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US Governors Recommend New Push for Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Housing

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More and more people are moving to cities. Fewer are buying houses. So demand is increasing for apartments and condos. Unfortunately, energy efficiency in multifamily buildings is sorely lacking. However, that may soon change. It appears that the sector may get a boost from U.S. governors. The National Governors Association recently issued a … [Read more...]

Wasted Heat: The New Icon of the Carbon Reduction Era?

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The light bulb left burning in the empty room stands as the classic image of energy waste. But the new image may soon be steam wafting on a city skyline, as district energy advocates step up their efforts to make known the big cost to society of wasted heat. That’s one of the messages emerging this week at IDEA2015, the International District … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…More Energy Efficient Modems Coming…National Grid Positions for Big Industry Changes…Northeast Energy Efficiency Leaders

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Some quick energy efficiency news to start your week... New Internet modems, routers and similar equipment will be more energy efficient under a voluntary agreement struck by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), National Cable & Telecommunications Association and several companies. The agreement, expected to impact 80 million US … [Read more...]

No Question: Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver Huge Benefits

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You may have heard the negative hype surrounding a new working paper on energy efficiency investments for low-income residents. It's a mistake to generalize from the Michigan study. NRDC's Merrian Borgeson explains why. Decades of experience and verification prove energy efficiency programs deliver huge benefits to consumers and the environment … [Read more...]

More than Half of Businesses Say They Now Generate Electricity Supply Onsite

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A new study by Deloitte found that 55 percent of businesses say they now generate at least some portion of their electricity supply onsite -- a big jump from last year. In 2014, 44 percent of businesses said they self-generate, and in 2013, 33 percent said they generated a portion of their electricity supply onsite. The findings were part of … [Read more...]

How NREL Consumes 74% Less Energy Than National Average for Office Buildings

Consumes 74% Less Energy

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory consumes 74% less energy than the national average for office space. NREL has a supercomputer, a plug-and-play megawatt smart grid and laboratories. The lab used state-of-the-art technologies to achieve the savings and took advantage of incentives from utility Xcel Energy. The total project cost of the … [Read more...]

City 3.0: The Land of Clean and Efficient Energy

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Maybe it’s ‘City 3.0.’ Or maybe it’s the lingering memory of SuperStorm Sandy. Whatever the case, for city leaders electric power is a big agenda item, as evidenced by this year’s gathering of U.S. Conference of Mayors San Francisco. Climate, resiliency, and the value of energy efficiency are among the topics the mayors focused on in speeches, … [Read more...]

Yet Another Report Finds that Energy Efficiency Improves the Economics of Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions  

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Contributing writer Cara Miale Goman looks at how energy efficiency improves the economics of reducing carbon dioxide under the proposed Clean Power Plan. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, a federal rule that aims to help cut carbon pollution from the energy sector 30 percent by 2030, is slated to be finalized this summer. As states, cities and … [Read more...]

Thirty Percent of Data Center Servers Comatose

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A new study found that 30 percent of servers inside data centers are comatose, which means they use energy but have no function. Aaron Rallo, CEO of TSO Logic, in this podcast says the study found that simply shutting down these servers would yield over 4 GW in energy savings.       … [Read more...]

How Energy Service Companies Gain Clients’ Trust in ‘Green’ Products

Energy Service Companies Gain Clients' Trust

For energy service companies, green products and services like renewable energy credits can be a hard sell, says Michael Hartofilis, co-founder of Greenlight Energy. "There's a stigma that green products and services are high cost," he says.  "But we want to be a one-stop shopping center and overcome the stigma." His company, like many other … [Read more...]