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Energy Efficiency First then Renewables for Farmers
Energy Efficiency First then Renewables for Farmers

Monday 29th April 2013

PUTTING energy efficiency at the top of the list when considering renewable energy projects is vital according to an excellent article in the Farmer’s Guardian. The publication refers to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures revealing that in 2012 total electricity generated from renewables rose 20 percent ...

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Singapore's Mandatory Energy Efficiency Kicks In
Singapore's Mandatory Energy Efficiency Kicks In

Tuesday 23rd April 2013

SINGAPORE’S industrial sector mandatory energy management requirements kicked in yesterday, April 22, all part of the Republic’s aim to improve energy efficiency through their Energy Conservation Bill. Businesses who consumed large amounts of energy, 54 terajoules every year, in at least two of the years since 2010 will have to have ...

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Latin America and Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Fund
Latin America and Caribbean get Energy Efficiency Fund

Monday 22nd April 2013

THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced a $50 million Energy Efficiency Finance Facility, for companies in Latin America and the Caribbean. The energy efficiency fund will be available to those companies that invest in energy saving improvements and self-supply renewable energy projects. The IDB will provide small-scale financing for projects that ...

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IEA Report Highlights Need for Energy Efficiency
IEA Report Highlights Need for Energy Efficiency

Friday 19th April 2013

THE urgent need for improvement in energy efficiency globally has been dramatically highlighted by the International Energy Agency's (IEA) annual report released Wednesday. The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the IEA said in ...

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Chu Calls for Improvement in Indian Energy Efficiency
Chu Calls for Improvement in Indian Energy Efficiency

Thursday 18th April 2013

IT is vital for India to crank up its energy efficiency, claimed US Energy Secretary Steven Chu in Delhi on Tuesday. The country sources around 80 percent of its energy via overseas supplies, hence the call for the improvement in energy efficiency to reduce dependence on expensive energy imports. Chu said to ...

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Obama Looks to Increase Clean Energy Budget
Obama Looks to Increase Clean Energy Budget

Friday 12th April 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama is proposing a sizable increase in the countries clean energy budget, improving support for energy efficiency, clean transport, renewable power and other "green" technologies. The money for the increase will come from eliminating tax breaks and subsidies to fossil fuel producers, the oil, gas and coal industries. ...

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Russian Energy Efficiency Program Approved
Russian Energy Efficiency Program Approved

Tuesday 9th April 2013

RUSSIA’S been playing catch up with the rest of Europe but now Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved a state energy efficiency and energy sector program development for 2013-2020. The Russian Government Press Service revealed: "The goals of the state program are the reliable provision of fuel and energy resources to ...

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UK Industry Agree to Stretch Energy Efficiency Improvement
UK Industry Agree to Stretch Energy Efficiency Improvement

Thursday 4th April 2013

UK Energy Intensive Industries have agreed to commit to stretching energy efficiency improvement targets to 2020 as part of the voluntary Climate Change Agreements (CCA) scheme. The agreement, which started yesterday, will deliver an overall 11 percent energy efficiency improvement across all industry sectors by 2020 against agreed baselines and provide ...

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U.S. Rural and Agricultural Business get Green Funding Boost
U.S. Rural and Agricultural Business get Green Funding Boost

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

THE U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that they are accepting applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Funding has been made available from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to keep the focus carrying out its mission, ...

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European Commission Looks to 2030 Energy Framework
European Commission Looks to 2030 Energy Framework

Tuesday 2nd April 2013

THE European Commission last week took the first step towards developing a 2030 framework for EU climate change and energy policies, with an adoption of a Green Paper launching public consultations. The consultation will be in the content of the 2030 energy framework. The Commission also adopted a report assessing Member ...

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$40 Billion Needed Yearly for Africa's Power Needs
$40 Billion Needed Yearly for Africa's Power Needs

Wednesday 20th March 2013

$40 Billion needs to be spent annually to be able to fulfill the future energy demands for Africa according to one African energy expert. Currently less than a quarter of this amount is being invested states Professor Mosad Elmissiry, head of Energy Programme for The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), ...

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Call for Change to Barriers to U.S. Energy Efficiency Improvements
Call for Change to Barriers to U.S. Energy Efficiency Improvements

Tuesday 19th March 2013

A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) highlights 16 policies that would remove barriers in the U.S. to investments in energy efficiency. The report, 'Overcoming Market Barriers and Using Market Forces to Advance Energy Efficiency', provides the U.S. Congress and state policymakers with a road map ...

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Australian Cleantech Industries Booming
Australian Cleantech Industries Booming

Monday 18th March 2013

ACCORDING to a new report The Australian Cleantech sector employs 53,000 and has a revenue of AUS$29 billion making it larger than the countries automotive industry. The report, “Australian Cleantech Review 2013” published by Australian CleanTech, reveals that the cleantech sector, including energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon trading, employs five ...

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Romania Has Huge Energy Saving Potential
Romania Has Huge Energy Saving Potential

Friday 15th March 2013

THE Romanian Association to promote Energy Efficiency (ARPEE) reckons the country has the potential to substantially reduce energy consumption by 2025, according to a report by Romania-Insider.com. The ARPEE claim that the savings could reach up to EUR 7.4 billion or an equivalent of almost 6 percent of Romania’s GDP, according to ...

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U.S. Cities Green Buildings League Table
U.S. Cities Green Buildings League Table

Thursday 14th March 2013

THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the list of cities which had the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2012. The list highlights how commercial buildings owners and managers across the country are taking action on climate change while delivering real financial savings to the bottom line. “Through their partnership ...

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India get 150M Euro from EIB for Energy Efficiency and Renewables
India get 150M Euro from EIB for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Friday 8th March 2013

THE European Investment Bank (EIB) and Exim Bank signed a €150 million loan for financing investments, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in India. The EIB loan will make long term financing available for investments that contribute to climate change mitigation implemented by both public and private sector companies. The operation ...

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Renewables Calls for Energy Efficiency in Gulf
Renewables Calls for Energy Efficiency in Gulf

Thursday 7th March 2013

ENERGY efficiency needs to take the foreground as it will reduce the need for generating capacity across the Arabian Gulf according to columnist Tanzeed Alam writing in the Khaleej Times. Alam highlights how much is being spent on renewable energy, with almost every country in the Gulf Cooperation Council setting renewable ...

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Morocco Set Energy Efficiency Plan
Morocco Set Energy Efficiency Plan

Wednesday 6th March 2013

The North African Kingdom of Morocco is setting up an energy efficiency plan to secure a sustainable future for the country. Morocco has already planned and is investing in renewable energy, particularly wind and solar energy, which helps to reduce their reliance on fossil fuel imports. Now they are looking to ...

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China to Step-Up Energy Efficiency Efforts
China to Step-Up Energy Efficiency Efforts

Tuesday 5th March 2013

BLOOMBERG report that China will increase their efforts to improve energy efficiency and cut emissions after suffering record air pollution in Beijing. China’s National Development and Reform Commission report that this year carbon-trading trials will start and they will target a reduction in energy use per unit of GDP by at ...

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EU Could Save 250 Billion Euros Annually
EU Could Save 250 Billion Euros Annually

Monday 4th March 2013

IF the European Union (EU) reduced its energy use by 35 percent on 2005 levels by 2030 it could realize savings of €250 billion annually according to a new report. The report, Saving Energy, highlights that further savings could be in the region of €200 billion annually if the bloc met ...

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Nigeria to get $50M Energy Efficiency Funding Boost
Nigeria to get $50M Energy Efficiency Funding Boost

Tuesday 26th February 2013

NIGERIA is to receive $50 million funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The money is to bolster the African Development Bank (AfDB) supported program of financial systems for clean energy through local banks. It is also part of the country’s national Investment Plan ...

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Energy Efficiency Vital for Hospitals to Combat Shortfall
Energy Efficiency Vital for Hospitals to Combat Shortfall

Friday 22nd February 2013

THE UK’s hospitals face a budget shortfall of £2.3 billion due to soaring energy costs according to building giant Balfour Beatty’s consultancy Power Efficiency. Power Efficiency calculates that energy inflation will create a £2.3 billion shortfall in NHS budgets over the next decade unless the NHS, hospital trusts and regional health ...

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Ukraine's Decision Makers to Learn about Energy Efficiency
Ukraine's Decision Makers to Learn about Energy Efficiency

Friday 15th February 2013

UKRAINIAN political and business decision-makers are being invited to a “Training in Energy Efficiency” (TrEff) program. The international program is being run by the Renewables Academy (RENAC), and is being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) as part of its Energy Efficiency Export Initiative. The first seminar ...

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Energy Efficiency in the State of the Union Address
Energy Efficiency in the State of the Union Address

Wednesday 13th February 2013

ENERGY efficiency was aired in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, stressing the importance of improvement. Obama said: “I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years. “We’ll work with the states to do ...

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Energy Efficiency Summit for Pacific Islands
Energy Efficiency Summit for Pacific Islands

Monday 11th February 2013

THE New Zealand Government and the European Union are combining to hold the Pacific Energy Summit with the aim of progressing energy efficiency and renewable energy for Pacific Island Countries. The Summit will be hosted in Auckland, New Zealand, from 25-27 March, and will look to help Pacific countries and territories ...

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