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  • Air Conditioning - Both a Blessing and a Curse   One Thing You Can Do:  
      Beat the Heat Efficiently  

    July 3, 2019 NY Times Climate Forward - A heat wave scorched Europe through the weekend and Americans are facing what’s predicted to be a very hot couple of months. Last summer ranked as the fourth-hottest on record for the lower 48 states, and this year’s temperatures are expected to be above average in most of the country.

    So, how do you win the battle against summer heat in a sustainable way?

    When it comes to cooling your home, you basically have three options: open your windows, use fans or turn on the air conditioning.

    Click now to learn what you can do.

  • N.M. Public Service Wants To Be Emission-Free by 2040 PNM Plans Early Retirement
    of Coal Plant With Massive
    Addition of Solar + Storage

    July 1, 2019 Renewable Energy World - On July 1, Public Service of New Mexico filed a plan with regulators in the state for how it plans to get to a 100 percent emission-free power by 2040. The utility reviewed four scenarios, all of which involved the early retirement of the San Juan Coal Plant, to arrive at its recommended path forward.

    The utility considered four possible scenarios for how it could most effectively meet the directive of the Energy Transition Act, which was announced on March 25. The act requires the state to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2045.

    Click now for the story
    and to see an infographic.

  • NY Will Pass Aggressive Clean Energy Mandate New York to Pass 'One
    of the Most Aggressive Clean
    Energy Mandates In the Country'

    June 19, 2019 Renewable Energy World - New York is poised to pass its own version of the Green New Deal with a climate bill that would more than triple the state’s solar capacity and aggressively promote development of wind farms off the state’s coast.

    The legislation calls for boosting the amount of solar power in New York to 6 gigawatts by 2025, from about 1.7 gigawatts currently. It would also have 9 gigawatts of offshore wind generation installed by 2035. None of the state’s power currently comes from offshore wind.

    The bill codifies New York’s goal of getting all of its electricity from emission-free sources by 2040. Achieving that would put the state ahead of even progressive California, which has set of target of 100% clean power by 2045, and other states that have set clean-energy standards. New York is also looking to cut economy-wide emissions 85% by 2050. Governor Andrew Cuomo called the bill “the most aggressive in the country” during remarks on the radio program The Capitol Pressroom on WNYC.

    Click now for the optimistic story.

  • Canada Will Add 36,000 Workers for Energy Efficiency Canada’s Energy Efficiency Sector to Add 36,000 Workers In 2019

    Electric Light & Power, Apr. 30, 2019  - Canada’s energy efficiency goods and services sector directly employed an estimated 436,000 permanent workers in 2018 and is poised to grow by 8.3% this year, creating over 36,000 jobs, according to a new report.

    These workers were employed across about 51,000 business establishments across six industries. Together, these establishments generated $82.6 billion in revenue in 2018 and were generally optimistic about growth prospects in 2019.

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • Big Buildings and Energy Inefficiency Big Buildings Hurt the Climate
    New York City Hopes to Change That.

    NY Times Climate Forward, Apr. 17, 2019  -New York City is about to embark on an ambitious plan to fight climate change that would force thousands of large buildings, like the Empire State Building and Trump Tower, to sharply reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

    The legislation, expected to be passed by the City Council on Thursday, would set emission caps for many different types of buildings, with the goal of achieving a 40 percent overall reduction of emissions by 2030. Buildings that do not meet the caps could face steep fines.

  • Wind and Solar? - We’ve Got Efficient Light Bulbs America’s Light Bulb Revolution

    NY Times Climate Forward, Mar.8, 2019 - Solar panels and wind turbines get a lot of attention, but a more inconspicuous instrument is helping to reshape America’s energy economy right now: The humble light bulb.

    Over the past decade, traditional incandescent bulbs, those distinctive glass orbs with glowing wire centers, have been rapidly replaced by more energy-efficient lighting. The shift has driven down electricity demand in American homes, saving consumers money and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

  • A New Way to Cut Down on Air Conditioning A New Fabric Will Automatically Cool
    You Down When You Get Hot and Sweaty

    Feb. 13, 2019 M.I.T. Technology Review -Too hot one minute, too cold the next. Anyone who’s engaged in office warfare over the air conditioning can tell you that trying to keep everyone happy is impossible. But what if we all wore clothing that adjusted to us, rather than having to fiddle with the temperature dial?

    A new fabric, developed by a team at the University of Maryland, is the first to automatically warm wearers up or cool them down as needed. When you’re feeling hot and sweaty—when playing sports, say— the fabric lets infrared radiation (heat, to you and me) pass through. But when you’re colder and drier, it traps the heat in.

  • No More Incandescents For America Come 2020 California Set Light Bulb Efficiency
    Standards 2018 - The Nation is Next

    Feb. 8, 2019 Energy Central -One of the least energy efficient products in modern history, the incandescent light bulb dating back to the days of Thomas Edison, was permanently retired in California in January, 2018.

    In 2020 for the rest of the nation will follow suit.

  • Georgia Utility IRP Falls Short on Efficiency Clean Energy Group Says Georgia
    Power’s New IRP Falls Short
    on Solar, Energy Efficiency

    Feb. 1, 2019 Renewable Energy World -On January 31, 2019, Georgia Power, the largest utility in the state submitted its newest integrated resource plan (IRP) to the state utility commission for approval.

    The plan calls for the retirement of approximately 1000 MW of coal-fired generation and the construction of 1000 MW of solar generation.

    In response to the IRP, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) said the plan doesn’t go far enough.

    “While we commend Georgia Power for retiring approximately 1,000 megawatts of coal-fired capacity at Plants Hammond and McIntosh, the utility is only acknowledging the inevitable with the retirement of these two minimally-operating coal plants,” the organization said in a statement.

  • New Years Resolutions to Conserve Automobile Energy Conserving Automobile Energy

    Greener Ideal, Dec. 31, 2018 - Here’s one that should be up there is both healthier on your vehicle, the environment and eventually, your wallet: fuel conservation for the long haul.

    I Will Drive Safer And Conservatively

    I Will Keep Up With Routine Maintenance

    I Will Plan My Routes More Effectively,

    I Will Not Drive Around The Parking Lot Looking For The Best Spot

    Details in the article.

  • An Inexpensive Large-Scale Flexible T.E. Generator Harvesting Waste Heat as Energy
    from a Curved Surface

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Dec. 20, 2018 - A team of researchers led by Osaka University developed an inexpensive large-scale flexible thermoelectric generator (FlexTEG) module with high mechanical reliability for highly efficient power generation.

    Through a change in direction of the top electrodes at the two sides of the module and the use of high density packaging of semiconductor chips, the FlexTEG module has more flexibility in any uniaxial direction.

    This improved efficiency of recovery, or thermoelectric conversion, of waste heat from a curved heat source, enhancing the module’s mechanical reliability as less mechanical stress is placed on semiconductor chips in the module.

  • Cheap Hydrogen Fuel? We’ll Take ItNew Catalyst
    Produces Cheap Hydrogen Fuel

    Nov. 29, 2018 -Queensland University Professor Anthony O'Mullane said the potential for the chemical storage of renewable energy in the form of hydrogen was being investigated around the world.

    "The Australian Government is interested in developing a hydrogen export industry to export our abundant renewable energy," said Professor O'Mullane from QUT's Science and Engineering Faculty.

    Click now to read more from  Science Daily.

  • National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell DayCelebrating the
    Hydrogen Energy Future, Today

    Oct. 8, 2018 -Neil Armstrong famously said “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” when taking his first steps on the moon. The U.S. space program contained many other giant leaps for mankind, including the utilization of fuel cell technology. For decades, NASA used hydrogen fuel cells to provide electricity, heat and water for its missions. From its start helping put an American on the moon, today fuel cell technology is powering forklifts, cars, buses, trucks, trains, and drones; connecting citizens by fueling global communications networks; and ensuring reliable and resilient electricity for customers that include Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, utilities, municipal facilities, military operations, and more.

    Click to read more from
    The Energy Collective Group.

  • G.E.Reservoir: Storing the Sun for a Rainy Day Energy Storage -
    GE’s Reservoir Solutions

    Sept. 26, 2018 -The electricity industry is facing new challenges that have not been seen in 100 years. As consumers become active power producers who demand clean, reliable, and affordable power, the transforming grid needs innovative technical solutions that can unlock new business models and revenue streams.

    Click to read all about it from ge.com.

  • Don’t Throw Away that Sawdust Just YetReady-To-Use Recipe for
    Turning Plant Waste Into Gasoline

    Sept. 24, 2018 -Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven already knew how to make gasoline in the laboratory from plant waste such as sawdust. Now the researchers have developed a roadmap, as it were, for industrial cellulose gasoline.

    TIn 2014, at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, researchers succeeded in converting sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. A chemical process made it possible to convert the cellulose - the main component of plant fibers - in the sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline. The resulting cellulose gasoline is a second generation biofuel, explains Professor Bert Sels.

    “We start with plant waste and use a chemical process to make a product that is a perfect replica of its petrochemical counterpart. In the end product, you can only tell the difference between our product and fossil gasoline using carbon dating.”

    Click to read the complete article
    from Environmental News Network.

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