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Category: Conservation and Efficiency
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Senate Energy Efficiency Bill, We Hardly Knew Ye 12.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan pair of senators is making a last-ditch effort to pass a scaled-back version of their energy efficiency bill before the end of this Congress. But it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have been trying to pass their energy efficiency legislation since they first introduced it in 2011 . They reintroduced it in 2013 and it passed in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in May of that year with bipartisan support. But then it got bogged down repeatedly in Senate fights over unrelated measures like the Keystone XL pipeline and Obamacare. Last week, Shaheen and Portman introduced a pared-down bill . The new version mirrors a bipartisan energy efficiency bill that passed in the House in March , from Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) that creates a voluntary system for rating the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The proposal is much like the government's Energy Star program for consumer ...
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EPA Releases New Energy Star Tool for Homeowners 9.12.2014 Environmental News Network
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching its Energy Star Home Advisor, an online tool designed to help Americans save money and energy by improving the energy efficiency of their homes through recommended, customized and prioritized home-improvement projects.
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Small Business: The 'Neglected Middle' of Climate Change 9.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One week after graduating college, I started a summer internship at an energy auditing firm in the DC area. On my second day, I asked my boss why the firm never took on small businesses as clients. It was a logical thought in my head: they use energy and there are millions of them! His response was simple. "They're just too small to be worth anyone's time." He went on to lecture his naive intern that small businesses don't use enough energy, don't have big enough footprints, and don't care enough about energy efficiency to be worth our or anyone's time. My boss couldn't have been more wrong. His response was speaking solely to the financial feasibility of the firm, but it reflects a larger misconception regarding small businesses and climate change. Individually, a small business might use less energy than a 50-story office building. But cumulatively, small businesses in the U.S. alone contribute roughly $60 billion in annual energy costs and nearly half a billion metric tons of annual carbon emissions ...
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NYC's de Blasio Administration and the Path to 80 Percent Greenhouse Gas Reductions 8.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Although it took almost a year to get there, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has put in place the third critical piece of the city's sustainability leadership. Last week, he appointed Nilda Mesa , an experienced sustainability professional, as the first director of a new Office of Sustainability. Nilda ran sustainability operations at Columbia University for six years and had extensive environmental experience in Washington prior to that. She joins Emily Lloyd, another superb environmental professional, who is serving as the city's Commissioner of Environmental Protection, and Dan Zarrilli, a talented and dedicated public servant, who is director of New York's Office of Recovery and Resiliency. The sustainability goals and policy designs of the de Blasio administration are well known and now in place. They include an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the implementation of a path-breaking green buildings plan, and a range of specific objectives in PlaNYC2030, New York City's ...
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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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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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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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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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"REpower Kosovo" 31.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For Europe's youngest nation, Kosovo, its vast reserves of lignite have been both a blessing and a curse. As the country progresses, this abundance of lignite has trapped it into using only this source of energy for its needs. Lignite is known to be one of the most carbon-intense forms of coal. Its usage accounts for environmental destruction and health implications . Today, 98% of Kosovo's electricity needs are secured through lignite, generated in two outdated and dirty power plants. The Government of Kosovo plans to yield to international institutions to build a third lignite-based power plant in the country next to its two existing plants. This same government has refused to develop or invest in any other sources of energy. The fight between the Government's plans and civil society organizations' ask to shift toward clean energy in the country is at its peak. Major international development and financial agencies have engaged in developing and restructuring Kosovo's energy sector. The World Bank ...
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California Energy Strategists Push for 100% Clean Energy, Without Fossil Fuels or Nuclear Power 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
October 25, 2014, Marin Country, CA.-- California energy leaders, environmental scientists, and activists convened here last week in advance of the 25th annual Bioneers Conference at the Marin County Civic Center for an energy and climate strategy session that could have national and global implications. Many in the assemblage had come to brainstorm about how to leverage California's model energy policies to spur faster Federal action to protect the climate. Predictably, participants sought to boost renewable energy use in California and increase the state's reliance on energy efficiency. Some were determined, however, not just to slash California's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but to eliminate them altogether. If this game-changing goal is widely adopted by the environmental community and by a vanguard of public officials, it would put California climate policymakers and others under pressure to advance the state's already ambitious clean energy goals. That could help set the state and the nation on ...
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The Symbolic Politics of Climate Diplomacy 27.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, the European Union began the process of setting the agenda for the climate negotiations scheduled for Paris in late 2015. They agreed that by 2030 Europe would cut emissions by 40% from 1990 levels. Writing in the New York Times , James Kanter reported that environmental advocates believed the agreement: ...amounted to a weak compromise reflecting the complexity of managing a bloc of 28 member nations with widely varying energy systems. Elements of the deal were watered down to account for countries like Poland that rely on carbon-heavy coal, and for countries like Britain that were unwilling to accept binding targets on such other measures as the percentage of energy that comes from renewable sources and energy efficiency. As diverse as Europe might be, they are quite homogeneous when compared to the rest of the world. Since China and India emit far more greenhouse gases than Europe and have a great deal of energy-dependent economic development ahead of them, their need for new sources of ...
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Green bonds to exceed $40 billion in 2014 27.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The first seven months of this year matched the dollar volume of the previous six years. Why are green bonds so hot — and are they growing unchecked?

Green bonds to exceed $40 billion in 2014
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Climate Needs 'Radical Shock Treatment'; EU Pledges Only 'Smelling Salts' 24.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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New York pursues microgrids for widespread resiliency 24.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Reinventing the state grid, the NYPA focuses on seven projects to keep hospitals open, prisons secure and other critical functions working during outages.

New York pursues microgrids for widespread resiliency
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This Halloween, banish these bloodsucking vampires from your home 23.10.2014 TreeHugger
Sink your teeth into these vampire slaying tips to cut electricity use at home, which can save you money and increase your overall energy efficiency.
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Is Energy Efficiency a Good Thing Even With Rebound? 23.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored with Inês Azevedo , Kenneth Gillingham , and David Rapson . Lighting is critical to our livelihoods. Humans have used lighting technology since long before industrialization. For many centuries, this lighting was extremely inefficient, with over 95% of the energy consumed wasted as heat. Recently, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for their remarkable contributions towards highly efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology. A day later, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus reignited a long standing debate with an Op-Ed in The New York Times claiming that these developments are not likely to save energy and instead may backfire. (The Times has since corrected a crucial point of the article, and it has published three letters to the editor , including  one by a subset of co-authors here.) As evidence for these claims, Shellenberger and Nordhaus cite research that observes the vast improvements in the efficiency of lighting over the ...
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Coke, Philips, Shell call for big climate cuts in Europe 23.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Businesses want a 40 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 as concerns mount over lack of support for carbon capture and storage.

Coke, Philips, Shell call for big climate cuts in Europe
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9 ways sustainability drives profit 23.10.2014 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

From lower costs to higher brand performance and improved employee morale, a serious business case can be made for sustainability. In case we forgot.

9 ways sustainability drives profit
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Rupert Murdoch's News UK is leading media against climate change 20.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Chris Taylor, chief operating officer for The Sun and The Times' publisher, outlines how it has slashed waste, water and carbon emissions.

Rupert Murdoch's News UK is leading media against climate change
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