A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- “By the end of this year, nearly half of all thermostats sold will be smart thermostats,” Greentech Media reports on new research. Although utilities often are not the ones selling the thermostats, 20 percent of households using smart thermostats are likely to switch to an energy provider that offers monitoring services.
- House lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that will roll back parts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations on coal ash. The Hill says the White House threatened to veto the bill that delays part of the rule related to waterways, bans the EPA from strengthening disposal standards in the future and directs states to enforce coal ash standards.
- A House panel unanimously approved an energy reform bill Wednesday designed to modernize energy infrastructure and update energy policies, which now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee. The Hill notes, “The initial bill’s provisions are mostly minor, however, and do little to answer the larger, more controversial energy debates.”