CHENNAI: Energy security issues are likely to become more important than ever before in these times of great uncertainty caused by the global recession, Reinhold Babel, representative of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, a Munich-based agency that seeks to promote peace, democracy and development.

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An ambitious plan to lower municipal electricity bills THE Centre will monitor electricity consumption pattern of municipalities from March. This is to reduce the 10 per cent power deficit and 16 per cent peak power deficit in the country.

Standards in six months likely THE Bureau of Energy Efficiency (bee) is preparing new labeling standards for cfls (compact fluorescent lamps) based on light output. Like other consumer electronics such as refrigerators, air-conditioners and fans, cfls would also be given star ratings

Power lines stretching across continents would allow us to ditch fossil fuels for good

Waste heat from industrial plants and electricity-generating stations represents a huge amount of lost energy. David Lindley finds out what engineers and regulators need to do to get it back.

Wrapping up an elaborate energy audit, the City of Knoxville, Tennessee, is about to find out which of 99 city buildings are wasting the most energy. It hopes to begin repairs this summer, just in time to catch a tsunami of federal stimulus money earmarked for such unglamorous tasks as replacing light bulbs and fixing leaky insulation.

The study examines the hypothesis that citizens with higher social capital score may have better performance on CO2 reduction and energy saving. For that purpose, WEB-based survey is conducted and 1500 responses are obtained. To calculate social capital, the concept of Japan Cabinet Office's SC Index is also used as the reference.

The Annual Energy Outlook 2009 (AEO2009) presents projections and analysis of US energy supply, demand, and prices through 2030. The projections are based on results from the Energy Information Administration's National Energy Modeling System. The AEO2009 includes the reference case, additional cases examining energy markets, and complete documentation.

This publication is designed to help companies explore the various options for deploying and financing renewable energy technologies. In particular, it considers deployment strategies for solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, and geothermal heat pump technologies and provides examples of successful deployments.