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Australian Budget Casts Shadow on Solar
Australian Budget Casts Shadow on Solar

Wednesday 11th May 2011

IN TUESDAY night's Australian Federal Budget announcements, Australia's renewable energy sector took a battering, although further funds are released for energy efficiency programmes. The budget allocated A$13m (US$14.13 million) in extra funding to support energy-efficiency programmes, with more than A$20m (US$21.7 million) being provided to improve the reporting of greenhouse gas ...

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Kenyan Manufacturers Benefit from Energy Efficiency
Kenyan Manufacturers Benefit from Energy Efficiency

Monday 9th May 2011

MANUFACTURERS in Kenya are using energy-efficient technologies to save on production costs, increase the competitiveness of their products and hence protect their bottom line. An audit in 2010 by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Centre for Energy Efficiency Conservation revealed significant savings of Sh783 million ($9,282,421) on energy costs. The ...

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Maltese Tourism gets Energy Saving Loan Scheme
Maltese Tourism gets Energy Saving Loan Scheme

Friday 6th May 2011

TOURISM operators in the Mediterranean island of Malta can take advantage of a soft-loan scheme designed to help with investment in energy saving technology. The scheme launched by Tonio Fenech, Malta’s Finance, Economy and Investment Minister, and Mario de Marco, Tourism Parliamentary Secretary is open to all with a valid ...

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Energy Saving Boost for New Zealand SMEs
Energy Saving Boost for New Zealand SMEs

Wednesday 4th May 2011

THE New Zealand government is providing $1.46 million (US$1.16 million) to help smaller companies improve energy use and boost competitiveness with a new scheme launched today (May 4). Acting Minister of Energy and Resources, Hekia Parata, today launched Energising Business, a new programme run by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority ...

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Bright Future for UK Cleantech Companies
Bright Future for UK Cleantech Companies

Tuesday 19th April 2011

THE UK’s cleantech companies are feeling optimistic about the future, according to research released today by the UK’s Carbon Trust with 77 percent planning to expand workforce in next year. Defying the wider economic uncertainty, the UK’s cleantech companies have become more confident about their prospects in the last year ...

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200M Euros for Italian Energy Efficiency Projects
200M Euros for Italian Energy Efficiency Projects

Thursday 14th April 2011

THE EUROPEAN Investment Bank (EIB) and the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS) have teamed up, signing an agreement to finance small and medium-scale energy efficiency projects. The EIB is making €200m available for the bank’s traditional objectives in financing projects to counter climate change. BMPS along with its subsidiary MPS ...

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EU Budget must Target Energy Efficiency
EU Budget must Target Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 13th April 2011

CONNIE Hedegaard, the EU's commissioner for climate action, told regional leaders that energy efficiency must be given "bigger priority" with the EU budget used to influence investments in energy-saving. The commissioner stated that the EU should use its financial resources in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while raising energy ...

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Five Pacific Nations get Energy Efficiency Help
Five Pacific Nations get Energy Efficiency Help

Monday 11th April 2011

FIVE Pacific nations, who rely heavily on imported diesel for power generation, are to improve their energy efficiency with the help of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its partners. The ADB Board of Directors recently approved funding of around $12.4 million under the Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Pacific (Phase ...

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New York State Capital Region Save $4.5M Yearly on Energy
New York State Capital Region Save $4.5M Yearly on Energy

Friday 8th April 2011

THE NEW York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced yesterday that 219 Capital Region businesses are reducing energy costs by nearly $4.5 million annually. The savings are as a result of the energy efficiency upgrades and sustainable building projects supported by NYSERDA during 2010.   

The energy savings—more than 48 ...

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London's Streets to be Paved with Green
London's Streets to be Paved with Green

Friday 8th April 2011

THE MAYOR of London has confirmed the continuation of key energy efficiency programmes supported by £116.5 million from the London Development Agency (LDA) and other organisations are to go ahead. As a result of accessing substantial levels of funding from a spread of funding sources (including private sector, London Green Fund ...

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China Lead in Clean Energy Investments
China Lead in Clean Energy Investments

Tuesday 5th April 2011

CHINA leads the world in global clean energy investments, topping $54.4 billion in 2010, leaving the UK and US trailing, according to research from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Global clean energy finance and investment grew significantly in 2010 to $243 billion, a 30 percent increase from the previous year. China, Germany, ...

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Energy Efficiency Presents Russia with Businesses Opportunities
Energy Efficiency Presents Russia with Businesses Opportunities

Wednesday 30th March 2011

THE RUSSIAN government’s enthusiasm for energy efficiency is opening up opportunities for businesses to save money on reduced energy costs and for new start up energy saving businesses. Leonid Sorokin, general director of Honeywell Russia, told The Moscow Times. “It’s just starting, but it is going to be big.” The Moscow Times ...

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Cape Town Hopes to Beat Blackouts
Cape Town Hopes to Beat Blackouts

Friday 25th March 2011

SOUTH Africa is facing blackouts over the winter (June to August) as electricity usage peaks leading to the City of Cape Town pushing for a 25-40 percent energy consumption reduction. The Independent Online reports that on Wednesday the city launched an energy-saving campaign, as South Africa’s state utility, Eskom, wants major ...

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Further European Energy Efficiency Funding
Further European Energy Efficiency Funding

Thursday 24th March 2011

THE EUROPEAN Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have pledged to invest around €220 million in a new energy efficiency fund. The fund is part of the proposed European Union's European Energy Efficiency Facility (EEE-F), which is due to set up by the end of this month. The Council of ...

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Failing to Improve Energy Efficiency makes no Business Sense
Failing to Improve Energy Efficiency makes no Business Sense

Thursday 24th March 2011

DAVID Powell, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth believes that failing to implement energy efficiency does not make any business sense. Although commenting on the situation in the UK, what he stated applies globally and to most, if not all, national governments. Powell argued that as energy prices continue to rise, ...

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Ohio Municipality to Improve Energy Efficiency
Ohio Municipality to Improve Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 23rd March 2011

THE small U.S. city of Oregon, a suburb of Toledo in Ohio, is looking to improve the energy efficiency of its city buildings, including the sprawling municipal complex. The aptly named Toledo Blade newspaper reports that the Oregon City Council unanimously agreed to enter a memorandum of understanding with the Toledo-Lucas ...

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EBRD Support Sutainable Energy Future for Turkey
EBRD Support Sutainable Energy Future for Turkey

Thursday 17th March 2011

THE EUROPEAN Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are supporting the development of a more sustainable economy and future for Turkey. The EBRD is strengthening its support for Turkey’s efforts to reduce its energy intensity and promote energy efficiency investments with the launch of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for ...

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Jamaica to get $15M Energy Efficiency Loan
Jamaica to get $15M Energy Efficiency Loan

Friday 11th March 2011

JAMAICA are set to benefit from a $15 million loan approved by the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank to increase energy efficiency and security on the island. According to the World Bank , the loan will benefit Jamaica’s commercial, industrial and even residential energy consumers by developing detailed ...

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Europe's
Europe's "Roadmap" for more Energy Savings

Wednesday 9th March 2011

TO LIMIT spiralling energy costs and achieve its own target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the European Commission said yesterday that the EU must invest heavily in energy efficiency. This opinion came from the unveiling of the Commission’s 'roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050'. The plan shows ...

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$15M Grants Available for Greening Illinois Firms
$15M Grants Available for Greening Illinois Firms

Wednesday 9th March 2011

THE ILLINOIS Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced this week that it is accepting applications for two grant programs designed to promote green industry and energy efficiency. The department expects to award up to $15 million in grant funds to the selected applicants. Both programs are run by the ...

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£550M Available in Green Loans to UK Businesses
£550M Available in Green Loans to UK Businesses

Friday 4th March 2011

UK BUSINESSES will be provided with funding of £550 million ($894.9 million) to help them invest in energy efficiency technology, it has been announced today (March 4). The UK’s Carbon Trust and the financial arm of Siemens Financial Services will provide companies with loans over the next three years, businesses ...

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$27 Million for Alberta's Energy Efficiency Projects
$27 Million for Alberta's Energy Efficiency Projects

Tuesday 1st March 2011

$27.2 MILLION Canadian Dollars will be split amongst six companies in Alberta, Canada, as provisional funding to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions through energy efficiency. The Canadian Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. (CCEMC) Chairman Eric Newell revealed in a statement: "Supporting industry's efforts to improve energy efficiency is key to ...

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EIB Increase Investment in Climate Projects
EIB Increase Investment in Climate Projects

Thursday 24th February 2011

THE EUROPEAN Investment Bank (EIB) revealed this week that its 2010 climate-related projects financing totaled €19 billion, a rise from €16 billion in 2009. Climate-related project lending makes up 30 percent of the Bank’s total 2010 investment, supporting over 460 large-scale projects. The EIB dedicated over €8 billion for energy efficiency and ...

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Estonia Funds Energy Efficiency Projects by selling Emission Credits
Estonia Funds Energy Efficiency Projects by selling Emission Credits

Thursday 17th February 2011

IF YOU sell your emission credits what would you spend the proceeds on? Wisdom dictates energy efficiency, which is what Estonia is doing, releasing more emissions credits for future sale. The Estonian government sanctioned today the selling 500,000 United Nations emission credits, Assigned Amount Units (AUU), that they do not need ...

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Jamaican Government to set Energy Efficiency Lead
Jamaican Government to set Energy Efficiency Lead

Monday 14th February 2011

THE JAMAICAN government is looking to reduce the islands public sector electricity costs of more than US$1 billion by implementing a US$90 million energy efficiency programme. The programme is geared to produce a 15 percent reduction in Jamaica’s energy consumption across all state agencies in the short to medium term. Speaking at ...

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