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Every year since 1997, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its Annual Energy Outlook, with projections about the main factors impacting the future of energy markets. The forecasts are meant to provide a basis for examination and discussion, and serve as a starting point for analyzing potential changes in U.S. energy policies, rules and regulations.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill on May 21. This comes after the full House passed its own version of the spending bill on May 1. These appropriations bills cover, among other focus areas, funding for the Department of Energy (DOE), which includes the majority of the provisions relating to energy efficiency through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
Energy demand and utility costs in laboratory buildings are very high — they can require 5-10 times more energy per square foot than a typical commercial office building. Given all the scientific equipment and technology found in modern research labs, this isn’t hard to imagine. Laboratories are so energy intensive for a number of reasons, spanning far beyond lab equipment, each with a variety of energy savings opportunities. We’re taking a look at a few of the reasons why labs require so much energy to operate and what is being done to advance laboratory energy efficiency.
Energy and environment communities have remained engaged with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other stakeholders ever since the release of its proposed rule to limit emissions from existing power plants. There have been countless studies on potential impacts of the rule — referred to as 111(d) or the Clean Power Plan (CPP) — along with hearings, events, planning guides and official comment submission.
Researchers have found that device-level efficiency has begun to result in diminishing returns. Instead, focus is now on systems level efficiency, and the high levels efficiency that stems from how devices and users interact with the overall system. The Systems Efficiency Initiative (SEI) — holding its second official meeting today — aims to close the gaps in whole system building energy efficiency to meet our future energy challenges.
Alliance to Save Energy's President Kateri Callahan made the announcement to officially launch the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity at today's EE Global Morning Plenary session.
During her opening remarks at the EE Visionary Awards Luncheon at EE Global, Kateri Callahan recognized the importance of companies’ role in driving energy efficiency policy and helping shape the conversation. For this reason, the Alliance honored three leading corporations with EE Visionary Awards.
And we’re off! Alliance President Kateri Callahan announced EE Global 2015 as officially “open for business” in her introductory remarks during the Opening Plenary Session. She provided a brief overview of the Alliance and discussed a number of new endeavors supported by our organization, including Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030, CarbonCount™ and a new building energy codes calculator. She alluded to the Systems Efficiency Initiative (SEI) and the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity, both of which will headline day two announcements at EE Global on Wednesday, May 13. Kateri covered a lot of ground in a short time, before diving right into the panel discussion on energy efficiency’s role in the changing utility model.

For the last several years, tiny houses have been growing in popularity, both in the United States and abroad. A typical tiny house is around 100-400 square feet, compared to the average American home of around 2,600 square feet. Tiny homes are less expensive than traditional homes in terms of taxes, energy use and maintenance, and are often built on wheels, adding an additional benefit of mobility.

Jay Austin, a program manager at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, designed and constructed the Matchbox , a tiny house in northeast Washington, D.C. The Matchbox is a 140-square foot structure supported by a solar array, rain catchment system and onsite...

The 8th Annual Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) is less than two weeks away, when nearly 500 energy influencers will come to D.C. to discuss and develop “best practices” policies and strategies for global implementation of energy efficiency. Registration numbers are quickly increasing, and it’s clear that this year will be yet another elite gathering of high-level energy experts!