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Media Advisory: Environmental Defence Fund Europe/UK to Expand Energy Efficiency Initiative to Europe 30.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Media Advisory: Environmental Defence Fund Europe/UK to Expand Energy Efficiency Initiative to Europe
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The Clean Power Plan and Early Action by States to Reduce Carbon Pollution 29.10.2014 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
(This post originally appeared on Resources for the Future's Expert Forum on EPA's Clean Power Plan, on October 24, 2014) Should EPA credit early action taken by states to reduce carbon emissions? If so, how? Under the Clean Power Plan, the United States will finally have Clean Air Act standards to address carbon pollution from […]
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Minnesota regains a top-tier ranking for policies promoting energy efficiency 28.10.2014 MinnPost
Minnesota has returned to a top-10 ranking among the states for its investments that promote energy efficiency, according to new national rankings by the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy. The rankings are worth attention because ACEEE is a respected analyst as well as advocate on the subject of efficient energy use, consistently making the case that the wisest use of each energy dollar is not to spend it at all — and that every dollar invested in averting energy consumption can be worth several dollars invested in increased energy production, no matter how clean and green the source. Or, as the organization puts it in the introduction to its 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard: Conversations about energy use in the United States often revolve around the need to support the growth of our national economy by expanding the energy supply. In fact, however, we have a resource that is cleaner, cheaper, and quicker to deploy than building new supply—energy efficiency. Energy efficiency ...
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California Energy Strategists Push for 100% Clean Energy, Without Fossil Fuels or Nuclear Power 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
October 25, 2014, Marin Country, CA.-- California energy leaders, environmental scientists, and activists convened here last week in advance of the 25th annual Bioneers Conference at the Marin County Civic Center for an energy and climate strategy session that could have national and global implications. Many in the assemblage had come to brainstorm about how to leverage California's model energy policies to spur faster Federal action to protect the climate. Predictably, participants sought to boost renewable energy use in California and increase the state's reliance on energy efficiency. Some were determined, however, not just to slash California's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but to eliminate them altogether. If this game-changing goal is widely adopted by the environmental community and by a vanguard of public officials, it would put California climate policymakers and others under pressure to advance the state's already ambitious clean energy goals. That could help set the state and the nation on ...
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New Study Reveals Computer Insomnia, and Higher Energy Costs and Pollution than Previously Estimated 27.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Pierre Delforge, Director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, San Francisco: A new study released today defies the conventional assumption that computers spend approximately half of their time switched on and the other half either in “sleep mode” using very little electricity or turned off altogether. This also means the estimates...
The Symbolic Politics of Climate Diplomacy 27.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, the European Union began the process of setting the agenda for the climate negotiations scheduled for Paris in late 2015. They agreed that by 2030 Europe would cut emissions by 40% from 1990 levels. Writing in the New York Times , James Kanter reported that environmental advocates believed the agreement: ...amounted to a weak compromise reflecting the complexity of managing a bloc of 28 member nations with widely varying energy systems. Elements of the deal were watered down to account for countries like Poland that rely on carbon-heavy coal, and for countries like Britain that were unwilling to accept binding targets on such other measures as the percentage of energy that comes from renewable sources and energy efficiency. As diverse as Europe might be, they are quite homogeneous when compared to the rest of the world. Since China and India emit far more greenhouse gases than Europe and have a great deal of energy-dependent economic development ahead of them, their need for new sources of ...
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Green bonds to exceed $40 billion in 2014 27.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The first seven months of this year matched the dollar volume of the previous six years. Why are green bonds so hot — and are they growing unchecked?

Green bonds to exceed $40 billion in 2014
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Energy finance adviser helps businesses go green 26.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Eutectics helps raise money for small businesses that can have trouble getting financing for LED lighting, solar panels and other energy projects.
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Climate Needs 'Radical Shock Treatment'; EU Pledges Only 'Smelling Salts' 24.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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New York pursues microgrids for widespread resiliency 24.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Reinventing the state grid, the NYPA focuses on seven projects to keep hospitals open, prisons secure and other critical functions working during outages.

New York pursues microgrids for widespread resiliency
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This Halloween, banish these bloodsucking vampires from your home 23.10.2014 TreeHugger
Sink your teeth into these vampire slaying tips to cut electricity use at home, which can save you money and increase your overall energy efficiency.
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Investor Confidence Project Releases “Soup-To-Nuts” Guide for Energy Efficiency Project Development 23.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Tracy Phillips, ICP Technical Lead There is a simple question that haunts building owners, energy services companies, and even utilities who invest in energy efficiency: “How do I know if I will really see the savings?” To answer this question, EDF’s energy efficiency initiative, the Investor Confidence Project (ICP), is implementing a system that creates confidence in energy savings and cash flows. Today, ICP is pleased to launch a new component of this initiative: the Project Development Specification . This product launch, along with the recently unveiled Software Provider Credential , is part of a larger effort by ICP to accelerate the development of a global energy efficiency market by standardizing how Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) projects are developed and verified leading to increased investor confidence in savings. Representing years of significant participation and input from leading industry and engineering experts, ICP’s Project Development Specification is a ...
Flexible Pollution Rules can Boost the Economy: 5 Reasons Why 23.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Diane Munns Nobody likes being told what to do. Gina McCarthy, head of Environmental Protection Agency, knows that. So she asked her agency to craft a plan that leaves it up to states to shape their energy future – as long as they cut carbon emissions from power plants. Often lost in the heated debate over EPA’s  Clean Power Plan , however, is the fact this built-in flexibility will also give a boost to clean technology ventures, and speed up  energy innovations  already under way in many states. It could  bring down costs  for consumers, and maybe even give a much-needed boost to our economy. Here’s how. 1. Flexibility will foster creativity. All states have different strengths and weaknesses, and their infrastructure varies. Under EPA’s plan, a state can choose to close or upgrade coal plants, join a  carbon market  such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, invest in zero-carbon renewable energy sources, boost  energy efficiency  programs, or take any other step to meet the individual goal EPA ...
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Is Energy Efficiency a Good Thing Even With Rebound? 23.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored with Inês Azevedo , Kenneth Gillingham , and David Rapson . Lighting is critical to our livelihoods. Humans have used lighting technology since long before industrialization. For many centuries, this lighting was extremely inefficient, with over 95% of the energy consumed wasted as heat. Recently, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for their remarkable contributions towards highly efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology. A day later, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus reignited a long standing debate with an Op-Ed in The New York Times claiming that these developments are not likely to save energy and instead may backfire. (The Times has since corrected a crucial point of the article, and it has published three letters to the editor , including  one by a subset of co-authors here.) As evidence for these claims, Shellenberger and Nordhaus cite research that observes the vast improvements in the efficiency of lighting over the ...
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Coke, Philips, Shell call for big climate cuts in Europe 23.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Businesses want a 40 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 as concerns mount over lack of support for carbon capture and storage.

Coke, Philips, Shell call for big climate cuts in Europe
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9 ways sustainability drives profit 23.10.2014 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

From lower costs to higher brand performance and improved employee morale, a serious business case can be made for sustainability. In case we forgot.

9 ways sustainability drives profit
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New York’s First Green Bank Deals Bolster State’s Strong Commitment To Clean Energy 22.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New York’s First Green Bank Deals Bolster State’s Strong Commitment To Clean Energy
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Is energy efficiency a good thing even with rebound? 22.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Inês Azevedo , Kenneth Gillingham , David Rapson , and Gernot Wagner . Lighting is critical to our livelihoods. Humans have used lighting technology since long before industrialization. For many centuries, this lighting was extremely inefficient, with over 95% of the energy consumed wasted as heat. Recently, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for their remarkable contributions towards highly efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology. A day later, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus reignited a long standing debate with an Op-Ed in The New York Times claiming that these developments are not likely to save energy and instead may backfire. (TheTimes has since corrected a crucial point of the article, and it has published three letters to the editor , including  one by a subset of co-authors here.) As evidence for these claims, Shellenberger and Nordhaus cite research that observes the vast improvements in the efficiency of lighting over the ...
Is Energy Efficiency a Good Thing Even with Rebound? 22.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By:  Inês Azevedo ,  Kenneth Gillingham ,  David Rapson , and  Gernot Wagner . Lighting is critical to our livelihoods. Humans have used lighting technology since long before industrialization. For many centuries, this lighting was extremely inefficient, with over 95% of the energy consumed wasted as heat. Recently, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for their remarkable contributions towards highly efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology. A day later, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus reignited a long standing debate with an  Op-Ed  inThe New York Times claiming that these developments are not likely to save energy and instead may backfire. (TheTimes has since  corrected  a crucial point of the article, and it has published three  letters to the editor , including  one  by a subset of co-authors here.) As evidence for these claims, Shellenberger and Nordhaus cite research that observes the vast improvements in the efficiency of lighting ...
Virginia's SCC Staff Wields a Nuclear Ax When Any Number of Toothpicks Would Do 22.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Walton Shepherd, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C.: The Staff of Virginia’s SCC made befuddled comments to the EPA last week that assumes Virginia would achieve their easy carbon emissions goal in the single most expensive (and absurdly unnecessary) manner possible: by building a brand new nuclear reactor!...
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