smart-cities

Key Steps in Accelerating the “Smart Cities” Movement Forward

Jesse Remillard for Zondits, September 29, 2015. Image credit: Unsplash On September 14, 2015, the White House administration released a fact sheet on its “Smart Cities” initiative, which will invest more than $160 million towards the goal of improving the sustainability of participating US cities. These Smart Cities will look for ways to leverage the increasing […]

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Lessons Learned from a Successful Efficiency Program

Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Offers Lessons for Energy Efficiency Energy Manager Today, September 24, 2015. Image credit: PublicDomainPictures The Department of Energy’s detailed warts-and-all evaluation of its $500 million stimulus-funded Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP) — an innovative initiative to explore the potential for new marketing strategies and program designs to encourage building energy upgrades that result in […]

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DOE Updates NEMA Premium Regulation Standards

Motor Regulations and System Engineering Automation World, September 11, 2015. Image credit: Siemens Starting next year, gear motors, brake motors and inverter duty motors—which had previously been excluded from the Department of Energy’s NEMA Premium regulations—must now meet the standard. During a recent meeting at Siemens’ gear motor assembly plant in Greenville, S.C., Rich Mintz, […]

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Harnessing Solar Energy into Liquid Transportation Fuels

Energy Department to Provide $75 Million for ‘Fuels from Sunlight’ Hub Energy.gov, April 28, 2015. Image credit: BRRT CENTER AIMS TO PRODUCE LIQUID TRANSPORTATION FUELS FROM SUNLIGHT The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $75 million in funding to renew the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub originally established in […]

RTU-efficiency

Who Are the RTU Efficiency Leaders in the Retail Industry?

Campaign Awards Organizations for Excellence in HVAC Rooftop Unit Efficiency ACHR News, June 12, 2015. Image credit: fudowakira0 The organizing partners of the Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign (ARC) have announced their award winners for excellence in RTU efficiency. ASHRAE, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Better Buildings Alliance and […]