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In 2007, President George Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act.  Included in the Act is Section 433, which requires that all new federal buildings (and major renovations of federal buildings costing at least $2.5 million) meet a fossil fuel-generated energy consumption reduction of 55% in 2010, 65% in 2015, 80% in 2020, 90% […]

In May 2011, New York City announced that it is accepting applications for the Municipal Entrepreneurial Testing System (METS), a new program that will allow startup companies to test green products, such as smart meters and renewable energy technologies, in city-owned properties.  According to the city, METS will help clean-tech companies market their products more […]

On March 7, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) adopted a final rule that expands its authority to enforce energy efficiency and water conservation standards for certain lighting, appliances, and other products covered under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).  The final rule allows DOE to initiate enforcement actions, such as testing equipment to […]

In November 2010, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the LEED for Retail Rating System and LEED for Volume Program.  According to USGBC, LEED for Retail is designed to make LEED certification easier for retailers, while LEED for Volume is designed to streamline the certification process for retailers seeking to certify multiple sites at […]

On November 1, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that three online retailers have agreed to pay a total of $417,500 in civil fines for failing to provide Energy Guide information on their websites in violation of the Appliance Labeling Rule.  The three retailers are Abt Electronics, Pinnacle Marketing Group, and P.C. Richard & […]

In May 2010, the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Washington seeking to enjoin the enactment of certain provisions of Washington State’s Energy Code, which was passed in December 2009 and which was scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2010.  The lawsuit alleges that these […]

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