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The United States is ranked ninth by the ACEEE out of the 12 economies on energy efficiency. According to the ACEEE report, the US has made “limited or little progress toward greater efficiency at the national level." This ranking shows the need for increased energy efficiency in the United States.
Date: 07/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signs off on a program to open up 285,000 acres in 17 “solar energy zones” in six Western states for fast-track project approvals.
Date: 10/15/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Amory Lovins, chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute, discusses how businesses can use energy efficiency to their advantage and how governments can encourage this process.
Date: 07/01/2008
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
New materials for adsorption chilling
New materials developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory improve adsorption chilling and could make practical air conditioners and refrigerators that use little or no electricity.
Date: 03/30/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, HVAC, Materials
A new technology, the wind energy downdraft tower, may provide clean, renewable wind power in areas that have low or inconsistent winds. The skyscraper-sized structure has virtually no carbon footprint, fuel consumption, or waste production.
Date: 02/07/2013
Type: Article
The US Postal Service says it saved more than $52 million in 2012 by reducing their energy, water, and soft goods consumption; decreasing their fuel use; and producing less solid waste. USPS also generated nearly $24 million in revenue by recycling.
Date: 02/01/2013
Type: Article
According to the ACEEE, utility companies can save 27 percent of forecasted electricity use and 19 percent of forecasted natural gas use by 2030 with next-generation energy-efficiency technologies and programs.
Date: 01/14/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
A German vanadium flow battery innovator has teamed up with an American vanadium electrolyte producer in a strategic alliance to prove that the VRB-ESS can yield revenue and improve grid performance.
Date: 03/14/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
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
aerogel
Greentech Media puts Aspen Aerogel's energy-efficient insulation to the test and discusses the future of aerogels in commercial building and housing applications.
Date: 04/27/2011
Type: Article, Video
Technologies: Buildings, Materials

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