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Extending Energy Policies Would Reduce CO2 Emissions

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released a report stating that extending current energy policies could reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S.

“Policies that would need to be extended to achieve the reduction include the production tax credit for wind, biomass, geothermal, and other renewable resources and the investment tax credit for solar generation technologies.”

If the policies were extended, EIA projects that the cumulative amount of energy use between 2013 and 2040 would be about 55 quadrillion Btu lower.

Source: Power Engineering

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Energy Benchmarking Comes to the Midwest

Energy benchmarking commercial buildings

Energy benchmarking presents an opportunity for property managers to identify areas for increased efficiency and reducing operating costs.

Energy benchmarking is making its way to the Midwest in 2014 when Minneapolis will be the first Midwest city to require large commercial buildings to report their energy and water use annually.

Energy benchmarking presents an opportunity for building owners and property managers to identify areas for improvement to increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs.

Though there are different ways to benchmark, most laws will allow cities to gather better data on a sector that usually consumes the bulk of overall energy. This type of transparency is the first step in monetizing efficiency and increasing the value of retrofits.

Energy benchmarking laws are fairly standard in much of Western Europe, but have just gained steam in the U.S. in recent years. Cities that have recently passed energy benchmarking laws include New York, Seattle, San Francisco,  Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Austin and California.

Source: GreenTech Media

LED Lighting Increases Productivity

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) provide a longer life, and can reduce energy up to 70 percent compared to HID lights.

The benefits of LED just keep on giving. Sandia researchers recently published an article that showed how LED lighting increases productivity.

In the journal Energy Policy researchers at the Breakthrough Institute in Oakland Calif., showed that increased light availability leads to increased productivity.

LED lights are a definite improvement from outdated lighting fixtures, including the T12. Because of their unique design, light emitting diodes provides a longer life, and can reduce energy up to 70% compared to HID lights.

More importantly, LEDs enhances visibility, and provides better lighting that is often attributed to increased productivity. Ideal for any working environment, LEDs are also maintenance-free up to five years, and provides 50,000 lifetime hours. See what Worldwide Energy has to offer in LED lighting.

Source: Phys.org

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