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Governor Peter Shumlin and other Vermont officials say a proposed new loan fund will promote energy efficiency in state buildings.

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Vermont has dropped two spots and now ranks seventh in the country on energy efficiency.

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As the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, environmental groups are looking at ways to prevent a similar weather event.

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A recent agreement aims to improve the energy efficiency of major electrical appliances across the nation. In an agreement with an 11-member coalition including Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut, the U.S. Department of Energy has committed to a schedule to update its standards for electrical equipment. The agreement requires the department to set new, national standards for walk-in coolers and freezers, metal halide lamps, commercial refrigeration equipment, and electric motors.

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Wednesday in Schenectady leaders of local companies, educational institutions, and other stakeholders met with government leaders to discuss opportunities through energy efficiency. 

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This week, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public agency that promotes the advancement of renewable energy in the commonwealth, announced that it will contribute $1 million to help affordable housing developments save energy costs by becoming more efficient.

Residents of several Western Massachusetts communities will be able to participate in two separate initiatives designed to encourage energy efficiency.

Open discussions will be held in Lenox and North Adams this week for the public to offer ideas and gain more understanding of the area’s energy goals and of where the future of clean energy is headed.

That’s the goal of a collaborative effort between two organizations, the non-profit Western Massachusetts-based Center for Eco Technology, and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.

A recently released report shows that due to an aging infrastructure in Massachusetts, tens of millions of dollars worth of natural gas escapes into the atmosphere before consumers can use it to heat their homes. More from WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard…

Last month the Conservation Law Foundation released a report that said leaky pipes in Massachusetts contribute to a loss of $38.8 million dollars worth of natural gas each year. The losses they say are a public safety hazard, contribute to global warming, and force the customers to pick up the bill.

The mayor of Vermont's largest city says a $1 million grant will help the Burlington Electric Department provide financing to customers for energy efficiency projects.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says the grant will help the city build on its continuing commitment to improve energy efficiency and keep energy costs affordable for Burlington businesses.