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Hilton beach hotel to power up wind energy soon

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August 26th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

A new rooftop attraction is turning heads at one South Florida hotel. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has installed six wind turbines to plug into the natural breeze blowing from the Atlantic Ocean and help power its facilities. It’s the first Hilton of more than 500 properties to have installed wind turbines, executives said. They also | Read More

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The Cost of Power Outages

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August 14th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

from Energy.gov This week marks the tenth anniversary of one of the worst power outages in the United States, during which tens of millions of Americans were affected across parts of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey. Severe weather is the number one cause of power outages on the nation’s | Read More

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Reaching the Underserved Multi-Tenant Market Through Energy Efficiency Financing

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August 8th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

by Stephanie Sienkowski Over the past several years, financing for energy efficiency investments has been widely viewed as a promising solution to reducing upfront cost barriers to investment in energy efficiency. However, several markets, including multi-tenant commercial office and multi-family, remain stubbornly hard to reach. Commercial buildings currently represent about 18% of the total primary energy consumption in | Read More

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Why Americans need to care about energy efficiency

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July 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Most people don’t realize it, but their relationship with electricity is odd. Ed White, vice president of customer and business strategy for National Grid US, summed it up in a recent interview by relating a vignette from a colleague with a 13-year-old son. The boy ran from the house one day shouting, “We don’t have Internet. | Read More

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Energy efficiency saves jobs and money in Minnesota

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July 10th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

A major energy resource exists in Minnesota — somewhere you’d least expect. This resource protects the environment and creates jobs. It is Minnesota’s manufacturing sector and the way manufacturers use energy. Energy efficiency is considered the largest source of new energy. With investments in proven energy-efficiency measures, Minnesota’s largest manufacturers could conserve 20 percent to | Read More

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How Policy Can Drive Progress In The Energy Efficiency Market

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July 8th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

By Kate Zerrenner via EDF Energy efficiency is one of the fastest and most affordable ways to reduce harmful pollution.  Why, then, aren’t we financing more energy efficiency upgrades? Well, simply put, there are quite a few barriers that must be addressed and broken down before energy efficiency skyrockets.  Yes, there are already many buildings that have set | Read More

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Poll: 40 percent see climate change as ‘major threat’ to US

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June 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

from The Hill A new poll finds that Americans are among the least concerned globally about climate change, with less than half seeing it as a threat to their country. A Pew Research Center study released Monday found that 40 percent of Americans said global warming was a major threat, compared to 54 percent of | Read More

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Study Shows U.S. Is Becoming More Energy Efficient

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June 24th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

A new study from the Rexel Foundation has uncovered that the United States has made great strides in becoming more energy efficient and is well positioned for future growth in the sector. Published last week, the Rexel Foundation study looks at the state of energy efficiency, and found that 94% of US electrical contractors feel | Read More

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DOE: $675M saved with LED, could top $1B in 2013

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June 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report analyzing markets where light-emitting diodes (LEDs) compete with traditional lighting sources (e.g., incandescent and fluorescent). The report, Adoption of Light-Emitting Diodes in Common Lighting Applications, provides estimates of current energy savings, plus potential savings if these markets switched to LEDs overnight. Nine markets were analyzed: Four | Read More

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Disincentives to Energy Efficiency Can Be Fixed

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June 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Rebates | No Comments

 A new study finds that utilities aren’t rewarded for adopting energy efficiency programs, and that reforms are needed to make energy efficiency as attractive as renewables. The article, just published in the current issue of Environmental Law, examines key differences between energy efficiency projects and renewable resources. Author Inara Scott, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, | Read More

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