This week’s briefs

This week’s briefs

There are some good news items this week. They concern the upcoming World Sustainable Energy Days, the Central and Eastern European Energy Efficiency Forum and the nomination of Energy Pages for an important award in Germany.   • World Sustainable Energy Days coming soon The World Sustainable Energy Days, one of the largest annual conferences … Continue reading

Latest update on sustainable energy finance

Latest update on sustainable energy finance

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) provides the January update on global developments in sustainable energy finance.   January 2016 Sustainable Energy Finance Update During the month of January, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Nordic … Continue reading

Regulatory decisions in Nevada effectively killing the booming rooftop solar market

Regulatory decisions in Nevada effectively killing the booming rooftop solar market

The energy transition depends on effective long-term policies and consistent market signals. Jacques Leslie explains recent developments by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to introduce new tariffs that will cut by three-quarters users’ reimbursements for feeding electricity into the grid.   Nevada’s Solar Bait-and-Switch WHEN President Obama proclaimed in his State of the Union address … Continue reading

Now we are even phasing out CFLs

Now we are even phasing out CFLs

The lighting industry is going through an interesting period with great technological developments that are having an important impact on overall consumption. Diane Cardwell writes in the New York Times about the decision by General Electric to stop manufacturing CFLs in favour of LEDs.   G.E. to Phase Out CFL Bulbs Just a few years … Continue reading

Appreciating the benefits of green buildings

Appreciating the benefits of green buildings

The World Green Building Council has recently published new research suggesting greener shops can boost customer experience – and grow the bottom line. Madeleine Cuff explains the results in an article on the BusinessGreen website.   How retailers can harness green buildings to boost profits Shopping can be a miserable experience. Dragging handfuls of heavy … Continue reading

The innovative use of smart glass

The innovative use of smart glass

There is a good article on the Glass on Web website about the benefits of smart glass. It is encouraging to see such developments.   Improving Energy Efficiency with Smart Glass As the importance of energy efficiency becomes more apparent, the use of renewable energy sources and better insulation has sky rocketed. However, more innovative … Continue reading

Fast-growing economies and understanding the benefits of improved energy efficiency

Fast-growing economies and understanding the benefits of improved energy efficiency

Bain Insights from Bain & Company provide a good article on the Forbes website concerning the commitment to energy efficiency that emerging economies are keeping, even with the fall in energy prices. These are welcome developments.   Emerging Markets Are Finally Getting Serious About Energy Efficiency Companies in energy, manufacturing, financial services and many other … Continue reading