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Study: Disincentives to energy efficiency can be fixed
Science Blog
A new study finds that utilities aren't rewarded for adopting energy efficiency programs, and that reforms are needed to make energy efficiency as attractive as renewables.
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Distributed solar generation poised to surge in 2013 and beyond
Jones Day via Mondaq
In 2012, U.S. installations of photovoltaic solar generation reached 3,313 megawatts, an industry record and an increase of 76 percent over 2011, according to a recent announcement by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. The number of solar installations in the U.S. in 2012 exceeded 90,000, and the rent payment schedule included 83,000 installations of distributed solar generation in the residential market. GTM Research and SEIA expect that the residential market for solar generation will surge in 2013 and beyond, as third-party solar financing options become more widely available.
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Nanomaterials in the construction industry: A 21st century revolution
By Adolfo Benedito
When we talk about innovation of materials for construction, inevitably, terms such as energy efficiency, sustainability, ecology, home automation and autonomy arise. New concepts have been developing that, by adopting the most innovative technological solutions, seek to go beyond simple integration to nature. The potential of nanomaterials is considered, perhaps prematurely, the revolution of the 21st century. The development of the house of the future demands a continuous innovation in new materials, such as polymers, whose versatility and capacity of being functional and intelligent confer new and attractive options.
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Colorado governor signs bill doubling solar, wind energy demands
The Dailiy Caller
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper officially put the contentious 2013 lawmaking session to rest by signing the remainder of the bills passed by the Democratic-controlled state legislature, including one that many rural lawmakers hoped he would veto.
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Energy efficiency retrofits ramp up in China
GreenBiz.com
When the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill designed the Chemsunny World Trade Center in Beijing, it was more efficient than a typical glass-walled luxury building in China.
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Why don't more utilities push energy efficiency?
BUILDINGS
Utilities in many states are rewarded for selling more energy, requiring reforms to incentivize energy efficiency, according to a new study from Oregon State University. Recently published in Environmental Law, the study profiles key differences between how utilities address energy efficiency projects and renewable resources.
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