Energy Round Table with Senator Wyden

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In each issue of State & Local Energy Report, we ask a prominent energy leader a handful of questions and publish the interview in this section. For our current issue we expanded that format to an Energy Round Table, bringing

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Beltway Roundup

Since we last wrote, Congress and President Obama agreed to some revenue increases on the wealthiest Americans, continued the Bush-era tax cuts for more than 98% of Americans, and avoided the first “fiscal cliff” at the start of the New Year. Congress and the president have also agreed to avoid the debt ceiling fight until May 19, tying congressional pay to action by each chamber of Congress on a FY2014 budget…

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News & Notes

Congress’s $1 trillion omnibus spending bill, passed in December, included a provision that prevents the Department of Energy (DOE) from enforcing the so-called 100-watt ban on incandescent lightbulbs until March 2013. Nonetheless, many manufacturers are moving forward with products that meet the new standards.

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Moving In and Moving Up: The New Faces of Energy Policy in 2013

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To help our readers get up to speed on electoral changes at the state and federal levels, State & Local Energy Report has put together this report on the new faces in Congress and in governors’ mansions in 2013. Though

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In the Wake of Severe Storms, States Debate Electricity System Hardening

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Hours before Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast, officials at Connecticut Light and Power, the state’s largest utility, made a critical decision. As engineers monitored the forecasts for high winds and a record tidal surge, it became clear that major electricity infrastructure was threatened by dangerous flooding that had a 1 in…

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How to Serve Up a More Efficient Data Center

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The e-mail that gets sent with a click of the mouse seems to appear in distant Inboxes as if by magic. But behind all those e-mails (and everything from digital medical records to YouTube videos of cats) lie rooms and buildings packed with computer servers, routers and switches, uninterruptible power supplies, extensive cooling…

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Will There Be An Increased Emphasis on Energy Efficiency in 2013?

With President Obama embarking on a second term, and mounting pressure for the new Congress to act on the country’s many challenges, including the negative effects of climate change, 2013 could bring landmark change. Will this be the year we

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Couleecap’s Weatherization Deferral Program Makes Homes Safer and More Energy Efficient

As any Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) practitioner knows, having to walk away from a needy family’s home because of health and safety problems is demoralizing and goes against the mission of the program. Couleecap, a Community Action Agency and WAP

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ENERGY 101

People continue to move into urban areas resulting in more and more of us living in cities that are located near waterways, with many metropolitan areas bordering the ocean. As with Hurricane Sandy, the combination of rising sea levels and powerful storms poses a grave risk to people and their livelihoods.

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