A new directive orders federal agencies to increase their consumption of renewable energy to 20 percent by 2020 and to incorporate the Green Button data standard into their energy management practices.
Green Button -- a movement to allow consumers to securely and easily download their own energy use data -- is gaining traction, opening the door for apps and services to help consumers save energy and money.
Ten years ago today, large portions of the Midwest and Northeast United States and into Canada went dark. The cascading event, which started shortly after 4:00 PM on August 14, 2003, ended up affecting an estimated 50 million people. For some customers, power was not restored for nearly four days. The Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada jointly commissioned a task force that examined the underlying causes of the blackout and recommended forty-six actions to enhance the reliability of the North American power system. A number of the recommendations were incorporated into law passed by Congress and enacted in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Infrastructure Security Act of 2007.