A proposal that would have hindered access to solar energy has been withdrawn thanks in part to the action of the Council and its allies. Late Thursday afternoon, Pella Cooperative Electric withdrew a proposal that would have required members with solar panels to pay a fixed charge of $85 month - more than three times…
Say goodbye to the old-style light bulb.On Wednesday, it will become illegal to manufacture or import 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs because of federally mandated efficiency standards signed into law in 2007 by then-President George W. Bush.The 75- and 100-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out in earlier stages, but the coming ban on 60- and 40-watt bulbs will have a bigger affect on consumers because of the bulbs popularity for residential lighting, experts said.
AMERICAN COUNCIL ON RENEWABLE ENERGY The Midwest’s remarkable renewable energy resources, vast agricultural land, strong manufacturing base, and leading research institutions have propelled the region to become a hub for renewable energy development.
September sunshine provided the perfect backdrop last week for a solar energy tour attended by Congressman David Young and staff for Senator Charles Grassley. Co-sponsored by the Iowa Environmental Council, the Environmental Law and Policy Center and the Iowa Solar Trade Association, the tour highlighted innovative businesses in Polk County that are taking advantage of…
Can a new definition of energy consumption help unlock efficiency?
If we want to understand how to wring more efficiency out of our energy usage, we need to redefine energy use in the first place, argues a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Instead of thinking about energy overall, it is better to think about high-quality energy, or exergy, according to Skip Laitner, a visiting fellow at ACEEE.
“What most people call energy, for example, is what physicists and engineers are more likely to call exergy, or high-quality energy that is available to do work,” he explains in a blog post. “Energy that is either wasted or useless -- in effect, energy that has no capacity to perform work such as the heat in the atmosphere -- is referred to as anergy.” Add up anergy and exergy and you get total energy. Capture that waste heat, however, and it becomes something useful.
Laitner found that just tracking energy commodities, for instance, accounted for only 80 percent of the exergy necessary to power the U.S. economy in 2010. By measuring and cutting the waste that it takes to complete a task, he argues, there will be greater opportunity for more useful work which can then in turn increase economic activity
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