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The United States is ranked ninth by the ACEEE out of the 12 economies on energy efficiency. According to the ACEEE report, the US has made “limited or little progress toward greater efficiency at the national level." This ranking shows the need for increased energy efficiency in the United States.
Date: 07/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
The Smithsonian writes an article on Dan Morse's work on biologically-inspired semiconductors. This radical new approach to creating silicon semiconductors may increase the processing speed of our computers.
Date: 07/18/2012
Type: Article
Environmental stewardship is becoming increasingly important as we take steps toward a sustainable future. This is particularly important when it comes to construction of new data centers or renovations of older ones. This article discusses sustainable sites and water efficiency for data centers.
Date: 07/19/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers
China’s market for energy storage is unique and may soon enter a new phase of rapid growth. This article discusses the major factors driving the energy storage push in China.
Date: 07/30/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage, Smart Grid
American businesses are striving to increase their energy efficiency. Improving energy efficiency is an important competitive advantage and senior business leaders are beginning to see it as a strategic business driver.
Date: 07/31/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: General Information
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

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