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International Scorecard Highlights Room for Improvement in Energy Efficiency

July 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

International Energy Efficiency

A recent scan of energy efficiency in 16 nations showed that all fall short of their potential. But the collective wisdom among these countries offers a path forward. Following close upon their World Cup win in Brazil, Germany also comes in first in the latest International Energy Efficiency Scorecard.[read more]

Steam from the Sun

July 22, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Steam and New Materials

A new and innovative material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure, which consists of a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam, is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water.[read more]

A New Way to Harness Waste Heat

May 22, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Saving Waste Heat

Vast amounts of excess heat are generated by industrial processes and by electric power plants; researchers around the world have spent decades seeking ways to harness some of this wasted energy. Most such efforts have focused on thermoelectric devices.[read more]

An Energy Efficiency Parable

May 21, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram

Energy Efficiency Challenges

Here’s a story that captures a lot of the challenges, organizational and technical, that we face as we try to implement and improve energy efficiency. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t exactly have a happy ending, but I’m certainly holding out hope for a sequel to the story.[read more]

Leadership for Energy Efficiency

November 25, 2013 by Sadhbh Ní Hógáin

Efficiency Leadership

In conversation, Rod Janssen, long-term consultant to the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) talks about the Recast EPBD, low energy buildings, and the important need for true strong leadership on energy efficiency.[read more]

Are Solar Panels Facing the Wrong Direction?

November 16, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Solar Panels and Efficiency

West-facing rooftop solar panels produced 49 percent more electricity during peak demand compared to south-facing panels, according to a new study. The research is the first of its kind to evaluate the energy production of solar panels oriented in different directions.[read more]

Green Building Congress Strives to Make India a Future Building Efficiency Leader

November 10, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

With green buildings making up less than five percent of the booming Indian building market, developers, governments and experts reiterated the tremendous opportunity for expanding energy efficiency construction in India during the Green Building Congress 2013.[read more]

Efficient Turbine Spacing Boosts Offshore Wind Farm Output 33 Percent

November 7, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Efficient Turbine Spacing

Offshore wind farms already face one of the most inhospitable environments for renewable energy – we know salt water, storms, and waves can combine to reduce output, but are inefficient turbine layouts also sapping generation?[read more]

New York City Takes 250,000 Steps Toward Energy Efficiency

November 2, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

NYC Streetlight Efficiency

Last week NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new effort to replace the city’s current amber streetlights for white, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs throughout the five boroughs.[read more]

Slaying the Deal Killer: De-Risking Efficiency and Distributed Energy

November 1, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

For such a simple resource, energy efficiency has a lot of complicated factors working against it. Financing constraints, cultural inertia, inconsistent and ineffective policies. Underlying all of those obstacles is perhaps the biggest challenge for efficiency: risk.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: State Aid, Unbundling Distribution, Efficiency & Infrastructure Projects [VIDEO]

October 31, 2013 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Briefing

In this latest issue of the Brussels Briefing on Energy, Hughes Belin, a leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, provides an overview of the latest developments in the field of European Union energy policy.[read more]

Vampire Slaying and More: NRDC's Halloween Energy Survival Guide

October 30, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Along with being a fun holiday for tricks and treats, Halloween is an opportune time to shine a ghostly light on the evil energy vampires lurking in our homes. By these we mean those ghoulish fangs, also known as plugs in the wall, sucking frightening amounts of electricity all night (and day) long.[read more]

How California's K-12 Schools Can Teach Us About Energy Efficiency

October 30, 2013 by Catherine Wolfram

California Schools and Energy Efficiency

California has long been a leading indicator of national energy-efficiency trends, passing minimum efficiency standards for refrigerators in 1976, years before the federal government. The state is about to blaze another energy efficiency path, so the rest of the country and world might want to pay attention.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Standards Could Save Up to $1000 on Energy Bills

October 29, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Home Energy Efficiency Savings

Improved energy efficiency could save American consumers approximately $1,000 annually, according to a new report. This is because our appliances and electronics use far more energy than they need, which leads to harmful air pollution and unnecessary expense for consumers.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Firms Lead Worldwide Clean Technology List

October 27, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Efficiency Leads

The new Global Cleantech 100 list of private companies breaking barriers with their clean technology ideas and executions across the worldwide economy finds that energy efficiency companies not only continue to dominate the list, but are growing in influence.[read more]