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India’s Move to Make Buildings Efficient 17.11.2017 THE CITY FIX
India’s buildings are silent power guzzlers. Residential and commercial structures consumed nearly a third (32 percent) of the country’s total electricity in 2016, according to the latest annual energy statistics published by the Ministry of Statistics, Planning and Implementation. And as Indian ...
Pathways for Meeting India’s Climate Goals 10.11.2017 WRI Stories
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Ohio needs a clean energy future, not a no-strings-attached bailout 8.11.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Dick Munson It’s understandable that FirstEnergy’s hometown newspaper, the Akron Beacon Journal, supports its own utility monopoly . Yet justifying that support and advocating for FirstEnergy’s proposed nuclear bailout on environmental grounds is a surprise…and misdirected. FirstEnergy’s proposal merely is yet another attempt to force customers to prop up its uneconomic power plants. Blanket subsidies for nuclear without any additional considerations will only delay the transition to a cleaner energy future, and we can’t afford to delay. Background FirstEnergy made numerous bad business decisions when it doubled down on coal-fired and nuclear power plants around the same time the cost of Ohio-based natural gas was falling. Since those old and uneconomic units can no longer compete in regional electricity markets, the utility has sought subsidies from Ohio legislators and regulators, as well as the federal government. Rather than trim its executive bonuses or shareholder dividends, FirstEnergy wants ...
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India’s Move to Make Buildings Efficient 8.11.2017 WRI Stories
India’s Move to Make Buildings Efficient Comments|Add Comment|PrintDehli skyline. India's building sector accounted for nearly a third of its energy consumption in 2016. Photo Wili Hybrid/Wikimedia India’s buildings are silent power guzzlers. Residential and commercial structures consumed nearly a third (32 percent) of the country’s total electricity in 2016, according to the latest annual energy statistics published by the Ministry of Statistics, Planning and Implementation. And as Indian... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
Voices of Efficiency: Dubai’s Quest to Improve Energy Performance Starts with Benchmarking 3.11.2017 THE CITY FIX
Dubai is blazing a new path for cities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by calling attention to energy consumption in buildings and highlighting the lack of data available to benchmark usage rates and measure progress. In 2016, Dubai joined ...
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Give Ohio a real chance to win the Amazon HQ2 bid by keeping state clean energy standards intact 25.10.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By John Finnigan Last year, Ohio lawmakers tried to gut the state’s clean energy standards, which had created thousands of jobs and saved Ohioans over $1 billion on their electricity bills. They almost succeeded, until Gov. John Kasich stood up for Ohio’s clean energy economy and vetoed the harmful bill. Now state legislators are back with a new bill – House Bill 114 – that has the same agenda: Destroy Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards. By requiring electric utilities to lower energy-use and sell increasing amounts of renewable electricity, these standards send a signal to the investment community that Ohio is open for business. And businesses want clean energy – Amazon, for example, frequently decides where to locate its data centers and other facilities based, in part, on the availability of clean energy . The internet giant is currently looking for a site for its second headquarters (or HQ2), and Cleveland and Cincinnati are both in the running. If Ohio legislators are serious about ...
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Making large-scale energy efficiency easier (and more affordable) 18.10.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Daniel Hill Energy efficiency is a simple, quick and cost-effective method to reduce both costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. That’s why companies are scaling up their energy efficiency projects in an effort to achieve greater results. And it’s important that they do. Buildings play a considerable role in GHG emissions: Commercial buildings in particular make up roughly 20% of total U.S. energy. So it’s no surprise that optimizing building systems is on the rise. Between 2006 and 2014, investments in commercial building energy efficiency more than doubled from seven billion to 16 billion, with projects ranging from heating and cooling, to refrigeration, energy management and more. But commercial buildings owners and operators face barriers to implementing large energy efficiency measures. Even with the growth of incentive programs and innovative technologies, energy efficiency can be a lengthy and intensive process, especially when an entire portfolio of buildings is involved. Building owners ...
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Cooking the books to spoil the Clean Power Plan 12.10.2017 GreenBiz.com
The new EPA chief Scott Pruit has highly exaggerated the costs of a policy that makes economic sense.
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Underhanded maneuvers to repeal the Clean Power Plan put Americans’ lives and health at risk 10.10.2017 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
(EDF’s Ben Levitan co-authored this post) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt says he will sign a proposal tomorrow to repeal the Clean Power Plan – America’s only nationwide limits on carbon pollution from fossil fuel power plants. If the proposal matches what we’ve already seen in a leaked draft, it would be one […]
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How utilities can enter the energy-saving business this Energy Efficiency Day 5.10.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kate Zerrenner Today is Energy Efficiency Day in the U.S. As someone who’s advocated for energy efficiency for nearly a decade, I’m glad to see the resource celebrated. Efficiency, from LED lightbulbs to insulation, is the most critical energy resource we have – energy we don’t use is our cleanest and cheapest option. So, why isn’t everyone jumping on the efficiency bandwagon? In part it’s because utilities don’t usually encourage customers to save electricity. Electric companies make money by selling more electricity, so they’re reluctant to reduce use and their profits. Nevertheless, utilities are logical places for energy efficiency programs, given their electricity relationships with customers. Many states have efficiency goals that require utilities to invest in efficiency programs for customers, but much more could be done if the utility business model were reformed to align utility incentives with customer energy efficiency. Fortunately, several states across the country are reimagining the ...
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Cutting-edge solar houses on display in Denver’s first-ever Solar Decathlon 5.10.2017 Denver Post: Business
From in-home batteries to aquaponics and bamboo bicycles, the Solar Decathlon has become more than just a solar energy event. The biennial event is also being held in Denver for the first time in its 15-year history.
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Historic buildings or energy efficiency? Texas gets both, with innovative financing. 3.10.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kate Zerrenner When it comes to the history and DNA of a city, new buildings have nothing on century-old ones. Yet the reverse can be said in regard to water and energy efficiency. Older buildings reflect the culture and history of a community, but typically are highly inefficient. Such was the case with the Butler Brothers Building in Dallas, a previously-abandoned 1910 structure that was often referred to as an eyesore. So when the real estate developer Alterra International decided to turn the building into a mixed-use complex with apartments, hotel rooms, and retail space, a lot of work was needed to improve its water and energy efficiency – work that required up-front capital investments. Through the Texas PACE Authority’s “PACE in a Box” model, Alterra International was able to secure $23.9 million in PACE financing for upgrades that will slash carbon pollution, cutting energy use by about 40 percent and annual water use by almost 700,000 gallons. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a ...
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Governor lauds energy efficiency projects at fish hatcheries 21.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

GRAND ISLE, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott is praising energy efficiency projects at Vermont’s five fish hatcheries that are expected to generate $120,000 a year in energy savings. The Republican governor said Thursday that the staff-led projects will also substantially reduce the hatcheries’ greenhouse gas emissions. Among the projects are upgrades to lighting, water […]
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5 ways city-focused climate funds drive efficient buildings 12.9.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
It's a $290 billion opportunity in commercial buildings alone.
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Powering Cities in the Global South: How Energy Access for All Benefits the Economy and the Environment 7.9.2017 THE CITY FIX
Kumar is the sole provider for his family. He runs an ironing service in Bengaluru that brings in between $6 and $7.50 a day, enough to barely get by. When the power cuts out two to three times a day ...
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Sustainability finance lessons, from Adidas to Starbucks 30.8.2017 GreenBiz.com
Green bonds are just one creative approach retailers are taking to boost sustainability.
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Green Web Hosting: How does it work and what are the benefits? 16.8.2017 Earth Times
Green web hosting is a simple, inexpensive step businesses can take to reduce the environmental impact of their websites. This is how it works...
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How Carbon Lighthouse uses machine learning to achieve energy efficiency 15.8.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Brendan Millstein, CEO of Carbon Lighthouse, is out to prove that solving for climate change is good business. "We've doubled every year for past seven years and eliminated the emissions of four power plants," he said of the company, which helps buildings improve energy efficiency, utilizing machine learning and data to help building owners optimize their electricity use.  The broad concept for every building owner to save money while saving power is to focus on the financials of clean energy use, like fact that the price of solar has dropped steeply. 
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A Global Greening: Green Building Certification Programs Make Gains 14.8.2017 WRI Stories
A Global Greening: Green Building Certification Programs Make GainsAdd Comment|PrintWith natural daylight and energy-efficient LED lighting, WRI’s global office renovation is certified LEED Silver. Photo by John Cole/Fox Architects In August, WRI received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver certification for the 2016 renovation of its global office in Washington DC. The certification adds to WRI’s expanding portfolio of green office spaces, which also includes the WRI China Office,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Vizag to host conference on energy efficiency and conservation 14.8.2017 India – The Indian Express
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