Bipartisan Efficiency Bill Heads Long List of New Energy Measures in Senate
The measure would update legislation introduced last Congress to strengthen and improve energy efficiency standards for consumer products like furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dryers, and dishwashers. (The New York Times)

EPA in Bull's-Eye of House GOP Budget Cuts
The EPA, which saw its budget rise under President Obama, is now the target of deep spending cuts by House Republicans, some of whom want to stop its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. (USA Today)

Obama’s New Push for Making Buildings Energy Efficient
President Obama has unveiled tax breaks and other proposals aimed at getting commercial-building owners to retrofit their structures to be more energy efficient, an initiative he hopes to fund with higher taxes on oil and gas companies. (The Wall Street Journal)

Three More States Weigh In on Nuclear Energy
Nuclear-powered electricity may be coming to three states that previously had few prospects for pursuing it: Missouri, Iowa, and Indiana. (The Energy Collective)

Washington State Energy Code Withstands Legal Challenge
A federal district court judge has cleared the way for Washington State to move forward with a building energy code for new homes that will save property owners money on their energy bills while reducing harmful air pollution from power plants at the same time. (

Indiana County Increases Decibel Limit on Wind Turbines
Commissioners in Tippecanoe County have approved an amendment that would allow higher sound limits for wind turbines from an average of 45 decibels per hour to an average of 50 decibels per hour. (Lafayette Journal and Courier)

D.C. Reneges on Aid to Install Solar Panels
Dozens of District residents who installed solar panels on their homes under a government grant program promoting renewable energy have been told they will not be reimbursed thousands of dollars as promised because the funds were diverted to help close a citywide budget gap (The Washington Post)

San Francisco Mayor Signs Landmark Green Building Law
The legislation will improve energy efficiency in existing buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy costs, and create green jobs. (Treehugger)

Los Angeles Council Replaces LEED With CALGreen
The city also has extended the green building code to include renovations, going beyond the baseline requirements of CALGreen. (AEC Forensics)

Cupertino, Calif., City Council Continues Green Building Discussion
Even after more than a year of planning, meetings, and public discussion, the council voted to continue discussion on proposed green building requirements after comments from council members, residents, and members of the real estate and business community about how stringent the ordinance appears to be compared to state standards and neighboring cities' ordinances. (The San Jose Mercury News)

Evanston, Ill., Council Considers Changes to Green Building Ordinance
A business interested in locating to the city has prompted officials to consider amending its requirements for environmentally friendly buildings, possibly reducing the requirements if a developer shows a significant financial hardship in meeting those regulations. (The Chicago Tribune)

Solar Panels Must Leave Room for Firefighters in California Town
Fire code updates recently adopted by the Piedmont City Council include limitations to the size and spacing of rooftop solar panels. (The Piedmont Patch)

Sausalito Council Wants Smart Meter Alternative
Members unanimously decided to back state legislation that would provide an alternative to PG&E’s controversial SmartMeters. (The Marin Scope)