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Energy Efficiency and Renewables Are Lowest Risk/Cost Investments for Utilities 25.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sheryl Carter, Co-Director, Energy Program, San Francisco: A new report by utility and finance experts contains positive news for the environment, our air and our (and our utilities’) pocketbooks — the economics of electric power resources have made zero-emissions energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies the most...
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Rise and Shine: Haiti’s Bright Energy Future 24.11.2014 Worldwatch Institute
PRESS RELEASE | Contact GAELLE GOURMELON | For release: Monday, November 24, 2014 Pour la version en francais, cliquez  ici . Notes to Editors:  Download the full press kit. For more information: To download a free copy of the Haiti Sustainable Energy Roadmap visit here  or contact Gaelle Gourmelon at  ggourmelon@worldwatch.org .  About the Worldwatch Institute:Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. For more information, visit www.worldwatch.org .   New Worldwatch Institute Roadmapoutlines challenges and opportunities for a sustainable energy future in Haiti Washington, D.C.—Haiti’s electricity sector stands at a crossroads. Haiti depends on imported petroleum for 85% of its electricity generation, diverting 7 percent of its annual gross domestic product to ...
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DRIPE: A Funny Word That Could Mean Serious Savings for Illinoisans 22.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Patrick Kenneally, Staff Attorney, Chicago: Energy efficiency programs save all Illinois ratepayers, even those not doing anything to reduce their energy consumption, $150 million annually by reducing the price of electricity in Illinois. Bear in mind, this is in addition to the approximately $1 billion...
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Investor Confidence Project San Francisco Event Fires Up Energy Efficiency Professionals 21.11.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Matt Golden, Senior Energy Finance Consultant Last week, EDF’s Investor Confidence Project (ICP) co-hosted an energy efficiency finance networking event in San Francisco, bringing together 70 local project developers, for the first-ever SF Inter-Connect . Held in collaboration with San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) on November 12 at the SF Environment offices, the event gave each investor, much like in ‘speed dating’, exactly five minutes to pitch the crowd on their products, describing how they worked and what kind of projects the investor was looking for. The Investor Confidence Project is accelerating the development of a global energy efficiency market by standardizing how Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ projects are developed and energy savings estimates are calculated. The ICP system offers a series of protocols that define industry best practices for energy efficiency project development and a credentialing system that ...
Reconsidering the Rebound Effect 20.11.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kenneth Gillingham , David Rapson , and Gernot Wagner . The rebound effect from improving energy efficiency has been widely discussed—from the pages of the New York Times and New Yorker to the halls of policy and to a voluminous academic literature. It’s been known for over a century and, on the surface, is simple to understand. Buy a more fuel-efficient car, drive more. Invent a more efficient bulb, use more light. If efficiency improves, the price of energy services will drop, inducing increased demand for those services. Consumers will respond, producers will respond, and markets will re-equilibrate. All of these responses can lead to reductions in the energy savings expected from improved energy efficiency. And so some question the overall value of energy efficiency, by arguing that it will only lead to more energy use—a case often called "backfire." In a new RFF discussion paper, " The Rebound Effect and Energy Efficiency Policy " we review the literature on the rebound effect, classify the ...
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Manufactured housing: A strong consensus for energy savings and affordability 20.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Robin Roy, Director, Building Energy and Clean Energy Strategy, Washington, DC: Major energy efficiency gains and improved home affordability are within reach for new manufactured homes in America following a strong consensus agreement reached by the Manufactured Housing Working Group.  (The U.S. Department of Energy established the Working Group earlier this...
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The Senate should revive a bipartisan energy efficiency bill 20.11.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
WHEN A carefully built, bipartisan energy bill failed in the Senate in May, it was one of the worst instances of unwarranted Washington gridlock. By the same token, precisely because it is so sensible and enjoyed such bipartisan support, it offers one of the most obvious ways for Congress’s new leaders to break Washington’s holding pattern on policy and to help the ...
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ERCOT Report on Clean Power Plan Misses the Big Picture 20.11.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston Source: Dpysh w We knew this was coming. Everyone knew. The power sector is the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world, yet there are no limits on how much carbon power plants can emit into our air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) for new and existing power plants is urgently needed, is well within Texas’ reach, and can ensure that Texas (more so than other states ) forges a strong and prosperous clean energy economy. But the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages roughly 90 percent of Texas’ power grid, issued a report  this week that overestimates the challenges posed by the CPP to the state’s electric grid reliability. Furthermore, it failed to appropriately recognize key tools available to ERCOT and the state to meet the proposed CPP. Here’s a breakdown of what the report missed: ERCOT appears to have looked at growing existing energy efficiency programs, rather than the ...
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Why these leading companies welcome EPA's carbon pollution rules 19.11.2014 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Copyright: istockphoto.com Who’s for carbon emission rules? For starters, some of America's largest companies and most innovative industry leaders, who are moving aggressively to wean themselves off fossil fuel-fired power through energy efficiency and conservation. So far, more than 120 corporations have come out in favor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon emissions […]
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EPA's Plan to Curb Carbon Pollution Can Save Billions, NRDC Finds 19.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: This post co-authored with Starla Yeh, principal analyst of NRDC’s new report. The news about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants just got even better: the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) can save...
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New Study: The Cost of Energy Efficiency is Under Half the Cost of Building Dirty Coal Power Plants 19.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Energy and Transportation, San Francisco: After mining the results of energy efficiency programs representing every U.S. region, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers have concluded that the average total cost of saved energy is only 4.4 cents per kilowatt hour. This means that smarter uses...
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EPA's Plan to Curb Carbon Pollution Can Save Billions, NRDC Finds 19.11.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (November 19, 2014) – The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to curb carbon pollution from  power plants overestimates the electric power industry’s compliance costs by as much as $9 billion, according to a Natural Resources Defense Council report. Using current  data, the report shows, the power sector and its customers could actually save nearly $2 billion in 2020 while meeting the EPA’s carbon reduction ...
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5 unions oppose Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and efforts to force its approval 18.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In advance of a major Senate vote later today on whether to approve Keystone XL, five unions representing workers in nursing, health and domestic care, and public transit have released a statement opposing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and efforts to force its approval. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a misguided bill, like its companion measure passed Friday by the House, designed to short-circuit the deliberative approval process and turn Congress into a permitting agency - one that also would waive all environmental safeguards and legal challenges from the public. It's a terrible idea. No wonder the unions take a dim view of this effort, as have many Democrats and President Obama , who have made known their disagreement with this approach. Keystone XL would transport 830,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the United States Gulf Coast - driving hundreds of thousands of barrels per day of additional tar sands production. The tar sands that the Keystone XL tar sands ...
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Two Years After Sandy, the Conversation Around Energy Resiliency Still Going Strong 18.11.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Audrey Hornick-Becker From left to right: Bruce Schlein, Director, Alternative Energy Finance, Citi; Vic Rojas, EDF senior manager, financial policy; Bryan Garcia, President, Connecticut Green Bank; Alfred Griffin, President, NY Green Bank. Source: Maria Jiang. Last week, EDF co-hosted a successful first-of-its-kind Resilience Finance Symposium in New Jersey, attended by about 120 participants from a wide spectrum of public and private entities in the state, region, and country. Held on November 12 with Governor Christie’s Administration and the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture + Design, the all-day Resilience Finance Symposium: Building Resilient and Sustainable Energy Solutions for New Jersey’s Key Infrastructure featured a series of panels on solutions that help keep the lights and heat on during critical times, like microgrids and energy storage , as well as innovative ways of financing resilient energy systems. A main topic of discussion was the ...
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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Not From Keystone -- From Clean Energy 14.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As Congress tries to go around President Obama to approve Canada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, we continue to hear about jobs, jobs, jobs. If members of Congress are so concerned about jobs, why in the world are they willing to bet our future on the Canadian pipeline while refusing to support crucial, overdue policies that will expand clean energy that's homegrown right here in the USA? Consider the numbers: Keystone XL will create about 35 full-time jobs and 15 temporary jobs, according to the U.S. State Department's analysis. Granted, about 1,950 construction jobs will be created, but those jobs -- while important -- disappear after the pipe goes in the ground. Clean energy companies, meanwhile, announced more than 18,000 jobs in more than 20 states in just the last three months alone, according to the latest report from my organization, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). See the full report here. In other words, nine times as many jobs were announced by energy efficiency, solar, wind, biofuel and ...
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An Open Letter to Bruce Rauner: new clean energy policies = new clean energy jobs for Illinois 13.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Henry Henderson, Director, Midwest Program NRDC, Chicago, Illinois: Bruce Rauner campaigned for Governor under the theme: Bring Back Illinois. He now has the chance to do just that. With this in mind, here is an open letter outlining some important actions in the energy arena he should take...
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How the US Can Save Billions by Reducing Electricity Use 12.11.2014 WRI Stories
A new WRI study finds that there are many “win-win” opportunities for the United States to reduce emissions and save money for consumers and businesses. Over the coming weeks, our blog series, Lower Emissions, Brighter Economy , will evaluate these opportunities across five key areas— power generation , electricity consumption, passenger vehicles, natural gas systems, and hydrofluorocarbons—which together represent 55 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Homes and commercial buildings account for 74 percent of electricity demand in the United States, making them a critical part of any plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The good news is that policies put into place over the last three decades—including appliance efficiency standards, voluntary labeling programs like ENERGY STAR , and state energy-savings targets —have already helped offset rising demand for electricity and saved consumers billions of dollars. New research shows that with the right policies in place, consumers and the ...
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West Africa Emerges as Leading Region in Africa for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency 12.11.2014 Worldwatch Institute
REN21: Laura Williamson, +33 (0) 144375099; laura.williamson@ren21.net ECREEE:Eder Semedo, +2382604630; esemedo@ecreee.org Worldwatch Institute: Gaelle Gourmelon, +1(202)745-8092 x 510; ggourmelon@worldwatch.org About the Worldwatch Institute: Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.    Although access to energy services remains severely constrained in the region, renewables and energy efficiency measures contribute to improved access. Washington, D.C.—The ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report , produced collaboratively by REN21 and ECREEE with lead authorship from the Worldwatch Institute , provides a regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry development in West Africa. Launched on November 10, 2014, the report concludes that renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies have rapidly become cost effective solutions for overcoming the ...
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West Africa Emerges as Leading Region in the Continent for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency 12.11.2014 Worldwatch Institute
REN21: Laura Williamson, +33 (0) 144375099; laura.williamson@ren21.net ECREEE:Eder Semedo, +2382604630; ESemedo@ecreee.org Worldwatch Institute: Gaelle Gourmelon, +1(202)745-8092 x 510; ggourmelon@worldwatch.org About the Worldwatch Institute: Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.    While access to energy services remains severely constrained in the region, renewables and energy efficiency measures contribute to improved access. Washington, D.C.—The ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report , produced collaboratively by REN21 and ECREEE with lead authorship from the Worldwatch Institute , provides a regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry development in West Africa. Launched November 10, 2014, the report concludes that renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies have rapidly become cost effective solutions for overcoming the diverse ...
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5 FACTS: How California Energy Efficiency Policies Save Money, Invigorate the Economy, and Clean Our Air 12.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Lara Ettenson, Director, California Energy Efficiency Policy, San Francisco: Have you ever wondered why there's so much hype about energy efficiency? Or why naysayers spread myths to try to undermine California’s four decades of efficiency success and climate leadership? Here are five facts proving that using energy smarter is...
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