Taking Action Now

Our blog highlights news of our project partners, important updates, and a range of suggestions to quicken the pace of energy improvement, helping you reduce the financial and environmental costs in your buildings.


Energy-efficiency labels for buildings are working | Anthropocene

According to E&E News, the Energy Star program is the most successful voluntary energy-efficiency program in the world. It has saved consumers and businesses $34 billion in electricity costs and prevented more than about 300 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in one year.

Source: Energy-efficiency labels for buildings are working | Anthropocene

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Wisconsin’s capital city sets a high bar with ambitious renewable energy goal | Midwest Energy News

Madison, Wisconsin’s resolution to power the entire city with 100 percent renewable energy is wider-ranging than most because it covers not only electricity but also heating and transportation.

Source: Wisconsin’s capital city sets a high bar with ambitious renewable energy goal | Midwest Energy News

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As energy mix becomes cleaner, Minnesotans paying less for it | Midwest Energy News

Consumers have seen flat or declining energy costs as renewable energy becomes a greater part of the energy mix of Minnesota and the nation.

Source: As energy mix becomes cleaner, Minnesotans paying less for it | Midwest Energy News

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A Conservative Case for Climate Action

“An ideal climate policy would reduce carbon emissions, limit regulatory intrusion, promote economic growth, help working-class Americans and prove durable when the political winds change. We have laid out such a plan in a paper to be released Wednesday by the Climate Leadership Council.”

Source: A Conservative Case for Climate Action – The New York Times

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Illinois, Michigan and Ohio Refuse to Abandon the Renewable Energy Revolution

Source: 3 Midwestern States That Refuse to Abandon the Renewable Energy Revolution

“We have a very interesting message coming from the heartland,” said Henry Henderson, director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Midwest program. “These policies come from the most energy-intensive part of the country, and there has been a bipartisan embrace of clean energy as good for the public, good for the economy and good for states.”

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As solar price drops, utility interest spurs growth in non-traditional markets | Utility Dive

Solar markets outside the U.S. Southwest are picking up steam thanks to steady price declines across all segments, new reports from LBNL found.

Source: As solar price drops, utility interest spurs growth in non-traditional markets | Utility Dive

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Student Power – YouTube

Excellent video overview of ComEd’s Student Power, one of our project partners.

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ThedaCare Sustainability Effort on Track to Save Millions of Dollars, Expand Staff

ThedaCare is on track to recoup a $1.9 million energy efficiency investment this year, just two years after establishing its department for sustainability in health care. New projects worth $1.5 million will commence in 2015 and be paid off in about two years, said Paul Linzmeyer, sustainability leader for ThedaCare since 2012. His department is charged with helping to improve the health of communities by greatly reducing or eliminating ThedaCare’s energy, waste and water footprint.

Source: ThedaCare Sustainability Effort on Track to Save Millions of Dollars, Expand Staff | Northeastern Wisconsin | ThedaCare

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Utility clean energy rankings reveal ‘unprecedented shift’ in power sector paradigms

Even among renewable energy laggards, there’s a growing consensus that wind and solar are at the center of the 21st century electricity system.

Source: Utility clean energy rankings reveal ‘unprecedented shift’ in power sector paradigms | Utility Dive

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Just How Much Power Do Your Electronics Use When They Are ‘Off’? – The New York Times

About a quarter of all residential energy consumption is used on devices in idle power mode, according to a study of Northern California by the Natural Resources Defense Council. That means that devices that are “off” or in standby or sleep mode can use up to the equivalent of 50 large power plants’ worth of electricity and cost more than $19 billion in electricity bills every year.

Source: Just How Much Power Do Your Electronics Use When They Are ‘Off’? – The New York Times

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