Home Energy Upgrades Get U.S.-Backed Loans 
Many U.S. homeowners are now eligible for up to $25,000 in federally insured loans to make energy-efficient upgrades such as adding insulation, sealing ducts, or replacing windows, the Obama administration announced this month. (USA Today)

Rand Paul Crusades Against Energy Efficiency Standards
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, famous for working across party lines, faced heavy resistance yesterday from Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky as it marked up its first legislation of the new Congress. (The New York Times)

N.Y. Contractors Lobby for Loans for Efficiency Improvements
Local builders are asking state legislators to pass a bill that they say would make it easier for families to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes by allowing them to finance retrofits through utility bills. (The Syracuse Post-Standard)

Bill Would Alter Pennsylvania Building Code Adoption
The legislation, designed to repeal a mandate that sprinkler systems be installed in new houses, would change the process by which building codes are adopted in Pennsylvania and has raised concerns among green building advocates. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Electricity Legislation Sparks Debate in Illinois
The state’s Energy Modernization Act, which would allow $2.6 billion worth of energy grid upgrades, is meeting resounding opposition from critics. (Medill Reports)

Texas to Erupt with Home Solar Installations
With House Bill 2961, things may finally pick up for Texas, a state that’s fallen behind on solar development. (Calfinder)

Boulder County, Colo., Commissioners Consider New Rules to Nurture Solar Gardens 
Staffers from the Land Use Department are recommending commissioners allow solar arrays to be installed on up to 1 acre of land in any zoning district if applicants pass the county’s site plan review process. (Daily Camera)

California Utility Agrees to Smart Meter Waiting List 
Pacific Gas and Electric has agreed to allow customers who object to the controversial meters to be placed on a waiting list until the Public Utilities Commission determines an alternative option. (Pacific Sun News)

Taller Buildings, More Housing Coming to Seattle
More open space and affordable housing is on the way for south downtown Seattle, after the City Council passed a comprehensive set of zoning laws to make Pioneer Square, Chinatown, and other nearby neighborhoods more livable and vibrant. (Seattle Post Intelligencer)