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Energy Efficiency Gaining Ground in Inefficient States, ACEEE Says

Energy efficiency is gaining momentum in states that have traditionally been behind the curve in pushing such technology, according to research by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy. But states that have usually ranked lowest on the ACEEE’s annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard must still address numerous barriers to energy … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Fracking, Energy Acts, and EU Moves to Cut GHGs

Democrats and Republicans are blaming different parties for the cost of gasoline, which lingers near the $4 per gallon mark, Market Watch reports. On Tuesday, House Republicans released a report that said the Obama administration has stifled domestic oil and gas production. The report criticised proposed restrictions on the natural gas-drilling … Read more »

AEP Aims for 10% GHG Reduction

AEP Aims for 10% GHG Reduction

AEP expects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by ten percent by 2020, from 2010 levels – even as it warns that it cannot afford to take on voluntary carbon reduction initiatives. In its 2011 Corporate Accountability Report, AEP said that it emitted 134 million metric tons of GHGs from … Read more »

EPA Set for 16% Budget Cut

The budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be cut by 16 percent under the budget deal struck between Democrats and Republicans, it has emerged. EPA funds would be reduced by about $1.6 billion, Bloomberg reported, based on legislation out this morning. That figure is about half of what … Read more »

JLL Guide Catalogs Global Environmental Building Regulations

Jones Lang LaSalle has published a guide to energy, sustainability and climate regulations affecting building owners and managers around the world. The latest edition of Global Sustainability Perspective details legislation and incentives related to renewable energy, environmental reporting, carbon emissions reductions and other issues. The report was developed by experts … Read more »

Nature Made, Kashi, LeapFrog, Nestle Purina Partner with RecycleBank to Promote America Recycles Day

Several national leading brands including Nature Made, Kashi, LeapFrog, and Nestle Purina, are partnering with RecycleBank to show new ways to reward consumers for their environmental actions, while promoting America Recycles Day on November 15. In addition, two U.S. representatives, supported by several environmental groups, introduce new legislation to stop … Read more »

California Rejects Ban on Plastic Shopping Bags

California Rejects Ban on Plastic Shopping Bags

California lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have been the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags in the nation, USA Today reports. The Democratic bill, AB 1998, which failed on a 14-21 vote late Tuesday, had drawn fierce opposition from the plastic bag manufacturing industry, which spent heavily on ads … Read more »

Congress Set to Reform Law on Personal Care Product Safety

Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., have introduced a bill that will reform the current law on the use of ingredients in personal care products including cosmetics, reports The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The legislation would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to … Read more »

Emissions Reductions is Top Environmental Concern for U.S. Businesses

Emissions Reductions is Top Environmental Concern for U.S. Businesses

The top concern of U.S. businesses for climate change and environmental issues is reducing carbon emissions, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Appetite for Change global survey. U.S. survey respondents ranked reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions as the issue to most impact their companies over the next two to five years (16 percent), followed … Read more »

California May Require Utilities to Store 5% of Peak Power by 2020

Legislation under consideration in California would mandate that utilities store 5 percent of their daytime peak power load by 2020, reports SmartGrid. By 2014, the bill, AB 2514, would require utilities to store 2.25 percent of their daytime peak power load. The measure, if approved, has great implications for the … Read more »

White House Taking Crack at ‘Hybrid’ Energy, Climate Legislation

The White House is trying to gather momentum for a “last-ditch” effort to put together what it considers the most essential elements of existing energy and climate legislation, reports the New York Times. Observers say that President Obama may seek a compromise that involves greenhouse gas reductions and at the … Read more »

Bipartisan Senatorial Effort Seeks Cap and Trade for non-CO2 Emissions

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that would limit emissions of sulfur dioxide, mercury and nitrogen oxide, but not carbon dioxide. The bill also would set up a cap and trade system for permits for those gases, reports Reuters. The legislation would apply to power plants and other … Read more »