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Beautiful LED Lighting Displays Show that Energy Efficiency is about Aesthetics Too

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Energy efficiency isn't just about saving energy; nor is it just about improving comfort. It's about aesthetics too, as evidenced by the growing number of beautiful LED lighting displays. Check out, for example, the re-lit LED lighting installation on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, designed by artist Leo Villareal with equipment from Royal … [Read more...]

Spur Action on Energy Efficiency with These Creative Ideas from a Behavior Expert

Trying to Spur Action on Energy Efficiency

It's no secret that motivating people to take action on energy efficiency isn't always easy. Sure, there are the energy nerds who love to control their energy usage from their phones. But what about the non-nerds? Brian Southwell, a senior research scientist at the research institute RTI International and lead editor of “Innovations in Home … [Read more...]

Two California Utilities Get Creative with EV Charging

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California is getting innovative with EV charging, having approved two utility proposals expected to expand charging and boost the numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. In the first, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a proposal by Southern California Edison to invest $22 million in its "Charge Ready and Market … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Financing Takes Off…Energy Efficiency Geekdom…Latest Creation by Circular Economy Guru

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Solar growth took off in a big way when the industry began offering no money down financing. Now the same appears to be happening in energy storage financing. Green Charge Networks offers its customers what it describes as the industry’s first no-cost, performance-based financing model, the Power Efficiency Agreement. The company expects the … [Read more...]

Utility Sees 65% Increase in Reliability with Smart Grid in Chattanooga


Two hundred million dollars may seem a lot of money to spend on a smart grid, but for EPB, a utility in Chattanooga, the investment was well worth it, said David Wade, COO of EPB. The company -- one of the largest publicly owned electric distributors in the country, with 170,000 customers -- has seen a 65 percent increase in reliability as the … [Read more...]

Revenue for Networked Lighting Controls to Total $38.2B from 2015 to 2024

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More and more building owners are installing networked lighting controls as prices of the systems fall, driving growth in revenue for the controls from $2.2 billion in 2015 to $4.8 billion in 2024, according to a new report by Navigant Research. “Intelligent Lighting Controls for Commercial Buildings” pegs total revenue for the commercial market … [Read more...]

Who are the Ubers of Energy & How do They Create Energy Brands?

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Why are Duke Energy and other utilities so good at being the “Ubers of energy” and creating appealing energy brands while other energy companies are struggling to establish clear and attractive brands? In this podcast (click on the player above to listen), Fridrik Larsen, CEO of Larsen Energy Branding--likely the first CEO in the world to get a … [Read more...]

Is the US on the Verge of an Outbreak of Pro-Energy Efficiency Legislation?


Details about recent pro-energy efficiency legislation and other quick energy efficiency news for this week... You probably heard that the U.S. Congress extended tax credits for solar energy last week. But did you know energy efficiency was a winner too? As part of an omnibus budget appropriations and tax extenders bill, Congress approved the … [Read more...]

Appliance Standards Change the World in 2015 – Quietly  


Appliance standards don’t get the same attention as international climate talks in Paris or renewed U.S. solar tax credits. Yet they have a profound impact on the environment and energy economy -- especially the historic standards announced last week by the U.S. government. The Department of Energy (DOE) issued new standards for rooftop air … [Read more...]

Survey: Many Building Owners Confused About Energy Management Options

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A recent survey by Mach Energy found that building owners think they need building management systems before they can implement energy management measures, says Mach Energy president Jon Moeller in this podcast (click on the player above to listen). Responding to the survey from Mach Energy were about 800 building professionals-- responsible … [Read more...]