energy usage

UtilityAPI: Automating the Customer-to-Solar Data Connection

March 28, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar, Customer Data Connection

UtilityAPI is taking on a major choke point in the often difficult solar customer acquisition process -- the cumbersome and frustrastingly time-consuming process of getting utilities to actually cough up their customers’ energy usage and billing data.[read more]

Price is Right for Storage, or Is It? Utilities' Pot Power Problem

November 1, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Indoor Plant Growth and Resource Consumption


Managing the resource and power needs of marijuana growers is quickly becoming an issue that needs to be addressed for utilities in Washington and Colorado, states that, quite famously, recently decriminalized the recreational use of the drug.[read more]

Better Yellow Labels

October 29, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Labels and Energy Use

Information provision is a key element of energy-efficiency policy. Just think of the ubiquitous yellow EnergyGuide labels. This information is supposed to help consumers make better decisions. But current labels report only very coarse information based on national average energy prices and usage of the appliance.[read more]

The Low-Energy Club

July 2, 2014 by Alex Trembath

Electricity Demand and Usage

There has been a growing consensus that the rest of the world will follow the West in living modern lives complete with modern infrastructure, industry, and development. The question is now how much more energy they will consume and how much will come from low-carbon sources.[read more]

Is the Internet Is An Energy Hog? It Isn’t

August 21, 2013 by Joseph Romm

For 14 years scientists have been debunking a myth created by the coal industry that the Internet is an energy hog. In fact, not only is it true that the Internet not an energy hog, it quite often saves energy through dematerialization and substitution.[read more]

The Zetabyte Era: An Illustrated Guide to the Energy-Hungry Digital Universe

August 19, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Electronics Energy Usage

The world is on track to hit a major milestone. In the coming decades, the global economy will soon use more energy for electricity production than it does for anything else, aside from transportation. And the shift had already occurred in the mid-1990s in the U.S.[read more]

EIA Reports Drop in Energy Use for Manufacturers

April 9, 2013 by Sarah Battaglia

manufacturing & energy use

Historically, the amount of energy consumed in the United States has been astronomical. However, the total amount of energy consumed within the manufacturing sector dropped by 17 percent between 2002 and 2010.[read more]

Letter to the President about Home Energy Monitoring: What are Google, GE, AT&T up to?

April 8, 2010 by Peter Troast

On Monday, a group of 47 companies and organizations sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to make individuals' energy usage data easy to access. The group included powerhouses such as Google, AT&T, General Electric, Intel and the Center for American Progress. And it was followed by a meeting on Tuesday.  We're...[read more]

TCASE 2: Energy primer

November 7, 2009 by Barry Brook

Before getting entangled in the thorny bramble of sustainable energy options, I thought it helpful to arm you with a set of terminological secateurs. So TCASE #2 (recalling that TCASE = the Thinking Critically About Sustainable Energy series) is a brief primer and glossary on energy terms. This is not meant to be...[read more]

Servers to get Energy Star Ratings

March 20, 2009 by Kyle Dunn

Rackmount servers with one to four processors will be eligible to receive an Energy Star Rating on May 1 of this year. The ratings will include energy performance at full load and during idle conditions. Data center energy usage is a major issue, which is expected to get even worse. If current trends continue, data center energy usage...[read more]