Student behavior impeding UC Davis energy goals

The Sacramento Bee

Developer Carmel Partners is considering charging students for electricity on top of their rent in West Village at the University of California Davis, in order to help the project achieve its zero-net energy goals, The Saramento Bee reports.

West Village at UC Davis on track for zero-net energy goal


Planners say the $280 million West Village at the University of California, Davis will reach its goal of producing as much energy as it uses by 2018, KCRA reports.

EU has issues with Samsung TV efficiency

The Guardian

Some Samsung TVs tested by independent laboratories appear to be using more energy outside of the testing procedure, prompting a pledge from the European Commission to probe any cheating allegations, The Guardian reports.

Passive house in Portland a banner for green design


The Orchards, an affordable housing complex in Portland that uses "passive house" design, packed with insulation, easily stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter, Politico reports.

Efficiency regs won’t block log cabin construction: Official


A Missoula County advisor has told worried log home builders in Montana that there’s enough flexibility in new federal building efficiency standards to enable them to carry on with construction, the Missoulian reports.

California board told 91 clean-energy projects completed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials told a citizens oversight board Tuesday that they know of 91 school energy-efficiency projects completed with funding from a green energy ballot initiative, and they expect the number will climb as districts provide updates at the end of the year.

California Energy Commission staff told the Proposition 39 Citizens Oversight Board that 43 education districts out of more than 1,600 that applied for planning money have finished projects so far. To date, the commission says 536 applications have been approved.

Report: City efficiency investments could save $17 trillion by 2050

The Washington Post

A new report estimates that through efficiency upgrades to buildings, transportation, and waste management. the world's cities could cut 8 gigatons of carbon emissions annually and save a total of $17 trillion in energy costs by 2050, The Washington Post reports.

New net-zero energy apartments in New York


A net zero energy apartment complex in upstate New York, west of the capital Albany, features solar panels, heat pumps and other technology to boost self sufficiency, News10 reports.

California efficiency program had little impact on wealthier households: paper


A paper published by the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago found that a 2005 California subsidy program aimed at reducing power consumption was successful at cutting usage in low-income areas but had little impact on behavior in wealthier coastal areas, E&E reports.

Only LED bulbs to be sold by IKEA

The New York Times

As part of its sustainability drive, IKEA plans to sell only LED light bulbs starting Sept. 1., The New York Times reports.


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