West Virginia: First State to Repeal Renewable Energy Law Lisa Markowski for Zondits Coal-rich West Virginia is following in the footsteps of Florida, Ohio, and Indiana by striking down legislation supporting clean energy. Earlier this week West Virginia’s Democratic governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, signed a bill to repeal a 2009 law that required utilities in that […]
Florida utilities say solar doesn’t work in the Sunshine State, but it sure does in Georgia Tampa Bay Times, January 30, 2015 The Sunshine State is losing its shine to something peachy. While Florida energy policy impedes solar power development, Georgia promotes it: The Peach State, with a population half that of its neighbor to […]
Pause in mandate for clean energy chills alternatives The Blade, January 14, 2015 Ohio’s two-year timeout on its mandate that utilities get more of their power from renewable and advanced technology sources has dampened investment in what were once booming solar and wind industries in the state, according to a study released Tuesday. The nonpartisan […]
Renewables enjoy new bipartisan consensus, but efficiency standards remain under attack Utility Dive, January 16, 2015 A wave of conservative political victories does not appear to have set off a fresh series of attacks against state renewable portfolio standards (RPS). The reason? Cleaner power is now mainstream, and competes in the energy marketplace. “I would […]
Pence proposes utilities set own energy-efficiency goals Indianapolis Business Journal, January 8, 2015 Rather than setting a statewide mandate for energy efficiency, Gov. Mike Pence is proposing a policy would allow electric utilities to set their own goals. The governor’s office drafted a bill that will be carried by Senate Utilities Committee Chairman Jim Merritt, […]
At a briefing this week, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability introduced the proposal and set the stage for public information sessions about it in January. The proposed Energy Performance Reporting Policy would require commercial buildings to track energy performance using a free online tool called the Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
Previously, Zondits reported on the resurgence of the idea that energy efficiency’s problem is related to the rebound effect, where efficient equipment and efficiency programs might actually result in greater energy usage. Though this argument has been put forth many times, rebound related to energy efficiency is extremely hard to quantify.