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While the overall U.S. economy has been suffering of late, due to the economic meltdown, the energy service industry continues to grow.
Date: 06/28/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Economic Impact
US energy policy that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but ignores energy efficiency could result in a significant increase in natural habitat interference and land use.
Date: 08/26/2009
Type: Article
Inspired by today's Agrion event in Palo Alto, Greentech Media discusses the policy and large-scale manufacturing challenges in grid-scale utility energy storage.
Date: 07/28/2010
Type: Article, Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
Semi truck cab
The EPA has released a fuel efficiency standards proposal for heavy-duty vehicles. It covers heavy-duty trucks, tractors and semi trucks and the improved standards could reduce GHG emissions by ~250 million metric tons and save 500 million barrels of oil within the program's first five years.
Date: 10/25/2010
Type: News
Installing feed-in tariffs for solar power, where small-scale solar producers can sell their power back to the grid, is gaining popularity in US cities. The policy, accepted by Germany more than a decade ago, has turned the country into a solar powerhouse.
Date: 07/22/2009
Type: Blog
Germany's new "Energiekonzept" provides a long-term strategy to push renewable energy as a reliable, economical and environmentally sound component of sustainable economic growth. The plan defines key milestones to be achieved by 2050, including a 25% reduction in electricity consumption.
Date: 10/15/2010
Type: Article
Arnold Schwarzenegger
California’s Governor signed into law a bill that sets mandatory targets for energy storage systems in the utility sector. The bill requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to establish roadmaps for major electricity providers to procure energy storage systems.
Date: 10/11/2010
Type: News
Electricity lines.
This opinion piece lays out the importance of consumer education in creating smart grid policy.
Date: 09/08/2010
Type: Article, Blog
The head of the IEA stressed the importance of energy efficiency in solving the global energy issues, saying that energy efficiency can do more that all other solutions combined.
Date: 12/14/2009
Type: Blog
Map of U.S.
A new scorecard indicates that the top 10 energy-efficient states voted Democratic in the last presidential election. The bottom 10 voted Republican.
Date: 10/25/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: General Information

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