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2013 Energy Benchmarking Reporting Deadline

The Philadelphia City Council passed legislation in mid 2012 regarding energy benchmarking for non-residential buildings in Philadelphia.  The bill established a system of reporting electric, oil, natural gas, steam, and water usage for non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 square feet.  … Continue reading

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EPA Sets Updated Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new emission and fuel standards for cars on Monday, March 3rd.  The program, Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards, will begin in 2017 and will apply to passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes New Air Standards for Woodstoves and Heaters

In early January, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed updates to air standards for woodstoves and heaters.  The EPA states that these changes will make residential wood heaters significantly cleaner than the current standards require and establish new standards … Continue reading

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Last Day for Inefficient Incandescent Light Bulbs

Starting tomorrow, January 1, inefficient 40 and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be allowed to be imported or manufactured in the U.S.  This follows the phase-out of 75 and 100-watt incandescent bulbs over the past two years.  These … Continue reading

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Energy Benchmarking – Delayed Compliance Date

In July of this year, we reported on the new Energy Benchmarking regulation for the City of Philadelphia.  The bill established a system of reporting electric, oil, natural gas, steam and water usage for non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 square … Continue reading

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Better, More Reliable Wind Turbines

The wind industry has been growing continuously and is an important part of fighting climate change by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.  Because wind is not constant, the main complaint from fossil fuel advocates is that coal, gas and … Continue reading

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Energy Benchmarking in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia City Council passed legislation in mid 2012 regarding energy benchmarking for non-residential buildings in Philadelphia.  The bill, entitled the Energy Benchmarking Bill, was created by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and co-sponsored by Councilman James F. Kenney. The bill … Continue reading

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Using Switchgrass to Heat Homes and Businesses

The Unites States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has released the results of a cost-benefit analysis for using switchgrass to heat homes and business in the northeast region of the U.S.  The life-cycle assessment compared the costs … Continue reading

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Obama Nominates New Head of the EPA

President Obama announced his pick to replace Lisa Jackson as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) chief on Monday.  His choice? Gina McCarthy, a Bostonite who currently serves as assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. McCarthy has … Continue reading

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Climate Policy Initiative’s Analysis of GHG Tracking Systems

Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) recently conducted an analysis of national systems that track emissions and other activities aimed at reducing emissions.  The study focused on four major countries, U.S., Germany, Italy and China, each of whom contribute their fair share … Continue reading

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