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The Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change discusses progress made in the past year including ARRA, fuel economy standards for automobiles, appliance efficiency standards, and the greenhouse gas emissions inventory rule.
Date: 01/11/2010
Type: News
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
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
Shell has predicted that global emissions of carbon dioxide will drop to near-zero by 2100, in response to earlier predictions of doubling global energy demand.
Date: 03/07/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
New data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that coal-fired electricity generation and its associated greenhouse gases were on the raise at the end of 2012.
Date: 04/02/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
Larry Smarr presents on how information technology can help reduce greenhouse gas levels and transform the world from a high-carbon to a low-carbon economy.
Date: 04/29/2010
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Climate Change
coal plant
The EPA announced that instead of mandating specific control technologies when it begins regulating greenhouse gas emissions next year, it will push coal plants and manufacturers to become more energy efficient. Efficiency improvements cut emissions and are less costly than other measures.
Date: 11/10/2010
Type: News
Proposition 23
In the first time that a population has 'voted on climate change', California voters have upheld AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Cleantech industry members comment on the victory.
Date: 11/03/2010
Type: News
Award winners will receive more than $13 million to develop transformational manufacturing processes and technologies, an important step in increasing the energy efficiency of the American industrial sector which accounts for more than 30 percent of the energy used nationwide.
Date: 05/05/2010
Type: News
Sandia scientists successfully test a machine that creates fuel from carbon dioxide.
Date: 11/23/2009
Type: News

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