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Alliance Honorary Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Honorary Vice-Chairs Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) once again led the charge for energy efficiency today.
After the clock hit midnight on December 31st, 2013, many vital tax incentives provided by the federal government expired. Today, April 3rd, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden, proposed a modified markup to the long-awaited Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act, which would extend several key tax provisions that incentivize energy efficiency measures.
The Alliance’s Energy 2030 On the Road event series has already hit Seattle, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and we’re only just beginning. Today, we’re in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the next stop on the campaign to double our nation’s energy productivity by the year 2030.
The Midwestern city is already a proven leader in energy efficiency policies and practices. Mayor John Hieftje was the first policymaker to take the Energy 2030 pledge, setting the precedent for others in his hometown to do the same. Let’s take a look at other ways the city has supported efficiency, and be sure to tune into the live stream of the event to learn what local stakeholders have in mind for even greater energy productivity.
China has invested more in smart grid technologies than the United States for the first time this year. According to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report , China invested $4.3 billion in 2013, eclipsing the U.S. by roughly 700 million over the same period. Now I know what you’re wondering, what exactly is a “smart-grid” and why is it so important? Well, let me tell you.
It seems that today humanity is more connected than ever before. From Facebook, to fitness trackers worn 24/7, to our smartphones we carry with us, we have constant access to information. Adding smart grid technologies to our aging electrical system allows utilities to fine tune electrical...