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Apartments Waste 33% of The Energy They Use [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 5, 2015 by Andre Bourque

Apartments Waste a Lot of Energy

Apartment buildings waste 33% of energy they use with the most being heating and cooling, and 30% being lost through your roof. What are ways to decrease this inefficiency and save on energy costs and consumption? Find out in this infographic.[read more]

New York Prepares for Millions of Smart Meters Under REV

November 4, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Smart Meters and Energy Reform

Regulators in New York recently released guidance for the state’s electric utilities’ distributed system implementation plans, which are due next June. One of the items that utilities will have to address is the need for advanced metering infrastructure to meet the goals of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision.[read more]

Could High-Efficiency Homes Turn a Mortgage Backed Security Into a Green Bond?

October 9, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Could mortgage backed securities (MBS), backed by loans for high-efficiency houses, be the "impact investment" many investors are seeking as a way to fund America's clean energy future? If so, the MBS, the "toxic asset" of the 2008 financial crises, could become a virtuous "green bond."[read more]

Moderating Extremes in Building Design

October 6, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Building Design and Moderation

Leon Glicksman designs buildings with an eye toward improved energy efficiency, and, like many of his MIT colleagues, he brings with him a high-tech portfolio. He develops aerogel panels to improve insulation and software packages to guide architects.[read more]

A New Dawn for Energy Efficiency Financing

September 16, 2015 by Clare Taylor

Energy Efficiency Financing

Energy efficiency remains one of the most stubborn energy transition challenges. The money is on the table, but the market is yet to take off. Now a ground-breaking project is developing standardized processes for bankable projects on a massive scale. Is investor confidence the key to unlocking the world’s ‘first fuel’?[read more]

Energy Efficiency Today Means More Access to Energy Tomorrow

September 11, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

Energy Efficiency and Access

2015 has brought countries across the globe record-breaking temperatures. In addition to leading to wildfires, droughts, and thousands of premature deaths, it also has brought increasing demand for electricity to run air conditioning, leading to disruptive blackouts and reduced energy for other uses.[read more]

Property Owners Increasingly Embracing Energy Efficiency Technologies

September 4, 2015 by Merrill Kramer

Green Ownership

Building owners and construction companies are increasingly embracing energy efficiency technologies as a way to improve their bottom line by reducing their energy and operational costs, while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint.[read more]

Katrina 10 Years On: The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Provides a Way Forward

August 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Federal Flood Standards

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It was the costliest, as well as, one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. When the levee system safeguarding New Orleans catastrophically failed, our nation watched in horror as the flood waters spread.[read more]

US Energy Future - Energy Efficiency, Wind, Solar and Nuclear Energy

August 27, 2015 by Willem Post

The U.S. could achieve a reduction of primary energy via energy efficiency measures, and build-outs of wind, solar and nuclear energy systems, so that the energy available to provide for the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation energy requirements remains adequate.[read more]

Managing the Rise of Distributed Energy: Emerging Utility Trends

August 21, 2015 by Van Hilderbrand, Jr.

Distributed Energy Management

Much has been written regarding the conventional utility’s “death spiral.” America’s power generation utilities have become increasingly fearful that a significant majority of their customers will generate their own electricity through innovative distributed energy technologies like rooftop solar.[read more]

Renewable Microgrid Value Creation: A Real Estate Development Example

August 14, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Microgrids, Renewables, and Real Estate

An interesting application of renewable microgrids is for enhancing value in real estate developments. There is increasing demand and interest in sustainable buildings, and real estate developers are exploring options on how to meet this demand and create additional value for their clients and themselves.[read more]

California Dreamin' of Distributed Energy Resources, as Utilities File Plans

July 13, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

California and State Energy Policy

In many ways, California is a special case. With an economy about the same size of Canada’s ($2.3 trillion in 2014) and a population of more than 38 million (roughly one in eight Americans is a Californian), California’s energy policies affect huge numbers of people and a large portion of the American economy.[read more]

Economics of Installing Combined Heating and Power Systems

June 23, 2015 by Merrill Kramer

Combined Heat and Power Systems

With states adopting programs to encourage energy users to install combined heating and power (CHP) systems, building owners and asset managers are asking themselves the bottom line question – how can CHP increase my operating income and asset value?[read more]

Opening the Small Commercial Solar Market

June 22, 2015 by Elias Hinckley

Small Scale Solar Market/shutterstock

While the solar market has been exploding over the past few years, the small commercial segment of the market, made up of locations like apartment buildings, office buildings, small businesses, factories, warehouses, and hospitals, has been extraordinarily slow to develop.[read more]

The Better Buildings Challenge Has Saved $1B in Energy Costs

June 12, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The White House Better Buildings Challenge has saved participants more than $1 billion in just two years, according to a recent review of the program.

The White House Better Buildings Challenge has saved participants more than $1 billion in just two years, according to a recent review of the program.More than 250 partners have signed on to the challenge, which calls for a 20 percent energy reduction over 10 years.The program launched in 2011 and had more than 7,000 buildings...[read more]

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