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$18 Trillion Windfall: Health And Productivity Benefits of Efficiency Top Energy Savings

September 17, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Efficiency and Savings

 

A report by the global body responsible for energy analysis finds the total benefits from energy efficiency upgrades equals the energy savings. The IEA report upends decades of conventional thinking about efficiency, and should lead governments and corporations to sharply increase their efficiency budget.[read more]

Changing Light Bulbs Can Mean a Wealth of Energy Savings

September 13, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Lights and Energy Savings

Associated Materials (AMI) is a vertically integrated company in the exterior building products industry with 11 manufacturing locations and over 120 distribution centers catering to the North American market. It spends about $15 million annually on energy utilities.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Industrial CHP

September 7, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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Industrial CHP

 

Industrial Combined Heat and Power (CHP, also called cogeneration) uses a single fuel, often natural gas, to co-produce electricity and heat for use in industrial operations, usually on-site. Industrial CHP accounts for more than 75 GW out of the approximately 82 GW of installed CHP in the United States.[read more]

Microgrid at Italian University Generates Savings, Knowledge

August 25, 2014 by Chris King

Microgrid Savings and Research

Autonomy and flexibility can support energy resilience, while also benefitting the power grid. This February, the Savona campus of the University of Genoa, Italy, opened a campus-wide microgrid. It combines both electrical and thermal energy resources, as well as thermal and battery storage.[read more]

From Orlando to the EPA: Innovative Strategies to Cut Carbon Pollution and Save Money for Cities, Businesses, and Consumers

August 20, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson recently compared the climate crisis to the 2008 financial crisis. He said: We’ve seen and felt the costs of underestimating the financial bubble. Let’s not ignore the climate bubble. Case in point: Florida.[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]

New Carbon Pollution Standards Can Create 274,000 Jobs, Save $37 Billion on Energy Bills

June 1, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Common-sense regulations like carbon pollution standards for power plants—like the proposed standards that President Obama will be unveiling next week--can do positive things like protect our pocketbooks as well as our health, according to a new study.[read more]

Wal-Mart, Schneider Electric Test the Grid-to-Building Energy Connection

May 28, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Modern buildings contain a lot of devices -- fans, pumps, lights, motors -- that can slow down or speed up, dim or brighten, or otherwise alter their electricity consumption on the fly. Utilities and grid operators are eager for fast-responding energy assets that can shave power usage.[read more]

Know Your Audience: Energy Efficiency and the Small Commercial Class

Efficiency and Small Commercial Class

Investment in energy efficiency saves money, enhances productivity and competitiveness. Yet energy efficiency is underutilized by the small commercial sector. A survey found that 52 percent of small commercial businesses see cash flow as the primary barrier to investing in energy efficiency.[read more]

Building Genome Project: Retroficiency Takes a City-Wide Approach to Efficiency

April 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Building Genome

If more than 30,000 commercial buildings in New York City adjusted their thermostats just one degree upward in summer and one degree lower in winter, the savings would add up to $145 million dollars annually. That finding is just one gleaned from Retroficiency’s new Building Genome project.[read more]

Study Confirms Midwest Is Sitting on a Goldmine of Energy Savings Potential

April 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

An important new federal study confirms that saving energy is far less expensive than generating power in a power plant. It also shows that here in the Midwest, energy efficiency programs are succeeding at delivering energy savings at rock-bottom costs.[read more]

Could the NSA Reduce CO2 Emissions?

April 1, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

April Fools’ Day in the US inspires pranks and hoaxes, and smart readers beware unusual news stories on that day. Here are some fictional news headlines and stories that if real, would certainly accelerate Smart Grid and other infrastructure upgrades, as well as reduce CO2 emissions.[read more]

5 Simple Ways to Save Food

March 7, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Saving Food

About three quarters of this waste occurs before food is ever sold, during production, post-harvest, processing and distribution. The food we waste in our homes totals about 50kg a person each year, and rises to as much as 100kg a year in some wealthy countries.[read more]

Modern Alchemy: The Conversion of Anergy to Exergy

March 5, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Modern Alchemy

The American economy wasted 86 percent of all the energy used in the production of goods and services. One can easily imagine that waste of this magnitude creates an array of costs that can easily weaken the nation’s economic and social well being.[read more]

US Building Efficiency Was Worth More Than Clean Electricity in 2013

February 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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America's building sector often gets criticized for being an inefficient drain on the country's electricity system. At the same time, the natural gas industry gets held up as an economic miracle for the grid. But does that perception match reality?[read more]