Category Archives: Energy Efficiency

Barrier-Breaking $10 Cree LED Bulb Now Even More Affordable with Utility Rebates

DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its ongoing mission to drive 100 percent adoption of LED lighting, Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) has earned ENERGY STAR® qualification for the game-changing soft white Cree® LED Bulbs. ENERGY STAR qualification signifies these Cree LED Bulbs now qualify for incentive rebates through certain local utilities. Not only do the ENERGY STAR qualified Cree LED Bulbs look and light like traditional incandescent bulbs, use 84 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than typical incandescents, but now they will be even more affordable in select markets with utility rebates.

“ENERGY STAR qualification can enable the Cree LED Bulbs to be purchased with an instant utility rebate delivering consumers a quality LED bulb for under $5”

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A Sustainable Energy Plan: What & Why

Creating a Sustainable Energy Plan is a simple, systematic way to examine, refine, and act on one of the most important aspects of a sustainable business. A plan lets you see where you are, decide what immediate positive changes your company can make, and create long-term practical and actionable goals.

Why create a plan specifically about energy?

Energy use is your most important environmental impact.

For many companies, if you draw a line around your operations – ignoring suppliers and ignoring physical products – your largest potential to do environmental harm comes from your company energy use. Your energy use includes electricity, employee travel, employee commuting and natural gas. And usually, they’re in that order from standpoint of environmental harm.

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CITGO Launches Energy Efficient Lighting Program in the Bronx

NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 / 3BL Media/ PRNewswire/ –  Representatives of CITGO Petroleum Corporation were joined by hundreds of Bronx residents today to celebrate the 2013 edition of the CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program (EELP) at the Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church in the Bronx. CITGO and its community partner, Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition, will provide 39,000 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to help low-income families reduce energy costs and protect the environment. The Bronx is one of the communities in the 21 cities across the U.S. to benefit from the program this year.

“CITGO has been committed to helping residents of the Bronx for many years. We are proud to offer another program to make their lives better. The light bulbs we are providing through the EELP will help Bronx families save nearly $2 million in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulbs, while also protecting precious environmental resources,” said CITGO Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Dario Merchan. “Giving back to communities in need is a core value for CITGO and aligned with the social development principles of our shareholder Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. We are very proud to have a lasting impact in the Bronx.” Continue reading

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Heliotrope Technologies Brings Smart Window to Market – Controls Light and Heat

BERKELEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Heliotrope Technologies, a partner of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), today announced that it will begin commercial sampling of its low-cost, dynamic window coating in the fourth quarter of 2013. The company will ship samples of the new coating, a material breakthrough featured on the cover of the August 15th issue of the science journal Nature, to some of the world’s largest glass manufacturers to evaluate its potential for commercial and residential buildings.

“The top makers of glass around the world are looking for the right solution for dynamic window technologies,” said Mike Clary, CEO, Heliotrope Technologies. “We think this technology is one-of-a-kind and moves beyond traditional ideas of smart windows to significantly enhance the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings.” Continue reading

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Building Energy Management Systems Will Reach $5.6 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2020

The market for building energy management systems (BEMSs) continues to grow, driven by technology advances as well as a growing familiarity among customers with the benefits that BEMs provide.  A number of new and existing companies are developing software-based platforms to help customers squeeze cost-reducing energy efficiency and operational benefits out of their building portfolios.  According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue for BEMSs will reach $5.6 billion annually by 2020, more than doubling from the 2013 level.

“Building energy management systems represent one of the fastest-growing and most promising waves of innovation ever to occur in the building industry,” says Eric Bloom, senior research analyst with Navigant Research.  “Among end users, awareness is growing that BEMSs can help companies not only reduce their energy consumption, but also improve the operational performance of facilities and gain insight into occupancy trends in their buildings worldwide.” Continue reading

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Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

Future360 spoke with Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer at Verizon, to learn about the company’s sustainable initiatives.

Verizon set a 2020 goal to improve their carbon intensity metric by 50%. In two and a half years they have reached a 37% improvement.

The company launched its “Powerful Answers” campaign to answer the question of how they can use their networks to really bring about social innovation across energy management, healthcare, and sustainable solutions. Verizon will be awarding individuals or small businesses over 10 million dollars in creating those solutions using Verizon’s technology as a backbone. Continue reading

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Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Works With GM – Jon Beck

Jon Beck is a graduate student from Portland, Ore., who is working this summer at General Motors as part of the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps program. GM is one of the more than 100 organizations participating in the program that allows specially-trained graduate students to analyze the companies’ energy management practices. While Beck and his teammates will leave GM with suggested improvements, he admits he’s leaving the project with a new appreciation of what GM is doing today.

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Nexant Research Aids IEA’s International Review of Energy Efficiency Programs

WASHINGTON–()–The International Energy Agency (IEA) has recently released its report on global energy efficiency programs implemented by energy providers, relying on survey findings and analysis provided by Nexant. In conjunction with the report’s release, Nexant Vice-President Peter du Pont presented a review of the programs at the June 2013 Asia Clean Energy Forum at the Asian Development Bank in Manila.

The report, Energy Provider-Delivered Energy Efficiency: A global stock-taking based on case studies, provides a valuable window into the methods energy providers are using to design and deliver energy savings programs internationally. Continue reading

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