Huffington Post: The Quiet Revolution Behind Your Light Switch

Huffington Post: The Quiet Revolution Behind Your Light Switch

Please take a moment and read this great piece on the Huffington Post detailing how natural gas can be a cleaner and more abundant alternative for power generation in the United States from Marty Durbin at America’s Natural Gas Alliance. The Quiet Revolution Behind Your Light Switch by: Marty Durbin, America’s Natural Gas Alliance Growing use of natural gas for power generation is good news for cleaner energy, and the result is one of the greatest untold environmental stories of our time: U.S. power sector carbon emissions have been reduced to 1994 levels, and carbon emissions per capita have dropped to levels not seen since President Eisenhower left office in 1961. Similarly, emissions of sulfur dioxide and smog-forming nitrogen oxide have been reduced by more than two thirds over the past two decades. Nearly half of this reduction took place from just 2008 to 2010. This is real progress that’s happening now, and it’s due largely to power companies across the country embracing cleaner-burning natural gas. As a nation we’re concerned with protecting our environment, while also keeping our economy strong and enjoying the comforts of modern living. We don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the energy that makes all of this possible. Why get into the nitty-gritty details of power generation and all that it takes to make the simple act of flipping a switch deliver the light and power that we rely upon? There’s a great story to tell, though. President Obama routinely highlights the many benefits that safely and responsibly produced natural gas is bringing to our country, including the reduction of greenhouse gases. Given all the discussion about natural gas in recent years among our nation’s leaders in government, industry and academia, we are now asking everyday Americans to join them and really think about their energy choices. And when people do that, they will see that natural gas is improving our environment, growing our economy and enhancing our energy security. Read more at the Huffington...

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RESNET: Arkansas Proposes Requirement For HERS Index Score Label On All New Homes

September 10th, 2013 – Posted by RESNET under RESNET News The Arkansas Economic Development Commission – Energy Office has announced that it will promulgate rules to update Arkansas’ residential energy code and require that all new homes in the state receive an energy rating and a HERS Index Score label. The proposed rules are designed to improve market recognition of energy efficiency. Energy ratings, which are similar to the miles-per-gallon ratings assigned to cars, would be generated by a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater. The HERS Index is a nationally recognized measurement of a home’s energy performance. To date, more than one million homes have been issued a HERS rating. “The State is proposing these changes as a consumer-driven, market-based approach that directly engages the private sector and helps create jobs,” said AEO’s Deputy Director J.D. Lowery. “Through a collaborative stakeholder process, we received input from builders, code officials, raters, utilities, realtors and appraisers that this was a direction that addresses longstanding concerns that impact code compliance and further investment in energy efficiency.” According to the South East Energy Efficiency Alliance, “Home energy rating and labeling can produce significant, cross-cutting benefits for multiple stakeholder groups. It allows consumers to fully understand the long-term costs associated with owning a home and to recoup the value of investments in energy efficiency measures through a home’s resale price. Expenditures on energy in Arkansas currently average 5.1 percent of household median income – the ninth-highest in the nation. Home energy rating and labeling directly addresses cost issues; in fact, a recent survey by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation shows that Arkansans favor home energy labeling two-to-one.” Read...

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Crossville Chronicle: County OKs energy upgrades for complex

Crossville Chronicle: County OKs energy upgrades for complex

Pretty big news for energy efficiency in the Southeast coming out of Crossville, Tennessee. Crossville Chronicle: County OKs energy upgrades for complex By Heather Mullinix CROSSVILLE — Energy-saving changes are on the way to the Cumberland County Community Complex after the Cumberland County Commission accepted a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant. The project includes retro-fitting the buildings with drop ceilings, new, energy efficient lighting, networked thermostats and a solar package. It’s estimated the project could save more than $12,000 each year in energy consumption and reduce HVAC energy loss by 32 percent. The solar package will generate an estimated 12,808 kWh of energy that will be sold for about $2,433 each year. Drop ceilings will save an estimated $9,124 in operating costs and reduce the energy needed to maintain the temperature in those buildings by 32 percent, according to resolution 08-2013-1. Cumberland County is providing about $34,000 of in-kind contributions and will also provide a cash match of $15,719.30. The project payback is estimated at three years and six months, and includes sales of energy from the solar project. The county will recoup its cash match in one year and one month. The Clean Tennessee Energy Grant program awarded funds to 19 recipients to assist with installation and construction of energy projects. Jeff Brown, 8th District commissioner, moved to approve the grant award, supported by Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner. The motion was unanimously approved. – See more...

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Fierce Energy: TVA, NES recognized for energy-efficiency leadership

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Nashville Electric Service (NES) are being recognized by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) for their leadership and support of the Nashville Energy Works (NEW) energy-efficiency program.  Since its inception, NEW has boosted consumer savings, expanded the local green workforce and helped revitalize target areas of the city. Since its launch, NEW has produced nearly 3,000 audits and upwards of 500 retrofits. In total, these projects are saving customers more than $220,000 a year and have provided more than $3 million in revenue to local contractors. A hallmark of the program has been its effective collaborations with other initiatives underway in the city, including its partnership with Hands On Nashville’s Home Energy Savings Program. “Hands On Nashville’s work with the NEW program has allowed us to expand our efforts to deliver home efficiency upgrades to those in the community who need them the most,” said Hands On Nashville’s President and CEO Brian N. Williams. “Between the value it provides to low-income homeowners, the economic boost it gives the city and the on-the-ground education it supports, NEW has been a true win-win for Nashville.” Read more: TVA, NES recognized for energy-efficiency leadership – FierceEnergy http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/tva-nes-recognized-energy-efficiency-leadership/2013-08-23#ixzz2eWYcJdti Subscribe...

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Citywide Partnership Recognized for Energy Efficiency Leadership Nashville Energy Works Yields Millions in Economic Growth, Homeowner Savings

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (August 19, 2013) – On August 29th, Mayor Karl Dean, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Nashville Electric Service (NES) will be honored for their leadership and support of the Nashville Energy Works (NEW) energy efficiency program. Since its inception, NEW has boosted consumer savings, expanded the local green workforce and helped revitalize target areas of the city. The awards presentation will be accompanied by a seminar covering various energy efficiency topics and a panel discussion on energy efficiency opportunities in the Southeast, presented by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and hosted by Baker Donelson and Southeast Green. Read SEEA’s Press...

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Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance to become standalone entity

Some pretty big news out of Washington, D.C. was made at the Alliance to Save Energy’s yearly Great Energy Efficiency Day event with the announcement that the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance is going to be “graduating” into a standalone entity in 2014. In January 2007, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) was incorporated in the state of Georgia as a 501(c)(3) to promote effective, intelligent, and balanced energy efficiency programs and policy across the region, but until this point had been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Alliance to Save Energy. The news comes just a few months after SEEA named new President, Mandy Mahoney. To see SEEA’s press release, click here. Headquartered in Atlanta, SEEA region represents Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the U.S. Virgin...

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