LED lighting technology has changed substantially in recent years and the benefits compared to traditional sodium vapor technology include improved efficiency, appearance and environmental benefits. LED lighting offers cost savings of approximately 60 percent while giving off whiter, brighter and more consistent light. Further, LED lighting does not use mercury.
In 2011, the University of California, Davis, West Village opened its doors with a goal of becoming the nation's largest ZNE community. Today, it is setting the standard for what a sustainable energy future may look like. As the nation's largest planned zero net energy community looks back on its first year, a formal analysis shows that even in its initial phases, West Village is well on the way to the ultimate goal of operating as a zero net energy (ZNE) community.
The Department of Energy has made available up to $30 million in Advanced Research Projects Agency- Energy (ARPA-E) funding for a new program focused on the development of transformational electrochemical technologies to enable low-cost distributed power generation.
CleanTECH San Diego's Sustainable San Diego pilot project has received recognition as one of five programs characterized as "supporting the earth, energy use, and the environment" by the Office of Science and Technology Policy for its success in accelerating research, development, and collaborations in data-enabled science and engineering.
A number of new and existing companies are developing software-based building energy management systems (BEMS) to help customers take advantage of new opportunities to seize cost-saving energy-efficiency and operational benefits from their building portfolios. This is being driven by several factors, such as increased knowledge of the building stock within the industry, the higher priority of energy efficiency among corporations and governments, and the advent of cloud-based data management and Big Data.
Support for Public Service Electric and Gas' (PSE&G) Energy Strong proposal is rolling in. Energy Strong calls for the investment of $3.9 billion over 10 years to fortify the utility's electric and gas distribution systems against power storms and natural disasters.
The extracting of shale gas has attracted the attention of environmental groups and others who have raised concerns about the impact of hydraulic fracturing technology. Nowhere is this clearer than in California currently where 27 former campaign and administration staffers of Governor Jerry Brown are urging him to impose a moratorium on fracking in the state.
North Charleston, South Carolina is now home to the nation's largest wind energy testing facility. Led by Clemson University's Restoration Institute, the facility will help test and validate new turbines, particularly for offshore wind, helping to speed deployment of next generation energy technology, reduce costs for manufacturers and boost global competitiveness for American companies. The testing facility is also one of the world's most advanced.
Many utilities are enhancing their customers' online experiences through their websites; some are doing better than others. E Source has once again named the top-rated U.S. and Canadian electric and gas utility websites.
The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power last week held a hearing on EPA regarding proposed and existing power plant regulations and related legislation drafted by Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and subcommittee Chairman Representative Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.).