A Critical Moment for Energy Efficiency Finance

State and local governments gain many economic and environmental benefits from investments in energy efficiency across the buildings sector.

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Beltway Roundup

The big change in Washington, D.C. in January 2015, has been the start of the new Republican-led 114th Congress.

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Reasonable Government Approach to Advance Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency

Due to rising costs, aging infrastructure, and increasingly frequent extreme weather events, we need to fundamentally change how we generate, consume, and store energy.

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Spotlight on California

California’s long-standing commitment to the environment has been consistent and creative: we pave the way for the rest of the nation.

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Multifamily Policy and Program Horizons, and the Implications for Energy Efficiency Finance

Dollars; comfort; health: these are the benefits that energy efficiency and clean energy promise to deliver.

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International Experiences On Energy Efficiency

Whether the debate is on energy security, resilience, economic recovery, development or climate change, energy efficiency is of universal interest. However while this interest cuts across political, national and economic boundaries it is probably the only thing about energy efficiency that does. Globally energy efficiency activity is fragmented, piecemeal and generally speaking, difficult to scale.

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News & Notes

New research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that about 6.5 million workers were employed in the global renewable energy industry in 2013, a 14% increase over 2012.

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Beltway Roundup

Washington, D.C., continues to plod along in this election year with a great deal of posturing, but not much in the way of real accomplishments.

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Energy Savings Performance Contracting in Kentucky’s Local Governments

For well over a decade, Kentucky has promoted energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) as a mechanism to achieve environmental and economic benefits. The Kentucky chapter of the Energy Services Coalition (ESC) estimates that by the end of 2013, more than $750 million in projects were completed statewide since the enabling legislation was passed in 1996.

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Colorado EPC: Designed for Success

Since the mid-1990s, state agencies, institutions of higher education, and local governments have leveraged the Colorado Energy Office’s Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program to finance energy and water efficiency and other public facility improvements with guaranteed energy savings. These cost-effective business decisions free up taxes, tuition, and fees for valued programs and services.

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