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Federal mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they might not accept loans for homes that take advantage of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. The stance contradicts Obama's allocation of stimulus funds to support PACE and has homeowners and retrofitting companies confused.
Date: 06/30/2010
Type: News
In response to a report from the GAO that revealed some major flaws in the EPA's Energy Star certification process, the EPA and DOE are developing a product-testing system to validate Energy Star ratings.
Date: 07/10/2010
Type: Article
In response to a new report from the Energy Efficiency Council of Australia, the Infrastructurist blog debates whether the U.S. should be more focused on energy efficiency gains, as opposed to energy alternatives.
Date: 07/12/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: General Information
As a rebuttal to federal mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s argument that PACE programs pose difficult risk management challenges, an article in Grist Magazine reveals that energy-efficient homes have significantly lower default and delinquency rates than typical homes.
Date: 07/12/2010
Type: Article
British Flag
Instead of fighting with corporations over energy legislation, the British government has adopted a collaborative policy of seeking advice on reducing energy consumption from businesses that have already made energy efficiency improvements.
Date: 08/11/2010
Type: Blog
Opower energy savings
Utilities and energy efficiency service companies that automatically enroll customers in efficiency programs with an option to "opt-out" see much higher participation rates (and hence, greater efficiency savings) than companies that require consumers to "opt-in."
Date: 09/14/2010
Type: Blog
Energy efficiency retrofits.
A new report from the Center for American Progress and Energy Resource Management explores energy efficiency policy at the state level. The study found that state policies have driven private investment into energy efficiency projects, created new jobs and cut energy costs for homes and businesses.
Date: 09/21/2010
Type: Report
Fines
Landlords will face fines of up to $8,000 for renting energy-inefficient properties under a new British law. Previous efforts to encourage private landlords to better insulate their properties and take other efficiency measures have largely met with failure.
Date: 11/02/2010
Type: News
Building Construction
State and local code officials voted to adopt new building codes that will achieve 30% in energy savings, using the 2006 model code as the baseline, for commercial and residential buildings. The new code will impact building construction, additions, and renovations in 47 states and Washington DC.
Date: 11/02/2010
Type: Article, News
John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.
Michael Kanellos of Greentech Media argues that clean, green, efficient energy is a popular bi-partisan issue nationwide and that the compromise that will come out of our newly divided government will be good for energy policy and green technology.
Date: 11/08/2010
Type: Blog

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