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Category: Conservation and Efficiency
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Can Trump’s Koch-Funded Appointees Stall Clean Energy Momentum? 19.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When The Washington Post reported earlier this month that President Trump appointed Daniel Simmons to run the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the paper called him a “conservative scholar.” Conservative scholar? “Fossil fuel industry propagandist” would have been more accurate. A veteran of Charles and David Koch’s climate science denier network, Simmons’ has spent much of his career disparaging clean energy. His most recent job was at the Institute for Energy Research (IER), where he served as the think tank’s vice president for policy. Prior to joining IER, he was the Natural Resources Task Force director for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporation-funded lobby group that, like IER, has been trying to repeal state standards that require electric utilities to use more renewable energy. And before that, he was a research fellow at the libertarian Mercatus Center at George Mason University. All three organizations have received ...
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Johnson Controls, Mahindra cash in on energy productivity 18.5.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
One year into EP100, 12 companies pledged to double their energy productivity and make their resources go a mile further.
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Filling the gap: Why demand for green banks is growing 15.5.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Organizations such as NY Green Bank offer new ways to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. But concern lingers over how the Trump administration will impact demand.
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Trump Taps Renewable Energy Antagonist to Run Renewable Energy Office 9.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
President Donald Trump has reportedly tapped a longtime renewable energy antagonist with ties to the Koch brothers to lead the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). According to an internal memo  first reported by E&E News , the president has picked  Daniel Simmons  to lead the Department of Energy's office that focuses on supporting and developing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. EERE's work currently includes investments in electric vehicles; solar, geothermal and wind energy; and technologies to reduce energy use in US buildings. Daniel Simmons' Longstanding Ties to the Kochs Before Simmons joined the then President-elect's transition team to the DOE in January, he served multiple roles at the  Institute for Energy Research (IER) , most recently as Vice President for Policy. IER is a Koch-affiliated non-profit think tank that focuses on "energy analysis and free-market energy and environmental policy," offering reports and analysis criticising plans to lower ...
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Why so many businesses want to save Energy Star 8.5.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
The federal government's marquee energy-efficiency program has enough funds to last through September. After that, its future is uncertain.
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Energy efficiency is about more than just saving money 14.4.2017 TreeHugger
An infographic from the Pembina Institute shows that there are other benefits too.
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Bipartisan group of former federal CSOs has some advice for President Trump 13.4.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
With the fate of federal sustainability initiatives up in the air, former advisers to Presidents Clinton, G.W. Bush and Obama offer their perspective on why the new administration should build on decades of progress.
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NY Leads 10-State Lawsuit Against Trump Administration Over Stalled Pollution Rules 4.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Ten states have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over stalled energy efficiency rules aimed at reducing pollution. The action, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman , accuses the U.S. Department of Energy of violating federal law by halting the implementation of national energy efficiency standards for major appliances like air conditioners, ceiling fans and freezers. Schneiderman slammed the Trump administration for blocking the standards, saying they would eliminate 292 million tons of carbon dioxide and save consumers nearly $24 billion in energy costs. “This is yet another example of how the Trump administration’s pollute-first energy policy has real and harmful impacts on the public health , environment and pocketbooks of New Yorkers,” Schneiderman said in a statement.  Joining New York in the lawsuit are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection and New York City. Today, I ...
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Trump Administration Slapped With Lawsuits Over Blocked Energy Efficiency Standards 3.4.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

A coalition of state attorneys general—led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman—announced plans Monday to file a lawsuit against the Department of Energy (DOE) under President Donald Trump for blocking Obama-era energy efficiency standards for a variety of commercial and consumer products.

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Groups Threaten to Sue Trump Administration for Blocking Common Sense Energy Efficiency Measures 3.4.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Earthjustice Today, Earthjustice—along with Consumer Federation of America, NRDC, and Sierra Club— notified the Trump Administration of its intent to sue the Department of Energy (DOE) for needlessly delaying a raft of common sense energy efficiency measures. These measures are only one step away from saving consumers and small business owners money, and sparing our climate added carbon ...
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Treating wastewater wastes energy, but it doesn't have to 3.4.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Around the world, the industry is experimenting with new technologies. Here's the low-down on some of them.
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Climate Corps is a testing ground for future problem-solvers 29.3.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
With 4.4 million fellows and growing, the EDF program is an invaluable resource for sustainability leaders in the making.
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Seven Things That Need to Happen to Keep Global Temperature Rise Below 2C 22.3.2017 Truthout.com
In late 2015, the world agreed to limit the global temperature rise to "well below 2C". Ever since the signing of the  Paris Agreement  on climate change,  scientists ,  think tanks  and  policymakers  have been scrambling to define exactly what meeting this temperature limit will mean in policy and investment terms. A new  report  released this week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is the latest attempt to address this question. Commissioned by the German government in its role this year as G20 president, the report sets out the "essential elements" needed to create an energy sector transition consistent with the Paris Agreement. The  G20  is a group of 20 major economies, including China, India, Germany, the UK and US, which  accounts  for 63% of global population and 83% of emissions. The IEA and IRENA each took a separate approach to modelling the most cost effective decarbonisation pathway, with the IEA using a so-called ...
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UK's 'Victorian era' CO2 emissions achieved without driving up energy costs 17.3.2017 TreeHugger
In the last few decades, emissions have plummeted in the UK. Luckily, energy bills have remained stable too.
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8 ways cities are upping the ante on building efficiency 15.3.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Leading by example and linking up with utilities are among the strategies cities are deploying.
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Copenhagen, Striving To Be Carbon-Neutral: Part 1, The Economic Payoffs 14.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
“Making environmental sense, makes economic sense.” — Morton Kabell, Copenhagen’s Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs Copenhagen’s rapid energy transition creates new jobs, new economic activity, and new businesses. Copenhagen, Denmark— By focusing on reducing carbon emissions and becoming more sustainable, can cities enhance their citizens’ health, well-being, and comfort, while improving their economies? One need not knock on too many doors in Copenhagen’s Town Hall to find city officials who find this proposition self-evident. They point toward a mounting body of evidence indicating that the same policies that protect the climate also improve the capital city’s economy and global competitiveness. Unpretentious in blue jeans and close-cropped blond beard, Morten Kabell, Copenhagen’s Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs, clearly enjoys explaining the rapid progress Copenhagen is making toward becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. Global Recognition Copenhagen has ...
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Energy Star Is Cheap, Popular And Saves Billions Of Dollars. Trump Wants To Gut It. 11.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Over the past 25 years, the federal government’s Energy Star program has become a valuable marker for all kinds of industries. Real estate agents upsell buildings that have been Energy Star-certified as energy efficient. Homeowners seek out its blue logo on electricity-guzzling appliances and devices. But the White House has proposed eliminating funding for Energy Star and instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to “begin developing legislative options and associated groundwork for transferring ownership and implementation of Energy Star to a non-governmental entity,” according to a draft budget the energy news service E&E News obtained this week. The cuts come as part of President Donald Trump  administration’s effort to channel federal spending away from a variety of other programs and toward a $54 billion military buildup. But Energy Star helps save even more than the $57 million that the federal government spends on it each year, according to more than a dozen business executives, building ...
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Energy efficiency isn’t enough anymore. 7.3.2017 TreeHugger
Health, embodied energy and walkability all matter too.
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Why ExxonMobil's new CEO, like the old one, backs a carbon tax 27.2.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Darren Woods, who took the helm in early 2017, doubles down on oil giant's commitment to drive down emissions.
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Meet the data center clean energy giants 16.2.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Switch SuperNAP and Digital Realty prioritize renewables, as the industry looks beyond efficiency.
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