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2010-08-24 12:04:04

Americans are using less energy overall and making more use of renewable energy resources. The United States used significantly less coal and petroleum in 2009 than in 2008, and significantly more wind power. There also was a decline in natural gas use and increases in solar, hydro and geothermal power according to the most recent energy flow charts released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. "Energy use tends to follow the level of economic activity, and that level declined last...

2010-08-18 02:42:16

Wave energy is surging ahead as a viable source of renewable energy to generate electricity -- with Australia's southern margin identified by the World Energy Council as one of the world's most promising sites for wave-energy generation. One problem for wave-energy developers, however, is that previous estimates of wave-energy potential are based on information in deep ocean water, while "wave-energy generation systems are typically positioned near to shore," says physical oceanographer Mark...

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2010-07-20 06:24:51

The United States, which has been the world's biggest energy consumer for more than a hundred years, has been bumped back by China, according to new data from the International Energy Agency (IEA). IEA, whose forecasts are generally regarded as front-running indicators for the energy industry, said China used up 2,252 million tons of oil equivalent last year, about 4 percent more than the US, which burned through 2,170 million tons. The oil-equivalent metric represents all forms of energy...

2010-07-06 12:02:56

Cautious optimism In 2009, and in absolute terms, about 19.9% (608 TWh) of Europe's total electricity consumption (3042 TWh) came from renewable energy sources. Hydro power contributed with the largest share (11.6%), followed by wind (4.2%), biomass (3.5%), and solar (0.4%). With regards to the new capacity constructed that same year (27.5 GW), among the renewable sources, 37.1% was wind power, 21% photovoltaics (PV), 2.1% biomass, 1.4% hydro and 0.4% concentrated solar power, whereas the...

2010-06-23 12:35:00

TEMPE, Ariz., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In America's efforts to go green, our Achilles' heel is transportation; cars, trucks, and buses represent 29 percent of U.S. energy use, according to Gary Dirks, director of LightWorks at Arizona State University and a renewable energy expert. Whenever U.S. officials talk about finding ways to end our reliance on oil, like now as a reaction to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, we need to take a realistic look at how we use oil and what are our...

2010-06-09 11:54:00

WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the midst of the intractable crisis caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it is time to stop investing in a broken energy economy and seize the opportunity to invest in a sustainable energy future, according to the environmental group Greenpeace. The way forward is illustrated in "Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable USA Energy Outlook," one of the most comprehensive plans for future production and distribution of sustainable energy...

2010-06-03 00:00:00

MILWAUKEE, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite a global recession, investment levels in energy efficiency have remained strong according to the Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) released today by Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the global leader in delivering products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings. The survey of more than 2,800 executives and managers responsible for making investments and managing energy in commercial buildings worldwide found that 56...

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2010-05-06 14:50:00

Officials said late Wednesday, citing the economic slump and other factors like increased energy efficiency as a reason, that the U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions fell a record seven percent in 2009. The Energy Department said in a statement that the drop of 405 million metric tons was the largest "absolute and percentage decline" since energy data collection began in 1949. "Emissions developments in 2009 reflect a combination of factors, including some particular to the...

2010-05-06 10:32:00

-- http://eeglobalforum.org/ -- WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Highlighting the international scope of its May 10-12 Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition (EE Global; www.eeglobalforum.org) and the importance of energy efficiency worldwide, the Alliance to Save Energy will honor energy efficiency "visionaries" from four continents - Africa, Asia, Europe and South America - during the conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C....

2010-04-30 07:30:00

New Power Contracts Push GSA Northeast Region to 95 Percent Green WORCESTER, MA, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - World Energy Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: XWES; TSX: XWE), a leading energy management services firm, today announced the General Services Administration (GSA) Northeast Region will begin receiving renewable power supply on May 1, 2010 from contracts awarded through a November 2009 auction on the World Energy Exchange(R). Under the terms of these 24, 36 and 48-month contracts, GSA...


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