Energy Efficiency

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CA solar research provides insights for designing residential energy programs

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. 

Smart Ideas saving billions of kWh

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. 

National Grid wraps $6.5M in energy efficiency projects

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.

Consumer viewpoints on sustainability

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.

AEP, Columbia Gas promoting energy-efficient homes

AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio are using Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores to promote energy-efficient homes in the state, as part of their EnergyCrafted Program. The program calls for building homes that surpass local building codes and meet a higher standard of energy performance.

U.K. pilot pits power plants against energy efficiency

Business, industry and other organizations will get help to cut their energy costs with £10 million made available this year to improve efficiency and reduce energy demand, according to U.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey, who has unveiled new plans that will remove barriers to investment in energy infrastructure.

U.S. falls at the bottom of international energy efficiency rankings

In an international energy efficiency ranking released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Germany comes in first followed by Italy, the European Union, China, and France. The rankings include 16 of the world's largest economies-- Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union-- representing more than 81 percent of global gross domestic product and 71 percent of global energy consumption.

Northeast Utilities by the numbers

Programs administered by Northeast Utilities and its operating companies saved customers enough energy last year to equal the output of a 500 MW power plant and prevented 30,000 tons of waste from being dumped into landfills, according to the company's Responsible Energy report.

NEEA outlines strategic and business plans

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has laid out plans regarding its five-year plan to represent more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations. The 2015-19 Strategic and Business Plans serve as the foundation for NEEA's market transformation work in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

SB 150 expanding cost-effective utility energy efficiency options

Delaware lawmakers have passed landmark legislation that will bring the state into parity with other states in the region by allowing its electric and gas utilities to provide energy efficiency programs to their customers and provide a major boost to the state's efforts to reach its goals under a 2009-mandated Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS).