January 6, 2014 | Vol. 1
Energy-Efficient Appliances, New Building Codes Contribute to Lowest Home Energy Use since 2001
by NEMA Communications
According to the Energy Information Association (EIA), home energy consumption continues to decrease for the third year in a row. This can be attributed to many things: more energy-efficient appliances and lighting options, and new building codes requiring better sealed homes to reduce heated and air-conditioned air losses.
Many articles have been recently written on this topic, including one by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press energy reporter. In addition to increased energy efficiency, he mentioned that the switch to mobile devices likely has positive effects on decreased energy usage. Desktops are being replaced with laptops, tablets, and smartphones, all of which consume less energy and have prolonged battery life.
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Are Ford and SunPower About to Make the Grid Irrelevant for EV Charging? - Ford introduces "the first plug-in hybrid that doesn't need to plug in."
A couple months ago, Greentech Media asked if electric vehicle services could help an automaker like Ford disrupt the relationship between electric utilities and their customers.
What Energy, Environment Issues to Watch in 2014
This past year saw President Obama's aggressive pronouncement of his climate agenda, more of the same for the Keystone XL pipeline, and some of the starkest evidence that America's oil and natural-gas boom is turning on its head almost every bit of conventional wisdom about the global energy landscape. So what's in store for 2014?
Northern Pass Secures Key Approval from ISO New England
The Northern Pass, a proposed transmission line carrying low-cost renewable hydroelectric power to New Hampshire and New England, today cleared a major regulatory milestone by securing "I.3.9 approval" by ISO New England, the operators of the region's power grid.
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