New Process To Turn Waste Heat Into Electricity

Researchers report new thermoelectric material with high power factors Phys, November 14, 2016 Researchers reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have demonstrated a step forward in converting waste heat – from industrial smokestacks, power generating plants or even automobile tailpipes – into electricity. The work, using a thermoelectric compound composed of … Read more

Floors of the Future Will Harness Energy from Our Steps

New Flooring Tech Generates Electricity Through Your Footsteps Futurism, October 31, 2016 Pavegen, a British clean-tech company, is taking an innovative approach to sustainability by generating energy from something that most people do every day: walk. The technology is basically a multifunctional, custom flooring system that is outfitted with a wireless transmitter, which allows the data … Read more

Where Does Your Electricity Come From?

Gita Subramony for Zondits, September 22, 2015. Image credit: TBIT NPR has produced a nifty graphic showing changes in electric generation sources state-by-state from 2004 to 2014. On a national level, the use of coal to generate electricity has dropped from 51% to 40%, while the use of natural gas and renewables has increased on the … Read more

Will Smart Meters Transform the Way Utilities Deliver and Customers Use Energy?

Amanda Gassé for Zondits, September 16, 2015. Image credit: www.girlygeekdom.com The deployment of advanced metering interfaces (AMI) equipment is dramatically increasing and has the potential to change not only the way utilities deliver energy and consumers use energy, but also the way energy efficiency evaluators analyze data. The increase of AMI system installations has increased the … Read more

Air Conditioning Technology: Thinking Beyond Energy Efficiency

These non-air conditioned ways of keeping cool could make a huge difference with climate change PRI, August 22, 2015. Image credit: CWCS Managed Hosting Air conditioning not only lowers the temperature of buildings, it also lowers humidity in those same buildings. The electricity required to power this environmental control, however, is a major energy drain. Michael … Read more

Energy Efficiency Measures Can Amplify the Impact of Universal Energy Access Projects

More Light with Less Energy: How Energy Efficiency Can Fast-Track Energy Access Goals The World Bank, July 30, 2015. Image credit: Valger A new report entitled “EA + EE: Enhancing the World Bank’s Energy Access Investments Through Energy Efficiency,” identifies this nexus between energy efficiency and energy access. The report, which examined eight recent World Bank … Read more

Energy Efficiency Tackled Through Negawatt Challenge in Ghana

Negawatt in the making: Ghanaians host the first energy efficiency Challenge World Bank, March 23, 2015 As a rapidly urbanizing capital, Accra, Ghana has been experiencing increased economic activity, coupled with rising migration. An increase in urban residents means an uptick in the demand for energy, both electricity and fuel. The city has constrained human and … Read more

Maine PUC Slashes Efficiency Maine Funding by $38 Million

For Efficiency Maine, the word ‘and’ made a $38 million difference Portland Press Herald, March 18, 2015 One missing word in the Legislature’s 2013 energy law will reduce funding for energy efficiency programs for homeowners and businesses across Maine by up to $38 million. A single omission of “and” in the 11,633-word law led the … Read more

Maryland Bill Tries to End Smart Meter Opt-out Fees

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Maryland Bill would eliminate charges for electricity customers who reject ‘smart meters’ Baltimore Post Examiner, February 18, 2015 Extra fees for electricity customers who refuse to accept “smart meters” because they are wary of the new technology would be eliminated by a bill heard by the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, and any extra costs would … Read more

Smart Street Lighting Reduces Energy Consumption in Spanish Cities

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8 Spanish cities cut energy consumption by 64% with smart street lighting Smart Cities Council, February 13, 2015 Eight Spanish cities reduced their electricity consumption by 64% and saved over 4,300 tonnes of C02 in 2014, thanks to efficient street lighting systems and technologies that both cut costs and benefit the environment. According to Council … Read more