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How Does Your City Prioritize Energy Efficiency Actions? Participate Now in a New Survey! 3.5.2016 THE CITY FIX
Are you involved with decision making, operations or investments in the buildings and real estate sector? If the answer is yes, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities invites you to please share your insights in a survey designed to expand ...
Clean Energy Conference Roundup: May 2016 2.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs Each month, the Energy Exchange rounds up a list of top clean energy conferences around the country. Our list includes conferences at which experts from the EDF Clean Energy Program will be speaking, plus additional events that we think our readers may benefit from marking on their calendars. Top clean energy conferences featuring EDF experts in May: May 5:  Regional Plan Association Assembly (New York, NY) Speaker: Rory Christian , Director, New York Clean Energy Each year, RPA brings together more than 1,000 civic and business leaders from around the New York metropolitan area to discuss major issues affecting the prosperity and quality of life in the region. This year’s assembly includes preliminary recommendations of the  Fourth Regional Plan : a long-range vision for the shared prosperity of the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut metropolitan region. It will also outline actions the region should take to ensure sustainability, good governance, and shared prosperity over the next 25 ...
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Taking a bigger Leap when it comes to building green 2.5.2016 - News for the rest of us

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RELEASE: Analysis Shows Illinois Can Comply with Clean Power Plan Requirements, But Must Reduce Existing Barriers by Passing the Clean Jobs Bill 28.4.2016 WRI Stories
RELEASE: Analysis Shows Illinois Can Comply with Clean Power Plan Requirements, But Must Reduce Existing Barriers by Passing the Clean Jobs Bill WASHINGTON (April 28, 2016)–New analysis from World Resources Institute shows that Illinois is in a strong position to meet or exceed its emissions target under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) to reduce emissions from the power sector. WRI finds that Illinois can get more than halfway towards complying with the CPP by meeting its existing energy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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How Illinois Can Meet Its Clean Power Plan Targets 27.4.2016 WRI Stories
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What's Holding Up the Efficient Appliance Market in India? 27.4.2016 WRI Stories
What's Holding Up the Efficient Appliance Market in India?Add Comment|PrintEnergy star rated appliances at white goods retail store Vijay Sales in Midway Mumbai, India. Photo by The Climate Group/Flickr From fans to air conditioners to refrigerators, appliances account for about 18 percent of global energy consumption and India’s rising urban population has a growing appetite for electrical appliances. Despite this economic opportunity, energy-saving, environment-saving, cost-saving... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
Filling the Gap: How Efficiency Standards could Save Billions in Commercial Real Estate 26.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Ellen Bell No one ignores an opportunity to save billions of dollars. Numbers of that size are enough to make an audience take notice, even in a business like commercial real estate, where deals in the hundreds of millions and billions are commonplace. Each year the U.S. spends over $400 billion on energy for our buildings , many of which were constructed before modern energy codes existed and, as a result, use more energy than they should. This efficiency gap has led to the creation of a $20 billion retrofit industry , designed to help building owners and managers overcome barriers that deter them from tackling energy costs, like lack of information, misaligned financial incentives, or insufficient capital. In my hometown of Chicago alone, buildings could save up to $184 million in energy costs if they pursued more aggressive energy management – and those are just the ones reporting data. Given the numbers, we know the opportunity to improve a building’s bottom line is huge, so why are so many still ...
ICP Europe Launches Investor Network, Aims to Boost Investment in Energy Efficiency by €1 Billion 25.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
ICP Europe Launches Investor Network, Aims to Boost Investment in Energy Efficiency by €1 Billion
Holistic Energy-Water Planning: Hedging Your Bets in a Water-Stressed World 19.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kate Zerrenner You probably have some sort of insurance – for your healthcare, car, house, or apartment. Acting on climate change is also like insurance. It is all about managing the risks. We can’t know for certain what the future brings, but recent research predicts a 40 percent shortfall of available water across the globe by 2030. In the face of this prediction, a new report from the World Energy Council , “The Road to Resilience – Managing the Risks of the Energy-Water-Food Nexus” helps lay some groundwork to ensure we plan for the climate risks that will affect our most essential resources. I have talked about the reliance of energy on water and water on energy (the energy-water nexus ), and touched on their connection to food. But let me make that linkage clearer: 70 percent of available global freshwater is used by the agricultural sector, and energy is the second-largest freshwater user globally after agriculture (although this varies from country to country and region to region). Relatedly, ...
EDF’s Investor Confidence Project, PG&E Team Up on Efficiency Finance Pilot 11.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF’s Investor Confidence Project, PG&E Team Up on Efficiency Finance Pilot
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Countries Get Down to Business on Phasing Down HFCs 11.4.2016 Green on
Representatives from more than 150 countries took solid steps in Geneva last week towards a global deal to phase down the super heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Countries committed in Dubai last November to reach an HFC deal this year under the Montreal Protocol, the treaty that saved the ozone layer. Meeting in the warm afterglow of the Paris Climate Agreement, the HFC negotiators worked out solutions to several key issues that divided them for nearly a decade. The week began auspiciously as negotiators quickly got down to brass tacks in the HFC "contact group," formed last year after years of deadlock. And negotiators peeled off in productive smaller groups to tackle key problems. The week's top successes include a tentative deal on ways to give the world's hottest countries confidence that they'll have suitable alternatives for air conditioning. Many developing countries had been planning to replace R-22 - an ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorcarbon (HCFC) that is being phased ...
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A Successful Cleanup at Aliso Canyon Requires a Principled Approach 8.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tim O'Connor The leak in Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon Facility released a massive amount of methane – a powerful climate change pollutant. Like other catastrophes, now that the pollution release is stemmed, the focus shifts towards cleanup and mitigation (as well as establishing causation, preventing recurrence, and pursuing legal actions). Last week California took a major step on the cleanup front with the release of the final Aliso Canyon mitigation plan , a plan to cut pollution equal to about 100,000 metric tons of methane. Its aims to achieve these reductions by focusing on the agriculture and waste sectors, increasing energy efficiency and decreasing use of fossil fuels, and reducing methane “hot spots.” While the portfolio of strategies laid out within the finalized plan is strong, this is only the beginning of a lengthy process, and one in which pushback from SoCalGas is already palatable . As the critical details of the mitigation plan are put into action, adherence to core ...
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EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Wins Prestigious Finance for Resilience Award 6.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Wins Prestigious Finance for Resilience Award
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To Keep Lights on in LA, State’s Aliso Canyon Action Plan Must Fix Energy Markets, Maximize Smart Energy Solutions 5.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tim O’Connor and Lauren Navarro Ongoing fallout from the catastrophic failure at the Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon storage facility is exposing a critical weakness in the state’s energy system. Overdependence on natural gas – and on one provider of that gas – means we don’t have the flexibility we need to cope if things go wrong. And now that they have gone wrong, because of SoCalGas’ mismanagement of the Aliso Canyon storage facility, a group of state agencies says the region could be facing power shortages this summer as a result. A new report released today  by the California Energy Commission (CEC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Independent System Operator (CAISO,) the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) describes the problem. While a separate report released by CEC, CPUC, CAISO and LADWP, begins to lay out the short-term response plan. (Some of the efforts already under way are documented here , here ...
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Unlock Bangalore: Making the Right Decisions for Sustainable Growth 31.3.2016 THE CITY FIX
Bangalore is India’s third most populous city and is among the top 100 cities that contribute to the global economy. 75 percent of Bengaluru’s income is from the service sector, with over ₹ 500 billion (approximately US $7.6 billion) from ...
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Developer Financing Accelerates Residential Solar and Carbon Reductions in Luxury Real Estate 31.3.2016 Green on
On the heels of COP21 and increased global awareness and commitment to reduce carbon , development with a purpose has finally found paradise. A powerful and much needed kinship between pioneering real-estate developers and cultural heroes has begun to converge to temper the negative impacts of tourism with more lasting, balanced, and sensible sustainable lifestyle solutions. Take for example the Chileno Bay Club in Los Cabos, Mexico, where the developers have integrated LED lighting and solar panels to deliver cost effective energy efficiency and carbon reductions for homeowners. And in Park City Utah, developer Sean Kelleher's Echo Spur project is marrying functional design with advancements in building materials, water management, energy efficiency and solar in an effort to deliver more affordable sustainable living options for buyers. The "eco-sensitive" Echo Spur project appeals to both the ecologic and economic impact of the development on the local environment and on buyer's pocketbooks. The ...
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With Green Bonds, Legitimacy Comes to Those Who Verify 30.3.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Namrita Kapur This post is part of an EDF+Business ongoing series on sustainable finance, highlighting market mechanisms and strategies that drive environmental performance by engaging private capital. EDF is actively engaging leaders with the capital and expertise needed to catalyze sector-wide changes—from accelerating investment in energy efficiency and clean energy, to protecting tropical forests, restoring depleted fisheries and saving habitats of endangered species. Green bonds have been hailed as a key vehicle for driving clean energy investments both before and after the signing of the Paris climate agreement. And the range of organizations utilizing them continues to diversify – Apple issued its own $1.5 billion bond last month to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for its operations. But as the pool of bonds issued each year grows, investors are increasingly concerned that clear standards are needed. Through 2013, the World Bank was the primary issuer of green bonds. The ...
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Engaging Our Youth: Taking Climate Action to the Streets 30.3.2016 Green on
With scientists warning that time is short to curb greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to slow climate change, it's urgent that we engage our youth in creating a clean-energy future for themselves, their children and grandchildren. Most importantly, the next generation needs to participate in ensuring a clean energy future for low-income communities and communities of color -- those most at risk if climate change continues unchecked. In the spirit of the 1987 UN Brundtland Commission report defining sustainable development as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," we urge governors to take the Obama Administraion's Clean Power Plan (CPP) "to the streets" by enlisting youth to help meet their state's CPP-mandated emission-reduction goals. The CPP offers a unique opportunity to involve young adults in both addressing climate change and advancing climate equity by requiring states to meaningfully engage vulnerable communities in ...
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Edison International creates subsidiary to help large energy users 30.3.2016 LA Times: Business

Edison International is launching a business that will help reduce energy costs, improve efficiency and offer more environmentally friendly options for large energy users.

The company's new subsidiary, Edison Energy, aims to serve commercial buildings, data centers, retail centers, healthcare operations...

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Boost Investor Confidence and Watch America's Energy Market Transform 25.3.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Mary Barber A recent decision by New Jersey utility regulators to standardize energy efficiency procedures for commercial buildings could have a major impact – not just on the Garden State – but on energy markets nationwide. The reason: It gives investors more confidence in performance and returns which is exactly what can fuel a big push to make buildings across the United States more efficient. It might eventually transform our energy efficiency market into an economic power house. Giving investors peace of mind Energy efficiency is an  untapped opportunity  of enormous proportions. An estimated $279 billion could be invested in residential, institutional and commercial sector retrofits – with the latter holding the largest potential. Enter Environmental Defense Fund’s  Investor Confidence Project , which provides tools to help investors assess risk more accurately. Through rigorous measurement and verification metrics, and by standardizing the way projects are developed and brought to market, the ...
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