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Power and utilities sector – Emerging Issues – Deloitte Report

August 17, 2011 by

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Deloitte recently published the report “Empowering ideas 2011: A  look at then of the emerging issues in the power and utilities sector”. A set of significant factors including huge demand growth from countries such as India, China and supply side dependencies on  fossil fuels,  growth of renewables, climate change negotiation difficulties and the realization of […]

Energy efficiency measures to get boost from Chinese government

July 6, 2011 by

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In the bid to cope up with the rapidly growing demand, Chinese government is considering plans to subsidize the use of energy-efficient materials and RE technologies in new buildings. This would be coupled with provincial and municipal governments imposing stricter efficiency standards than the current norms. The Chinese government has controlling the electricity prices to […]

Climate change actions – best and worst performing countries to be awarded by Richard Branson

April 5, 2011 by

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Richard Branson recently announced new awards for the best and worst performing countries on climate change action. The British billionaire entrepreneur is the co-founder of the Carbon War Room, a non-profit organisation that promotes business solutions to climate change. These awards are being added to the high-profile Gigaton Awards to spur government action. The Gigaton […]

China – Clean energy spending overtakes the US

March 17, 2011 by

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A recent report by the Institute for Policy Studies says that China is investing twice as much on clean energy as the US does.China spends much lesser on military by comparison. China spends between $2 – $3 on military for each $1 on climate change. The US on the other hand spent $94 on military […]

Measuring energy performance in commercial buildings now has a new ASTM standard

March 2, 2011 by

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In the United States, the local and state governments are increasingly adopting regulations mandating the reporting of building energy usage. American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM) has recently released a standard for collecting, compiling, and analyzing energy use in commercial buildings. This standard is a set of guidelines under the title “Standard Practice for […]

GHG guidelines for states issued by EPA

January 25, 2011 by

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently released guidelines for states to issue permits for industrial facilities that are major sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These guidelines will be relevant to the states when new federal regulations take effect on January 2, 2011. These guidelines have been crafted to give states flexibility in deciding […]

CCX discontinues the GHG cap-and-trade

January 25, 2011 by

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Chicago Climate Exchange (“CCX”) recently announced that they the CCX emission reduction program will be discontinued at the conclusion of its Phase I and Phase II program at the end of this year. CCX was launched in 2003 and it’s emission reduction program was the first voluntary greenhouse gas (“GHG”) cap-and-trade scheme in North America. […]