But a new study shows that data centers, also commonly known as “server farms,” have slimmed down dramatically. Hit with soaring electricity bills and hounded by environmental groups to reduce their carbon footprints, tech companies have significantly improved the way that the centers use energy — from the way they are cooled to how their…
Verdical Group is hosting its 3rd Annual Net Zero Conference in Downey, CA on August 19th. See the flyer below for more information regarding speakers and activities.
U.S. Dept. of Energy Releases Draft Updated Best Practices for Residential PACE – Comment Period Open Until 8/19
As shared by the U.S. Department of Energy in their 7/19 press release: As part of the Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released best practice guidelines for Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PACE is an
Get the overview on the “Getting to Zero” National Forum October 12th-14th, 2016 in Denver, Colorado from the New Buildings Institute below. To learn more and register click here.
The U.S. DOE recently updated the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) website. The update allows users to search by zip code to get an energy profile for their respective city, including climate and emissions data, electricity and natural gas usage and/or expenditures by sector, vehicle fuel use, renewable energy economic potential, and more.
Whittier Leverages Incentives and Support for Municipal Retrofits – Including Streetlighting, Lighting, HVAC, and VFD Upgrades
As covered in the Whittier Daily News: the City of Whittier is going green. It’s spending about $2.1 million on ways to make street lights and city buildings more energy efficient, a move that will pay for itself in about four years and save hundreds of thousands of dollars afterward, officials said.
Are there benefits to expect from zero net energy investments in schools beyond energy, operational and environmental savings? Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the New Buildings Institute review educational benefits in a new post: “…Consider that each year K–12 schools spend more than $8 billion on energy—more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined. Too…
In 2002, Katrin Klingenberg introduced the passivhaus program to North America when she built the Smith House in Urbana, Illinois. She had come to the US from Germany, where she studied architecture and got involved with passivhaus. But is this really where it all began? Learn about early “passive house” building efficiency
New LBNL Paper Studies Best Practices in Energy Efficiency Competitions – and Other Competition Resources
A new paper, “Competition, carbon, and conservation: Assessing the energy savings potential of energy efficiency competitions” is available to download on ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/home. A short abstract is below.
The City of Grass Valley’s June 28th City Council meeting celebrated the completion of a number of municipal energy efficiency and solar projects through an energy performance contract with Opterra Energy, including new solar generation, LED
Hear from the Cities of Oakland and Richmond on their experience visiting Paris during the COP21 Climate Conference in December 2015, specific examples on their leadership on energy and climate in their communities, and advice for local governments looking to
As shared by the Rocky Mountain Institute: Every day, thousands of Americans make the biggest purchase they’ll make in a lifetime—their home—without knowing the true cost. In spite of stringent post-recession safeguards intended to protect homeowners and hold lenders to a higher level of accountability, there’s more we can do.
Energy Storage Procurement Guidance Documents for Municipalities from the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)
Clean Energy Group and the Clean Energy States Alliance, with support from Bright Power, Sandia National Laboratories, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, and the Barr Foundation, have drafted a series of energy storage
From ACEEE: Commercial Buildings Survey Shows Great Progress in Energy Savings, But Also Remaining Opportunities
As shared this morning by ACEEE: “Data recently released as part of the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) highlights changes in commercial sector energy demand between 2003 and 2012. The Energy Information
As reported by Smart Grid News, “A new service from home management product provider Nest Labs, Inc., will help customers automatically use less energy when the prices are highest. “The Nest Thermostat can find the price of energy for customers on Time of Use (TOU)