China becomes world's largest energy producer

In the 60 years since the founding of New China, China's energy supply capacity has developed from weak to strong, and the country has become the world’s largest energy producer. This is according to Zhang Guobao, deputy chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and director of the National Energy Administration speaking at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on the morning of September 25.

Zhang said that in terms of energy supply, China has become the world's largest energy producer maintaining an energy self-sufficiency rate of over 90 percent, and safeguarding national energy security.

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California Budgets for Efficiency

California Budgets for Efficiency

The California Public Utilities Commission has set aside over 3 billion dollars to cut consumer power needs. The money will be distributed through rebate programs, encouraging people to invest in alternative energies. Big savings will be found in buying solar panels and retrofitting homes. Click below for more information:

California funds biggest energy efficiency plan

Cutting Carbon and Costs

An initiative by the Carbon Trust offers help on cutting carbon emissions throughout supply chains to businesses seeking to reduce energy bills as well as their carbon footprint:

Firms offered help shrinking carbon footprints

When I grew up, conservation was on everyone’s mind, to the extent that I was given an OCD-like tic about turning off the lights when I leave a room. Most blue-collar dads of “back in the day” would be horrified to discover how much waste there is in the world, and how much money could be saved by curbing it. From the article:

It said the two businesses had between them cut carbon emissions by 28,000 tonnes - the equivalent of the annual emissions of 5,000 households - and saved £2.7m a year.

Another item to horrify old-school pops everywhere: the idea there’s anything British businesses can do that U.S. businesses can’t.

Zero Carbon House

The Zero Carbon House is a low energy demonstration project to show how renewable energy can create a unique living experience on a remote island in a severe climate. A holistic approach has been taken to eliminating household carbon emissions that would normally result from heating and powering the home, running the family car and growing and transporting food.