Thursday, February 16, 2012

How big data can tackle commercial building energy (via Gigaom)

An advanced new software may help reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings, which currently account for nearly half of the nation’s total energy use. Retroficiency focuses on this new approach, but also explains the main classes of energy-related data that can be analyzed.

Court ruling may bring PACE back from the dead (via Clean Tech Law)
Property owners fight Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to keep the PACE program from being terminated. PACE helps property owners tackle upfront costs to install energy efficiency and upgrade retrofit programs.

Starbucks, Nike, Yahoo Tell Congress to Renew Key Wind Power Tax Credit (via Forbes)

Some of America's biggest brands are urging Congress for an extension on a production tax credit, which gives wind power producers a 2.2 cent tax credit for every kilowatt hour of power they produce. Starbucks, Nike, and Yahoo all rely on renewably sourced energy, thus the interest in the credit.