Global Economic Growth and the Environmental Impact

Cool homes, hot planet: How air conditioning explains the world Washington Post, April 27, 2015. Image credit: PublicDomanArchive Air conditioners in the United States are commonplace — they’re in some 90 percent of our homes, where they consume 5 percent of total U.S. electricity. But we’re not where the growth will happen. Rather, it’s in warm … Read more

Obama’s Executive Order Aims to Cut Federal Government GHG Emissions by 2025

Obama’s Latest Executive Order Cuts Government CO2 Emissions, And The Private Sector’s Joining In Think Progress, March 19, 2015 On Thursday morning, President Obama signed a new executive order that requires the federal government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025 from 2008 levels. A fact sheet distributed by the White House … Read more

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 … Read more

Silicon Carbide Increases Efficiency Over 80%

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Silicon carbide enhances energy efficiency Nanowerk News, February 18, 2015 The objective of the new cooperation project “MMPSiC” is to significantly enhance the efficiency of power supplies for industrial processes and, hence, to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emission. Under this project, researchers of the Light Technology Institute (LTI) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), … Read more

West Virginia: First State to Repeal Renewable Energy Law

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West Virginia: First State to Repeal Renewable Energy Law Lisa Markowski for Zondits Coal-rich West Virginia is following in the footsteps of Florida, Ohio, and Indiana by striking down legislation supporting clean energy. Earlier this week West Virginia’s Democratic governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, signed a bill to repeal a 2009 law that required utilities in that … Read more

The Lighting Link Between Energy Demand Growth and the Economy


DOE Energy Efficiency Standards Projected to Save Consumers $78B Breaking Energy, January 13, 2015 On December 31, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced energy efficiency standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and automatic commercial ice makers (ACIMs), achieving its goal of finalizing 10 energy efficiency standards in 2014.  Together, the 10 standards are … Read more

Will Bloom Energy’s Bloom Boxes Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Bloom Energy piles on even more funding Gigaom, January 20, 2015 Silicon Valley fuel cell startup Bloom Energy is looking to raise another $160 million in convertible notes, and has closed on $130 million of that round, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal’s Venture Capital Dispatch. The fourteen-year-old company has already raised … Read more

Retrofitting HVAC & Refrigeration for Optimum Efficiency


HVAC Retrofits Can Slash Energy Consumption Sourceable, January 13, 2015 According to Peter Bush, CEO of Aeris Environmental, the upgrading air conditioners and refrigeration systems provide the single biggest opportunity for Australia to achieve large-scale reductions in carbon emissions. While green retrofits often focus on lighting systems and the installation of high-efficiency lamps, Bush points out that air conditioners and refrigeration … Read more

Clean Power Plan Compliance Costs Overestimated for Industry


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan proposal to curb carbon pollution from power plants overestimates the electric power industry’s compliance costs by as much as $9 billion, according to a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report.