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Venture capitalists are shifting their clean technology investment strategy to focus less on high-risk technologies and more on ideas that could have faster payoffs.
Date: 08/11/2011
Type: Article
Seattle
The City of Seattle has launched a formal benchmarking program to measure and track the energy efficiency of its commercial buildings by using the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager program.
Date: 05/11/2011
Type: Article
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
US Capitol Building
Congress is providing increased funding support to ARPA-E at a time when many programs face cuts.
Date: 03/03/2011
Type: Article
Republican party logo
This New York Times editorial discusses Obama's energy policy and the Republicans' reaction to it.
Date: 02/22/2011
Type: Article
money
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
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
electric tower
A recent report from the ACEEE points out that the basic principle of reward as incentive is missing when it comes to energy efficiency in the utility industry.
Date: 01/27/2011
Type: Blog
Washington, DC
Despite urgent calls from the White House and members of Congress this year about the need for more energy R&D, government funding for energy research is expected to stagnate in 2011 and possibly even decrease in 2012.
Date: 12/09/2010
Type: Article
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

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