‘Energy democracy’ becomes more real

By Elisa Wood October 24, 2012 Will new technologies democratize energy much the way the Internet did information? Industry movement seems to point in that direction with the rise of the smart grid, time-of-day pricing, distributed solar, and the electric vehicle. Together these technologies offer a vision of a less centralized energy system, one … [Read more...]

A Personal EE Scoring System for TVs Part 1

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters interviews Alex Katzman, head of business development for Enervee, which has released a report about the efficiency of TVs. He explains how consumers can use an app on Enervee’s website to rate the efficiency of their TVs and compare the efficiency to others’.   A Personal EE Scoring System for TVs Part … [Read more...]

Survey: What will it take to make buildings more efficient?

By Elisa Wood October 18, 2012 In 2010, China built more housing than Spain has homes. That factoid underscores the significance of energy efficiency for buildings in a report released this week by an affiliate of the respected publication, The Economist. Commissioned by the Global Buildings Performance Network, the report emerged from a … [Read more...]

New biofuel based on cheese byproducts

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters interviews  Brad Wahlen, of the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Utah State University, about the biofuel speedster he and students have developed that has set land speed records. The fuel comes from a cheese byproduct.   New biofuel based on cheese byproducts ] … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency: Red, blue or happily neither?

By Elisa Wood October 11, 2012 We’re so politically polarized about energy, it’s news when we’re not. Exceptions exist, of course, but generally one side identifies with fossil fuels, the other with renewable energy. And energy efficiency seems to be the lucky orphan left out of the pick. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient … [Read more...]

New Institute To Develop And Promote EE Tech

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters interviews Andy Gellman, head of chemical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and head of the Institute for Energy innovation. He describes the goals of the new institute – to develop new energy technologies and promote their adoption.   New Institute To Develop And Promote EE Tech] … [Read more...]

Bank of America’s energy efficiency finance program rewards innovators

By Kat Friedrich Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets October 5, 2012   The Bank of America Energy Efficiency Finance Program has provided low-interest loans and grants to community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to increase access to energy efficiency retrofits in low- to moderate-income communities. The program was launched in … [Read more...]

How the US Military Drives Innovation and Creates Markets

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters interviews Eloy Torrez, founder of SEI Group Inc., which provides energy services and technologies. Eloy explains how the US Military has created a market for EE and renewable energy and has driven innovation.   How the US Military Drives Innovation and Creates Markets ] … [Read more...]