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5 ways to win private investors for energy-efficient buildings 26.5.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
It's a virtuous circle: Clear policies encourage investments, and investor interest encourages government action
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From energy efficiency to clean energy: 10 years of EDF Climate Corps 25.5.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Liz Delaney   Ten years ago, EDF found itself head-on with a challenge: how to effectively jump-start corporate energy efficiency initiatives. We started EDF Climate Corps, a summer fellowship program, with the theory that a small, intense injection of effort could catalyze investment in energy efficiency, giving companies the opportunity to capitalize on the associated cost and energy savings. That was ten years ago. Since then, more than 800 fellows have been placed in over 430 organizations to advance corporate energy management. Liz Delaney, Program Director, EDF Climate Corps We have seen companies use their help to go beyond single-site projects and scale energy efficiency across their entire portfolios of facilities. This growth is representative of a vibrant and growing industry. Deploying energy efficiency has become a mainstream practice, and an entire ecosystem of service providers has cropped up to support these efforts. Employment in this market has skyrocketed and energy efficiency now ...
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From energy efficiency to clean energy: 10 years of EDF Climate Corps 25.5.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Liz Delaney Ten years ago, EDF found itself head-on with a challenge: how to effectively jump-start corporate energy efficiency initiatives. We started EDF Climate Corps, a summer fellowship program, with the theory that a small, intense injection of effort could catalyze investment in energy efficiency, giving companies the opportunity to capitalize on the associated cost and energy savings. That was 10 years ago. Since then, more than 800 fellows have been placed in over 430 organizations to advance corporate energy management. We have seen companies use their help to go beyond single-site projects and scale energy efficiency across their entire portfolios of facilities. This growth is representative of a vibrant and growing industry. Deploying energy efficiency has become a mainstream practice, and an entire ecosystem of service providers has cropped up to support these efforts. Employment in this market has skyrocketed and energy efficiency now represents the largest source of clean energy jobs in ...
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Voices of Efficiency: Dinh Quang Cuong, Amit Prothi and Da Nang’s Plans for a Resilient, Efficient Economy 22.5.2017 THE CITY FIX
The government of Da Nang, Vietnam has prioritized building efficiency as part of its new Resilience Strategy to address public health and economic risks from climate change. In 2016, the city began working with the global Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) ...
Op-ed: Building energy efficiency to improve air quality 21.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
In the Utah Foundation’s 2016 Utah Priorities Project survey, Utah voters statewide ranked air quality as the second most important issue in 2016, and voters along the Wasatch Front ranked air quality as the number one most important issue. This won’t be news to anyone. In fact, the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2017 report ranks the Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem area as the seventh worst in the U.S. for shorter-term spikes in particle pollution, a regular occurrence during wintertime...
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Can Trump’s Koch-Funded Appointees Stall Clean Energy Momentum? 19.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When The Washington Post reported earlier this month that President Trump appointed Daniel Simmons to run the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the paper called him a “conservative scholar.” Conservative scholar? “Fossil fuel industry propagandist” would have been more accurate. A veteran of Charles and David Koch’s climate science denier network, Simmons’ has spent much of his career disparaging clean energy. His most recent job was at the Institute for Energy Research (IER), where he served as the think tank’s vice president for policy. Prior to joining IER, he was the Natural Resources Task Force director for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporation-funded lobby group that, like IER, has been trying to repeal state standards that require electric utilities to use more renewable energy. And before that, he was a research fellow at the libertarian Mercatus Center at George Mason University. All three organizations have received ...
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How to Attract Private Investment to Energy-Efficient Buildings? Follow the 5 “S’s” 18.5.2017 THE CITY FIX
The 2017 Sustainable Energy for All Forum kicked off with a stark warning: The world is not on track to reach its 2030 energy goals, including those on efficiency. To speed action, leaders in government and finance will need to ...
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How to Attract Private Investment to Energy-Efficient Buildings? Follow the 5 “S’s” 18.5.2017 WRI Stories
How to Attract Private Investment to Energy-Efficient Buildings? Follow the 5 “S’s”Add Comment|PrintEnergy efficiency building monitoring system. Photo by Argonne National Labs/Flickr The 2017 Sustainable Energy for All Forum kicked off with a stark warning: The world is not on track to reach its 2030 energy goals, including those on efficiency. To speed action, leaders in government and finance will need to better coordinate policy and investment to move more money toward clean energy. More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Johnson Controls, Mahindra cash in on energy productivity 18.5.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
One year into EP100, 12 companies pledged to double their energy productivity and make their resources go a mile further.
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Filling the gap: Why demand for green banks is growing 15.5.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Organizations such as NY Green Bank offer new ways to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. But concern lingers over how the Trump administration will impact demand.
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Trump Taps Renewable Energy Antagonist to Run Renewable Energy Office 9.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
President Donald Trump has reportedly tapped a longtime renewable energy antagonist with ties to the Koch brothers to lead the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). According to an internal memo  first reported by E&E News , the president has picked  Daniel Simmons  to lead the Department of Energy's office that focuses on supporting and developing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. EERE's work currently includes investments in electric vehicles; solar, geothermal and wind energy; and technologies to reduce energy use in US buildings. Daniel Simmons' Longstanding Ties to the Kochs Before Simmons joined the then President-elect's transition team to the DOE in January, he served multiple roles at the  Institute for Energy Research (IER) , most recently as Vice President for Policy. IER is a Koch-affiliated non-profit think tank that focuses on "energy analysis and free-market energy and environmental policy," offering reports and analysis criticising plans to lower ...
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Why so many businesses want to save Energy Star 8.5.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
The federal government's marquee energy-efficiency program has enough funds to last through September. After that, its future is uncertain.
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Struggling To Survive, A Small Town Banks On Energy Efficiency 4.5.2017 NPR: Morning Edition
It's been 10 years since a tornado nearly wiped Greensburg, Kan., off the map. It's rebuilt to energy-efficient standards, primed for a comeback. What it lacks is people.
Get ready for the summer: Air Conditioners in India come of age 28.4.2017 Technology – The Indian Express
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Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future uncertain 27.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Havana • Refineries have gone dark. Gas rations have been slashed for hundreds of thousands of state workers. Construction materials are nearly impossible to find. But Cuba’s hotels and restaurants are packed, major U.S. airlines are adding flights and government stores are full of frozen American chicken and U.S.-made candy. So far, Cuba is weathering the storm as Venezuela’s economy craters and protesters fill its streets to denounce Cuba’s greatest socialist ally. A much-feared return to Cuba...
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Saving the Planet Goes Local 21.4.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Of all the Trump administration’s policies, the one most likely to cause damage that can’t be undone may not be deporting immigrants or throwing poor people off Medicaid or outsourcing our foreign policy to the Kremlin. Rather, it could well be a cessation of efforts to combat climate change. The accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is cumulative; even a later reversal of the Trump administration’s fossil fuel–friendly policies would not be able to undo the damage about to be done. Even by the environmentally retrograde standards of his party, Donald Trump stands out as an extreme climate-science denier: Cold winter weather in New York prompts him to tweet that global warming has been proven a hoax. He hates wind farms (partly because they threaten the views from one of his Scottish golf resorts). On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to repeal President Obama’s pro-climate regulations and all ...
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Videos: Business owners share clean energy success stories 20.4.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Smuttynose Brewery in New Hampshire uses clean energy incentives to succeed. By Roger Stephenson, EDF’s senior adviser for New Hampshire affairs In New Hampshire, the clean energy economy is at a crossroads. On one hand, the legislature and governor remain ambivalent at best about clean energy and its role in our state moving forward. But local businesses are confident that renewable energy and energy efficiency choices already are making a positive impact. And many are calling for clean energy policies in the state to be strengthened . Several owners were kind enough to share their time and explain what clean energy means to them and their businesses.  Through a series of videos, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is now sharing those stories with lawmakers, fellow business community leaders, and the clean energy sector. Last fall, EDF sought out businesses that were growing, competing, and thriving in the Granite State with the help of existing clean energy policies. We worked closely with The Nature ...
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Proving the Negative: The Challenge of Calculating Energy Efficiency 19.4.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Dick Munson , Midwest clean energy director, and Andrew Barbeau, senior clean energy consultant “Efficiency is good.” That’s the mantra, a known truth, shared by both business executives and environmentalists, who eliminate waste to increase profits and reduce pollution. When it comes to electricity, efficiency also has proven effective. Whereas power consumption a few decades ago was rising annually at more than 7 percent , the introduction of inexpensive and efficient lightbulbs, refrigerators, and smart heating and cooling has recently led to slight declines in energy consumption, even as the economy boomed and population increased. Efficiency may be good and effective, but it is inherently hard to calculate. How do you prove the negative? Virtually every state has wrestled with the same questions of how and why electricity use didn’t happen. States with energy efficiency standards – requirements for local utilities to incentivize customers to reduce their energy use year after year – ...
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Why We Still Need America’s Nuclear Power Plants — At Least for Now 17.4.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By John Finnigan Today’s American nuclear power industry is in a state of upheaval. Four new, large-scale nuclear power plants are under construction in the United States, helped by large federal subsidies . All are being built by Westinghouse, and all have faced massive cost overruns and delays. Westinghouse’s parent company, Toshiba, recently posted a $6 billion loss due to Westinghouse’s nuclear woes. (For context, that loss is half a billion more than Toshiba spent to buy Westinghouse a decade ago.) Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy protection on March 29. Westinghouse’s bankruptcy shines a spotlight on nuclear power’s role as an electricity source – currently providing about 17 percent of our electricity in the U.S. – and raises issues concerning whether we can count on low-carbon electricity from nuclear power. The Energy Information Administration projects nuclear power’s share of electricity generation will decline slightly through 2040, but these projections don’t reflect current ...
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Energy efficiency is about more than just saving money 14.4.2017 TreeHugger
An infographic from the Pembina Institute shows that there are other benefits too.
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