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According to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, although the US comes in second to China in terms of clean energy investments, the US leads the global community in energy efficiency investments.
Date: 03/31/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: General Information
The Cleantech Forum highlighted two recent trends: (1) big corporations have become increasingly active by opening their infrastructure and investing in later-stage start-ups, and (2) in the last year, Energy Efficiency has taken over Solar as the hottest sub-sector within cleantech.
Date: 03/15/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: General Information
Photo credit: The New York Times.
The lower costs that can result from energy-efficiency improvements (e.g. better fuel economy, utility bill savings, etc.) can paradoxically encourage consumers to use more energy. This rebound effect can cause a net increase in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Date: 03/07/2011
Type: Article
Chinese currency
China currently does not have demand response as we know it, but--partly as a result of recent regulations--a subsidiary of China's State Grid Corporation has selected Honeywell to participate in a project to study demand management and advanced energy management in buildings.
Date: 02/28/2011
Type: Article
President Obama
Obama’s "Better Building Initiative" may attract new innovators to the energy efficiency sector by providing incentives to reduce building energy use. Obama has proposed tax deductions, financing, competitive grants and other incentives as part of his budget.
Date: 02/10/2011
Type: Blog
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
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A study by Cambridge researchers shows that approximately 73 percent of global energy use could be eliminated simply by implementing energy efficiency improvements in buildings and transportation.
Date: 01/26/2011
Type: Report
Technologies: General Information
GE "Power Your Home" challenge logo
GE has launched the second phase of its Ecomagination Challenge with the aim of finding the best ideas in energy efficiency and integrating renewables in the residential sector.
Date: 01/18/2011
Type: Article, News
Technologies: General Information
EnerNOC
Demand response company EnerNOC has launched EfficiencySMART, a line of business software designed to help companies better control their spending on energy. EnerNOC’s move comes as part of a general shift among demand response aggregators into the broader fields of energy efficiency and management.
Date: 11/17/2010
Type: News
Rebound effect
A new report from Institute faculty member Roland Geyer and his colleague Sheetal Gavankar examines the rebound effect, or the extent to which energy savings enabled by advances in energy efficiency are reduced by the behavioral response to the increase in efficiency.
Date: 10/26/2010
Type: Report

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