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After months of anticipation, the EPA has finally released its Energy Star label for data centers. The label should incite competition for energy efficiency improvements, as the agency plans to award the label to only the top 25% of centers in a given industry.
Date: 06/08/2010
Type: Article
In response to a report from the GAO that revealed some major flaws in the EPA's Energy Star certification process, the EPA and DOE are developing a product-testing system to validate Energy Star ratings.
Date: 07/10/2010
Type: Article
Power adapter.
The EPA has announced that external power adapters will no longer be eligible for the Energy Star Label because the adapters have become much more efficient since they were first covered under the program.
Date: 09/21/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Electronics
Semi truck cab
The EPA has released a fuel efficiency standards proposal for heavy-duty vehicles. It covers heavy-duty trucks, tractors and semi trucks and the improved standards could reduce GHG emissions by ~250 million metric tons and save 500 million barrels of oil within the program's first five years.
Date: 10/25/2010
Type: News
coal plant
The EPA announced that instead of mandating specific control technologies when it begins regulating greenhouse gas emissions next year, it will push coal plants and manufacturers to become more energy efficient. Efficiency improvements cut emissions and are less costly than other measures.
Date: 11/10/2010
Type: News
The EPA is proposing higher Renewable Fuel Standards including an increase in the percentage of biofuels that refiners must include in their gasoline and diesel.
Date: 02/04/2013
Type: Article
Six Californian cities are noted on Energy Star's list of top 25 cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings.
Date: 03/12/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Soraa, a LED company founded by leading Institute Faculty, has asked the EPA to address lighting color quality in the next ENERGY STAR standards. Left unaddressed, this lack of high color quality lighting products will lead to a stalling in consumer adoption of energy efficient lighting, says Soraa.
Date: 05/28/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
President Obama laid out his new Climate Action Plan in a speech at Georgetown University yesterday. This Energy Manger Today article cover the major points discussed in the plan.
Date: 06/26/2013
Type: Article

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