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Breathe Easier and Work Better in Today’s Energy Efficient Buildings


Remember when energy efficient buildings were too tight and caused respiratory problems? Today just the opposite is true. Energy efficiency and better ventilation -- at a lower cost -- now can go hand and hand, according to a new study. Economic, Environmental and Health Implications of Enhanced Ventilation in Office Buildings finds that it's … [Read more...]

Energy-Harvesting Sensors Eliminate the Need for Batteries in Some Applications

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Energy-harvesting sensors that are made of fabric and eliminate the need for batteries in some applications are the focus of this podcast interview with Keith McMillen, CEO and founder of BeBop Sensors. Listen by clicking on the player above. McMillen's unique smart sensors--which grew out of his work creating musical instruments-can be used in … [Read more...]

L.A.’s LED Street Lights that Improve Wifi Coverage…and More Quick Energy Efficiency News for this Week


Public lighting in the city of Los Angeles is not only energy efficient; soon, it will also improve mobile network performance. LA is deploying 100 Philips SmartPoles: connected LED street lights that includes fully integrated 4G LTE wireless telecomm technology. Each SmartPole is designed to house FCC-licensed wireless mobile network operator … [Read more...]

No Up-Front Energy Efficiency Measure Costs for these Higher Ed Institutions

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Like a lot of budget-minded energy users, higher education institutions like the idea of paying no up-front energy efficiency measure costs. These institutions are an important energy efficiency market -- in the US they spend about $14 billion annually on energy costs, according to the DOE. One energy efficiency provider, BuildingIQ, charges … [Read more...]

The Wow Factor About the Value of Demand Response in Two States

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J.R. Tolbert says he knew a recent report about the value of demand response in Massachusetts and Illinois would show positive benefits. But when the senior director of state policy at the Advanced Energy Economy saw the numbers in AEE's new report,"Peak Demand Reduction Strategy," he was wowed by the savings reaped in the two states. "When I … [Read more...]

Efficient Motors: 50% to 80% More Efficient, Same Cost as Older Technologies

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Energy efficient motors can cut energy costs by 50 percent to 80 percent compared to older technologies. Even better, they can do that at the same cost as motors that use old-style technologies. That's the word from PJ Piper, president and CEO of QM Power, in this podcast interview. Click on the player above to listen. In the interview, he … [Read more...]

Energy Efficient Wastewater Treatment Technologies Save $40B…and more Quick Energy Efficiency News

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Quick energy efficiency news for this week… The U.S., Europe and China could save more than $40 billion by applying energy efficient technologies to wastewater treatment. Today, wastewater treatment results in more than 86 million metric tons of electricity-related emissions – equal to 9.7 billion gallons of gasoline consumed. But, applying high … [Read more...]

Move Over Solar, Time to Welcome Industrial Energy Efficiency: Pew Report

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‘Industrial energy efficiency’ doesn’t roll off the tongue as nicely as solar. But when it comes to cleaning up the air and keeping the lights on, it’s got a lot to offer. That’s why industrial energy efficiency is on a growth trajectory in the U.S. -- not as fast as some would hope, but expanding nonetheless. Characterized largely by combined … [Read more...]

2015 ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard: 20 States Rise and Massachusetts Reigns – But Just Barely

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For the fifth year, Massachusetts has earned a #1 ranking on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, scoring 44 out of a possible 50 points. California, hot on the winner’s trail, was only half a point behind. Released earlier this week, the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard analyzes … [Read more...]

Demand Flexibility: How to Steer a Flock of Birds and Make the Electric Grid Better

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The electric industry is expected to spend a lot of money, about $1 trillion, over the next 15 years on grid infrastructure. But it may be able to cut back on that bill through 'demand flexibility,'  a term coined by the Rocky Mountain Institute. Demand flexibility is basically using smart grid technology to better manage what you've already … [Read more...]