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I read a great editorial a while back in Distributed Energy by Elizabeth Cutright.
She highlights how energy efficiency is the way ahead as far as change energy use for environmental, energy security and energy supply reasons.
As she reports – it is what people want to happening compared to new or old forms of power generation. New power stations are needed but the impact of funding into energy efficiency is paramount.
Here is the bulk of the article:
Alternative energy sources are always being sought, it was not that long ago that solar, wind and heat pump were slightly off the wall alternative energy sources – now they are regarded as perfectly normal and needed.
Recently I was reading and interesting blog that offered some other sources of energy you may not have thought about (positiveenergy) – maybe alternatives that will be become fully accepted in the not to distant future.
Nations and governments may rely of Gribbles to combat concerns over energy security, let alone climate change – Gribble, yes Gribbles, check out what the future energy sources could be:
Apart from an interesting article there was a great quote in the piece that could be used powerfully to industry and commerce.
Rob Murray-Leach, the Chief Executive of the Energy Efficiency Council said:
”Economic purists have been telling us that if there were $100 notes lying around, industry would have already picked them up. This report shows that companies have blind spots – sometimes you have to help them find the $100 notes.”
What a great line, but how true as well.
I have just read the news about the latest initiative in the U.S. to encourage states to become more energy efficient and sooner than originally planned – this will help the environment but also the economy as it will lead to financial savings.
This should be great headline grabbing news but it is strange how often “spend, spend, spend” is regarded as sexy while being frugal and saving is regarded as nerdy or introverted.
Fortunately the U.S. is taking a lead in changing what is sexy as far as saving money through energy efficiency is concerned. They have just announced that President Obama’s administration has set up the SEE Action Network (State Energy Efficiency Action Network) to help states achieve maximum cost effective energy efficiency improvements.
A interesting article has appeared in Water, Energy & Environment magazine (which can be read online here) it reproduced for you to enjoy – go to the site if you wish to subscribe to the magazine:
John Osborne at BSI (British Standards Institute) Training encourages organisations to think of energy management as business critical for cost reasons, but equally important as a means to embed sustainability and change across a workforce…
A New York State board has recommended an energy plan to make energy more affordable, particularly through energy efficiency.
In an Energy Efficiency Assesment report issued on Tuesday (click here to see report) New York State provided very interesting recommendations that could move the Empire State to the lead position in the US as far as a clean energy economy is concerned and it makes financial sense as well.
The plan recommends energy efficiency as a major focus for commerce and industry and a new state building code that would also require stricter energy efficiency. Not only will this bring environmental benefits but the costing is a no-brainer, as the return on investment in energy efficiency is substantial – to quote the report:
Copenhagen will be holding the UN Climate Change Conference in December. Many feel this be the ultimate, last-chance gathering to interrupt the progression of global warming by reducing greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.
If so, regardless of the financial prejudice involved, failure to cooperate and agree to compromise will mean a depressing future for our planet and its population. Wealthier nations, such as the US (who didn’t sign the Kyoto accord back in 1997 fearing their economy would suffer), have demonstrated reluctance to cut carbon emissions to avoid the financial contributions entailed.
Unfortunately, until the US decides to sign up to targets, the rest of the world will be unwilling to do so. An example needs to be set, and time is running short.
The Paris-based agency made this appeal at a ministerial meeting held in the headquarters of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Jean-Yves Garnier, the director of the IEA energy statistics office, wished for the ministerial conference to send a clear message to their 28 member states.
Below is the press release from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change:
Reducing energy use will save organisations a total of £1 billion and more than 4MtCO2 each year by 2020
The final details of the UK Government’s scheme to save organisations money on fuel bills and to reduce carbon emissions have been unveiled today by the UK’sDepartment of Energy and Climate Change.