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Many benefits from energy efficiency

[img:mikeshriberg2_0.jpg|Mike Shriberg,
of Environment
Michigan and
of the report.]Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 5, 2007 – The Environment Michigan Research & Policy Center has released an in-depth study showing how clean energy can help revitalize Michigan’s economy. According to an innovative peer-reviewed model in Energizing Michigan’s Economy: Creating Jobs, Reducing Pollution with Energy Efficiency and Renewable Electric Power, strong commitments to renewable energy and energy efficiency would generate at least the following benefits (through 2020):

China looking at energy price hikes to encourage efficiency

chinese flagBeijing, China --- (METERING.COM) --- April 4, 2007 – The Chinese government is considering an increase in the wholesale price of natural gas of up to 10 per cent – only the second increase since December 2005. The gas price prevailing in China, which is government regulated, is considerably lower than international averages.

Reducing greenhouse gases through energy efficiency

Edison LogoRosemead, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 27, 2007 – Southern California Edison (SCE) and its 4.7 million customers are the nation’s leaders in reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) through energy-efficiency, according to comprehensive customer program results released this week by California utilities.

SCE reports that total customer response to its energy-efficiency programs during the past five years has saved four billion kWh, and has reduced GHG emissions by more than two million tons. During the next two years, the utility forecasts its customers will save an additional two billion kWh, reducing GHG emissions by another one million tons.

“Our customers’ response to energy efficiency programs makes it clear home and business owners are ready to do their part to save energy and help protect the environment if offered how-to information and meaningful incentives,” said John Bryson, chairman of Southern California Edison’s parent company, Edison International.

Bryson advocated a three-part national strategy for reducing GHG emissions during the next decade – expanded cost-effective energy efficiency programs, a substantial increase in generation from renewable sources, and the development and commercialization of new technologies.

SCE was recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The utility received the agencies’ 2007 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award in the program delivery category. This is the sixth time SCE has received an EPA and DOE award for the effectiveness of its energy-efficiency programs.

“We share this award with our customers,” said Lynda Ziegler, SCE senior vice president of customer service. “They are the ones who take the time to request one of our energy-efficiency rebates and then make the changes required to save energy and money.”

Southern California Gas Company and Pacific Gas & Electric also received ENERGY STAR® awards at an EPA-DOE recognition event March 21. SCE regularly collaborates with other California utilities on ways to enhance energy efficiency across California.

“With higher summer bills just ahead, we encourage business and residential customers to check out the financial incentives available this year through our energy efficiency and demand response programs,” said Ziegler. “For example, customers can save as much as $200 this summer season by enrolling in our Summer Discount Plan.”

Combining traditional energy efficiency programs with new technologies

[img:Dennis%20Wraase_0.jpg|Dennis Wraase,
Chairman of the Board,
President & CEO,
Pepco Holdings, Inc.]Salisbury, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 23, 2007– U.S.-based Delmarva Power has proposed an ambitious program for its Maryland customers that will combine traditional energy efficiency programs with innovative technologies to help customers manage their energy use and reduce the total cost of energy.

Metering and energy efficiency in Mexico

Since 1989, a number of programmes have been implemented in Mexico by the National Commission for Energy Conservation (Comisión Nacional para el Ahorro de Energía, Conae), the Trust Fund for Electricity Savings (Fideicomiso para el Ahorro de Energía Eléctrica, FIDE) and other institutions. Conae is a decentralised administrative agency that is part of Mexico´s Energy Secretariat; FIDE is a private, non-profit organisation created by the national power utility.

Speeding up the introduction of energy efficiency standards

[img:secretary bodman(1)_0.jpg|Samuel W. Bodman,
U.S. Department of
Energy]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 27, 2007 – The U.S. Congress is to consider legislation that recommends using a more streamlined rulemaking process for certain energy efficient products, when a clear consensus for a standard exists, to speed up the whole energy efficiency process. The legislation was submitted by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman.

Energy efficiency and renewables can reduce Florida’s future electricity needs

Tallahassee, FL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 12, 2007 – A major new study recently released shows that a combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy can reduce Florida's future electricity needs by almost half (45%) over the next 15 years. The study shows that implementing energy efficiency policies alone, such as efficient windows, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and ENERGY STAR® appliances, can almost offset the future growth in electric demand.

Electricity fee will pay for energy efficiency initiatives

[img:Rendell.thumbnail.gif|Ed Rendell,

Energy efficiency initiatives welcomed

EU unveils energy efficiency action plan

An ‘Energy Efficiency Action Plan’ containing a package of priority measures covering a wide range of cost effective energy efficiency initiatives has been launched by the European Commission (EC). The plan forms part of the EC’s plan to realise a more than 20% saving in primary energy consumption by 2020, and it calls for actions to make energy appliances, buildings, transport and energy generation more efficient.

Take the “˜Six Degrees of Energy Efficiency’ challenge

[img:Kateri callahan.jpg|Kateri Callahan, President Alliance]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 27, 2006 – A new ‘Six Degrees of Energy Efficiency Challenge’ has been launched by the Alliance to Save Energy and 29 partners from its ‘Power in Your Hands’ campaign. The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) is a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, economy, and national security.

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