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Category: Conservation and Efficiency
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U.S. Lags on Energy Efficiency, but Creative Communications can Help 28.8.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
This post was co-written by Catherine Ittner, Communications Intern, and Catherine Nisson, Clean Energy Research Intern. Source: energyhog.org The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ( ACEEE ) recently released the second edition of its International Energy Efficiency Scorecard , ranking the energy efficiency efforts of the world’s 16 largest economies. The report assigns each country a score based on three primary sectors responsible for energy use: buildings, transportation, and industry. So where did the land of the free fall on the index? Disappointingly, the U.S. ranks number 13, ahead of only Russia, Brazil, and Mexico. The international champion for the second time this summer: Germany. ACEEE concedes the demand for energy has been declining in the U.S. since 2007 , and progress is most likely due to increasingly energy-efficient appliances and buildings, as well as the local and state policies that encourage their use. But, clearly, there is significant room for improvement and much ...
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Electrical unions launch net-zero energy training center 28.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Why shouldn't every electrician be an expert in energy efficiency? That's the aim of the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute.

Electrical unions launch net-zero energy training center
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Real estate pros strive to explain building energy performance 28.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

In California, brokers are at the heart of every non-residential sale or lease. Can the AIR organization get them on board with benchmarking?

Real estate pros strive to explain building energy performance
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Can investment districts bring more clean energy to minorities? 27.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The Center for Social Inclusion proposes a novel idea to fund renewables for low-income and minority neighborhoods.

Can investment districts bring more clean energy to minorities?
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The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed 27.8.2014 Truthout.com
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What If Proven Benefits Alone Are Not Enough to Drive Industrial Energy Efficiency 27.8.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Vignesh Gowrishankar, Staff Scientist (Sustainable Energy), New York: While cutting energy waste seems like a no-brainer for the industrial sector, a new research project suggests that even favorable cost savings, at a brisk rate, may be insufficient to drive deep deployment of energy efficiency in America’s factories and...
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Why the majority of data centers are failing at energy efficiency 26.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

New analysis suggests there's still an opportunity to cut power consumption and save billions in 2014.

Why the majority of data centers are failing at energy efficiency
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America’s Data Centers Consuming Massive and Growing Amounts of Electricity 26.8.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
SAN FRANCISCO (August 26, 2014) – Much of the massive amounts of electricity that America’s data centers devour to support our business and online activity is being wasted running computer servers doing little or no work most of the time, according to a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Improved energy efficiency practices could cut energy waste by at least 40 percent, saving over $3 billion ...
How She Leads: Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts 26.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Her financial background wins support, but her grassroots employee efforts for energy efficiency and water conservation deliver results.

How She Leads: Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts
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Energy efficiency lessons from the 102nd floor 26.8.2014 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

After the Empire State Building, deep energy retrofits gain momentum.

 

Energy efficiency lessons from the 102nd floor
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Utility 2.0: NY’s New Business Model Should Properly Value the Costs and Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources 26.8.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Beia Spiller Source: AtisSun As we’ve mentioned before, New York is changing how it evaluates and compensates electric utilities. One goal of this change is increased consumer engagement, which makes customers allies in the development of a more reliable, resilient, and ‘smart’ electric grid. Many customers have begun taking advantage of new energy technologies and their falling prices by turning to community microgrids, installing on-site distributed generation, like rooftop solar, or investing in more efficient appliances, among other actions. Advances in telecommunications and information systems have also created new opportunities for energy services we could not have imagined just a few years ago. For example, innovative tools like demand response allow third parties or utilities to turn off pre-approved appliances – like swimming pool pumps and air conditioners – remotely when the power grid is stressed and needs a quick reduction in energy demand. To this end, more customers are adopting local, ...
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In energy, which comes first: products or behavior change? 25.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Utilities are under pressure to get consumers to use less power. But how can we entice them to make permanent changes?

In energy, which comes first: products or behavior change?
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Demand response keeps energy use low at Chicago high-rise 22.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Load-shifting and other technologies save energy while helping tenants stay comfortable, no matter what the weather.

Demand response keeps energy use low at Chicago high-rise
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How Well Have China’s Recent Five-Year Plans Been Implemented for Energy Conservation and Air Pollution Control? 22.8.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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The Solution to Accurate Energy Data May Be Closer Than We Think 22.8.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By: Karan Gupta, student at  Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment As Lord Kelvin famously said, "If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it." Here at 77 West Wacker, despite extensive metering relative to comparable buildings, we have found a lack of visibility into energy consumption data is one of the greatest barriers to implementing energy conservation measures (ECMs). The need for detailed energy consumption data Ideally, building equipment and tenants should be sub-metered. It might be overkill to meter every individual piece of equipment, but if all supply fans, or all water pumps, or all chillers were grouped on a single meter, understanding building behavior would be greatly simplified. Tenants, on the other hand, are sub-metered. The issue is that building management and operations do not always have access to that data because tenant consent is required to view tenant usage data. Unfortunately, a consent form does not exist in our service area to allow that. The way ...
What makes BT's Net Good carbon program a game-changer? 21.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

We interview the U.K. broadband giant's Kevin Moss about results, plans and hopes to go net positive.

What makes BT's Net Good carbon program a game-changer?
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Building Smart Cities in India 21.8.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: In his Independence Day speech from Old Delhi’s famed Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to replace India’s 64-year-old Planning Commission with a new central government think-tank led by mix of experts. The new eight-member institute would focus...
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#DirtyDenier$ Day 12: Rob Portman 19.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Despite his easy smile, when it comes to energy and climate, Sen. Rob Portman is a conflicted man. On the one hand, he's a cosponsor of a bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill. It would help people waste less energy by promoting energy efficiency measures for homes and businesses. It would move us toward cleaner sources of energy, clean energy technologies and help promote clean energy jobs. On the other hand, Portman is a climate change denier who has fought efforts to address this growing environmental challenge. On climate change, Portman has said : "When you analyze all the data, there is a warming trend according to science. But the jury is out on the degree of how much is manmade." That's not what scientists say; it's Portman who's trying to create a hung jury. Portman's record shows a pattern of anti-environment stances promoted by GOP leadership. He backed a measure to permanently block the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing any standards to limit greenhouse gases under the ...
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New Standard Would Give IL Customers the Right to Easily Access Their Energy Data 18.8.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New Standard Would Give IL Customers the Right to Easily Access Their Energy Data
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Andersen Windows opens up on sustainability vision 18.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The company wants to do a massive retrofit of the 1 billion residential windows that perform below energy efficiency standards.

Andersen Windows opens up on sustainability vision
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