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In a new report from CTIA, the wireless industry's lobbying organization, the group argues that widespread adoption of wireless technologies has the potential to save billions of energy dollars, conserve water, and reduce urban traffic congestion.
Date: 10/13/2011
Type: News
lightbulb with money
Business analyst Christopher Russell quantifies the costs--in terms of the wasted energy that you have to pay for--associated with doing nothing to improve your efficiency. When compared to efficiency upgrade costs, the numbers often make a compelling argument for improvements.
Date: 04/26/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Economic Impact
money
President Obama's proposed budget calls for boosting funding to the Department of Energy by nearly 12 percent. The spending plan focuses on research and deployment of renewable energy, electric cars, biofuel, energy efficiency and nuclear technologies.
Date: 02/14/2011
Type: Blog
City skyline
Under a lease with a sustainability clause, tenants can divide the savings from energy efficiency with the landlord, and those savings in turn can be used to pay for new equipment or building upgrades.
Date: 02/09/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Economic Impact
Sheetal Gavankar
Sheetal Gavankar, Ph.D. candidate at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, presents "The Rebound Effect" on the basics of rebound phenomenon and the current state of the debate.
Date: 02/03/2011
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Economic Impact
green construction
A new study from the Building Codes Assistance Project reveals that the average incremental cost of constructing a new home to meet the current energy efficiency building code is relatively small, and that owners will recoup those costs through energy savings in less than four years.
Date: 11/20/2010
Type: News
real estate
Boston-based Conservation Services Group is working on a metric to describe a home’s energy efficiency value. The metric would be included in the multiple listing service when the house is listed for sale, making energy efficiency a more tangible component of the home's value.
Date: 11/05/2010
Type: Article
Borrowing
Jesse Jenkins of the Breakthrough Institute makes the case that despite rising deficit concerns and austerity measures, borrowing from the future may still actually be an appropriate way to pay for clean energy innovation today
Date: 10/28/2010
Type: Blog
Rebound effect
A new report from Institute faculty member Roland Geyer and his colleague Sheetal Gavankar examines the rebound effect, or the extent to which energy savings enabled by advances in energy efficiency are reduced by the behavioral response to the increase in efficiency.
Date: 10/26/2010
Type: Report
DOD energy research
A critique of the Post-Partisan Power proposal for how how the federal government should address the climate and energy crises claims that investing in energy innovation is not enough.
Date: 10/22/2010
Type: Article

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