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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
The Mississippi Public Service Commissioner approved Conservation Rule 29 that requires gas and electric utilities to implement energy efficiency programs and standards.
Date: 07/15/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
Microsoft is working with Seattle and its local utility to conduct a pilot to increase energy efficiency in large commercial buildings in downtown Seattle. The pilot will use Accenture’s Smart Building & Energy Solutions energy management software alongside Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology.
Date: 07/11/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
When rice is harvested, silica-rich husk is left as a waste product and is commonly used as a fertilizer additive. Scientists in South Korea are researching silica-rich husks as an alternative to graphite electrodes that are currently used in lithium ion batteries.
Date: 07/10/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Siemens is working to launch a large smart city project in Vienna, Austria where power supply, building systems, intelligent power grids, and information and communication technologies will interact.
Date: 07/09/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Aerospace companies are working on hybrid electric airplanes, and the earliest versions will likely arrive before the end of the decade.
Date: 07/08/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
NREL researchers have built flexible solar cells from Corning's Willow glass. These type of cells could be used in place of roof shingles; the cells are strong and durable and could last decades. Solar costs could be lowered by combining the costs of roof and solar installations.
Date: 07/05/2013
Type: Article

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