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New Energy Efficiency Target for U.S.
New Energy Efficiency Target for U.S.

Thursday 30th August 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order to facilitate investments in industrial energy efficiency aimed at strengthening American manufacturing and help create jobs.   These efforts to boost industrial energy efficiency can save manufacturers as much as $100 billion in energy costs over the next decade, improving their bottom lines ...

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China Ripe for Energy Efficiency Industry
China Ripe for Energy Efficiency Industry

Wednesday 29th August 2012

THE Energy-Efficiency Consulting industry in China is expected to generate $31.4 billion in 2012, representing annualized growth of 54.2 percent over the past five years according to IBISWorld research. Boosted by an array of energy-saving and emission reduction regulations, the industry has been enjoying rapid growth, according to the research. The ...

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Better Building Challenge Brings Savings
Better Building Challenge Brings Savings

Tuesday 28th August 2012

THE U.S. government’s Energy Department joined with three of the nation’s energy efficiency leaders to showcase three new commercial energy efficiency projects. Each of the projects are part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge and are delivering substantial energy and cost savings for the businesses. The challenge was launched by President ...

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Philippine Government Buildings
Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Philippine Government Buildings

Monday 27th August 2012

AT least 12 government buildings in the Visayas area of the Philippines will be upgraded with energy efficiency lighting and technology through initiatives from the Department of Energy (DOE). The buildings the DOE reports that will be upgraded are four city government buildings; seven universities and a state-owned hospital. The energy efficiency ...

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Warning of Fragmented EU Energy Efficiency
Warning of Fragmented EU Energy Efficiency

Friday 24th August 2012

THE long awaited agreed European Energy Efficiency Directive came to fruition in June but now the European Commission (EC) is waiting on the member states’ national implementation plans. These plans are likely to be varied in objective, leading Europe’s industrial players to call for the creation of a consistent and uniform ...

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China to Invest $372B to Save Energy and Pollution
China to Invest $372B to Save Energy and Pollution

Thursday 23rd August 2012

CHINA is planning to spend $372 billion on energy efficiency, energy conservation and anti-pollution measures over the next three and a half years. Reuters revealed that China's State Council said in a report that the investment would get the nation halfway towards its target of reducing energy intensity by 16 percent ...

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Real-Time for Northern Europe's Largest Solar Array
Real-Time for Northern Europe's Largest Solar Array

Wednesday 22nd August 2012

THE largest roof-based solar cell system in Northern Europe with 3,042 panels and covering an area of 5,019 square meters has real-time energy monitoring technology at its heart. The system has been installed on the roof of the headquarters building of the Danish insurance company Topdanmark in the Copenhagen suburb Ballerup, ...

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Papermill to Save 100M kWh Annually
Papermill to Save 100M kWh Annually

Tuesday 21st August 2012

PAPER making is a very energy hungry process, offering substantial savings for the right energy saving strategies, as its being tested at the NORPAC Paper Mill in Washington State, U.S. A new technique for pretreating wood chips when complete is expected to save 100,000,000 kilowatt-hours annually. The energy savings from the ...

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Indian Government Update on Energy Efficiency
Indian Government Update on Energy Efficiency

Monday 20th August 2012

INDIAN Union Minister of State for Power, K.C. Venugopal provided an update on several governmental initiatives to improve energy efficiency and conservation in the country. Some the measures taken by the Indian government include the improvement of energy efficiency in commercial buildings, small to medium enterprises and heavy industry. They have ...

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Local Businesses get Energy Efficiency Help
Local Businesses get Energy Efficiency Help

Friday 17th August 2012

ENERGY conscious South Australian businesses are being encouraged to apply to participate in a State Government program designed to help businesses become more energy efficient. The Deputy Chief Executive of Manufacturing and Innovation with the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy, Lance Worrall, said the $300,000 Business Sustainability Alliance ...

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Tools Available for U.S. States to Improve Energy Efficiency
Tools Available for U.S. States to Improve Energy Efficiency

Thursday 16th August 2012

A STUDY by Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law claims that if U.S. State public utility commissions utilised available tools significant improvements in energy efficiency would be achieved. The report, “Public Utilities Commissions & Energy Efficiency: A Handbook of Legal & Regulatory Tools for Commissioners and Advocates,” examines the ...

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Green Grants Benefit Australian Businesses
Green Grants Benefit Australian Businesses

Wednesday 15th August 2012

FOUR manufacturers in Western Australia are using grants to invest in clean technology that will increase their energy efficiency, reduce their power bills and improve their competitiveness. The grants, part of the Australian Government’s Clean Technology Investment Program launched last month, are helping these businesses install more than $4.8 million worth ...

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Tornado Hit Hospital Saves by Energy Efficient Rebuild
Tornado Hit Hospital Saves by Energy Efficient Rebuild

Tuesday 14th August 2012

A U.S. hospital destroyed by a tornado has been rebuilt and the administration say the replacement building is 32 percent more energy efficient than the ASHRAE standard. In 2007, a tornado destroyed the small community of Greensburg, Kansas and its hospital. Kiowa County Memorial Hospital administrator Mary Sweet is reported by ...

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Building Energy Efficiency Key to Sustainable Development
Building Energy Efficiency Key to Sustainable Development

Monday 13th August 2012

The UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative aims to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. Energy efficient buildings are key to achieving the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative because they align economic, social, and environmental objectives which are all bottom-line benefits. The problem is ...

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KfW to Lend €100 billion for German Energy Transformation
KfW to Lend €100 billion for German Energy Transformation

Friday 10th August 2012

GERMAN government-owned development bank KfW announced that they will lend €100 billion ($123 billion) to renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes over the next five years. Dr Ulrich Schröder, Chief Executive Officer of KfW said: "KfW has taken responsibility as a promotional bank” in the country’s transition from fossil fuels and ...

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Energy Awareness Needed for UK
Energy Awareness Needed for UK

Thursday 9th August 2012

LACK of awareness in the UK about the cost of energy means that action needs to be taken ahead of the government’s Green Deal energy efficiency scheme to change behaviour.. BusinessGreen reports that the UK government and businesses need to increase their marketing efforts ahead of the launch of the scheme, ...

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Connecticut Launches New Energy Savings Initiative
Connecticut Launches New Energy Savings Initiative

Wednesday 8th August 2012

THE State of Connecticut has launched an innovative energy savings performance contracting program that allows state agencies and municipalities to enter into performance contracting agreements with energy service companies. This program will upgrade facilities, reduce energy costs for the state and municipalities, create jobs, and drive investment in Connecticut’s economy. ...

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£100m Funding Boost for UK Energy Efficiency Improvements
£100m Funding Boost for UK Energy Efficiency Improvements

Tuesday 7th August 2012

THE UK’s Business Secretary Vince Cable announced yesterday the latest transactions by the UK Green Investments (UKGI) team in one of its priority sectors. Paving the way for the UK Green Investment Bank, UKGI has committed up to £100 million to two specialist fund managers, Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL) and Equitix. Equitix ...

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India Suffering Blackouts Through Exceeding Supply
India Suffering Blackouts Through Exceeding Supply

Monday 6th August 2012

LAST week India suffered serious blackouts over two successive days due to high demand outstripping supply and underscoring the Nation's chronic power shortages. Out of 28 states 20 suffered from blackouts, where it has been claimed that these states used rolling blackouts after very humid, hot and dry conditions have overstretched ...

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U.S. Energy Efficiency is a Challenge but with Great Potential
U.S. Energy Efficiency is a Challenge but with Great Potential

Friday 3rd August 2012

GETTING energy consumers in the U.S. to engage in energy efficiency programs is still a challenge but presents great potential according to Bloomberg Analyst Ted Hesser. FierceEnergy reports Hesser’s statement on a panel hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, where he called the ...

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German Industry to get Tax Exemption for Energy Efficiency Improvements
German Industry to get Tax Exemption for Energy Efficiency Improvements

Thursday 2nd August 2012

GERMANY is to allow heavy industries in the country to be exempt from environmental taxes, but only as long as they provide guarantees to improve their energy efficiency. The exemption was due to finish at the end of 2012, but the extension will see around 25,000 German companies continue to benefit ...

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Azerbaijan to Improve Energy Efficiency and Boost Renewables
Azerbaijan to Improve Energy Efficiency and Boost Renewables

Wednesday 1st August 2012

AZERBAIJAN are preparing an energy efficiency and alternative energy programme according to Akim Badalov Director of State Agency on Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources. Badalov revealed that the medium term action plan is being prepared for further publicity in November. He added that currently development work is being conducted and a ...

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