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Chile's Plans to Combat Power Blackouts
Chile's Plans to Combat Power Blackouts

Friday 18th February 2011

CHILE’S government has plans to reduce voltages to cut energy consumption nationwide and avoid potential energy cuts in the future. Chilean media report that the risk of blackouts is growing as a result of reduced rainfall, necessary to feed Chile’s hydroelectric reservoirs, and have predicted a 10 percent rise in energy ...

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States Embrace Energy Efficiency
States Embrace Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 16th February 2011

ENERGY efficiency programmes offer relatively inexpensive, easy fixes resulting in reduced costs and emissions leading to many States across the U.S. grabbing what has been labelled "low-hanging fruit". Many American states appreciate the need for energy efficiency and are pushing ahead, full-steam, with energy-savings targets. Together, these states will help the ...

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South Africa Reliant on Increased Energy Efficiency
South Africa Reliant on Increased Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 15th February 2011

SOUTH AFRICAN government minister Sibusiso Ndebele said today that energy efficiency is vital for the countries progress and crucial for the next few years.. Business Report detailed Transport Minister Ndebele’s words to the media on behalf of the infrastructure cluster of ministries. “Energy efficiency will play an increasingly important role in our ...

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Southeast Asian Countries have great Energy Efficiency Potential
Southeast Asian Countries have great Energy Efficiency Potential

Tuesday 15th February 2011

SINGAPORE has the greatest investment potential in Southeast Asia when it comes to energy efficiency improvements, with other countries close behind, according to a new report funded by the British government. The benefits of energy efficiency initiatives are clear, as the investments would help the region's businesses cut back on ...

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Top Executives see Energy Efficiency as a Money Saver
Top Executives see Energy Efficiency as a Money Saver

Friday 11th February 2011

ALMOST 90 percent Fortune 1000 senior executives feel a moral responsibility to make their companies more energy efficient, and only 13 percent motivated by environmental concerns. A poll by Harris Interactive, on behalf of Schneider Electric, found that 88 percent of executives feel a moral responsibility to cut energy use, beyond ...

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EU to act on Binding Energy Efficiency Targets
EU to act on Binding Energy Efficiency Targets

Friday 11th February 2011

THE EUROPEAN Union will impose legally binding energy efficiency targets within two years according to draft documents seen by Reuters. We have reported over the last couple of months the to-ing and fro-ing in the EU’s energy efficiency binding targets debate, but it now seems to be coming to a head. Last ...

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Energy Efficiency and Executive Dilemma
Energy Efficiency and Executive Dilemma

Tuesday 8th February 2011

UNLOCKING the benefits of energy efficiency: An executive dilemma - is a new research report produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit highlighting the importance and challenges of energy efficiency for corporations. The report claims that while around half of executives say energy efficiency initiatives have already helped improve their organisation's bottom ...

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Energy Efficiency Loans for Jamaican SMEs
Energy Efficiency Loans for Jamaican SMEs

Monday 7th February 2011

THE DEVELOPMENT Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has embarked on a three-pronged initiative to promote its small and medium-sized enterprises energy loan facility. The initiative, to be undertaken over a 24-month period and is which is financed by the PetroCaribe Fund, will include amongst other items an education campaign to showcase energy ...

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Irish Companies Strive for Energy Efficiency
Irish Companies Strive for Energy Efficiency

Saturday 5th February 2011

OVER 50 percent of Irish companies have acted to improve their energy efficiency in the last three years, a new survey by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) reveals. The survey highlights the importance of reducing energy costs and implementing energy efficiency initiatives, demonstrating that businesses on average achieved 12 ...

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Obama's Plan to save Businesses $40 Billion a Year
Obama's Plan to save Businesses $40 Billion a Year

Friday 4th February 2011

U.S. PRESIDENT Obama is following through on his State of the Union address and is getting serious about energy efficiency. He is driving his Better Buildings Initiative, which developed out of his "Better Buildings" program within the Department of Energy, by rolling out three new targets yesterday: improve energy efficiency ...

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EU Leaders Dodge Targets
EU Leaders Dodge Targets

Thursday 3rd February 2011

EUROPEAN UNION (EU) leaders meet in Brussels tomorrow (Feb 4) and are expected to announce a review of energy saving plans but not to the levels called for by many energy and environmental experts. We reported in December that the EU is set to miss its target, leading to stakeholders criticising ...

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Energy Efficient Upgrades in Commercial Properties a Challenge
Energy Efficient Upgrades in Commercial Properties a Challenge

Thursday 3rd February 2011

ENERGY efficient upgrades for the UK’s commercial properties is going to be difficult, warns the head of climate change at Manchester City Council. Speaking at the Retrofit Salford 2011 event, Michael O'Doherty explained adding energy efficiency improvements to commercial properties is more of a challenge than making improvements to residential buildings. He ...

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U.S. Energy Institute's Plans Tackle Energy Challenges
U.S. Energy Institute's Plans Tackle Energy Challenges

Wednesday 2nd February 2011

IN AN attempt to get energy back into focus, the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy yesterday unveiled their strategy to offer realistic solutions to America’s top energy challenges. The FINANCIAL reports on the five-part plan for the Chamber, which was formulated after Energy Institute officials returned from the first phase of ...

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Energy Efficiency Study for Southeast Asia
Energy Efficiency Study for Southeast Asia

Tuesday 1st February 2011

ENERGY efficiency has been described as the ‘low-hanging fruit’ and a new study in Southeast Asia will highlight the fact. The benchmarking study on energy efficiency investments among countries in the Southeast Asian region is to start in the Philippines this Month. Collaboration between the British Embassy in the Philippines and the ...

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"Game Changer" for Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 1st February 2011

THE UK government's Green Deal will increase the scale and pace of improved energy efficiency, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker told the Retrofit Salford 2011 conference. Barker added that the Green Deal is set to be a "fundamental game changer" explaining: "The coalition (UK government) is absolutely committed to this task. ...

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Viet Nam's Ministries to Strive for Energy Efficiency
Viet Nam's Ministries to Strive for Energy Efficiency

Monday 31st January 2011

VIET NAM’S Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is urging governmental ministries, sectors and grass-root authorities to provide adequate power supply for business production and increased demand. Dung has asked State agencies and offices to present plans to save power, issue regulations on power use, and use energy-efficient equipment and lights. Ministers, heads ...

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Industry to Pay Millions for Energy Efficiency
Industry to Pay Millions for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 27th January 2011

THE INDIAN Power Ministry revealed today that eight industrial sectors would invest Rs 30,000 crore ($6.6 million) to save 10 million tonnes of oil equivalent in the next three years. The Power Ministry has notified the industrial sectors affected; thermal power plants, fertilisers, cement, pulp and paper, textiles, chlor-alkali, iron ...

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Energy Efficiency Building Code for Syria
Energy Efficiency Building Code for Syria

Thursday 27th January 2011

SYRIA and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) yesterday announced they have teamed up to produce an energy efficiency building code document for the middle east country. The project aims at reducing CO2 emission in buildings through the new code, which will focus on a buildings performance, including efficiency standards for ...

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EU Commissioner has Ambitious Energy Efficiency Plans
EU Commissioner has Ambitious Energy Efficiency Plans

Tuesday 25th January 2011

EUROPEAN Union (EU) commissioner Gunther Oettinger has outlined an ambitious programme designed to boost the EU's energy role. Speaking today, the German official also said he was "confident" next week's summit of EU leaders will "send a clear signal to accelerate energy efficiency targets". Oettinger, who is responsible for energy policy, detailed ...

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India Reveals Plans for a Sustainable Future
India Reveals Plans for a Sustainable Future

Thursday 20th January 2011

ACTION is being taken around Asia to deal with the expected massive increase in energy demand up to 2030, panelist heard at the four-day World Future Energy Summit. The Summit taking place in Abu Dhabi this week and a panel convened to discuss sustainable environment solutions around the world, with Indian ...

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Emergency Energy Saving Measures for South Korea
Emergency Energy Saving Measures for South Korea

Wednesday 19th January 2011

THE KOREAN government is implementing emergency energy-saving measures as demand for electricity skyrockets amid record-breaking cold weather. Following a Cabinet meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday, the Korean government announced a series of measures which include limiting the interior temperature of energy-hungry big buildings and operating fewer subway trains. ...

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U.S. Energy Saving Industry Gains Momentum
U.S. Energy Saving Industry Gains Momentum

Wednesday 19th January 2011

AUTHOR Bracken Hendricks of the Center for American Progress thinks the momentum energy efficiency is experiencing in the U.S. is due to a change in the forces driving it forward. He feels that the desire for energy efficiency has changed from being driven primarily by public programmes to produce a robust ...

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Latin America and the Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Boost
Latin America and the Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Boost

Tuesday 18th January 2011

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support energy efficiency and renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Memorandum is designed for the mitigation of climate change, one of the key priorities of the JICA in its ...

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Compulsory Energy Audits Considered for Maharashtra
Compulsory Energy Audits Considered for Maharashtra

Monday 17th January 2011

THE MAHARASHTRA government, in western India, is considering framing a specific policy making energy audits mandatory for commercial, government and semi-government buildings. A government official said that the aim is to ensure energy conservation: "With a view to reduce consumption of power and check its misuse, the government is contemplating to frame ...

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Nigeria Look to Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Nigeria Look to Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Monday 17th January 2011

A SCHEME aimed at cutting Nigeria’s carbon footprint through reducing energy use and implementing renewable energy sources has received the backing of the central government. The scheme entitled the Nigeria Clean Energy Access Programme (NCEAP), it will be promoted by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Environment. Despite these efforts it ...

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