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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
Transphorm, the Santa Barbara startup founded by Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra, is working to boost the electric grid's efficiency using gallium nitride in the power conversion process.
Date: 01/30/2012
Type: News
Sales of bulbs using light-emitting diodes are expected to increase sharply -- partly because some consumers complain about the bluish light produced by another energy-saving variety, compact fluorescents.
Date: 11/01/2013
Type: Article
Roughly 20 to 50 percent of energy consumed in the world is dispersed as heat. A company has come up with a way to harness waste heat as low as 86 degrees Fahrenheit to be converted to electricity.
Date: 05/23/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Utilities
In 2011, utilities interconnected more than 62,000 PV systems, according to new findings by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). These new systems resulted in almost 1,500 megawatts of new utility solar capacity, over twice as much as was added in 2010, which itself had been a record year.
Date: 04/18/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
After Hurricane Sandy, Washington DC electricity company, Pepco, was able to restore power to most of the area's residents the same day they lost it. The utility was able to do this by "pinging" meters to verify service.
Date: 11/06/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
By the end of the year, China’s electric grid will become the largest in the world in terms of both installed generation capacity and electricity produced. Additionally, China is expected to have one of the largest energy storage capacities by 2016.
Date: 10/08/2012
Type: Article
Data centers have become increasingly important as more information is shared and put online. Yet, a recent study found that data centers can waste 90% or more of electricity. This NY Times article examines the energy use, pollution, and the need to better the energy efficiency of data centers.
Date: 09/24/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers
The electricity delivery system is outdated and far behind similar technologies in other industries. The smart grid can digitize the energy infrastructure the way credit cards have digitized the personal monetary exchange system.
Date: 03/03/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
The Performance-Based Rate model that has helped make European utilities energy efficient, now threatens to undermine efforts by setting unreasonably low standards. A next generation of regulations must be conceived.
Date: 06/01/2008
Type: Article

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