DOE looks at energy conservation in water heaters, fluorescent lamps

The Hill

Proposed new regulations from the Department of Energy, published in Tuesday’s Federal Register seeking public comment, would cover energy conservation standards for some water heaters, while others would target certain fluorescent lamps, The Hill reports.

New Air Force energy chief to concentrate on efficiency

Air Force Times

Improving energy efficiency will be the top priority of Roberto Guerrero, now assistant secretary of the Air Force for energy, the Air Force Times reports.

Poneman headed to Harvard as fellow at science center

The Hill

Former Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman announced Tuesday that he would join Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as a senior fellow, The Hill reports.

DOE updates testing on power cords

The Hill

In setting efficiency standards for power cords used in consumer electronics, the Department of Energy has filed a proposed rule in the Federal Register that updates testing procedures to cover new cables designed for rapid charging, The Hill reports.


Mileage for US cars hits new record

The average mileage of 2013 car and light truck models sold in the U.S. set a new high, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday, at 24.1 miles per gallon.

The new total was up about 2 percent over the previous year, about a half-mile per gallon, EPA said in an annual report on vehicle fuel economy trends and carbon emissions.

LED there be light: 3 share Nobel for blue diode

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An invention that promises to revolutionize the way the world lights its homes and offices — and already helps create the glowing screens of mobile phones, computers and TVs— earned a Nobel Prize on Tuesday for two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American.

By inventing a new kind of light-emitting diode, or LED, they overcame a crucial roadblock for creating white light far more efficiently than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Now LEDs are pervasive and experts say their use will only grow.

Efficiency programs a challenge for utilities

The Wall Street Journal

Utilities seek energy efficiency programs that are effective, at a reasonable cost, and look to avoid programs that backfire, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Renovating 19th century estate offers modern energy lessons

The New York Times

Philanthropist Polly Guth bought Stonlea estate in New Hampshire for $1.7 million and then spent $2.3 million on energy efficiency upgrades, and she says she hopes the house – heated by geothermal energy and generating electricity from a 50 kilowatt field of solar panels – can serve as an example to others, The New York Times reports.

EU seeks energy efficiency to ease Russia gas link

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive is proposing legislation to curb the energy use of households and firms by almost one third by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower its dependence on gas imports, particularly those from Russia.

The Commission proposed Wednesday to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent, an upward revision of its earlier target of 20 percent by 2020.

Florida utilities seek to back away from efficiency programs

The News Service of Florida

Major electricity providers -- including Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy -- have been presenting testimony to the Florida Public Service Commission this week in support of their request to cut back on energy efficiency programs, a move opposed by conservationists, The News Service of Florida reports.


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