Energy Round Table with Congressmen Paul Tonko and Ben Ray Luján

This spring, we are happy to welcome to the Energy Round Table two former state energy officials, U.S. Congressmen Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), both of whom joined the House Committee on Energy & Commerce this year. We are excited that a former member of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and a former member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), respectively, have joined the congressional committee responsible for energy policy.

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Obama’s Second-Term Energy Team

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The major energy-related events of President Barack Obama’s first admin¬istration included passage of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus package, an unprecedented federal investment of $831 billion that allocated money for both energy efficiency implementation and renewable energy deployment. And in 2010, the administration responded to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Problem with Yucca Mountain

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No one wants nuclear waste. We all want the energy that comes from splitting a uranium atom, but we don’t want its waste product, and we certainly don’t want it in our backyards. The uncomfortable question of where to put the waste has been plaguing American policy since we figured out how to harness nuclear power.

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Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans Clears Significant Hurdle

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A new tool that could help states expand their energy efficiency loan programs is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans (WHEEL), which would purchase residential energy efficiency loans from state and local originators for sale into the secondary markets, has received the Department of Energy’s (DOE) blessing and could be ready to receive its first funds in the fall.

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Internal Revenue Service Issues Guidance on Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds

In 2008, Congress authorized the issuance of subsidized Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) to finance energy efficiency, renewable, and related projects. However, many wouldbe issuers found it difficult to use their allocations due to legal uncertainties. The legislation required 20% energy savings on certain types of projects but did not explain how such savings should be measured or predicted. It also said the bonds could be used to finance “green community programs” but did not define the term. In late June, the Internal Revenue Service published a notice that clarified many of these questions, which could lead to an uptick in the usage of QECBs.

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New Mexico’s Energy$mart Academy

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This article is part of an ongoing series from the National Association for State Community Services Programs, which is implementing the Weatherization Plus Health initiative on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Each piece highlights best practices and guides at the intersection of energy, housing, and health. Weatherization Plus Health is a vehicle for showcasing the talents of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) network and bolsters the case for more funding for it and for organizations that tackle housing-related health hazards.

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Maine Harnesses the Power of the Sea

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Each day, 100 billion tons of water flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy along Maine’s eastern border with Canada. Fifty-foot tides generate a force equal to 8,000 locomotives, and a new project is poised to harness that energy and convert it to clean, renewable electricity. The Maine Tidal Energy Project is the first commercial, grid-connected ocean energy project in the country. As part of its initial phase, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) designed and deployed the first underwater turbine in July in Cobscook Bay, off the coast of Eastport, Maine. It is the largest ocean energy device in the United States, capable of generating up to 180 kWh of power, and its construction and installation have been a boon the surrounding coastal communities.

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Weatherization Plus Health: The Connecticut Efficient Healthy Homes Initiative

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National Association for State Community Services Programs The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Plus Health Initiative provides a national platform for increasing partnerships among organizations serving the health, housing, and energy needs of low income families at the state

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Weatherization Plus Health: Leveraging Funds For Client Health

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National Association for State Community Services Programs Access to the right kind of funding, and enough of it, truly can make a difference on the health and safety side of the equation for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the

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Weatherization Plus Health: The Next Step for the Weatherization Assistance Program

The connection between health and housing seems obvious: we spend most of our time in our homes, and our surroundings have a great impact on our well-being. What may be less obvious is the connection between health and energy efficiency

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