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Water Utility Turns to DR and Efficiency to Save $500M Annually

April 8, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

From high rises in Los Angeles to 7-Elevens in New York City, enterprises are looking for ways around high utility demand charges during peak times of electricity usage. But for water utilities, especially in California, it’s difficult to tackle energy costs in the midst of a water crisis.[read more]

LIHEAP Advocates Make Push For Greater Funding on Capitol Hill

March 31, 2014 by Lisa Dundon
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LIHEAP and Funding

Advocates from around the country descended upon Capitol Hill in support of funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The block grant program provides assistance to low and fixed-income individuals for fuel and utility bills, as well as weatherization and energy-related repairs.[read more]

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Energy Efficiency Investment: Is Europe Open for Business?

March 26, 2014 by Clare Taylor

So far the European Commission recent climate and energy proposals lack a 2030 target for energy efficiency. But investing in energy-efficient buildings makes sense for carbon abatement and Europe's fuel import bill. According to Dr Steve Fawkes, investor confidence is what is needed most.[read more]

Solar Energy Usage Shattering Records in California as New Capacity Comes On-Line

March 22, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Solar and California

California is setting records for solar energy usage so fast that the state’s grid operator has had to change its protocol for announcing them. The instantaneous use of solar by the California Independent System Operator (the ISO) reached a record peak of 4,143 megawatts at 2:28 p.m. on March 16.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: LED Bulb Efficiency Expected to Continue Improving as Cost Declines

March 21, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

LED Efficiency and Cost

Technology improvements for general service lighting, driven by federal efficiency standards, are leading to increased reliability and bulb life. As efficiency increases, residential electricity consumption for lighting declines over time.[read more]

Spotlight on Los Angeles: Increasing Energy Efficiency in Buildings

March 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Recently the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Ziman Center for Real Estate hosted the UCLA Green Building Symposium - Building Better Places. The symposium addressed the critical issue of increasing the efficiency of buildings.[read more]

As U.S. Energy Booms, Don't Forget About Roadway Infrastructure

March 10, 2014 by Costa Samaras
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Energy Boom and Roadway Infrastructure

One fracking operation needs 600 to 1,100 one-way truck trips for equipment to and from a well site. In a new paper in the Journal of Infrastructure Systems, our team estimated the costs of additional heavy truck traffic associated with shale gas development on Pennsylvania’s state-maintained roadways.[read more]

Can No-Money-Down Financing Unlock the Batteries-for-Buildings Market?

March 7, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Green Charge Networks, the startup that’s putting batteries in commercial buildings, has just joined a small but growing roster of energy storage players trying out a model that’s helped solar PV hit mainstream and which could push energy efficiency to much broader markets: no-money-down financing.[read more]

Tenants and Landlords Can Both Save with Energy Efficiency Upgrades

March 7, 2014 by Katie Mandes

Talk about a win-win. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and government-backed mortgage provider Freddie Mac recently agreed on a plan that will cut carbon emissions and at the same time make rental housing more affordable.[read more]

Report: Building Efficiency Incentives, Strong Codes Form Cornerstone to Greener, More Energy-Secure Indian Cities

March 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Buidling Efficiency in India

Recently in Delhi, my colleague Dr. David Goldstein and I discussed increasing building efficiency in India’s states at a high-level meeting held by the Planning Commission, Ministry of Power, Bureau of Energy Efficiency and key state leaders.[read more]

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Building China: The Role Of Cement In China's Rapid Development

March 5, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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China and Cement

China produced more cement in the last three years than was produced in the last one hundred years by the United States of America.[read more]

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Harvard Policy Initiative Makes the Case for End-Use Energy Efficiency in EPA's Upcoming Rule on Existing Power Plants

March 5, 2014 by Ari Peskoe
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Harvard Law School’s Environmental Policy Initiative has published a paper that argues for inclusion of end-use energy efficiency (EE) in the Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming proposal to curb GHG emissions from existing power plants.[read more]

Look at the Cool Stuff You Can Do With Consumption Data From Buildings

March 4, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Consumption Data

Through a combination of energy disclosure laws and new applications for IT in buildings, we're seeing a lot of data emerge about our built environment. Turns out that in Seattle, police stations are energy guzzlers. And in New York, buildings from the 1930s are more efficient than newer ones.[read more]

Lowering Your Thermostat will Save More than Just Money

February 28, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

You’ve seen it all over websites, you’ve heard it on the news, and you’ve even read it in some magazines. Lowering your thermostat will save you money. Everybody knows that. But what if we told you there are more benefits than just a smaller utility bill? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)[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]