Owners of Older Homes Could Get Credit for Energy Improvements
Owners of older homes could get some help from Uncle Sam if they make their homes more energy efficient. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Natural Resources Defense Council are working with Congress on legislation that would give incentives of up to $3,000 to homeowners who improve their dwellings’ energy efficiency by 20% or more. (New York Times)

Waxman Proposes Strict Caps on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee says he wants to lower greenhouse gas emissions by more than President Obama has proposed, calling for a 20% dip by 2020 and 80% by 2050. But critics say California Rep. Henry Waxman’s “discussion draft” lacks details on how the government would distribute “carbon credits”—permits that allow companies to emit carbon dioxide. (Wall Street Journal)

Michigan City to Tie Funds to LEED Certification
The East Lansing City Council is close to requiring buildings that get city economic development funds to be LEED certified. If the proposal is approved, any program that gets at least 15% of its funding from the city would have to build to LEED’s Silver certification level. The Michigan Association of Homebuilders opposes the measure. (Michigan Messenger)

Long Island Panel Could Require LEED Certification for New Construction
The Southampton Village Board is mulling a proposal to incorporate USGBC's standards into its building code. If it makes the change, the board could require builders to get the basic LEED certification for new construction and major renovations. Builders whose homes reach higher levels of LEED certification would qualify for tax credits. (Southhampton Press)

Ontario Green Energy Act Could Up Household Electricity Bills
A study claims Ontario’s new Green Energy Act could boost home energy bills by $280 to $780 a year and is unlikely to create many new jobs. The government refuted the research by London Economics International, saying the two-month-old law will create 50,000 "green collar" jobs over three years and increase household electricity bills by just 1% a year. (Toronto Star)

Europe to Phase out Incandescent Light Bulbs by 2012
Consumers in Europe won’t be able to buy incandescent light bulbs after 2012, when new regulations to phase out the inefficient lights take effect. Consumers could save a collective $14 billion on energy bills by switching to long-burning compact fluorescent light bulbs or high-efficiency halogen lamps, officials said. (New York Times)

Jacksonville, Fla., Home Builders to Collect $1,000 for LEED Certification
Jacksonville, Fla., officials have pledged to meet LEED or similar standards for new public buildings and to grant priority status for city permits to private builders who do the same. In addition, the city will grant $1,000 to home builders who obtain the certification for their dwellings. (Florida Times-Union)

New Mexico Governments to Raise Funds for Energy Loans for Homeowners
New Mexico cities and counties can issue bonds to help homeowners pay for solar, wind, and geothermal systems under a law the governor signed this month. Local governments can form financing districts to raise the money, which they can lend at no interest to property owners. Homeowners will have 20 years to repay the loans. (Forbes)