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How Much Is Efficiency Helping America Slash Its Carbon Emissions?

October 24, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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Carbon Emissions Efficiency

Energy wonks collectively gasped when the Energy Information Administration closed its doors briefly during the recent government shutdown. But the agency opened back up with a bang this week, issuing a promising new report that showed continued declines in America's carbon intensity.[read more]

7 Stunning Passive Houses That Will Cost Just Pennies to Heat This Winter

October 21, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson
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Passivhaus and Energy Savings

It is getting cold here in England, and I’m preparing for the yearly tradeoffs between comfort, carbon emissions and heating bills that are part of living in a house with reasonable but not great insulation. For the 30,000 or so owners of passive houses these compromises are a thing of the past.[read more]

Solar Means Business: Top 25 US Corporate Solar Energy Users

October 16, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Corporations and Solar Energy

Everyone knows solar energy equals environmental benefits, but did you know solar also adds up to a competitive business advantage for some of America’s largest corporations? Businesses are installing solar panels to cut energy costs and improve their bottom line.[read more]

Efficiency Wins Big in Atlantic City, With Homeowners Benefiting

October 12, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

When you leave Atlantic City with more than you came with, you can count yourself lucky. This past week public officials at the International Code Council’s (ICC) Public Action Hearings held in Atlantic City voted on close to 100 proposed revisions to the residential building energy code.[read more]

What's Holding Back Intelligent Efficiency Solutions?

October 11, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Intelligent Efficiency

Using information technology to yield energy efficiency savings seems like a ridiculously easy choice for businesses to make. Companies track everything using IT, from customer acquisition to supply chain logistics. But why is it still so hard for many companies to track energy use?[read more]

Good Energy News: US Energy More Secure and Reliable, Thanks to Efficiency

October 10, 2013 by Peter Lehner
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Which energy source has had the biggest impact on meeting America’s energy needs over the past forty years? It’s not coal. It’s not oil. Not wind or nuclear. Believe it or not, it’s even bigger than all of those combined. Our greatest energy resource? Energy efficiency.[read more]

Can Low-Income and Multi-Family Households Benefit From Energy Efficiency?

October 8, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Low-income households spend about twice the percentage of their income on energy as compared to middle- or upper-class homes. Yet many residential energy-efficiency solutions are tailored only to the biggest homes, neglecting multi-family residences.[read more]

Up-Size Your Solar: "You Want Energy Efficiency With That?"

October 6, 2013 by Nigel Morris
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All the energy efficiency gurus will tell you the same thing: That energy efficiency is a no-brainer. But it’s intangible and a pretty long way from sexy. PV is tangible and sexy, and therein lies just one of the reasons Australians have adopted PV but failed to embrace energy efficiency.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Bill Goes from No-Brainer to Life Support to Plan B

October 2, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Energy Efficiency Bill

With the government shutdown, it should come as no surprise that we have a dysfunctional Congress. But when gridlock derails a good bill on energy efficiency in a country that harnesses less than half of the energy we produce, at least some attention should be paid.[read more]

Are Utilities Deliberately Ignoring CHP Over Large Centralized Power Plants?

September 30, 2013 by Rasika Athawale
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In July the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released three papers highlighting the benefits that electric and natural gas utilities can derive, if they invest in new combined heat and power (CHP) projects. But utilities have seldom shown an interest in CHP facilities.[read more]

Why Efficiency Is Harder in Industrial Facilities Than Commercial Buildings

September 29, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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Energy efficiency is often compared to picking up dollar bills off the ground. It is, in theory, one of the simplest ways to save money in a facility. In commercial buildings, those dollar bills are in close reach. But what if those bills were stuffed underneath a conveyer belt at a pulp mill?[read more]

Cost Of Solar Set To Plummet With New 44.7% Efficiency Record

September 27, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Solar Efficiency Record

A research team in Europe has achieved a world record-setting solar conversion efficiency of 44.7 percent, and assuming that higher efficiency translates into lower costs, it’s yet another indicator that we’re only at the beginning of a long, steep decline in the cost of solar power.[read more]

US Nuclear Energy Plant Performance August 2013

September 23, 2013 by Rod Adams
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I realize that I may be accused of cherry-picking a particularly good month for US nuclear power plants, but I wanted to share something that helps to explain why I am so darned enthusiastic about nuclear energy’s potential to improve the human condition.[read more]

Which City Leads in Energy Efficiency?

September 22, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

City Energy Efficiency

Greentech Media is feeling pretty good about itself this week, because its headquarters is located in Boston, the city that earned the highest score in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s inaugural City Energy Efficiency Scorecard.[read more]

US Military Doubles Down on Energy Efficiency

September 20, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Military Energy Efficiency

The United States government is proving how devoted its military is to reducing its carbon footprint, and doing so aggressively. The Obama Administration has been steadfast in its efforts to restructure the energy output of numerous military energy efficiency initiatives.[read more]