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China outpaces U.S. in smart grid investment in 2013

China has invested more in smart grid technologies than the United States for the first time this year. According to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report , China invested $4.3 billion in 2013, eclipsing the U.S. by roughly 700 million over the same period. Now I know what you’re wondering, what exactly is a “smart-grid” and why is it so important? Well, let me tell you.

It seems that today humanity is more connected than ever before. From Facebook, to fitness trackers worn 24/7, to our smartphones we carry with us, we have constant access to information. Adding smart grid technologies to our aging electrical system allows utilities to fine tune electrical...

Energy savings during Daylight Saving Time

We here at the Alliance hope that everyone has recovered from “springing forward” this weekend—Daylight Saving Time can be a drag first thing on Sunday morning after clocks change, but we always promptly forget that once the sun stays up past 6:00pm.

Many people believe that we change the clocks to help farmers, but in actuality Daylight Saving Time was first adopted in the U.S. during World War I as a means to save electricity. Longer evenings allow for more summer barbecues and wiffle ball games, but does Daylight Saving Time really save any energy?

The President's 2015 budget boosted funding for energy efficiency programs.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, marked the release of the President's budget requests for fiscal year 2015. Once again the President backed his commitment to doubling energy productivity and cutting energy waste with strong financial support for energy efficiency programs throughout the federal government.
The House successfully passed bipartisan energy efficiency legislation
If recent events are any indication on the future of energy efficiency policy, we have cause to remain hopeful. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the House of Representatives is poised to consider an energy efficiency legislation that produces substantial energy and cost savings for the American people.
Shaheen-Portman is estimated by 2030 to create 192,000 jobs, save $16.2 billion, and reduce CO2 emissions equal to taking 22 million cards off the road.

Senators Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Portman (R-Ohio) have reintroduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (Shaheen-Portman). This new bill incorporates 10 previously proposed amendments into the body of the legislation.

The original Shaheen-Portman bill contained provisions on building codes, industrial efficiency, and federal agency efficiency that would cut energy costs, enhance energy security, and reduce emissions. This new package goes even further, bringing the benefits of energy efficiency to schools, households, and businesses across the country. The new bill is estimated to save Americans $16.2 billion annually, create 192,000 jobs, and avoid 95 million metric tons of CO₂—the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road—by 2030.

The Obama Administration has set new efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks
Heavy-duty vehicles may make up a small portion of vehicles on the road in the U.S., just 4 percent in 2010, but they were responsible for 25 percent of on-road fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector that same year. So while they’re a “small” player in terms of sheer number, they offer a large opportunity to increase the energy productivity of this key part of the transportation sector.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, leader in energy efficiency
Cities around the nation can learn a thing or two from Vegas' energy efficiency measures. So in light of our colleagues being in the city we looked into some of the energy efficient practices Sin City has already put in place, in this case, what happens in Vegas, should not stay in Vegas!
A city skyline of buildings
Addressing building energy code compliance has proven to be a difficult task; one that becomes considerably more daunting when the subject is existing buildings. In the past year, BCAP has increased its focus on examining the challenges facing the implementation of the energy code in existing commercial buildings.
The IOC should uphold more stringent energy efficiency standards for the Olympic Games

Sporting events are unique for their ability to bring people together. This phenomenon is most obvious during the Olympics, when billions of people tune in to watch a few thousand athletes from a couple hundred countries compete for the gold.

We truly love the athleticism, entertainment and national pride of the Olympics. However, there are issues in Sochi that should be addressed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to save huge amounts of energy and resources at future Games.

An energy efficiency showdown between Seattle and Denver.
Why wait for the big game? Let’s have an energy efficiency showdown between Seattle and Denver and see which city comes out on top.

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