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Print Company Wish To Optimise Energy Use
Print Company Wish To Optimise Energy Use

Friday 5th February 2010

TheAlternativePress.com , New Jersey's daily environmentally-friendly all-online alternative to your local newspaper have reported that Print Tech of Mountainside, New Jersey, has taken a major leap along the road to energy conservation. Print Tech has engaged Shift Into Green Energy to work with them on optimizing their electrical energy efficiency. ...

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One Minute & Energy Efficiency Hits The Spot
One Minute & Energy Efficiency Hits The Spot

Thursday 4th February 2010

On prime-time TV in New Zealand they have been running very useful one-minute episodes called The Energy Spot – these have been helping Kiwis find practical ways to save energy and money in the home, but they are now shifting the emphasis to the work place. The programme will feature companies ...

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US Looks To Speed Up Energy Efficiency Goals
US Looks To Speed Up Energy Efficiency Goals

Wednesday 3rd February 2010

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to increasing energy efficiency and reducing costs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the creation of the State Energy Efficiency (SEE) Action Network. This network is meant to help states achieve maximum cost effective energy ...

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Automated Controls For Energy Saving
Automated Controls For Energy Saving

Tuesday 2nd February 2010

Engineering seems to be a fairly stable industry, stable in the sense that apart from the leading edge of engineering research, many engineers follow sound, tried and tested disciplines and processes. This is not a criticism as it is often a wise choice as most engineers are working with established plant ...

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Rising Energy Costs Cancel Out Climate Change Denials
Rising Energy Costs Cancel Out Climate Change Denials

Monday 1st February 2010

A poll conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of an energy saving advice body found that up to 49 percent of firms surveyed were concerned about rocketing energy prices. Energy-intensive businesses such as construction (55 percent) and hospitality (52 percent) were most worried. Often environmental concerns are secondary for commerce and ...

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California Adopts New Green Building Code
California Adopts New Green Building Code

Sunday 31st January 2010

The US' first state-wide mandatory green building code was adopted earlier this month by the state of California, as announced by its Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This code, called the Green Building Standards Code - or CALGREEN - will come into force in January 2011. It will ensure that all of the ...

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Davos & Retrofitted Energy Efficiency
Davos & Retrofitted Energy Efficiency

Friday 29th January 2010

I am pleased to say that energy efficiency has been one of the topics on people’s minds at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week. CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle, Colin Dyer, writes on his Davos Blog about the discussions when he chaired the Governors Meeting for ...

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Energy Efficiency To Help Recovery - Obama
Energy Efficiency To Help Recovery - Obama

Thursday 28th January 2010

The eyes of the world were focussed on the US yesterday as a very important man revealed the future, as he sees it. Yes Steve Jobs revealed the iPad! Oddly enough later on President Obama was also giving his first State of the Union Address. While people wowed at Apples new product, the ...

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Night Stalker Teaches Energy Saving
Night Stalker Teaches Energy Saving

Wednesday 27th January 2010

Near Albany, New York State, Jim Brown (right), a middle school teacher in Colonie, is known for night stalking the hallways and classrooms of all the schools in his district, begging the question why? The answer - to save energy. This may appear to be bizarre behaviour and a strange way to ...

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2010 The Year For Energy Efficiency
2010 The Year For Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 26th January 2010

GREEN-tech experts reckon 2010 will be dominated by investments in energy efficiency, so claims the Silicon Valley Mercury News. The US government is certainly driving energy efficiency with US Energy Secretary Steven Chu usually describes himself as an "energy-efficiency nut." Venture capital investment in energy efficiency hit a record in 2009: at ...

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New York Unveils Smart Grid Plans
New York Unveils Smart Grid Plans

Wednesday 20th January 2010

Plans for a smart grid demonstration in the Syracuse area of upstate New York have been unveiled by the National Grid, and is aimed at informing future development of a smart grid on a wider scale. 39,400 homes and businesses will receive smart meters to provide precise information about energy usage, ...

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Russia's PM Urges Experts To Solve Energy Failures
Russia's PM Urges Experts To Solve Energy Failures

Monday 18th January 2010

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s Prime Minister, has urged power engineering specialists to solve energy failures without delay. Mr. Putin expressed his concerns during a meeting with the Regional Development Minister, Viktor Basargin, a few days ago. Mr. Putin explained that Russia had entered the peak heating season as usual , and that ...

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DOE Support Latin America Energy Efficiency Projects
DOE Support Latin America Energy Efficiency Projects

Monday 11th January 2010

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will be supporting 3 projects aimed at expanding the development and use of energy efficiency technologies and renewables in Latin America. The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and other National Laboratories, will provide technical assistance to the successful projects. Council Members of the Energy Saving ...

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US City Funding Initiative For Energy Efficient Implementations
US City Funding Initiative For Energy Efficient Implementations

Wednesday 6th January 2010

A $950,000 federal grant was given to the US city of Macon, to upgrade the roof of City Hall, replace the heating and cooling systems at the City Auditorium, and implement all other necessary changes aimed at energy saving. Thomas Brandner, Council Member of the Energy Saving Association (ESA), responds to ...

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UK's PM Believes In Global Climate Change Agreement
UK's PM Believes In Global Climate Change Agreement

Monday 4th January 2010

Despite the non-binding results of last month's climate summit in Copenhagen, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has recently announced that he believed a global agreement to combat climate change might still be possible. When asked what was next on the agenda following the UN climate meeting, Gordon Brown told the BBC: "I've ...

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China Builds
China Builds "Green"

Saturday 2nd January 2010

Environmentally friendly buildings are becoming the trend in China, who are responsible for the world's highest level of greenhouse gas emissions and who also has the world's largest market by floor space. China's development is growing so rapidly, and "all levels of government, designers, and even the general public are becoming ...

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Council To Reduce Carbon To Avoid Charges
Council To Reduce Carbon To Avoid Charges

Tuesday 29th December 2009

A staggering £400,000 could be the price that South Tyneside council bosses will have to pay, should they fail to achieve massive carbonemissions cuts. 2010 will see the carbon trading scheme be introduced, implying that councils will have 12 months to bring down bills before the Government imposes steep financial strikes ...

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China Adopts New Law For Clean Energy
China Adopts New Law For Clean Energy

Saturday 26th December 2009

Following the Copenhagen climate talks last week, during which China was criticised for obstructing the adherence to a treaty on climate change, the Chinese government has decided to show its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by adopting a new law in favor of the country's renewable energy industry. The legislation ...

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USA Strives For Global Warming Solution With Energy Saving Initiatives
USA Strives For Global Warming Solution With Energy Saving Initiatives

Tuesday 22nd December 2009

US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Lisa Jackson, claims that the US is committed to combating climate change by finding a global solution to the threat of climate change: "We have reached the first point in history where the impact of everyday human activities are affecting the health of our entire ...

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Copenhagen Accord Considered A 'Step Forward'
Copenhagen Accord Considered A 'Step Forward'

Sunday 20th December 2009

Chinese Minister Yang Jiechi claims that a positive step forward has been achieved by the Copenhagen summit, in the recognition of different responsibility regarding climate change for both developing countries and richer nations. This shared responsibility implies that measures are going to be taken by all countries to reduce emissions by ...

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Energy Efficiency In Buildings The Key To Climate Change Combat
Energy Efficiency In Buildings The Key To Climate Change Combat

Monday 30th November 2009

The world's buildings account for about 30% of the global energy consumption. The remaining 70% is due to transportation (about 30%) and factories/mines (about 40%). Environmental concerns have lead governments to implement regulatory measures to make cars and factories more energy efficient, but little has yet been done for buildings. Considering the amazing ...

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Russia Implements Energy Efficiency Legislation
Russia Implements Energy Efficiency Legislation

Friday 27th November 2009

A law on energy saving and efficiency has just been signed by Russian President, Dimtry Medvedev. Energy saving and efficiency issues will be regulated by the legislation, which will namely be imposing new restraints on the use of incandescent light bulbs. The law makes compulsory that electrical products be marked according to their energy efficiency, ...

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Energy Efficiency Or Credit Crunch? The Focus Shifts
Energy Efficiency Or Credit Crunch? The Focus Shifts

Thursday 26th November 2009

Global concerns about climate change have surpassed those relative to the credit crunch, which has persisted in some parts of the world since last year. Diligent efforts are being made world wide to incite businesses around the globe to integrate environmental factors in their activity by becoming energy efficient. These measures show that primary concerns have ...

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EU Reaches Agreement On Energy Savings In Buildings
EU Reaches Agreement On Energy Savings In Buildings

Thursday 26th November 2009

The long awaited consensus regarding new builds has finally been adopted by the EU this week, confirming that new buildings would have to comply with energy efficient standards and draw a substantial part of their energy needs from renewable sources after the end of 2020. The public sector is first targeted ...

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The Era of Energy Efficiency
The Era of Energy Efficiency

Friday 20th November 2009

The era of clean and cheaper energy sources has come at last! As one of the last power plants, the Big Stone II, admits defeat in the US, new opportunities arise for a change to more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective power in the Upper Midwest, and worldwide. The running cost of the Big Stone II ...

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