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A Peek At A Startup’s Smart Lighting Technology Inside HP

A Peek At A Startup’s Smart Lighting Technology Inside HP | Energy Efficiency (EE) and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) | Scoop.it

Inside a laboratory at Hewlett-Packard‘s Palo Alto campus, the lighting system that keeps the researchers productive doesn’t look extraordinary. It’s designed that way. But beyond the glow emanating from the overhead light fixtures, a wireless communication system, sensors and monitoring software are hard at work to customize the brightness and the timing for when the lights should shine and when they should go dim or turn dark.

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This is one reason retail electricity sales are shrinking: improvements in lighting technology. (Residential and commercial lighting consumes 17% of the total electricity of both of these sectors and about 12% of total U.S. electricity consumption. http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=99&t=3) Enlighted’s sophisticated system is wireless, and because it monitors occupancy in 10′x10′ increments, can be used for emergency building evacuation information.

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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Historic Building to Receive Energy Efficient Upgrades

The $13.8 million project is projected to reduce the building's annual energy consumption by 82 percent through the use of renewable energy, efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and electrical systems, and smart metering technology.

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The historic building, known as Building 92, is an industrial building used for submarine fabrication and repair. Reducing energy use by 82% is an incredible amount, with a big part of the savings coming from a heat recovery system to capture process heat and use it for building heating. This is exactly the type of industrial process improvement the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has been talking about. It shows we can do a lot better!

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On-Bill Repayment: A Way To Eliminate The Upfront Costs For Energy Efficiency Projects – 99% News

On-Bill Repayment: A Way To Eliminate The Upfront Costs For Energy Efficiency Projects – 99% News | Energy Efficiency (EE) and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) | Scoop.it
When a state is facing electric resource shortages, like Texas is, it’s just common sense to explore all the ways to make our electric use more efficient.We know efficiency makes sense – in terms of grid reliability, lower emissions, and reduced...
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Some third-party providers already offer on-bill repayment (OBR) for energy efficiency (Constellation Energy, Efficiency Made Easy). This proposal is different, however, because it seeks to leverage a broad range of third party financing, which should drive down financing costs. Also, third party financing may not be as constrained by accounting rules that currently affect the types of energy conservation measures that can be covered by OBR.

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Meet The Startup Making Snap-Together Office Buildings, Schools And 7-Elevens

Meet The Startup Making Snap-Together Office Buildings, Schools And 7-Elevens | Energy Efficiency (EE) and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) | Scoop.it
Project Frog designs and ships schools, convenience stores and office
buildings all over the country. Some assembly required.
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This is the future of much commercial building energy efficiency. The cost per square foot is about 1/3 less than conventional construction. Construction time is significantly shorter. Energy efficiency is significantly higher, from better air seals, better insulation, better use of day-lighting, and LED lighting. Increasingly the same will be true for residential housing as well.

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Want Higher Energy Efficiency? Use Well-Targeted Incentives

In a testimony to the Senate, ACEEE discussed its analysis of how efficiency incentives need to be structured to be most effective.
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The key takeaways are (1) tax credits need to be for the cutting edge technology, (2) tax credits need to be big enough to cause people to purchase cutting edge technology, making it mainstream, and (3) modify the incentives to go to the new cutting edge. Failure to do all three of these things wastes a lot of money. If they are done, however, the return on investment is huge.

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