California aims for clean mobility

Clean Technica January 20th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart   Love the state or hate it, California is a green electric mobility bastion of projects, programs, and innovations. And the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just approved no less than 15 utility pilot programs to accelerate the widespread electrification of mobility. California Continues On Its Electric Mobility Roadmap We pay a lot of taxes in California. But some …

Smart technology can reduce a commercial building’s energy use by nearly a fifth

Smart Cities Dive 4 Jan 2018 Smart technology can reduce a commercial building’s energy use by nearly a fifth, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy‘s recent report, Smart Buildings: a Deeper Dive into Market Segments. The study examined office and retail space, hotels and hospitals and found each segment has significant differences in smart technology adoption. About …

India’s Move to Make Buildings Efficient

by  Sumedha Malaviya and Bharath Jairaj – November 08, 2017           Dehli skyline. India’s building sector accounted for nearly a third of its energy consumption in 2016. Photo Wili Hybrid/Wikimedia India’s buildings are silent power guzzlers. Residential and commercial structures consumed nearly a third (32 percent) of the country’s total electricity in 2016, according to the latest annual energy statisticspublished by the Ministry of Statistics, Planning …

Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

P2P Foundation and The Conversation, October 18, 2017  By Vasilis Kostakis  Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed …

After the Hurricanes, Rebuilding for Energy Efficiency and Storm Survival: Builders of prefabricated zero-energy homes equipped for solar power have seen a spike in calls

By Lyndsey Gilpin, Inside Climate News, 2 Oct 2017 A quarter of homes in the Florida Keys are estimated to have been destroyed by Hurricane Irma, including widespread damage in mobile home parks. Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images The scope of the damage to mobile home parks and older neighborhoods along America’s hurricane-ravaged coasts is enormous. More than 15,500 homes were …

Avoided trips and energy efficiency with the internet

CS Monitor, 2008 and study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)  All America’s servers – the computers that direct traffic on the Internet – and the systems that cool them use about 1.2 percent of the nation’s electricity, according to a study last year. That’s still a lot of power, comparable to the energy used by color TVs in …

Air pollution impairs solar energy production as well as health and lives

Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. The first study of its kind shows airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells is cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations — …

Utility reinforces its position through a new, cleaner business model

By Stanley Reed, New York Times, 18 Aug 2017 AMSTERDAM — When Eneco, a major Dutch utility, tested a promising energy monitor in several dozen homes, things could not have gone much worse. The company making the devices failed to deliver enough of them, and some of those provided did not work. But when Eneco sent workers to recover the monitors, …

Three Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and Three Ways to Fight Back

24 July 2017. By John Farrell The content that follows was originally published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance  If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state …