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Power generation in the United States relies heavily on water for cooling (coal and nuclear) and energy production (hydro). The switch to renewable energy can drop water consumption by 40%. The Union of Concerned Scientists says that the switch isn't happening fast enough.
Date: 07/31/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
"In its first year, President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge has signed up 7,700 participants that have reduced energy use by 2.5 percent on average." -- An article by Greentech Media.
Date: 06/28/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
The number of federal LEED-certified projects has skyrocketed about 51 percent this year, from 544 completed in 2011 to 821 in just the first eight months of 2012, the Federal Times reports.
Date: 10/26/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Microsoft is developing a strategy for software and services for managing energy consumption in commercial buildings, as well as a strategy for integrating building management systems into predictive analysis tools.
Date: 03/11/2011
Type: Article
Prototype of high-efficiency rooftop air conditioning unit
The Department of Energy says it has developed a new design for rooftop air conditioning units that would reduce energy consumption by 50 to 60 percent compared to current models.
Date: 02/09/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, HVAC
LED
Starbucks has replaced every incandescent and halogen bulb in their US coffee stores with LEDs; company-wide, the switch has reduced lighting energy consumption by 80 percent and total store energy consumption by 7 percent.
Date: 12/10/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Microsoft Data Center
A new report from Microsoft suggests that large businesses could reduce their direct energy consumption and carbon emissions by up to 30 percent by moving certain on-premise applications into the cloud. Small business could see even greater gains of up to 90%.
Date: 11/04/2010
Type: Blog
CNN Video: LA's Lighting Revolution
Institute faculty members Shuji Nakamura and Steven DenBaars are featured in a CNN video on L.A.'s investment in energy-efficient LEDs.
Date: 10/27/2010
Type: Video
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
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
LED bulb.
Westinghouse Solar CEO Barry Cinnamon looks at the numbers behind efficiency measures and evaluates energy conservation policy.
Date: 09/13/2010
Type: Article

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