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President Obama laid out his new Climate Action Plan in a speech at Georgetown University yesterday. This Energy Manger Today article cover the major points discussed in the plan.
Date: 06/26/2013
Type: Article
Two environmental engineers at Clemson University have received a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Defense to create a new type of energy efficient Subsurface Thermal Energy Storage (STES) system that uses a conventional heat pump to move heat between buildings and the ground.
Date: 06/16/2010
Type: Article, News
Wind and solar accounted for all 433 megawatts of new electrical generating capacity installed in the U.S. in September.
Date: 10/29/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
China widened its lead over the U.S. in a renewable energy ranking compiled by consultant Ernst & Young that gauges the attractiveness to investors of wind and solar power projects in those countries.
Date: 09/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
An analysis by BNEF has shown that the Chinese government expects 10 gigawatts of new solar projects in 2013, more than double its previous target and three times last year’s expansion.
Date: 03/11/2013
Type: Article
China has leapfrogged the United States in greenhouse gas policy. The country will introduce a stringent greenhouse gas tax that aims to protect the environment and lower CO2 emissions. This is good news for the country and for the planet.
Date: 02/25/2013
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
What will happen to the old, expensive batteries from our electric cars when their useful life ends? A team of researchers from GM, Duke Energy, and grid hardware giant ABB are studying useful ways these batteries can be incorporated into the grid.
Date: 11/15/2012
Type: Article
A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010
LEDs are significantly more energy efficient and last longer than incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescents, but LEDs' upfront cost deters many buyers. A leading LED maker, Osram Opto Semiconductors, says it can significantly reduce the cost of LEDs.
Date: 08/01/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays

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