Cracking the Code for the Emerging Energy Sector

THE NEW DNA OF FUTURE ENERGY MARKETS World Future Council, January 16, 2016. Image credit: Axel Schwenke Delegates from more than 130 countries and world`s leading renewable energy experts meet for the next three days to discuss the global energy transition. The annual Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has become one of the … Read more

Hillary Clinton Proposes Energy Efficiency Plan

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Clinton rolls out energy efficiency plan The Hill, February 2, 2016. Image credit: fancycrave1 Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign Tuesday rolled out a plan to increase building energy efficiency standards as a way to cut emissions and save on energy costs. The plan, her campaign said Tuesday, looks to improve building codes, provide more information about buildings’ … Read more

Hampshire College Goes Net Zero

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Lisa Markowski for Zondits, January 24, 2016. Image credit: Earth Dispatch Hampshire College, a liberal arts school known for its innovative learning structure, is on to something else interesting. Its new campus center building has been designed with net zero energy (NZE) heating, cooling, water gathering, and self-sustained wastewater treatment systems that are expected to … Read more

Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies for Buildings

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Valerie Eacret for Zondits, January 15, 2016. Image credit: Haldane Martin The Building Technologies Office significantly increased the federal funding available for emerging technology through the “Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovations Technologies (Benefit) – 2016,” from $8 million to $20 million. The number of anticipated awards has also increased. See the amendment of the Funding … Read more

The Worldbeing Wristband Could Revolutionize Carbon Tracking

Amanda Gassé for Zondits, January 11, 2015. Image credit: Layer Design Wearable technology has taken a big step into 2016 by integrating the Internet of Things with each individual’s environmental consciousness. London designer Benjamin Hubert partnered with Carbon Trust to produce Worldbeing, a Fitbit-like wearable that can track an individual’s carbon footprint. While Worldbeing is … Read more

USDA Invests $46 Million in Vermont’s Efficiency Programs

USDA Awards $46 Million to Boost Energy Efficiency in Vermont USDA, January 8, 2016. Image credit: Doug Kerr Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded $46 million in assistance to the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) to support energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in rural areas across the state. USDA awarded VEIC $46 million in assistance … Read more

Zero Energy Buildings Definitions Slowly March Forward

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Ryan Pollin for Zondits, January 10, 2015. Image credit: hansbrinker The Department of Energy (DOE), which is generally the last word on such things, has released a common definition for zero energy buildings (ZEBs). Let’s have a look and break it down: An energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy … Read more