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Looking back on 2015. Looking forward to 2016

2015 marked a year of changes in the energy sector. There continued to be a shift away from traditional sources of energy like coal toward natural gas and renewables like solar and wind. The Washington Post identified several factors that made 2015 a transformative year for energy. They include:

• A turn away from coal
• The maturation of wind and solar
• The launch of global and domestic climate policy
• Drastically low oil and natural gas prices

A Mixed Forecast for 2016

Our friends at ACEEE, a national non-profit for energy efficiency, also provided their thoughts on 2015 and what 2016 might hold in store. They see the continued growth of energy efficiency programs at the state and local level as one of the year’s major bright spots. Unfortunately, despite the numerous benefits these programs provide, they continue to face opposition from utilities and political groups.

At the federal level, energy policy is one of the few issues that members on both sides of the aisle can agree. Congress passed some modest energy legislation early in 2015 and an extension of the solar tax credit at the end of the year. Congress will continue to focus on energy issues during 2016 as it works to pass the first comprehensive energy legislation in nearly a decade .

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University of Cincinnati’s Award Winning Utilities Department

Here’s a great behind the scenes video about the University of Cincinnati’s efforts to be cost effective AND energy efficient.

Utilizing thermal storage and the impressive Solar Titan Gas Turbine Generator, UC Utilities provides steam, chill water, and electricity while reducing the university’s carbon footprint and promoting environmental sustainability.

 

 

 

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Contractors on the Front Line of Energy Efficiency Fight

What does it take for an energy professional to become an energy efficiency professional?

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance was tasked to not only to facilitate energy efficiency improvements with homeowners and building owners in the Greater Cincinnati region, but to empower local contractors to expand their scope to include the bigger picture of energy efficiency.

In 2011, Dan Monk of the Cincinnati Business Courier wrote an article about our initial efforts with local contractors.

Read it here