User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-Independent
Category: Conservation and Efficiency
Last updated: Jul 18 2014 23:52 IST RSS 2.0
 
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US Lags Behind on Energy Efficiency, Study Shows 18.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Courtesy of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.The U.S. ranks near the bottom of the second annual International Energy Efficiency Scorecard , released Thursday by the American Council for an Energy Efficient ...
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How to brew beer better: Less water, less energy, more innovation 16.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Breweries large and small are trying creative and innovative strategies to become more sustainable in light of market changes and demands.

How to brew beer better: Less water, less energy, more innovation
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How California dominates in clean tech leadership 15.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

In the latest Clean Edge ranking, cities in the Golden State shine in energy, transportation and green buildings.

How California dominates in clean tech leadership
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Innovation: Key to Reducing Carbon Emissions 15.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a proposal to reduce carbon emissions aggressively -- by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. It will create economic opportunities, improve public health especially among children and seniors, and curb the harmful impact of dirty power plants on the environment. It also avoids a potentially clumsy federal "one-size-fits-all" approach, by requiring and empowering each state to craft its own pollution reduction strategy. When each state is a laboratory, we are most likely to find the best practices. California is already leading the nation when it comes to bold action to cut carbon emissions. We are on target to cut carbon emissions statewide by 25 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. We are leaders in energy efficiency over recent decades -- it's estimated that we've lowered demand by 12.5 percent through efficiency, spurred by numerous policies including updated building efficiency standards and rebates for homeowners achieving energy ...
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Climate Policy as Wealth Creation 14.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Climate change is the star of this cartoon 11.7.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

A climate change book makes a tough subject more engaging.

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George Washington University plans bright future with solar energy 9.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Here's how an urban institution can receive large-scale solar power affordably.

George Washington University plans bright future with solar energy
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How 3 states are moving forward with microgrids 8.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

State-level policies set precedents for U.S. microgrid adoption

How 3 states are moving forward with microgrids
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12 disruptive innovators in the energy business 7.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

From Comverge to Vestas, these innovative companies have the capacity for creative destruction in the energy sector.

12 disruptive innovators in the energy business
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Why Philips' EcoDesign play is paying off in more than one way 4.7.2014 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com

The company's 10-year EcoDesign strategy is paying off, and not just in reputation. In 2013 its "green" electronics and technologies made up more than half of its sales.

Why Philips' EcoDesign play is paying off in more than one way
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In Heartland and Beyond, Businesses Get It: Not Cutting Carbon Pollution Is Risky Business 3.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When it comes to the urgent need to cut carbon pollution and address climate change, businesses -- and business-minded lawmakers -- get it. I just spent a few days in Des Moines, Iowa, with some great members and friends of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), discussing the EPA's new Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution and the economic benefits it could bring to Midwestern states. While the EPA plan establishes guidelines to cut 30 percent of the nation's carbon pollution from power plants by 2030, it will be up to governors to implement strong programs to meet the standards in ways that are best for their states. Joining us in Des Moines were farmers and former NFL stars, military veterans and mayors, evangelicals and executive coaches. We met with the staffs of Gov. Branstad and Sen. Grassley, two Republicans who, in the past, have been supportive of clean energy and will be key to a strong state-implementation plan there. We also met with the mayors of Des Moines and Fairfield, two cities on the ...
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The transformative power of... efficiency 2.7.2014 High Country News Most Recent
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IKEA, Microsoft and Google power business with wind 1.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

How more large companies are investing in corporate renewable energy projects.

IKEA, Microsoft and Google power business with wind
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North Omaha Residents Win Major Clean Air and Climate Victory 27.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In North Omaha, Nebraska, local residents just won a powerful, inspiring victory to move their utility beyond coal. After years of amazing community activism from local parents, business owners, residents, citizen groups, and community leaders, last week the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve plans to not only phase out the use of coal at its North Omaha coal-fired power plant, but also to ramp up energy efficiency . What's more, thanks to the continued work from concerned citizens, OPPD cited its decision to phase out coal and invest in energy efficiency as the best path forward for its ratepayers. This is a big victory in the struggle for clean air, a safe climate, and healthy communities. "OPPD has finally answered our calls to clean up our air," said Vernon Muhammad, a father and resident of North Omaha. "My children and I will breathe easier knowing that cleaner air is coming." OPPD has made tremendous strides in changing its energy mix in just the ...
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The Senate Is Fighting Over Keystone XL Pipeline. Again. 26.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Senate is presently engaged in a fruitless battle over a pair of ill-fated energy bills. Again. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is calling on Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to hold a vote on a bill that would force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Reid has said McConnell can have his Keystone vote -- if he first agrees to approve a long-stalled bipartisan energy efficiency bill. If this feels like deja vu all over again, that’s because it is. This is the same fight that Senate Democratic and Republican leadership had in early May , when Reid tried to get a vote on the energy efficiency bill from Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). McConnell sought to add unrelated amendments to the bill, related to issues like Keystone XL and the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations on carbon emissions, which Reid refused to allow. Reid offered McConnell a separate Keystone vote in exchange for a vote on the efficiency bill alone, but ...
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How to untangle yourself from clean energy finance jargon 24.6.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Confused but too afraid to ask for help? Here's a glossary to set you straight.

How to untangle yourself from clean energy finance jargon
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Europe considering 35% cut in energy use (maybe) 24.6.2014 TreeHugger
The higher the target, the greater the economic benefits, suggests the EU's latest efficiency impact assessment.
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The three most important things about passive houses are comfort, comfort and comfort. 23.6.2014 TreeHugger
Using almost no energy comes naturally if you get the first three priorities right.
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A roadmap to the 'Internet of Buildings' 23.6.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

We are on the cusp of the Internet of Buildings. How will the players already in this space adapt?

A roadmap to the 'Internet of Buildings'
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How prepaying for energy could change consumer behavior 23.6.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Shelton Group research suggests a fresh (but hardly novel) approach to entice a particularly tricky market segment to cut back on power use.

How prepaying for energy could change consumer behavior
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