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Intelligent efficiency for new homes and buildings
By Archita Datta Majumdar
According to economist Jeremy Rifkin, we are right on the brink of a new revolution based on the dynamic convergence of telecommunications, mobile technology, the Internet and energy. Rifkin calls this the "new economic paradigm for the 21st century," which will completely change the way we communicate, live and do business. What this has also done is create a definitive path for building energy efficiency by utilizing emerging technologies to harness the untapped energy resource of every building and structure.
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India plans world's largest floating solar power project
After canal-top solar power projects, India is planning to install the world's largest floating solar power project. India's leading hydro power generator National Hydro Power Corporation is planning to set up a 50 MW solar photovoltaic project over the water bodies in the southern state of Kerala. Renewable Energy College will provide assistance to the company for implementing the project.
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  What's your Carbon Footprint?

Compressed air and steam leaks increase the size of your carbon footprint in addition to cutting efficiencies, wasting energy and effecting your bottom line. Click here to view important information on methods, best practices, software and instruments that will help keep your company profitable and improve the environment.

Will offshore wind pick up the speed?
The Huffington Post
Offshore wind facilities could offer a cost-effective and efficient means of drawing a highly abundant source of energy for residential and commercial use. Conventional wind facilities on land, while essential for the renewable energy sector, are troubled by the intermittency of wind strength. Sometimes the wind may blow too slowly, or it may not blow at all, casting public doubt on the reliability of terrestrial wind farms.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AFE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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More ocean off Massachusetts open for wind energy
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell say a large area off the coast is being opened for commercial wind energy leases. The officials say the proposed area is more than 742,000 acres, or more than 1,160 square miles. That's larger than the area of Rhode Island and will nearly double the federal offshore acreage available for commercial-scale wind energy projects.
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Why don't we put solar panels in the Sahara Desert as a source of electricity?
This is a great idea, but... we don't own the Sahara desert. The Sahara is "owned" by Africans in at least 11 countries. Many of those countries are not exactly paragons of political stability (e.g., Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia). The good news is, you don't need a lot of the Sahara covered with solar to make a huge difference.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Buying into solar power, no roof access needed (The New York Times)
Cleantech in the developing world: From solar power to refrigeration (The Guardian)
Energy efficiency opportunities in the manufacturing sector (By Alan Kelsky)
Why implement a sustainability initiative? (By Ryan Moosman)

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