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New analysis shows that the US building sector has made tremendous improvements in energy efficiency over the last six years -- potentially eliminating the need to build any new power plants to support growth in this sector through 2030.
Date: 05/10/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Pumped hydro storage schematic
Though storage of renewable off-peak energy production is an important part of the nation's energy efficiency mix, pumped hydro storage is regulated by FERC and permitting can take decades.
Date: 04/18/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
The Pacific Coast Building Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco earlier this month featured several energy efficient products.
Date: 06/30/2010
Type: Blog, Photos
Although it will take years for renewables to overtake existing energy sources, energy efficiency is one of many strategies to speed this transition.
Date: 03/09/2010
Type: Blog
California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 39. Roughly $550 million a year will be spent on improving the energy efficiency for public schools and government buildings.
Date: 12/03/2012
Type: Article
Researchers at Cornell have developed a silicon device to speed up optical data transmission. The device requires little energy and works by splitting up the data into pulses, which it outputs at 270 gigabits per second.
Date: 09/28/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Photonics
smart meter
A recent report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy stresses the need for energy efficiency programs that change consumer behavior and habits. In short, consumers need to be able to see how much energy they use and they need proof that conservation pays off.
Date: 11/18/2010
Type: Blog
Infinite Power Solutions has increased the capacity of its thin-film battery. The device can be combined with micro-harvesting technologies that capture ambient vibrations to capture small amounts of energy.
Date: 03/12/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries
SeaMicro Server
SeaMicro's new computer consists of 256 independently functioning servers; the computer contains about the same amount of computing power as a full rack of standard servers, but consumes one-fourth of the power and one-fourth of the space.
Date: 02/28/2011
Type: Article

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