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East Coast Cities are Top 3 Most Energy Efficient

Linda Hardesty

Boston continues to be the most energy-efficient city in the nation, according to the second edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Boston received 82 out of a possible 100 points, an improvement of more than five points from that city’s 2013 score. Trailing Boston,   …Continue Reading


China To Bring on 4,000 MW of Microgrid Capacity in Next 5 Years

Linda Hardesty

In the eighth edition of Navigant Research’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker, the largest change on a regional basis is the emergence of the Asia Pacific region as the market leader in terms of total identified capacity from specific microgrid projects or planned portfolios of projects. This gain is largely due to an aggressive development program in   …Continue Reading


EPA Announces College and University Green Power Challenge Winners

Karen Henry

The Big Ten is the Collective Conference Champion of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2014–2015 College and University Green Power Challenge. The University of Pennsylvania topped the individual school challenge for the eighth year in a row. Big 10 purchased more than 375 million kWh of green power during the academic year. The Big   …Continue Reading


Projected Electric Capacity Additions Are Below Recent Historical Levels

Linda Hardesty

In the coming decades, additions to US electricity generation capacity are expected to be lower than in the recent past. In the Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s Annual Energy Outlook 2015 Reference case, which reflects current laws and policies and does not include EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, total generating capacity (including end-use generators like rooftop   …Continue Reading


LED Market Outlook Is Bright

Karen Henry

Unit shipments of LED lamps and modules are expected to experience an overall 19 percent compound annual growth rate through 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research. LED prices have declined to a point where this type of lighting is becoming the economical choice in almost every application. In commercial buildings, the shift   …Continue Reading


EIA: Size of Commercial Buildings Continues to Grow

Linda Hardesty

Increases in the size of commercial buildings have outpaced increases in the number of those buildings over the past decade, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). CBECS estimates that there were 5.6 million commercial buildings in the United States in 2012, totaling 87 billion square feet of   …Continue Reading


Natural Gas Projected to Provide Larger Share of Electricity Generation

Linda Hardesty

Based on its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 Reference case, the Energy Information Administration projects that electricity consumption will increase at an average annual rate of 0.8 percent from 2013 to 2040, nearly in line with expected population growth. Continuing a recent trend toward lower levels of carbon-intensive generation, natural gas and renewable generation meet almost   …Continue Reading


States Use Energy Resource Permanent Funds for Various Purposes

Karen Henry

Eight states have permanent funds primarily funded by oil, coal or natural gas tax revenues, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). These funds are set aside by national, state and local governments for strategic or long-term use. Similar to an endowment, states typically only spend the earnings and investment gains from these funds,   …Continue Reading


US Energy Demand Slows

Karen Henry

US energy consumption is expected to grow at 0.3 percent per year through 2040 and is not expected to return to the growth rates seen in the second half of the 20th century, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Reference case projections in EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) indicate that US business   …Continue Reading


60% of Retailers Consider Energy Management a Top Priority

Linda Hardesty

Ecova dug deeper into its “2015 Energy and Sustainability Prediction,” report based on survey results from late 2014, and looked at the retail vertical. Ecova found that 60 percent of retail respondents consider strategic energy and sustainability management plans to be their top priority in 2015. Many retailers have implemented early ad-hoc energy efficiency measures but   …Continue Reading