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As a rebuttal to federal mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s argument that PACE programs pose difficult risk management challenges, an article in Grist Magazine reveals that energy-efficient homes have significantly lower default and delinquency rates than typical homes.
Date: 07/12/2010
Type: Article
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
Thermostat
Co-generation of heat from coal power plants increases energy efficiency, but the resultant reliance on coal plants to supply heat limits the grid's use of renewable energy during cold months. As a result, some grid operators are building pumped hydro systems to store the un-used renewable energy.
Date: 11/16/2010
Type: Article
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
In only two years under India’s National Solar Mission, prices for solar energy in India have dropped dramatically, approaching the price of energy from fossil fuels.
Date: 04/25/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
Laptop charger
Institute faculty member's start-up says gallium nitride could make power electronics more efficient.
Date: 02/24/2011
Type: Article
Advances in materials and simpler fabrication methods have opened the doors to paper-thin electronics. One day we might have cheap, bendable, disposable, and perhaps even recyclable electronics.
Date: 02/05/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Electronics
Westarkade tower in Frankfurt, Germany.
A sensor-tuned facade lets fresh air in without throwing energy out.
Date: 09/09/2010
While electric cars have the potential to do a lot of good for the air and the environment, they also push utilities toward their limits. This article examines the modifications utility companies will have to make to accommodate the widespread use of electric cars.
Date: 10/18/2012
Type: Article
Residential charging of electric cars may draw more power than local neighborhood grids are set up to handle. The popularity of electric cars in California has led utilities to take steps to accommodate the increase in electric cars on the grid.
Date: 08/20/2013
Type: Article

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