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DOE Proposes Rollback of Lighting Efficiency Standards

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In February, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a proposal to roll back light bulb efficiency standards set to take effect in 2020. Enacted under the Bush Administration, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) contained three main provisions: vehicle mileage standards, appliance efficiency standards and lighting efficiency standards (only the lighting efficiency standard is affected by DOE’s proposed rule). Initially, the most common bulbs, such as household A-lamps, were required to meet a higher lumens-per-watt standard, and less common lighting types like globe and decorative bulbs were exempted. In 2017, these exemptions were removed, making high-efficiency CFLs and LEDs the standard of lighting for nearly all…

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Efficiency is Key to Reaching 100% Carbon-Free Power

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In recent weeks, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin have all outlined plans to reach 100% carbon-free power by 2050. And each of these proposals would significantly increase investments in energy efficiency, a vital component to any 100% clean energy goal. How Efficiency Helps Us Get to Carbon-Free Generation With the focus on carbon-emitting energy generation, it is important to remember the value of reducing the overall load on the electric grid. Simply subtracting megawatts of coal and adding an equal amount of solar or wind is not the most prudent or cost-effective way to meet our 21st Century energy needs. As the most affordable energy resource, energy efficiency helps control costs for customers while advancing smart grid management…

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Workshop Recap: Harnessing Technology to Engage Customers

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The year 2007 was an unforgettable year for multiple reasons. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (the final book of the series) was released, Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on Climate Change, and it sparked the start of the subprime mortgage crisis which sent America into the greatest recession since the great depression. But, perhaps more influential than anything else was when Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world. The iPhone took the world by storm, completely changing the way society interacts with technology and the way technology interacts with society. Fast forward to the present day and the iPhone still looks largely the same, but the connected market developed around the iPhone continues to expand at a…

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