Economy Grows, Yet UK Energy Consumption in 2013 Lowest Since 1985

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Increased wealth typically leads to increased energy use – but this link appears to have been broken by technology and government policy. New analysis of government statistics for BBC News shows that the average person in the UK is using 10% less electricity than five years ago.

Regulatory Policies Driving Increases in Utility Investments in EE

The report, “State Electric Efficiency Regulatory Frameworks,” outlines policy developments that support utility investments in electric efficiency programs, including how several states have updated their existing regulatory frameworks for energy efficiency since July 2013.

Looking for the Perfect Gift? Browse The ‘Smart Home’ Holiday Gift Guide

We’ve heard how a “Smart Home” will use the Internet of Things (IoT) to change life in the 21st Century. The single most important facet rapidly becoming clear to manufacturers is that these thingssell best if they are designed to be both modular and mixable on the same home network.

Dreaming of a Green Christmas? Tips for a Smart & Sustainable Holiday

This year, stop trying to fend off the holiday beast by throwing money into its gaping maw, and get smart about the way you tackle the season. A few simple solutions can cut down your bill, make your life simpler, and pull you out from under the annual avalanche of wrapping paper and tinsel.

CHP & Industrial Heat Demand Driving Future Global Bioenergy Consumption

According to Global Bioenergy Supply and Demand projections, a working paper for REmap 2030, global biomass demand could double to 108 EJ by 2030 if all its potential beyond the business as usual is implemented. Nearly a third of this total would be consumed to produce power and district heat generation with a total of 47% going between…

How Much Will Your Holiday Travel Plans Impact the Climate?

Planes, trains, or automobiles: what’s the most climate-friendly way to travel? A new study by researchers from IIASA and CICERO brings better estimates of how much personal travel impacts the climate. The study calculates the climate impact for passenger trips of 500-1000 km — typical distances for business or holiday trips.

A Visit to the Sky Reflector Net at the Fulton Street Transit Center

In the past, the Fulton Street stop was notorious as an unnavigable maze of platforms and mezzanines. The new Fulton Street Transit Center hopes to spur economic development in lower Manhattan in the post-9/11 era, to provide an inspiring piece of public art, and to help riders transfer between lines more easily.

No, They’re Not Elves! Amazon’s Robotic Solution to Ship Holiday Orders

Across the country, laborers are hard at work lifting 700-pound shelves full of multivolume encyclopedias, propane grills or garden gnomes and dragging them across vast warehouse floors. Carefully trained not to bump into one another, the squat workers are 320 pounds and a mere 16 inches tall.