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Taipei's Campaign Targets Heavy Energy Users
Taipei's Campaign Targets Heavy Energy Users

Wednesday 30th June 2010

THE Taipei city government revealed yesterday that it is starting an energy-saving campaign in July aimed at the heavier power users, such as hotels, office buildings and department stores, who will be requested to maintain an indoor temperature no lower than 26 degrees Celsius. Hau Lung-bin, the city mayor, stated that ...

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Russian Budget Proposes Property Tax Break for Energy Efficiency
Russian Budget Proposes Property Tax Break for Energy Efficiency

Wednesday 30th June 2010

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's annual Budget Address was posted on the Russian Presidential website yesterday, and amongst the many proposals is one focusing on energy efficiency. Medvedev proposes that enterprises, which operate energy-efficiently and use energy efficient equipment will be exempt from property tax. “To introduce new technologies in the economy it ...

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Tough Energy Saving Rules for Caloocan City Employees
Tough Energy Saving Rules for Caloocan City Employees

Tuesday 29th June 2010

THE Filipino city of Caloocan, part of metropolitan Manila and just north of the city, is to apply strict measures in its energy conservation program, which will force all city government offices to save on its bills. The City Mayor, Enrico “Recom” Echiverri, said : “Besides the savings we make from paying ...

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Cuyahoga County Three Year Retrofit Pay Back
Cuyahoga County Three Year Retrofit Pay Back

Tuesday 29th June 2010

CUYAHOGA County in Ohio State, U.S., is taking advantage of Federal stimulus funding and local taxes to cut the amount of energy used in 15 of the County’s own buildings. The U.S. Department of Energy is submitting a grant of $1.9 million, covering 40 percent of the project, with the rest, ...

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Indian SMEs Encouraged to Become Energy Efficient
Indian SMEs Encouraged to Become Energy Efficient

Monday 28th June 2010

THE Indian governmental Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), with the support of the Ministry of Power, has started putting into action its national energy efficiency program. There have been 35 small and medium enterprise (SME) groups selected and BEE aims at encouraging SMEs to implement energy efficient technologies and practices ...

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Energy Saving Businesses Booming
Energy Saving Businesses Booming

Monday 28th June 2010

A recent report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the United States has shown the expected expansion for energy service companies (ESCOs) to be around 26% annual growth from 2009-2011 with the revenue reaching $7.1 billion. ESCOs are private companies that typically offer energy savings improvements under long-term performance ...

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Indian Cabinet Agree Energy Efficiency Measures
Indian Cabinet Agree Energy Efficiency Measures

Friday 25th June 2010

THE Indian Cabinet have approved the implementation framework of the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE), one of the eight Missions of India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change. The Mission’s goal is to save 23 million tonne of oil equivalent fuel and to avoid the need to build additional ...

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Pakistan's Energy Problems Continue
Pakistan's Energy Problems Continue

Thursday 24th June 2010

WE have reported regularly on the problems of energy supply in Pakistan, where draconian measures have been enacted, if not fully implemented. Due to a shortage of capacity from their power stations the Pakistani government imposed restrictions on opening times for retail and businesses and even reduced opening for their own ...

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"Energy Efficiency is Vital for our Future" - EU and Ukraine Coference

Thursday 24th June 2010

“ENERGY efficiency is vital for our future. Demand for energy is growing, and climate change is now at the centre of the political agenda.” So stated James Wilson, the Director of the EU Ukraine Business Council, ahead of a conference focusing on energy efficiency. The European Union (EU) and Ukraine have developed ...

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China Contiues Push for Energy Efficiency
China Contiues Push for Energy Efficiency

Thursday 24th June 2010

THE Chinese Vice Premier appealed for greater efforts in increasing awareness of energy-savings as well as seeing more investments into research for energy-efficiency technology. Vice Premier Li Keqiang made his remark last week in correspondence to the sponsors of China’s 20th national energy-saving publicity week. Campaigns and promotional activities were organised during ...

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Office Blocks Need to Provide Energy Efficiency Data
Office Blocks Need to Provide Energy Efficiency Data

Wednesday 23rd June 2010

A draft law was passed by the Australian Federal Government’s lower house yesterday, which states that office block owners will now have to disclose their building's energy efficiency to buyers or lessees. The Australian government aim is for owners of big commercial office buildings to release energy efficiency ratings before ...

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UK Budget Squeeze - Energy Management Needed
UK Budget Squeeze - Energy Management Needed

Wednesday 23rd June 2010

THE UK’s new coalition government’s Chancellor George Osborne unveiled £29 billion worth of tax rises, pay freezes and cuts and warned more pain will follow later. The pain is due to Britain’s huge deficit, currently around £900 billion, and with these difficult decisions being taken by government British commerce, industry and ...

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U.S. EPA Reckon American Power Act Could Cut Costs Initially
U.S. EPA Reckon American Power Act Could Cut Costs Initially

Tuesday 22nd June 2010

THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated the proposed American Power Act promoted by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman could initially cut consumer energy costs. The economic analysis of the energy and climate change bill by the EPA, says it would be affordable for both consumers and industry. While energy ...

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Taiwan Council to Create Green Jobs
Taiwan Council to Create Green Jobs

Tuesday 22nd June 2010

THE Taiwanese Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) revealed yesterday one or two projects are in their plans for this year that will help create green jobs. CEPD is Taiwan’s top economic planning agency and this latest scheme is driven by 2010 being the year of energy conservation and CO2 ...

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Indian State Combats Energy Shortage with Efficiency Workshop
Indian State Combats Energy Shortage with Efficiency Workshop

Monday 21st June 2010

INDIAN State Maharashtra faces severe power shortage, hence the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) is today holding an interactive workshop on 'Energy conservation, renewable energy and energy audits'. The workshop is bringing together the private sector with the government on a single platform so they can learn ...

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New Book Focuses on Energy Efficiency
New Book Focuses on Energy Efficiency

Monday 21st June 2010

Last week we reported on U.S. President Barak Obama’s Oval Office address about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, when he stated it was part of his proposed plan to end the U.S. "addiction to fossil fuels," and bang on cue a new book supports this proposal. Invisible Energy: Strategies to ...

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United States Retailers Concerned about Energy Efficiency
United States Retailers Concerned about Energy Efficiency

Friday 18th June 2010

NATIONAL retailers in the US are increasingly concerned about energy efficiency and are making efforts to promote cost-saving, sustainable business practices. This was the findings of a survey conducted in the U.S. by an energy company and Chain Store Age, a leading industry trade publication, the survey was been carried out ...

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South Korea Investing Billions to become Energy Efficient
South Korea Investing Billions to become Energy Efficient

Friday 18th June 2010

One of Asia's biggest energy consumers, South Korea is investing $88 billion over the next five years to improve its energy efficiency. This investment is attracting many South Korean companies into the energy-efficiency trend. There are 68 energy saving technologies being advertised for homeowners and businesses to use. A model ...

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Obama Talks Oil Spill and the U.S. Energy Future
Obama Talks Oil Spill and the U.S. Energy Future

Thursday 17th June 2010

BARAK Obama used his Oval Office address on Tuesday to solicit support for a climate and energy bill, with critics complaining there were few details about what his administration wants in Senate legislation. Supporters of a thorough energy and climate legislation were looking for Obama to layout his intentions and plans ...

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Energy Efficiency Measures Set to Achieve Security in Brunei
Energy Efficiency Measures Set to Achieve Security in Brunei

Thursday 17th June 2010

THE Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Strategy in Brunei requires a shared effort in order to achieve energy security and sustainability was the theme of an address by Dato Paduka Hj Ali Hj Apong, the Brunei's Deputy Minister of Development.. "Brunei's current reliance on oil and gas as the sole source ...

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Indian Development Agency Tightens Energy Building Code
Indian Development Agency Tightens Energy Building Code

Wednesday 16th June 2010

THE Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in north India is going to enforce the countries Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), which specifies the energy performance requirements for all commercial buildings that are constructed in India, to reduce energy use by commerce in the Haryana region. A HUDA spokesman said the ECBC ...

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Australian Cities are Livable but not Sustainable
Australian Cities are Livable but not Sustainable

Wednesday 16th June 2010

“Australia’s major cities consistently rate among the most livable, but live ability is not the same as sustainability,” said Australian Conservation Foundation’s (ACF) executive director Don Henry, adding: “Australians use more water and energy and own more cars per person than the citizens of almost any other developed country. “Many decades of ...

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China Turns to Industrial Workers for Energy Saving Advice
China Turns to Industrial Workers for Energy Saving Advice

Tuesday 15th June 2010

IN China’s on going efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the country has started a national campaign to obtain energy saving advice from industrial workers. The programme will run for the rest of 2010 and was initiated by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the All China Federation of ...

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EU Subsidy for Lebanese SME Investment in Energy Efficiency
EU Subsidy for Lebanese SME Investment in Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 15th June 2010

The European Union (EU) is providing a €15 million facility that will help investments in energy efficiency for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Lebanon. An EU Delegation visited the middle eastern country at the end of last week and announced that the subsidy will reduce the exposure of Lebanese ...

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China Take Hard Line on Energy Consumption
China Take Hard Line on Energy Consumption

Monday 14th June 2010

2010 is the final year of China’s 11th Five-Year Plan and hence all the targets of the plan have to be reached by the end of this year. This includes the emission reduction goal and today, China expressed its determination to achieve the target. The Minister of Industry and Information, Li ...

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