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Milwaukee meets the challenge with energy efficiency initiatives

As cities across the country look to reduce their operating expenses in 2014 and beyond, one cost-cutting strategy that has proved particularly effective is energy efficiency. Through programs such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, which encourages energy retrofits and other initiatives aimed at reducing energy use, cities like Milwaukee, Wisconsin are [...]

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Energy efficiency helped lower U.S. CO₂ emissions to lowest point since 1994

According to a recent study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), America’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined 3.8 percent in 2012, to their lowest level since 1994. The EIA attributes this reduction, among other important factors, to increased energy efficiency of homes and vehicles and the greater use of renewables, such as wind power [...]

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Students educate the public on building efficiency at DOE’s 2013 Solar Decathlon

University students from around the U.S. traveled to Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. this week to participate in the biennial Solar Decathlon, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Solar Decathlon is a competition that promotes energy efficiency by challenging collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered homes. The winning team [...]

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DoD’s Burke homes in on ‘other ways to generate power, but also how to need less’

The assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, Sharon Burke, recently discussed the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) operational energy strategy for the next decade at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies. “We’re looking at other ways to generate power, but also how to need less,” Burke [...]

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Chemistry helps bring light to people living in remote regions

Electricity does not come easily to those who live off the beaten path on the Navajo reservation in rural Arizona. Many residents like Anna Begay, a grandmother in her late 80s, recently featured in an NBCNews.com story, lack access to an electricity grid. They turn to alternative methods for lighting and power, or go without [...]

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Chemistry brightening the future of solar power

Solar photovoltaic installations are on the rise in the U.S., according to a new report from NPD Solarbuzz. The first half of 2013 saw the installation of more than 1.8 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic capacity, helping the nation reach the prestigious 10 GW threshold. “Only Germany, Italy, and China have more installed PV capacity [...]

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Congratulations to our #Chemistry2Energy week four photo contest winner!

Congratulations to our week four #Chemistry2Energy photo contest winner, Brian Long (@yesknow1), who tweeted the image seen here along with the caption: Making smart use of solar energy is one of  a variety of effective ways to cut back on monthly energy bills and can play an important role in a comprehensive energy strategy for [...]

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U.S. Air Force turns 65, looks to a future of innovation and operational efficiency

Since its inception 65 years ago, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has grown to become the largest and most technologically advanced aerial warfare service branch in the world. It is also the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) largest energy consumer,  requiring more than 2 billion gallons of jet fuel at a cost of around $8 [...]

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$142 billion light vehicle industry depends on chemistry

The new federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light-duty trucks — 54.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025 — calls attention to an important reality: that vehicle efficiency is a crucial component of a comprehensive U.S. energy strategy. Chemistry Behind Fuel Efficiency In August, ACC released its “Chemistry and Light Vehicles” report, which highlighted [...]

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ASME International Conference on Energy Sustainability shows engineering minds at work

Engineering knowledge can improve our global population’s quality of life — and that includes ensuring a sustainable future through advanced energy technologies that help us make the most of our domestic energy resources. That is the goal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference this week in San Diego. Now in its sixth year, [...]

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