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Thermodynamic, Energy Efficiency, and Power Density Analysis of Reverse Electrodialysis Power Generation with Natural Salinity Gradients 17.4.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es5005413
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Front Groups Spread Disinformation in Attempt to Freeze Ohio Cleantech Laws 16.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Utility and fossil fuel-funded front groups are peddling disinformation to attack Ohio's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) and Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) that should not be considered credible evidence as legislators debate a bill to freeze the pro-clean technology laws. Policymakers should instead consider unbiased research when evaluating the impact of Ohio's clean energy and energy efficiency standards. The fossil fuel-funded Heartland Institute has been using flawed analysis to inflate the cost of renewable portfolio standards in states around the country. Heartland Institute's James Taylor claims that because electricity prices in Ohio have risen slightly faster than the national average since 2008, the state's clean energy standard is the culprit causing a spike in electricity prices. But Taylor ignores several additional factors that impact electricity prices. In reality, Ohio uses less natural gas (5 percent) for electricity generation and more coal (82 percent) ...
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How CPUC's Robert Weisenmiller sees California's energy future 16.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The chairman of California Public Utilities Commission explains the future role of renewables in powering the Golden State.

How CPUC's Robert Weisenmiller sees California's energy future
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RMI: How applying Deep Retrofit Value makes for Better Buildings 15.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
With the new Deep Retrofit Value guide, Rocky Mountain Institute strives to help partners meet the Better Buildings Challenge.
RMI: How applying Deep Retrofit Value makes for Better Buildings
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US EPA finds the most energy efficient buildings in top 10 cities 11.4.2014 Environmental News Network
Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its sixth annual list of the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in 2013. The list demonstrates economic and environmental benefits achieved by facility owners and managers in America’s leading cities when they apply a proven approach to energy efficiency to their buildings.
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Advice for utilities: Don't cede power 11.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Many utlities are ceding electricity generation to the solar industry, perhaps forever. The problem? This sacrifices an enviable marketing relationship with customers.

Advice for utilities: Don't cede power
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How a small county in California went grid positive 10.4.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

Through an innovative push to embrace renewables, Yolo County produces 152 percent more energy from solar panels than it uses.

How a small county in California went grid positive
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Prefabrication and Energy Efficiency 10.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The perfect construction today is a marriage of prefabrication and energy efficiency. Prefabricated methods, including modular, structural insulated panels, panelized construction, and so on, are gaining momentum in this country. This is due to a shortage of skilled labor, and a work force that doesn't want to work outside in extreme conditions any more. Homeowners see the advantages of prefab in getting their houses built more quickly and with the quality control that comes with closely supervised factory construction. Energy efficiency is also a growing concern and one that the prefab manufacturers have increasingly taken into consideration in their materials and methods. People don't want to spend more on energy than is necessary, and are becoming more and more interested in utilizing solar energy as much as possible. We see a growing interest in electric cars, a trend that was dormant for many years. Tesla has renewed our interest in using battery-operated cars, and is setting a new course for other ...
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How Japan replaced half its nuclear capacity with efficiency 9.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-Authored by Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace After the Tohoku earthquake three years ago in March 2011, Japan was in a seemingly impossible situation. A tremendous amount of conventional generation capacity, including the entire nuclear fleet, was unavailable and the country faced the risk of power cuts during summer consumption peaks. But miraculously, or seemingly so, in just a few short weeks Japan managed to avert the rolling power cuts that many believed inevitable. Even more impressive, they have turned these emergency measures into lasting solutions. So how'd they do it without forcing people back to the stone age? Japan overcame this daunting task by tapping the cheapest and most widely available source of energy we have - energy efficiency and energy savings. Much of the electricity savings were initially driven by a popular movement known as 'Setsuden.' This movement emerged to encourage people and companies to save electricity and prevent rolling power cuts. Simple measures such as increasing ...
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Why are so many veterans serving in the solar industry? 8.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

America's veterans are helping to improve national security through a cleaner energy future.

Why are so many veterans serving in the solar industry?
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California's 'Up-Wing' Governors: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis 8.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Governor Jerry Brown has just turned 76. An increasingly timeless figure, as focused on the future of civilization today as the nation's oldest governor as he was when he was its youngest after his first election 40 years ago, Brown is getting a tremendous amount of credit, mostly deserved, for turning around California's once crisis-plagued state government by cutting the budget, raising revenue, and encouraging economic growth. With the state's deep chronic fiscal crisis over, thanks finally to the landslide win for his Proposition 30 revenue initiative in 2012, Brown has been focusing on an expansive agenda of major future-oriented issues he began pushing even when the state's massive budget deficit still existed. (He's also grappling with a long-term danger, that of an over-promised/under-funded system of retiree benefits for public employees, many of them working for local districts, but that's a matter for another time.) This future-oriented agenda -- renewable energy and energy efficiency, ...
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Society Must Change to Address Climate Crisis, say Scientists 7.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Avoiding dangerous climate change will require not just rapid reductions in fossil fuel use but also a revolution in the structures of our economies and societies, according to a momentous UN scientific report on climate change to be released on April 13 in Berlin. [1]

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Cree sees bright future in LED lighting controls 7.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

New SmartCast technology automates setup of daylight harvesting applications and motion sensors.

Cree sees bright future in LED lighting controls
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8 Strategies for Building a Sustainable Preservation Movement 3.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
[Preservation Tips & Tools] Eight Strategies for Building a Sustainable Preservation Movement from PreservationNation Older and historic buildings are the heart and soul of our communities. They provide character, history, and authenticity, making our main streets and neighborhoods places that we love, not just places to live. (That's a big reason why we're preservationists, right?) What's more, many older buildings are inherently just as sustainable, if not more so, than new ones. The National Trust's Preservation Green Lab (PGL) is focused on helping historic communities maximize their energy efficiency potential and vitality. And in the end, we believe our main streets will outlive the chain stores and franchises . There are 1.5 million commercial buildings more than 50 years old in America, so we have opportunities at every turn to make sure the places we love are sustainable, high-performing, and vibrant for years to come. Here are eight strategies to help you build a sustainable preservation ...
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5 renewable energy finance models bringing clean power to the people 3.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

From no-money-down storage to crowdfunded solar, financial innovation is making renewable energy more accessible than ever.

5 renewable energy finance models bringing clean power to the people
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California Cashes In On Climate Credits, Sees Breaks On Electric Bills 2.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
No, that $35 credit on your electric bill wasn't an April Fool's joke. Starting yesterday, millions of California residents and businesses are finally receiving their first rewards from a climate change law the state passed nearly a decade ago. The “climate credits” come by way of Assembly Bill 32 -- the Global Warming Solutions Act passed in 2006 that required the state’s biggest polluters, namely power plants, to acquire limited permits for each ton of pollution they emit in effort to bring greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. In 2012, the state Public Utilities Commission voted to stop paying the majority of those proceeds form permits back to the three largest investor-owned utilities and instead start rebating its customers . Residential customers of the the PUC-regulated utilities, including Pacific Gas and Electric , San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, PacificPower and Liberty Utilities, will receive their climate credits in April and October regardless of energy ...
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The New Face of Climate Change 2.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
According to the latest IPCC report, climate change will cause massive food shortages, put coastal communities at risk, destroy freshwater supplies and increase conflict worldwide. And the impact will not be evenly spread; those who can least afford it, in marginal crowded geographies, will suffer the most. It's enough to make you batten down the hatches and look for tips from the National Geographic Channel's "Doomsday Preppers." But I don't look at it entirely that way. The report finally puts a new face on climate change: ours. And that's a change we need. Just a few years ago, the "face" of climate change was a polar bear adrift on an ice floe, and the news was focused on predictions about temperature changes and melting glaciers in the Himalayas. But as the new IPCC report reveals in no uncertain terms, climate change is no longer something that's happening to wild animals in the distant future in a faraway place most of us will never visit. It's us. It's now. It's happening to our land, impacting ...
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Why upcoming EPA rules can ignite the energy efficiency industry 1.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Change is heating up in the energy sector. Hopefully you can thank new regulations for the opportunities that are about to strike.

Why upcoming EPA rules can ignite the energy efficiency industry
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TSO Logic aims to take data center energy wizardry to non-techies 1.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

This company seeks to simplify metrics for data centers. Can its new console rewrite the rules for energy reduction outside the tech world?

TSO Logic aims to take data center energy wizardry to non-techies
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How to fix the 10 worst wastes of water 19.3.2014 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

Nike, Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss and Microsoft are working to curb water-guzzling practices in textiles, bottling, irrigation and beyond. 

How to fix the 10 worst wastes of water
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