Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cryptic Barriers to Energy Efficiency

Much time and effort has been invested in addressing the market barriers that inhibit greater investment in energy efficiency technologies and practices in the buildings sector. In addition to these common and well-known barriers (e.g., split incentives, asymmetrical information, higher … Continue reading

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Recap of recent EESI briefings on energy efficiency, resilience and more

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), a not-for-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus, provides timely climate change information and develops innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path. … Continue reading

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UK issues tough biomass standards & promises no changes until 2027

The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released sustainability requirements for power generation using biomass that it says will provide clear targets and investor stability through 2027. The policy, “Increasing the Use of Low-Carbon Technologies,” is focused … Continue reading

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Waste wood biomass an untapped resource for B.C. communities

Randy Shore reports in the Vancouver Sun on a study published by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), which concludes that waste wood from logging and forest fire mitigation could replace 30 to 50 per cent of the fossil … Continue reading

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Steam Power: Underground system of tunnels and piping heats and cools downtown Hartford

John A. Lahtinen, writing in Hartford Business, covers the vital infrastructure of district heating and cooling in Hartford Connecticut, and the company that makes it work—Hartford Steam, which is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA). Underneath the … Continue reading

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World petroleum use sets record high in 2012 despite declines in North America and Europe

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released a new report, International Energy Statistics, which finds that the world’s consumption of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, heating oil, and other petroleum products reached a record high of 88.9 million barrels per … Continue reading

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Johnson Controls invests in startup Optimum Energy in venture collaboration focusing on energy efficiency

Yuliya Chernova reports in The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Business News on an unusual venture collaboration between Johnson Controls and Optimum Energy LLC, both members of the International District Energy Association (IDEA). The result is a collaborative arrangement … Continue reading

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Amory Lovins: Three major energy trends to watch

Amory B. Lovins, cofounder, chief scientist, and chairman emeritus of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), has identified three major energy trends in the U.S.:  acceleration in energy efficiency, which he defines as electricity consumed per dollar of real GDP; growth … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Issues Final Report

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, which was established by an Executive Order issued by President Obama on December 7, 2012, has issued its report “Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy.” The Task Force is Chaired by Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the … Continue reading

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Metso to supply biomass-fired district heating plant to Elenia Lämpö in Turenki, Finland

Metso, a global supplier of technology and services to customers in the process industries, has announced that it will supply a biomass-fired heating plant for district heating production to Elenia Lämpö in Turenki, Finland. The heating plant is scheduled to … Continue reading

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