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 .

energy alliance news

Cincinnati Enquirer:
State Must not Derail Progress on Energy Efficiency

The Cincinnati Enquirer just weighed in against the Ohio General Assembly’s latest efforts to freeze the state’s energy efficiency standards.

They cite the U.S. military’s aggressive pursuit of energy sustainability and independence as an indication of the direction the country is moving and a reason why Ohio should continue to improve efficiency regulations rather than freeze them at current levels.

“If that strategy is good enough for the U.S. military, Ohio lawmakers ought to explain why it’s not good enough for the rest of us,”

Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Board

For more perspective on this issue, here is a link to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) post: