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Vol.3, No. 28, July 28, 2014

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Yes, it’s an electric Harley-Davidson.

Called the LiveWire, the new electric motorcycle is a first for the company - Although only a concept at this stage, Harley-Davidson has made enough LiveWire prototypes to send around the U.S. and Europe on tour. Starting with a journey down the iconic Route 66, the bike will visit more than 30 Harley-Davidson dealerships throughout the U.S. before the end of 2015, before heading north into Canada and across the Atlantic into Europe next year.

This week’s edition of Smart Energy Universe features all our popular features:

This Week in Climate Change –find it in the Spotlight section.This section has a Roundup of some of the articles reporting on Climate Change in this weeks’ edition. A brief synopsis is presented here - Please go on to read the complete article for details

Editor’s Choice” has the ‘Feature Articles’ highlighted in green to make them easy find. To read the articles click on the Spotlight or appropriate Category Button this will take you to the page with the Spotlight or Feature Articles. Be sure to read Editors Choice to catch up with the top happenings of the week.

SEU’s Virtual Town Hall: This week’s question asks “Is Australia’s repeal of the Carbon Tax a sound policy decision?” Read the responses to get the industry pulse on the issue. (Spotlight).

SEU “Viewpoint”: This week’s Viewpoint discusses Microsoft’s Massive Layoffs - Where is Microsoft Heading? This is a topic that has the industry buzzing – SEU analyzes what the implications are for Microsoft.

Spotlight articles cover the various dimensions of smart energy:

The European Commission Proposes a Higher and Achievable Energy Savings Target for 2030 (Spotlight) - The proposed target goes beyond the 25% energy savings target which would be required to achieve a 40% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030. Günther H. Oettinger, Vice-President of the EU Commission responsible for energy said: "Our proposal is the basis to drive the EU towards increased security of supply, innovation and sustainability, all in an affordable way. It is ambitious and at the same time it is realistic.

His viewpoint is not shared by all:

Ingrid Holmes, Associate Director at E3G said “A 30% target will leave cost-effective energy savings potential untapped. In an era of rising energy prices and concerns about reliance on Russian gas this makes no sense at all.”

The European Environmental Bureau condemned proposal from the European Commission for an inadequate 30% efficiency target for 2030 that would only become binding if all Member States unanimously agree to that in their October meeting.

Greenpeace has criticized a European Commission plan on energy efficiency released for failing to respond to Europe’s energy import dependence and the challenge of climate change.

U.S. Security Implications of International Energy and Climate Policies and Issues(Spotlight) The Senate Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, International Environmental Protection, held hearings on U.S. Security Implications of International Energy and Climate Policy.

David L. Goldwyn, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, commented on the Harmonization of U.S. National Security and Climate Goals: We are experiencing a period of great instability in the world’s major energy producing regions. We have been able to mitigate the impacts of this instability due largely to unprecedented growth in U.S .and more broadly North American energy supply

UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group Proposes Sustainable Development Goals (Spotlight). With most targets of the Millennium Development Goals concluding at the end of 2015, proposed new goals set the stage for an ambitious future development agenda

The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals forwarded to the Assembly its proposal for a set of Goals that consider economic, social and environmental dimensions to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations at the conclusion of the Group’s thirteenth and final session at UN Headquarters. The proposal contains 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.

In the Oil and Gas area, articles of interest both in the U.S. and overseas:

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