Monday, 27 May 2013

News on energy efficiency and renewal energies - 27 May 2013

Companies share energy efficiency secrets
USA TODAY
Unlike some aspects of Obama's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy, efficiency has garnered broad support. A bipartisan bill in Congress to improve the efficiency of appliances, buildings and corporate supply chains passed a Senate panel earlier this ...
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UK Needs Energy-Efficiency Goals to Hold Government to Account
Businessweek
The Department of Energy and Climate Change hasn't set out a time line of how many homes it wants insulated under the Green Deal and Energy Companies Obligation programs set up in January to improve efficiency of the nation's 26.9 million residencies.
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COSE unveils statewide energy-efficiency funding program to lower utility bills
Plain Dealer
Now the Council of Smaller Enterprises, or COSE, is about to offer the first program in the nation that will allow participants throughout the state to pay for energy efficiency programs of up to $1 million in the same way they pay their utility bills ...
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Energy savings hopes dashed by EU leaders' 'political cowardice'
EurActiv
Progress on energy efficiency was blocked at an EU summit on Wednesday (22 May) by a cocktail of myopic business interests and timid leadership, according to Hans Nilsson, a board member of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy ...
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Energy savings could total billions, Greens say
Sydney Morning Herald
Households generating clean power through solar panels would be rewarded by a dedicated "energy savings agency" being proposed by the Australian Greens. The minor party on Friday said it wanted to set up a new federal government agency to find $1 ...
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Consumers push Georgia Power for more solar, energy efficiency
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Clean energy advocates said at a hearing Tuesday that consumers could be saving money and breathing cleaner air if the utility beefed up its renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs. “People are paying so much more on energy … sometimes it ...
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PSC to revisit energy efficiency program debate
Seattle Post Intelligencer
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Public Service Commission will reconsider a decision to shelve a planned statewide energy efficiency program, after a lawsuit challenged the commission's previous handling of the issue. Four organizations sued ...
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Energy Efficiency Bill Is a Big Step in the Wrong Direction
Heritage.org (blog)
Senator Byron Dorgan (D–ND) told Greenwire (subscription required) that an energy efficiency bill that passed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee would be a necessary “first step” to more federal efforts to overhaul energy policy.
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New Energy Secretary Moniz is all about energy efficiency
Grist
Ernest Moniz addressing an energy efficiency conference, several hours after he was worn in as Energy Department on YouTube Ernest Moniz addressing an energy-efficiency conference, just hours after being sworn in as energy secretary. The cleanest ...
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McKinley, Welch introduce bipartisan energy efficiency bills
State Journal
Two bills are aimed at spurring energy efficiency investments in residential and commercial buildings and creating construction jobs. Two bills are aimed at spurring energy efficiency investments in residential and commercial buildings and creating ...
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La. PSC to revisit energy efficiency program
Businessweek
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's utility regulatory agency will reconsider a decision to shelve a planned statewide energy efficiency program. The Public Service Commission has been sued over its handling of the issue, with three organizations ...
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Super-Energy Efficient Homes Built To Inspire More Stringent Codes
OPB News
At least that's the hope of a Portland-based non-profit showcasing 13 super energy efficient homes in four Northwest states. The question is, can you afford to buy one of these houses? The model homes are scattered among many of the big cities in ...
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UK energy efficiency could deliver £2.3billion in savings
The Information Daily
Ed Davey, Minister for Energy and Climate Change said "there is significant potential for greater energy efficiency in the UK, which could ultimately deliver £2.3 billion in savings up to 2030 in addition to lowering energy bills, reducing emissions ...
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Groups want to keep OH energy efficiency laws
Seattle Post Intelligencer
The Small Business Majority, Moms Clean Air Force, and the Ohio Environmental Council are campaigning to stop what they say are a FirstEnergy subsidiary's efforts to repeal Ohio's energy efficiency laws. The groups want Ohioans to pledge not to become ...
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Arab Energy Efficiency Day: Need to raise public awareness
Saudi Gazette
The Arab world is celebrating Arab Energy Efficiency Day today. The Arab Ministerial Council for Electricity has set aside May 21 each year as the day for the Arab world to raise awareness about the importance of energy efficiency. On this day Arab ...
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Frost & Sullivan: Customers' Desire for Energy Savings Drives Demand for ...
Sacramento Bee
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 23, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- With space heating and cooling accounting for close to 40 percent of all the energy consumed in the building sector in the United States, there is a pressing need for energy-efficient heating ...
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Energy Efficiency Could Cut Wireless Data Power Demand 90% By 2020
CleanTechnica
Good thing a new study from the GreenTouch consortium outlines energy efficiency measures that could reduce the net energy consumption of global data and communications networks up to 90% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels. GreenTouch is comprised ...
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Winchester wins state energy-saving award
Torrington Register Citizen
The town received a Top Town Hall Honorable Mention at the Power of Change Awards, which recognizes achievement and innovation in energy-efficiency in Connecticut's municipal and state buildings. The award also recognizes the savings for taxpayers ...
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Greentech Media Conference Highlights Cutting-Edge Business Trends in ...
Sacramento Bee
BOSTON, May 20, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Greentech Media announces a new conference for power producing utilities, project financers, technology innovators and building professionals focusing on energy efficiency: "Avant EE: Innovations Reshaping the ...
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TERI organises promotional program for energy efficiency
Times of India
BANGALORE: The Energy and Research Institute (TERI) organized a promotional program for 'Energy Efficiency in New Residential Construction in India' here recently. The program aimed to revolutionize the approach in developing the largest sector in ...
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VIDEO: npower home energy saving tips in Sheffield
The Star
Want to keep the warmth in, the costs down and win £500? Then visit the npower roadshow this weekend in Sheffield city centre, writes Graham Walker. The npower trailer is visiting to give energy saving tips and free energy efficiency packs to help ...
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Australia at the centre of network energy efficiency research
iTWire
Telecommunications networks have traditionally been built without much regard to their energy-efficiency. But as data volumes on these networks grow exponentially, the amount of energy being used to power the many components of these networks is also ...
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Over 100 Leading Organizations Tap EDF Climate Corps to Catalyze Energy ...
Sacramento Bee
"Leading energy management practices in our operations is a key pillar of GM's sustainability strategy, and EDF Climate Corps will provide a fresh perspective that can enhance our energy efficiency efforts," said Mike Robinson, vice president of ...
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The link between energy efficiency and $275B in advanced tech
Fierce Energy
Energy efficiency is a good decision for businesses, homeowners and the government, John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer at UTC Climate, Controls & Security told attendees at the Energy Efficiency Global Forum in Washington, D.C. yesterday.
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Groups push Congress, White House to approve energy-efficiency bill
The Hill (blog)
“We ask Congress to maintain energy efficiency as a top priority in shaping energy policy for the country. Our organizations, representing all sectors of the economy, recognize energy efficiency is a powerful tool with strong bipartisan support ...
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Division of Energy hosts Energy Efficiency Conference
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
“We used to be a low-cost energy producer and now we're kind of in the middle as far as our costs go. Our electric costs have gone from roughly 5 cents to 9 cents a kilowatt hour, a substantial increase and that increase makes a lot of these energy ...
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PSC to revisit “Energy efficiency” program
The Advocate
The chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission on Tuesday acknowledged that he cut off testimony prior to a vote that rolled back a program that included incentives for consumers to improve their homes and buy energy-efficient appliances.
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Owners of energy-efficient homes are less likely to default on mortgages
Explorer News
The study, conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Community Capital and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, sends a strong message about ...
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Businesses hail plans for energy efficiency payments
Business Green
With energy efficiency advocates arguing that this so-called "negawatt" approach is typically more cost effective than constructing new power plants it is hoped the new measures will encourage significant efficiency gains, raising the prospect of ...
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LETTER: Energy Efficiency Will Help Sooner Than Hydro
Hartford Courant
The May 22 editorial asserting that hydropower from beyond our borders can lower Connecticut's high electricity costs misses the mark ["Pass The Clean-Energy Bill"]. Large hydro might help at some point -- maybe -- but it will require the construction ...
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A third of councils 'in breach' of EU energy efficiency laws, FOI reveals
Business Green
A third of all local authorities in England and Wales could be in breach of an EU directive designed to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings. The low-level of compliance with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), with which ...
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VW Heads Microcontroller Energy Efficiency Standards Group
Environmental Leader
Volkswagen will chair an expanded working group to establish an energy-efficiency benchmark for microcontrollers aimed at making automotive end products more energy aware. Semiconductor vendors including Freescale, Fujitsu, Infineon, Microchip, NXP, ...
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NRA Show '13: Energy-efficient equipment proves its ROI
Pizza Marketplace.com
Sarah Puls, business unit manager at Hobart, said consumers initially drove the "green" trend, but operators balked because of costs. Now, operators are driving the movement. "Operators are starting to realize there is an ROI (to energy efficiency) and ...
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TVA Rewards Logan Aluminum for Energy Efficiency Efforts
WBKO
“We thank Logan Aluminum for their leadership and support of energy efficiency in Kentucky,” said Brent Powell, one of the managers of the TVA EnergyRight Solutions for Industry. BOWLING GREEN, KY― Logan Aluminum in Russellville is saving electricity ...
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West Hartford Wins Two Power Of Change Awards For Energy Efficiency Efforts
Hartford Courant
WEST HARTFORD — — The town and school district received top honors at Tuesday's Power of Change municipal awards ceremony for their energy-saving efforts. The town earned "Top Town Hall" and the schools took first in the Innovation category in the ...
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Consumers Energy awards $4.3 million in energy-efficiency incentives to ...
The Ann Arbor News - MLive.com
“More and more of our businesses and schools are discovering the power of energy efficiency to strengthen their finances,” Fred Alatalo, director of business energy efficiency programs for Consumers Energy, said in a statement. “This program helps ...
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Government confirms plan to use capacity market to boost energy efficiency
Business Green
The government has today unveiled long-awaited plans designed to encourage businesses to curb their electricity consumption and invest in energy efficiency, but Ministers have rejected plans for an energy efficiency feed-in tariff as the means of ...
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Energy-Efficient Agricultural Irrigation
Precision Pays
AgGateway_Logo AgGateway and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) are co-sponsoring the launch of a cross-industry collaboration project that will help growers better manage water and energy use by integrating weather, soil moisture, soil ...
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Weatherization, energy efficiency supporters rally to celebrate progress
SouthCoastToday.com
At the same time, the coalition pushed officials to provide more information on renters, who may not be benefitting as much as owners, to try to boost energy efficiency across the state. "There's a lack of information on how many renters are being ...
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Glastonbury Awarded For Energy Efficiencies At Three Buildings
Hartford Courant
A couple of years ago, the school system came up with a comprehensive plan to fund and improve energy efficiencies in older school buildings by replacing boilers. The town also installed a digital control system to manage the system and increase ...
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China Looks to Ramp Up Energy-Saving Retrofits
Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)
The fifteen-story building, formed of three connected towers, boasted a 50,000-square-meter “double skin breathing” glass wall—two panels of glass sandwiching a layer of air circulating between—which was about 40 percent more energy efficient than a ...
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Secretary Moniz Speaks at the 2013 Energy Efficiency Global Forum
YouTube
Sign in. Transcript Statistics Report. Published on May 21, 2013. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/bcpF. Secretary Ernest Moniz delivers his first remarks, after being sworn in as the new energy secretary, at the 2013 Energy Efficiency Global Forum.
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New Ohio Efficiency Resource Fund to Help Upgrade Buildings, Save Energy ...
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
The new Ohio Efficiency Resource Fund provides otherwise hard-to-get financing for small and medium-sized businesses to make energy-efficiency improvements, with no upfront costs and no risk. This innovative approach bridges the funding gap that has ...
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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee 65th session pushes forward ...
Carbon Positive
The Committee made significant progress in its work on further developing energy-efficiency regulations; adopted an MEPC Resolution on Promotion of Technical Co-operation and Transfer of Technology relating to the Improvement of Energy Efficiency of ...
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Fulper Farms hosts energy efficient breakfast
Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com
Recently, they installed a solar energy system to increase energy efficiency, sustainability, and revenue, while decreasing the farm's carbon footprint and utility costs. Installed in 2011, the freestanding, ground-mounted system creates 500 kWh daily ...
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UK Energy Efficiency Failing Due to Lack of Tax Breaks and Hard Regulation
IBTimes.co.uk
Britain is failing to become more energy efficient and is stunting economic growth by not implementing tax breaks to production companies, says a former special Adviser to UK Parliamentary Committees on energy. Speaking with IBTimes UK, Professor ...
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Buildings in efficiency challenge cut energy use, save $58 million
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Participants across the country in the Better Buildings Challenge reduced their energy intensity by 2.5% last year, achieving about $58 million in annual energy savings. Those results are contained in a progress report published by the Department of ...
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The Best Ways To Profit From Greater Energy Efficiency
StreetAuthority
When it comes to investments in energy efficiency, the payback can be 200% or even 400%, according to various studies. That's why there is a fresh push to step up our pace of energy efficiency investments, as I discussed in Part One of this two-part ...
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