Question: What is the Department of Energy doing to address the fact that American homeowners and businesses spend about $300 billion on energy bills per year? Answer: Helping the private sector to create new markets that provide thousands of workers with paychecks, and launch innovative
Commercial property owners in Elk Grove have another way to finance renewable energy, energy efficiency and water conservation upgrades, thanks to a new Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. The city of Elk Grove is the latest municipality to adopt the Figtree PACE program, which allows
The Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Financing Program, sponsored by the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), was launched in Riverside County (CA) in September 2011 for commercial projects and three months later in December for homes. HERO is shaping up as a success on
Former President Bill Clinton capped the fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, sponsored by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), with Clintonian observations on the state of greentech. Renewable energy is vital, President Clinton said. But “it always begins with efficiency,” because that is
Environmental Upgrade Finance Environmental upgrade financing is the finance mechanism available under the 1200 Buildings program for environmental upgrades to buildings in the City of Melbourne. Environmental upgrades include the installation of energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy systems, and water conservation improvements. Watch this short
As the green buildings movement matures, the next wave of venture capital will center on startups that make net-zero operations possible. Net-zero buildings produce as much energy as they consume, requiring investments in both energy efficiency measures and in renewable energy generation. Much of the
Starbucks is encouraging a competition among its branches in Washington State to reduce energy consumption. The coffee chain giant will learn what triggers consumers to save energy. Portland Energy Conservation Inc. is assisting with the project design. Starbucks strikes again! Not only has the company
José María Figueres, former president Costa Rica and current president of Carbon War Room (Richard Branson’s brainchild non-profit) spoke to U-T San Diego about the benefits of PACE. Read full article.
Picking Up the PACE: FHFA Releases Proposed Property-Assessed Clean Energy Rule. Read full story.
As interest in green buildings and buildings certification is increasing, empirical evidence shows that green labels affect the financial performance of commercial buildings. Residential buildings also benefit from greener improvements through greater comfort levels and lower operational costs. A study conducted in Europe indicates that