a parking lot on the east side of Christiana High School.
Date Posted: 7/15/2015

Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility Study Shows Positive Results from State Energy Efficiency Programs
A new study, conducted by the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, has shown that the state’s energy efficiency projects have exceeded expectations.
Date Posted: 7/15/2015

Facebook Building a Large-scale Wind-powered Data Center in Texas
Facebook recently announced that it’s building a large $1 billion data center in Ft. Worth, Texas. The facility, which is already under construction, will be Facebook’s fifth data center, and will be built on land purchased from a real estate company run by the eldest son of former Presidential candidate Ross Perot.
Date Posted: 7/15/2015

Kansas City, Missouri, Passes Energy Empowerment Ordinance
On June 5, the City Council of Kansas City, MO, passed an Energy Empowerment Ordinance that requires building energy and water use benchmarking and transparency—making Kansas City the 14th U.S. city to adopt energy benchmarking legislation.
Date Posted: 7/15/2015

Massachusetts Governor Baker Announces $10 Million for Energy Storage
A new $10 million dollar initiative for energy storage was recently announced in Massachusetts by the Baker-Polito administration. The funding, from DOE resources, will conduct research for ways the state can support local energy storage companies to create public policies encouraging energy storage.
Date Posted: 6/18/2015

New Hampshire Governor Hassan Highlights State Employee Energy Efficiency Efforts
In order to highlight state government's efforts to improve energy efficiency, Governor Maggie Hassan recently presented the Governor's Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards at the State's annual energy conference hosted by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the Department of Administrative Services.
Date Posted: 6/18/2015

Connecticut Launches Nation's First Statewide Home Energy Score Program
Connecticut recently launched a statewide residential energy labeling program that will make energy efficiency labels ubiquitous across the state. Using the Department of Energy's Home Energy Score, EnergizeCT's Home Energy Solutions program will provide an energy efficiency score and recommend efficiency improvements to residents.
Date Posted: 6/18/2015

Governor Hogan Announces Adelisia "Leigh" Williams As Director Of Maryland Energy Administration
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced Adelisia "Leigh" Williams as his nominee for the director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), pending confirmation from the Maryland Senate.
Date Posted: 6/18/2015

Hawaii Governor Ige Signs Energy Bills Making State First of Kind with 100% RPS in the Electricity Sector
On June 8, 2015 Governor David Ige signed four energy bills into law, including the landmark HB623, making Hawaii the first state in the country to have a 100% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for the electricity sector.
Date Posted: 6/18/2015

Vermont Governor Shumlin Sets Aggressive New Renewable Energy Goals
Governor Peter Shumlin recently signed a bill to help renewable growth in the state. House Bill (HB) 40 would establish a requirement of 55 percent of the power sold by Vermont energy companies to come from renewable sources by 2017, and 75 percent by 2032.
Date Posted: 6/18/2015

New California Building Efficiency Standards Set the Stage for Zero Net Energy Homes by 2020
The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently voted to approve updated building energy efficiency standards that the CEC says will cut regulated energy use in new homes by 28 percent and save consumers $31 a month compared to houses built under the current energy code.
Date Posted: 6/17/2015

Energy Partnerships Innovation Center to Open at CPS Energy's Mission Road Power Plant in San Antonio, Texas
CPS Energy New Energy Economy partners, OCI Solar Power, Silver Spring Networks, and Landis+Gyr, recently joined with San Antonio, agreeing to become founding sponsors and commit a lead gift of $15 million to create the Energy Partnerships Innovation Center, EPIcenter, which will focus on clean energy technologies and innovation.
Date Posted: 6/17/2015

Governor McAuliffe Fast-tracks State's Energy Efficiency Goal
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that he's speeding up efforts to meet energy efficiency goals under the Virginia Energy Plan.
Date Posted: 5/14/2015

Nebraska Legislature Gives Initial Approval to State Energy Planning Legislation
The Nebraska legislature recently gave initial approval to a bill that calls for the development of a state energy plan to assess the economic costs of compliance with federal regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Date Posted: 5/13/2015

California Governor Brown Orders Major Cut in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Governor Jerry Brown recently ordered a 40% reduction in California's greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels, to be achieved by 2030.
Date Posted: 5/13/2015

Hawaii Begins Work on Major Policy Initiative to Reach 100% Clean Energy
As Hawaii prepares to unveil a major transportation energy report in June, the Hawaii Energy Office is beginning to reach out to stakeholders about setting up another policy initiative, this one to accelerate the move toward renewable energy.
Date Posted: 5/13/2015

Colorado Energy Office Releases Report on Venture Into the Private Sector With EPC
The Colorado Energy Office recently released the report, "Colorado's Venture into the Private Sector with Energy Performance Contracting: Considerations for a State Energy Office Program Offering."
Date Posted: 5/13/2015

Governor McAuliffe Signs Clean Energy Jobs Legislation in Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently performed a ceremonial signing of several bills to significantly expand the growth of clean energy jobs in Virginia.
Date Posted: 5/13/2015

Colorado Begins $3.4 Million Effort to Save Agricultural Water to Generate Power
Colorado is embarking on a federally backed $3.4 million experiment to transform the flood irrigation farmers use to grow crops: tapping diverted water more efficiently and generating electricity.
Date Posted: 5/13/2015

Electric Vehicles on Colorado Roads Soar
The number of electric vehicles on Colorado roads has grown more than 150-fold since 2011 but it can grow much more, according to a study from the Colorado Energy Office.
Date Posted: 5/13/2015

State Grants Help Denver Airport Double Number of EV Charging Stations
With the aid of state grants, the Denver International Airport (DIA) says it will double the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations available in the airport's public parking garages.
Date Posted: 5/13/2015

Utilities Being Affected by Drought, as Governor Brown and California Energy Commission Determine Effects
Governor Jerry Brown made a recent announcement ordering California residents to conserve water, only days after his $1 billion emergency relief package. In addition, the California Energy Commission will carry out part of the plan as will several other state entities.
Date Posted: 4/9/2015

Governor Cuomo Announces World-class Research and Development Laboratory for Next Generation Electric Grid
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the New York Power Authority and SUNY Polytechnic Institute have signed an agreement to create a world-class facility devoted to energy technology innovation and the rapid deployment of smart-grid technology to modernize New York's electric grid.
Date Posted: 4/9/2015

California Energy Commission Awards Bosch-led Team $2.8 Million for Commercial-scale Energy Grid
The California Energy Commission recently announced a proposed award to Robert Bosch, LLC, a NASEO affiliate, for $2,817,566 for a renewable-based microgrid, which will demonstrate the effectiveness of its Direct-Current Building-Scale Microgrid Platform (Bosch DC microgrid) in an American Honda Motor Co., Inc., parts distribution center.
Date Posted: 4/9/2015

Washington, DC Leads Nation with Most ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its 2015 list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings and the District of Columbia ranked number one, an achievement which confirms its commitment to technical guidance, best practices, and training needed to make buildings more energy efficient and save money.
Date Posted: 4/9/2015

U.S. Virgin Islands Reduce Fossil Fuel Use 20% in Five Years
Since setting a goal of of reducing fossil fuel use by 60 percent by 2025, the U.S. Virgin Islands are currently on target as its fossil fuel use is down 20 percent.
Date Posted: 4/9/2015

Coal-heavy States Explore Carbon-cutting Options with Support from the National Governors Association
Utah and three other states -- Michigan, Missouri and Pennsylvania -- all applied for and will receive assistance from the National Governors Association to explore various carbon-reducing options and model how they might affect their electricity systems.
Date Posted: 4/9/2015

District of Columbia Among 17 Leading International Cities to Launch Global Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance
DC Mayor Bowser recently joined the mayors of 16 international cities across nine nations to launch the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, a collaboration of global cities committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent or more by 2050 or sooner
Date Posted: 4/9/2015

Kentucky Releases Hour-long Documentary about Electricity, Energy Transition
Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has released an hour-long documentary about the commonwealth’s changing energy landscape, and the challenges posed by diversifying the state’s energy portfolio and keeping electricity rates competitive as Kentucky utilities retire coal-fired power plants.
Date Posted: 4/9/2015

New Jersey Picks Three Schools for Energy Storage Program
Three township schools in New Jersey are among a few across the state to be selected to take part in the first-ever energy storage program.
Date Posted: 4/9/2015

North Carolina State University to Host Conference on Mapping a Sustainable Energy Future Throughout the State
The North Carolina State University will be hosted a conference on mapping a sustainable energy future on April 21-22, 2015, in Raleigh, NC.
Date Posted: 4/9/2015

Washington State University Energy Summit Tackles Critical Smart Grid Challenges
Washington State University recently hosted its inaugural energy summit on April 2 with a focus on storage technologies, one of the most critical challenges of incorporating renewable energy into the electric power grid.
Date Posted: 4/9/2015

Governor Nixon Announces Program to Support Missouri Homeowners Investing in Energy Efficiency
Governor Jay Nixon recently announced a new homeowner energy certification program, administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Division of Energy, that encourages residents to join the state in making improvements or upgrades to their homes.
Date Posted: 3/11/2015

Governor Wolf's Budget Invests in Energy Development for Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Wolf's 2015-16 Budget will make Pennsylvania an energy leader through new investments to take full and responsible advantage of our rich natural resources, including natural gas, coal, wind, solar, and timber. In addition, the plan also invests millions more to protect, clean and conserve the commonwealth's land, air and water.
Date Posted: 3/11/2015

The California Energy Commission Awards San Diego Gas and Electric Nearly $5 Million to Expand Microgrid
The California Energy Commission recently awarded San Diego Gas and Electric a nearly $5 million grant to expand the innovative Borrego Springs Microgrid. The grant will allow the Microgrid to use the nearby 26-megawatt (MW) Borrego Solar facility to power the entire community.
Date Posted: 3/11/2015

Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Team Up for More Affordable Renewable Energy
Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island recently announced a plan to jointly issue a request for proposal, which would procure more affordable renewable energy.
Date Posted: 3/11/2015

Citi, Renewable Funding, and the New York Green Bank Provide $100 Million to Home Efficiency Financing
Renewable Funding is bringing its Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans program to New York with the help of the state's Green Bank. Citi and Renewable Funding, along with New York Green Bank, will provide a $100 million financing program to the residential energy efficiency sector.
Date Posted: 3/11/2015

Kansas City Power and Light Discuss Electric Vehicle Build-out with the Kansas Corporation Commission
Kansas City Power and Light recently filed a petition requesting that the Kansas Corporation Commission open a general investigation docket to examine and discuss issues related to electric vehicle charging stations.
Date Posted: 3/11/2015

California Governor Brown and Secretary Castro of HUD Announce Pilot Program to Increase EE and RE for Multifamily Housing throughout State
Governor Jerry Brown along with Julián Castro, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), met in San Francisco recently to announce a series of actions aimed at expanding financing for energy improvements in multifamily housing.
Date Posted: 3/11/2015

Envision Solar Announces First Sale of Solar Powered EV Chargers in Virgin Islands
Envision Solar International, Inc., (OTCQB: EVSI) ("Envision Solar," or the "Company"), the leading renewable energy Media and Branding, and EV Charging Product company, recently announced that it received orders for its EV ARC™ from the US Virgin Islands.
Date Posted: 3/11/2015

Major Financing Deal Puts Rhode Island Project on Track as Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm
Deepwater Wind, the Providence, R.I.-based developer behind the Block Island project, recently announced that it had closed on more than $290 million in financing from American and French backers.
Date Posted: 3/11/2015

New York's 'Reforming the Energy Vision' Plan Recognized as 2015 Harvard Ash Center Bright Idea
New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision plan has been recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University, as part of its 2015 Bright Ideas program.
Date Posted: 3/11/2015

Tennessee Waste-to-Energy Plant Approved for Construction with Funding through QECBs
PHG Energy (PHGE) and the city of Lebanon, Tennessee, have signed a contract that will provide an environmentally sustainable method of waste disposal and produce green power in the process.
Date Posted: 3/11/2015

Senators Will Introduce Bills to Advance Renewables and Planning in Nebraska
State senators recently announced that they will introduce five bills to advance Nebraska's renewable energy industry, increase economic development and provide property tax benefits. In addition, Senator Ken Schilz will introduce a bill that would require the Nebraska Energy Office to prepare a statewide comprehensive energy plan by the end of 2015.
Date Posted: 2/11/2015

Governor Paul LePage and Energy Office Director Patrick Woodcock Present 2015 State Energy Plan for Maine
Governor Paul LePage and his administration recently presented its 2015 energy plan for Maine to a panel of state lawmakers. The director of the Governor's Energy Office, Patrick Woodcock, presented the energy plan to the Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.
Date Posted: 2/11/2015

The California Energy Commission Celebrates 40 Years of Energy Innovation
Last month marked the 40th anniversary of California's landmark Warren-Alquist Act, which created the California Energy Commission and triggered a transformation of energy policy in California, across the U.S., and abroad.
Date Posted: 2/11/2015

Oil Experts and Maine Estimate Consumer Benefits and Lower Home Heating Oil Prices
The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that falling oil prices will continue to deliver substantial benefits to American working-class families and retirees, and that the typical American household using home heating oil would save approximately $750 this winter.
Date Posted: 2/11/2015

New Report Charts Colorado's Vulnerability to Climate Change
A new report, “The Colorado Climate Change Vulnerability Study,” was recently commissioned by the Colorado Energy Office in accordance with the Colorado Legislature’s House Bill 13-1293--and is a sector-by-sector analysis of the challenges that state residents and leaders will have to deal with in coming decades in regards to climate change.
Date Posted: 2/11/2015

Wisconsin Energy Office Awards Nearly $1 Million to Trucking Efficiency
The Wisconsin Department of Administration's State Energy Office recently announced it is awarding nearly $1million to 53 state motor carriers to help fund diesel truck idling reduction technologies.
Date Posted: 1/15/2015

Washington Governor Inslee Announces Details of Carbon Legislation and Efforts Related to Clean Energy
On December 17, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee announced a package of actions to transition Washington to increased energy independence through use of clean energy, to reduce carbon pollution in Washington and to meet greenhouse gas limits adopted by the state Legislature.
Date Posted: 1/15/2015

NYSERDA Announces Support for New Technology at Power Plants to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is providing $14.5 million for replicable projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions at power plants through the use of market-ready technologies.
Date Posted: 1/15/2015

Massachusetts Energy Office Awards $18.4 Million to Communities for Energy Resiliency Projects
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) recently awarded $18.4 million in grants to municipalities to implement clean energy technologies and improve resiliency at critical facilities throughout the state.
Date Posted: 1/15/2015

Former Massachusetts Energy Undersecretary Mark Sylvia Joins Bluewave Capital
Former Massachusetts Undersecretary for Energy Mark Sylvia recently joined BlueWave Capital, the solar energy development and finance company, as Managing Director in January. “Mark’s service to the Patrick Administration has made a difference in communities across Massachusetts and in our Commonwealth’s energy future,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett...
Date Posted: 1/15/2015

Energy Executives Discuss Options to Empower Local Areas at the New York Winter Statewide Energy Tour
SUNY BEST (Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern Tier) recently hosted the New York Winter Statewide Energy Tour at BU to discuss the state’s clean energy policies and initiatives and how changes in policies will affect consumers.
Date Posted: 1/15/2015

First Net-Zero Building Constructed by the State Opens in Westborough, Massachusetts
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett recently joined Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin, local elected officials and conservationists to celebrate the grand opening at the new field headquarters for the DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) and Office of Fishing and Boating Access.
Date Posted: 1/15/2015

Governor Ricketts Names David Bracht Director Of Nebraska State Energy Office
Governor Pete Ricketts recently announced the appointment of David Bracht as Director of the Nebraska Energy Office and Mark Quandahl as Director of the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance.
Date Posted: 1/14/2015

Mayor Bowser Names Tommy Wells Director of DC Department of the Environment
Mayor Muriel Bowser continued to name her administration by announcing the appointment of outgoing City Council member Tommy Wells as the next Director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE).
Date Posted: 1/14/2015

The NY-Sun Initiative Launches "Community Solar NY" To Support Solar Campaigns
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the launch of Community Solar NY, a new effort under the NY-Sun initiative to make implementing solar easier and more affordable for communities across the state.
Date Posted: 1/14/2015

Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order 36, Creating Virginia’s First Green Community Program
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently signed Executive Order 36, authorizing the creation of Virginia’s first Green Community Program to provide localities and the private sector with a low-cost financing tool to implement energy conservation projects in their communities and businesses.
Date Posted: 12/11/2014

Governor Bentley Announces Grant for Rural Water System Leaks in Alabama
Governor Robert Bentley recently awarded a $25,000 grant that will help Alabama's rural water systems find and repair costly water leaks. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant with funding provided to the State Energy Program by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Date Posted: 12/10/2014

New Jersey Transit to Storm-Proof Trains through Microgrid
The New Jersey Transit recently announced plans to build a microgrid to power its most heavily traveled rail lines. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and other state and federal agencies supported the project.
Date Posted: 12/10/2014

Minnesota Commerce Department Receives Excellence in Solar Implementation Award
The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, recently accepted the first-annual Excellence in Minnesota Solar Implementation Award from the Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association (MnSEIA).
Date Posted: 12/10/2014

Natural Gas Facility Opens Using Gas from Illinois Landfill for State Pipeline
Waste Management Inc. (WM) recently announced the opening of a renewable natural gas facility that will supply pipeline-ready natural gas from the gas produced at its Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, Il. The $19 million facility was partially funded by a $2.4 million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Energy Office.
Date Posted: 12/10/2014

Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Recognizes Green Businesses
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recently recognized 16 businesses and individuals in the state for protecting the environment and natural resources at its GreenCircle awards ceremony in Hartford.
Date Posted: 12/10/2014

Hawaii Paves the Way with First Green Energy ABS
Hawaii has become the first state in the union to tap the securitization market with a US$150m green energy bond, a rare capital markets transaction designed to meet a social purpose.
Date Posted: 12/10/2014

Utah's Office of Energy Development Launches Electric Vehicle Website
The Utah Office of Energy Development (OED) recently launced a website aimed at educating Utahns about the economic and environmental values associated with electric vehicles, and about the growing options for purchasing and charging electric vehicles.
Date Posted: 12/10/2014

Colorado Energy Office Partners with BPI to Advance the Home Energy Score
The Colorado Energy Office recently announced a partnership with the Building Performance Institute to advance the Home Energy Score, a U.S. Department of Energy residential energy labeling program, throughout the state.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

Missouri Division of Energy and Missouri State Parks Open Energy Display in State Museum
The Missouri Department of Economic Development's Division of Energy, in partnership with Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, recently opened "Experience Energy in Missouri," an interactive energy display in the Missouri State Museum. The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by the Missouri Division of Energy's Director, Lewis Mills; Deputy Director of Administration, Llona Weiss; and the Missouri Division of State Park's Director, Bill Bryan.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

Massachusetts Funds Hybrid Conversion Collaboration Through Clean Cities Initiative
XL Hybrids, Inc., a developer of hybrid electric powertrain technology for commercial and municipal fleets, recently announced the conversion of gas-powered passenger vans into hybrid electric vehicles for Square One, a nonprofit multi-service agency for families and children. The project was funded by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources as part of the Massachusetts Clean Cities initiative.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval Announces Energy Efficiency Initiative for Low-Income Seniors
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval recently announced the Home Energy Retrofit Opportunities for Seniors (HEROS) weatherization program, which enables low-income seniors who live in owner-occupied units to implement energy efficiency measures at no cost.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

Louisiana's Cleco Alternative Energy Center Explores Generation Through Renewable Energy Resources
Cleco and the University of Louisiana Lafayette recently launched the Cleco Alternative Energy Center, to evaluate electricity production from sustainable materials rather than fossil fuels. Cleco has provided approximately 70% of the costs to the $8 million facility; the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, approximately 20%; and UL, approximately 10%.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

Governor Cuomo Announces First New York Green Bank Transactions
On October 22, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the first transactions of the NY Green Bank to kick off clean energy projects across the state. These initial transactions, supported and agreed to in principle, will ultimately produce investments totaling more than $800 million.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

California and Washington Governors Call on EPA to Set Advanced Biofuels Levels
Washington Governor Jay Inslee and California Governor Jerry Brown recently sent a letter to White House Office and Management Director Shaun Donovan and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy urging them to set "strong required" volumetric obligations in the final RFS2 rule "for biomass-based diesel and advanced and cellulosic biofuels, and to refrain from adopting new methodologies that would curb investment in low carbon renewable fuels."
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

Texas Opens First-of-its-Kind Carbon Capture and Conversion Demonstration Technology Plant
The U.S. Department of Energy and Skyonic Corporation recently marked the opening of a major project demonstration for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into commercial products, which will capture 75,000 tons of CO2 from a San Antonio, Texas, cement plant and convert it into other products, including sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

Governor Cuomo Announces Strategic Fuel Reserve in Upstate New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the establishment of a strategic fuel reserve, a key component of Fuel NY, at six key locations in Upstate New York, to help ensure that gasoline and diesel fuels are available to emergency responders in the event of an emergency.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

Arkansas Biomass Sector Poised for Growth Through Forest and Wood Pellet Markets
Arkansas’ burgeoning biomass industry got a big boost earlier this summer when in the space of 30 days two privately held investor groups announced multi-million dollar projects to produce commercially viable fuel from the state’s vast supply of forest dregs.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

Battle Creek, Michigan, Receives 2014 Economic Development Corporation Award for Leadership in Energy Efficiency
Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, recently announced that the City of Battle Creek, MI was the recipient of the 2014 Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Energy Services Coalition (ESC) Award for its sustainability focus and leadership in efficiency initiatives.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

Connecticut Solar Loan Partner Graduates from Green Bank
The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), also known as the Connecticut Green Bank (CT Green Bank), recently announced that one of its earliest partners, Sungage Financial, has graduated from its CT Solar Loan pilot program with a $100 million partnership with Massachusetts-based Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) for solar loans in Connecticut and three other states.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014

Patrick Administration Outlines Winter Energy Resources for Massachusetts Residents
Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett recently announced a $5.1 million investment to expand energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities for the Commonwealth’s residents as the winter season approaches.
Date Posted: 10/16/2014

Rhode Island Renewables Legislation Advances Development and Use of Hydropower
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed renewable energy legislation that includes provisions to advance regional development and use of hydropower.
Date Posted: 10/16/2014

Missouri and Other States Developing Plans to Shape Energy Future
Missouri is in the early stages of its most comprehensive energy planning effort in at least two decades, and will look more broadly at the state's energy mix, prices, and ways to use energy to create jobs.
Date Posted: 10/16/2014

Pennsylvania Treasury Launches Public-Private Financing Program
The Pennsylvania Treasury recently announced the creation of a Sustainable Energy Bond Program, which will provide legal and technical assistance, as well as low-cost capital, for energy improvement projects by municipalities, universities, schools, and hospitals (also known as the MUSH sector).
Date Posted: 10/16/2014

Florida Wins $1 Million Conservation Grant
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service was recently awarded a $1 million conservation innovation grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to be used to help individual farmers and ranchers become more efficient in their use of energy.
Date Posted: 10/16/2014

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Build MN's Largest Solar Power Project
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is planning the largest solar power installation in Minnesota to date.
Date Posted: 10/15/2014

Mississippi Energy Office Wins Code Compliance Award
Recently, at the International Code Council’s (ICC) Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and ICC recognized the winners of the Standard Bearers Award for Excellence in Energy Code Compliance.
Date Posted: 10/15/2014

Texas Revives Low-Income Energy Efficiency Proposal
The Public Utility Commission of Texas says it has a plan to provide low-income Texans with tools that interact with “smart” meters intended to make homes more energy efficient. The program would tap $18.5 million of ratepayer money earmarked years ago for such a program.
Date Posted: 10/15/2014

Texas-Based Mission Solar Energy Creates "Made-in-San Antonio" Panels
CPS Energy already has more than 130 megawatts of solar power online, bringing clean, renewable energy to customers.
Date Posted: 10/15/2014

Utah Governor Herbert Proposes Clean Air Recommendations
Making low sulfur fuel immediately available for Utah motorists plus reducing wood burning during inversions will make the biggest dent in the Wasatch Front's nagging air pollution problem.
Date Posted: 10/15/2014

Texas Energy Office Job Opportunity: Engineer
The Texas Energy Office is currently accepting applications for the position of engineer.
Date Posted: 9/19/2014

District of Columbia Passes 100 Million Square Feet of LEED Building Space
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray recently announced that the District has surpassed 100 million square feet of space certified as meeting LEED standards — a “green” building program developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998.
Date Posted: 9/17/2014

New Hampshire Releases 10-Year State Energy Strategy
Initiated by bipartisan Senate Bill 191 that Governor Maggie Hassan signed in 2013, the New Hampshire Energy Strategy will help guide the Legislature, state and local government, businesses, non-profits, and private citizens as they make future decisions about energy policy.
Date Posted: 9/17/2014

Governor Cuomo Launches Program to Transform New York's Solar Market
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the state's multiple solar programs are transitioning to the single, statewide NY-Sun Incentive Program, designed to support the solar economy through the $1 billion NY-Sun initiative, which will expand deployment of solar across the state and add more than 3,000 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity.
Date Posted: 9/17/2014

Iowa Opens First Large-Scale Cellulosic Plant
The nation's first commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plant - Project Liberty - opened on September 3, 2014, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The facility is the first of two major cellulosic plants in Iowa. Project Liberty will utilized waste corn leaves, stalks and cobs to produce 25 million gallons of ultra-low carbon cellulosic ethanol each year.
Date Posted: 9/17/2014

Rhode Island Announces New Program to Lower Costs of Solar Power
The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI), the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), and non-profit marketing firm SmartPower recently announced the launch of Solarize Rhode Island, a municipal-based program aimed at providing opportunities for installation of rooftop solar energy at lower costs.
Date Posted: 9/17/2014

Governor Lincoln Chafee Foresees Large Role for Rhode Island Offshore Wind
Rhode Island will have a major role to play in the offshore wind industry, even though a developer chose to use a Massachusetts port to build a large wind farm, Governor Lincoln Chafee said recently.
Date Posted: 9/17/2014

Iowa Ruling Shows the Way to Third-Party Solar Without Legislation
Third party financing of solar energy has become a hot commodity around the country. Historically, individuals or businesses that wanted solar power had to pay for the system up front and then realize the savings over time.
Date Posted: 9/17/2014

Kansas Corporation Commission Showcases Energy Expo Initiative at State Fair
On Friday, September 5, 2014, in conjunction with the opening of the 2014 Kansas State Fair, the Kansas Corporation Commission along with 22 stakeholder groups, opened the first-ever Kansas Energy Expo.
Date Posted: 9/17/2014

New Jersey Launches $200 Million Bank to Develop Microgrids
New Jersey is establishing America's first infrastructure bank focused on energy resiliency. The state recently announced it will fund the bank with $200 million from New Jersey's federal disaster recovery allocation, the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Grant. The infrastructure bank will be profiled at the NASEO Annual Meeting in Savannah.
Date Posted: 8/12/2014

Construction Begins on $19.5 Million Carbon-Capture Kentucky Project, Funded Partly by DOE
On July 21, construction began on a $19.5 million carbon-capture pilot, funded partly by DOE, at Kentucky Utilities' E.W. Brown Generating Station. The two-megawatt thermal system will be the first megawatt-scale carbon-capture pilot unit in the Commonwealth.
Date Posted: 8/12/2014

Governor Cuomo Announces $3.3 Million to Improve New York's Electric Grid
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $3.3 million has been awarded to seven research teams to develop technologies that add resiliency and efficiency to New York State's electric grid, by using innovative methods to enhance grid performance and reduce power outages.
Date Posted: 8/12/2014

Nebraska's Energy Code Compliance for Commercial Buildings at 83 Percent
The Nebraska Energy Office recently released its commercial energy code compliance report, which shows a compliance rate of 83 percent, by factoring quantitative and qualitative analyses, which were also used to inform recommendations for increasing compliance within the energy code.
Date Posted: 8/12/2014

13 State Air Regulators Hold Meeting on New Carbon Emission Standards and Regulations
Top air regulators from 13 states across the western U.S. met recently to discuss how they could work together on carbon-emissions cuts and meeting new benchmarks.
Date Posted: 8/12/2014

Arizona Accepting Applications for Governor's Award of Excellence in Energy Education
The Governor's Office of Energy Policy recently announced that it will be accepting applications for the Governor's Award of Excellence in Energy Education, which aims to bring visibility to educational institutions and individuals excelling in energy education in Arizona schools.
Date Posted: 8/12/2014

California Joins Mexico in Clean-Energy Pact
California and Mexico have signed a bilateral pact aimed at advancing cross-border investments in clean energy. Signed July 29 by California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Mexico's Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell during the governor's trade visit to Mexico City, the agreement calls for the two governments to work together in developing and deploying renewable energy, biofuels and other clean energy technologies.
Date Posted: 8/12/2014

Governor Herbert Names Laura Nelson Director of Utah Office of Energy Development
Governor Gary Herbert recently announced that Laura Nelson has been appointed director of the Utah Office of Energy Development.
Date Posted: 8/12/2014

Maine Seeks Public Comment on Comprehensive Energy Plan
The Governor's Energy Office (GEO) is updating the state's Comprehensive Energy Plan, and is seeking comments from the public on how Maine should continue to move forward to reduce energy costs, and plan for the next decade.
Date Posted: 8/12/2014

Minnesota Commerce and Housing Partner to Create More Energy Efficiency Loans
Minnesota consumers now have a new energy efficiency home improvement loan program that allows more people to access low-interest, unsecured loans and make important energy efficiency upgrades, thanks to a partnership of the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.
Date Posted: 8/12/2014

NYSERDA Announces Solar Training to Support Sustainable Solar Industry
The PV Trainers Network is part of NY-Sun, Governor Cuomo’s initiative to greatly increase the amount of installed solar capacity throughout New York State. Through education, training, and technical assistance, the Network helps local governments and stakeholders identify opportunities, mitigate barriers, and create programs that drive the development of solar electric (photovoltaic or PV) markets in communities across the state.
Date Posted: 8/12/2014

NYSERDA to Bring Clean Energy Financing to Businesses and Multifamily Properties
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced a new partnership that will expand innovative clean energy project financing to all of New York State for commercial, industrial and multifamily buildings to help them become more competitive and cost effective by decreasing their energy costs.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

NYSERDA Launches Major Fuels Initiative
On July 14, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) launched the Portable Emergency Generator Program and the State Strategic Gasoline Reserve initiatives.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Governor Nixon Signs Executive Order Launching Missouri State Energy Plan
On June 18, Governor Jay Nixon signed Executive Order 14-06, to formally launch the development of a comprehensive State Energy Plan, led by the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Division of Energy.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Maryland Releases Report on Microgrid Deployment
On June 23, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) released a roadmap for microgrid deployment entitled "Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force Report," which is the result of four roundtable meetings with representatives from sister states, project developers, utilities, and others.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Governor Cuomo Announces Expanded Training for Clean-Energy Workforce in New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that 14 regional workforce development organizations have been chosen to help deliver energy efficiency skills training needed by the clean-energy industry.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Vermont Governor Shumlin Signs Bill to Promote Clean Heating Technologies
Governor Peter Shumlin recently signed into law a bill promoting incentives for homes using clean-heating technologies, such as cold-climate heat pumps, that save consumers money, stimulate the economy, and create jobs.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Hawaii Governor Abercrombie Signs Five Energy-Related Bills
Governor Neil Abercrombie recently signed five energy-related measures that address solar energy device warranties or guarantees, the energy systems development fund, the Public Utilities Commission, modernization of the electric grid, and a car-sharing vehicle surcharge tax.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Georgia to Invest Millions to Lower Utility Bills at UGA, Georgia Tech, and Others
University of Georgia officials plan to spend up to $4 million to improve energy and water efficiency on the university's East Campus. The money will be UGA's share of some $87.4 million in projects approved by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) and the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission, under the "Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contracting Program."
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Arkansas Releases 2014 Loan Loss Reserve Guidelines
The Arkansas Energy Office, a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEO), is offering a Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Loss Reserve Program (“Program”). The Program will provide funds in the form of a loan loss reserve to qualifying Program Participants (“Participants”) across the state that provide residential On-Bill Repayment or On-Bill Financing programs to their customers.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Arizona State University Partners with U.S. Virgin Islands on Renewable Energy Projects
Arizona State University is partnering with the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist in the development of renewable energy practices in the island territory, as well as invigorate the renewable energy market and expand upon energy education.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Hawaii Energy Program Trying to Qualify More Residents for Solar
The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Energy Office is seeking approval for a program that proposes to make it easier for lower-income homeowners, landlords and nonprofits, among other groups, to install photovoltaic systems.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

North Carolina Develops Online EMS Training for Handling Green Vehicle Emergencies
As more alternative fuel vehicles take to the roadways, North Carolina is working to prepare first responders how to react when they're part of an emergency.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Patrick Administration Announces New Undersecretary at Energy and Environmental Affairs
Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett recently announced she has appointed Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia as EEA Undersecretary for Energy. Sylvia succeeds Undersecretary Barbara Kates-Garnick, who is leaving EEA for the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Advocates Laud Rhode Island Assembly's Passage to Expand Development of Solar Power
Environmental groups and renewable energy advocates applauded the General Assembly’s passage this week of legislation that dramatically expands the program that has been most effective in fostering the development of solar power in Rhode Island.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Energy Office Program Helps Wyoming Communities Study Public Transportation
The Wyoming State Energy Office of the Wyoming Business Council has created a new grant program to help Wyoming communities study the feasibility of public transportation opportunities.
Date Posted: 7/16/2014

Oregon Department of Energy Seeks Agency Director
The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) director’s primary purpose is to work with the Governor’s office and the Legislature to reduce the long-term cost of energy for all Oregonians and direct the overall operations of the Oregon Department of Energy.
Date Posted: 6/23/2014

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Colorado Bill Supporting Natural Gas and Propane Vehicles
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently signed into law H.B.14-1326, a piece of legislation that provides tax credits to fleets that deploy heavy-duty vehicles powered by natural gas or propane.
Date Posted: 6/12/2014

New York Offers $34 Million for Zero Net Energy Homes
New York state recently announced $34 million in incentives to spark the construction of homes that generate more energy than they consume.
Date Posted: 6/12/2014

Massachusetts Launches $40 Million Municipal Resiliency Initiative
Under the Patrick Administration, a $40 million municipal resiliency initiative was recently launched to help ensure energy resiliency at critical facilities and protect communities from interruptions in energy services.
Date Posted: 6/12/2014

West Virginia Hosts Renewable Energy Conference
On June 5, 2014, the Renewable Energy in West Virginia conference brought together organizations and individuals with experience implementing and managing renewable energy projects in West Virginia.
Date Posted: 6/12/2014

Utah Governor Herbert Hosts 2014 Energy Development Summit and Releases Energy Plan
Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah Office of Energy Development hosted the Energy Development Summit June 3-4, in Salt Lake City. During the event, Governor Herbert released the Utah Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan. Chris Wagner, NASEO Program Manager, presented at the event.
Date Posted: 6/12/2014

Governor McCrory Signs North Carolina Energy Modernization Act of 2014
On Wednesday, June 4, Governor Pat McCrory signed the Energy Modernization Act of 2014, clearing the way for energy exploration, high-tech jobs, and new investment in North Carolina's energy sector.
Date Posted: 6/12/2014

Rhode Island Joins Seven States in Putting 3.3 Million Zero-Emission Cars on the Road by 2025
In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from the transportation sector, Rhode Island and seven other states have released an action plan for their collective pledge to put 3.3 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025.
Date Posted: 6/12/2014

Governor McAuliffe Creates Energy Council to Oversee Virginia State Energy Plan
Through an executive order signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia Energy Council was formed to develop a comprehensive and aggressive energy strategy, to be submitted to the General Assembly on October 1, 2014.
Date Posted: 6/12/2014

Colorado Takes Steps to Expand Geothermal Development
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a geothermal bond bill May 30, providing $1.98 million in state funding and matching the Energy Department’s investment in geothermal energy exploration at Pagosa Springs.
Date Posted: 6/12/2014

DC Department of the Environment Seeks Energy Program Officer
The incumbent of this position will serve as the Associate Director of the Energy Compliance and Policy Division and has administrative oversight of all programs and activities related to the development, coordination and monitoring of programs in support of the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008.
Date Posted: 6/12/2014

Ohio Law Freezes Utility Standards for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Governor John Kasich plans to sign a bill that will freeze utility standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Date Posted: 6/11/2014

Governor Nixon Announces Comprehensive Energy Plan for Missouri
Governor Jay Nixon recently announced that the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Division of Energy will lead an initiative to develop a comprehensive energy plan for the state.
Date Posted: 5/13/2014

Massachusetts Launches Zero Net Energy Program for Buildings
On Thursday, May 8, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources announced the "Massachusetts Pathways to Zero Grant Program," a $2.5 million funding opportunity for zero net energy buildings (ZNEBs).
Date Posted: 5/13/2014

Governor Inslee Releases Executive Order to Promote Clean Energy in Washington
Governor Jay Inslee recently signed Executive Order 14-04, which outlines a series of next steps to reduce carbon pollution in Washington state and improve energy independence through the use of clean energy.
Date Posted: 5/13/2014

Alaska Develops Tool to Boost Value of Energy Efficient Homes
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation recently released a tool that could boost the appraised value of energy efficient homes, by allowing appraisers to add value to a home that performs better than comparable homes.
Date Posted: 5/13/2014

Colorado Prepares to Issue RFP for CNG Co-Fueling Locations
The Colorado Energy Office is preparing to issue a RFP for partial funding of compressed natural gas fueling stations that are co-located with electric vehicle charging sites and/or propane fueling locations.
Date Posted: 5/13/2014

Utah Finalizes Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan
On Wednesday, April 30, various stakeholders participated in a forum to discuss the consideration and finalization of the Utah Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, developed by the Utah Office of Energy Development.
Date Posted: 5/13/2014

Colorado Approves "Clean Trucks Bill"
A “Clean Trucks Bill," supported by the trucking industry, a number of major business groups and companies, the natural gas industry, the environmental community, and the Governor's Energy Office, has received final approval from Colorado lawmakers and is expected to be signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper in the coming month.
Date Posted: 5/13/2014

Missouri Department of Economic Development Seeks Energy Engineer III
The Department of Economic Development, Division of Energy has a current employment opportunity – Energy Engineer III.
Date Posted: 5/13/2014

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to Host Code Training on May 15
The Department of Environmental Protection invites code enforcement officials, builders, contractors and designers to attend residential and commercial training on the 2009 International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC) on May 15.
Date Posted: 5/13/2014

Arkansas Energy Office Funds Two CNG Stations
The Arkansas Energy Office, a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, recently announced a total of $800,000 in rebates to fund two fueling station operators--one in Little Rock and one in West Memphis.
Date Posted: 4/8/2014

New York PACE Program Helps Preserve Affordable Housing in Westchester County
In an effort to preserve Westchester Countys existing affordable housing, Energize NY and The Westchester Department of Planning introduced a new program on March 11, 2014 to help affordable housing and non-profit building owners to improve their buildings by making them more energy efficient and to add renewable energy.
Date Posted: 4/8/2014

Governor Brewer Establishes Energy Plan, "Empower Arizona"
Governor Jan Brewer recently approved and accepted a Master Energy Plan, "emPOWER Arizona: Executive Energy Assessment and Pathways," to help lead Arizona into a more prosperous and reliable energy future.
Date Posted: 3/11/2014

Governor Shumlin Unveils Plan to Increase Energy Efficiency in Vermont's State Buildings
Governor Peter Shumlin recently rolled out a plan in Vermont to make state buildings more energy efficient with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and annual energy usage by at least 5 percent with an investment of $8 million.
Date Posted: 3/11/2014

Pennsylvania Opens Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program
An estimated $8 million in grants is now available in Pennsylvania for the purchase or conversion of natural gas vehicles, as well as the conversion or purchase of electric, propane or other alternative fuel vehicles of any size.
Date Posted: 3/11/2014

New Power Lines Make Texas World's 5th Largest Wind Power Producer
Over the next three years, wind farm development in Texas, estimated at 7,500 MW of new generation, will convert a number of towns into renewable energy hubs. In addition, new transmission lines now link five CREZ zones, which could eventually serve 16,000 MW of wind power from west Texas to more populated cities by 2016.
Date Posted: 3/11/2014

C-PACE Clean Energy Program Celebrates First Anniversary
State officials are preparing to celebrate the first anniversary of the C-PACE Clean Energy Program, designed to help manufacturers and other businesses make energy efficiency improvements or add renewable energy improvements to their buildings.
Date Posted: 3/11/2014

Utah Governor's Energy Development Summit Becomes Critical Energy Forum
Based upon the increasing level of interest and participation, the Utah Governor's Energy Development Summit, has proven to be one of the most critical energy forums in the Intermountain West.
Date Posted: 3/11/2014

Oklahoma Launches '20%x2020' Energy Savings Program
Oklahoma has launched a statewide energy savings program to reduce energy use in state agency buildings. It was conceived by Governor Mary Fallin, who signed legislation in 2012 creating the initiative, as a way to lower government utility costs in order to reduce overall state spending and free up resources for core government services.
Date Posted: 2/11/2014

Over $3.6 Billion in Transmission Improvements for Texas by 2018
A report released by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) identifies several transmission improvements planned to address growing needs on the electric grid in most of Texas. According to the report, transmission providers in the ERCOT region expect to complete more than $3.6 billion in transmission and equipment improvement projects by 2018.
Date Posted: 2/11/2014

Governor Corbett Unveils Energy Plan for Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Corbett recently released a state energy plan titled "Energy = Jobs," which is devoted to Pennsylvania's history in the energy sector and Governor Corbett's plans for the future. The report provides details on the state's history of energy production and energy policy--and ultimately advocates for an "all of the above" approach to energy resources.
Date Posted: 2/11/2014

Vermont Treasurer's Office Provides Financing for Energy Efficiency Projects
The $6.5 million allocated last Legislative session to create lending opportunities that encourage residential energy efficiency projects throughout Vermont is already being put to work and State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced that significant progress is being made as the financial processes needed to start the initiative are now in place.
Date Posted: 2/11/2014

Wisconsin Leading the Way on Alternative Fuels
The organizers behind a new state initiative to encourage municipalities to switch to alternative fuel vehicles might want to get used to visiting Oshkosh.
Date Posted: 2/11/2014

Rooftop Solar Credit Will Have its Own Day Before the Colorado PUC
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission recently voted to set up a special proceeding to evaluate the costs and benefits of rooftop solar units.
Date Posted: 2/11/2014

Minnesota Safety Officials Give Tips Following Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion
Minnesota officials are responding to the possibility of a natural gas shortage following the explosion that has shut down three Xcel Energy pipelines that service the upper Midwest.
Date Posted: 2/11/2014

Mississippi Utilities File Quick Start Program Plans
On January 11, Mississippi’s PSC-jurisdictional utilities filed Quick Start program plans, in accordance with the state’s landmark energy efficiency rules. Adopted unanimously last July, these rules are expected to save consumers more than $2.3 billion and create 9,500 new jobs over the next 20 years.
Date Posted: 2/11/2014

Tennessee Announces Energy Education Camps for Teachers
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs recently announced that applications are now available online for the 2014 K-12 Energy Education Camps. The four-day educational sessions provide K-12 teachers with the information and resources needed to teach the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom and to guide students in becoming leaders in their school and community.
Date Posted: 2/11/2014

State Waiver Sought for Texas to Ease Propane Shortage
With another Arctic blast slamming the Midwest and Northeast, millions of Americans who rely on propane to heat their homes are facing an acute shortage of the fuel at a critical time. But help could be on the way from Texas in the form of an emergency declaration by Governor Rick Perry’s office that would temporarily ease licensing regulations for commerce in propane and allow out-of-state suppliers to tap the state’s reserve.
Date Posted: 1/24/2014

Governor Patrick Announces $50 million for Climate Change Initiatives in Massachusetts
Governor Deval Patrick recently announced a $50 million investment for a statewide plan to address the present and future impacts of climate change in Massachusetts. These investments will assess and address public health, transportation, energy and the Commonwealth’s built environment.
Date Posted: 1/22/2014

California HERO Program Awarded
Governor Jerry Brown recently presented the HERO Program with the Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. The HERO Program is a public-private partnership between cities and counties and the private sector that empowers property owners to become more energy efficient. In under two years, the HERO Program has become the largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program in the nation.
Date Posted: 1/7/2014

Texas Experiencing Growth in Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles
Residents driving natural gas vehicles in San Antonio will soon have less to fear about running out of fuel. A Pilot Flying J station off Interstate 10 is expected to flip the switch on the city's first natural gas pumps, one of a growing network of natural gas fueling stations along highways linking San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.
Date Posted: 1/7/2014

Iowa Officials Seek Hearing on Renewable Fuel Standards
Recently, elected leaders in Iowa, including the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, issued a letter to the President opposing the EPA's proposal to reduce renewable fuel volume obligations and weaken the RFS. Further, it states that biofuels have diversified and strengthened national security by reducing reliance on foreign oil.
Date Posted: 1/7/2014

New York State Earns 'Deal of the Year' Award
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. (EFC) recently announced that a multi-million dollar bond issuance for energy efficiency financing has been recognized as "Deal of the Year for Small Issuer Financing," by The Bond Buyer, a leading public finance publication.
Date Posted: 1/7/2014

Carson City, NV, Adds Free Car Charging Station
Drivers of electric vehicles have a free charging station at the Carson City Community Center, thanks to a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Energy, NV Energy and Carson City Public Works.
Date Posted: 1/7/2014

Hawaii Administrator Sees Turning Point in Energy Transformation for 2013 and Beyond
Mark Glick, Administrator of the Hawaii Energy Office, recently stated that 2013 was a turning point in energy transformation in the state, where a number of barriers were identified and clear strategies were set for the next several years.
Date Posted: 1/7/2014

Natural Gas-Fired Power Plants Help Bolster Texas During Drought
Texas water saved by the transition from coal to natural gas for electricity generation offsets by far the amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to produce natural gas, a recent study from the University of Texas found.
Date Posted: 1/7/2014

Stratford, CT, Awarded $15,000 for Energy Efficiency Efforts
Mayor John A. Harkins attended a recent ceremony at the state Capitol where the Town of Stratford was recognized for its efforts to support renewable energy and increase energy efficiency. In recognition of the commitment, the town was awarded a $15,000 Bright Idea Grant.
Date Posted: 1/7/2014

University of Rhode Island Finds Minimal Effect on Home Prices from Wind Turbines
A University of Rhode Island study has found that the wind turbines that have been installed so far in the Ocean State have not had any statistically significant effects on the values of nearby homes.
Date Posted: 1/7/2014

Coming Soon: Home Energy Labels with Comparable Data
Four states – Alabama, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington – are involved in a three-year DOE-funded pilot program started in 2010 to develop and test energy rating labels for homes. The program wraps up in March 2014, with the results expected later in the year.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

Kentucky ENERGY STAR Schools Have Grown from 12 to 233
Over the past six years, the number of ENERGY STAR certified schools in Kentucky has grown from 12 to 233 under the direction of the Kentucky School Energy Managers Project and others, a state legislative subcommittee was told recently.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

Energy Representatives Hosts Educational Program for Students in Tennessee
Representatives from the Alliance to Save Energy, the East Tennessee Green Building Council, and the State of Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation, Office of Energy Programs joined together to teach a class on energy efficiency and phantom load to pre-k students at The Goddard School of Farragut.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

Utah Public Safety Building is First of its Kind in Country
Salt Lake City's new Public Safety Building is the first building of its kind in the country to earn a "net zero" energy rating, meaning it generates as much energy as it uses.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

Washington State to Expedite Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization
State regulators have approved plans by the state’s four investor-owned natural gas companies to modernize and update their pipeline delivery systems, replacing hundreds of miles of older pipes with state-of-the-art plastic pipe.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

Massachusetts Funds Seven New Energy Programs
As the winter heating season continues, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan recently joined other Patrick Administration officials to celebrate $32.5 million in funding for seven programs aimed at reducing heating and cooling costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating clean energy jobs across Massachusetts.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

New Details on UMaine’s Offshore Project Released Shortly
State energy regulators with the Maine Public Utilities Commission are on the verge of publicly releasing details of a proposal by Maine Aqua Ventus, a public-private consortium led by the University of Maine.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

Washington Commerce Names Lenders for $14.5 Million Clean Energy Loan Fund
The Washington State Department of Commerce recently announced that Craft3 and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union will be awarded grants of $11.6 million and $2.9 million respectively to help individuals and companies finance residential and commercial building energy efficiency work and renewable energy technology installations. The loan program is the first of Governor Jay Inslee’s Clean Energy Funds to launch.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

Volta Opens More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on Oahu, Maui
Volta Industries LLC, which installs and maintains free-to-use, advertising-supported electric-vehicle charging stations, recently opened up its sixth station at Ward Centers in Honolulu with plans to open its first station on Maui at the Whaler’s Village shopping center.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

Tennessee Company to Boost Clean Energy Economy
Diversified Power International (DPI), a designer and manufacturer of a wide range of products that greatly improves the efficiency of battery-related drive systems, including solar energy storage systems and all-electric vehicles, recently began expanding its engineering, development, and manufacturing operations to keep up with demand. Through the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP), DPI leveraged funds from the Tennessee Solar Institute, funded by the Tennessee State Energy Office , to provide high-level training to both its existing and new employees and upgrade its production facility.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

Indiana to Draft New State Energy Plan
The Indiana Office of Energy Development recently announced that it has officially begun the process of crafting a new energy plan for the State of Indiana. Indiana's current energy plan, the Homegrown Energy Plan, was written in 2006. Since that time, Indiana's cost of electricity for industrial customers has increased, causing Indiana to slip from 5th lowest in the country to 27th lowest.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

New England Governors to Cooperate on Infrastructure Initiative
New England’s Governors recently committed their six states to an energy initiative designed to bring affordable, cleaner, and more reliable power to homes and businesses across the northeast. This initiative will accelerate regional cooperation on expanding renewable energy and energy infrastructure in New England.
Date Posted: 12/9/2013

Keynote Speakers for Sixth Annual Nebraska Wind Conference Announced
The Nebraska Wind Conference Committee announced the selection Keynote Speakers for the Sixth Annual Wind Conference, November 13-15, 2013 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln.
Date Posted: 11/5/2013

Commercial PACE Expands Across States
Many states are aggressively pursuing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, which enables commercial property owners to implement energy improvements on their property and repay the costs over an assigned term through an annual assessment on their property tax bill.
Date Posted: 11/5/2013

Tennessee Bond Program To Release Applications For Energy Conservation Projects
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs announced on Nov. 1 the release of the state’s Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) Program’s Request for Proposals (RFP), which will detail how local governments and public universities can apply for low-interest bonds to finance qualified energy saving projects.
Date Posted: 11/5/2013

Report: 30 percent renewable energy mandate for Michigan doable
Michigan is positioned to double its share of electricity from wind and other renewable sources within two decades but risks falling behind other states if nothing is done, state officials said in a final report issued to Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday.
Date Posted: 11/5/2013

Fayetteville Offers Monetary Incentives for Implementing Green Systems
Fayetteville is the first city in Arkansas to offer property owners monetary incentives to implement energy-efficient systems on their land to stimulate the economy while, at the same time, making Arkansas more environmentally friendly.
Date Posted: 11/5/2013

GreenSun Hawaii Energy Loan Program Reaches $2M in Loans Milestone
On Oct. 30, GreenSun Hawaii, which provides energy efficiency and renewable energy financing, reached a milestone with $2 million in loans issued.
Date Posted: 11/5/2013

Governor Brown Signs Bill Extending Alternative Transportation Program
Assembly Bill 8 (Perea) allows the Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program to continue investing in innovative transportation and fuel technologies that help the state meet its energy, clean air, and climate-change goals.
Date Posted: 11/4/2013

After Sandy, New York Will Hold Strategic Gasoline Reserves
A year after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast, cutting power and causing billions in damages, the state of New York is taking steps to build backup systems in the event of another catastrophic storm.
Date Posted: 11/4/2013

Eight U.S. States Band Together to Promote Clean Cars
The governors of California, New York and six other states have agreed to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road within 12 years, which they said will help the environment and boost the economy.
Date Posted: 11/4/2013

Massachusetts Governor Patrick Leads Trade Mission in Canada: Energy a Priority
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick recently took a trip to Canada to meet with business leaders to discuss trade deals and build relationships in multiple industries including clean energy. - See more at: http://www...
Date Posted: 10/16/2013

Village Hall New York's First Net-Zero Municipal Building: The "Beginning of a Whole New Era"
A village landmark once considered demolition-worthy was celebrated last week for its new life as New York's first net-zero energy municipal building.
Date Posted: 10/15/2013

Virginia School Receives $3.24 Million to Improve Efficiency: Energy Office Supports Energy Performance Contract
At its meeting Monday, the Bristol city School Board unanimously agreed to a contract with Energy Systems Group, an Indiana-based firm that specializes in installing energy-efficient windows and other energy-saving improvements.
Date Posted: 10/15/2013

New York Releases Report on Public Building Energy Use
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) recently announced the completion of a report on the energy use of New York State government buildings.  Benchmarking public buildings and analyzing the results provides important baseline data that will be used to measure the progress of Governor Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY initiative, which will prioritize projects at the largest and most inefficient buildings...
Date Posted: 9/5/2013

New Jersey Transit, Board of Public Utilities, and DOE to Partner on Transit Reliability Study
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will be partnering with New Jersey Transit and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (the energy office) to develop an advanced microgrid system. The Sandia National Laboratory will be assisting NJ Transit on the research to identify methods for increasing reliability and resiliency of the electricity used for rail systems...
Date Posted: 9/5/2013

NYSERDA Announces Residential Energy Efficiency Bonds through Green Jobs-Green New York
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced the sale of $24.3 million in revenue bonds to finance residential energy efficiency improvement projects for consumers across the state...
Date Posted: 8/20/2013

Federally Owned Wind Facility to be Built in Texas
The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Pantex weapons facility will soon be home to the largest federally owned wind farm in the country. The facility, located just outside of Amarillo, Texas, will utilize five 2...
Date Posted: 8/20/2013

Colorado and RESNET Sign Agreement to Promote the Construction of High Energy Performance Homes
The Colorado Energy Office has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with RESNET, agreeing to provide quarterly and annual reporting of the new homes market using HERS Index Scores to the real estate professional community...
Date Posted: 8/20/2013

Tonko and Danielson Explore Efforts to Enhance Energy Policy
On August 14, Congressman Tonko (D-NY) and DOE Assistant Secretary Danielson, met with leaders of local businesses, educational institutions, non-profits in upstate New York . . .
Date Posted: 8/16/2013

Connecticut Announces New Program to Facilitate CHP System Permitting
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced a new program to make permitting Combined Heat-and-Power Systems easier and faster. The new program makes use of a permit-by-rule system that reduces permit workload and timeframes...
Date Posted: 7/24/2013

Kansas Code Jurisdictions to Use HERS Scores as Performance Option
Eight Code Jurisdictions in Kansas will begin using the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) as a performance option to standard building energy codes. The adoption of this standard ensures established testing protocols, and provides an energy rating that is recognized by the federal government and mortgage industry...
Date Posted: 7/24/2013

Hawaii Launches New EV Stations App
The State of Hawaii has released a new mobile application for Apple and Android devices that will help electric vehicle drivers locate publically available EV charging stations. The application, EV Stations Hawaii, includes information on charging station locations, driving directions, charge level, and charge fees...
Date Posted: 7/24/2013

Austin's "Silicon Hills" a Model for High-Tech Industry Start-Up Community
The New York Times has recognized Austin, Texas' Silicon Hills as a successful example of a venture capital rich start-up community. The Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas is a leading example, ranked as one of the strongest in the nation...
Date Posted: 7/24/2013

Hawaii Electric Company to Reduce Electric Vehicle Charging Rates
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has approved the Hawaii Electric Company’s proposal to offer special, lower rates to businesses that install fast-charging stations. The effort is to further increase the use of electric vehicles, currently estimated to be approximately 1,400 in the state...
Date Posted: 7/23/2013

Missouri Reaches $100 Million Milestone for Energy Loan Program
The Missouri Energy Loan Program, which offers financing for lighting, heating and cooling, insulation, and other efficiency upgrades, has provided $100 million in the 25 years since its inception.
Date Posted: 7/23/2013

Alabama State Agencies Cut Energy Costs by $3.9 Million in 2012
A December 2011 Executive Order issued by Governor Robert Bentley required the State of Alabama to reduce its energy consumption by 30% compared to 2005 levels. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) analyzed energy data, discovering a near 10% reduction in energy usage in 2012, totaling $3...
Date Posted: 7/23/2013

Mississippi Adopts Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Mississippi electric and natural gas utilities will soon be paying for their customers to cut energy use.
Date Posted: 7/11/2013

Texas Passes Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Legislation
Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law H.B. 2049, which will allow CHP facilities to sell power to multiple purchasers. The legislation overcomes a key barrier to CHP deployment in the state and will encourage the expansion of CHP technologies...
Date Posted: 7/10/2013

Texas A&M Announces Plans for Largest Solar Institute in the World
The Center for Solar Energy at Texas A&M University will be the largest of its kind in the world. The new 800-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility will test new technologies for creating electricity from the sun...
Date Posted: 7/10/2013

Oregon LNG Files Application with FERC for a Bi-directional LNG Terminal
Oregon LNG is seeking the approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to construct and operate a bi-directional LNG terminal in Warrenton, Oregon. The application includes the construction of an 87 mile natural gas pipeline...
Date Posted: 7/10/2013

NY Governor Announces Emergency Fuel Initiative
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the beginning of the “Fuel NY” initiative, which will provide increased access to transportation fuel during major storms. NYSERDA will provide up to $17 million for gas stations to install emergency generators to be used in power outages...
Date Posted: 6/26/2013

Hawaii Releases State Energy Efficiency Plan
Following the State of Hawaii’s unveiling of its energy efficiency plan at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting this month, the Hawaii Energy Office is launching an energy savings performance contracting program with the goal of doubling the efficiency of state and Honolulu County buildings by 2015, an effort which is expected to create 5,000 jobs...
Date Posted: 6/26/2013

New Bill in Colorado Doubles Renewable Energy Requirements for Some Rural Electricity Providers
SB 252, signed by Governor John Hickenlooper in early June, establishes a new requirement for rural electric cooperatives to supply 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. This doubles the previous requirement to reach 10 percent by 2020...
Date Posted: 6/26/2013

Home Listings to Include Home Energy Efficiency Scores in Minnesota
Beginning this month, NorthstarMLS will start including a new field in its MLS home listing for the Minneapolis/St. Paul region for home energy efficiency ratings. The efficiency values used will be Home Energy Rating System scores, which are based on building efficiency ratings from insulation, heating and cooling systems, and building shell...
Date Posted: 6/26/2013

Colorado Passes Energy Saving Mortgage Program for ZNE Homes
Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law HB 13-1105, creating the Colorado Energy Saving Mortgage Program. The program allows an $8,000 mortgage reduction for new or renovated zero-net energy homes that achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 0...
Date Posted: 6/26/2013

Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Act Signed into Law
Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed H.B. 579 into law, which replaces the state's alternative fuel annual decal fee program with a new tax structure for compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and propane autogas, and establishes a rebate program for natural gas fleet vehicles...
Date Posted: 6/26/2013

Connecticut Gas Utilities File Natural Gas Expansion Plan
Three gas utilities -- Yankee Gas, Connecticut Natural Gas, and Southern Connecticut Gas -- have submitted an expansion plan to increase the availability and use of natural gas within the state. The plan is now subject to Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency review, as well as review by the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority...
Date Posted: 6/26/2013

Minnesota Passes Legislation on Waste Heat Recovery
Governor Mark Dayton has signed HF 729 into law, which expands the definition of waste heat recovery to include “waste heat recovered and used as thermal energy.” This makes it possible for industrial customers who utilize waste heat recovery to be eligible for utility conservation programs, and savings will be credited toward natural gas or electric utilities’ goals...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

Pennsylvania Offering $10 Million in Natural Gas Vehicle Grants
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental protection has opened its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Natural Gas Vehicles Program. Companies and organizations can apply for grant money to purchase or convert medium- to light-weight natural gas vehicles weighing less than 14,000 pounds...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

Illinois Senate Bill on Natural Gas Moves to Governor’s Desk
Senate Bill 2266—legislation that would invest approximately $330 billion for expanded natural gas infrastructure—was recently passed by the Illinois State Senate. The measure, which would allow gas utilities to recoup investments made to upgrade and improve the natural gas distribution system,  now goes to Gov...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine Deployed in Maine
The University of Maine has launched the first ever floating concrete-composite platform wind turbine in the world. The grid-connected VolturnUS prototype was constructed at a 1:8 scale of commercial size, and will help researchers collect data on floating wind turbine design...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

South Carolina Energy Office Recognizes 14 Agencies and Schools for Energy Savings
Fourteen Schools and agencies in South Carolina have met the goal of the South Carolina Energy Efficiency Act of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020, as compared to 2000 levels. These schools and agencies have reached this significant milestone well ahead of schedule...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

Florida House Bill 999 Expedites Permitting for Natural Gas Pipelines
Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation that will expedite the permitting of natural gas pipelines in the state, as well as water wells and some special events such as boat shows.
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

Oklahoma Energy Assurance Video Available
In March, the State of Oklahoma released a short video highlighting the response to a severe tornado warning and how energy assurance is a part of the overall State disaster response plans. The Oklahoma Energy Assurance Plan was prepared by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, with the guidance of the Oklahoma State Energy Office, and in partnership with the Risk and Crisis Management Center at the University of Oklahoma...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

Colorado Legislation Extends Energy Performance Contracts to Vehicle Fleets
New legislation passed in Colorado allows public agencies to use energy performance contracting for fleet vehicles. The legislation is designed to put advanced vehicles such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids on equal ground with other vehicle types, and requires the consideration of lifecycle costs...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

Report Identifies Areas for Expanded Energy Efficiency Efforts in Louisiana
Two new reports examine the potential for expanded energy efficiency efforts in the New Orleans area, as well as statewide across Louisiana. The reports find that there are still ample untapped resources across the state, potentially enough to save customers $4...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

Boston Passes Energy Benchmarking Ordinance – Eighth City in the Country
The Boston City Council passed a new Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance with a 9-4 vote, which will require annual reporting of energy and water usage by large commercial and residential building owners...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

Florida Bill Repeals Ethanol Percentage Statutory Requirement
Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation that repeals the requirement for gasoline to include a certain percentage of ethanol. The new law does not mandate that ethanol be removed from gasoline blends, allowing fueling stations to continue to provide blended fuels...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

Third Annual Southeast Sustainability Summit August 21-22 in Knoxville, TN
Through the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative, the Tennessee Office of Energy Programs is partnering with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the City of Knoxville to host Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s 3rd Annual Southeast Sustainability Summit on August 21-22, 2013 in Knoxville, TN...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

NY Governor Announces Emergency Fuel Initiative
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the beginning of the “Fuel NY” initiative, which will provide increased access to transportation fuel during major storms. NYSERDA will provide up to $17 million for gas stations to install emergency generators to be used in power outages...
Date Posted: 6/12/2013

Governors of 23 States Support Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act
A coalition of governors from 23 states wrote to Senator Coons Thursday to thank him for his efforts to create cheaper, cleaner energy.
Date Posted: 6/10/2013

American Samoa Names Tim Jones Director of the Territorial Energy Office
Tim Jones was named the new Director of American Samoa’s Territorial Energy Office.
Date Posted: 5/24/2013

Arizona-Based DPR Construction’s Headquarters is First ZNE Commercial Building
DPR Construction has completed its headquarters facility in Phoenix and is the first commercial space to be certified as Zero-Net Energy (ZNE) by the International Living Future Institute. The new office makes use of an existing structure that has been renovated with leading-edge technology and design, including an open office floor plan, active and passive cooling, and 79 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic capacity
Date Posted: 5/24/2013

Arizona Uses SEP Funds for Solar Project on State Trust Land
Arizona Public Service Co. has completed the first phase of the Foothills Solar Power Plant project, which was made possible through U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program (SEP) funds. The project made use of extensive research conducted by the Arizona State Land Department to identify state land suitable for solar energy development...
Date Posted: 5/24/2013

California Energy Commission Releases New Guidance on EE/RE in Schools
The Energy Efficiency K-12 Project Guidance offers recommendations to schools for achieving standards set in California’s Proposition 39: Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2012.The guidance will assist Local Education Agencies in obtaining funding set aside through the act, estimated at $550 million per year for five years...
Date Posted: 5/24/2013

Colorado Governor Signs Advanced Industries Acceleration Act
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently signed House Bill 13, the Advanced Industries Acceleration Act, which will provide annual allocations to drive Colorado’s economy through bolstering advanced technology...
Date Posted: 5/24/2013

Mississippi Governor Signs Multiple Energy Bills
In late April, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law several energy bills recently passed by the state legislature.
Date Posted: 5/24/2013

Pennsylvania Governor Announces $6.7 Million for NGV Conversions
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett awarded 18 Impact Fee Grants using Act 13 funding for organizations committed to transitioning heavy-duty vehicle fleets to natural gas. The announcement moves the state toward goals outlined in the Natural Gas Energy Development program, a plan that will distribute $20 million in funds for natural gas vehicle (NGV) conversion over the course of three years...
Date Posted: 5/24/2013

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Approved by Texas Legislature
Both Houses of the Texas State Legislature unanimously passed SB 385...
Date Posted: 5/24/2013

Texas Renewable Energy Generation up in 2012
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas released figures showing a 7% increase in renewable energy generation to 33.9 million megawatt hours (MWh) in 2012 from 31.7 million MWh in 2011. Solar energy showed the most growth, up 265% from 2011...
Date Posted: 5/24/2013

UC Davis West Village: Largest Zero Net-Energy Community
The 130-acre U.C. Davis West Village features is designed to consume less energy than will be generated on-site.
Date Posted: 5/10/2013

Massachusetts Launches Electric Vehicle Incentive Program
On Earth Day, the Massachusetts Governor’s Administration announced a $2.5 million program that provides municipalities with incentives for purchasing electric and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles.
Date Posted: 5/10/2013

New York State Senate Passes Energy Bill, Extends NY-Sun Initiative
Following an Earth Day announcement by New York’s governor, the New York State Senate voted to pass a package of legislation that promotes renewable energy as a means to combat climate change.
Date Posted: 5/10/2013

Arizona’s Solar Market is on the Rise after Banner Year in 2012
Last year, Arizona installed 473 megawatts of utility-scale solar capacity—more than any other state—making it the second largest solar market in the country, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Date Posted: 5/10/2013

Incentives Helping New Jersey Build Smarter after Hurricane Sandy
Residents, businesses, and local governments are using incentives to purchase high-efficiency appliances and equipment in rebuilding efforts.
Date Posted: 5/10/2013

North Dakota Legislation Promotes Renewable Energy Research
North Dakota’s 63rd Legislative Assembly passed several funding and tax policies, including a $3 million funding action focused on expanding the state’s Renewable Energy Research Program.
Date Posted: 5/10/2013

Hawaii State Legislature Recognized by the Coalition for Green Capital
Hawaii’s State Legislature passed Senate Bill 1087, which provides new financing incentives for the installation of clean energy systems. Coalition for Green Capital CEO, Reed Hundt, congratulated the legislatures efforts to pass the first ever combination of bond financing and on-bill repayment for clean energy...
Date Posted: 5/10/2013

Colorado House Passes RPS Bill Directed Toward Rural Electric Cooperatives
The Colorado State House of Representatives passed legislation doubles the Renewable Portfolio Standard for rural electric cooperatives from 10% to 20% by the year 2020. S.B. 252 is drawing much attention and debate across the state.
Date Posted: 5/10/2013

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Launches Energy Education Initiative
TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs is partnering with Pathway Lending to provide training on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy management to a number of organizations across the state.
Date Posted: 5/10/2013

Innovative Research Helps California Achieve Energy Goals
The California Energy Commission has released a report summarizing advances in clean energy research funded through the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The 2012 PIER Annual Report highlights projects designed to improve the reliability of the state's electricity supply, boost energy efficiency of building and appliances, and increase renewable sources of power...
Date Posted: 4/19/2013

Michigan School District Wins Energy Grant to Replace Obsolete Lighting in Elementary Schools
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced that the Port Huron Area School District was awarded a $99,365 grant for installation of energy efficient lighting in seven elementary schools...
Date Posted: 4/19/2013

Governor Cuomo Announces NY-SUN Initiative to Provide $13.5 Million to Reduce Solar Installation Costs and Support Training for Local Officials
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $13.5 million is available through the NY-Sun initiative for projects aimed at reducing the overall cost of installing photovoltaic (PV) solar electric systems and streamlining the inspection and permitting process for local officials...
Date Posted: 4/19/2013

Texas Wind Power Battery Facility Opens
The Notrees Wind Farm and Battery Facility is the largest wind energy battery project in the world attached to a wind farm.  Duke Energy, the owner of the wind farm, matched a $22 million grant from the U...
Date Posted: 4/19/2013

Texas increases its lead in wind power
The U.S. wind power industry spent $25 billion adding capacity in 2012, a year that also saw Texas extend its lead as the biggest generator of electricity from wind.
Date Posted: 4/15/2013

PACE Bill Passed in Utah
This winter, PACE-enabling legislation was introduced in Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Utah, and Texas. Utah passed PACE bill in the middle of March and Governor Gary R. Herbert is expected to sign the bill shortly...
Date Posted: 4/8/2013

Governor Appoints Director of Colorado Energy Office
Jeff Ackermann has been named director of the Colorado Energy Office, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday.  Ackermann currently leads the research efforts at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, focusing on issues ranging from electric system planning to the effective use of energy efficiency and renewable energy...
Date Posted: 3/20/2013

Offshore Wind Bill Approved in Maryland
On Monday, March 18, the Maryland General Assembly approved Governor O’Malley’s bill to encourage wind development off the coast of Ocean City.  The legislation now goes to Governor O’Malley for his signature...
Date Posted: 3/20/2013

ChargePoint Launches First of More Than 80 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, with Funding from NYSERDA
NYSERDA is providing $1 million to ChargePoint, Inc. to install 80 electric vehicle charging stations around the state.  This builds on Governor Cuomo’s announcement last year of devoting $4...
Date Posted: 3/20/2013

Pennsylvania Treasury Completes First Secondary Market Sale of Keystone HELP Loans
The Pennsylvania Treasury recently sold several thousand loans made through its nationally recognized Keystone Home Energy Loan Program, according to State Treasurer Rob McCord.  The sale of the loans marks an important first step in developing a secondary market for energy efficient loans...
Date Posted: 3/20/2013

Wisconsin Cheese Used in Innovative 'Whey-to-Energy' Project
A new Wisconsin venture called GreenWhey Energy will turn the slurry from five cheesemakers and a soyfood ingredient plant into energy and clean water.  An anaerobic digester will process 500,000 gallons a day of milky whey - the wastewater that results from the cheesemaking process...
Date Posted: 3/20/2013

District of Columbia Publishes Final Regulations for Benchmarking Energy and Water Usage in Large Buildings
The District of Columbia published final regulations to implement a new requirement that all large private buildings benchmark their energy and water performance annually.
Date Posted: 2/7/2013

NYSERDA Awards $1.8 Million to H2Pump of Latham to Help Demonstrate Energy-Saving Hydrogen Technology
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded $1.8 million to H2Pump LLC of Latham to help accelerate the commercialization of an energy-saving technology while also helping state manufacturers reduce operating expenses.
Date Posted: 2/7/2013

Washington State Works with BMW and SGL Group to Construct Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Facility
The Washington State Energy Office, over the course of two years, has been working closely with BMW and the SGL Group to administer and launch the construction of a state-of-the-art carbon fiber automotive facility, located in Moses Lake, Washington.
Date Posted: 1/30/2013

Massachusetts to Host Webinar on Building Asset Rating Pilot for Commercial Buildings
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) will host a webinar on Tuesday, January 29 at 2 pm EST to discuss the preliminary results of the Massachusetts Building Asset Rating pilot for commercial buildings.
Date Posted: 1/23/2013

Massachusetts to Support Energy Audits of State's Military Bases
According to an article submitted to the Patch Network, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan at the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Bourne to announce $1.5 million in funding ...
Date Posted: 1/23/2013

Nebraska Approves Reroute of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline Project
The State of Nebraska recently completed its evaluation process of a proposed reroute of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline project.
Date Posted: 1/23/2013

North Dakota Budget Proposal Includes $5M for Renewable Energy Support
As reported in INFORUM, Governor Jack Dalrymple’s recommendations for North Dakota’s 2013-2015 budget call for setting aside portions of the Resource Trust Fund projected to total $2.74 million for renewable energy and $2.74 million for energy efficiency upgrades to public buildings.
Date Posted: 1/23/2013

Massachusetts to Host Webinar on Building Asset Rating Pilot for Commercial Buildings
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) will host a webinar on Tuesday, January 29 at 2 pm EST ...
Date Posted: 1/15/2013

NYSERDA Announces New Proof-of-Concept Centers to Facilitate Clean-Energy Business Growth
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded a total of $15 million to Columbia University, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and High Tech Rochester to create three Proof-of-Concept Centers dedicated to helping inventors and scientists turn their high-tech, clean-energy ideas into successful businesses.
Date Posted: 1/15/2013

North Carolina Power Company Seeking to Reduce Payments for Green Energy
As reported in an article from The News Observer and originally published in Business, the Raleigh-based power company, Progress Energy, is seeking to slash payments as much as 29 percent for electricity it buys from solar generators and other renewables producers.
Date Posted: 1/15/2013

Massachusetts Breaks Ground on Commonwealth’s First Zero Net Energy Office Building
On December 19, 2012, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and other state and local government officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new field headquarters of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife).
Date Posted: 1/15/2013

Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Policy Division Job Opportunity
The Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Policy Division (ODOE) located in Salem recently posted a job opportunity for a Principal Executive/Manager E (Energy Conservation Manager).
Date Posted: 1/15/2013

Washington State Works with BMW and SGL Groupto Construct Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Facility
The Washington State Energy Office, over the course of two years, has been working closely with BMW and the SGL Group to administer and launch the construction of a state-of-the-art carbon fiber automotive facility, located in Moses Lake, Washington.
Date Posted: 1/15/2013

Washington Governor Honors Industrial Energy Leaders for Improved Efficiency
On December 5, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire honored five industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improved energy performance at the first Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony.
Date Posted: 12/13/2012

California's First Carbon-Credit Auction Raises $290 Million
AAAs reported in the Los Angeles Times, in California's first auction of greenhouse gas pollution credits, companies paid just a few cents more than the minimum price per ton of carbon, generating almost $290 million from the sale.
Date Posted: 11/30/2012

NYSERDA and Chase Partner to Improve and Finance Home Energy Efficiency
On September 20, 2012, the NYSERDA and Chase launched an email campaign to educate customers about their home energy consumption
Date Posted: 11/2/2012

Massachusetts Reducing Energy Costs Across State-Owned Facilities
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is working to reduce energy costs across a variety of state-owned facilities.
Date Posted: 11/2/2012

District of Columbia City Government Now 100 Percent Wind Powered
Washington, D.C. schools, firehouses, police stations and city offices are now 100 percent wind powered
Date Posted: 11/2/2012

Maryland Energy Administration Celebrates Completion of Western Maryland Wind Farm
Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Director Malcolm Woolf joined representatives from Gestamp Wind and Delmarva Power at the recent dedication ceremony for the Roth Rock Wind Energy Farm on Backbone Mountain in Garrett County.
Date Posted: 11/1/2012