Environmental Protection

Energy Efficiency


Brendan Soustal

Case Study: MidCoast Water Manages GIS

With the help of Autodesk Topobase software, an Australian water organization integrates its geographic information system and improves workflow.

IGCC Technology Slated for Calif. Project

Integrated gasification combined cycle process at Kern County plant will convert coal power to electricity and capture and sequester carbon dioxide in an adjacent oil field.

Court: DOE Reconsider Calif. Washing Machine Standards

State standard called for machines to use only 6 gallons of water per cubic foot of capacity by 2010.

Silicon-air Battery Claims a Longer Shelf Life

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology scientists have developed a lighter weight, longer lasting battery that could be made even more powerful and rechargeable.

Overall U.S. Water Use Fairly Stable, Report Says

USGS report credits efficiency, technology for lower water usage results.

Jackson Announces Smart Grid Grant to Progress Energy

Company plans to match funding, upgrade to more efficient equipment, and install smart meters.

U.S. Invests $3.4 B to Modernize the Grid

Grants plus private investment should create jobs and strengthen and increase the reliability of the power grid in 49 states.



Virginia Tech to Develop DOE Smart Grid Portal

Among other things, the portal will serve as a decision support tool for rule-making and evaluating the impact of investments in the smart grid technologies and software.

Companies add Advanced Buildings to Commercial Efficiency Program Offerings

The Energy Trust of Oregon and Efficiency New Brunswick have added Advanced Buildings, a suite of tools and resources on best practices in energy-efficient, high performance building design.

Agencies Release Fuel Economy Guide

Buying fuel-efficient cars helps reduce carbon pollution, Chu says.

Biden Releases Green Jobs Report

DOL and others are drafting recommendations, which include developing an energy performance label for existing homes and allowing the cost of retrofits to be added to a homeowner's property tax bill.

DOE Boosts Enforcement of Energy Efficiency Standards

New enforcement team, random reviews of compliance, and further guidance is expected to curb CO2 emissions.

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Clean Coal: What Works Now and Tomorrow

Circulating fluidized bed reactor technology has a place in meeting the goals of Obama's energy plan.

Pilot Uses GIS, Software to Plan Efficient Routes

San Francisco GreenRoutes project to reduce fleet emissions using ArcLogistics and GIS solution.

Energy Star Available for Glass, Food Processing Plants

Energy Performance Indicators will help companies assess their performance, set goals, and shift the energy performance of these industries, saving nearly $900 million in energy costs with just a 10 percent improvement over current levels.

4 Cogeneration Facilities Earn Energy Star Awards

EPA recognizes Calpine Corp., Mass. Corrections Department, Equity Office Properties and Patterson Farms.

Energy Star Is Focus of Fall Efficiency Campaign

EPA is engaging Boys & Girls Clubs and Parent Teacher Organizations Today to make a few small changes that will help combat global warming.

Report: Business Needs Compelling Reason to 'Green Up'

George Mason University professor suggests strong leadership, a product label policy and tools to implement sustainability practices would be helpful.

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