Cap and trade lives on through the states

Read the full story in Politico. Many people in Washington think of cap and trade as a carbon-cutting strategy that died in the Senate four years ago. But in fact, it’s alive and well in much of the country. Advocates say it’s working. And it’s poised to gain new life from the proposed greenhouse gas …

Saving Energy with Neighborly Behavior: Energy Efficiency for Multifamily Renters and Homebuyers

Download the document. Tenant engagement programs encourage the people who live in a multifamily property to change their behavior in order to achieve a goal. These programs are an attractive option for owners or managers who want to improve energy efficiency. In this report, we assess the key features of existing programs, make recommendations for …

Christie administration seeks to repeal rules tied to greenhouse gas program

Read the full story in the Newark Star-Ledger. Two months after a state appeals court ruled that Gov. Chris Christie's administration broke the law in the way it pulled New Jersey out of a regional agreement aimed at reducing carbon dioxide pollution, the state plans to submit an official proposal to repeal regulations tied to …

Obama Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan Unclear, Will Let States Make Many Decisions

Read the full story in Governing. President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, a much anticipated rule to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from power plants. The president will call for major reductions, according to sources familiar with the planning, with each state given its …

SolarCity offers its largest online discount, with Groupon

Read the full story in Smart Planet. SolarCity announced today that the company is partnering with Groupon, the online deals marketplace, for a limited time to provide the largest online discount SolarCity has ever offered. In an attempt to push residential solar energy systems even more into the mainstream, SolarCity will offer a $400 discount …

National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: Six Regional Winners Advance to Final Round

Via the EERE Blog. Anticipation for the final round of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition is growing. For the past two months, winners of six regional contests throughout the country have been crowned after facing intense competition and judging panels of industry and financial experts. These regional finalists will go on to compete …

Better Buildings Neighborhood Initiative Upgrades 100,000 Buildings, Saves $730 Million on Energy Bills

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, the Energy Department announced today that the Department’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program has helped more than 40 state and local governments upgrade more than 100,000 buildings and save families and businesses over $730 million on utility bills. Supported by the Recovery Act, …