As the economic opportunities presented by smart energy become ever clearer, municipalities across the United States are jostling for position to take advantage of the emerging technology. The latest city to announce a smart grid strategy is San Antonio, Texas, where CPS Energy has signed agreements with five clean tech companies— Consert , GreenStar, ColdCar USA, Summit Power, and SunEdison.
Calico Energy Services has become an ENERGY STAR partner. Through its voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program, Calico will work with utilities and building managers to improve the energy efficiency of large commercial properties.
In the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to cut emissions that cause smog, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new regulations to tighten restrictions on pollution from coal-burning power plants owned by utilities including Duke Energy, American Electric Power Co., and Southern Co. The new proposal, called the Transport Rule, targets 31 states from Massachusetts to Texas and the District of Columbia. The measure requires a reduction in smog , acid rain, and soot-producing emissions that can travel long distances in the wind in order to “cut air pollution that impairs air quality and harms the health of people downwind.” The EPA estimates the rule would prevent as many as 36,000 premature deaths a year.