Economy

New standards for metal halide fixtures

February 10th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

The Department of Energy (DOE) said the new requirements for metal halide lamp fixtures and external power supplies will cut energy waste, save families money on their utility bills and reduce pollution. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (OEERE) — a branch of the Energy Department that is behind the rules, which strengthen existing standards | Read More

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The Most Energy-Efficient States for 2013

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December 19th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states–including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia–taking major steps that moved them up the ranks in the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).  The State Scorecard shows that | Read More

DOE Offers $10 Million for Energy-Saving Lighting Technologies

December 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

The Energy Department on December 6 announced nearly $10 million to support U.S. research, development, and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies. This funding will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products with the potential to reduce lighting energy use. Based on the Energy Department’s report on | Read More

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T5 lamp shipments sustain growth

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October 31st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

NEMA’s T5 lamp shipments index sustained a recent growth trend by posting its fourth consecutive quarterly increase during 2013Q2. The index grew by 2.6% compared to the previous quarter and 13.3% on a year-over-year (y/y) basis. Shipments of T8 lamps during 2013Q2 retreated from a near record high posted in 2013Q1, decreasing by 5.3%. Still, | Read More

Report: Green energy investment drops as ‘political will’ on climate falters

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October 15th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Global investment in renewable energy and efficiency is likely to decline for the second consecutive year amid a “weakening of political will” on climate change, according to a new tally of deals and projects. Bloomberg New Energy Finance said Monday that investment in the third quarter of 2013 was $45.9 billion, which is 14% below the second | Read More

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New Efficiency Standards Would Tackle the Energy Hog Lurking in your Basement

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October 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

via ACEEE blog The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new energy efficiency standards today that would address a major energy hog that may be lurking in your basement. The new standards would reduce the energy consumption of furnace fans, which are the fans that circulate heated and cooled air supplied by furnaces, air | Read More

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Research Shows That Many Retailers Are Unhappy with Their Lighting

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October 10th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

via ecmag.com Retailers are considering upgrading to directional light-emitting diode (LED) replacement lamps; however, lacking relevant education, they are making these decisions primarily based on initial cost and payback, according to a survey of retailers conducted by Pacific Gas & Electric and the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC). Survey respondents included 87 retailers based in | Read More

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Incandescent Lamp Shipments Wane During Q2 ’13

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October 9th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

via LightNow Shipments of traditional A-line incandescent lamps, as measured by NEMA’s lamp shipment index, decreased for the third consecutive quarter in Q2 2013, reaching a low point for the series. Second quarter activity showed a decline of 8.6% from the previous quarter. Moreover, the index fell by 20.6% on a year-over-year basis. Compact fluorescent | Read More

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How We Learned Not to Guzzle

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September 30th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

by Ralph Cavanagh via New York Times FOR as long as most of us can remember, the nation’s energy news has trended from bad to worse, starting with the oil crises of the 1970s. But today, the good news is that our energy productivity and security are better than they have been in decades. You’d | Read More

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Energy efficiency on the Farm

September 18th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | 2 Comments

With all the attention that the Farm Bill have been getting lately, it’s easy for those of us of living in suburbia to forget that there’s more to the bill than just crop subsidies and food stamps. An important part of USDA’s mission is to improve the quality of life in rural areas, and one | Read More

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