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Energy Efficiency Programme for California Commercial Buildings
Energy Efficiency Programme for California Commercial Buildings

Thursday 20th September 2012

FOURTEEN California counties and 126 cities yesterday launched the U.S.'s largest PACE program, an innovative financing tool to help commercial property owners reduce their buildings' energy and water use. The CaliforniaFIRST program, which is a program of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority, allows commercial property owners to use municipal bonds ...

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UK and China Collaborate on Energy
UK and China Collaborate on Energy

Wednesday 19th September 2012

UNPRECEDENTED collaboration between energy strategists from the UK and China culminating in a conference in Beijing this week, aimed at understanding how to tackle climate change and ensure energy security. China’s Energy Research Institute (ERI) has been working with its British counterparts to adapt the UK Government’s ‘2050 Calculator’ to their ...

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Energy Efficiency Upgrade for Ice-Rink
Energy Efficiency Upgrade for Ice-Rink

Monday 17th September 2012

THE ice-rink in Portland, Maine, U.S.A., officially reopened their refurbished energy efficient facility on Saturday. The upgraded facility now has many energy-efficient pumps, 11 miles of new refrigeration and sub-floor heating pipes and a new chilling plant. The work cost around $600,000 and was funded from energy efficiency bonds Portland authorised ...

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UK to Fight Europe on Energy Efficiency Tax Break
UK to Fight Europe on Energy Efficiency Tax Break

Tuesday 11th September 2012

THE BBC report that the UK government is to bang-heads with the EU over the blocs demand that they raise VAT on energy efficiency products from 5% to 20%. The UK’s reduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) to 5% for energy efficiency products was taken by the government as a ...

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New Law in Kyrgyz Republic for Energy Efficient Buildings
New Law in Kyrgyz Republic for Energy Efficient Buildings

Friday 7th September 2012

KYRGYZ Republic makes a big step towards energy efficient buildings thanks to new legislation developed with assistance from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The Kyrgyz Republic Government approved two new regulations, which will introduce a set of instruments facilitating energy efficiency of all types of buildings. The new ...

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EBRD Fund Energy Efficiency Solutions in Poland
EBRD Fund Energy Efficiency Solutions in Poland

Tuesday 4th September 2012

THE European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is promoting energy efficiency solutions in Poland with a €35 million, 8.5 year loan to papermakers Metsä Tissue Oyj. The funding will finance an investment programme which will be part of the operational restructuring and consolidation of Metsä Tissue’s Polish operations and follow-on ...

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Alaskan Funding for Energy Efficiency Improvements
Alaskan Funding for Energy Efficiency Improvements

Monday 3rd September 2012

ALASKA’S Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development is calling for applications for the Alternative Energy and Conservation Revolving Loan Fund. From September 10 applications to the fund can be by commercial building owners - the fund offers affordable loans for energy efficiency upgrades and alternative energy generation programs. Up to $50,000 ...

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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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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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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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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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Call for Energy Efficiency Improvement from South Korean Minister
Call for Energy Efficiency Improvement from South Korean Minister

Monday 30th July 2012

TO achieve sustainable growth South Korea needs to improve its energy efficiency according to Finance Minister Bahk Jae-wan reports Yon Hap News Agency. Recently South Korea has been suffering from very high temperatures leading to heat advisories being issued, with the result that electricity demand has been hitting highs, leading to ...

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Building Energy Efficiency Grants of S$3M for Singapore
Building Energy Efficiency Grants of S$3M for Singapore

Friday 27th July 2012

Singapore’s developers and building owners can expect more funding from the City State’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings according to channelnewsasia.com. Channel News Asia reports that under the Republic’s enhanced Green Mark Incentive Scheme for Existing Buildings, BCA will co-fund up to 50 ...

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Clean Energy and the Australian Federal Budget
Clean Energy and the Australian Federal Budget

Wednesday 25th July 2012

AUSTRALIA’S latest federal budget saw reaffirmation of support for renewable energy and energy efficiency and the benefits involved, according to the Clean Energy Council (CEC). Kane Thornton, Acting Chief Executive of CEC said “In this budget, the Federal Government has recognised the importance of the programs that are in place to ...

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