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Video: How smart cities are using automation to increase energy efficiency 25.8.2016 Yahoo: Business

Video: How smart cities are using automation to increase energy efficiencyAt the TrustBelt 2016 conference in Chicago, TechRepublic spoke with Erin Grossi of UI Labs about how new technologies are accelerating the growth of smart cities.


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Texas Army National Guard Can Increase Clean Energy, Cut Costs, Save Water 24.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Texas Army National Guard Can Increase Clean Energy, Cut Costs, Save Water
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New Study: Solar, Energy Efficiency Can Help the Texas National Guard Save Money and Water 24.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kate Zerrenner This year has seen historic flooding across the South. In addition to the devastating rains that recently hit Louisiana, severe floods pummeled Texas earlier this year. In both cases, the states’ National Guards were first responders, rescuing families, delivering meals and supplies to survivors, and providing local agencies with high-water trucks, boats, and helicopters. As the frequency of extreme weather events like these increases, it is imperative that the National Guard can continue devoting resources to critical, first-responder services. But in Texas, those services could be threatened by the state’s dwindling water supplies. A new study from CNA Analysis & Solutions, funded by Environmental Defense Fund and in collaboration with the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), shows many Texas defense facilities are in water-stressed counties. Over time, this could result not only in higher water costs, but also power production constraints, since it requires a lot of water to produce ...
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The water-energy nexus is not what you expect 23.8.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
While saving water does save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there are other benefits, too.
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EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Launches New Energy Efficiency Pilot with PG&E 17.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Launches New Energy Efficiency Pilot with PG&E
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Can zero-energy buildings become the norm? 17.8.2016 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
More and more buildings are being equipped with energy efficiency technologies and solar panels. What will it take before all buildings are energy independent?
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Cass Sunstein: A court ruling that could save the planet 13.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A federal court this week upheld the approach that the government uses to calculate the social cost of carbon when it issues regulations — and not just the cost imposed on Americans, but on people worldwide. It’s technical stuff, but also one of the most important climate change rulings ever. The social cost of carbon is meant to capture the economic damage of a ton of carbon emissions. The assumptions that go into the analysis, and the resulting number, matter a lot, because they play a key rol...
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Here's What California's Climate Policies Have Done To The State's Economy 12.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What have California’s climate policies done for the state’s economy? Injected about $48 billion into communities across the state in the past decade and helped create about 500,000 jobs. That’s the synopsis of a new analysis by my organization, the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) of available data on California’s Global Warming Solutions Act — also known as AB 32 — and related policies. Lawmakers in Sacramento are now debating legislation (under the aptly named SB 32) that would extend the emissions targets set by AB 32 for an additional 10 years past the current deadline of 2020. It’s clear that AB 32 and related policies are already paying off big time for California’s economy. Today, the state is by far the nation’s leader in clean energy jobs and investments. No other state comes close. The state’s existing emission reduction goals and related programs have funded solar, wind and energy efficiency projects in communities from Shasta to San Diego, helping ...
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Three Lessons for Unlocking Efficient Cities for All 12.8.2016 THE CITY FIX
Urban efficiency is all about linking the potential of buildings, energy and infrastructure to create smarter, more sustainable cities. But what does success look like, and how do cities get there? This past June, 34 city mayors, sustainability directors and ...
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Canada needs a bold national action plan for energy efficient buildings 9.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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AMD and chip-makers' efforts to create energy-efficient CPUs 9.8.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Amid growing awareness of the huge energy appetite of computer processing and particularly high end graphics, computer chip-maker AMD releases a more energy efficient chip — and a study to prove it.
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From the Bahamas to the Seychelles, Island Nations Fight Climate Change with Better Buildings 9.8.2016 THE CITY FIX
Facing environmental vulnerabilities like increasingly high temperatures, more frequent storm surges and a rising sea level, small island states have long been on the front lines of the fight against climate change. This existential threat has made some of the ...
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Clean Energy Conference Roundup: August 2016 5.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs Each month, the Energy Exchange rounds up a list of top clean energy conferences around the country. Our list includes conferences at which experts from the EDF Clean Energy Program will be speaking, plus additional events that we think our readers may benefit from marking on their calendars. Top clean energy conferences featuring EDF experts in August: Aug. 21-26:  ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (Pacific Grove, CA) Speaker: Abbey Brown , Clean Energy Project Manager The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is a non-profit that advances energy efficiency policies, programs, technology, investment, and behavior. The summer study will be ACEEE’s 19th biennial conference about building energy efficiency. A diverse group of professionals from around the world will gather to discuss the technological basis for, and practical implementation of, reducing energy use and the climate impacts associated with buildings. The event enables sharing of ideas and ...
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If utilities moved to the cloud, would they use more renewables? 5.8.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
If utilities adopted cloud technologies, they'd be better able to integrate renewable energy sources into their mix, a Navigant study finds.
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What teaching kids about energy efficiency can teach us 4.8.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Find out how educating the next generation on energy efficiency can help reach parents, and make a powerful impact in homes.
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Sleeping Giant of Climate Change (Hint: It's Before Your Eyes) 28.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One-third or more of all the global food produced never makes it from the farm to our fork. In fact, if measured as a country, food waste would be the third largest for greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization which revised upward its estimated carbon footprint of food waste to a staggering 3.6 gigatons of CO2. With nations around the world starting to design programs to meet COP21 climate commitments, now is the time to address food waste as the sleeping climate giant surprisingly hidden before our eyes. The Model for Success may be the Age of Energy Efficiency As we tackle food waste, we can learn lessons from the energy conservation movement. The last 20 years was the Age of Energy Efficiency. Technology allowed the increasingly more efficient use of electricity distributed to more people and more buildings without new power plants and the resulting climate emissions. Since 1990, the 29 member countries of the International Energy Agency saved enough electricity ...
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New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity 25.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output in proportion to their weight. But such batteries have some pretty serious drawbacks: They waste much of the injected energy as heat and degrade relatively quickly. They also require expensive extra components to pump oxygen gas in and out, in an open-cell configuration that is very different from conventional sealed batteries.But a new variation of the battery chemistry, which could be used in a conventional, fully sealed battery, promises similar theoretical performance as lithium-air batteries, while overcoming all of these drawbacks.The new battery concept, called a nanolithia cathode battery, is described in the journalNature Energy in a paper by Ju Li, the Battelle Energy Alliance Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT; postdoc Zhi Zhu; and five others at MIT, Argonne National Laboratory, and Peking ...
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Snake River dams: Energy efficiency is key 24.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Todd Myers’ recent Op-Ed paints a bleak picture of Washington’s energy future, one in which we must choose between wild salmon survival and affordable electricity [“Removing Snake River dams is bad for economy and salmon,” Opinion, July 3]. But we need not choose. We can remove the lower Snake River dams as the foundation of […]
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Science proves it: Girl Scouts really do make the world a better place 11.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

For decades, Girl Scouts have pledged to make the world a better place. Now there’s scientific proof that they do.

After completing five hourlong courses on energy conservation, Junior-level Girl Scouts boosted their households’ energy-saving activities by as much as 49%, according to a study published...

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Leaked Document Reveals Alarming New Environmental Threats of Transatlantic Trade Pact 11.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Sierra Club This morning, as the most recent round of trade negotiations between the United States and European Union began in Brussels, the Guardian reported a leaked document from the EU that reveals its intentions to include new, dangerous language in the proposed energy chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ...
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