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Canadian Federal Climate Plan Exceeds 2030 Paris Targets for GHG Reductions

On December 11, Prime Minister Trudeau and Environment Minister Wilkinson, announced the federal Climate Plan, which builds on efforts already underway in the country, and provides more details on advancing energy-efficient homes and buildings; expanding the supply of clean electricity and energy; continuing to put a price on carbon with increases over time to 2030; and investing in clean industry and business practices. With respect to energy efficient buildings, the plan provides $6.1 billion for building retrofits, promotes net-zero energy ready building codes and offers skills training for building retrofits. The plan can be found here.


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Congressional Negotiators Agree on Energy Package

Congressional negotiators have released the legislative text for a comprehensive energy package that includes sections on energy efficiency, energy storage, grid modernization, and carbon management.  The 533-page bill would provide energy retrofitting assistance for schools, push for energy efficient data centers, boost the Weatherization Assistance Program, and push for increase energy and water efficiency measures in Federal buildings. The bill is likely to be attached to a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending measure that would fund government until September 30, 2021.


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DOE Assessing Test Procedures for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is undertaking an early assessment on whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend DOE's test procedures for packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHPs). This assessment will be used to determine whether to adopt the most recent procedures referenced in ASHRAE Standard 90.1. Written comments and information will be accepted on or before February 22, 2021. Click here to learn more.


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Nevada Releases Comprehensive Strategy for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

On December 2, the state of Nevada released a comprehensive strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Without these additional policies, state officials estimate that Nevada would fall 4% short of its goal to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2025, and 19% short of cutting emissions 45% by 2030. The strategy analyzes 17 policies focused mainly on three sectors: transportation, electricity and buildings. The policy section mentions the need to transition away from natural gas in both the electric sector and in buildings. The strategy explains that the state must transition from fossil-fuel combustion in homes and commercial buildings in the form of burning gas for cooking, hot water and space heating. More on the state strategy can be found here


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