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IEA: Energy efficiency crucial to solving 'energy trillema'
BusinessGreen
Energy efficiency will have to play a much more central role if countries are to bring down emissions and tackle rising energy bills, according to a major new report which also warns the world remains on course for dangerous levels of climate change. The International Energy Agency's 2013 World Energy Outlook predicts energy sector emissions will increase 20 percent to 2035, largely as a result of growing demand for energy in Asia and the Middle East.
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Solar panels: Not just big rectangles on the roof anymore
Gizmodo
In designing the 28th Street Apartments in South Los Angeles, architects at KoningEizenberg had several underlying missions: To restore an 80-year-old structure, to add a new residential wing, and to modernize the entire complex, making it more sustainable. In sunny L.A., adding solar energy was a no-brainer. But where exactly to add that solar is becoming an increasingly difficult question.
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Maryland: $95 million in energy-efficiency funding approved
The Baltimore Sun
Maryland regulators approved about $95 million in funding requests for energy-efficiency programs run by utilities, including nearly $47 million aimed at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers. The money is for EmPOWER Maryland, a state effort to reduce electricity use by helping residents and businesses make their properties do more with less. It includes such programs as efficiency checkups for homes, rebates for purchasing more efficient appliances and incentives to reduce the cost of business improvements.
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New York ranks 3rd in energy efficiency
Westfair Communications
New York ranked as the third most energy-efficient state for the third consecutive year, according to an annual scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, a nonprofit that provides businesses and government with policy research, communications and technical assistance in energy efficiency.
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Correctional center combines sustainability, efficiency
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The Goose Creek Correctional Center emulates a small city to better prepare inmates for community re-entry upon their release. This medium security prison houses 1,536 inmates throughout the five-building complex. The entire project team was engaged from the onset in an integrated design-build process, which parallels design and construction within the same project schedule. This approach expedites utility work ahead of architecture and system trim-outs.
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Brazil gives fossil fuels advantage over wind in power auction
Bloomberg
Brazil will allow developers of power projects that use natural gas and other fossil fuels to sell their output at higher prices than wind farms next month. Builders of small hydroelectric dams and thermoelectric plants that run on coal, gas or biomass will have to sell power below 144 reais ($61.72) at a Dec. 13 auction, the Brasilia-based electricity regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica said on its website. In contrast, wind developers must bid below 122 reais.
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Microsoft signs wind energy power purchase agreement
Energy Manager Today
Microsoft signed its first long-term (20-year) power purchase agreement for wind energy. The agreement with RES Americas will be funded in part by proceeds from Microsoft's carbon fee. Per the PPA, Microsoft will purchase all of the energy from Keechi Wind project, a new 110 MW wind facility to be constructed 70 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Texas. The wind farm is on the same electric grid that powers Microsoft's data center in San Antonio, according to a Microsoft blog posting.
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