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New York puts up $36 million for energy-efficient buildings

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state is putting up $36 million to increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings such as office towers, universities, hospitals and retail stores. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority says the money is for two new initiatives estimated to cut the energy bills of participating buildings by more than $200 million over ...

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Oakland University conference focuses on energy efficiency

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — A conference at Oakland University in Rochester will explore use of combined heat and power to boost energy efficiency by reducing waste. “Combined heat and power” is also known as cogeneration. Such systems produce electricity and useful thermal energy in one package. Backers say they avoid losses that happen when heat and power are generated separately. ...

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Maple sugar producers offered rebates for energy efficiency

Maple sugar producers offered rebates for energy efficiency

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s energy efficiency utility is offering rebates to maple sugar makers to help them make their operations more energy efficient. Efficiency Vermont says most Vermont sugar makers use oil or wood-fired evaporators to boil their sap. But it says reverse osmosis systems can remove more than 75 percent of the water from sap before boiling, reducing ...

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Lights out: Cities worldwide mark the 10th annual Earth Hour

The Trevi fountain is seen with its lights switched off, on the occasion of the 10th annual Earth Hour, in Rome, Saturday, March 19, 2016. In several Italian cities officials switched off lights normally illuminating major monuments in a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change. (Giorgio Onorati/ANSA via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Cities around the world turned out the lights Saturday evening to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change. As night came on, the lights went out in cities from South Korea to the United States in what the World Wildlife Fund describes ...

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Cuomo challenges NY students to $3M clean energy contest

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Image: Pat Arnow via Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s governor is offering $1 million to the best proposal created by college students for using renewable energy to power their campus. Andrew Cuomo announced the “Energy to Lead” competition on Friday. Three winning teams will each receive $1 million prizes to begin implementing their plans. The contest will be operated by the State Energy Research ...

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Pittsburgh-based TEN takes client-centered approach in energy efficiency

When municipal leaders in Harrisburg decided to replace the financially ailing city’s network of inefficient streetlights with LEDs — all 6,127 of them — international firms came to town offering their name-brand services and products. The team from The Efficiency Network, the least-known candidate for the contract, was the only bidder that offered options, including samples from different manufacturers that ...

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Asian Development Bank doubles climate financing

STOCKHOLM — The Asian Development Bank says it will double its funding to fight climate change to $6 billion by 2020. The Manila, Philippines-based ADB says that means its spending on tackling global warming will rise to about 30 percent of its overall financing. The bank said Friday it will dedicate $4 billion to lowering greenhouse gas emissions “through scaling ...

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PHS: green business is good business

How can a hospital get a handle on energy efficiency? For the past eight years, Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico has opted to control its energy usage from a centralized location. The Albuquerque Business Journal described the heart of the hospital’s energy handle as “Hollywood’s version of a government control room,” complete with carded entry to a room filled ...

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Boulder could require businesses to disclose energy efficiency

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Boulder’s commercial and industrial sector produces 41 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, and city officials hope that requiring businesses to rate and report their own energy performance and make certain upgrades can put a dent in those emissions. This summer, the Boulder City Council will consider an ordinance that would make rating and public reporting of energy performance ...

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House backs bill to boost energy efficiency

WASHINGTON — The House gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency, sending the measure to the White House. The bill, approved on a voice vote, includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. Senators approved the bill last month, also by voice vote. The measure, sponsored by Democratic Sen. ...

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