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DOE/EPA/industry task force recommends Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) to measure data center efficiency.
Date: 07/16/2010
Technologies: Data Centers
A new study released today from Climate Savers Computing Initiative highlights the need for efficiency improvements in commercial and home networking technologies.
Date: 07/27/2010
Type: News, Report
A new report released by GTM Research reveals that the building-integrated photovoltaic market is poised for rapid expansion.
Date: 08/03/2010
Type: Article
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy reached an agreement to increase the efficiency of most major home appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers and air conditioners.
Date: 08/04/2010
Type: Article, News
DOE seal.
For the first time in decades, the DOE is enforcing energy-efficiency standards for products like refrigerators and light bulbs; the paltry fines, however, may not be enough to make corporations shape up.
Date: 09/15/2010
Type: News
USA energy-efficiency ranks
A new energy-efficiency score card from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy reveals that although the South and the MidWest lag behind, the Southwest has made gains in energy efficiency.
Date: 10/13/2010
Type: News, Report
Refrigerator
Spurred in part by the looming Energy Star 2014 standards, GE is investing in the design and manufacturing of energy-efficient refrigeration products.
Date: 10/18/2010
Type: News
Technologies: General Information
EnergyGuide label
The Federal Trade Commission announced that TVs made after May 2011 will need to have the yellow EnergyGuide label showing estimated annual energy use and how they compare to similarly sized models.
Date: 10/28/2010
Type: News
California buildings
Will California's statewide green building codes advance energy-efficient construction or undermine stricter standards like LEED? The CALGreen codes promote efficiency without the costs of third-party certification, but critics note that the standards are prescriptive rather than performance-based.
Date: 01/06/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Materials
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

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