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Tag: efficiency


Electric, Energy Consumption

3 Policies Driving Innovation in the Electricity Sector

May 19, 2016

Via: Energy Collective

As rapid changes in energy technology – both in renewable and fossil fuel sources – transforms the way we power our lives, we have a chance to leave our children a prosperous world and reduce the effects of climate change. […]


News and Policies, U.S.

Reflective Roof Coatings: An Energy Saver that Hides in Plain Sight

March 22, 2016

Via: Energy Manager Today

Earlier this month, The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association released the Reflective Roofs Rebates Database to the general public. The database, which offers information on rebates, loans, grants and tax credits, previously was available only to association members. Reflective roof coatings […]


Domestic, Energy Consumption

Major Impacts on U.S. Carbon Emissions Since the Great Recession

March 21, 2016

Via: Energy Collective

U.S. total carbon emissions increased to a historic high in 2007. During the 2007-09 Great Recession U.S. total carbon emissions declined rapidly due to a combination effective Government energy and carbon policies, and economic factors. Since the U.S. economy has […]


Electric, Energy Consumption

Even as America Constructs More Buildings, Electricity Use Continues to Drop

March 17, 2016

Via: Greentech Media

A couple of years ago, sustainable architect Ed Mazria uncovered a surprising shift in America. Even as developers construct billions of square feet of new buildings across the country in the coming decades, electricity use in the built environment will decline. […]


Domestic, Energy Consumption

The Inexorable Shift of the U.S. Power Sector

March 8, 2016

Via: Energy Collective

While the U.S. Supreme Court’s temporary stay on enforcement of the Clean Power Plan has grabbed headlines recently, it’s important that we read deeper, and consider the broader context, of which the CPP is only one part. In recent years, […]


Electric, Energy Consumption

Shining the Light on New Proposed Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Standards

March 7, 2016

Via: Energy Collective

Once all of America’s approximately 4 billion lighting sockets contain energy-saving bulbs that meet the updated energy efficiency standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Energy consumers and businesses will save about $12.5 billion every year–and gain cleaner air and a healthier […]


News and Policies, World

6 Of The Greenest Electric Cars of 2016

March 4, 2016

Via: Energy Collective

Vehicle-related air pollutants have decreased by 98 percent since the 1960s in Los Angeles, despite its residents burning three times as much gasoline and diesel fuel, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The study credits greener cars as […]


News and Policies, U.S.

MIT Researchers Create Citywide Building Energy Model for Boston

February 24, 2016

Via: Energy Collective

City governments in the age of climate change often find themselves in a predicament: It’s hard to create a more energy-efficient city without detailed information about how — and when — buildings consume electricity and heating fuel. The City of […]


Conventional Fuels, Nuclear

Nuclear Industry Moves to Identify Operating Efficiencies

February 11, 2016

Via: Nuclear Energy Institute

The nuclear industry has issued the first four efficiency bulletins as part of a multiyear campaign to increase operational effectiveness at the nuclear power plants that generate electricity for one of every five U.S. homes and businesses. These bulletins are […]


Domestic, Energy Consumption, Energy Economics

How Home Energy Efficiency Enables Stable Capital Markets

February 1, 2016

Via: CleanTechnica

A paradox currently exists in the U.S. home improvement market. While homeowners say they want energy improvements for their homes, the rate of home energy upgrades is decreasing. One study found that residential energy upgrades are the top unmet demand […]


Energy Economics, News and Policies

Maine Legislature Mulls Reducing Electric Rates for C&I Customers

January 18, 2016

Via: Energy Manager Today

A bill (LD 1398) that would reduce the rates paid by Maine’s commercial and industrial electricity customers failed to gain traction at a session of the state legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology on January 7. Sponsored […]


Chemical, Conventional Fuels

New Biomass Bed Material Increases Efficiency, Cuts Costs

October 13, 2015

Via: Energy Manager Today

A change in the material used as a bed in biomass operations has been found to make the process far less expensive to run and maintain while improving efficiency, according to Biomass Magazine. The process is being developed by researchers […]


Electric, Energy Consumption

Nationwide, electricity generation from coal falls while natural gas rises

October 12, 2015

Via: U.S. Energy Information Administration

The monthly natural gas share of total U.S. electricity generation surpassed the coal share in July for the second time ever, with natural gas fueling 35.0% of total generation to coal’s 34.9% share. Compared to the previous July, coal-fired generation […]