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According to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, although the US comes in second to China in terms of clean energy investments, the US leads the global community in energy efficiency investments.
Date: 03/31/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: General Information
University of Melbourne
The Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications will be devoted to innovation in energy-efficient networks and technologies with the goal of reducing the impact of telecommunications on the environment; CEET will be one of the largest research efforts for green telecommunications in the world.
Date: 03/30/2011
Type: Article
Industrial equipment uses more than 25 percent of all the energy in the U.S. and industry players are using various techniques to increase industrial efficiency, as evinced by GE's recent purchase of power conversion company Converteam.
Date: 03/29/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: General Information
The Cleantech Forum highlighted two recent trends: (1) big corporations have become increasingly active by opening their infrastructure and investing in later-stage start-ups, and (2) in the last year, Energy Efficiency has taken over Solar as the hottest sub-sector within cleantech.
Date: 03/15/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: General Information
Photo credit: The New York Times.
The lower costs that can result from energy-efficiency improvements (e.g. better fuel economy, utility bill savings, etc.) can paradoxically encourage consumers to use more energy. This rebound effect can cause a net increase in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Date: 03/07/2011
Type: Article
Republican party logo
This New York Times editorial discusses Obama's energy policy and the Republicans' reaction to it.
Date: 02/22/2011
Type: Article
A study by Cambridge researchers shows that approximately 73 percent of global energy use could be eliminated simply by implementing energy efficiency improvements in buildings and transportation.
Date: 01/26/2011
Type: Report
Technologies: General Information
GE "Power Your Home" challenge logo
GE has launched the second phase of its Ecomagination Challenge with the aim of finding the best ideas in energy efficiency and integrating renewables in the residential sector.
Date: 01/18/2011
Type: Article, News
Technologies: General Information
Washington, DC
Despite urgent calls from the White House and members of Congress this year about the need for more energy R&D, government funding for energy research is expected to stagnate in 2011 and possibly even decrease in 2012.
Date: 12/09/2010
Type: Article
Startup IceCode won GE's Ecomagination Challenge last month for a technology that instantly removes ice from wind turbines. Now they want to incorporate thin-film pulse electrothermal de-icing (PETD) into refrigerators, saving up to 35% of the energy used.
Date: 12/07/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: General Information

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