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Top 10 markets for energy-efficient lighting
The Energy Collective
Between the snow storms and the recovery from New Year's Eve, it was easy to miss the final phase-out of the inefficient lighting technology we've known for so long: the incandescent bulb.
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Smart buildings and smart cities will take center stage in 2014
By Allen McHale
Capital-intensive renewable power projects are now at a place where governments around the world are delaying their commitment to spend. In addition, the centralized structure of the electrical utility industry through which most of the renewable power will be traded is not the most appropriate and is not yet fully on board. However, there is a more appropriate direction that will take us down the path to reach our destination of a low-carbon economy in the 21st century — simply putting a lot more effort into reducing CO2 emissions in buildings and cities.
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  What's your Carbon Footprint?

Compressed air and steam leaks increase the size of your carbon footprint in addition to cutting efficiencies, wasting energy and effecting your bottom line. Click here to view important information on methods, best practices, software and instruments that will help keep your company profitable and improve the environment.

Residential PV installations rise, commercial remains flat
Photovoltaic installations in the U.S. reached 930 megawatts in Q3 2013, up 20 percent over Q2 2013 and 35 percent over Q3 2012, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight report. This increase represents the second largest quarter in the history of the U.S. solar market and the largest quarter ever for residential PV installations. It is likely that 2013 will be the first time in more than 15 years that the U.S. installs more solar capacity than world leader Germany.
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Federal facilities recognized for highly efficient CHP systems
The National Archives and Records Administration's combined heat and power, or cogeneration, system has achieved an operating efficiency of 72 percent. Conventional production of electricity and thermal energy can be less than 50 percent efficient.
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3 state capitals to receive green design assistance from EPA
EDC Magazine
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced design assistance to help the capital cities of Michigan, Wisconsin and Washington develop designs for greener, healthier, more vibrant neighborhoods. The designs will provide models for the growing number of communities interested in sustainable designs that improve the environment, strengthen local economies and protect people's health.
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