Tag Archives: energy

You Buy Them Every Month But Can You Explain Them?

RTAblog_2015_0722_JamesWattMany of us don’t pay attention to our power bills – we just look at the total rather than the details. Could you explain what you’re buying from the power company to another person?… Read more

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Keystone XL Public Comment Period Now Open

The U.S. Department of State has opened a public comment period for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. You have until March 7th to share your opinion!… Read more

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Georgia is Moving Quickly to Lead the Nation in Solar Power

The Southface Energy Institute of Atlanta, GA hosts a monthly Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART) to create a forum for the presentation and discussion of issues critical to our community. The discussion frames the issues so we understand their impact at … Read more

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Why Are Some Americans Fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline?

In the recent US presidential campaign, the Keystone XL Pipeline got some attention from both candidates. The proposed pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in Canada to refineries in the United States. So why are some Americans fighting the … Read more

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Savannah International Clean Energy Conference: The 7 Take-Aways

Why not just publish the take-aways for the conference rather than a three-part summary of the event? We thought the notes were too important to omit AND the take-aways greatly benefit from the context provided by the two earlier summaries. … Read more

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Savannah International Clean Energy Conference: Renewables, Efficiency & Planning

This is the second post in a three-part summary of the 2012 Savannah International Clean Energy Conference. If you’ve not read the first post, you can find it here.… Read more

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What Did You Miss at the Savannah International Clean Energy Conference?

The agenda for the Savannah International Clean Energy Conference was diverse and aggressive – Sunday reception with Governor Deal and Senator Isakson, Monday: 7am – 9pm + Tuesday: 7am – 6pm. To summarize the event and 11 pages of notes, … Read more

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Let’s Celebrate National Weatherization Day by Figuring Out What “Weatherization” Means

RTA_blog_2012_1030_BlowerDoorThe Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1976 to assist low-income families who can’t afford to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Increasing energy efficiency helps families reduce their energy costs … Read more

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Will Competition Drive the Development of Large-Scale Solar Power in Georgia?

RTA_blog_2012_1016_SolarPanelsTom Baxter’s recent article in the SaportaReport suggests that Georgia Power has reversed course on solar power after Georgia Solar Utilities Inc. submitted a petition to the Georgia PSC to sell 80-megawatts of solar power. It seems that it just … Read more

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FTC Warns Window Manufacturers About Unsubstantiated Energy Efficiency Claims

RTA_Blog_2012_1009_FTCLast week, we encouraged you to be wary about the energy efficiency claims of window companies. The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has been actively engaged in this issue so we’re following up on last week’s post … Read more

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AIA + NAHB: Two Professional Associations with Many Issues in Common

Late last week, Ryan Taylor of RTA facilitated a meeting of staff members from the national offices of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, D.C.… Read more

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Thinking About Replacing Your Windows? Don’t Believe the Big Energy Savings Promise!

2012_0713We shared a blog post on Georgia’s sales tax holiday for ENERGY STAR & WaterSense labeled products earlier this week. In that post, we promised to follow-up with some notes on replacing windows because many people are surprised, if not … Read more

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Holiday Shopping: Sales Tax Holiday for ENERGY STAR & WaterSense Labeled Products

RTA_blog_2012_1001_EnergyStarLabelGot your shopping list ready? Georgia is holding a sales tax holiday for ENERGY STAR and WaterSense labeled products October 5th through the 7th! The per-item limit of $1,500 allows Georgians to make significant purchases. Since energy and water are … Read more

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What is NIST and Why is the US Government Building a “Laboratory” House?

RTA_blog_2012_0918_NIST_NetZeroHouseOn September 12, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new two-story, 2,700 square foot house on its campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The house is a net-zero project built in partnership with … Read more

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Which American Invention Was Born On This Day in 1902?

blog_2012_0717_thermostatIf you’re like us, you ordered a cake from your local bakery weeks ago. This is one of those dates we should celebrate each year. If you forgot to circle it in red on your calendar or you’re just looking … Read more

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