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Mexican Energy Ministry Commits to Better Fuel Economy Standards for Government Vehicles 31.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Amanda Maxwell, Latin America Advocate, Washington, DC: This blog post was guest authored by Sam Hoyle, NRDC's Latin America Project Intern. The Mexican Energy Ministry (SENER) recently published the third set of official energy efficiency guidelines for all the entities and branches of the Federal Public Administration...
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Can it be cheap and easy to solve the climate problem? Yes! 30.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Goldstein, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco: Some news outlets this week have been discussing perceived challenges to meeting a serious climate change prevention goal. The concerns focus on: 1) the credibility of technology studies that show how we can solve the problem at low (or...
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How to Finance an Energy Revolution 30.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It seems impolite to talk about Barack Obama's legacy just yet. It also seems premature because he clearly is not done building it. The latest evidence is the collaboration the White House has just announced to stimulate the flow of grassroots capital into clean energy technologies. Some background is in order. As I have written in the past, one of the biggest disconnects in dealing with climate change is that the problem is permanent but our leaders are temporary. Public policies tend to change every few years when new presidents and congressional majorities take power. A second problem is that we cannot depend on government programs alone to deal with climate change and its impacts. Political leaders disagree about the proper role of government in energy markets and, again, government programs are vulnerable to changing leadership. Even if that were not the case, governments alone do not have the resources to adequately capitalize America's transition to clean energy. The redirection of today's fossil ...
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HUD's new energy efficiency initiative for affordable housing is the right investment -- improving lives, housing, and our energy future. 30.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Philip Henderson, Senior Financial Policy Specialist, Washington, DC: If you look into the new energy efficiency initiatives announced today by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), you'll make an important discovery. Everybody knows investing to improve the energy efficiency of buildings can be a great...
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Who Will Win Super Bowl XLIX: A Showdown In Energy Efficiency Between New England And Seattle 30.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Who's to say who will win Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday? When trying to predict the victor, should we consider the skills of the quarterbacks or the strength of the defense? Maybe it'll all just depend on the weather in Phoenix, or the size of the footballs . Here's one interesting way to compare the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks: energy. And we don't mean fan enthusiasm . Opower , a software company that helps utilities improve the customer experience, analyzed how the two teams' home cities compare in terms of energy efficiency and innovation. In a matchup that Opower calls the Efficiency Bowl, the company examined the two regions across 11 diverse categories, with a focus on technology, utility customer engagement, clean energy and transportation. It then determined which team was the top performer. See how they stack up in the infographic below: From the data, it's clear that both regions are leaders in efficiency and energy innovation. In fact, Boston and Massachusetts are ranked as ...
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New Pilot Program Aims to Expand Energy Efficiency in Chinese Cities 29.1.2015 WRI Stories
As China urbanizes, buildings in the country’s cities are a growing source of emissions and air pollution. Energy use from public sector buildings rose 15 percent between 2006 and 2010, and heat and electricity from emissions-intensive coal now account for half the energy consumption of public buildings in northern China. Installing efficient technologies and energy codes for new buildings can help, but what about inefficient existing buildings? Today at the U.S.-China Symposium on Energy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
New pilot program aims to expand energy efficiency in Chinese cities 29.1.2015 THE CITY FIX
As China urbanizes, buildings in the country’s cities are a growing source of emissions and air pollution. Energy use from public sector buildings rose 15 percent between 2006 and 2010, and heat and electricity from emissions-intensive coal now account for ...
Outfitting low-income homes for energy efficiency 29.1.2015 Philly.com News
Joan Young's roof was leaking. The furnace wasn't in great shape, either. But the 70-year-old retiree had few options. "When you're working, it's different. You find the money," she said. On Social Security, "you just deal with what you can, and you try to keep the bills from being expensive, so you turn down the heat and you put on more clothes."
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Praising Progress: Michigan's Energy Efficiency Program for Multifamily Affordable Housing 28.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ariana Gonzalez, Energy Policy Analyst, Midwest, Chicago Office: For many, the New Year means the kickoff of new resolutions, but in Michigan, one energy efficiency project that started well before the flurry of fad diets is celebrating its first six months of progress. The pilot program, facilitated...
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Obama and Modi Signal a Shift Towards Action on a Global Climate Deal 27.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law and Policy Fellow Amidst the Republic Day celebrations on Monday, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi signaled a stronger relationship in fighting global climate change and growing clean energy markets. The leaders of...
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Can Whole Foods' Responsibly Grown certification change mainstream farming? 26.1.2015 TreeHugger
From energy use to labor rights, Responsibly Grown helps broaden our idea of responsible farming—even for organics.
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New Poll: Maine Residents Support Clean Energy, EPA Plan to Cut Power Plant Pollution 23.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Derek Murrow, Director, Federal Energy Policy, Washington, D.C.: Solar panels at Mt. Abram ski area (courtesy Maine Office of Tourism) Maine residents overwhelming support limits on dangerous emissions from power plants and they prefer more investment in energy efficiency and clean, renewable sources like wind and solar to...
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Latest Survey Shows Virginians Back Investment in Clean Power and Energy Efficiency 23.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Walton Shepherd, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C.: Do Virginians care about where their energy comes from and are they concerned about dangerous pollution from power plants? You bet: a survey released this week shows that Virginians overwhelmingly support limits on those emissions and also prefer more investment...
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Poll: Colorado Supports Clean Energy and Limits on Dangerous Power Plant Carbon Pollution 23.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Noah Long, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: When it comes to their energy mix, Colorado residents strongly favor energy efficiency and renewable resources such wind and solar, as well as the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from power plants, according to a poll released this week....
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Floridians Want the Sunshine State to Become the Clean Energy State 23.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, Danville, Pa.: If it were up to Floridians, the Sunshine State might one day finally start converting all that sunshine into clean energy and become the solar capital of the South. We believe that because participants responding to an NRDC poll released...
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Obama's Call for Clean Energy Can Move America Forward 23.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Roland Hwang, Transportation Program Director, San Francisco: This post was co-authored by my colleague Kit Kennedy and is also posted on her blog In this week's State of the Union address, President Obama cited the importance of clean energy in strengthening our economy here at home, making...
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Pew Reports Downturn in Ohio's Clean Energy Economy, But There's Hope for the Future 23.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago: Yet more proof--if proof were needed--of the massive error that Ohio made last year in freezing its clean energy standards: a report from Pew Charitable Trusts released last week documents the disappointing downturn the state's clean energy sector is facing...
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Forty Years of Paying Less for Energy Services 23.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sierra Martinez, Legal Director, California Energy Projects, San Francisco: While you're no doubt aware that you're paying less money at the gas pump these days, you might not have noticed that over the past 40 years, you've been paying much less on your electric and natural gas bills thanks...
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New Bipartisan Poll: Americans Embrace Climate Action, Clean Energy & Health Protections 22.1.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (January 22, 2015) – With President Obama and the new GOP-controlled Congress facing showdowns over climate change, and health and environmental safeguards, new public opinion research shows that a strong majority of Americans in five key states support existing protections and many -- including many Republicans -- favor tougher environmental ...
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Keeping PACE in Texas: Revitalizing Industry, Saving Water, Guiding Better Policy 20.1.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kate Zerrenner As the Texas legislative session begins ramping up, I am reminded of smart policies from sessions past that holistically benefit Texas, had bipartisan support, and brought unlikely allies together. As we head into the session, it’s important to remember that no matter which side of the aisle you are on, clean energy solutions make sense for Texas – economically and environmentally. This week, Environmental Defense Fund and R Street Institute , with support from Google , hosted a breakfast roundtable at the Texas Capitol to highlight one of those bills. The panel highlighted the potential for Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and other commonsense, market-driven financing policies to be game-changers for accelerating the deployment and adoption of clean energy resources and water conservation practices across the state of Texas. PACE, an innovative financing tool that allows people to repay loans for clean energy projects (like rooftop solar and energy efficiency upgrades) through ...
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