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U.S. Used More Energy in 2013 Than the Year Before, But Efficiency Is Up Too

Posted by Pete Danko
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Energy use increased in the United States in 2013 as a fourth consecutive year of economic growth exerted its influence, but the longer-term trend shows the country operating with greater efficiency while also revealing the small but growing role of renewable sources like solar and wind.

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Demand Response Is the Best Cure for Texas’ Ailing Grid

By Marita Mirzatuny
Blog

The Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has, yet again, kicked the can down the road on securing reliable energy to power the state’s growing population. The PUC, the state agency charged with managing electricity rates, meets to securely plan for the future, yet they continue to delay planning meetings. This will benefit no one in the short or long-run.

Clean Coal Test: Power Plants Prepare to Capture Carbon

Can coal be cleaned up? Power plants in Mississippi and Canada will soon find out.
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In Juliette, Georgia, Southern Company operates a coal-fired power plant that is the single largest source of planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions in the United States. In Kemper County, Mississippi, the same company is pioneering a technology that many experts believe will be crucial to preventing a climate disaster: It's building the world's first new power plant designed to capture and store most of its carbon.

World Environment Center and U.S. Department of State Innovate Environmental Performance in Honduras

Press Release

San Pedro Sula, Honduras, March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Based on a unique partnership designed to advance environmental and economic growth in the private sector, the World Environment Center (WEC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, has delivered significant results to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Honduras by improving their performance and strengthening their competitiveness in the international market. WEC’s team worked with Honduran agro-industry to reduce energy and water consumption, minimizing waste and raw material usage and lower operating costs. 

California Drought Dries Up Hydro, But Power Stays On

Solar, wind, natural gas, and planning help stave off energy crisis for parched state.
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California's record drought has parched crops, but hasn't yet dimmed lights or choked the flow of electricity, even though the Golden State, with more than 300 dams, has long been a hydroelectricity leader among U.S. states.
 

Trane “Acceleration Now” Tour Arrives in Miami

Summary: 
  • Enhanced indoor air quality can help improve academic performance in schools, healing in hospitals and productivity for employees
  • Trane will present St. Lucie County School District with Energy Efficiency Leader Award at event
Press Release
  • Enhanced indoor air quality can help improve academic performance in schools, healing in hospitals and productivity for employees
  • Trane will present St. Lucie County School District with Energy Efficiency Leader Award at event

Verizon, in Support of Earth Hour, Will Turn Off Lights at More Than 3,500 Locations Across 40 Countries

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On Saturday (March 29), more than 3,000 Verizon employees around the globe will join the Earth Hour movement. Starting at 8:30 p.m., Verizon and its employees have pledged to turn off lights for one hour at approximately 550 Verizon buildings and 3,000 Verizon employee homes across roughly 40 countries, helping to raise energy-efficiency awareness and promote sustainable living.

To see Verizon's participation in Earth Hour, visit: http://vz.to/PMMy25.

Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future Will Require Lots of Private Capital, but How Do We Get There?

By Victor A. Rojas
Blog

The past two decades have seen a tremendous growth in our understanding of the climate change imperative and in the enormity of the challenge that confronts us. It has become clear that meeting climate change mitigation objectives will require the aggressive deployment of clean energy technologies, substantial amounts of capital, and creative methods of engaging that capital around these activities.

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