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Maryland has been ranked as the best improving state state when it comes to energy efficiency. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy rated the state seventh in the country for its efforts. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Weston Berg research analyst with the council.

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With the Trump administration going after California auto emission standards there’s a new report out that notes energy efficiency is one of the fastest growing industries in the country.

The report by two industry groups note that it employs over 2 million people and provides a big portion of construction and energy jobs in Maryland

Delmarva Public Radio’s Don Rush spoke with Pat Stanton who is with E4TheFuture – one of the groups that co-sponsored the report.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is directing two state agencies to develop an initiative to save energy in state-owned buildings.

Hogan signed an executive order on Tuesday for the Maryland Department of General Services and the Maryland Energy Administration.

The administration says the goal of the initiative is to reduce energy consumption in state buildings by 10% by 2029.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia regulators have approved the first round of what's set to be about $1 billion in new spending on energy efficiency programs designed to reduce the need to produce and distribute electricity.

The State Corporation Commission on Thursday approved 11 new programs costing $226 million requested by Dominion Energy, the state's largest electric utility.

The commission also approved energy efficiency spending by Appalachian Power, the state's second largest electric utility.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Energy has bowed to pressure from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and others and has agreed to spend $870 million on energy efficiency programs over the next decade.

CEO Tom Farrell told Northam of the company's plans in a letter sent Tuesday. Dominion had recently argued before state regulators that its energy efficiency spending should be significantly less.

The $870 million figure was agreed to last year by Dominion and others as part of a part of a major overhaul of energy regulations.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is pressing the CEO of the state's largest electric utility to "fully act" on a commitment it made last year to spend $870 million on energy efficiency programs.

Northam sent a letter Friday to Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell asking him to clarify that the company plans to spend the full amount.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest electric utility is defending its plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars less on energy efficiency than what top officials say they agreed to last year in a sweeping overhaul of electric regulation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to require Maryland's five largest electric utilities to provide customers with energy-efficiency programs and services to cut energy consumption by 2 percent a year has been enacted.

It's one of 15 bills that went into law Thursday, after Gov. Larry Hogan decided not to veto or sign them before a midnight deadline.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state auditor says there's no proof that a multimillion-dollar energy efficiency project involving legislative mall buildings will ever pay off for taxpayers.

The project is part of a $67.4 million energy savings initiative by the Sustainable Energy Utility involving a variety of state facilities. The SEU is a state-created nonprofit closely tied to Sen. Harris McDowell III, D-Wilmington, its co-founder and chairman.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is stressing energy efficiency throughout Virginia state government.

The Democrat signed an executive order on Thursday to reduce the energy footprint of state government, and named a chief energy officer to oversee the effort.

McAuliffe has made energy efficiency a cornerstone of his four-year energy plan released this month. The executive order instructs executive branch agencies, authorities and departments to actively pursue energy efficiencies. The order extends to higher education, as well.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state oversight panel charged with helping promote energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in Delaware is working to get its energy conservation programs back up and running.

Members of the Sustainable Energy Utility oversight board voted Thursday to move forward with three programs, including an incentive program for new home buyers. The program offered rebates of $3,000 to $6,000 for homes upgraded for energy efficiency, water conservation and other features before it expired.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's renewable energy task force is recommending that the state's Sustainable Energy Utility be involved in an upcoming procurement process for solar renewable energy credits.

The task force voted Wednesday to recommend the SEU's involvement in the 2013-2014 procurement process, despite concerns about ongoing annual administrative costs of about $200,000 for the SEU and its contractor under a 2012 pilot program.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware State University's effort to improve energy efficiency on campus is winning praise from the federal energy secretary.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu joined Gov. Jack Markell and members of Delaware congressional delegation on Monday to get an update on DSU's progress under the National Better Buildings Challenge, an energy efficiency initiative.

Delaware State University is investing about $19 million in energy efficiency projects that officials say will result in a guaranteed net savings at least $5 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.