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LEDs are significantly more energy efficient and last longer than incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescents, but LEDs' upfront cost deters many buyers. A leading LED maker, Osram Opto Semiconductors, says it can significantly reduce the cost of LEDs.
Date: 08/01/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Facebook released its first carbon footprint report. Most of Facebook's energy consumption comes from data centers. For this reason, Facebook says it has set a goal to get at least 25 percent of its energy for data centers from clean and renewable sources by 2015.
Date: 08/02/2012
Type: Article
A recent study by New York City's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability found that most energy intensive large buildings typically use three to five times more energy than least energy intensive buildings. NYC large buildings account for 45% of the city's carbon emissions.
Date: 08/06/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
As part of his We Can't Wait Initiative, President Obama announced seven solar and wind projects that will be expedited. Together these projects will produce 5,000MW of clean energy. Two of these projects are in California.
Date: 08/07/2012
Type: Article
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory produced a study looking at available renewable energy sources and potential of all 50 states. Economic and market constraints will ultimately determine which renewable methods might be used.
Date: 08/08/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
We are pleased to announce the selection of architectural firm KieranTimberlake to design a new home for the Institute. The building will be named Henley Hall in honor of Jeff and Judy Henley's lead gift, and will be a symbol of the Institute and UC Santa Barbara's commitment to energy efficiency.
Date: 08/09/2012
Type: News
ComEd, a Chicago based utility company, has introduced an efficiency program aimed at reducing the energy use of data centers. The program will help data centers improve cooling, power delivery, and IT capabilities.
Date: 08/10/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Data Centers
Tags: Chicago, ComEd
In this Issue: News about Jeff and Judy Henley's lead gift; Announcement of architectural firm selection for new building; News on our 2012 Technology Roundtable on CPV; Exciting breakthroughs in research; and faculty members' presentations from the National Academy of Engineering Symposium.
Date: 08/13/2012
Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. He covers the importance of renewable energy and energy efficiency, among other topics.
Date: 08/13/2012
Type: Article
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have been developing a thin-film, bendable, lithium-ion battery that can be used in a variety of applications. Imagine flexible gadgets that can be powered by bending them.
Date: 08/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries

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