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The Trump administration and many members of Congress have said infrastructure is a priority. So what are the political realities and where do things currently stand?
Just three months into the 116th Congress, the discussion on climate change has noticeably shifted in Washington. From subtle evolutions in tone to bold new platforms like the Green New Deal, policymakers are taking a new approach to what is increasingly accepted on both sides of the aisle as an urgent problem.
Investing in efficiency and sustainability have made Minneapolis’s U.S. Bank Stadium a leader – and hopefully an inspiration for new stadiums across the country.
The administration’s new budget proposal suggests funding energy efficiency in part through “unobligated balances” – deferring money that Congress directed it to spend already.
In 2018, energy efficiency jobs showed the highest rate of growth across the energy sector, adding 76,000 new positions. In fact, roughly half of all new energy jobs are in energy efficiency, which was again among the largest employers in the energy sector.
Understanding the impacts of load flexibility and prioritizing energy efficiency, along with advancing cutting-edge technologies to enhance grid modernization, are critical for improving building load flexibility to reduce peak demand. DOE can maximize these exciting benefits of load flexibility and encourage further innovation by pairing the evolution of load flexibility effectively with energy efficiency.
Direct Current Power Systems Can Save Energy, So Building Developers Are Getting A New Incentive To Incorporate Them
In some buildings, direct current power from on-site solar panels or batteries is converted to alternating current -- and then back again -- causing energy waste. A new initiative seeks to encourage integrating direct current power systems in buildings to avoid those losses.
Becoming a zero emission vehicle state will motivate automakers to deliver more plug-in electric vehicle models and thus increase future sales in the state.
Extreme Weather
In this guest blog post, NRDC's David B. Goldstein looks at how energy efficiency is the key resilient resource in extreme weather that produces more the more we need it: the more extreme the weather, the larger the savings from efficiency.
We take a close look at the new Sustainable Energy in America Factbook and what it means for the future of energy productivity.

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