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Consumers and Corporations Want Clean Energy
Consumers and Corporations Want Clean Energy

Thursday 27th September 2012

TWO global studies commissioned by Vestas reveal positive news for clean energy: 85% of consumers want more, and global investment is outpacing fossil fuel generation.

 This data is drawn from two global surveys: the Global Consumer Wind Study 2012 (GCWS), an annual survey produced by TNS Gallup, about consumers’ preferences for renewable ...

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Energy Resources a Source of Conflict?
Energy Resources a Source of Conflict?

Wednesday 26th September 2012

WARNING that competition for energy resources is a major source of conflict, Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite wants the United Nations to outlaw the use of energy to gain political goals. “We need to make existing inequalities in access to energy a source of cooperation, not tensions,” President Grybauskaite told the 67th ...

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Ireland Will Struggle to Reach EU Energy Efficiency Targets
Ireland Will Struggle to Reach EU Energy Efficiency Targets

Tuesday 25th September 2012

90,000 Irish buildings will need to undergo significant energy upgrades every year through to 2020 if Ireland is to achieve its legal obligations under the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. We reported on the Directive on these pages when it was adopted by the European Parliament earlier this month, which is expected ...

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Building Energy Efficiency Certifications for Pune
Building Energy Efficiency Certifications for Pune

Monday 24th September 2012

ALL new construction in the Indian city of Pune will need to pass an energy efficiency test to qualify for an 'energy efficiency certificate' before being granted a completion certificate. The directive from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has set the new ruling - with Shriniwas Kandul, civic head of the ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding for Canadian Businesses
Energy Efficiency Funding for Canadian Businesses

Friday 21st September 2012

BUSINESSES located within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), can now receive Canadian business funding grants towards energy efficiency improvements  within their industrial or commercial facilities. Canadian utility company Toronto Hydro also offers a variety of programs which provide financial incentives and funding grants for small businesses towards equipment retrofits and ...

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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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Japan to Drop Nuclear Power
Japan to Drop Nuclear Power

Tuesday 18th September 2012

JAPAN has confirmed that nuclear power will be phased out across the country following the tragic events relating to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that lead to last years Fukushima crisis. The Japanese government revealed its plans to shut down the country’s reactors at the end of their 40 year life ...

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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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Largest Corporations Act Over Energy Efficiency
Largest Corporations Act Over Energy Efficiency

Friday 14th September 2012

THE largest global corporations are already tackling potential future energy cost rises through top executive engagement and proactive energy strategies. These results come from a survey of US$1b-plus global companies, for the Ernst & Young Global Annual Cleantech Insights and Trends report released yesterday. The survey of 100 global company executives operating ...

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The Importance of Energy Efficiency to US Industry
The Importance of Energy Efficiency to US Industry

Thursday 13th September 2012

U.S. industrial sector companies recognize the importance of energy efficiency as a cost-savings method at their energy-intense sites, according to Jones Lang LaSalle white paper “Manufactured Energy Savings.” More than ever, these companies rely on sustainability for value-driven and innovative solutions to reduce consumption and, in turn, operational expenses. In its Annual Energy ...

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EU Look to Save Billions with Energy Efficiency Directive
EU Look to Save Billions with Energy Efficiency Directive

Wednesday 12th September 2012

MANDATORY energy-saving measures, including renovating public buildings, energy-saving schemes for utilities, and energy audits will be required by a European Union (EU) energy efficiency directive approved yesterday. The directive’s aim is to cut energy consumption by 20%, which could save the EU €50 billion per year. "This essential legislation is not only ...

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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 Report Spotlights Pro Sports Sustainability Leaders
New Report Spotlights Pro Sports Sustainability Leaders

Monday 10th September 2012

PROFESSIONAL sports teams and venues in the U.S. have been championing green issues, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance. The new report reveals the collective impact the uniquely influential professional sports industry is having on advancing environmental protection in North ...

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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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DOE Fails to Save Energy
DOE Fails to Save Energy

Thursday 6th September 2012

THE U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) which encourages energy efficiency does not always lead by example according to the findings of a recent audit. Last year the DOE could have saved millions but lost out due to their failure to implement basic measures to reduce electricity use in several locations, the ...

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SMEs Missing Out on Energy Savings
SMEs Missing Out on Energy Savings

Wednesday 5th September 2012

SMALL and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are missing out on ‘quick win’ energy savings as employees are ‘passing the buck’ when they could take energy efficiency actions and decisions according to research from utility E.ON. Greenwise Business reports that the study on workplace habits discovered that one in 10 employees at SMEs ...

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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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New Energy Efficiency Target for U.S.
New Energy Efficiency Target for U.S.

Thursday 30th August 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order to facilitate investments in industrial energy efficiency aimed at strengthening American manufacturing and help create jobs.   These efforts to boost industrial energy efficiency can save manufacturers as much as $100 billion in energy costs over the next decade, improving their bottom lines ...

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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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Real-Time for Northern Europe's Largest Solar Array
Real-Time for Northern Europe's Largest Solar Array

Wednesday 22nd August 2012

THE largest roof-based solar cell system in Northern Europe with 3,042 panels and covering an area of 5,019 square meters has real-time energy monitoring technology at its heart. The system has been installed on the roof of the headquarters building of the Danish insurance company Topdanmark in the Copenhagen suburb Ballerup, ...

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