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Fiji Push their Energy Conservation Efforts
Fiji Push their Energy Conservation Efforts

Tuesday 16th August 2011

IN THE Pacific Island State of Fiji, existing energy efficiency initiatives are being ramped up by the Government to improve energy efficiency and save money. The initiatives have been in place for a while, but little has been achieved, hence a push now to educate the population to think about energy ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding for Pennsylvania's Small Businesses
Energy Efficiency Funding for Pennsylvania's Small Businesses

Tuesday 16th August 2011

SMALL business owners in Pennsylvania, U.S., looking to improve their energy efficiency have been given a financial incentive. Businesses looking to cut emissions and save money via improved energy efficiency are eligible to apply for a Small Business Advantage Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Businesses can apply for 50-percent ...

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Greening U.S. Commercial Buildings could save $1.2 Trillion
Greening U.S. Commercial Buildings could save $1.2 Trillion

Monday 15th August 2011

THE U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) claim that investing in energy efficient buildings is central to the country reducing its energy consumption by 23 percent by 2020, saving $1.2 trillion. The conclusion comes from a study sponsored by USGBC on the benefits of green buildings, combined with other non-transportation initiatives. Apart ...

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UK Businesses Report: Energy Saving Good, but could do Better
UK Businesses Report: Energy Saving Good, but could do Better

Monday 15th August 2011

MORE UK businesses are reported to be taking action to save energy, according to the latest survey from by the Forum of Private Business (FPB). 41 percent of UK firms have made changes in business processes to make them more energy efficient, with a further 28 percent reporting that they have ...

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Bangladeash to get $300 million Loan for Energy
Bangladeash to get $300 million Loan for Energy

Friday 12th August 2011

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending a $300 million loan to Bangledesh to improve its energy infrastructure and address critical power shortages, which are severely affecting the economy. The ADB Board of Directors approved the loan for the Power System Efficiency Improvement Project, which will help meet Bangladesh’s urgent need ...

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Over Half of UK SMEs losing out on Energy Saving
Over Half of UK SMEs losing out on Energy Saving

Friday 12th August 2011

POWER utility Npower have announced that the results of research showing over half of the UKs SMEs are failing to benefit financially from energy saving. Although small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) are seeking ways to manage the bottom line in the current tough economic climate, many have no measures in ...

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Business, Government and Utility Unite in South Africa over Energy Savings
Business, Government and Utility Unite in South Africa over Energy Savings

Thursday 11th August 2011

THE NORTH West African Chamber of Commerce (NWACC) in South Africa is supporting Eskom’s 49M energy saving initiative as the country faces an energy supply crisis. The initiatives moniker, 49M, refers to the population of South Africa, and is approved by the South African Government and business partners, with the aim ...

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Pakistan's Energy Crisis - Action Needed
Pakistan's Energy Crisis - Action Needed

Thursday 11th August 2011

Pakistan’s former Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dr Gulfraz Ahmed, has said that the country’s energy crisis should be dealt with on emergency basis. Dr Gulfraz told Radio Pakistan that short term actions like improved energy efficiency and energy saving campaigns should be shifted up a gear ...

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Australia can more than Double Emission Cuts
Australia can more than Double Emission Cuts

Wednesday 10th August 2011

A REPORT by a ClimateWorks think-tank states that Australia will achieve over double the Treasury’s forecasted emissions cuts through carbon pricing and energy efficiency. Anna Skarbek, ClimateWorks Australia Executive Director, said the research shows that if implemented successfully, Australia’s carbon price package announced by the Government with the default scheme cap ...

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India Cautious of G20 Energy Roadmap
India Cautious of G20 Energy Roadmap

Wednesday 10th August 2011

THE Indian Government has reacted with caution to the potential of the G20 dictating the country’s energy roadmap and what technologies to adopt. The suggestion comes from the G20's sub-group on Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency, which will present a roadmap on how to turn India’s energy sector green and environmentally ...

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Energy Efficiency will help Pakistan with $35 Billion Power Bill
Energy Efficiency will help Pakistan with $35 Billion Power Bill

Tuesday 9th August 2011

PAKISTAN’S energy sector will be required to invest $35 billion to meet the increasing demand for energy over the next four years. A paper prepared by the Pakistani Planning Commission (PC) revealed that energy demand is expected to increase to over 25,000 MW by 2014-15, leading the paper to also predict ...

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A Call for Display Energy Certificates for all UK Non-Residential buildings
A Call for Display Energy Certificates for all UK Non-Residential buildings

Tuesday 9th August 2011

THE UK Green Building Council has recommended the mandatory  Display Energy Certificates (DEC) for all non-residential buildings – as early as next year. DECs were introduced in 2008 and were required in all public sector buildings/offices larger than 1000m2; that are frequently visited by the public. DECs were not made ...

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Chicago to Shine Brighter while Saving $1.8 Million
Chicago to Shine Brighter while Saving $1.8 Million

Monday 8th August 2011

CHICAGO is about to shine brighter as they undergo a major installation of energy efficient lighting. The new replacement light bulbs will reportedly burn brighter, provide a better colour, burn less energy they will also last longer. Commissioner Gabe Klein, Chicago Department of Transportation, told Chicago’s ABC Channel 7 news: "We're going ...

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Vietnam Addresses Power Problems
Vietnam Addresses Power Problems

Monday 8th August 2011

THE Vietnamese National Electricity Development Plan for 2011-2020 has been approved by the Prime Minister and is expected to ensure the country’s power. The plan is pressed ahead with the 13th Government’s important breakthroughs, including developing the nation’s electricity transformation system and using energy-saving technology. As part of developing the Vietnamese electricity ...

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Texas asked to Reduce Energy Use due to Heat
Texas asked to Reduce Energy Use due to Heat

Friday 5th August 2011

TEXAS is facing an energy supply problem due to suffering from high temperatures and the increased demand on the grid in combating the heat, leading to a call for energy efficiency. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued a power watch this week to businesses and consumers across the state, ...

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IEA Report Reveals Carbon Pricing is not Enough
IEA Report Reveals Carbon Pricing is not Enough

Friday 5th August 2011

NEW analysis published by the International Energy Agency examines whether energy efficiency policies are redundant once carbon pricing is implemented. To date, many academics and government officials have argued that putting a price on carbon – most commonly through taxes or emissions trading – is all that is needed to ...

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Mid-point for Battle of the Buildings Energy Efficiency Competition
Mid-point for Battle of the Buildings Energy Efficiency Competition

Thursday 4th August 2011

THE University of Central Florida is currently in the lead out of 245 buildings battling it out in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Starnational building competition. We reported on the Battle of the Buildings competition earlier in the year but now the EPA have released the halfway point results, ...

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NYSERDA Helps Reduce Energy Costs by $5.5 million
NYSERDA Helps Reduce Energy Costs by $5.5 million

Thursday 4th August 2011

Municipalities, K-12 school districts, hospitals, businesses and colleges throughout New York City continue to make energy-saving investments that are reducing energy costs by more than $5.5 million annually. The information came from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) yesterday, revealing the energy savings in New York City—35.3 ...

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Taipei Has World's Officially Certified Greenest Tall Building
Taipei Has World's Officially Certified Greenest Tall Building

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

THE TAIPEI 101, a 1,667-foot tower, has earned the highest US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, for energy efficiency and environmental design. The LEED certification means that the tower is officially recognised as the world's tallest green building, with the full title of the ...

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Energy Efficiency Popular with Tasmanian Business
Energy Efficiency Popular with Tasmanian Business

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

ENERGY efficiency is very much on the mind of Tasmanian businesses, as displayed by the more than 160 that attended a free workshop to help save energy and reduce costs. The Business Boost workshop, designed to help small and medium Tasmanian businesses learn about and adopt energy efficient methods, was held ...

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Mexico City's Green Plan is Working
Mexico City's Green Plan is Working

Tuesday 2nd August 2011

GREENHOUSE gas (GHG) emissions have been reduced by 5.7 million metric tonnes (mt) in Mexico City since it began its Green Plan in 2008, the Mexico City government has announced. The reduction represents 82 percent of Mexico City's overall target of reducing GHG emissions by 7 million mt of CO2eq, which ...

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Thailand Need to Spend Billions on Energy Efficiency Promotion
Thailand Need to Spend Billions on Energy Efficiency Promotion

Tuesday 2nd August 2011

THE Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department reckon Thailand could have to spend 400 billion baht ($13.6 billion) over the next twenty years in promoting energy efficiency. Danai Egkamol, Director of the department's Bureau of Energy Regulation and Conservation told the Bangkok Post, "World oil prices rise each year, prompting governments ...

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EU Commission Proposes Cheaper Funds for Troubled States
EU Commission Proposes Cheaper Funds for Troubled States

Monday 1st August 2011

EUROPE’S States in economic crisis may soon get temporary access to funding at a lower cost for development, including energy efficiency programmes. The European Commission unveiled the proposal today (Monday) and wants the release of European Union grants to Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Latvia and Hungary, all receiving International bailouts, if ...

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More U.S. States and Cities Requiring Commerical Building Energy Data
More U.S. States and Cities Requiring Commerical Building Energy Data

Monday 1st August 2011

INCREASING numbers of U.S. States and Cities are now requiring that commercial buildings measure and disclose their energy use – so reports USA Today. The paper states that new rules, with exemptions for small businesses, are likely to shame non-residential building owners into energy efficiency upgrades, that will lead to energy ...

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The Philippine's New Energy Efficiency Bill
The Philippine's New Energy Efficiency Bill

Friday 29th July 2011

PHILIPPINE’S Energy Undersecretary, Loreta G. Ayson, revealed that the government is pushing for the Energy Efficiency bill to be a major reform. Ayson highlighted that one of the most effective ways to manage the country’s energy supply amid the current power problems it is facing is through energy efficiency. “We see energy ...

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