Posts Tagged ‘Energy Efficiency’

‘Boring’ Energy Efficiency Is Biggest CO2-Cutting Tool

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Energy efficiency is the best tool for cutting greenhouse gases and must shed its “boring” image to stimulate spending, the International Energy Agency said.

More than 40 percent of the emissions cuts needed to contain greenhouse gases to safe levels come from measures such as insulation and vehicle and appliance standards, compared with 21 percent from renewables and 8 percent from nuclear power, Philippe Benoit, the agency’s head of energy efficiency, said today in an interview in Bonn,Germany. People need to change their mindset about adopting the measures, he said.

“It’s perceived as boring and intangible, and the combination of the two makes it more difficult to understand,” Benoit said. “It’s much easier for people to understand putting solar panels on their roof and seeing the kilowatt-hours they generate than putting insulation in their home and noting the savings in energy consumption.”

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A Summary of Key Changes in the Farm Bill’s Energy Title

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

(February 11, 2014) President Barack Obama last week signed a Farm Bill after a long grueling process to renew the bill, after the last one ended in 2012. This is the third Farm Bill to include an Energy Title since the first one was established in 2002. ELPC will provide more in-depth resources in coming days but a quick overview of key programs is available at

Midwest Energy News: Illinois raises the bar on energy efficiency

Monday, February 10th, 2014

What happens when the “low-hanging fruit” of energy efficiency runs out?

Illinois is about to find out.

After years of heavy reliance on lighting upgrades and other programs, the state’s two largest utilities, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and Ameren Illinois, are now coming up short on meeting state-mandated efficiency goals.

However, Illinois Commerce Commission orders released last month show there are still plenty of opportunities to further cut energy consumption, according to clean energy advocates who are part of the stakeholder group involved in the proceedings.

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Wind Energy Has Dramatically Cut Global Warming Pollution In The US

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

As required by Congress, the EPA recently released annual greenhouse gas data “detailing carbon pollution emissions and trends broken down by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region, and individual facility.”

Interestingly, in 2012, coal-fired electricity generation increased while natural gas generation decreased considerably. This is counter to all the talk about the shale gas revolution (“bridge,” if you’re optimistic), including a line right in the first paragraph of the EPA press release — “The data, required to be collected annually by Congress, highlight a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions as more utilities switch to cleaner burning natural gas.”

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21 Steps to Reduce Global Warming

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

A report published in the journal Nature Climate Change proposes 21 steps that countries, cities, and companies can take to reduce global warming in the absence of an international treaty. The suggestions include reducing deforestation, phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, and many steps that individuals are already taking to increase energy efficiency in their homes and businesses.

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