Category Archives: Energy Efficiency

Boston Promulgates BERDO “Phase I” Regulations: Emissions Standards For Buildings Are Coming Soon

The Boston Air Pollution Control Commission has formally adopted its “Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance Phase 1 Regulations.”  The Phase 1 regulations are really all about the “disclosure” side of BERDO.  The “reduction” side will be addressed by the Phase 2 regulations, which at this point are scheduled to be completed by the winter of 2023. 

The final Phase 1 regulations largely track the draft released late last year. … More

Foley Hoag to Host Webinar on New York’s Climate Plan

On January 12 and 13, Foley Hoag attorneys will lead a series of discussions about the significance of New York Climate Action Council’s recently-released draft Scoping Plan to the state’s continuing clean energy transformation. Richard Kauffman, Chairman of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, will provide keynote remarks. The draft Scoping Plan, which we discussed in a recent blog post, describes the market-based solutions and government actions that will be needed to achieve the ambitious climate goals set forth in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.… More

BERDO Implementation Picks Up Speed — Better Get Ready

On Monday, Boston released a draft of the first phase of regulations intended to implement the amended BERDO ordinance signed by then-Mayor Janey in October

The first phase of the regulations is focused only on reporting issues.  It will address

  • Reporting Requirements
  • Third-Party Data Verification Requirements
  • Preservation of Records

The rationale for this narrow focus is that the City wants these regulations in place promptly,… More

New York Climate Action Council Approves Draft Scoping Plan to Achieve the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions

On December 20, 2021, the Climate Action Council (“Council”) approved the release for public comment of its draft Scoping Plan, which describes how New York can achieve the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (“CLCPA” or “Climate Act”): 70% renewable electricity consumption by 2030, 100% zero-emission electricity consumption by 2040, a 40% reduction in statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, an 85% reduction in statewide GHG emissions by 2050,… More

Is It Finally Lights Out for the Incandescent Light Bulb?

Last week, the Department of Energy released a proposed rule that would be the death knell for the incandescent light bulb.  The proposed rule would implement the so-called “backstop” provisions of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and impose an efficiency standard for general service lamps of 45 lumens per watt.  In short, incandescent bulbs operate at efficiencies well below 45 lm/W and thus could not meet the new standard.… More

Boston Regulates Building GHG Emissions: The Next Few Years Will Be Very Interesting

Last week, the Boston City Council approved amendments to the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance.  The changes are being referred to as “BERDO 2.0”, which almost understates the scope of the revisions.  As indicated by its name, since its original enactment, BERDO only dealt with reporting and disclosure.  Now, however, Boston will be imposing limits on GHG emissions from large buildings.

The limits will first be effective in 2025,… More

New York Utility Company Seeks Proposals to Electrify Buildings Instead of Building More Gas Pipelines

On July 12, 2021, in a landmark utility effort to electrify New York City’s building stock, Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for non-pipeline solutions (NPS). NPSs avoid the need for investment in pipelines and traditional distribution system infrastructure by meeting on-system natural gas demand with alternative solutions like energy efficiency and heat pumps. Con Ed’s RFP seeks customer-sited load relief solutions that enable the abandonment of leak-prone pipes through full building electrification while maintaining system reliability.… More