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April 16, 2024

Energy Efficiency

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DC Budget Woes Threaten District’s Home Electrification Program
The D.C. Council has approved a bill aimed at electrifying 30,000 low-income homes across the district by 2040, but a fight is brewing over funding for the program.
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Biden Admin Releases Blueprint for Building Decarbonization
The Biden administration released a plan to decarbonize the country’s building sector, which it says could reduce emissions in the sector by 65% by 2035 and 90% by 2050. 
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Tangled Challenges of Building Decarbonization Examined at IPPNY Conference
Building decarbonization is at once critical for the environment, expensive for building owners and potentially taxing for the power grid.
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Massachusetts Clean Heat Standard Reignites Debate over Biogas
Arguments over alternative fuels are a main point of contention in the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s development of a clean heat standard.
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NY Moves Methodically to Create New Class of Utility
The networked heating systems New York wants to test on a pilot scale hold promise for the environment and society but are taking time to design.
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Md. Cross-over Bills Aim to Remove Barriers to Clean Tech Deployment
With Maryland facing rising budget deficits, legislators are focusing on removing barriers to zero-emission technologies, rather than proposing new funding.
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BCSE Factbook: Federal Incentives Can’t Solve All Clean-tech Challenges

The momentum created by billions of dollars in federal incentives and tax credits has been tempered by supply chain constraints and the impacts of inflation and higher interest rates.

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Tug-of-war Developing over Ariz. Clean Energy Rules
As state regulators begin a process to repeal renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for electric utilities, a group of lawmakers want the regulators to reconsider clean energy rules they previously rejected.
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DOE Adopts Modest Upgrade in Stove Efficiency Standards
The U.S. Department of Energy has finalized new efficiency standards for residential cooking appliances, ushering in modest increases that will take effect in January 2028.
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Can DOE Accelerate US Energy Transition as 2024 Election Looms?

DOE is focused on reshaping the U.S. energy landscape, but officials may have only another year to build the momentum needed to make any potential Republican rollbacks unpopular and unlikely.


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