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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]

Infographic: Energy Harvesting in the Future Smart City

October 26, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Smart Energy Harvesting


With the technology of cities in the future, we will be able to harvest energy from resources we haven't even thought of, including things as basic as the movement of people from one place to another, as this infographic demonstrates.[read more]

The World's Number One Fuel Source Isn't Even a Fuel

October 26, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Efficiency

The first ever Energy Efficiency Market Report was just released by the International Energy Agency, and it clearly illustrates for the 11 countries it examined that between 1974 and 2010, energy efficiency was the largest energy resource.[read more]

Black and Veach on the Future Cost of Energy

October 25, 2013 by Charles Barton

I recently called attention to Breakthrough Institute's report, How to Make Nuclear Power Cheap. This report called attention to the potential use of advanced nuclear technology to lower and even dramatically lower nuclear costs.[read more]

Cutting Energy Waste By Running Buildings Better

October 25, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Building Inefficiency

Most people know that upgrading light fixtures and windows can reduce energy waste in office buildings, but even the experts may be surprised to learn just how much energy can be saved by simply running our existing office buildings better.[read more]

How Much Is Efficiency Helping America Slash Its Carbon Emissions?

October 24, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

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

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

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

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

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]