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Ohio poised to take a big step backwards with SB 310

The state of Ohio is poised to take a major step backwards if its legislature enacts SB 310. The bill would gut what has been a successful energy efficiency policy that has saved ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars so far, and would save even more in the future. The passage of SB 310 would set a very bad precedent, and would lead to higher electricity bills and electricity rates for customers. Last year ACEEE analyzed the impacts of Ohio’s current energy efficiency policy and found that the state’s utility energy efficiency targets (established under the bipartisan legislation SB 221 in...
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States Achieve Big Savings with Energy Efficiency Targets

Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2014): Energy efficiency targets implemented in half of U.S. states in 2012 saved enough electricity to power 2 million homes for a year. These are the findings of Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: A New Progress Report on State Experience, a new report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, based on the most recently available data. The report also finds that most states met or exceeded their targets and that these targets are making substantial contributions to national energy savings. "Energy efficiency is a cost effective and reliable resource that deserves to be a...
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Populus COO Seth Portner to Present at ACI National Conference

Boulder, CO, April 7, 2014 – Energy efficiency industry expert Seth Portner, Chief Operating Officer of Populus, will be speaking at the upcoming 2014 Affordable Comfort Inc. (ACI) Conference in Detroit, MI from April 29-May 1, 2014.  The ACI National Conference brings together the nation's leading experts in home performance and weatherization who share the vision to advance the home performance industry and build a stronger community. Portner was invited to present on "Successful Community Engagement Strategies" along with Paul Markowitz of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and Pamela Brookstein of Elevate Energy (formerly CNT Energy).  The trio will share tried-and- true techniques...
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PGE to focus on customer-side resources

Portland General Electric (PGE) has filed a new integrated resource plan (IRP) with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, which calls for no major new power plants in the near term except for those already under construction. Instead, the utility has committed to continuing the development of customer-side resources that can reduce demand through energy efficiency measures, peak demand management, and improvements in overall system flexibility. "Planning to meet our customers' needs is a continuous process for PGE," said Maria Pope, PGE's senior vice president for power supply, operations and resource strategy. "Our current resource plan identified a need for new generating...
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New Report Finds Energy Efficiency is America’s Cheapest Energy Resource

Energy Efficiency Costs Utilities 2 to 3 Times Less Than Traditional Power Sources; Average of 2.8 Cents per Kilowatt Hour Washington, D.C. (March 26, 2014): According to a new report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing Americans with electricity. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about three cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more. "The cheapest energy is the energy you don't have to produce in the...
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