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Power generation in the United States relies heavily on water for cooling (coal and nuclear) and energy production (hydro). The switch to renewable energy can drop water consumption by 40%. The Union of Concerned Scientists says that the switch isn't happening fast enough.
Date: 07/31/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
S&C Electric Europe, Samsung SDI and Younicos signed a joint agreement to deploy Europe’s largest intelligent network storage project onto a UK Power Networks substation.
Date: 07/30/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage, Smart Grid
Researchers at UCSD find that rooftop solar photovoltaic panels offer shade to buildings and help keep them cool.
Date: 07/26/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: HVAC, Solar/Photovoltaics
UCSB researchers, including Institute faculty Dan Morse, have discovered the mechanism behind squids and octopuses' ability to change colors. Aside from the possible applications in synthetic camouflage, this finding can have applications for increased energy efficiency in telecommunications.
Date: 07/25/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Communication
LBNL and DOE have launched Simergy, a free user-interface for easier and more effective use of the whole-building energy modeling engine EnergyPlus.
Date: 07/25/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, HVAC
The Department of Energy launched the Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center at Argonne National Laboratory to ensure that electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations, and smart grid technologies work in unison.
Date: 07/22/2013
Type: Article
Starting September 1st, owners of non-residential buildings in California of 50,000 square feet or greater will be required to release their building's energy usage when they sell their property.
Date: 07/22/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
The Solar Electric Power Association released a report to promote better understanding of Net Energy Metering through understanding of utility rate-setting regulation and evaluation of the value of distributed solar.
Date: 07/18/2013
Type: Article
In this Issue: Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency videos are now online; ICT Roundtable report is now online; Welcoming new Industry Partners; Exciting breakthroughs in research and faculty announcements; and Alliance to Save Energy's Energy 2030 Report Recommendations
Date: 07/17/2013
Tesla's CTO JB Straubel, one of the speakers on Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies at the Institute for Energy Efficiency's 2013 Summit, told the MIT Tech Review that Tesla is tackling the challenge of a five to ten minute recharge time for Tesla's electric car batteries.
Date: 07/16/2013
Type: Article

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