Breakthrough in energy storage made at the University of Florida

Energy storage remains a very significant problem without a clear solution Energy storage is a problem. This problem becomes more pronounced when renewable energy is factored into the equation. Conventional storage methods are designed for traditional forms of energy production that are largely based on the use of fossil-fuels. Unfortunately, many of the storage technologies that are still used today were developed decades ago, making them outdated and inefficient by today’s standards. When it comes to renewable energy, efficient and effective storage is even more of a problematic issue, as…

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New energy efficiency and sustainability standards could spark economic growth in the US

New standards aim to promote economic prosperity throughout the US Renewable energy has become synonymous with economic progress in the U.S. Much o the world revolves around the use of fossil-fuels, and this has created a problematic environmental situation that is expected to become quite costly in the coming years. While climate change itself is a controversial issue that many wish to avoid, the economic implications of a changing climate are not something that can be easily ignored. In the U.S., new standards regarding the mitigation of the effects of…

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Alternative energy policies supported by North Carolina voters

New survey reveals clean energy matters to the citizens in the U.S. state. A statewide North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) survey, designed to determine where the average election voter stands in regard to energy efficiency policies, discovered that improved energy policies and alternative energy support is a priority for voters in North Carolina. 90% of survey respondents support using solar energy. In addition to the poll revealing that the vast majority of voters are in favor of solar power, 82% are for onshore wind energy and 88% support the…

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Five energy efficient building materials for 2014

2014 is expected to be the deciding year for green building industry The ongoing expansion of green commercial real estate construction will be more apparent this year. Energy efficient homes will become the norm, inundating the real estate industry like never before. The growing stress to build energy efficient homes will obviously have a telling effect on the demand of energy efficient building materials. Here are the six cutting edge building materials that will remain in-demand in 2014. Its been a year or more since green building hit the mainstream.…

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Massachusetts moves to embrace a smart grid

State agency issues order to utilities The Department of Public Utilities in Massachusetts has issued an order to the state’s largest energy providers concerning their adoption of a smart grid. A smart grid is a modernized energy infrastructure that makes use of better information and communications technologies and is more accommodating of renewable energy. The state’s current infrastructure is often considered inefficient due to the changing ways people consumer energy and the new sources from which that energy is coming from. Smart grid program could be a boon for renewable…

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Energy efficiency could help people save money

Report highlights financial aspects of energy efficiency The Consumer Federation of America has released a new report concerning the economic possibilities of energy efficiency. The U.S. has been growing increasingly focused on renewable energy in recent years, partly to reduce its production of carbon emissions and to take advantage of the economic prospects associated with the abandonment of fossil-fuels. The country’s progress in adopting renewable energy has been sluggish, but it has been augmented by energy efficiency policies that are promoting clean forms of power and discouraging the rampant consumption…

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Emissions drop in the US thanks to renewable energy, efficiency, and economic strain

Renewable energy helps US reduce emissions The U.S. has been making efforts in recent years to cut down on the emissions it is responsible for by reducing its consumption of energy. This endeavor has been slow-going, but the country has managed to make some progress by supporting different forms of renewable energy. The U.S. remains strongly focused on the use of fossil-fuels, however, which is somewhat counterproductive to the country’s emissions reduction goals. A new report from the Energy Information Association, however, shows that the U.S. has made significant progress…

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New energy storage project launched in Europe

Europe largest energy storage initiative begins S&C Electric Europe, Samsung SDI, and Younicos have launched the largest energy storage project in Europe. Energy storage is becoming a major issue as the world begins focusing more on renewable energy. Conventional energy grids are not designed to accommodate the electrical power produced by renewable energy systems. As such, much of the electricity that these systems produce is lost, making renewable energy somewhat inefficient. Modernizing energy grids has become a popular focus throughout Europe. Project aims to modernize energy infrastructure The energy storage…

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Renewable energy companies come together to spur action in the EU

Companies call for more action concerning renewable energy Several renewable energy companies have come together to co-sign an open letter to the European Union. In the open letter, industry leaders are calling for more aggressive action on the issue of energy. This action is outlined in what the letter calls the Climate and Energy Framework for 2030. The European Union has been an advocate of renewable energy for several years, but the governing body has somewhat loose requirements when it comes to the clean power adoption of its member states.…

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Cost of renewable energy continues to fall in the US

Price continues to be a topic of interest when it comes to renewable energy Renewable energy has managed to attract a great deal of support around the world in recent years. As more countries become conscious of their impact on the environment, as well as the economic implications of a reliance on fossil-fuels, they are looking for ways to incorporate renewable energy more effectively. While clean power has been winning acceptance among many, that does not mean it is free from criticism. On the subject of renewable energy, cost is…

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Green buildings are becoming more common in the US

Green buildings show strong growth throughout the country The U.S. Green Building Council has released a new report concerning the growing prevalence of green buildings throughout the country. Green buildings are those designed to be environmentally friendly, boasting of several energy efficiency features and built using renewable sources. By 2016, the report suggests that approximately half of all commercial and institutional construction will be comprised of green buildings throughout the country. This could be good news for the country’s energy efficiency goals and its plans to reduce consumption of fossil-fuels.…

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New energy efficiency set to finally launch in the US

Delayed energy efficiency standards may soon go live The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that previously delayed energy efficiency standard will be enacted throughout the U.S. in the coming months. These standards involve metal halide lamps, commercial refrigeration equipment, and walk-in coolers and freezers. The standards will go into effect in November with various provisions associated with these energy efficiency standards being introduced over the next few years. The standards are currently 18 months overdue and the Department of Energy was pushed into action due to a coalition of…

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Report claims climate change is important to corporations

Climate Change

New report suggests that corporations could be facing hard future due to climate change A new joint report from the World Wildlife Fund and the Carbon Disclosure Project has been released an aims to provide some insight on the economic aspects of climate change. Climatic phenomena have been the subject of controversy for decades, largely due to scientists suggesting that climate change is the fault of mankind’s reliance on fossil-fuels. In the business sector, many large corporations have come to oppose any strong action on the matter of climate change.…

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Complete reliance on renewable energy is possible

Reliance on renewable energy is possible

Renewable energy continues to be the target of controversy Renewable energy has been a tricky subject around the world. In some parts of the world, renewable energy is a controversial matter due to its association with environmentalism and the concept of climate change. In other parts of the world, renewable energy is too much of an economic gamble to warrant aggressive support. The controversy and skepticism that surrounds renewable energy may be dispelled soon, however, due to a new report that suggests that several countries can meet the entirety of…

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China takes on renewable energy with an aggressive new plan

China renewable energy

China grows as a renewable energy advocate China has been making waves in the energy sector recently. The country is known as a strong advocate for renewable energy as well as a major consumer of fossil-fuels and home to some of the most polluted cities in the world. The Central Government has been wary of making a major shift away from fossil-fuels due to the heavy reliance that the country has on industry. A drastic transition could do significant harm to the country’s economy, which is why Chinese officials have…

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