energy efficiency investment Articles

  • How risky are energy efficiency investments?

    Last week’s announcement of $8.3 billion – and possibly as much as $54.5 billion – in US federal loan guarantees for nuclear power plants sparked debate about risk of default on loans. What are the chances the plants will be built? Critics unearthed a Congressional Budget Office report citing a 50% risk the projects will fail. The Department of Energy countered that the report is seven years old ...

  • Lessons from Thailand: Mobilizing Investment in Energy Efficiency

    Developing countries will need about $531 billion of additional investments in clean energy technologies every year in order to limit global temperature rise to 2° C above pre-industrial levels, thus preventing climate change’s worst impacts. To attract investments on the scale required, developing country governments, with ...

  • Energy efficient ferrero group invests in GEM

    Thermal Energy International Inc is pleased to announce that Energhe S.p.A. has made Thermal Energy International’s GEM venturi orifice steam traps its steam trap of choice following rigorous testing at Ferrero Group’s headquarters in Alba, Italy.   Founded in 2007 by parent company, Ferrero Group, Energhe S.p.A. develops energy efficient projects and financial savings for ...

  • Investing in Energy Efficiency: The 10% Rule [Infographic]

    Are you an energy manager that has recently been tasked to invest in energy efficiency measures, but have no idea how much they will cost? Does your existing energy management project need a financial boost that you don’t know how to estimate? Or perhaps you are one of the 62% of companies citing lack of access to finance & capital as their biggest barrier to implementing energy-saving ...


    By DEXMA

  • Create new jobs & cut emissions by investing in renewable energy efficiency

    At a time when major US companies are announcing job layoffs almost daily, the renewable energy industry is hiring new workers every day to build wind farms, install rooftop solar arrays, and build solar thermal and geothermal power plants. The output of industrial firms that manufacture the equipment for these energy facilities is expanding by well over 30 percent a year. These investments both ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Why Chiller Efficiency and Maintenance are Key Facility Investments

    Typically, a chiller is the single largest consumer of power and most expensive piece of equipment in a building, so it’s logical to allocate time and budget towards energy efficiency and equipment maintenance. Without routine chiller maintenance, energy usage can double in just a ...

  • Energy Efficiency is PRO Business

    There is a lot of current debate about whether the State of WA should require utilities to make greater investments in energy efficiency. This has caused some waves within the business community which has legitimate concerns about energy prices and is usually in opposition to government mandates and. Although not proven, the common belief amongst businesses is that laws requiring investments in ...

  • Energy efficiency and calling in the dogs

    By Elisa Wood January 26, 2011   My dogs came in immediately when I called them tonight. The cookies I’ve recently begun serving up upon their return seem be making an impression.  At last they see a reason to leave behind all the fun things to chase in the woods.   Yes, I’ve been slow to understand – or at least enact – the basic ...

  • Hot sectors for energy efficiency

    It’s clear that the energy efficiency industry is undergoing an unprecedented boom, spurred by state and federal support and movement toward a smarter grid. But for those in the industry, where exactly can the new business – and the jobs – be found?Two new reports by Colorado-based Pike Research shed some light.After years of focusing on bringing efficiency to manufacturing, policymakers are ...

  • Energy efficiency policy in Slovenia

    Slovenia set up its own energy efficiency policy in the Strategy of Energy Use and Supply of Slovenia, adopted by the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia in early 1996. Energy efficiency policy in Slovenia is in harmony with the European Commission's policy concerning the promotion of energy efficiency. The new Energy Act, adopted in September 1999, defines energy efficiency as equally ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • What’s undermining energy efficiency?

    Exhilaration swept through the energy efficiency industry as city after city, state after state and nation after nation set aggressive energy saving goals over the last several years. But with target dates nearing in certain jurisdictions, a more sober attitude now  permeates. Some governmentsare asking: Are we ...

  • Energy Efficiency and the Solydra Effect

    Not so long ago the green energy movement celebrated because President Obama used words like ‘renewable energy’ and ‘climate change’ in his inaugural speech. It was a first for a US president. Now comes the ...

  • Best states for energy efficiency

    If you live in Connecticut, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey or Ohio your state is doing something right – a lot right – when it comes to energy efficiency. The ten states deserve kudos, in that order, for policies that encourage energy efficiency, according to a report issued this week by the Center for American Progress ...

  • Energy efficiency, the Nerd

    The renewable energy business has done a remarkable job at positioning itself in the public psyche as the ‘it girl’ of our era.  Just about everyone – politicians, celebrities, major industries – likes to be seen as pro-renewable. But if renewable energy is the girl that everyone wants to be ...

  • Energy efficiency and a cold marriage

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  • Data center energy efficiency, renewable energy, and carbon offset investment best practices

    Learn how to green your organization’s energy consumption, and achieve both energy savings and public relations benefits with this comprehensive guide. Get actionable advice on energy sustainability from green pioneers in IT. Many IT firms with large data centers and other energy intensive operations are adopting cutting-edge strategies to reduce their substantial energy costs and ...

  • Energy Efficiency Economics: Beyond 101

    At first blush, the economics of energy efficiency seem straightforward. A business installs lighting controls or some other improvement. The business then sees its energy costs drop. From the savings, the business repays the investment over weeks, months or years, and then turns a profit on the asset. While that ...

  • Investing in a Low-Carbon Energy Future in the Developing World

    The need to address climate change while facilitating continued economic growth and social progress is one of the key challenges facing world leaders today. Energy is critical to continued economic growth and according to the International Energy Agency (IEA); population growth and increasing industrialization will drive demand for energy upwards by more than 50% between now and 2030. Fossil ...

  • Energy Efficiency prospects: What to watch

    Events unfolding in two US Northeast states – New York and Massachusetts – signal increased business opportunity for energy efficiency companies, green architects, lighting contractors, smart grid innovators and others in the business of saving energy. First, the energy efficiency world should keep an eye on debate over the possible shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in ...

  • Export opportunity for US energy efficiency?

    For a long time the energy efficiency industry operated largely under the two-guys-and-a-truck-model: local businesses made up of small contractors. Then the ‘super’ energy efficiency service companies (ESCOs) emerged, big operations taking on big contracts often for government, schools or hospitals, like the $35 million deal that Pepco Energy Services signed with the Prince ...

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