New Jersey Extends Budget for Energy Efficiency, Offshore Wind Programs to Aid Economic Recovery

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on July 29 approved an extension of the state’s Clean Energy Program budget through the end of September, consistent with the state’s extended fiscal year. The extended budget will allocate a total of $7 million for the fifth quarter of Fiscal Year 2020 to support renewable energy, energy...

New York Announces $1 Billion Clean Energy Investment for Low-to-Moderate Income Customers

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 27 announced nearly $1 billion in clean energy investments through 2025 to support energy efficiency programs for low-to-moderate income customers and communities in the state. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will collaborate with the state’s investor-owned utilities to provide more affordable energy options for more...

U.S. Energy Department Invests $118 Million to Advance Clean Coal Technologies

The U.S. Energy Department announced funding for cost-shared projects focused on developing the critical components required under its Coal FIRST initiative, according to a July 17 news release. The department selected seven projects to share the $37 million federal funding and released a new funding opportunity announcement for $81 million. The initiative aims to develop...

NYSERDA Announces Strategic Partnership to Mitigate COVID Spread While Advancing Climate Goals

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on July 8 announced it has entered into a partnership with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers to improve indoor quality in the post-COVID-19 environment to mitigate the risk on public health. The initiative also plans to advance building electrification and energy...

Florida Regulator Approves Utilities’ Energy Conservation Programs

The Florida Public Service Commission on July 7 approved demand side management plans filed by the state’s five investor-owned utilities, finding that the programs are the public interest. The agency decided that the new initiatives are projected to meet conservation targets and have no adverse cost impact to customers. The commission rejected staff’s recommendation to...

New Jersey Establishes Framework to Achieve Energy Efficiency Goals

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on June 10 issued an order directing the state’s utilities to establish energy efficiency and peak demand reduction programs, taking a significant step towards clean energy transition. The board set a five-year goal to reduce energy usage by 2.15 percent for electric distribution companies and 1.1 percent for...

U.S. Energy Department’s Better Buildings Initiative Saved Nearly $11 Billion in Energy Costs

The U.S. Energy Department on June 9 announced that the more than 950 public and private sector organizations participating in the Better Buildings Initiative saved nearly 1.8 quadrillion British thermal units of energy, yielding $10.7 billion in savings. The Better Buildings Initiative is designed to drive leadership in energy innovation. The department partners with leaders...

EnerKnol’s State Policy Playbook: Virginia Joins Top Tier of U.S. States Advancing Climate Action

Virginia has become the first state in the South to begin a clean energy transition with the passage of a sweeping energy bill that sets the state on the path to carbon-free power by 2050. The law replaces the voluntary renewable energy portfolio program with a mandatory standard, and paves the way for an enormous expansion of wind and solar power, energy storage, and energy efficiency.

Oregon Governor Orders Sweeping Climate Action Setting Sector-Specific Emissions Caps, Tougher Clean Fuel Targets

Democratic Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order on March 10, setting a goal for the state to achieve 45 percent emissions reductions by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. The order, which comes after the legislature failed to pass a cap-and-trade bill for the second year in a row, directs…...

Michigan Regulator Approves Energy Efficiency Programs for Low-Income Utility Customers

The Michigan Public Service Commission on March 5 approved settlements expanding energy efficiency programs for low-income customers of Consumers Energy Co. and DTE Energy. The energy waste reduction, or EWR, program, which includes efforts to cut waste, improve efficiency, and lower energy use, have saved 1.5 million megawatt hours of electricity and 5 million cubic…...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Building Electrification Comes to the Forefront as More U.S. Cities Ban Natural Gas Use

A growing number of cities across the U.S. are moving toward electrifying their building sectors and banning natural gas use. The Northern California city of Berkeley passed the first such ban, initiating a wave of similar ordinances as a means to reduce carbon emissions. The movement prompted Arizona to enact the first state law preventing local bans on natural gas, and several other states to introduce bills with similar language.

Virginia’s Landmark Zero-Carbon Bill Calls for 5.2 Gigawatts of Offshore Wind, 2.7 Gigawatts of Energy Storage

The final version of Virginia’s Clean Economy Act cleared the state’s House of Delegates and Senate on March 7, and now awaits Democratic Governor Ralph Northam’s signature. The legislation codifies the 2050 clean energy goal that Governor Northam laid out in an executive order issued last September. The bill calls for more wind and solar…...