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Energy Efficiency Is a Bigger Resource Than Nuclear Power

Energy Efficiency Is a Bigger Resource Than Nuclear Power

The enormous scale of all the energy that we never used The Washington Post, August 19, 2016 Energy efficiency takes a huge number of forms, ranging from weatherizing a house to upping the fuel efficiency of vehicles. A new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a prominent nonprofit that both researches and promotes energy

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Five Utilities Confirm the Benefits of Decoupling

The Evidence Is In: Decoupling Spurs Energy Efficiency Investment NRDC, April 5, 2016. Image credit: fdecomite The current research was prompted by questions raised about decoupling during our work in Minnesota last year when the state’s largest electric utility, Xcel Energy, with the support of NRDC and Fresh Energy, implemented Minnesota’s first electric decoupling mechanism. To


EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Coal

Ryan Pollin for Zondits, May 29, 2015. Image credit: uhu_bild Last June, the EPA announced the Clean Power Plan, a set of policy targets that aims to lower carbon emissions in the United States. Its key objectives are to cut power sector carbon pollution by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030 and to reduce smog-forming

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Decoupling Economic Growth and Energy Consumption

Gita Subramony for Zondits, April 14, 2015. Image credit: Ylebru The world’s economic growth continues to decouple from energy consumption. In the USA, energy demand has remained relatively flat since 2007 despite economic growth. One of the factors leading to this trend is more advanced and cheaper energy efficient technologies. LEDs are a great example

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Increasing HVAC Efficiency Under School Budget Constraints

Learning objective: Designing K-12 schools: HVAC systems CSE, March 27, 2015 CSE: What unique HVAC requirements do K-12 school structures have that you wouldn’t encounter on other structures? Ellis: Acoustical standards stand out as the differentiator, as system-based noise has detrimental impacts on learning, much more so than the same levels have on office production

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Energy Bombshell: Carbon Emissions Flat in 2014

Global energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide stalled in 2014 IEA, March 13, 2015 Data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicate that global emissions of carbon dioxide from the energy sector stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas

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Decoupling in the Era of Efficiency

America’s utilities have become the most important investors in smarter energy use, helping all of us reduce our bills, and NRDC’s advocacy over the past year helped achieve major gains in both delivered results and the regulatory reforms needed to sustain them.