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Coal Financing Ban Could Ease Water Woes

The World Bank has agreed an energy strategy to all but stop its financing of coal plants. The plan will limit such financing to “rare circumstances,” and to countries that have “no feasible alternatives” to coal, Reuters reports. The bank also strengthened its support for hydro-electric projects. Reuters reports that … Read more »

Financing Goes ‘Green’

Energy prices and consumption seem to be on an upward trajectory. In fact, energy costs have steadily risen over the last decade and are expected to carry on doing so as consumption grows worldwide. Businesses Eager to Introduce Energy Efficiency Especially for businesses, the cost of energy is an increasingly … Read more »

Energy Efficiency at Zero Upfront Cost

Financing Options that Allow for Immediate Simple Payback It is no secret in today’s stormy economy… cash flow is tight in businesses and organizations. For many, it has been a downward spiral of spending more on operations and being further unable to upgrade systems. However, there are ways to “turn … Read more »

Clinton-Backed Efficiency Program Tackles 30m Sq Ft of Commercial Space

A Los Angeles program backed by the Clinton Climate Initiative is giving building owners financing and free energy assessments, in an effort to raise the efficiency of 20 to 30 million square feet of commercial space. The LA Commercial Building Performance Partnership aims not only to help commercial property owners … Read more »

Challenges Remain for Financing Renewable Energy

At the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden recently stated that the United States is at risk of making the “biggest mistake in its entire history” if political battles force the government to reduce investment in clean energy. Indeed, despite growth in the wind … Read more »

Coca-Cola Bottler Moves Forward with CHP Projects

ContourGlobal Solutions has several combined heat and power plant (CHP) projects underway for a major Coca-Cola bottler. The projects are aimed at reducing energy consumption, costs and carbon dioxide emissions. ContourGlobal has received financing up to $250 million from Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to support the CHP projects planned for … Read more »

Greenpeace Claims Koch Industries Secretly Funded Climate Skeptic Groups

A Greenpeace report claims that Koch Industries, one of the biggest privately-owned industrial conglomerates, involved in everything from ranching to oil refining, is channeling millions of dollars into efforts aimed at discrediting the scientific findings of climate change as well as groups opposed to clean energy policies and technologies, reports … Read more »

Climate Talks Down to the Wire: Copenhagen Day 12 Roundup

Failure to reach agreements on carbon emission cuts, financial aid to developing nations and verification of emissions curbs on the last day of the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) likely means there will be no climate agreement reached on Dec.18. A leaked scientific paper also indicates that the … Read more »

Mixed Messages for Solar Projects Across the Nation

Solar projects across the nation this week are supporting their state’s renewable energy requirements, completing their financing, or receiving incentive payments for installations. Yet, one project in Los Angeles has been cancelled due to high costs and a lack of support. As one of its efforts to comply with Ohio’s … Read more »

Climate Talks Strive to Make a Deal: Copenhagen Day 10 Roundup

Environment ministers have a tough day of negotiations ahead of them as heads of state arrive in Copenhagen to potentially seal a new climate deal Dec. 18 at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15). U.N. climate chief Yvo De Boer told the Xinhua News Agency that the world … Read more »

Copenhagen Delegates Tire of Rhetoric – Day 10 Roundup

As a few key issues continue to stall negotiations, the Danish prime minister took control of the climate conference on Dec. 16. as the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) moves into the final days of talks. The president of the UN Climate Conference, Connie Hedegaard, has resigned, allowing … Read more »

Copenhagen Talks Resume After 130 Nations Temporarily Walk Out – Day 8 Roundup

Representatives of some 130 nations temporarily walked out of the Copenhagen climate talks, reports the Wall Street Journal, but the talks have resumed after the three-hour delay, which centered on the future of the Kyoto Protocol, reports Bloomberg News. The entire round of talks were “suspended” Dec. 13 after the … Read more »

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