Energy efficiency News for March 2010

Energy efficiency News Archive

Europe expects €1 bn investment in renewable energies this year

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) predict that a new facility will support €1 billion of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects this year.

Regulator funds US279m for renewable energy projects

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved US$279 million over five years for renewable energy projects, part of the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

Small business captures largest share of renewable energy grants

Small business in the United States received 23% of the federal funding for renewable energy support, more than any other sector.

New York: US$24m for renewable energy

New York governor David Paterson has awarded US$24 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to 206 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Wales can dramatically increase renewable energy capacity by 2025

Wales has the potential to generate twice its electricity demand from renewable energy sources within 15 years, according to environment minister Jane Davidson.

EPA, DoE to strengthen energy efficiency label

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DoE) have outlined a series of steps to further strengthen the ENERGY STAR energy efficiency labelling programme.

Europe offers €56m to engage on renewable energy Europe offers €56m to engage on renewable energy

The European Union must engage all levels of society to support renewable energy, if it is to meet its commitment of 20% from renewable energy by 2020.

LA carbon surcharge to boost renewable energy

The mayor of Los Angeles has announced a carbon reduction surcharge, where the proceeds will support a renewable energy trust fund.

US smart grid grant tax-exemption

Awardees under the US$3.4 billion Smart Grid Investment Grant programme in the USA will not have to pay tax on funding under the grant.

Energy efficiency in US could create 333,000 jobs

Proposed US legislation on energy efficiency would create more than half-a-million jobs within two years, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Renewable energy can meet 100% of demand: US study

A study in North Carolina suggests that solar and wind energy could supply 94% of the electricity needs in the state.

Renewable energy and efficiency loans for UK homes

The UK Government has announced a new strategy to make UK homes more energy efficient and increase use of renewable energy.

Wärtsilä and Hitachi Zosen to develop, market fuel cell power plant solutions in Japan

Finland-based Wärtsilä and Hitachi Zosen in Japan have signed a business development agreement to develop and market solid oxide fuel cell based power solutions for distributed power generation applications in Japan.

Financing for renewable energy to save US$22m/a

The state of Massachusetts has launched a new financing plan that will support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at state buildings, saving millions of dollars in energy costs each year while creating jobs and supporting the administration's clean energy goals.

Heliocentris wins further photovoltaic-fuel cell system order in the Gulf

German-based Heliocentris Fuel Cells is to supply an autonomous fuel cell power supply solution to the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAEET), a leading training center in Kuwait.

Sputnik launches central solar inverter series

Sputnik is launching three SolarMax TS solar inverters with rated capacities of 50, 80 and 100 kW and work in the MPP range of 430-800 V.