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Cool Roofs in China Can Save Energy and Reduce Emissions

Working with Chinese researchers, the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab has conducted the first comprehensive study of cool roofs in China and concluded that they would be effective in substantially reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in climate zones with hot summers. More>

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Zombie Servers and Inefficiency Drive Energy Waste at Data Centers

EETD’s Bill Tschudi is quoted in a National Geographic story about a recent study that shows up to 30 percent of the nation’s 12 million data center machines are drawing power without actually doing anything. More>

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Kit Brings Energy Management to Small Commercial Buildings

Scientists at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division have developed a package of simple analytical steps—and a strategy—designed to bring better energy management and efficiency improvements by way of the service providers who are already taking care of these buildings: the HVAC contractors. More>

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Energy Efficiency Measurement 2.0: An Interview with William Miller

In this Q&A, former PG&E analyst and current EETD researcher explores how evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy efficiency program can leverage a new era of technologies, big data, and the smart grid. More>

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Lab Named ‘Champion of Energy Efficiency’

The award was conferred at the biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Lab was cited for “four decades of leadership of leadership in R&D, helping to improve building technology and systems in collaboration with industry and state.” More>

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Air Quality in the San Joaquin Valley Improving

A study led by Ron Cohen of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division has shown that nitrogen oxide emission controls are improving the notorious air quality in California’s San Joaquin Valley. With new regulations being implemented, conditions are expected to improve even more in the future. More>

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New Study Finds Price of Wind Energy in U.S. at an All-Time Low

Utilities are selecting wind as a low cost option, says EETD’s Ryan Wiser. “This is especially notable because, enabled by technology advancements, wind projects have increasingly been built in lower wind speed areas.” The prices offered to utility purchasers averaged just $25/MWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2013, spurring demand. More>

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Mercury News Profiles EETD Couple’s Efforts to Green the Community

From organizing monthly swaps of backyard produce to advocating for preservation or restoration of natural settings, grass roots local activism by Howdy Goudey and Robin Mitchell is becoming an important influence in shaping a vision of a greener future for the city. More>

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Coping with a Global Food Crisis Subject of August 26 Talk

The Environmental Energy Technologies Division is hosting a talk by David Denkenberger of Ecova on “Feeding Everyone: Solving the Food Crisis in Event of Global Catastrophes that Obscure the Sun or Kill Crops.” The talk takes place at noon in Building 90-3122. More>

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Still a Lot to Learn About India’s Deadly Air Pollution

There is still a lot that scientists don’t know about air pollution, but the severe pollution common in much of … More»

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