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Energy Efficiency

October 29, 2019, 10am PDT
Renovating old buildings instead of demolishing them as the better "green" option is preservation orthodoxy. But what if the decision between renovation and demolition is less than clear-cut?
Treehugger
October 10, 2019, 11am PDT
Preventing electricity losses makes power generation more efficient. Those efficiencies translate into lower emissions.
Inside Science
August 29, 2019, 12pm PDT
The city will evaluate all buildings over 50,000 square feet and make the energy performance ratings and information easily accessible.
Smart Cities Dive
August 7, 2019, 1pm PDT
Two weeks after Berkeley became the nation's first city to outlaw natural gas lines in new buildings, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to update an old regulation to allow funding for 'fuel switching' from gas to electric appliances.
Utility Dive
May 11, 2019, 9am PDT
City inspectors and federal regulators will not be favorably portrayed in this story.
Phoenix New Times
April 25, 2019, 7am PDT
D.C. Metro has a plan to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption by building to LEED green building standards and buying electric buses.
Smart Cities Dive
April 24, 2019, 12pm PDT
San Francisco and New York City made a theme of this year's Earth Day: mandating emissions reductions from buildings.
San Francisco Chronicle
March 16, 2019, 9am PDT
Improved light bulbs have led to huge decreases in residential energy use. Changes to federal standards, however, will likely stymie future progress.
The New York Times
October 23, 2018, 6am PDT
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a collection of infographics illustrating the use and waste of energy in the county and in specific states by year.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
October 9, 2018, 1pm PDT
According to an analysis by the Energy Efficiency for All coalition, California's Energy Savings Assistance Program could be four times as effective for low-income renters if it were better deployed.
NRDC
July 14, 2018, 1pm PDT
Total on-site energy use in U.S. homes declined between 2009 and 2015, thanks to new new building technology and warmer winters.
Housing Perspectives
April 27, 2018, 11am PDT
Efstathios Valiotis of Alma Realty argues that the New York real estate industry has made strides to curb emissions and been a leader in fighting climate change in the city.
Crain's New York Business
Blog post
February 27, 2018, 9am PST
There are plenty of opportunities to green the world's energy production and consumption infrastructure, but it will take good planning.
Kayla Matthews
February 15, 2018, 2pm PST
Self-driving cars process a tremendous amount of data to pilot themselves through crowded streets. That computing power needs electricity, and lots of it.
Wired
August 10, 2017, 6am PDT
An analysis of trends in energy-efficiency improvements reveals the success of policies enacted during the previous decades.
Harvard Center for Joint Housing Studies
June 8, 2017, 10am PDT
Two icehouses have arrived in Harrisburg on a mission from the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 13, 2017, 11am PDT
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has released its third biannual City Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
Next City
March 11, 2017, 1pm PST
As details emerge from the Trump Administration's draft budget proceedings, more programs of relevance to the planning profession are queued up for the chopping block. The budget is still far from a done deal, however.
E&E News
October 12, 2016, 10am PDT
The American Institute of Architects gave a reality check regarding its ambitious and aggressive carbon reductions targets.
Architect
September 26, 2016, 10am PDT
A report from the American Medical Association says LED lights are bad for our health, inspiring some cities to re-evaluate the technology.
The Washington Post