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US vs. Europe: Comparing different approaches to renewable energy
By Stefanie Heerwig
Let's assume this statement is true: The world is running toward a huge climate crisis. Now, what should we do, and what is the best approach of creating the right policy in a fight against time? The common assumption, when comparing the European Union and the U.S., is that the U.S. approach to renewable energy is lagging behind the EU. Against this tide of arguments, however, there are several points that speak for the U.S. approach. For instance, why should a national energy policy be necessarily better, if a fragmented policy can also lead to equally good results?
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Mideast looks at $50 billion to spend on solar power by 2020
United Press International
The Middle East, spearheaded by the oil-rich Persian Gulf monarchies, could spend up to $50 billion on developing solar power over the next seven years, says the Middle East Solar Industry Association. The MESIA group based in Dubai, financial center of the United Arab Emirates, estimates the region will install 12,000-15,000 megawatts of solar power by 2020, with another 22,000-25,000 gigawatts from other renewable energy sources such as wind and hydro-power.
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India nearly doubled its solar power capacity in 2013
India added just over 1 gigawatt of solar energy to its electrical grid last year, a major milestone that nearly doubles the country's cumulative solar energy capacity to 2.18 gigawatts. After a slow start to the year, solar installation picked up rapidly — a good sign that India will be able to meet its ambitious solar targets going forward. India hopes to install 10 GW of solar by 2017 and 20 GW by 2022.
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Tricks of the trade: Energy usage patterns
Today's Facility Manager
Q: What is the best or most effective energy efficiency recommendation you can make for facility managers?
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3 steps to energy efficiency for your facility
By Mandy Gardner
The steady expansion of the energy efficiency industry is occurring in a number of ways in America, from the installation of alternative fueling stations to the implementation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design strategies in various buildings and institutions. In 2014, facility managers should be focusing on three technological modernizations: updated energy meters, facility software upgrades and serious efficiency goals for this year and the future.
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US military doubles energy-efficiency projects
Deployment of clean energy technologies is accelerating across military installations operated by the U.S. Department of Defense, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew's new report, "Power Surge," reveals that the number of energy saving and efficiency projects at military installations has more than doubled from fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2012, from 630 to 1,339. The number of renewable energy projects increased from 454 to 700 during the same period.
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