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Green Power Partnership Drives On-Site Energy

Linda Hardesty

The Green Power Partnership has launched the On-site Renewables Challenge with a goal to double the use of on-site green power by Green Power Partners by the end of 2020. The partnership will track all participants’ annual combined on-site renewable energy use, which will be updated quarterly. The EPA has listed all Green Power Partners   …Continue Reading


12 States Produced 80% of US Wind Power in 2013

Linda Hardesty

In 2013, 12 states accounted for 80 percent of US wind-generated electricity, according to preliminary generation data from the US Energy Information Administration. Texas was again the top wind power state with nearly 36 million MWh. Iowa was second, with more than 15 million MWh, followed by California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado, Washington,   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Grows Long in Tooth for Some States

Linda Hardesty

Texas was the first state to set efficiency targets, also called an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS), in 1999. Since then, 26 states in the country have followed suit, setting long term targets designed to spur electricity and natural gas savings, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The   …Continue Reading


50% of Power Plant Capacity Adds in 2013 Come from Natural Gas

Linda Hardesty

Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for about 50 percent of new utility-scale generating capacity added in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Solar provided nearly 22 percent, a jump from less than 6 percent in 2012. Coal provided 11 percent and wind nearly 8 percent. Almost half of all capacity added in 2013   …Continue Reading


$13.2B Derived from Sales of Energy Efficiency Services by End of 2014, Says Navigant

Linda Hardesty

By the close of 2014, the global market size for energy efficiency commercial building retrofits will reach $68.2 billion, according to Navigant Research’s report Energy Efficiency Retrofits for Commercial and Public Buildings.  Of this total, about 81 percent, or $55 billion, will derive from sales of products used in energy efficiency building retrofits. These include   …Continue Reading


Net Imports of Energy Lowest in 2 Decades

Linda Hardesty

A large drop in energy imports together with a small increase in energy exports led to a 19 percent decrease in net energy imports from 2012 to 2013, according to the Energy Information Administration. Total energy imports declined 9 percent from 2012 to 2013. Crude oil production grew 15 percent, about the same pace as   …Continue Reading


Global Wind Power Market Takes a Dive

Linda Hardesty

In 2013, worldwide wind power installations reached 36.13 GW, a 20-percent decline from 2012. According to a new report from Navigant Research/BTM Consult, 2013 was the first time in 8 years that the global wind power industry installed less in a given year than the year before. The decline reduced the annual growth rate for   …Continue Reading


High-Bay LEDs Come Into Their Own

Linda Hardesty

In 2013 several high-bay LED products were launched that provide exceptional quality in a price range that allows for acceptable paybacks from energy savings, according to Navigant Research, which predicts the high-bay lighting market is set for a rapid shift, similar to the shift toward LED lighting that has already begun in commercial buildings. The   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency is ‘Cheapest Fuel’

Linda Hardesty

Energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing Americans with electricity, according to a new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities about 2.8 cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels   …Continue Reading


LED Bulb Efficiency Improves as Cost Declines

Linda Hardesty

Although the initial purchase price is higher for more efficient technologies than for traditional bulbs, significant savings are achieved over the life of the bulb, according to the US Energy Information Administration. LED lighting technologies have been advancing rapidly with projections for further improvements, resulting in lower cost, increased reliability, and reduced energy consumption. By   …Continue Reading


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