The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a series of executive actions to expand the deployment of renewable energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions in a combined effort to bring the U.S. closer to its clean energy future. The actions include new energy-efficiency standards and a final determination strengthening commercial building codes.
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) has been recognized with the New Jersey Association of Energy Engingeers' Project of the Year award for its $3.7 million energy-energy efficiency effort at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Trinitas' CEO says that the energy efficiency improvements have allow the medical center to not only improve operations in terms of energy and cost savings, but has also allowed them to direct more resources to patient care.
With the average U.S. commercial building wasting 30 percent of the energy paid for by its owners, the potential to reduce energy waste is attractive to utilities, building professionals, members of the energy industry and business owners alike. Driving the cause is an increase in energy management and information systems (EMIS), which synthesize and display a building's energy use data, allowing occupants to leverage the information to make positive improvements in how they manage their energy use.
States throughout the country are implementing innovative renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs that could be adopted nationwide to improve economies and reduce emissions cost effectively, as well as prove valuable as states develop plans to meet pending power plant emissions reductions regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new joint report.
The voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates has saved American consumers approximately $168 million in energy bills, according to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report conducted by D&R International.
As a result of energy-efficiency projects completed by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) at 100 state and municipal facilities in the first half of 2014, New York State taxpayers will save $4 million annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 14,650 tons a year-- the equivalent of removing more than 3,000 vehicles from the road.
The energy efficiency actions of California homeowners who installed rooftop solar electric systems are the focus of a new report from the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to provide insights into the connection between solar adoption and energy upgrades-- insights that could help in the design of future residential energy programs.
The Chicago area is a desirable location for data centers, given its central location and convergence of fiber optic networks combined with Illinois' low-cost competitive energy market, but data centers require a great deal of electricity to both power and cool digital equipment.
By partnering with NYPA and utilizing National Grid's rebate program, these state government facilities are getting closer to reaching the goals set forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo in Executive Order 88 as part of Build Smart NY. Executive Order 88 calls for an increase in energy efficiency in state government buildings by 20 percent by 2020.
The Shelton Group, a marketing communications firm focused on the sustainability and energy-efficiency sectors, has found that consumers' environmental attitudes are improving, but green purchases and behaviors are on the downturn-- and concluded that the economy may be responsible.