The rising cost of electricity in South Africa and the increased demand on the grid are driving large commercial businesses to implement energy-efficient initiatives and technologies in order to lower operating expenditures, improve profit margins, and enhance their brand image and competitive position.
New research from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) quantifies the financial savings from increased energy efficiency through building codes by evaluating the federal funding for the Energy Department's Building Energy Codes Program, and comparing it to the energy savings over the past two decades.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Energi Insurance Services, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy, have released a report on the energy-efficiency market and the barriers to and opportunities for increasing small to mid-size lender activity in energy-efficiency financing and, ultimately, energy efficiency investments.
The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) has recognized Nicor Gas for its work on the 6 Million Therm Savings campaign, which promotes a program that helps commercial and industrial customers save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Business operations for the New York Green Bank have begun, which is expected to accelerate the transition to a more cost-effective, resilient and clean energy system for the state. The largest green bank in the nation, the NY Green Bank is the largest green bank in the nation is seeking to facilitate the financing of creditworthy clean-energy projects in New York state.
The findings of a national survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research show strong support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to limit carbon pollution from power plants, move away from coal and invest in clean energy.
The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) has released the findings of its second Energy Pro3 Report, conducted by the Cadmus Group. The report evaluated the economic performance of SEEA's 16-city energy efficiency retrofit consortium from 2010 to 2013.
Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl continues to draw an increasing number of viewers that could soon rival that of the Super Bowl.
The Michigan Agri-Business Association is calling for the state's utilities to step up and help Michigan agriculture continue to grow by improving communication access and energy efficiency programs. The association contends that a "significant opportunity" exists for utilities in this regard.
"We are pleased to recognize these game-changing programs that demonstrate leadership in moving the industry forward and drive energy users toward smarter methods of consumption," said Meg Matt, president and CEO of AESP.