Let’s Shine a Light on Energy Efficiency While We Argue About Oil

Originally posted by Energy Central March 22, 2006 | By Stephen Heins We applaud the leadership of Senator Rob Cowles and Assemblyperson Phil Montgomery as they have marshaled the recommendations of Gov. Doyle's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables into a very robust energy bill, with a portfolio of short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions designed [...]

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Energy efficiency and the spectre of free-ridership: is a kilowatt saved really a kilowatt saved?

1 Feb 2006 | by Stephen Heins Applying a "best practices" analysis to the sacred cow of "free-ridership" as it relates to public benefits and utility energy-efficiency programs yields some important results. This analysis is all the more important, because energy efficiency with a measurement, verification, and sustainability protocol is emerging as the single best investment [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:51:35+00:00 February 1st, 2006|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Free All Wisconsin Utilities to Make Money Helping Customers Save Energy

Originally posted by Energy Central December 20, 2005 | By Stephen Heins Why does Wisconsin continue to reward electrical consumption, generation and marginally competitive solutions in an era when we are in a major construction phase for new power plants and transmission infrastructure? Yes, construction of new power plants and transmission lines may be inevitable, but [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:51:35+00:00 December 26th, 2005|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Wisconsin’s New Energy Efficiency Bill. A Step Forward or A Continuation of Out-Dated Thinking?

Originally posted by Energy Central November 15, 2005 | By Stephen Heins We applaud the very positive features of the new Energy Bill proposed by Representative Phil Montgomery and Senator Rob Cowles. With the upward pressure on energy costs for both oil and electricity, the timing of the new bill could not be better. This is [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:51:35+00:00 November 15th, 2005|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

California Gets its Energy Policy Affairs in Order: Energy Action Plan II is Blueprint for Optimization and Cooperation

Originally posted by Energy Central September 19, 2005 | By Stephen Heins Now that California is in the last stages of adopting its Energy Action Plan II, it is an opportune time to discuss the comprehensive solutions being enacted there. First and foremost, California has been able to conduct a thorough discussion of energy policy and [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:12+00:00 September 19th, 2005|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

Nevada’s Energy Bill Gets Clean Power Right

Originally posted by Energy Central August 30, 2005 | By Stephen Heins Now that the dust has started to settle on Nevada’s Assembly Bill 03, which was signed into law by Governor Kenny Guinn on June 17, 2005, I would like to review its most forward-looking provisions. This then is another article about “best practices” for [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:51:35+00:00 August 30th, 2005|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Recent PSC Ruling on Energy Efficiency Is Positively Ground-Breaking

Originally posted by Energy Central August 8, 2005 | By Stephen Heins The most recent Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) decision on July 20, 2005, must be considered an important ruling for the future of energy policy in Wisconsin. With this decision, Wisconsin became the first state in the U.S. to take the bold step of [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:12+00:00 August 8th, 2005|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

Open Letter to Governor Schwarzenegger: A New Age of Practical Environmentalism for California

Originally posted by Energy Central October 22, 2004 | By Stephen Heins Dear Governor Schwarzenegger: In a recent article in the New York Times Magazine section, David Brooks - a columnist on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:12+00:00 October 22nd, 2004|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Energy Efficiency is no Longer the Rodney Dangerfield of Energy

Originally posted by Energy Central September 8, 2004 | By Stephen Heins Energy Efficiency is finally being recognized as an important component to America's energy future. In particular, states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have begun discussion about including Energy Efficiency into what many states call Renewable portfolios and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). The whole idea being [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:51:36+00:00 September 8th, 2004|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

Happy First Anniversary to Blackout 2003

Originally posted by Energy Central August 24, 2004 | By Stephen Heins On August 13th and 14th, 2003, Americans and Canadians received a vivid illustration of the potential damage caused by electrical outages when a massive blackout hit both Canada and the U.S. in the Northeast and Upper Midwest. While headlines screamed "third-world electrical infrastructure" and [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:51:36+00:00 August 24th, 2004|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments