Energy Efficiency

  • Apr 10, 2014 | Gerry DeNotto
    Imagine, if you would, the following scenario which recently occurred. A man walked down a dark street in his neighborhood in a typical northeastern United States suburb, trying to avoid fallen branches brought down by a Sandy - like super storm and other debris that forced him to keep his eyes on the ground in front of him.
  • Apr 02, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment in our most popular article series, we talk to Mauro Suà, director general of AMB (Aziende Municipalizzate Bellinzona), or the municipal utility for the city of Bellinzona, Switzerland. The city—already an award winner within Europe for smart energy thinking—is working toward an energy region status. Suà talks the smart cities movement and the projects they are currently working on within the city itself that blend into that movement.

  • Mar 25, 2014 | Corey Weathers M.Ed.
    Our grandparents are often the first to teach us about the value of a dollar and to not waste anything - food, water, energy, money - you name it. In my case, this is certainly true.
  • Mar 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 2009-2013, lays out the beginnings of the Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA).

  • Mar 16, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Other than the reduction of storage cost and the introduction of possible incentive schemes, the maximization of the storage efficiency is a key factor to increase the system profitability, making the investment on solar plus storage actually viable for end-users. 

  • Mar 09, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary (energy and sustainability), discusses the Army's upcoming hurdles and lays out the plan in place to overcome them. 

  • Mar 06, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Todd Recknagel with AM Conservation Group examines how Puget Sound Energy and other utiltiies are getting customers interested in LEDs.

  • Feb 18, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Julia Zuckerman, an analyst at Climate Policy Initiative with a focus on finance, discusses California's Risk/Reward Incentive Mechanism and how it impacted efficiency in that state--and how it could be applied elsewhere.

  • Feb 18, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) over and done with, shoppers are looking for new, useful, and innovative products that will make their lives easier, or at least more enjoyable. Although we did not attend the show, we did our research and came up with 10 gadgets that will make your home (and your lifestyle) more energy efficient. Take a look.
  • Feb 11, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    As we move into the second week of 2014, most of us start to veer away from our New Year's resolutions. (Who enjoys counting calories, anyway?) Instead, we shift our focus toward what's really important: the Winter Olympics! Hosting this year's Games is Sochi, Russia, and in order to arrange the best Olympic Games we've seen, the city needs to prepare for the masses.
  • Feb 10, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    The value of energy efficiency has been documented and expressed countless times. A recent example can be found in Energy Manager Today: "NY Property Owner Retrofits with LED's, Saves $300,000 Per Year".
  • Feb 07, 2014 | Bennett Fisher
    Across the United States, the utility industry is facing increasing energy efficiency goals for 2014 and beyond. To achieve these goals, utilities must tap into the market segment that represents the greatest opportunity for energy savings over the next 10 years - the commercial building market.
  • Jan 29, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Mike Gordon, co-founder of Joule Assets, gives us a look at the results of their recent survey. They pinged energy efficiency professionals about financing hurdles and found the results to be "illuminating." Get illuminated by giving it a read.

  • Jan 20, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Within our brains, that fuzzy little smart city concept revolves around more intelligent technology working together across traditionally disparate industries that “touch” under a municipal umbrella: power, water, transport, lighting. But, how do we get there? Here are five rules to live by when building a smart city. 

  • Jan 09, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    Thermal standards for homes were established to improve thermal performance by strengthening the barrier between outside and the conditioned interior.  A checklist of thermal standards is included in every jurisdiction’s energy code.  For example, wall insulation in Oregon has to be rated at least R-21.  A building inspector verifies compliance for each component of the thermal shell:  foundation, underfloor, walls, roof, skylights, doors and windows.
  • Jan 02, 2014 | Kristopher Settle
    The streets of New York City will be a little brighter (literally) over the next few years. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new effort to replace the city's current amber streetlights for white, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs throughout the five boroughs. 
  • Dec 30, 2013 | Joao Gomes
    A study conducted by - American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) - the survey evaluated the use of energy from 25 indicators, divided into four key areas: Industry, Transportation, Building and National Efforts to promote Energy Efficiency. According to the study, a country that uses less energy to achieve the same result, or even overcome, reduces costs and pollute less, creating a more competitive economy.