User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-National
Category: Conservation and Efficiency
Last updated: Feb 28 2015 08:34 IST RSS 2.0
 
1 to 20 of 3,942    
Training Building Efficiency Experts to Advance Energy Saving Codes in India 28.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ariel Cooper, Program Assistant, San Francisco: Guest Blog by NRDC's Hannah Girardeau & Bhaskar Deol The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) recently hosted a reception in Delhi to recognize the latest class of Energy...
Also found in: [+]
Commending Fannie Mae for innovation... in energy efficiency! 27.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Philip Henderson, Senior Financial Policy Specialist, Washington, DC: Some people might be surprised to learn that Fannie Mae -- a company that purchases mortgage loans and sells mortgage-backed securities -- is leading with important innovation in energy efficiency. Its new policy to offer a discount on loans for...
Also found in: [+]
New York REV Order Poised to Deliver More Clean Energy, a Stronger Grid & Lower Bills for New Yorkers 27.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kit Kennedy, Director of Energy and Transportation, New York: This blog post was co-written with my NRDC colleagues Raya Salter, Senior Attorney, Energy and Equity, and Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, who are NRDC's leads in the REV proceeding Yesterday, the New York Public Service Commission, which regulates New...
Also found in: [+]
From Maine to Virginia, Carbon Pollution Limits Can Help Protect Shellfisheries 26.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director of Programs, Washington, D.C.: A new study published this week in Nature Climate Change outlined another of the very real dangers of burning fossil fuels: ocean acidification. For the first time, we have clear documentation of the damage that ocean acidification can do to...
Also found in: [+]
Efficiency is what Texas Can (and Should) Do Best 26.2.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By: John Hall, Director, Texas Clean Energy I have been involved in Texas’ energy sector for a long time, particularly from an environmental perspective. I was there when the state’s metropolitan centers and their robust industrial sectors were challenged to reduce ozone-forming pollution. I was there when Texas  deregulated its energy market to increase competition, improve choices for residents and businesses, and lower electricity prices. And now, I’m here to witness the state’s transition to a clean energy economy – one that harnesses more West Texas wind energy, rooftop solar, and natural gas (with the right controls in place) than any other time in history. The one thing that ties all of these events together is efficiency – something Texas has led in the past. Energy efficiency is Texas’ most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and carbon pollution from power plants. It also creates other benefits to the power grid, like improving reliability and lowering costs for infrastructure maintenance. ...
Also found in: [+]
Show the Show-Me-State a More Energy Efficient Home: A Call for Consideration of Affordable Rental Housing in Missouri's State Energy Plan 25.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ariana Gonzalez, Energy Policy Analyst, Midwest, Chicago Office: We're not in Kansas, Toto. We're in Missouri. And it's going to take a lot more than Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz clicking together red sparkly heels to bring about a more energy efficient home sweet home. Many factors...
Also found in: [+]
AMD aims for better battery life with next-gen laptop chip 25.2.2015 Yahoo: Business

AMD aims for better battery life with next-gen laptop chipAMD's next-generation A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for laptops and low-power desktops, codenamed "Carrizo", will simultaneously ramp up energy efficiency and boost performance.


A State of the State "Wish List" for Ohio 25.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago: As Governor John Kasich puts the final touches on tonight's State of the State speech, I can only imagine the weight of issues he must consider in addressing the people of Ohio. There is still much work to be done....
Also found in: [+]
Changing the Climate Narrative 25.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This is the fourth in a series of posts about the prospects for achieving an international climate agreement this December in Paris. The first three posts can be found in the author's Huffington Post archive . If we wonder why the international community has labored for 20 years without reaching a final agreement to confront global warming, we might consider what the dominant narrative has been. It has been mostly about constraining progress and apportioning limits. It is time to change the conversation. It should be about a race to the future - a 21st century global Marshall Plan that builds the capacity of nations to achieve sustainable prosperity. Before going into this idea further, let's unpack the invalid logic chain that has been implicit in climate negotiations so far. It goes like this: 1) Controlling climate change requires dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions; 2) dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions require dramatic cuts in fossil fuel consumption; 3) less fossil fuel consumption ...
Also found in: [+]
THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION, THE MICHIGAN STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LOOKS TO TAKE DOWN BIGGEST POLITICAL FOE: ACTUAL COMMERCE 20.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Patrick Kenneally, Staff Attorney, Chicago: If we were to rename the Michigan State Commerce Commission so that its namesake more accurately captured its nature of late, we'd get something like this: "The Chamber to Limit Commerce, Forfeit Job Development, Increase Electricity Rates, and Smother Investment...
Also found in: [+]
New Energy Plans for New York's Cities 17.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Wilt, Energy Policy Analyst, New York: The cities of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers, in partnership with the New York Power Authority, have released their Five Cities' Energy Plans. The cities have been working on their plans over the last year in collaboration with local...
Also found in: [+]
People-Powered Pricing: Nudging Illinois toward Time-of-Use Electricity Plans 17.2.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jamie Fine This week I submitted  testimony  in support of a petition by the Citizens Utility Board and, my shop, EDF, to urge the Illinois Commerce Commission to require Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and Ameren, two of Illinois’ biggest utilities, to provide families and individuals with new ways to reduce their energy bills: electricity pricing based on the hour of the day. This “Time-of-Use” (TOU) option provides times of the day when electricity will be much cheaper than the all-day, “flat” electricity pricing currently used today. Such electricity rates would reward energy-efficient customers and those who shift electricity use away from “peak” hours—when demand is high, prices skyrocket, and power plants produce the most pollution. Our petition to the Illinois Commerce Commission, which is in charge of regulating electric utilities in the state, asks for ComEd and Ameren to offer optional rate plans beginning 2016. With voluntary TOU electricity pricing, families with digital meters can enjoy ...
Also found in: [+]
Clean, Affordable, and Sensible: A Love Letter to Iowa 14.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Katharine McCormick, Midwest Advocate, Chicago: Image credit: Idccollage Dear Iowa, You're so great. Despite a long history of dependence on coal, your people are supporting clean energy and your utilities are increasingly making the transition to less carbon-intensive generation! How do I love thee? In...
Also found in: [+]
A Coal Cap in China's Power Sector Can Reduce Air Pollution and Harvest Economic Benefits 13.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Luan Dong, China Coal Cap Project Assistant, China Climate and Energy Policy Program, Beijing: Conducted as part of NRDC's China coal cap project, a new study by Northern China Electric Power University lays out a pathway for capping coal consumption in which China's power sector can not only reduce its emission of dust, SO2, NOx, and other air pollutants but, more critically, contribute to economic and social gains through decreased coal power investments and fuel costs and increased health benefits.
Also found in: [+]
Virginians (Again) Overwhelmingly Support the Clean Power Plan and Clean Energy (Again) 12.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Walton Shepherd, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C.: Writing a state-crafted plan to curb carbon-pollution from existing power plants is wildly popular among Virginians of all stripes. So, too, is clean energy - energy efficiency along with pollution-free sources such as solar and wind. That's the most important...
Also found in: [+]
Lesson: For a successful grow-op, invest in energy efficiency and LED lighting. 11.2.2015 TreeHugger
As Yogi Berra said, "You can observe a lot by just watching." Our roofs have stories to tell.
Also found in: [+]
Finally: A Big Step in the Right Direction for Furnace Energy Efficiency Standards 11.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Robin Roy, Director, Building Energy and Clean Energy Strategy, Washington, DC: The Department of Energy (DOE) has just proposed a long-delayed energy efficiency standard for the natural gas furnaces heating millions of U.S. homes. This is good news for our heating bills and the environment, but it could be even better....
Also found in: [+]
When Less Means More Jobs, More Money And More Opportunity 11.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Roughly $230 billion dollars each year -- that's what Americans pay utility companies to provide their homes with electricity and natural gas. Lower-income residents are often hit the hardest, spending between 17 percent and more than 50 percent of their incomes on energy, significantly more than other households' average of just 4 percent. Take Audrey Spann, for example. Spann still lives in the same 100-year-old row house in Philadelphia in which she was raised. Due to its age, her home lacked the modern upgrades necessary to keep the winter chill at bay. Before Spann applied for significant, essential upgrades through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Philadelphia, she was boiling water in her kitchen and carrying it upstairs for her bath. With support from a grant from the Department of Energy, Habitat partnered with Spann to make numerous energy-conserving improvements to her home, leading to lower water, electric and gas bills. Spann is just one of many homeowners to benefit from weatherization and ...
Also found in: [+]
Guest Blog: Q&A with Ohio's Energy Future Tour Panelist Chris Allwein, Energy Efficiency Expert and Consumer Advocate 10.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago: Today is the second stop of the Ohio's Energy Future Tour in Columbus, Ohio. Since its launch in December, the tour has drawn the attention of hundreds of Ohio businesses, environmental and public health organizations, the medical community, local...
Also found in: [+]
Energy Efficiency Market Players Can Choose from Growing List of Trained Project Developers 9.2.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Matt Golden, Senior Energy Finance Consultant The Investor Confidence Project (ICP), an EDF initiative designed to unlock investment in energy efficiency, is making progress toward completing a credentialing system that would provide third-party validation of an energy efficiency project. The latest development is the Project Developer Credential, the second of three in the ICP credentialing system. ICP is accelerating the development of a global energy efficiency market by standardizing how projects are developed and energy savings are calculated. The ICP system includes a set of protocols for developing energy efficiency projects as well as a credentialing system. The Project Developer Credential is given to those developers who are able to properly deploy the ICP protocols when undertaking an energy efficiency retrofit. This latest development is an important step forward for investors of all types, especially building owners, who can now select developers from a growing list ...
1 to 20 of 3,942