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The White House commits to powering up on renewables 23.4.2014 Energy & Climate |

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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RMI's plan to help Fortune 500 companies up their renewables game 22.4.2014 Business Operations |

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 |

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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AT&T and EDF open up water efficiency toolkit 18.4.2014 Business Operations |

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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10 major cities form City Energy Project 18.4.2014 Business Operations |

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
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 |

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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RMI: How applying Deep Retrofit Value makes for Better Buildings 15.4.2014 Business Operations |
With the new Deep Retrofit Value guide, Rocky Mountain Institute strives to help partners meet the Better Buildings Challenge.
RMI: How applying Deep Retrofit Value makes for Better Buildings
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US EPA finds the most energy efficient buildings in top 10 cities 11.4.2014 Environmental News Network
Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its sixth annual list of the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in 2013. The list demonstrates economic and environmental benefits achieved by facility owners and managers in America’s leading cities when they apply a proven approach to energy efficiency to their buildings.
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Advice for utilities: Don't cede power 11.4.2014 Business Operations |

Many utlities are ceding electricity generation to the solar industry, perhaps forever. The problem? This sacrifices an enviable marketing relationship with customers.

Advice for utilities: Don't cede power
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How a small county in California went grid positive 10.4.2014 Energy & Climate |

Through an innovative push to embrace renewables, Yolo County produces 152 percent more energy from solar panels than it uses.

How a small county in California went grid positive
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Prefabrication and Energy Efficiency 10.4.2014 Green on
The perfect construction today is a marriage of prefabrication and energy efficiency. Prefabricated methods, including modular, structural insulated panels, panelized construction, and so on, are gaining momentum in this country. This is due to a shortage of skilled labor, and a work force that doesn't want to work outside in extreme conditions any more. Homeowners see the advantages of prefab in getting their houses built more quickly and with the quality control that comes with closely supervised factory construction. Energy efficiency is also a growing concern and one that the prefab manufacturers have increasingly taken into consideration in their materials and methods. People don't want to spend more on energy than is necessary, and are becoming more and more interested in utilizing solar energy as much as possible. We see a growing interest in electric cars, a trend that was dormant for many years. Tesla has renewed our interest in using battery-operated cars, and is setting a new course for other ...
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How Japan replaced half its nuclear capacity with efficiency 9.4.2014 Green on
Co-Authored by Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace After the Tohoku earthquake three years ago in March 2011, Japan was in a seemingly impossible situation. A tremendous amount of conventional generation capacity, including the entire nuclear fleet, was unavailable and the country faced the risk of power cuts during summer consumption peaks. But miraculously, or seemingly so, in just a few short weeks Japan managed to avert the rolling power cuts that many believed inevitable. Even more impressive, they have turned these emergency measures into lasting solutions. So how'd they do it without forcing people back to the stone age? Japan overcame this daunting task by tapping the cheapest and most widely available source of energy we have - energy efficiency and energy savings. Much of the electricity savings were initially driven by a popular movement known as 'Setsuden.' This movement emerged to encourage people and companies to save electricity and prevent rolling power cuts. Simple measures such as increasing ...
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Why are so many veterans serving in the solar industry? 8.4.2014 Business Operations |

America's veterans are helping to improve national security through a cleaner energy future.

Why are so many veterans serving in the solar industry?
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California's 'Up-Wing' Governors: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis 8.4.2014 Politics on
Governor Jerry Brown has just turned 76. An increasingly timeless figure, as focused on the future of civilization today as the nation's oldest governor as he was when he was its youngest after his first election 40 years ago, Brown is getting a tremendous amount of credit, mostly deserved, for turning around California's once crisis-plagued state government by cutting the budget, raising revenue, and encouraging economic growth. With the state's deep chronic fiscal crisis over, thanks finally to the landslide win for his Proposition 30 revenue initiative in 2012, Brown has been focusing on an expansive agenda of major future-oriented issues he began pushing even when the state's massive budget deficit still existed. (He's also grappling with a long-term danger, that of an over-promised/under-funded system of retiree benefits for public employees, many of them working for local districts, but that's a matter for another time.) This future-oriented agenda -- renewable energy and energy efficiency, ...
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Society Must Change to Address Climate Crisis, say Scientists 7.4.2014 Newswire

Avoiding dangerous climate change will require not just rapid reductions in fossil fuel use but also a revolution in the structures of our economies and societies, according to a momentous UN scientific report on climate change to be released on April 13 in Berlin. [1]

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Cree sees bright future in LED lighting controls 7.4.2014 Business Operations |

New SmartCast technology automates setup of daylight harvesting applications and motion sensors.

Cree sees bright future in LED lighting controls
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8 Strategies for Building a Sustainable Preservation Movement 3.4.2014 Green on
[Preservation Tips & Tools] Eight Strategies for Building a Sustainable Preservation Movement from PreservationNation Older and historic buildings are the heart and soul of our communities. They provide character, history, and authenticity, making our main streets and neighborhoods places that we love, not just places to live. (That's a big reason why we're preservationists, right?) What's more, many older buildings are inherently just as sustainable, if not more so, than new ones. The National Trust's Preservation Green Lab (PGL) is focused on helping historic communities maximize their energy efficiency potential and vitality. And in the end, we believe our main streets will outlive the chain stores and franchises . There are 1.5 million commercial buildings more than 50 years old in America, so we have opportunities at every turn to make sure the places we love are sustainable, high-performing, and vibrant for years to come. Here are eight strategies to help you build a sustainable preservation ...
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