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Echelon has announced two products that would allow for energy distribution and demand management beyond utility sub-stations improving efficiency at the neighborhood scale.
Date: 09/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Power generation in the United States relies heavily on water for cooling (coal and nuclear) and energy production (hydro). The switch to renewable energy can drop water consumption by 40%. The Union of Concerned Scientists says that the switch isn't happening fast enough.
Date: 07/31/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
Ice
Ice Energy, a provider of distributed ice-based energy storage to electric utilities, received $24M in venture funding.The firm's ice-based energy storage at commercial buildings has the potential to shift as much as 40 percent of peak energy demand to off-peak hours.
Date: 10/18/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
Latest EIA reports show declining trends in coal use in the US, but increasing trends in almost every other part of the world. The report says that by 2017, coal is likely to surpass oil as the world's top energy source.
Date: 03/04/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
Consolidating pictures, videos, emails and documents on remote servers saves more energy than keeping them on personal computers
Date: 06/12/2013
Type: Article
Although over 97 percent of scientific papers point to humans as the cause of climate change, surveys show that Americans are pretty evenly divided when asked whether they think scientists agree that humans are causing global warming.
Date: 05/20/2013
Type: Article
President Obama laid out his new Climate Action Plan in a speech at Georgetown University yesterday. This Energy Manger Today article cover the major points discussed in the plan.
Date: 06/26/2013
Type: Article
Two environmental engineers at Clemson University have received a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Defense to create a new type of energy efficient Subsurface Thermal Energy Storage (STES) system that uses a conventional heat pump to move heat between buildings and the ground.
Date: 06/16/2010
Type: Article, News
Wind and solar accounted for all 433 megawatts of new electrical generating capacity installed in the U.S. in September.
Date: 10/29/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
China widened its lead over the U.S. in a renewable energy ranking compiled by consultant Ernst & Young that gauges the attractiveness to investors of wind and solar power projects in those countries.
Date: 09/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities

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