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Soaring temperatures globally, coupled with urbanization, population growth, and rising incomes are driving an unprecedented increase in demand for comfort cooling. While providing immense social and health benefits, air conditioning is exacerbating the climate crisis. Market stimulation and technology innovation can solve the global cooling dilemma, and that is what the Global Cooling Prize has set out to do.
Boston has laid out a roadmap of how the city will reach its greenhouse gas reduction goals -- including addressing its buildings, which account for approximately 70% of city-wide emissions. The city's goal is to shift to zero net carbon new construction by 2030 and retrofit and electrify least 80% of existing buildings over the next 30 years.
‘The Current War’ just hit theatres – the new film about the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, who developed competing electrical systems using direct current and alternating current. Spoiler alert: alternating current won. But today, the rise of electronic devices that use direct current – together with the rise of on-site energy sources that produce direct current – are providing a new opportunity in some instances to use energy more efficiently by using direct current power systems within buildings.
“Globally, progress on energy efficiency is slowing down….Energy efficiency policy action is not keeping up…” This was the warning Dr. Brian Motherway, head of energy efficiency at the International Energy Agency, had for senators at the Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Tuesday morning. But, Motherway said, if we “got back on track to around three percent annual improvements a year, in the next few decades we could see the global economy double in size while using effectively the same amount of energy that we use today.”
Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology advanced the ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019 to the floor of the House with a strong bipartisan vote. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) worked together to craft a bill that will send a strong signal to the administration that research and development (R&D) of innovative energy technology remains a priority for Congress and for the country.
The trend is one the Alliance has noted many times before: the economy has grown significantly while energy use has remained relatively stable. But the story turns a bit dimmer when the IEA steps back and looks at how the United States is doing compared to other countries.
This Wednesday, October 2, is the fourth annual Energy Efficiency Day! EE Day is a great chance for you to join thousands of others to spread the message about energy efficiency. Want to show the world that you care about energy efficiency on Wednesday? Here are a few things you can do.
Because of a simple mistake in the law, companies will start to pay a de facto penalty in 2020 to upgrade their facilities to be energy efficient – unless Congress acts to fix the problem.
A new coalition of countries, businesses and international organizations – called the Three Percent Club – committed at the UN Climate Action Summit today to drive an annual three percent global improvement in energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency’s work is needed more than ever in the face of the climate crisis and the challenges of energy affordability. But with our fast-expanding toolkit, our concept of energy efficiency needs to evolve to encompass new technologies. We call this opportunity Active Efficiency.

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