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Energy Efficiency in 2011: Progress on Many Fronts, Treading Water on Others

December 29, 2011 by Steve Nadel

With 2011 drawing to a close, now is a good time to take stock of energy efficiency accomplishments over the past year. On the plus side, many energy efficiency investments were made this year. While exact figures are not available yet, utility-sector spending on energy efficiency programs is likely to be more than $6 billion for the...[read more]

Federal Energy Efficiency Legislation Slowly Moving Forward, but Will the Clock Run Out?

August 2, 2011 by Steve Nadel

In recent months, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has been steadily reporting out legislation on a bipartisan basis. Included are bills to: Enact a series of consensus appliance and equipment efficiency standards, building on agreements between manufacturers, ACEEE, and other efficiency groups (S. 398) Establish a...[read more]

Finding Facts or Fault (Senate Hearing on Gulf Oil Spill)

May 12, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

I devoted several hours yesterday to watching Senate hearings on the Gulf Coast oil spill. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee hosted two panels, one a technical panel featuring a former official of the Minerals Management Service--the agency that Interior Secretary Salazar has announced he intends to split in two--and a Professor...[read more]

Hypocritical Outrage

May 12, 2010 by Matt Dernoga

While the terrific trio of BP, Haliburton and Transocean blamed each other for the oil disaster that’s been unfolding, members of the of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee lambasted them for their behavior and lack of accountability.  The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will also get its shot at the...[read more]

Lugar and Voinovich float “half-assed” alternative to comprehensive climate and clean energy jobs bill

April 23, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Senators Kerry, Lieberman, and Graham are working with the White House, environmentalists, and industry to craft comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation, which they plan to unveil on Monday. But Senators Lugar (R-IN) and Voinovich (R-OH), both of whom have admitted the threat of global warming, announced yesterday “a narrower...[read more]

Bingaman: Senate Consensus on Climate, Energy; Uncertainty About Path

March 17, 2010 by Tim Hurst

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) talks with Clean Skies News about how the Energy Committee is waiting for decisions from Harry Reid on how to move ahead with energy and climate legislation issues, including proceeding with expansion of transmission and setting a renewable electricity standard. Click here to view the embedded video...[read more]

Home Star Gets A Hearing: Is It Really A Win-Win-Win?

March 11, 2010 by LaneBurt

Ah, Home Star – the legislative proposal that has eaten all my time over the last six months.  What more is there to say?  Creates jobs!…Slashes energy use!…Saves money! All of that was said today and more, during a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  The Congressional Research Service, the...[read more]

Don't Overreact to Growing Pains in the Weatherization Assistance Program

March 4, 2010 by LaneBurt

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee will hold a hearing today to discuss how Recovery Act funds are being spent, with an emphasis on the weatherization assistance program (WAP). The hearing is in response to a report from the Department of Energy Inspector General that found only 8 percent of the WAP funds had been spent as...[read more]

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Thinks Nuclear Is Too Expensive and Produces Waste That No One Wants. I Disagree

January 26, 2010 by Rod Adams

During the January 21, 2010 hearing held by the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the subject of the Department of Energy's Research and Development program, Senator Bernie Sanders made some statements about nuclear energy that begged comment. I have put together a video clip that inserts my comments as he makes his...[read more]

Wyden to Chu: Clean Tech Competitiveness Is the "Challenge of Our Time...Not Clear What the Strategy Is"

January 25, 2010 by Breakthrough Institute

U.S. clean tech manufacturers are losing global market share to their international competitors. What is the federal government going to do about it? That was the question posed last week to Energy Secretary Steven Chu as he testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Chu was speaking on the central role that...[read more]