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.

DOE pushing longer-lasting batteries

The Hill

New efficiency standards being promoted by the Department of Energy would require that rechargeable batteries for devices such as cellphones, laptops and tablets hold their charge longer, cutting energy use by 11 percent, The Hill reports.

Tesla to seek stiffer fuel economy standards

The Wall Street Journal

A Tesla executive plans to argue at an auto industry conference this week that the government should leave – or perhaps even tighten – its standards for vehicle efficiency, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Industry wins DOE concessions on refrigerator efficiency

The Hill

The Department of Energy has agreed to rework its proposed efficiency standards for walk-in freezers and coolers, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, which says it has reached a settlement with the DOE over the issue, The Hill reports.

Airbus CEO talks about emissions, innovation and more

DALLAS (AP) — These are heady times for the commercial-aircraft business at Airbus and Boeing, as airlines place huge orders for new planes.

Each is working on more fuel-efficient aircraft to satisfy airlines that want lower fuel bills and regulators who want lower emissions from aircraft.

No proof Air Force is benefiting from energy saving contract: IG

Air Force Times

An Air Force contract on energy savings that costs $19 million may not be giving the military its money’s worth, according to a report from the Pentagon’s Inspector General, the Air Force Times reports.

Home efficiency upgrades fall short, don't pay: Study

NEW YORK (AP) — Home efficiency measures such as installing new windows or replacing insulation deliver such a small fraction of their promised energy savings that they may not save any money over the long run, according to the surprising conclusion of a University of Chicago study.

The study, which used data from a random sample of 30,000 low-income Michigan households that were eligible for an Energy Department home weatherization program, found that the projected energy savings were 2.5 times greater than actual savings. As a result, energy bills didn't decline nearly enough to eventually pay for the initial cost of the upgrades.

EPA, DOT to unveil new truck efficiency standards

The New York Times

New standards for fuel efficiency in trucks -– aimed at cutting back their greenhouse gas emissions -- will be made public Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, The New York Times reports.


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