Category Archives: energy efficiency

Iowa Power Fund Will Create Over $40 Billion in Economic Output by 2033

The Iowa Power Fund, a creation of the 2007 Iowa legislature and the Culver administration, invested $38.3 million in 31 clean energy projects in the Hawkeye state through September 2010. A new report released by the state details the economic … Continue reading

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Small Utilities, Big Changes

What a terrific webinar today by Clean Energy Ambassadors, Plains Justice’s innovative peer-to-peer outreach to consumer-owned utilities. With over 60 participants from small utilities across the country that want to use infrared camera technology to lower energy loss on their … Continue reading

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Climate Skepticism, or Welcome to Our World

The New York Times reported recently on a new field of social science inquiry focused on the beliefs of climate skeptics such as Christopher Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who attended a Chicago conference for climate skeptics in May. … Continue reading

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What’s Right With Wayne, Nebraska

[From a case study about the municipal electric utility serving Wayne, NE, available on Plains Justice’s Clean Energy Ambassadors website.] Energy efficiency isn’t a new concept at Public Utilities of Wayne, Nebraska. The city started a voluntary load management program … Continue reading

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Clean Energy Video Blogging Series: Episode 1

Recently the New York Times published a great article about an effort by my friend and colleague Nancy Jackson and the Climate and Energy Project to inspire clean energy reform in Kansas. In more conservative parts of the U.S., climate … Continue reading

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What Public Power Is and Why It Matters

Those of you who get your bill every month from a big corporate utility owned by shareholders (an Investor-Owned Utility, or IOU) might not realize that there’s another way to do it. There’s a whole other world of utilities out … Continue reading

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$312 Billion Fossil Fuel Subsidies Artificially Inflate Energy Demand

As Group of 20 leaders gather in Seoul for their latest summit, the International Energy Agency reports that global fossil fuel subsidies added up to US$312 billion in 2009, down from a whopping $558 billion in 2008. Compare those numbers … Continue reading

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