energy bill

Mayor de Blasio's Pledge to Cut Climate Pollution by 80% Can Lower Bills, Safeguard New York

September 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

On the heels of a historic march through the streets of New York City to demand global action on climate change—and heading into the gathering of world leaders at UN headquarters for the Climate Summit—Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a dramatic pledge for progress here at home.[read more]

"And Lo, My Electricity Bill has Been Reduced Thanks to the RET"

July 7, 2014 by Nigel Morris

I recently received news that my electricity bill will go down and that feels like a relief after years of massive increases. In fairness, the regulators have performed a miracle to take the pressure off, given that solar, the carbon tax and the RET were apparently going to cause endlessly increasing electricity price rises.[read more]

Does Future National Energy Legislation Depend on the Success of an Efficiency Bill?

November 22, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

It’s been more than five years since Congress passed a national energy bill. But that doesn’t mean legislators stopped trying. There have been four attempts from Democrats to introduce a national renewable energy standard, with no traction at all. And then there was the cap and trade bill, which imploded in 2010.[read more]

MLPs: Renewable Energy Bargain or Bad Deal?

June 14, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Aside from the NSA surveillance program and vacations, it's nearly impossible to find something both parties in Congress can agree on. But we may just have another such policy: master limited partnerships, or MLPs.[read more]

Top 5 Home Winterization Tips For Energy Awareness Month

October 20, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

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Don’t be fooled by the bright sun and lingering warm breezes, winter is most definitely on its way toward North America. Even though it seems like just yesterday we were talking about how to stay cool without cranking the air conditioning, it’s already time to start keeping your home warm without creating a painful heating bill.[read more]

Climate Hope in a Prison of Despair

August 4, 2010 by Craig Severance

The economic method has been abandoned by the U.S. Senate, but there is a way forward if we focus on the true end goal.[read more]

Lessons Learned From Conducting Electricity Audits: Ten Ways We Can Do Better

December 6, 2009 by Peter Troast

By Chris Hunt * 1. We Must Crush Inertia  The majority of consumers appear to accept their high energy bills passively, mostly, I believe, because they don't know what they can do about it. Consider this: Is there any other area of your life where you pay a high monthly fee and still have no idea what generated the final figure?...[read more]

The Non-Tax Tax

May 13, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

When President Obama campaigned in 2007 and 2008, cap & trade was the centerpiece of his strategy on climate change. The latest iteration of cap & trade legislation is being developed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, within the broader Waxman-Markey Bill. After numerous hearings and comments, the revised bill is...[read more]

“Democrats to Relax House Emissions Bill” — now it gets a B or B- grade. Waxman asserts, “I believe we will have the votes to pass the bill” next week

May 13, 2009 by Joseph Romm

The first quote is the Washington Post headline today.  Can’t argue with the overall message — although I would like to know what those “house emissions” are.  Roll Call’s spin is more political, and thus more positive, “Waxman, Markey Announce Breakthrough on Climate Change Bill.”  Or you can take Congress Daily AM’s spin...[read more]

House Energy panel delays markup of energy and climate bill — in part to accommodate Republicans begging for more hearings

April 28, 2009 by Joseph Romm

In general, I have argued for going a tad slower on the whole process of writing and voting on comprehensive energy and climate legislation.  Now E&E Daily (subs. req’d) reports: Democratic leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have postponed plans for a markup this week of a sweeping energy and global warming bill...[read more]

Discussing the Waxman-Markey Clean Energy and Security Act

April 26, 2009 by Climatico Analysis

Throughout the past week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held hearings on the draft legislation of 'American Clean Energy and Security Act 2009'. Over 60 witnesses testified, including Energy Secretary Steven Chu, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Nobel laureate Al Gore, as well as representatives of...[read more]

Basking in reflected glory

April 9, 2009 by John Whitehead

From Environmental Capital:The Obama administration is apparently backing away from the idea of selling 100% of the emissions permits that would be the backbone of the future cap-and-trade system.What’s the point? The overall burden on consumers will be the same whether the permits are sold or given away; backtracking on permit auctions...[read more]

How Democrats Can Win the Climate Debate

April 8, 2009 by Jesse Jenkins

By Teryn Norris & Jesse JenkinsThe Huffington Post, 04/07/09If Democrats want to win on climate policy, they must think fast and move quickly to regain control of the debate. Last week was the opening round of the national climate fight, and the Democratic Congress was nearly knocked out.It began on Tuesday with the introduction of a...[read more]

Rep. Earl Blumenauer Smacks Down Republican Lies on Climate Bill

April 3, 2009 by Jesse Jenkins

That a boy Earl!Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon went on the offensive on the House floor yesterday, calling out the outright lies House and Senate Republicans have been repeating about the costs to consumers of potential climate legislation. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY and the Senate Minority Leader) and John Thune (R-SD), as...[read more]

Nobody does it better. Makes me feel sad for the rest. Nobody does it quite the way you do. Baby, you're the best.

April 2, 2009 by John Whitehead

From Environmental Capital: The House draft bill on energy and climate is just the “starting point” for the great energy debate this year. There’s no sign of bipartisan support, for starters, nor 60 votes in the Senate. Utilities are wary of renewable-energy provisions, and environmentalists are leery of some of the bill’s business-...[read more]