15 Phony Items Earn Energy Star Label
Fifteen fake products—including a gas-powered alarm clock—won a label from the government certifying them as energy efficient in a test of the federal "Energy Star" program, leading investigators to conclude the program is "vulnerable to fraud and abuse." (Daily Camera)

Stormy Start to Weatherizing Project
After a year of crippling delays, President Obama's $5 billion program to install weather-tight windows and doors has retrofitted only a fraction of homes and created far fewer construction jobs than expected. (MSNBC)

New Efficiency Standards for Water Heaters
The Obama administration on Thursday released new energy efficiency standards for water heaters and other appliances that it said would save consumers $10 billion over 30 years while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. (The New York Times)

Are Utilities Ready for Smart Meters?
The rollout of the highly touted Smart Grid ran into another road block this week, this time in Texas, where hundreds of consumers are complaining that their recently installed wireless Smart Meters were responsible for higher electric bills. (Environmental News Network)

Americans Rebuild for the 'New Urban Century'
Americans are rebuilding their cities and communities to make people, not cars, the center of a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, urban planners and transportation experts say. (CNN)

Energy Secretary Discusses the Nation's Energy Future
DOE Secretary Steven Chu answers questions about the stimulus package, renewable energy, the smart grid, and other topics. (The Washington Post)

10 Senate Democrats Oppose Climate Bill If It Expands Coastal Drilling
Ten Senate Democrats from coastal states warned they won't support a climate and energy bill if it permits a big expansion of drilling for offshore oil and natural gas. (The Miami Herald)

Energy Star Program Honors Builders
Ivey Residential and Winton/Flair/Accent Homes receive awards for sustained excellence; larger home builders also noted for their efforts. (Builder)

Green Building Standards in Hawaii May Be Delayed
Hawaii County Councilwoman Emily Naeole-Beason has introduced a bill to delay implementation of new energy-efficient building standards until next January. (KPUA)

Plant-Based Molecules Could Create More Efficient Photovoltaic Devices
Chemists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have figured out a way to build PV devices inspired by the photosynthetic processes of plants. (Inhabitat) 

Solar Power’s Dirty Secrets
A survey and scorecard that ranks solar energy firms points to potential environmental, health, and safety issues associated with the production and disposal of solar photovoltaic panels. (GreenBiz)