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Southern Company and its Alabama Power subsidiary are proactively simulating what one possible future may hold for energy providers and their customers with the first-of-its-kind Smart Neighborhood(TM). In a rapidly changing energy landscape, this initiative will help Southern Company adapt and continue providing clean, safe, reliable, affordable energy to the customers and communities served.

President George W. Bush signs into law H.R. 6, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.

In 2007, Congress came together and passed bipartisan legislation that advanced energy efficiency and addressed a problem facing American families. If you remember back then, most light bulbs used in homes were much less efficient than what we have today. Wasted energy to light our homes and businesses came at a high cost – hundreds of dollars for the average household. Democrats and Republicans joined forces and...

Improving energy efficiency in buildings and transportation is key to Denver's emissions reduction goal.
Building efficiency is one of the most effective near-term opportunities for achieving national and international climate and energy goals.
A recent GSA report finds overwhelming energy savings from high-performance buildings.
At a time when climate change gets woefully little attention on Capitol Hill, Curbelo’s bill was the talk of DC’s energy and environmental crowd.

With the World Cup final on Sunday, it’s a great time to consider the ways that energy efficiency is relevant to spectator sports. There are many ways energy use comes into play for events like the World Cup and the Olympics, from the flights and public transportation people take to the events to surges in electricity demand as larger numbers of people turn on lights, TVs, computers and other devices during or immediately following the events. For example, the largest surge in electricity demand during a World Cup happened in the U.K. in 1990. After England’s penalty shootout against West Germany, there was a 2,800 MW surge in energy use, which is the equivalent of 1.1 million tea...

The support we’re finding in Congress is reflective of the programs’ true value and the bipartisan support that energy efficiency continues to have.

We regularly hear about cities, states and the private sector stepping up to address climate change in the absence of federal activity, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) offered another example this weekend at their 86 th Annual Conference. Meeting in Boston, the nation’s mayors took the opportunity to highlight the critical importance of energy efficiency to the nation’s climate efforts by unanimously adopting a resolution in support of building energy codes – the local policies that establish minimum efficiency of homes and buildings. “RESOLVED” reads the resolution, “[USCM] recognizes the unique opportunity for cities to work together to meet...

A new executive order is short on details, leaving its real impact in question.

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