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3 important data questions about smart buildings 18.1.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Data plays an important role in enabling our building stock to play a productive role in the low-carbon electricity system of the future. Here is what we need to ask it.
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California's grid geeks: Deep green in the time of Trump 18.1.2017 GreenBiz.com
This exclusive six-part series takes an in-depth look at California’s transition to over 50 percent renewable electricity. In the face of President-elect Trump’s apparent indifference to global warming, the state has become a beacon of hope for climate activists. The entire series will appear here."You can’t bullshit the electric grid," he said.
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New Report Shows Chicago Shines on Building Energy Efficiency 17.1.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New Report Shows Chicago Shines on Building Energy Efficiency
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Congressman Gives Trump a Plan to Erase Health, Safety, And Environment Safeguards 19.12.2016 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
At Risk: The Air We Breathe, Water We Drink, and Food We Eat The conservative House Freedom Caucus has provided President-Elect Trump a “recommended list of regulations to remove.” Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), chair of the all-Republican Freedom Caucus, identified 228 federal rules they hope Trump will help eliminate. Thirty-two of the proposals would roll […]
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10 companies moving up in smart buildings 19.12.2016 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Some of these big players may surprise you.
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Marijuana plants flourish under LED lights 17.12.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
Behind the covered windows of a nondescript two-story building near the Olympia Regional Airport, hundreds of marijuana plants were flowering recently in the purple haze of 40 LED lights. With cannabis cultivation expected to become a big business in some parts of the country, power companies and government officials hope it will grow into a green industry. “We wanted to find a way to save energy — that was important to us,” said Rodger Rutter, a retired airline pilot who started this indoor pot-farming business, Evergrow Northwest, after Washington state legalized recreational cannabis in 2012. Besides blown transformers and blackouts for utilities in some places, the ascent of Cannabis Inc. has also raised clean-air concerns in parts of the country where fossil fuels are still the main source of electric power. [...] under an incentive program with the local utility, Evergrow was able to install more than 100 sophisticated LED grow lights, hoping to reduce costs without sacrificing quality or ...
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What do we have to do to make people care about sustainability? 16.12.2016 TreeHugger
This year, it might all be about comfort and coziness.
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Regulatory Rollback List Targets Health, Safety, And Environment 16.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
At Risk: The Air We Breathe, Water We Drink, and Food We Eat The conservative House Freedom Caucus has provided President-Elect Trump a "recommended list of regulations to remove." Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), chair of the all-Republican Freedom Caucus, identified 228 federal rules they hope Trump will help eliminate. Thirty-two of the proposals would roll back safety, health and environmental standards that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and our nation's infrastructure (from pipelines to airports). By rolling back these regulations, the plan would essentially prevent the agencies responsible for protecting us from doing their job. Another 43 proposals are aimed at undermining America's progress on clean energy and climate change, pushing us away from energy efficiency and renewable energy sources toward more reliance on fossil fuels. This includes eliminating two dozen Department of Energy energy efficiency standards that save families money on energy bills, reduce ...
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California adopts nation's first energy-efficiency rules for computers 16.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The California Energy Commission has passed sweeping energy-efficiency standards for computers and monitors in an effort to reduce power costs, becoming the first state in the nation to adopt such rules.

The regulations promise to reduce energy consumed by computers by about one-third, saving ratepayers...

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Investor Confidence Project Launches “Building Button” for Energy Efficiency 15.12.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Investor Confidence Project Launches “Building Button” for Energy Efficiency
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California adopts energy efficiency rules for computers 15.12.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will institute sweeping energy efficiency standards for computers and monitors in an effort to reduce power costs, with the goal of saving ratepayers some $373 million in utility bills by 2027. A 5-0 vote Wednesday by the California Energy Commission makes the state the first in the nation to adopt […]
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White House releases strategy for deep decarbonization by 2050 12.12.2016 TreeHugger
Download it while you can.
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California's climate fight could be painful - especially on job and income growth 11.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Californians are likely to pay more for gasoline, electricity, food and new homes — and to feel their lives jolted in myriad other ways — because their state broadly expanded its war on climate change this summer.

The ambitious new goals will require complex regulations on an unprecedented scale, but...

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Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Bill Shows States are Taking the Lead to Build the Clean Energy Economy 8.12.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By Andrew Barbeau, senior clean energy consultant Two years, three competing major energy reform bills, more than 300 diverse organizations and companies, and countless hours of negotiations have now come down to one important moment: Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Bill is signed into law today . A clean energy economic development package of monumental size, the Future Energy Jobs Bill will create thousands of homegrown jobs, save billions of dollars in wasted energy, and secure Illinois’ place at the forefront of the nation’s clean energy economy. In fact, Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) analysis estimates Illinois will see an additional $12 billion to $15 billion in new private investment as a result of the new clean energy priorities in this bill. That’s the greatest economic development package in Illinois in years, and likely will be the largest for the foreseeable future. It’s also the most significant climate bill in Illinois history. We estimate it will reduce harmful carbon ...
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What Trump and Pence Don't Get about Clean Energy Jobs 5.12.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston President-elect Trump's victory tour began in Indiana last week, where he and running mate Mike Pence announced they had cobbled together enough taxpayer cash to convince Carrier – a gas furnace manufacturer that planned to move 2,000 jobs to Mexico – to keep some of its jobs in the state. But just two years ago, Governor Pence allowed Indiana to become the first state to abandon its energy efficiency standards – a move that Carrier and other companies warned would threaten nearly 1,500 jobs and $500 million a year in local economic investment. Evidently, losing 1,500 jobs wasn't enough to worry about. Yet two years and a presidential election later, saving 1,000 on the backs of taxpayers is held up as proof that Trump is making good on his promise to reinvigorate the American economy. Politics is theatre, but what worries me about the Carrier announcement is that it underscores how our new president and vice president don't understand the true economic potential of clean, modern ...
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How many jobs does clean energy create? 5.12.2016 GreenBiz.com
Jobs in solar power exceed those in oil, gas or coal extraction. And there are more surprises.
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Clean Energy Victory In IL Shows We Can Still Win In The Age of Trump 2.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Kenvo Esquivel, Diane Fager

With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency this November, many on the left are rightfully frightened about what the next four years portend for the fight against climate change, when even the most basic environmental protections are now under threat. The sense of dread deepens everyday, as we get news of a new climate denier or oil executive being considered for a cabinet post. Many are preparing for years of long, defensive fights to preserve what policies we have won, both on environmental protection and on every other front.

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Melbourne & Sydney Win C40 Award For Best Building Energy Efficiency Project Of 2016 2.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Melbourne & Sydney were honoured today at an awards ceremony in Mexico City. The C40 Cities Awards recognize the world's most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change. Sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD, the C40 Cities Awards ceremony was held during the C40 Mayors Summit, where more than 40 mayors from around the world gathered to create sustainable and liveable cities for citizens. "On behalf of C40, I want to congratulate all the winning cities for their commitment to their citizens and their dedication to tackling climate change," said outgoing C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. "Throughout my tenure as C40 Chair, I have been increasingly impressed by the calibre of the C40 Cities Award winners, and I look forward to seeing other mayors around the world adapting and implementing these models in their own cities." "The C40 Cities Awards recognize the best and boldest work being done by mayors to fight climate change and protect people from risks," said C40 ...
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European Commission Recognizes Investor Confidence Project as Best Practice for Energy Efficiency Financing 30.11.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
European Commission Recognizes Investor Confidence Project as Best Practice for Energy Efficiency Financing
Military Rivals Face Off In An Energy-Saving Web Series 30.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Without totally sidelining their historic rivalry, the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy  joined forces to improve energy efficiency at both campuses. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy  launched the second season of its “ Better Buildings Challenge Swap ,” a reality web series in which two organizations swap three-person teams to find ways to increase energy efficiency.  In this season, an energy team from each military institution travels to the other’s campus to explore how it can reduce its energy footprint. Russell Hume, energy program manager at the Air Force Academy, told The Huffington Post that each team has an opportunity to share its expertise and pinpoint where the other is falling short. At the end of the day, however, he said these friendly rivals’ different perspectives result in innovative and, in some cases, simple and low-cost solutions that can be applied beyond a dormitory or cafeteria. “It was great to have an extra set of eyes,” Hume told HuffPost.  The first ...
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