Efficiency

Wolf to industry: Pa. welcomes clean energy business

Source: 
The Inquirer

Making a pitch to industry representatives attending the Globalcon conference in Philadelphia Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf pointed out his intention to lower the corporate income tax and offer more incentives to businesses focused on clean energy and efficiency, The Inquirer reports.

New California rules aim to increase efficiency for desktop computers

Source: 
The Washington Post

Draft standards released by the California Energy Commission Friday are aimed at computers and monitors that guzzle power when they’re not in use, The Washington Post reports.

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DOE report says wind could generate 35 percent of U.S. power by 2050

A Energy Department report released Thursday said win energy could account for 35 percent of total U.S. electric generation in 2050, and be viable in all 50 states - if the industry takes the right steps.

Those steps include making improvements to technology to cut wind energy costs, developing wind energy in new locations and expanding transmission, Obama administration officials said in a conference call. They said the environmental and economic benefits from such growth would be significant.

Portman, Shaheen to re-introduce efficiency bill

Source: 
National Journal

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., are re-introducing energy efficiency legislation that has fallen victim to Capitol Hill political battles in the past despite enjoying wide bipartisan support, National Journal reports.

Michigan firms to market energy app

Source: 
Crain's Detroit Business

Powerley, a joint venture created by DTE Energy Co. and Vectorform, will look to sell an energy efficiency app to other utilities, Crain’s Detroit Business reports.

Improving shower efficiency would save energy, water

Source: 
The Washington Post

Showers use nearly 17 percent of water in American homes, so making them more efficient would save significant amounts of water and the energy that’s used to heat it, The Washington Post reports.

Carnegie Mellon to increase efficiency with cloud-based analytics

Source: 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carnegie Mellon University hopes to cut its utilities bill 10 percent - $2 million a year - using a cloud-based analytics system to find and fix energy inefficiencies on campus, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Military’s energy efficiency moves having impact

Source: 
Stars and Stripes

The amount of energy used by the Defense Department in 2013 was the lowest since the 1970s, Stars and Stripes reports.

Dryers: Homes' energy guzzlers just got greener

For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a standard seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include another major household appliance.

Clothes dryers, perhaps the last of the major household appliances to be included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's program, became available in 45 Energy Star models starting Presidents' Day weekend, according to the EPA.

Games to promote efficiency can cut energy use: Report

Source: 
The Washington Post

The trend toward creating “gamified” programs that encourage energy efficiency and better energy practices can actually achieve noticeable energy savings among people who use them, according to a study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, The Washington Post reports.

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