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Court Decision Means Pressing Reset on Gas Furnace Energy Efficiency Standards, But Paves Way for Higher Energy Savings 24.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kit Kennedy, Counsel, Air and Energy Program, New York:  A court settlement approved today means that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will have to redo important gas furnace energy efficiency standards.   But the good news is that this gives us the opportunity to press for even stronger furnace...
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European Union Spotlights EDF Energy Efficiency Protocols 24.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Matt Golden, Senior Energy Finance Consultant EU, http://europa.eu/index_en.htm EDF’s Investor Confidence Project (ICP) is rapidly gaining momentum in Europe as indicated by a key European Union (EU) report that highlights the framework as an example of a system of standardization that facilitates energy efficiency investment. ICP aims to bring transparency and accountability to the energy efficiency market by introducing a system of standardization in the way commercial building retrofits are developed, funded, and managed. The ICP framework assembles best practices and existing technical standards into a set of protocols that define a clear roadmap for developing projects, determining savings estimates, and documenting and verifying results. Issues such as climate change, increasing energy costs, and the large amount of energy imports the E.U. requires, means that energy efficiency is front and center on the European Union's agenda. The EU Energy Efficiency Financials Institutions Group recently ...
The Anti-Clean Energy Lobby Renews its Attack in Ohio 24.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago: “WELCOME TO OHIO, THE HEART OF IT ALL” signs used to welcome people crossing the state line to the buckeye state. The slogan represented a diverse, dynamic state open for business and new opportunities. Opportunities that included a thriving homegrown...
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The White House commits to powering up on renewables 23.4.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

At the Solar Summit, the Obama administration announced it will promote renewable energy installation for federally subsidized housing and military bases

The White House commits to powering up on renewables
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A Creative New Approach to Saving Energy: Having Small and Medium-Sized Cities Compete 23.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Goldstein, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco: Over the years, NRDC has worked on a variety of policies to promote energy efficiency, recognizing that there is no silver bullet that will solve all of our energy efficiency problems at once. NRDC’s efforts have focused on getting energy-saving...
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Bill that would avoid 7 million tons CO2 emissions and save Californians $2.5 billion annually clears first hurdle in California state assembly 23.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Pierre Delforge, Director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, San Francisco: California Assembly Bill 2529 (AB 2529) authored by Assembly Member Das Williams and sponsored by NRDC cleared the Assembly Utilities and Commerce committee in Sacramento on Monday, April 21. The bill proposes to set a statewide goal to reduce the energy...
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Wall Street Wants to Lend You Money to Fight Climate Change 23.4.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in The Atlantic and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The latest series of reports from the United Nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in stark terms the catastrophic consequences of the world's governments' decades-long foot-dragging on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. But what can you do? For one thing, fix up your damn house. That furnace, from the Reagan era, the inefficient water heater, the drafty windows? They're directly contributing to climate change. Homes consume 22 percent of the US's energy and, along with commercial buildings, account for 10 percent of the United States' greenhouse gas emissions. The chances of the US government enacting a carbon tax, emissions trading scheme or taking other sweeping action to tackle climate change may be next to nil. But thanks to an innovative new initiative from financial conglomerate Citi, the Pennsylvania state treasury and non-profits, homeowners across the country soon ...
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Metro Transit touts Green Line's energy efficiency on Earth Day 23.4.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The new trains were built with lighter, high-strength steel to make them more efficient than older trains, officials say.
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RMI's plan to help Fortune 500 companies up their renewables game 22.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The Business Renewables Resource Center aims to increase clean energy procurement by large commercial and industrial companies.

RMI's plan to help Fortune 500 companies up their renewables game
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EDF's Clean Energy Program paves the way to a greener future 22.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

In Minnesota, New Jersey, California and beyond, elected officials and business leaders are achieving important victories in the fight for a smarter energy system.

EDF's Clean Energy Program paves the way to a greener future
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Bacardi Makes Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Its Rum Facility in Puerto Rico 21.4.2014 Environmental News Network
Bacardi Ltd. is a world famous maker of rum, but the company is becoming known for something else: its sustainability measures. After highlighting significant reductions in water and energy use in its 2013 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, Bacardi recently announced new energy efficiency measures. These measures include installing solar skylights, which increase natural light, and ceiling insulation, which helps control temperatures in the company’s warehouses where rum sits inside white oak barrels to process. The company is located in Puerto Rico, a "small Caribbean island with limited resources," as Julio Torruella, project director for Bacardi in Puerto Rico, said in a statement.
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LPEA candidates give voters a choice (Cached) 20.4.2014 Durango Herald
Ballots for the election of three La Plata Electric Association directors x2013 a fourth is running unopposed x2013 wonx2019t be mailed until May 1. But candidate statements and public comment indicate some sharp elbows could be thrown before votes are tallied May 21.In an election that on the surface should be neutral and...
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AT&T and EDF open up water efficiency toolkit 18.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

AT&T has used the WaterMAPP to achieve building water savings of up to 40 percent. Now the scorecard and calculator are available to any business.

AT&T and EDF open up water efficiency toolkit
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City of Steamboat reviews LEED certification requirements 18.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The city of Steamboat Springs is researching green energy standards in anticipation of a request from the local development community to reduce the costs associated with energy efficiency certifications such as LEED and Green Globes . In her most recent staff report, City Manager Deb Hinsvark wrote that the Steamboat Springs City Council soon might hear a request to drop the LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification requirement for single family and duplex construction in the mountain base area. The requirement is part of the mountain base area design standards, which supplement the community development code and govern construction in four Steamboat zone districts near the mountain. The city also has its own separate green building standards that apply to development in all areas. One of the issues that has been raised, Steamboat Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said, is the cost of having a third party come out to perform an inspection to certify the building as LEED or one of ...
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The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 2 18.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Noah Long, Legal Director, Western Energy Project, Energy & Transportation Program; and Clean Energy Counsel, Land & Wildlife Program, San Francisco: This entry is the second of a two-part follow up to the blog I posted last fall. The first entry focused on the national story of coal's decline, this entry focuses on the west. Investors already projected another bleak year for...
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Kansas City Power & Light to Double its Energy Efficiency Investment in Missouri - if the State allows it 18.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Weiskopf, Sustainable Energy Fellow, Chicago: NRDC, along with several other environmental groups and the Missouri Division of Energy, has just reached an agreement with Kansas City Power & Light that would approximately double the benefits of energy efficiency for people in the Kansas City region....
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10 major cities form City Energy Project 18.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

From Boston to Salt Lake City, cities are banding together to combat the biggest demand for energy and source of carbon emissions.

10 major cities form City Energy Project
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Thermodynamic, Energy Efficiency, and Power Density Analysis of Reverse Electrodialysis Power Generation with Natural Salinity Gradients 17.4.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es5005413
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Front Groups Spread Disinformation in Attempt to Freeze Ohio Cleantech Laws 16.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Utility and fossil fuel-funded front groups are peddling disinformation to attack Ohio's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) and Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) that should not be considered credible evidence as legislators debate a bill to freeze the pro-clean technology laws. Policymakers should instead consider unbiased research when evaluating the impact of Ohio's clean energy and energy efficiency standards. The fossil fuel-funded Heartland Institute has been using flawed analysis to inflate the cost of renewable portfolio standards in states around the country. Heartland Institute's James Taylor claims that because electricity prices in Ohio have risen slightly faster than the national average since 2008, the state's clean energy standard is the culprit causing a spike in electricity prices. But Taylor ignores several additional factors that impact electricity prices. In reality, Ohio uses less natural gas (5 percent) for electricity generation and more coal (82 percent) ...
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How CPUC's Robert Weisenmiller sees California's energy future 16.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The chairman of California Public Utilities Commission explains the future role of renewables in powering the Golden State.

How CPUC's Robert Weisenmiller sees California's energy future
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