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California's utilities need to produce 20,000-plus megawatts of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Governor Brown wants at least 12,000 megawatts to be decentralized generation. Rooftop and ground-mounted solar will be one of the main technologies used to accomplish this goal.
Date: 06/11/2012
Type: Article
Transphorm is a Goleta-based energy efficiency company co-founded by Institute faculty member, Umesh Mishra. The firm makes electronic components that significantly reduce the amount of waste heat in most devices. Transphorm has passed the 100-employee mark and continues to grow.
Date: 06/11/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Electronics
Many New York City tenants in city-owned buildings are not interested in saving energy, since they do not directly pay the utility bill and retrofits can be expensive. The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services decided to put these agencies on the hook for their energy consumption.
Date: 06/07/2012
Type: Article
The Institute for Public Policy Research recommends that the UK government increases their incentives for low-carbon and energy-efficient technologies. Greater manufacturer participation is required for the UK to meet its low-carbon economy goals.
Date: 06/05/2012
Type: Article
HP has unveiled designs for a new data center that will require no net energy from traditional power grids.
Date: 06/01/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Data Centers
GTM Research released its latest report on smart grids. The report is the first in a series that outlines the tremendous smart grid opportunity in Asia.
Date: 05/31/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
Institute faculty member, Eric McFarland, is assisting CUNY Energy Institute in the development of a grid-scale battery storage project. This new battery uses nickel-zinc technology that is cheaper to produce and just as long-lasting as lithium-ion batteries.
Date: 05/24/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
54 businesses join the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program. The program places graduate students from around the country to work in businesses and public institutions to find cost-efficient solutions to save energy and reduce emissions.
Date: 05/24/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
Intel has ranked first in the nation for using renewable energy, since 2008. The firm is raising the bar on energy efficiency goals, aiming to increase energy efficiency of notebook computers and data center products to 25 times the 2010 levels by 2020.
Date: 05/21/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers
Energy efficiency is gaining momentum in states that have traditionally been behind the curve in pushing such technology, according to research by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy. Many of these states are passing legislation and taking steps in improving energy efficiency by 2020.
Date: 05/17/2012
Type: Article

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