Energy Efficiency

  • On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed California Assembly Bill 2581, which would have improved the process by which the California Energy Commission (CEC) considers energy efficiency requirements for electronics and other products and equipment.
  • Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the Massachusetts clean energy sector saw double-digit job growth for the third consecutive year and now employs more than 88,000 workers in the Commonwealth.
  • The Texas Tech Energy Department awarded wind researchers $1.4 million to create a prototype that will better improve the efficiency of wind plants.
  • Clearwater will be the first city in Pinellas County to replace its streetlights with energy-saving LED bulbs come late October.
  • The Campbell Creek home energy efficiency research project is coming to an end and the virtual residents are moving out.
  • Avista Utilities is seeking a determination from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission that $7.63 million it spent during 2013 on electric and natural gas efficiency programs was prudently incurred.
  • Sep 26, 2014 | Thomas Yoder, PhD
    Many people value outside-the-box thinking, especially for its ability to see a new pathway forward. If you find yourself lacking in innovation, try implementing a disciplined approach to analyzing the order of things. What was once hidden may now be seen. A house may become a device, and so too a substation.
  • Sep 30, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In this case, we’re not talking MaRS as in the fourth planet from the sun—although this MaRS is also an interesting slice of science learning, just like the planet. And our MaRS is not in outer space—although it is in a bit of urban space elbowed out of the city of Toronto. What is this MaRS exactly, then? 

  • Dayton Power & Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) awarded Victoria Theatre Association with an energy efficiency rebate of $67,650 for extensive lighting upgrades in The Arts Garage.
  • Sep 23, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    The evolution of the utility industry has been pretty stagnant over the last hundred years or so. Power plants generate the electricity, it gets sent to your house through a network of wires and transformers, and the utility company sends you a bill every month.
  • Sep 19, 2014 | Richard Ware
    For those who have been watching the ongoing climate debate about global warming, the increasingly hot summer months are a poignant reminder of that phenomenon whenever the monthly power bill arrives in the mailbox.
  • Aug 29, 2014 | Ron Patch
    Even to people with no HVAC knowledge, it is obvious that the large air conditioning units in stores, factories and other large single zone HVAC applications consume massive amounts of energy. It's also intuitive that the more efficient each unit is, the lower the energy cost. However - even among HVAC industry engineers - accurately projecting these savings is a complicated endeavor. It can be done but requires a considerable amount of time and effort.
  • Aug 25, 2014 | Bennett Fisher
    Tools like ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager and accompanying benchmarks like energy use intensity (EUI) have long been the most common way to target energy efficiency opportunities in commercial building portfolios. But, while both are easily accessible and provide well-recognized starting points to compare buildings' efficiency, they are only that - a starting point.
  • Aug 11, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    China's now the largest energy producer and the largest energy consumer in the world, overtaking the U.S., finally, in areas like oil, coal and natural gas—and, of course, they’ve been the largest power generator around the globe since 2011. If you know nothing else about the Chinese power powerhouse, here are 5 facts to start a watercooler conversation today.

  • Aug 06, 2014 | Jessica Lorentz
    Elevations Credit Union (ECU) is currently monitoring energy usage for eight electric meters in four buildings using a dashboard format offered by Power Takeoff. The dashboard reports energy usage data at the end of the billing cycle for the previous month and also reports 15 minute interval data.
  • Jul 25, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    The summer is here and vacations are being planned. Whether it's a family trip to a local beach, visiting relatives out of state, or a trip to Disneyland, families everywhere are eager to get out and enjoy this great time of year. With endless lists and preparations to take care of, it's easy to let energy efficiency take a back seat. But be proactive! A few simple modifications can really make a difference.
  • Jul 22, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As the smart city concept evolves, utilities will—by necessity—be taking the lead on many projects. Keeping that evolution in mind, Intelligent Utility has been quietly building you a smart cities library where you can access ideas, insights and project details on what’s happening within the smart city space.

  • Jul 15, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Dr. Victor M. Larios, a professor at the University of Guadalajara and the chair of the IEEE Smart City Initiative Pilot in Guadalajara, Mexico, gives details and highlights.

  • Jun 19, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    The largest part of residential energy consumption (generally considered around 40%) maintains interior comfort regardless of the weather. Energy used to create this comfort is a function of how well inside is separated from outside. The separation zone, or "thermal shell", is the insulating layer around conditioned interior space.