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U.S. Energy Efficient Hydropower Upgrades Get More Power from Dams

U.S. Energy Efficient Hydropower Upgrades Get More Power from Dams | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

The U.S. has 2,400 hydropower dams, many of which sport out-of-date generating equipment that is, well, generations old. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it all adds up to the potential for a massive energy efficiency upgrade program that could significantly boost U.S. hydropower generation without the monumental expense and environmental disruption involved in new dam construction. In fact, the first round of hydropower upgrades is already underway at an average cost of less than 4 cents per kilowatt-hour.


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'Where Can I Go to See an ISO 50001 Implementation in My Industry Sector?'

'Where Can I Go to See an ISO 50001 Implementation in My Industry Sector?' | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

Paul F. Monaghan explains why he recommends energy managers to set aside the issue of industry sector and visit any local organization that has ISO 50001. The same management issues determine whether or not you have good energy practices.

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Why it's okay to mix up climate mitigation, adaptation

Why it's okay to mix up climate mitigation, adaptation | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

Companies are not actually driven by societal climate change mitigation and adaptation objectives; rather, they are driven by their need to reduce their own business risks by adapting to changing policy, market, and climate forces, and to enhance their competitive advantage through new products and services.

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km-tech: Forecasting tool for energy efficiency

km-tech: Forecasting tool for energy efficiency | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

Balijepalli believes that an efficient power forecasting tool is extremely essential in today’s scenario when our country is facing a power crisis of the worst kind. And with the gap between demand and supply of power continuing to widen, the situation looks bleak. What it requires are drastic steps. Till the time that happens, an innovation like km-tech can be relied upon to ease the situation, as it will help the players in the power sector better manage their power needs and also save them some money in the process. Explaining the issues with the existing forecasting tools, he says, “The existing forecasting technologies face the drawback of using a large historian data before being able to predict to standard practical accuracy levels. Moreover, most of the existing technologies fail to capture the dynamics of even moderately irregular variation patterns of the variables, which are to be estimated. In order to attain these attributes some of these technologies tend to lose the golden property of 'Simplicity'. Extendibility to the future electricity grid environment and applicability to a wide variety of forecasting problems are the other major drawbacks.”


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Data Centers Waste Vast Amounts of Energy, Belying Industry Image

Data Centers Waste Vast Amounts of Energy, Belying Industry Image | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

Worldwide, the digital warehouses use about 30 billion watts of electricity, roughly equivalent to the output of 30 nuclear power plants, according to estimates industry experts compiled for The Times. Data centers in the United States account for one-quarter to one-third of that load, the estimates show.

“It’s staggering for most people, even people in the industry, to understand the numbers, the sheer size of these systems,” said Peter Gross, who helped design hundreds of data centers. “A single data center can take more power than a medium-size town.”


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Developers of ISO 50001 energy management standard honoured

The FINANCIAL -- The achievement of a team of experts who developed the ISO 50001 International Standard for energy management has been recognized through an award for superior performance, presented on 19 September at the 35th ISO General Assembly, held in San Diego, USA.

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The North Face, Wrangler Parent Company To Use Schneider Electric EMS · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

The North Face, Wrangler Parent Company To Use Schneider Electric EMS · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it
VF Corporation has announced it will use Schneider Electric's online energy management and sustainability platform to track energy, water and emissions data across all of its brands including The North Face, Timberland and Wrangler.
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Glut of Offsets Threatens Global Carbon Market · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

Glut of Offsets Threatens Global Carbon Market · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it
The Kyoto Protocol's emissions offset market is oversupplied by 13 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, more than 1,000 times greater than the anticipated demand of 11.5 million mt, according to analysis by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon.
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Hans De Keulenaer's comment, September 19, 2012 6:45 AM
If the 13 billion tons are genuine, it would be great news, as it represents about 3 years of emissions of the Eu, or about half a year of global emissions. However, the collapse of the CDM price requires a more stringent framework. It also creates incentives for governments to fullfil their carbon obligations abroad at a discount.
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Energy Efficiency Looks Beyond the Natural Gas Boom | The Energy Collective

Energy Efficiency Looks Beyond the Natural Gas Boom | The Energy Collective | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

The recent boom in shale gas production and the subsequent decrease in the price of natural gas have left some wondering what the role for energy efficiency will be in the future.

"Historically, the natural gas market has experienced booms and busts where prices ranged from $2 to $16 per million British thermal units (MMBtu). Last winter, the United States entered a boom period driven by unseasonably warm weather and an explosion of domestic shale gas production and prices at historic lows—under $2 per MMBtu. Looking forward, ICF forecasts that prices will not remain at the current low levels. ICF estimates a steady increase in the price of natural gas to more than $4 per MMBtu by the end of 2012. Over the long term ICF forecasts that prices will increase as demand accelerates, bringing the price closer to $7 per MMBtu ($2010). The current wellhead price of gas is currently around $3 per MMBtu, up from $1.89 in April of this year.

Though the United States has made progress advancing energy efficiency, there is still an abundance of untapped energy efficiency resources available. States should make investments in energy efficiency measures first before undertaking expensive fuel switching projects. Doing so will increase stability in the electricity and natural gas sectors creates jobs, lower customer utility bills, reduce pollution, and extend the available supply of natural gas."


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Energy Management & Environmental Performance Apps Any Organization Can Afford

Energy Management & Environmental Performance Apps Any Organization Can Afford | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it
In a recent article by Ashley Halligan, a Software Advice analyst, she outlined three standalone, affordable (one’s free) energy management and environmental performance applications, all mea...
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Dr. John Ryan introduces his book “Reducing Energy Consumption"

Dr. John Ryan introduces his book “Reducing Energy Consumption" | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

Organisations face a number of questions when they are considering their energy efficiency such as why is your company’s electricity bill high? Have you established your company’s energy priorities, and have you considered how the weather conditions can impact on your company’s energy consumption? Are photovoltaic, wind, or biomasses viable solutions to consider for an organisation which wants to put in place an innovative programme of energy efficiency? Have you engaged your staff to support the company’s energy consumption? To these and more questions John Ryan’s book gives coherent, timely answers.


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Beyond energy savings: How green buildings can cut labor costs

Beyond energy savings: How green buildings can cut labor costs | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

Buildings that utilize sustainable design can realize substantial savings in their labor expenses.

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Berlin is waiting

Berlin is waiting | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it
On October 24th and 25th, the EEIP (Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes) will hold its bi-annual congress in Berlin in co-operation with Deneff, the GermanBusiness Initiative for Energy Effic...
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Is Europe on target for energy efficiency?

Is Europe on target for energy efficiency? | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

The EU's Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) was adopted last week by the EU Council, a package of mandatory measures the EU claims could help cut energy consumption by 20% and save €50 billion a year.


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ACEEE | Meaningful Impact: Challenges and Opportunities in Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Evaluation

Impact evaluation of industrial energy efficiency programs is a necessary activity to ensure public funds are used in a responsible manner. However, some stakeholders believe the manner in which industrial programs are currently evaluated for their impacts does not accurately reflect the reality of how customers use industrial energy efficiency programs. Others believe the metrics sought in evaluation are not meaningful and alternatives could be considered.

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Out of disorder comes electricity

Out of disorder comes electricity | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

Nanostructured thermoelectric material breaks record for turning heat into electricity.  Materials known as thermoelectrics use temperature differences to drive electrons from one end to another. The displaced electrons create a voltage that can in turn be used to power other things, much like a battery. A new created material has a conversion efficiency of about 15% — double that of normal PbTe thermoelectrics.

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What is energy efficiency doing to power demand? Maybe something real « The Barrel Blog

Macquarie Equities Research said in a client note several days ago that energy efficiency measures really do seem to be having an impact on electricity demand, and the effect is likely to continue. It’s not just theoretical or wishful, the analysts said. “Unfortunately for investors,” the firm said, “utilities expect this demand destruction to continue or even accelerate.”

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Why should utilities promote energy efficiency?

Why should utilities promote energy efficiency? | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

He acknowledged that there was “an inherent perverse disincentive for utility suppliers to support energy efficiency, since their earnings expand along with increased utilities usage”. Hence, there is a need for suppliers to receive incentives so they could, for instance “take the lead and help an industrial customer retrofit their building to be more energy-efficient, in locations where the customer lacks expertise to do so or faces competing demands for its capital”.

 


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Insurance: the key to renewable energy success? | SmartPlanet

Insurance: the key to renewable energy success? | SmartPlanet | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it
Many banks are wary to finance renewable energy projects, and that hesitation can stall or even stop new projects.
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Workers Not Taking Responsibility for Energy Efficiency

Workers Not Taking Responsibility for Energy Efficiency | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

In the study on workplace habits, just one in ten workers acknowledged energy efficiency as their role, with the results revealing that employees frequently “pass the buck” when it comes to taking responsibility for saving energy at work: many junior executives believed it was the role of the office manager, while many office managers said it was the responsibility of the owner or more senior managers.

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The New York Times > 56% of all energy in the US economy is Wasted Energy

The New York Times > 56% of all energy in the US economy is Wasted Energy | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

Following this NY Times Infographics, "56% of all energy in US economy is wasted.  Some Energy is always lost when fuel are burned and n'est escape.  Inefficient technology and design are also culprits."


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The essentials of energy management - Energy Live News

The essentials of energy management - Energy Live News | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

Energy Live NewsThe Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA) has launched the first of a series of short training courses for energy and facilities managers covering the essential elements in optimising ...

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Energy efficiency good for growth, EU says

The European energy commissioner expressed his support for a move by Parliament to embrace improvements in energy efficiency across the board.
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Can going green improve business productivity?

Can going green improve business productivity? | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it

A new study shows that businesses that adopt green practices have more productive employees than non-green businesses.

On average, employees at companies that observe eco-friendly practices were 16 percent more productive than average employees.

"Adopting green practices isn't just good for the environment," said Magali Delmas, co-author of the study. "It's good for your employees and it's good for your bottom line. Employees in such green firms are more motivated, receive more training and benefit from better interpersonal relationships. The employees at green companies are therefore more productive than employees in more conventional firms."


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Survey: Employees 'passing the buck' on energy saving

Survey: Employees 'passing the buck' on energy saving | Energy Efficiency in Industry | Scoop.it
E.ON trains 4,000 frontline staff in energy saving, after survey finds small businesses are failing to take responsibility for energy efficiency measures...
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