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Time for Energy Efficiency in the South

We already know that energy efficiency offers a "vast, low-cost energy resource" ... so why has a new report, Energy Efficiency in the South, triggered a strong reaction from Grist, the New…

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Shortsighted Obama Plan Opens Southeastern Shores to Drilling

Yesterday, President Obama backed down from a campaign promise to uphold the moratorium on offshore drilling that has protected our southeastern shorelines from oil interests for decades.  His announcement proposes to open…

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Ridiculous rate rhetoric

“Energy efficiency will be the single most important source of energy available to the world’s economies in the years to come.” Rex Tillerson, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of ExxonMobil Corporation. When…

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New GA Report Offers Efficiency Alternatives to Dirty Coal

On Tuesday, March 9th the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies out of Chattanooga, TN released a report entitled, "Energy Efficiency as an Alternative Strategy for the Power4Georgians EMC".  The report identifies how…

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NC Experts Spar Over Future Energy Plans

John D. Wilson co-wrote this blog. What's the future for energy in the Tarheel state? This week, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) considered the energy plans of Duke Energy, Progress Energy…

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Energy efficiency also helps low-income customers

  State House Rep. Joe Gibbons - Photo: Tallahassee Democrat Rep. Joe Gibbons has kindly allowed us to reprint his published essay.  He addresses the critical need that low-income utility customers have…

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ACEEE says more, More, MORE energy efficiency

"Energy efficiency can create 38,000 new jobs for North Carolinians while saving consumers $3.6 billion in energy bills, and meet one quarter of NC's energy needs," according to a new report released…

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Cobb EMC in Georgia Tops List of Bad Coop Practices

Last week in Atlanta, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) held their annual meeting, which brought together leaders from over 900 Electric Membership Cooperatives (EMCs) across the country.  The annual meeting…

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Life is More Than Peak Experience, There is Daily Opportunity!

How do we get people to lower their electricity consumption overall, not just at peak?  A recent conference in Florida showed the high-tech perspective of some energy industry folks and continuing utility focus on cutting demand at…

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Florida Utilities Balking at Efficiency Goals

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) just set goals for electric energy efficiency well below targets set—and achieved—by other states, but not surprisingly, several FEECA utilities filed objections seeking still lower goals. Earlier, we reviewed the…