Economy

Why is energy so expensive in the New England?

June 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

There are several reasons but it begins with the fact that it does not have its own indigenous power supply like the coal of the south, the oil of Texas or big hydro of the Pacific Northwest. Second, New England’s electricity grid is largely self-contained, with some power lines bringing in electricity from outside. Think | Read More

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17% of the World population still does not have electricity

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June 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Governments and businesses must double or even triple investments in new clean sources of energy, according to a new World Bank report that warns over a billion people still lack access to reliable electricity supplies. The report, is the first to explore how to meet goals set by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that aim to | Read More

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Making buildings 30% more energy efficient would save $34 Billion per year

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May 31st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Energy efficiency is a good business decision for businesses, homeowners and the government, said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corp. United Technologies Corp., in collaboration with the Rhodium Group, analyzed the impact of a 30 percent improvement in U.S. | Read More

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Help businesses in Maine cut costs with energy efficiency

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May 28th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

By Ray Levesque, Dan Brooks and Matt Damon We represent three of the 252 Maine businesses that wrote to the Legislature’s energy and utilities committee, to urge it to adopt policies to increase Maine’s use of cost-effective energy efficiency. Doing so will lower energy costs, protect and create jobs, and improve Maine’s economy by keeping | Read More

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10 Tips to Save Energy in the Restaurant

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May 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 3 Comments

As the economy and the foodservice industry appear to be gaining steam, energy efficiency is not being utilized by thousands of restaurants across the country. While restaurant owners are conditioned to keep a tight rein on food and labor costs, when it comes to overhead, many throw up their hands in frustration and resignation. They | Read More

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REPORT: Energy Efficiency for Commercial Facilities can save Trillions

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May 14th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Commercial facilities in the U.S. account for more than 70 percent of the nation’s energy consumption annually. According to findings from GTM Research’s Intelligent Efficiency report, energy-efficiency resources in the buildings industry are vast and getting greater. There is an enormous opportunity for businesses looking to tap into energy-efficiency reserves. However, most are not yet | Read More

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Is energy efficiency a political choice?

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May 6th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

Energy independence rather than the benefits of cutting carbon emissions, could be the key to persuading some US shoppers to invest in energy efficiency, according to a new study. A new study out of the University of Pennsylvania finds that people who are more politically conservative are less in favor of investing in energy-efficiency technology. It | Read More

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Ohio schools lead the country in energy efficiency

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May 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Schools | No Comments

Ohio leads the nation in energy-efficient LEED schools, saving millions of dollars on energy costs statewide. And cash-strapped districts are hoping voters appreciate those financial benefits as they make their cases for levy approvals. The state’s top rank is in large part because of the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s (OSFC) adoption of the Leadership in Energy | Read More

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T5 & T8 sales increase but who is still buying T12’s?

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

The latest NEMA’s shipment indexes for T5 and T8 liner fluorescent lamps show an increase of 2.1% and 15.1% in 4Q 2012. Even with these gains they were not able to offset decreases earlier in the year. The T5 lamp index posted an annual reading of 159, a decline of 10.7 year over year decline. T8 lamps | Read More

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Walmart works to cut $1 billion from annual energy costs

April 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Walmart is eyeing greater energy efficiency and less reliance on fossil fuels as key drivers of its low-cost, low-price business model. The company announced several new targets April 16 that are designed to put it further along the path to becoming supplied 100 percent by renewable energy and to save an estimated $1 billion annually in | Read More

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