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The White House Gets It Right: Climbing to Energy Efficiency for All

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NRDC's Deron Lovaas describes Energy Efficiency for All, which will help apartment buildings save energy, as part of a major energy efficiency initiative announced by President Obama this week. One of the challenges facing America as we get serious about tackling carbon pollution from power plants is our wasteful housing stock. Energy efficiency … [Read more...]

Obama Spins Vision of Decentralized Energy Revolution…for Tree Huggers, Tea Partiers, Everybody  

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President Barack Obama made clear this week how much he will champion the next phase in the American energy revolution -- the drive toward local energy, a decentralized grid and consumer control. For Obama to push green energy is not new. But at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada Monday he spun the vision of the next stage, one that is … [Read more...]

The Macroeconomic Effects of Energy Efficiency in the Northwest

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The macroeconomic effects of energy efficiency generally aren't considered, but should be. That's the word from Stan Price, executive director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council. In a new report, the council looked at the macroeconomic effects of energy efficiency in Oregon and Washington and discovered just what Price expected. "When … [Read more...]

The Brightest Smart Building Owners Use These Technologies

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The smart building owners most likely to thrive from their investments take advantage of very specific technologies, according to a new report from IDC, "MaturityScape Benchmark: Smart Buildings in the United States." "We looked at companies that were thrivers and survivors, and found the ones that are the most mature and had achieved benefits … [Read more...]

Opower, Philips and Enel Named to Fortune’s Change the World List

Three energy companies, Opower, Philips and Enel, made Fortune's first “Change the World” list -- 50 companies deemed leaders in innovation and social good by the business publication. The list also included such giants as Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Twitter, and Kickstarter. Fortune cited Opower's influence bringing … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…Phone App to Navigate City Traffic Efficiently…Storage witout Solar in Homes…BP Group’s New Building Play

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Quick energy efficiency news For August 18, 2015... The National Renewable Energy Laboratory reports that it will be  the lead organization in developing a tool to help us get through a city in the most energy-efficient way. "Using real-time traffic and GPS data, along with simulations that take into account demographic information and trips … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Instead of a New Natural Gas Pipeline for New England?

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In energy circles, it’s been a given for years that New England lacks adequate natural gas pipeline. Calls to build more pipeline heightened after natural gas prices soared in the bitter cold winters of 2012/13 and 2013/14. But a new report sponsored by GDF Suez Energy North America challenges the need for the pipeline, in part because of New … [Read more...]

Why Did this Energy Efficiency Company Attract $6.9 Million?

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Energy efficiency company Ecovent -- which just attracted $6.9 million from investors -- makes an intelligent home zoning system that allows for control of each room and added comfort. Why is this company attracting investors and what are investors looking for? In this podcast interview, Dipul Patel, CEO and co-founder of Ecovent, says that … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Programs Help Save Oregon Utility Customers $326 Million in 2014

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The Energy Trust of Oregon's energy efficiency programs and renewable energy programs--funded by a public purpose charge--helped save Oregon customers $326 million in 2014. By year-end, program participation grew 22 percent over 2013, climbing to more than 84,000 locations served. Two-thirds of the savings came from measures installed by … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…Yes! Appliance Standards…$25M from NYSERDA for Buildings…Bring Your Own Device to this DR Party

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Quick Energy Efficiency news for this week... Here’s yet another plug for why energy efficiency appliance standards are a good idea. Standards for television set-top boxes have cut energy bills by $500 million, according to a new report by independent auditor, D&R International. The “Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the … [Read more...]