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Finance for Irish SMEs Energy Efficiency Improvements
Finance for Irish SMEs Energy Efficiency Improvements

Tuesday 10th December 2013

ALLIED Irish Banks (AIB) is to make €100 million available for lending to enable Irish SMEs to radically lower their energy bills. The bank will take into account the projected savings from energy efficiency projects when calculating the borrower’s repayment capacity. Qualifying customers can avail themselves of discounted funding supported by ...

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Moldova's Sustainable Energy Investment
Moldova's Sustainable Energy Investment

Monday 9th December 2013

INVESTMENTS by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in energy efficiency and renewable energy in Moldova have reached €100 million under the EBRD’s Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI). This milestone will be announced in Chisinau during the Moldova Eco-Energetic─â awards ceremony on 6 December that celebrates the best initiatives in ...

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EPA Updates Sustainability Plan
EPA Updates Sustainability Plan

Friday 6th December 2013

THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, outlining actions planned over the next year to cut energy use and waste in agency operations. President Obama signed Executive Order in October 2009, setting aggressive targets for reducing waste and pollution in Federal operations by ...

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USDA Announce Energy Efficiency Funding
USDA Announce Energy Efficiency Funding

Thursday 5th December 2013

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced that USDA will take steps to save rural energy consumers money on their bills in partnership with rural electric cooperatives. USDA plan to provide rural electric cooperatives up to $250 million to lend to business and residential customers for energy efficiency improvements and ...

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Health Authority to Divert Energy Savings to Patient Care
Health Authority to Divert Energy Savings to Patient Care

Wednesday 4th December 2013

THE Cape Breton District Health Authority (CBDHA) in Nova Scotia plans to significantly lower its energy costs and divert those savings into programs, services, equipment and patient care. CBDHA have appointed an energy manager to oversee the program, working with non-profit Efficiency Nova Scotia. In a press release the health authority’s vice-president ...

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Jamaica Needs 'Energy Revolution'
Jamaica Needs 'Energy Revolution'

Tuesday 3rd December 2013

JAMAICA is failing on energy efficiency according to Kelly Tomblin, President and CEO of Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), the island state’s utility company. The Jamaica Observer reports Tomblin explaining: "a recent study shows that Jamaica's energy conservation is.…seven times worse. And I want to underscore that. Because whenever I talk ...

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Energy Efficiency Improvement for Siberian Schools
Energy Efficiency Improvement for Siberian Schools

Monday 2nd December 2013

AN EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) pilot project in western Siberia will allow local schools to increase the energy efficiency of their buildings by outsourcing energy efficiency.  The firms involved in improving the energy efficiency will recoup their costs by receiving a share of the savings on the schools’ energy ...

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Call for Business 'Green Deal' to be Relaunched
Call for Business 'Green Deal' to be Relaunched

Friday 29th November 2013

A coalition of civil servants, parliamentarians and business leaders is urging the UK government to relaunch the Green Deal scheme for small businesses to obtain loans for energy efficiency improvements. The report, published jointly by the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum and Carbon Connect, argues significant benefits – including reduced energy bills, ...

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Energy Efficiency Boost for Bulgaria's Public Buildings
Energy Efficiency Boost for Bulgaria's Public Buildings

Thursday 28th November 2013

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is launching a program to increase energy efficiency investments in public buildings and services in Bulgaria. Buildings account for up to 40% of Bulgaria’s energy consumption, and public facilities such as schools, universities, or town halls are a large segment of the total ...

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Energy Efficiency Boost for 13 States
Energy Efficiency Boost for 13 States

Wednesday 27th November 2013

THE U.S. Energy Department yesterday awarded nearly $4 million to 13 states to increase statewide energy savings and boost the energy efficiency of public institutions, local governments and industrial sectors. The awards were all part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity by 2030 and help reduce energy ...

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India's Steel Industry Energy Efficiency Boost
India's Steel Industry Energy Efficiency Boost

Tuesday 26th November 2013

THE Times of India reports that the countries steel industry is directing its efforts to expanding a project aimed at reducing energy consumption by small scale steel producers. The existing project, which started in 2004 and ends next month, has been deemed a great success, but only 34 small-scale steel plants ...

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Energy Saving Advice for SMEs
Energy Saving Advice for SMEs

Monday 25th November 2013

UK energy utility nPower have highlighted some simple steps that can be taken by SMEs to unlock potential savings on energy costs which all sizes of businesses could also benefit from. Here are some basic and sensible tips nPower offer for businesses looking to save on energy use. They cover ...

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Revolving Energy Efficiency Fund for University
Revolving Energy Efficiency Fund for University

Friday 22nd November 2013

OREGON’S Portland State University have launched a $500,000 Green Revolving Fund to reduce PSU’s greenhouse gas emissions, lower utility bills and advance the goals of the University’s Climate Action Plan. A committee of PSU staff and faculty will select projects that improve the condition of campus buildings and reduce their environmental ...

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Where Does Your Country Rank in Climate Battle?
Where Does Your Country Rank in Climate Battle?

Thursday 21st November 2013

THIS years Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) was released yesterday by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe at the UN climate talks in Warsaw. The results show emissions worldwide have climbed to a new peak and no single country is yet on track to prevent dangerous climate change. "Unexpectedly, for ...

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Energy Efficiency Boost for Cities
Energy Efficiency Boost for Cities

Wednesday 20th November 2013

THE World Bank has announced a $9 million initiative to help cities in developing countries improve energy efficiency for the benefit of the individual nation’s and the environment. The City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative (CEETI) aims to get city decision makers to integrate energy efficiency into their strategic planning and operations; ...

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Energy Efficiency Funding for Bulgarian Businesses
Energy Efficiency Funding for Bulgarian Businesses

Tuesday 19th November 2013

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a new loan of €15 million to Bulgarian bank Raiffeisenbank to strengthen its energy efficiency efforts. The loan comes under the Bulgarian Energy Efficiency for Competitive Industry Finance Facility (BEECIFF), which benefits from donor support provided under EU Structural Funds. The ...

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World Climate Summit Focuses on Energy Efficiency
World Climate Summit Focuses on Energy Efficiency

Monday 18th November 2013

YESTERDAY was the first of the two day World Climate Summit in Warsaw, Poland, and the focus was very much on energy efficiency and energy saving targets. The final discussion of the day was themed: ’Innovative approaches to energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources', raising a lot of interest. ...

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Economy Boost Through Energy Efficiency
Economy Boost Through Energy Efficiency

Friday 15th November 2013

THE State of Rhode Island has the second highest unemployment rate in the country, but a recent study shows how energy efficiency programs have delivered hundreds of jobs. The economic impact study shows that National Grid’s Rhode Island energy efficiency programs have led to the creation of 528 full time jobs ...

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Energy Efficiency Central to Tackling Emissions and Costs
Energy Efficiency Central to Tackling Emissions and Costs

Thursday 14th November 2013

THE International Energy Authority (IEA) yesterday released their 2013 World Energy Outlook, revealing that energy efficiency has to play a more central role in tackling emissions and rising energy bills. The report, released yesterday in London, presents a central scenario in which global energy demand rises by one-third in the period ...

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Schools Save Big Through Energy Efficiency Program
Schools Save Big Through Energy Efficiency Program

Wednesday 13th November 2013

DURING the first year of its energy savings and efficiency program, Fort Wayne Community Schools (FCWS) have saved $862,333. FWCS began the Energy Leadership program in the spring of 2012 and surpassed its original annual savings goal of $590,000. On top of that, three schools have been recognized by the ...

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VSDs Still Delivering Substantial Energy Savings
VSDs Still Delivering Substantial Energy Savings

Tuesday 12th November 2013

IT is easy with the fast moving development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technology to lose sight of the effective solutions we already have. This point is made very well in an article on Control Engineering Europe by Steve Brambley, Deputy Director of GAMBICA. Gambica is the Trade Association for ...

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Energy Efficiency Boost for Rural States
Energy Efficiency Boost for Rural States

Monday 11th November 2013

UNITED States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Friday funding for 424 projects across the country to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) offers financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to purchase and install ...

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Energy Efficient US State Scorecard
Energy Efficient US State Scorecard

Friday 8th November 2013

THE American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) have released their seventh annual state scorecard, which ranks states on their energy efficiency policy and program efforts. Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states, including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia, taking major steps ...

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Call for EU to Act on Building Energy Efficiency
Call for EU to Act on Building Energy Efficiency

Thursday 7th November 2013

EUROPEAN Union member states need to be more ambitious and act quicker to implement plans for energy efficiency retrofits to buildings, claims activists and an international council. The Energy Efficiency Directive requires every EU country to establish a long-term strategy for mobilizing investment in the energy efficient renovation of their building ...

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Energy Efficiency Money for Georgia's MSEs
Energy Efficiency Money for Georgia's MSEs

Wednesday 6th November 2013

THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing $6 million to micro and small enterprises (MSE) in Georgia to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. The funds are being made available through Credo, Georgia’s largest non-bank microfinance institution with a strong presence in rural areas and an extensive coverage ...

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