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No-Cost 26% CO2 Reduction for the US
No-Cost 26% CO2 Reduction for the US

Wednesday 30th April 2014

A NEW study outlines how energy efficiency could be used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce CO2 levels with no net cost to the nation’s economy. The study by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) highlights how the EPA’s carbon pollution standard, currently under ...

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Local Businesses to Benefit from Connecticut Program
Local Businesses to Benefit from Connecticut Program

Tuesday 29th April 2014

THE Connecticut Office of Energy Efficient Businesses (OEEB), a state energy efficiency program designed to provide direct outreach to small businesses, is to help businesses in Windham. OEEB’s engineers and analysts will meet with the town’a businesses to identify energy cost savings from energy efficiency work, energy procurement, fuel switching, ...

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U.S. Loan Programme Advances Energy Efficiency
U.S. Loan Programme Advances Energy Efficiency

Monday 28th April 2014

THE U.S. Loan Program Office’s (LPO) has an impressive record. It provides finance to businesses who struggle to get loans from banks or other commercial financial sources for energy efficiency projects. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation through LPO for innovative renewable energy and energy ...

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Energy Efficiency for Future Energy Needs
Energy Efficiency for Future Energy Needs

Friday 25th April 2014

ONE of the biggest oil companies, if not the biggest, Exxon Mobil has publicly identified the best energy source for our future and they cannot drill, mine or generate it. The Houston Business Journal report the words of Ted Pirog, an energy analyst with Exxon Mobil, who plainly identifies the best ...

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EU States Missing Energy Saving Targets
EU States Missing Energy Saving Targets

Thursday 24th April 2014

AN analysis by the Coalition for Energy Savings of the European Union (EU) Member States’ plans for achieving 1.5% annual energy savings shows the bloc are falling short of their targets. The analysis highlights that most countries not only show low ambition but also fail to demonstrate credibly how the mandatory ...

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Energy Efficiency Criticism for Croatia's Goverment
Energy Efficiency Criticism for Croatia's Goverment

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CROATIAN NGO Green Action criticized the Croatian government on Earth Day for not investing enough in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, reports dalje.com. Green Action president Bernard Ivcic said: ”The Croatian government, unfortunately, is not showing any ambition to tackle the problem of climate change; it is not investing enough ...

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Passive Buildings Could Equal Passive Norway
Passive Buildings Could Equal Passive Norway

Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Reducing the energy used by buildings is certainly a valid target for energy savers and climate change battlers, generally because many buildings are energy inefficient - hence research by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is looking at how the country’s housing stock can reduce energy demand and ...

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Energy Efficiency is U.S.’s Cheapest Energy Resource
Energy Efficiency is U.S.’s Cheapest Energy Resource

Thursday 17th April 2014

A new report released by the American Committee of an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) reveals that energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing the U.S. with electricity. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about three cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of ...

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Kenya Can Greatly Benefit from Green Economy
Kenya Can Greatly Benefit from Green Economy

Wednesday 16th April 2014

KENYA’S transition to a green economy offers major economic benefits worth $45 billion by 2030, offering greater food security, a cleaner environment and higher productivity of natural resources. This is the conclusion of a new study launched Tuesday by the Government of Kenya and the UN Environment Programme. The study, “The ...

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Energy Efficiency Program for Colombian SMEs
Energy Efficiency Program for Colombian SMEs

Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) has launched its GREENPYME program in Colombia, aiming to help small and medium enterprises from energy-intensive sectors achieve greater energy efficiency. A group of 40 companies will be selected to be part of a first round of energy audits which will help them identify opportunities ...

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Efficient and Clean Energy Needed to Fight Climate Change
Efficient and Clean Energy Needed to Fight Climate Change

Monday 14th April 2014

THE Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed a report yesterday revealing a rise in global greenhouse gases emissions to unprecedented levels despite more policies aimed at reducing climate change. The report, entitled Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change, shows that emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 ...

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US Cities with Most Energy Efficient Buildings
US Cities with Most Energy Efficient Buildings

Friday 11th April 2014

THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the sixth annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings. The cities on this list demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits achieved by facility owners and managers when they apply a proven approach to energy ...

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Austria Set Energy Efficiency Example
Austria Set Energy Efficiency Example

Thursday 10th April 2014

IN a review of Austrian energy policies the International Energy Agency (IEA) praised European country Austria for its balanced focus on energy efficiency, security of supply, and renewable energy sources. The country’s decarbonisation drive has strengthened as the economy and renewable energy use have continued to grow, while fossil fuel ...

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$393.7 Million to be Spent on Jamaican Energy Efficiency Project
$393.7 Million to be Spent on Jamaican Energy Efficiency Project

Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE Jamaican Government is to promote private sector investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Government has allocated $393.7 million in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure for the Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement project, which will seek to improve energy efficiency and security in key areas of the economy. Amongst the ...

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Energy Efficiency Building Retrofits to Rocket
Energy Efficiency Building Retrofits to Rocket

Tuesday 8th April 2014

A new report from Navigant Research, reveals that the worldwide market for energy efficiency retrofits in commercial and public buildings will grow from $68.2 billion in 2014 to $127.5 billion by 2023. Voluntary energy efficiency certification programs and energy efficiency regulatory requirements are driving the market’s growth, according to a new ...

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New Zealand Businesses to Save from Energy Efficiency Initiatives
New Zealand Businesses to Save from Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Monday 7th April 2014

NEW Zealand Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges has announced three energy efficiency initiatives to improve business productivity, save money and reduce carbon emissions. “The energy sector, specifically transport and industrial heat, are two key areas where energy efficiency initiatives have the potential to save thousands of dollars for businesses ...

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Finance for UK Hospitals for Energy Efficiency
Finance for UK Hospitals for Energy Efficiency

Friday 4th April 2014

THE UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) announced yesterday a £1.1m to finance the £3.1m energy efficiency project with Cheltenham General Hospital, managed by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This has mobilised an additional £1.1m of private sector investment, from the Aviva Investors REaLM Infrastructure Fund. The project will also receive a ...

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Guyana Sets Energy Efficiency Lead
Guyana Sets Energy Efficiency Lead

Thursday 3rd April 2014

GUYANA is shaping up to set a gold standard for the Caribbean in implementing a national energy efficiency strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. "Energy efficiency is the main method of fighting climate change and its impact is global since unclean energy is the main contributor," the associate ...

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College to Enjoy Major Savings from Energy Efficiency Work
College to Enjoy Major Savings from Energy Efficiency Work

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A $5 million energy efficiency programme by New York Power Authority (NYPA) at the College at Brockport has been completed this week, which aims to save $300,000 in energy saving annually. The work has been carried out as part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Build Smart NY initiative which aims ...

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New EU Energy Efficiency Costs and Savings Potential
New EU Energy Efficiency Costs and Savings Potential

Tuesday 1st April 2014

EUROPEAN Union (EU) proposals requiring large companies to undertake mandatory energy efficiency assessments will end up as a major cost burden for business unless lessons are learned from the CRC scheme. That’s the warning from Ricardo-AEA knowledge leader Christine St John Cox, who points out that although the proposed Energy Savings ...

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