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Utilities and energy efficiency service companies that automatically enroll customers in efficiency programs with an option to "opt-out" see much higher participation rates (and hence, greater efficiency savings) than companies that require consumers to "opt-in."
Date: 09/14/2010
Type: Blog
Energy efficiency retrofits.
A new report from the Center for American Progress and Energy Resource Management explores energy efficiency policy at the state level. The study found that state policies have driven private investment into energy efficiency projects, created new jobs and cut energy costs for homes and businesses.
Date: 09/21/2010
Type: Report
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
In response to a new report from the Energy Efficiency Council of Australia, the Infrastructurist blog debates whether the U.S. should be more focused on energy efficiency gains, as opposed to energy alternatives.
Date: 07/12/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: General Information
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This New York Times editorial discusses Obama's energy policy and the Republicans' reaction to it.
Date: 02/22/2011
Type: Article
In response to a report from the GAO that revealed some major flaws in the EPA's Energy Star certification process, the EPA and DOE are developing a product-testing system to validate Energy Star ratings.
Date: 07/10/2010
Type: Article
Building Construction
State and local code officials voted to adopt new building codes that will achieve 30% in energy savings, using the 2006 model code as the baseline, for commercial and residential buildings. The new code will impact building construction, additions, and renovations in 47 states and Washington DC.
Date: 11/02/2010
Type: Article, News
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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
John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.
Michael Kanellos of Greentech Media argues that clean, green, efficient energy is a popular bi-partisan issue nationwide and that the compromise that will come out of our newly divided government will be good for energy policy and green technology.
Date: 11/08/2010
Type: Blog

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