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Efficiency is the second largest energy resource in Oregon

While Oregon is on a path to a cleaner, low carbon future, there are still plenty of opportunities for more energy efficiency, according to the 2020 Biennial Energy Report released this month from Oregon Department of Energy. The report, which comes out every two years, helps inform local, state and regional policy development, energy planning and investment. Among this year’s findings: Energy efficiency is the second largest resource in Oregon after hydropower from large dams on the Columbia River and its tributaries, and efforts to increase energy efficiency have succeeded in reducing overall energy consumption. From 2000 to 2015, the amount of energ...

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Australian rooftop PV safety standards under fire in new report

The Australian rooftop PV market is expected to eclipse all previous records in 2020, but a new report has raised serious questions about the fire safety standards associated with small-scale solar installations. November 20, 2020 David CarrollFrom pv magazine AustraliaAustralia’s rooftop solar market is expected to add almost 3 GW of new installations in 2020, but Enphase Energy has warned that there are risks associated with enormous uptake.The California-based company's Comparison of Australian and US Residential Solar Markets report reveals that Australia has had to deal with a growing number of solar-related fires in recent years. Figures provided by the NSW Fire Brigades’ Fire Investigation and Research Unit show that “solar-related fires in that state have increased five-fold over

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ACEEE rankings show a fifth of U.S. cities are on track to meet climate goals

The latest rankings of U.S. cities’ clean energy efforts from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released last week show a wide gap between leading cities and many others that lag far behind. The 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard analyzed efforts of 100 major U.S. cities to make buildings and transportation more energy efficient and promote renewable energy. Only a fifth are on track to meet their community-wide greenhouse gas reductions goals. The rest are not on track, didn’t provide adequate data or have not set a goal, according to ACEEE. “Bottom-scoring cities are years behind the policy efforts of the leaders. If cities are to s...

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