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Microsoft is working with Seattle and its local utility to conduct a pilot to increase energy efficiency in large commercial buildings in downtown Seattle. The pilot will use Accenture’s Smart Building & Energy Solutions energy management software alongside Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology.
Date: 07/11/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
ACEEE released a report on miscellaneous energy loads in buildings, indicating that these loads consume $70 billion in energy each year. The author suggests that the efficiency of these loads could be increased 40% - 50%.
Date: 08/08/2013
Type: Article
The Mississippi Public Service Commissioner approved Conservation Rule 29 that requires gas and electric utilities to implement energy efficiency programs and standards.
Date: 07/15/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
solar panel
A group of researchers at MIT have devised an experimental thermoelectric device that converts solar heat directly into power via the Seebeck effect with greater efficiency than similar experimental devices.
Date: 05/04/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Touching on progress made in recent decades, this article highlights popular papers published in Nanotechnology in 2009.
Date: 10/29/2009
Type: Article
Technologies: Electronics, Photonics
Data center
Computing providers such as HP and Yahoo are developing innovative energy-saving strategies for new data centers that focus on using building siting and design to maximize natural cooling potential.
Date: 01/13/2011
Type: Article
The future looks bright to advocates of solid state lighting, a technology in which semiconductors called light-emitting diodes (LEDs) take the place of incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.
Date: 12/01/2007
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. He covers the importance of renewable energy and energy efficiency, among other topics.
Date: 08/13/2012
Type: Article
solar panels
A startup called TenKsolar says it can increase the amount of solar power generated on rooftops by 25 to 50 percent by changing the way solar cells are wired together and adding inexpensive reflectors to gather more light.
Date: 04/29/2011
Type: Article
Researchers study moths' eyes to solve one of thin-film solar technology's biggest problems: light reflection between films that causes light to be lost before it can be harnessed for energy production.
Date: 05/22/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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