A hidden gem in the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the potential to benefit low-income communities. However, residents and advocates of these communities - often the hardest hit by dirty power - need to be ready in order to realize these benefits.
Residents of New Orleans famously love their city for all its color, life, soul, music, and rich heritage. The New Orleans City Council took action today that gives residents one more reason to feel good about the future of the city.
When Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 802 in early October, California became the first state in the nation with a mandate to provide energy usage data to owners of commercial and multi-family properties so they can measure--or benchmark--the energy use of their buildings over time.
When a state decides to launch one of the most transformative utility initiatives in the nation, you can bet that the ensuing process will be much more of a marathon than a sprint. That's certainly the case in New York's groundbreaking Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.
Following the historic announcement of the EPA's final Clean Power Plan rule, friends of coal commenced their predictable negative chatter. In truth, the noise started well before the rule was even finalized as interest groups clamored to try to thwart the nation's first ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants.
WASHINGTON- Today’s release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) offers incentives to states that incorporate clean energy investments in low-income communities as part of their carbon emissions reduction plans. The National Housing Trust (NHT) applauds the Clean Power Plan and encourages states to employ energy efficiency investments in affordable multifamily housing. Investing in affordable multifamily housing should be seen as a key resource to states drafting compliance plans.
Energy efficiency program leaders at Virginia's largest utility, Dominion Power, just took a step forward by making a $57 million investment in low-income home improvements. While we await important details about the program, it's worth exploring its origin and potential for beginning to improve Virginia's energy future.
Under changes to the EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency program - enacted a week ago - state regulators have committed us to saving a lot more electricity and natural gas. While the order from Maryland's Public Service Commission (PSC, available here) spans a mere 33 pages, there's a lot packed into this slim document. Here's what's there, and what it means:
WASHINGTON—Improving the energy efficiency of multifamily buildings can help states reduce consumers’ energy costs, strengthen electricity system reliability and lower emissions, according to a report released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).