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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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Tornado Hit Hospital Saves by Energy Efficient Rebuild
Tornado Hit Hospital Saves by Energy Efficient Rebuild

Tuesday 14th August 2012

A U.S. hospital destroyed by a tornado has been rebuilt and the administration say the replacement building is 32 percent more energy efficient than the ASHRAE standard. In 2007, a tornado destroyed the small community of Greensburg, Kansas and its hospital. Kiowa County Memorial Hospital administrator Mary Sweet is reported by ...

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Building Energy Efficiency Key to Sustainable Development
Building Energy Efficiency Key to Sustainable Development

Monday 13th August 2012

The UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative aims to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. Energy efficient buildings are key to achieving the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative because they align economic, social, and environmental objectives which are all bottom-line benefits. The problem is ...

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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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£100m Funding Boost for UK Energy Efficiency Improvements
£100m Funding Boost for UK Energy Efficiency Improvements

Tuesday 7th August 2012

THE UK’s Business Secretary Vince Cable announced yesterday the latest transactions by the UK Green Investments (UKGI) team in one of its priority sectors. Paving the way for the UK Green Investment Bank, UKGI has committed up to £100 million to two specialist fund managers, Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL) and Equitix. Equitix ...

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India Suffering Blackouts Through Exceeding Supply
India Suffering Blackouts Through Exceeding Supply

Monday 6th August 2012

LAST week India suffered serious blackouts over two successive days due to high demand outstripping supply and underscoring the Nation's chronic power shortages. Out of 28 states 20 suffered from blackouts, where it has been claimed that these states used rolling blackouts after very humid, hot and dry conditions have overstretched ...

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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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Azerbaijan to Improve Energy Efficiency and Boost Renewables
Azerbaijan to Improve Energy Efficiency and Boost Renewables

Wednesday 1st August 2012

AZERBAIJAN are preparing an energy efficiency and alternative energy programme according to Akim Badalov Director of State Agency on Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources. Badalov revealed that the medium term action plan is being prepared for further publicity in November. He added that currently development work is being conducted and a ...

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Energy Efficiency - Bottom Line and Brand Image
Energy Efficiency - Bottom Line and Brand Image

Tuesday 31st July 2012

IMPROVING energy efficiency at America's businesses is as important to brand building as it is to growing the bottom line, according to a new Deloitte report. The study, "reSources 2012," shows that while 85 percent of companies claim that electricity cost reductions are essential to staying financially competitive, nearly an equal ...

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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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UK's DECC gets 'C' Certification
UK's DECC gets 'C' Certification

Thursday 26th July 2012

THE UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been awarded a new, improved Display Energy Certificate (DEC) rating of ’C’ for its headquarters building. A DEC is the measure of the energy efficiency of a building, which is rated on a scale of A to G, with A being ...

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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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New Institution to Promote Energy Efficiency in South Africa
New Institution to Promote Energy Efficiency in South Africa

Tuesday 24th July 2012

A NEW institution in South Africa (SA) has been set-up to help the nation manage its energy needs efficiently, while allowing a greater share in the energy available to more of the population. SA Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said at the launch of the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), ...

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Effort to Cut U.S. Hospital Energy Use in Half
Effort to Cut U.S. Hospital Energy Use in Half

Monday 23rd July 2012

HOSPITALS are energy hungry facilities but energy efficiency can improve their energy health according to the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Hospitals use a lot of energy to save lives. In fact, they use more than 836 trillion BTUs of energy every year and produce more than 2.5 times the ...

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North American Market for Energy Efficient Lighting Grows
North American Market for Energy Efficient Lighting Grows

Friday 20th July 2012

THE rising environmental consciousness of end users as well as new energy-efficiency requirements have opened up a large market for energy-efficient lighting equipment across the U.S. Consumers are eager to not only adopt products that have the least impact on the environment, but also reduce energy consumption. As lighting accounts ...

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USDA Proposed Rule to Help Rural Energy Efficiency Upgrades
USDA Proposed Rule to Help Rural Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Thursday 19th July 2012

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a proposed regulation that will help rural businesses and homeowners make affordable energy improvements to their buildings. This effort is expected to expand job opportunities in the construction industry and save businesses and homeowners money on their energy bills – reflecting the U.S. Administration’s overall ...

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Australian Businesses Spend to Improve Energy Efficiency
Australian Businesses Spend to Improve Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 18th July 2012

A REPORT from the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) reveals that energy expenditure as a percentage of turnover increased 10 percent from 2008 to 2011 increasing demand for energy efficiency. Ai Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said that the report, "Highlights the mounting pressure on business from rising energy prices. We ...

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UK Identifies Areas for Improved Energy Efficiency
UK Identifies Areas for Improved Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 17th July 2012

THE conclusions of the UK’s initial Electricity Demand Reduction Assessment, has revealed significant potential for greater efficiency in the use of electricity. The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC),that conducted the assessment work with some analysis by McKinsey, concludes that implementing existing energy efficiency improvement measures to their full ...

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