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LEDs Light Up Bay Bridge

March 7, 2013
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LEDs Light Up Bay Bridge

Light now waves and shimmers at night across the cables of the San Francisco Bay Bridge in the largest LED art installation to date. Produced by artist Leo Villareal, with the help of 25,000 Philips 1-inch LEDs that span the cables, The Bay Lights went live this week and for two years will turn...

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Billions Available in ESPCs for Gov’t Energy Efficiency Projects

March 5, 2013
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Billions Available in ESPCs for Gov’t Energy Efficiency Projects

Perhaps energy efficiency should be made a big part of the perpetual budget talks in Washington. Billions of dollars worth of energy efficiency improvements—and savings—are available to federal government agencies, according to testimony at last week’s Congressional hearing by House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee on “American Energy Security...

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Should Initiatives to Spur Energy Efficiency be Public or Private?

February 28, 2013
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Should Initiatives to Spur Energy Efficiency be Public or Private?

As covered in a previous post, there appears to be strong bipartisan support for energy efficiency in Congress, but how programs that encourage energy efficiency will be implemented remains to be seen. The House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday on “American Energy Security and Innovation:...

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3 Key Strategies to Advancing Sustainability

February 25, 2013
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3 Key Strategies to Advancing Sustainability

Whether you’re a green marketer or company sustainability officer, what are the best ways to advance sustainability and get people engaged? The question was a recurring theme last week for sustainability experts and green business leaders at the  GreenBiz Forum in New York. Here are three key takeaways from a day spent at the...

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Where Water Meets Energy

February 20, 2013
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Where Water Meets Energy

Energy is needed to transport, treat, heat, cool, and recycle water and, conversely, water is needed in energy extraction, production, and processing. As a result, saving water saves energy and saving energy saves water. This overlap between energy and water has come to be known as the “energy-water nexus.”

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Building Automation and Controls Market to Reach Nearly $50 Billion

February 19, 2013
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Building Automation and Controls Market to Reach Nearly $50 Billion

A research report by Research and Markets says the global building automation and controls market is expected to reach $49.5 billion by 2018 and grow at a double-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGR) from 2013 to 2018. According to the report, demand for energy-efficient buildings, more convenient devices and enhanced security via building automation...

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Personalization is Key to Energy Savings

February 18, 2013
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Personalization is Key to Energy Savings

Personalization will be a key element in smart buildings and homes going forward. Combined with automation and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, it can allow us to personalize spaces for individuals or groups through climate control, lighting, security settings, audio/video needs and more.

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EPEAT Expands To Include Printers And Copiers

February 15, 2013
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EPEAT Expands To Include Printers And Copiers

For over six years the EPEAT registry has helped businesses, organizations, and government agencies select greener PCs and monitors. Now the organization has expanded its system to include printers, copy machines, scanners, and other imaging equipment.

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Goodbye Energy Efficiency, Hello Energy Productivity

February 14, 2013
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Goodbye Energy Efficiency, Hello Energy Productivity

Energy efficiency is dead. It’s now called energy productivity. That’s the term being bandied about to show how energy conservation can increase economic productivity. In other words, energy efficiency and conservation isn’t bad for the economy, as many believe. It turns out that saving energy is actually good for economic output, because we end...

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Obama Proposes Big Goal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Homes

February 13, 2013
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Obama Proposes Big Goal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Homes

President Obama made the case for clean technology and energy efficiency in his State of the Union address Tuesday—and more importantly linked the development of energy efficiency to economic growth, issuing a “new goal to America” to cut the energy wasted in our homes and business by half in the next 20 years. That...

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