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Four Reasons Why Energy Efficiency Programs Fail

July 22, 2014 by Nick Blandford

Efficiency Failures

So you’ve decided to take the initiative to achieve sustained energy savings at your organization. By addressing every source of electricity consumption your goal can be achieved in a relatively short amount of time. But for every goal, there’s a wrong and right way to reach it.[read more]

Obama Administration Recognizes the Climate-Resiliency Benefits of Green Infrastructure

July 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

As we‘ve seen play out in communities across the U.S., the impacts of climate change are already here. Multiple wildfires are currently burning in Western states, California’s drought is only intensifying, and extreme storms have caused flooding and heavy winds from the East Coast to the Rockies.[read more]

State Officials Prod California Cities to Act on Drought

July 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Drought Crisis

As California enters the hottest and driest season of the year, state officials are acting today to prod California’s cities and water suppliers to take drought conditions more seriously – and none too soon. Emergency regulations drafted by the State Water Resources Control Board are clearly needed.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Cannabis Growing Uses 'A Staggering Amount of Electricity'

July 10, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Changing Drug Policy and Energy Usage

As states decriminalize marijuana use for personal consumption and several states move forward with medical use legislation, the subsequent explosion of indoor grow operations has gotten utilities’ attention. There is a concern the energy-intensive “indoor agriculture” could strain the grid.[read more]

Greening IT: Big Data has Big Energy Appetite

June 28, 2014 by Jared Anderson

IT Energy Use and Efficiency

With the proliferation of smart phones, smart grids and the “internet of things,” comes enormously energy-intensive data transfer, storage and management requirements. Data centers are rapidly expanding and these centers all have fairly significant power and cooling demand requirements.[read more]

Diagnosing 'Broken' Buildings to Make them Greener

June 24, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Diagnosing Buildings

The co-founders of MIT spinout KGS Buildings have an important saying: “All buildings are broken.” The energy that is wasted through faulty or inefficient equipment, they say, can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in avoidable annual costs.[read more]

Smart Grid and Smart Buildings Share Same Disruptive Impacts

June 24, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Buildings use 40% of all energy in the USA. The National Academy of Sciences reported that if buildings fully deployed available energy efficiency technologies and programs, we could avoid construction of new electricity-generating plants in the USA until 2030.[read more]

Why Isn't America Doing More to Reinvigorate Housing By Supporting Energy & Location Efficient New Homes?

June 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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A recent Wall Street Journal article points out just how surprisingly weak the market for new homes is: America built less than half as many new homes between 2009 and 2013 as we did in the decade 1992 to 2002, before the housing bubble and its collapse.[read more]

Energy Savings While Your Facility Sleeps

June 18, 2014 by Jake Rozmaryn

Energy Savings

Once upon a time an insignificant overhead charge, electricity is now an increasingly large component of the overall operating costs for United States industrial manufacturers. Both rates ($/kWhr) and usage (kWhr consumed) are key drivers of costs.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 4: Putting an Asterisk on Climate Change Mitigation Cost Projections

June 17, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Warming Mitigation Costs and Measurement

 

The IPCC argues that keeping global temperatures within 2°C will incur an annual cost of 0.04 to 0.14 percent of global GDP ($29 billion to $101 billion per year) between now and 2100. Climate say this is proof that we can address climate change on the “cheap” when compared to the costs of inaction.[read more]

Making Intelligent Efficiency a Core Driver of the Real Estate Market

June 10, 2014 by Wego Wise

Intelligent Efficiency and Real Estate

The building efficiency field has never been as promising and full of opportunities as it is today. The proliferation of energy disclosure laws and rating systems has brought greater understanding of the potential savings embedded in our built environment.[read more]

Lighting is a 'Gateway Drug to Energy Efficiency'

May 26, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Lighting and Efficiency Adoption

Making energy efficiency appealing and sexy can be a challenge from a messaging standpoint, but it’s also an extremely effective greenhouse gas reduction tool that throws off considerable dividends in the form of reduced operating costs.[read more]

Libraries Need to 'Read Up' on Energy Efficiency

May 23, 2014 by Wego Wise

Libraries and Energy Efficiency

We have the privilege of spending a LOT of time in energy data. Beyond the 20,000 multifamily buildings in our database, we have spent much of the last year adding non-residential buildings. This week we were digging into libraries, and decided we might as well share what we found.[read more]

Cities Are Already Cutting Carbon Pollution, New National Standards Will Expand Their Progress

May 21, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Cities and Emissions Reductions

Miami is a city well known for glittering ocean-front hotels and sleek office towers, but most people don’t realize the city is turning its skyline into a tool for addressing climate change. All new large buildings constructed in Miami are designed to save energy.[read more]

The Best Solar Sports Stadiums

May 10, 2014 by John Steller
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Solar Stadiums

There is a lot of scientific literature to support the fact that sports promote healthier communities through physical activity that helps us stay active and healthy; however, sports can also promote healthier and clean communities in another way: solar energy.[read more]