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Energy Efficiency and the Elections: Not So Much

November 4th, 2010 by Jim Crowder

“…election results at the national and state levels were largely stark for those focused on renewable energy and efficiency…”

Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Portland

So wrote Kyle Alspach for MHT Mass High Tech in his coverage of  the Sixth Annual Conference on Clean Energy at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center Nov. 3. Martin LaMonica chimed in for cnet, so it must be true. Many agree that energy efficiency initiatives are only likely to thrive at the state and local levels in the newly shifted political environment.

The remaining post-elections energy news took on a broader view take of the implications of the elections overall, but little old Portland, Ore. – where BuildingAdvice is based – got a little 15 minutes in a Washington Times editorial titled “A vote against the left-wing agenda.” Pictured is outbound Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with a caption on her August visit to the City of Roses in connection with Clean Energy Works Portland, a pilot program that is helping up to 500 qualified Portland homes finance and install energy efficiency upgrades. (As you may not know, Clean Energy Works’ commercial component did not receive anticipated funding last summer, so the program remains largely residential).

The editorial, however, has nothing to do with Clean Energy Works Portland.

In the wake of the still-tallying ballot casting, much is being made of the Republican control of the House of Representatives and the GOP picking up several seats in the Senate, and the implications on cap-and-trade and The Climate Bill That Was. A few highlights:

Kirsten Korosec, blogger, CBS

Kirsten Korosec, "Carbon Based" blogger for CBS

“It will be more about protecting fossil fuel-based businesses and stripping away federal agency powers than a direct assault on clean energy.”

  • In California, the defeat of Proposition 23 marked popular support for the state’s greenhouse gas reduction law, the Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32, the strongest clean energy law in the nation, “even if it means higher energy bills and prices at the pump,” wrote in “The morning after: What the election results mean for energy.” Quoting Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, the article asserts the one bit of good news for environmental issues from the Nov. 2 elections:

San Franciscans protesting Proposition 23

“Millions of voters said they see clean energy jobs as the path forward through a tough economic climate. That sends a strong message far beyond California. Voters asked their leaders to chart a future toward clean energy, less pollution, and less dependence on imported oil. Congress should pay attention.”

  • As Green, the New York Times blog on energy and environment, put it, “At the global climate change conference in Copenhagen last December, President Obama pledged to cut United States emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 — if he could get Congress to pass climate and energy legislation, that is.The task proved impossible even with Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress.”

Images courtesy City on a Hill Press, The Washington Times/Associated Press, and CBS


June 17th, 2010 by Jim Crowder

It’s tough to find non-oilspill related news these days, what with the Presidential address Tuesday and all. So The Business Advisor is going to take this time to focus on what’s truly important for energy efficiency in commercial buildings, but we need your help:

Which Green Biz/Tech Blogger Celeb do you find most attractive?

Your choices will be pictured throughout this post. Please consider as you browse through the grab bag of energy efficiency news for commercial buildings:

Martin LaMonica, "Green Tech" for CNET: rugged.

Heather Clancy for ZDNet

Heather Clancy, "Green Pastures" for ZDNet: pretty cute.

  • Speaking of the devil, this week the Energy Efficiency Forum held its 21st Annual Forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (co-sponsored by Johnson Controls and the U.S. Energy Association). The site is chock full of live webcasts and blog posts.
  • The New York Times cited $140 billion as the amount of annual savings the U.S. could save by making buildings more energy efficient, according to a resolution from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, who met this week to back a mandatory green construction code.
  • The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) has tons of great energy efficiency news and resources here, including a nifty counter of Energy Savings So Far this Year. Is The Building Advisor late to the game on this one? It’s ok, you can tell me.
Melissa Hincha-Ownby, GreenBiz for mother nature network

Melissa Hincha-Ownby, GreenBiz for mother nature network: definitely at a disadvantage here, being a cartoon.

  • And for you HVAC fans out there, did you see this? “Built around LG’s inverter compressors, the Multi-V series delivers one of the highest EER ratings available in the VRF equipment category, along with low sound operation. Using VRF technology, the Multi-V system provides commercial businesses greater temperature control therefore avoiding unnecessary energy usage in unoccupied rooms.” Ooh, technical….


Joel Makower: Original Gangsta

Joel Makower: Original Gangsta