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    LEED Certification Does Not Translate to Greater Energy Efficiency

    Recent research from LEED Exposed, as reported by the Daily Caller, showed that buildings in Washington, D.C., with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification consumed about 3 percent more energy than those without. LEED certification is nothing more than a seal of approval for buildings that meet certain … More

    Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently

    If your New Year’s resolution is to change your light bulbs, don’t worry—the federal government’s here to help. Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. The light bulb has become a symbol in the fight for consumer freedom and … More

    Wasteful Spending Programs at the Department of Energy

    With the next budget battle looming, there will be attempts to undo sequestration, and proponents of a bloated budget will argue that very little if anything should be cut from the budget. But there are several programs within the Department of Energy (DOE) that can be cut or eliminated entirely. … More

    The Good and the Bad in the Shaheen–Portman Efficiency Bill

    Many of the provisions in the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, an energy-efficiency bill introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) and Rob Portman (R–OH), create or promote taxpayer-funded corporate welfare programs that duplicate state efficiency initiatives. Government-mandated and subsidized efficiency programs reduce choice and empower Washington to make basic … More

    Energy "Race to the Top" Is a Race to the Trough

      Advocacy groups are pushing to include the State Energy Race to the Top Initiative Act of 2013 legislation as an amendment to the Shaheen–Portman efficiency bill. But the “race to the top” idea amounts to nothing more than a subsidy-filled race to the trough for companies that are hungry … More

    Keystone Pipeline: Shaheen–Portman Bill the Wrong Place for a Keystone Amendment

    The Heritage Foundation has already made the case that the Shaheen–Portman energy efficiency bill promises only more federal intervention and corporate welfare. Adding an amendment to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline project wouldn’t make the bill any better. The Shaheen–Portman bill would set up a “voluntary” national building code that … More

    Energy Efficiency Bill Is a Big Step in the Wrong Direction

    Senator Byron Dorgan (D–ND) told Greenwire (subscription required) that an energy efficiency bill that passed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee would be a necessary “first step” to more federal efforts to overhaul energy policy. The legislation, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) and Rob Portman (R–OH), contains … More

    Farm Bill Wastes More Taxpayer Money on Green Subsidies

    Slapping the word rural in front of a bunch of green subsidies does not mean they’re not subsidies. But that’s exactly what the Rural Energy Investment Act section of the Senate version of the farm bill legislation does. The legislation includes direct handouts and loan guarantees for advanced biofuels and … More

    Solar Energy Embarrassingly Less Productive than Coal

    A map recently released by the Solar Foundation highlights the industry’s claim that 119,000 Americans are now employed in the solar industry. Its authors exclaim, “The United States solar industry employs more workers than coal mining.” What the map doesn’t touch on is whether solar energy is the most economical … More

    Congress Wants to Tell Americans How to Be More Efficient? Really?

    In the interest of trying to make better choices for consumers, Congress has been determined to legislate efficiency mandates for American homes and businesses since the late 1970s. The latest and much-awaited efficiency legislation is being reintroduced in the Senate tomorrow, with a House companion bill coming as early as … More