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Is America becoming more energy efficient?

Is America becoming more energy efficient?

KEY TOPICS The good news? (More…) Home appliances are becoming more efficient in using electricity, and there is also a trend in building smart homes where the internet plays a major part in controlling and managing remote energy use. (More…)
POSSIBLY USEFUL A state could establish one blanket clean energy requirement that allows all qualifying resources — renewables, nuclear, and fossil plants with carbon capture — to compete with one another in supplying the mandated amount of clean electricity. (More…) The amount of solar power produced in America in 2017 was 39 times more than that produced in 2008, jumping from 0.05% of U.S. electricity to 2.1%, according to a 17 July report, “Renewables on the Rise 2018: A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future.” (More…)
The good news? The United States has minimum energy efficiency standards for air conditioners being installed, as well as building energy codes that require new buildings and major retrofits to be energy efficient. [1] This label is created through the Federal Trade Commission and often shows if an appliance is Energy Star rated. 18 While an Energy Star label indicates that the appliance is more energy efficient than the minimum guidelines, purchasing an Energy Star labeled product does not always mean one is getting the most energy efficient option available. [2]
The Transcript quoted city council member Bill Hickman, “We wanted to incentivize builders to build a better quality product of energy efficient homes,” It has an environmental benefit, but knowing that it costs more money, the incentive was a way to encourage them to do it.” [3] In efforts to save more energy, it is important that, as home builders, we do our part in choosing and installing energy efficient products to go into homes. [3] The City of Norman, Oklahoma has undertaken a pilot program to encourage the construction of energy efficient homes in the community. [3] When selecting energy efficient windows, consider their ratings on energy performance in relation to the design of your home and your climate. [3] For energy efficient windows that are labeled, ENERGY STAR has set minimum performance rating criteria for these windows, and categorized them by climate. [3] As codes require new buildings to adopt more and more energy efficient measures, the average energy use intensity (EUI) of buildings is expected to decrease with each iteration. [4] In response to the need for immediate and continuous action to address climate change, building owners and developers are looking for ways to adopt more and more energy efficient measures. [4] The dramatic urban transformation of Turkey?s major cities offers significant opportunities to invest in energy efficient equipment and building design. [5] When you install energy efficient windows, the homeowner will benefit from low cooling and heating costs, and at times extend to low lighting costs. [3]
Home appliances are becoming more efficient in using electricity, and there is also a trend in building smart homes where the internet plays a major part in controlling and managing remote energy use. [6] In line with their focus on mining for cryptocurrencies in the most efficient manner possible, the company is planning on becoming a 100 percent renewable energy operation by 2019 with the construction of its Legacy 2 facility. [7]
“We need to start including performance analyses into the appraisal process so that homes that are more energy efficient can be more accurately evaluated. [8] Solar energy is on the brink of becoming the most affordable and efficient energy source in the United States. [9]
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A state could establish one blanket clean energy requirement that allows all qualifying resources — renewables, nuclear, and fossil plants with carbon capture — to compete with one another in supplying the mandated amount of clean electricity. [10] If fighting climate change is a major part of the rationale, states would be able to accomplish even more by using portfolio standards to promote a wider range of clean energy tools, including renewables, hydropower, nuclear, and carbon capture. [10] In the absence of a federal mandate for renewable generation, RPS programs are among the most prominent clean energy policies in the U.S. today. [10] Divide and compensate: In some situations, projections show that a particular resource (e.g. existing nuclear) is likely to be consistently cheaper than other clean energy options (e.g., building new renewables or carbon capture infrastructure). [10] German buildings use 20 percent less energy than other European counterparts and they are more energy-efficient, though others may use better renewable resources. [11]
The goal of a solar power system is to efficiently convert energy from the sun into electric power you can use in your home or office. [12] Other qualified home electronics include cordless phones, battery chargers, VCRs and external power adapters, most of which use 90% less energy. [2] Heating and cooling account for almost half of the energy use in a typical American home, and we now use roughly as much energy to cool our buildings as we did for all purposes in 1955. [1] This demand for energy has a harmful side effect on air quality, because of our heavy reliance on polluting fossil fuels for generating the electricity used to cool our homes, schools, and office buildings when it gets hot outside. [1] The energy sector needs to provide more heat and transport energy, as well as power, from electricity in order to help global economies decarbonize and meet the targets of the Paris climate change agreement of keeping average temperature rises “well below 2C”. [13] The electricity sector attracted more investment in 2017 than the oil and gas industry for the second year in a row, the IEA said in its World Energy Investment 2018 report, its annual review of global energy spending. [13] Government interventions are becoming increasingly important in energy, with state-backed investment accounting for a rising share of global energy investment, as state-owned oil and gas companies, and power generators, have been more resilient than the private sector. [13]
In California, utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric, which administer the state?s largest low-income efficiency program–the Energy Savings Assistance Program, recently launched SPOC services for owners in multifamily affordable housing. [14] Renewable energy is cleaner and contributes less to global warming, but there is no getting around the fact that it still costs more than coal and gas. [15] Policies like production and investment tax credits, low-interest loans, and investments in RD&D can all reduce the cost of deploying clean energy resources, and thereby reduce the burden of compliance costs borne by electricity consumers. [10] In these cases, the overall cost of compliance borne by consumers could be reduced by isolating this lower-cost resource with its own compensation structure. 28 If this resource were allowed to compete with all the other resources, it would likely fetch a higher compensation: in a truly competitive market, all resources would earn the same as the price to acquire the last megawatt-hour of clean energy needed to meet the overall standard. [10] Northwest and South has hydroelectric and fossil fuels whereas these natural resources area absent in the Northeastern U.S. Add to this the REGGI tax of the more environmental states, the cost of the energy becomes even higher. [15] They tend to be higher in states that mandate the use of renewable energy. [15] Our analysis uses a special formula that accounts for the following residential energy types: electricity, natural gas, motor fuel and home heating oil. [15] Reduces energy costs– uses only 20%-25% of the electricity that incandescent bulbs use, and last as much as 25 times as long. [2] The share of fossil fuels in energy supply investment rose last year for the first time since 2014, as spending in oil and gas increased modestly, but that was in part because of an increase in oil and gas prices. [13] The report also finds that after several years of growth, spending on renewable energy fell by 7% in 2017 – and it could fall yet further this year. [13] Even under relatively optimistic deployment projections, renewables alone are not likely to catch us up to our clean energy and emissions goals. [10] A portfolio standard, whether a CES or RPS, should not preclude other state or federal efforts to promote clean energy and reduce emissions. [10] By putting additional clean energy options on the table, most states would be able to set much more ambitious targets for emissions reduction — often doubling their current RPS levels — and some unexpected states could rapidly become new leaders in the fight against climate change. [10]
This kind of major setback could be avoided by designing a standard that counts existing clean energy resources, but sets an even more aggressive overall goal. [10] While Massachusetts has a nuclear reactor that accounts for 17% of in-state generation and is facing closure due to financial challenges, only resources built after December 31, 2010 can contribute to the clean energy requirements. [10] There are a number of shortcomings, including the lack of guaranteed replacement with clean energy when credited resources are eventually retired. [10] In Ohio, only advanced nuclear power would be eligible to participate in the Alternative Energy Resource Standard. [10] From energy-saving power switches that draw zero energy to wi-fi-enabled power outlets that allow you to turn on devices with voice activation and program rules, schedules and customized notifications, several energy-efficient smart outlets are easily affordable. [12] Massachusetts operates the Low-Income Multifamily Retrofit Program through the Low-Income Energy Affordability Network ( LEAN ), which averages 20 percent in energy and bill savings. [14] By the middle of this century, we found that climate change and increased energy demand could worsen summer air pollution from fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ) by about 60 percent and ground level smog by about 16 percent, compared to current pollution levels. [1] By the middle of the century, in our scenario the maximum ambient summer temperature across the eastern United States increases from 90.3 to 101.3F. Correspondingly, summer demand for energy also rises about 28 percent (213 to 274 GWh) and carbon dioxide emissions jump by about 18 percent (169,000 to 200,000 metric tons). [1] Overall, extra energy demand for air conditioning, if met largely by today?s fossil fuel-heavy mix, would constitute about 4 percent of the increase in PM 2.5 pollution and about 7 percent of the increase in smog. [1]
If climate leaders want to stay on track toward long-term targets, it?s time to switch gears and move to more aggressive clean energy policies. [10] “This could threaten the expansion of clean energy needed to meet energy security, climate and clean-air goals. [13] A unified standard should always be set at a level that requires additional growth of clean energy. [10] Regardless of the cause, this kind of volatility can deter clean energy investment. [10] If we ever had the luxury of rejecting some clean energy solutions in favor of others, the time for such selectiveness is now over. [10] While offshore wind may become a clean energy powerhouse in the region, carbon capture for natural gas plants would make New England?s clean energy goals much easier to achieve. [10]
The system involves using panels that convert solar energy into electric energy and involves an energy storage battery. [12] Solar lights allow you to have flexibility in light placement, are generally easy to use and mount and require far less energy to operate. [12] These thermostats can save you up to $150 a year when used effectively, and many have interesting features like Alexa voice control and apps that allow you to view how much energy you use and why. [12] The share of fossil fuels in the energy mix needs to fall to 40% by 2030, but it was in fact slightly higher last year than the previous year at 59%. [13] This future scenario represents a plausible warm summer corresponding to business-as-usual trajectory in which we continue to deploy fossil fuels to meet most of our energy needs. [1] This work shows that, if the United State plans to adapt to climate change by using more fossil fuel energy to stay cool, we could worsen both air pollution and climate change itself–and more people will die as a result. [1] The nexus of climate change, energy demand, air quality, and health is an important area for future studies, since demand for air conditioning may triple by 2050. [1]
To accomplish the enormous and urgent task ahead of us, policymakers, energy companies, project developers, investors, consumers, and climate advocates must push for every available tool to eliminate carbon pollution as quickly and efficiently as possible. [10] Together, these policies can dramatically improve a customer?s level of comfort, while at the same time reduce the amount of energy and pollution caused by their use of air conditioners. [1] Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Administration, Federal Highway Administration, American Automobile Association, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and The Regents of the University of Michigan. [15] More than 40% of global investment in energy came from government-owned groups in 2017. [13] According to the U.S. Energy and Employment Report for 2016, 290,000 American workers are involved in the manufacture of Energy Star certified products and building materials. 14 The report also projects that employment in energy efficiency will grow much faster than other areas of the energy sector–9 percent in 2017 vs. average projected growth of 5 percent across all of the energy sector–and Energy Star is an integral part of that market. [2]
Thousands of industrial, manufacturing, retailer, commercial, construction, home improvement, utility, state, and local organizations–including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500–rely on their partnership with Energy Star to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. [2]
Whether one owns, manages, or holds properties for investment, Portfolio Manager can help one set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance. 34 Portfolio Manager uses an automated benchmarking tool that can award Energy Star certification to buildings that have uploaded 12 months of consecutive energy usage data and received scores of 75 or above. [2] The U.S. EPA’s Energy Star program has developed energy performance rating systems for several commercial and institutional building types and manufacturing facilities. [2]
With a steady hand at the helm, building owners can trust that SPOCs will help coordinate and deliver energy efficiency measures that make good sense for their buildings and pull together the data, program funding, and contractors to make it happen–as opposed to sending customers off with a referral and hazy map to navigate the far reaches of the energy and water efficiency galaxy. [14] California?s Low-Income Weatherization program has saved a whopping 44 percent of properties? energy usage on average, thanks to integrated energy efficiency, solar panels and solar thermal upgrades. [14] Chicago?s multifamily energy efficiency program, in partnership with the Community Investment Corporation, has streamlined efficiency funding to achieve 20 to 30 percent energy and bill savings in more than 27,000 affordable apartment units as of last year–savings that wouldn?t have been possible without this comprehensive approach. [14]
A state could create a Clean Energy Standard (CES) instead of a Renewable Portfolio Standard, which would take advantage of renewables as well as existing and new nuclear, carbon capture and storage, waste-to-energy, and other technologies in its effort to eliminate carbon from the power sector. [10] Some states have included efficiency, demand response, and other alternatives to generation to their clean energy standards. [10] To take advantage of this flexibility and efficiency, states should create credit markets for a Clean Energy Standard, tailoring crediting and market regulation to fit the overall structure they?ve chosen for their CES (unified, tiered, or parallel). [10]
Unless states take swift action, the Energy Information Administration projects that just 41% of U.S. electricity will come from clean energy sources in 2050, up only slightly from the 37.5% today. 5 Moving that forecasted 41% of low-carbon electricity to 100% is a central challenge of climate action — and it will require far more effective, ambitious, and far-reaching policy solutions than are currently being employed. [10] Technology-neutral: If a state wanted to ensure that a favored clean energy resource gets deployed, or support a promising but less mature technology that can?t compete against established clean energy sources, it would need complementary policies, like a technology-specific tax credit. [10] In a “wonky” appendix, we provide details on how states can design and implement Clean Energy Standards that best meet their needs. [10] The only major studies that have disputed this are the ones that chose to exclude non-renewable technologies from their analyses altogether. 16 A Clean Energy Standard would allow a state to take advantage of the most cost-effective combination of technologies needed to hit the target, and thus have a better chance of overcoming the most challenging political hurdle to climate action. [10] The Clean Energy Standard sets a broader and more ambitious goal, requiring Massachusetts to go beyond the renewable energy targets and meet a requirement that starts at 16% in 2018 and rises at 2% per year to 80% by 2050. [10] The portion of the Clean Energy Standard requirement that exceeds the “renewables only” requirement constitutes the second tier of the CES, and can be met by renewables as well as a broader set of clean energy resources, such as new hydropower, nuclear, and fossil plants with carbon capture. [10]
In part, this reflects continued falls in the price of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, but it also reflects a change in policy in China, which dominates renewable energy spending globally. [13] Home and property owners can change many things to increase energy efficiency with little or no effort or cost. [12] New homes that meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency can qualify for Energy Star certification. [2] EPA manages the Energy Star Products, New Homes, Commercial, and Industrial programs. [2] Homes built to the Energy Star Program Requirements are designed to be 15% more energy-efficient than homes built to code. 28 The National Program Requirements are benchmarked against the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). [2] The businesses use resources and ideas outlined in the Energy Star program. 40 The award was established in 1999. [2] Elements of the Energy Star Program have been adopted by the European Union as well as Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and Taiwan. 6 In the United States, the Energy Star label is also shown on the Energy Guide appliance label of qualifying products. [2] A percentage of Energy Star certified product models in each category are subject to off-the-shelf verification testing each year. [2]
Energy Star energy performance ratings have been incorporated into some green buildings standards, such as LEED for Existing Buildings. [2] These ratings, on a scale of 1 to 100, provide a means for benchmarking the energy efficiency of specific buildings and industrial plants against the energy performance of similar facilities. [2] Investment in energy efficiency is particularly linked to government policy, often through energy performance standards,” the agency added. [13]
In Los Angeles, LADWP recently allocated $100 million in energy efficiency services for renters in multifamily housing, and is now actively selecting the type of program designs it will support with this funding. [14] We need to move our country towards cleaner energy sources, expanded energy efficiency measures, and more energy conservation to mitigate the dangerous effects of climate change. [1]
Even within a single state, differences in geography, climate, and industrial activity can all present unique challenges to a clean energy transition. [10] A smartly designed Clean Energy Standard would provide states with maximum flexibility in their paths toward decarbonization. [10] The percentage of a facility?s emissions that get captured can vary depending on how a project is designed. 24 Each power plant?s capture rate should be taken into account to ensure it gets credited fairly within a clean energy standard. [10]
Energy costs tend to be lower in states that rely on hydro-electric power. [15] With the exception of Hawaii and Alaska, the most expensive states in terms or energy costs are the Northeastern states and the cheapest are South and Northwestern and the reason is the availability of natural resources. [15] With the increasing awareness of depletion of Earth?s resources, high energy consumption, environmental pollution and water shortage, going green and being energy-efficient has become an integral part of most home improvement projects. [16] According to the Administration, the highest energy consumption of the year is recorded in July, followed by August. [15]
Energy Star qualified heat pumps, boilers, air conditioning systems, and furnaces are available. [2] The electricity used over the life of an incandescent light bulb costs five to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself, while using energy-efficient bulbs may help you save hundreds of dollars in energy costs with an energy-efficient alternative. [12] In the U.S., energy costs eat between 5 and 22 percent of families? total after-tax income, with the poorest Americans, or 25 million households, paying the highest of that range. [15]
Across America, administrative burdens and fragmented utility programs with unpredictable start-and-stop cycles often leave even the most energy-conscious building owners and residents frustrated with too many options, confusing qualification criteria, and mountains of paperwork. [14]
The summit explored how the global renewable energy market is changing even as it faces policy headwinds in North America. [17] The American clean energy market was early in recognizing that renewable energy generation held even greater potential if it could be effectively paired with electric vehicles, seizing an early market leadership role in the space. 92 American companies have likewise invested heavily in distributed storage and battery technology, adding behind-the-meter storage capacity to provide backup power and stockpile solar energy from rooftop panels for cloudy periods. [5] In 2017, for example, Turkey generated around 7 percent of all its electricity from wind and solar, amounting to 18.8 TWh per year. 21 If Turkey were able to triple this generation to replace electricity generated from imported fossil fuels, it would save more than US$1 billion per year in energy imports, equivalent to the annual electricity expenditure of a medium-sized Turkish city. [5]
After providing an overview of existing national energy and climate strategy and policies, it discusses the crucial role of the electricity generation sector and the need for adaptation in end-use sectors to improve efficiency and incorporate variable renewable energy generation. [5] Germany?s power system operators have been able to integrate more than 22 percent of fluctuating solar and wind generation while maintaining security of supply at world-record levels. 100 They achieved this through a combination of high-quality grid infrastructure and strong interconnections with neighboring countries, more flexible thermal power plants, and a pioneering approach to develop specific grid code requirements for variable renewable energy units. [5] International Renewable Energy Agency, “Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2017” (2018), available at www.irena.org/-/media/Files/IRENA/Agency/Publication/2018/Jan/IRENA_2017_Power_Costs_2018.pdf. [5] International Renewable Energy Agency, “IRENA Cost and Competitiveness Indicators: Rooftop Solar PV” (2017), available at www.irena.org/-/media/Files/IRENA/Agency/Publication/2017/Dec/IRENA_Cost_Indicators_PV_2017.pdf. [5] Frankfurt School, United Nations Environment Programme, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, “The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018,” (2018), available at: www.fs-unep-centre.org ; International Renewable Energy Agency, “Renewable Capacity Statistics 2018” (2018), available at www.irena.org/publications/2018/Mar/Renewable-Capacity-Statistics-2018. [5]
As variable renewable energy comprises a larger share of generation in the coming years, smart home systems and demand response will be key to providing badly needed grid flexibility. [5] Rapid progress has led countries to raise their ambitions for renewable capacity, and the EU has recently agreed on a renewable energy target of 32 percent by 2030. 70 India is likely to exceed its 175 GW renewable power target for 2022, set just two years ago. [5] Despite these developments, Turkey?s end-use sectors are lagging behind the progress made in the use of renewable energy technologies in the power sector. [5] Prioritizing the use of domestic renewable energy will reduce Turkey?s political reliance on energy exporters such as Iran or Russia as well as insulate Turkey against price shocks and fluctuating energy prices. [5] Transport is the largest user of all fuels–both fossil and renewables–in Turkey, representing more than 40 percent of all fuel demand, excluding the demand of the electricity sector. 65 Oil and its products, as well as a very small share for gas, are predominantly used to cover transport energy demand. [5] Fortunately, Turkey is endowed with significant renewable energy resources, a flexible financial sector, an entrepreneurial business approach, and a large manufacturing and engineering base. [5] Alongside these efficiency guidelines, the government has laid out a vision for the expansion of the renewable energy sector. [5] Buildings are the largest consumer of renewable energy, making up 30 percent of total primary renewable energy supply. 60 The majority of this energy, however, is consumed through inefficient traditional combustion techniques–for example, by burning biomass such as wood. [5] A large share of energy is used in buildings and offers untapped potential for other renewables such as direct geothermal and heat pump applications. [5] As renewable energy generation increases, the question of how to integrate fluctuating, distributed power generation while ensuring secure and reliable operation of the grid is paramount. [5] By smartly combining distributed and utility generation in its new policy mechanisms, Turkey can enjoy the benefits of both approaches as it enlarges its renewable energy markets. [5] Despite these promising developments, several issues require more attention if Turkey is to achieve higher shares of renewable energy generation. [5] Driving the transition away from imported fossil fuels and toward domestically produced renewable energy is therefore a crucial priority for Turkey. [5] Government incentives for and investments in renewable energy technology and production stand to pay big dividends for Turkey. [5] Total investment in renewable energy across all sectors from 2000 to 2015 was 235 billion, corresponding to an annual average of 16 billion. 107 These investments have contributed to Germany?s competitiveness in low-carbon technologies while also supporting economic growth. [5] The helped finance the first five large solar PV plants through loan guarantees. 80 This financing mechanism and subsequent due diligence helped prove the technology?s viability at scale and led the private sector to build 45 large solar projects–projects with greater than 100 MW in power. [5] The grid is becoming greener as natural gas, solar power, and wind energy become more affordable, the 2018 report said. [18]
What roles might centralized and decentralized renewable energy play? How would renewable power procurement integrate into wholesale markets? How might decarbonization impact utility business models? As the trajectory unfolds, stakeholders will be able to plan for these new developments. [18] This is driven in part by rising imports of renewable energy equipment, which have grown recently by 5 percent per year. [5] Progress in renewable energy electricity generation has not yet been accompanied by large-scale efforts to deploy low-carbon technologies for transport, heating, and cooling. [5] Install enough renewable energy generation capacity to meet remaining energy demand. [4] He has previously worked at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), where he developed and led the global renewable energy road map program from 2013 to 2017. [5] International Renewable Energy Agency, “Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual review 2018” (2018), available at irena.org/-/media/Files/IRENA/Agency/Publication/2018/May/IRENA_RE_Jobs_Annual_Review_2018.pdf. [5] International Renewable Energy Agency, “Renewable Capacity Statistics 2018” (2018), available at www.irena.org/-/media/Files/IRENA/Agency/Publication/2018/Mar/IRENA_RE_Capacity_Statistics_2018.pdf. [5] Dave Keating, Fric Simon, “EU strikes deal on 32% renewable energy target and palm oil ban after all-night session,” Euractiv, June 14, 2018, available at www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/eu-strikes-deal-on-32-renewable-energy-target-and-palm-oil-ban-after-all-night-session/. [5] Pedranti says that the cost savings come from the renewable energy, in addition to the time saved on construction. [3] Turkey?s renewable energy and climate plans are ambitious; however, overlapping strategies and a singular focus on 2023 hold back efforts to outline a long-term vision. [5] Turkey?s total final energy demand can be broken down between residential and commercial buildings that represent the largest share at around 35 percent, followed by industry with a 28 percent share, and transport with a 26 percent share. [5] Demand for natural gas represents roughly 30 percent of the country?s total primary energy supply. [5]
Kerstine Appunn and Ruby Russell, “Set-up and challenges of Germany’s power grid,” Clean Energy Wire, April 9, 2018, available at: www.cleanenergywire.org/factsheets/set-and-challenges-germanys-power-grid. [5] Natural Resources Defense Council, “The Future Is Here for Clean Energy Technology,” available at www.nrdc.org/revolution-now (last accessed June 2018). [5] ETKB, batarya ve depolama in yol haritas?n? EDF ile kartacak. 26 April 2018; Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, “IPA 2013 Analysis of Electricity Storage Systems,” available at: storage2013.enerjiprojeleri.eu/ (last accessed June 2018). [5] Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, “Homepage,” available at www.enerji.gov.tr/tr-TR/Anasayfa (last accessed June 2018). [5]
Ben Bovarnick, “Girding the U.S. Electric Grid with Community Energy Storage” (Washington: Center for American Progress, 2016), available at www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/reports/2016/07/13/141118/girding-the-u-s-electric-grid-with-community-energy-storage/. [5] Robert M. Simon and David J. Hayes, “America?s Clean Energy Success, by the Numbers” (Washington: Center for American Progress, 2017), available at www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/reports/2017/06/29/435281/americas-clean-energy-success-numbers/. [5] Sen Amelang, Benjamin Wehrmann, and Julian Wettengel, “Climate, energy and transport in Germany’s coalition treaty,” Clean Energy Wire, February 7, 2018, available at www.cleanenergywire.org/factsheets/climate-and-energy-germanys-government-coalition-draft-treaty. [5] Cherryland?s program was developed with an $80,000 grant from the Department of Energy’s Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator program made available to the Michigan Agency for Energy. [19]
They can also leverage citywide energy and sustainability planning to align training programs around current and future city-, state-, and utility-funded efficiency incentives. [3] The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency completed weatherization on homes enrolled in the pilot project with funds from LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. [19] The ERI is a number that falls somewhere between 100 (representing a home built to the prescriptive 2006 IECC) and 0, a home that uses Zero Net Energy. [3] The logical goal that many in the building industry have converged upon is that buildings should eventually be constructed to operate with net zero energy use. [4] We’ve outlined information on the significance of reducing energy use as well as some energy conservation tips that will help your business lower costs and help the environment. [20] While the initial perception is often that net zero energy buildings must cost an exorbant amount to build, that idea is not necessarily true in practice. [4] Simply put, a net zero energy building is one that produces as much on-site energy as it consumes in the span of a year. [4] Many groups throughout the building community have made commitments for 2030 as the target year for constructing new buildings that achieve net zero energy. [4] The city plans to subsidize trainings for builders and developers to learn more about passive house design standards, technical building requirements, economic and energy impacts, and energy modeling tools. [3] While the sustainability goals of these standards range from resource consumption reduction (water, waste, and construction materials) to occupant comfort and health, the reduction of energy use is perhaps the most ubiquitous benchmark. [4] Beazer aims to exceed ENERGY STAR standards in each of its homes. [3]
In many states of the deep South, residential customers stand to gain massively from increased access to affordable renewable energy. [17] As for its positive outcomes, the challenges of the Energiewende are equally helpful for Turkey in formulating its renewable energy policies. [5] Turkey would benefit from the work done in other countries to demonstrate the success of large-scale clean energy technology. [5] He presented the results of EPRI?s work during a June 26 webinar hosted by Clean Energy States Alliance. [18] State of New Jersey, “Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Promote Offshore Wind Energy,” (January 31, 2018), available at: nj.gov/governor/news/news/562018/approved/20180131a_eo.shtml. [5] SolarBaba, “Solar Energy Investments” (2017), available at www.solarbaba.com/yatirimci-gozunden-gunes-enerjisi/. [5] Bonnie West, “Countries in and around the Middle East are adding coal-fired power plants,” Administration, May 11, 2018, available at www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id36172&srcemail. [5] , “U.S. Energy and Employment Report” (2017), available at www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/01/f34/2017%20US%20Energy%20and%20Jobs%20Report_0.pdf. [5]
New Orleans, LA. Through partnerships with the U.S. Green Building Council and Louisiana and Delgado Community Colleges, the New Orleans Office of Supplier Diversity works to train small and disadvantaged businesses on green economy initiatives, for example, by holding a test preparation class for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design exam. [3] Over 300 net zero energy buildings have been constructed in the U.S. as of 2016, and while net zero is by no means an industry norm, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of net zero buildings. [4] Over the course of his career, Eric has performed energy modeling and building simulations for a variety of high-performance, mission critical facilities for federal clients, including U.S. embassy and consulate compounds, secure office buildings, and training facilities. [4]
Buildings account for around 48% of energy and 45% of CO 2 emissions produced in the United States. [4]
These positive results would stem from avoiding emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and air pollutants that are released during the conversion of fossil fuels into final energy products such as gasoline, diesel, or electricity, as well as the consumption of these products in power plants, transport, and heating or cooking. [5] Experts on energy storage, distributed generation, and wireless options describe how emerging technologies are poised to transform the electricity sector. [18] Turkey?s auction system for energy tenders aimed to reverse the trade imbalance–particularly in electricity generation equipment–and foster broader domestic economic development. [5] Import dependency across these fossil fuel markets has important economic implications, leaving Turkey?s economy vulnerable to volatile global energy prices and substantially contributing to the current account deficit. When energy prices peaked in 2014, for example, Turkey’s energy import costs reached US$53 billion. [5] Alan Makovsky, “Turkey?s Growing Energy Ties with Moscow” (Washington: Center for American Progress, 2015), available at www.americanprogress.org/issues/security/reports/2015/05/06/112511/turkeys-growing-energy-ties-with-moscow/. [5] Turkey?s energy and climate strategies focus on 2023–the centenary of the Republic. [5] Efforts should go beyond the current plans, however, while also meeting Turkey?s rapidly growing energy demand in a secure, affordable, and sustainable way. [5]
This not only helps the home owner save energy and money, but significantly separates your construction company for your competition. [3] He said the goal of the program is to help provide vulnerable members with more energy independence. [19]
The opportunity is clear for cities interested in leading an equitable transition to a clean energy economy. [3] Many manufacturers offer equipment that uses a fraction of the energy of their other models, and switching to those designs could save your business thousands of dollars per year. [20] Fortunately, Turkey confronts the challenges discussed above at a time of rapid change in energy markets and tremendous opportunities for countries committed to reshaping their energy production and consumption. [5] Amid China?s increased openness to foreign investment, BASF?s knowledge of doing business in China meant it could “seize the right opportunity at the right time”, a Beijing-based energy industry executive said. [3]
In the United States, the rapid rise of domestic natural gas production and a concerted policy effort–including tax incentives for wind and solar–drove a profound transformation across the energy sector. [5] These include the relatively high cost burden of inflexible feed-in tariffs on consumers in the past; the shortcomings of CO2 pricing policies, an issue that was present in other EU countries; insufficient grid capacity to transmit wind produced in the north to the consumers in the south; and the difficulties in implementing renewables and energy efficiency measures in sectors outside of electricity generation such as transport and buildings. [5] By the end of 2017, renewable energy accounted for nearly 30 percent of all Turkey?s electricity generation. 4 Still, the country needs to do more to transition its energy system to a more secure, affordable, clean, and sustainable model, as well as attempt to meet its ambitious energy and climate goals. [5] In sum, Turkey?s policy priority is to minimize energy imports by utilizing local resources of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and others with the aim of reducing its current account deficit. As Turkey strives to achieve this, it continues to invest in coal-fired generation despite cost-competitiveness of renewable energy such as wind and solar PV in recent tenders. [5] Turkey has prioritized its energy regulatory framework in recent years, for example, by raising building energy efficiency regulations and making them compatible with the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. 38 It also released two action plans on renewables and efficiency that align with EU requirements. [5] In his role, he develops strategies for assessing the potential of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy systems for energy audits and new constructions, as well as coordinates with engineers, architects, and owners to determine how to best integrate sustainability-driven goals, such as renewable energy targets and LEED certifications, with building regulations and the security needs of a facility. [4] Turkey?s INDC relies on the rapid deployment of renewables, mainly in the power sector, and improved energy efficiency across the entire energy system. [5] A comprehensive transition of the energy system will require the deployment of both energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies across all sectors of the energy system. [5] Energy efficiency improvements in both electricity and heating demand need to be accelerated significantly in order to ensure that Turkey achieves a complete transition of its energy system. [5] The growth of these renewable sources, energy efficiency, and, most importantly, domestic natural gas has massively reduced the importance of coal in U.S. electricity generation and provided huge environmental benefits. [5] Most recently, in January 2018, the government released a National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) that outlines 55 detailed actions in all six energy sectors–industry, transport, buildings, agriculture, energy generation, and cross-cutting issues–that would reduce Turkey?s primary energy demand by 14 percent by 2023. [5] Overall, Turkey?s industrial sector offers untapped potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency, but it must contend with the challenge of scattered geography and strong competitive pressures. [5] Taken together, these various strategies to 2023 cover Turkey?s approach to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change in great detail. [5]
The Energiewende has driven an investment program, encouraging growth and innovation in new low-carbon sectors–such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, new energy services, and alternative transportation. [5] “This program serves a segment of our membership that often gets left behind in the move toward renewable energy and energy efficiency,” said Tony Anderson, the co-op?s general manager. [19] Combining energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives takes the sting out of participation by members with limited resources who have trouble affording the upfront costs of improvements. [19] Renewable costs have declined significantly in recent decades due in large part to technologies and strategies to integrate renewables into the energy system. 118 This technological innovation has played a key role in early stages of the global energy transition and will continue to be essential to improving the efficiency of existing technologies, further driving down costs, and developing breakthroughs such as digitalization and energy storage. [5] The power sector?s role is undoubtedly crucial for energy transition, but the focus must be broadened to include renewable energy?s roles in buildings, industry, and transport with a long-term focus and to accelerate the uptake of all low-carbon technologies in these sectors. [5] Given the mixed views about the extent nuclear power is considered in countries? energy plans, here the discussion focuses on renewables and efficiency–two technologies that are widely recognized as the solutions to energy transition. [5] Over this same period of time, a national consensus around both energy efficiency and renewable energy was built based on the philosophy of enabling small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and citizens to take ownership of the energy transition. [5] The U.S. case also demonstrates the employment benefits that Turkey could realize from embracing renewables and energy efficiency. [5] Turkey has gradually improved its energy efficiency policy for buildings, for example, by updating the 2008 regulation regarding buildings? energy performance in 2013 to provide new energy performance standards for new and renovated buildings. 62 Although Turkey still lags behind EU standards, efforts are underway to align with these and other international policy benchmarks. [5] Given the need for immediate and continuous action to address climate change as outlined in the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, improving building energy efficiency will continue to be a major opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [4] As U.S. cities push forward to meet their clean energy goals, they will need a strong, capable energy efficiency workforce to make critical energy-saving upgrades and investments. [3] Now, before choosing new windows for your new build, you need to identify the type of windows that will best suit its climate and improve the energy efficiency of the home. [3] They empower a builder to make adjustments and product swap-outs as long as the overall energy efficiency of the home meets requirements based on climate zone. [3] An open-cell solution for homes and commercial structures, the high-performance material is notable for providing high yield and enhanced energy efficiency, passing benefits to builders, contractors and building owners. [3] The news outlet quoted Curtis McCarty, of CA McCarty Construction that many homebuyers aren?t very familiar with the HERS rating system, but over time, that could change as homebuyers lean toward prioritizing more energy-efficient homes and become more educated about how improved energy efficiency saves money over time, and it?s worth it. [3]
Ogemagegedo is on a fixed income, and when winter bills mounted and she fell behind in her monthly utility payments, Cherryland EC contacted her about energy efficiency improvements and access to renewable energy for low-income members. [19] It is because the utility companies defunded energy efficiency to the point of almost killing the program. [21] International finance institutions and programs such as the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and the EU?s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) have supported Turkey?s energy efficiency implementation through loans–often on favorable financial terms–and technical assistance. [5] Cities can encourage demand for energy efficiency workers by enacting efficiency policies and programs. [3] Growing momentum for energy efficiency financing in the United States has motivated State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network to conduct around 20 interviews with stakeholders in five states to explore what it takes to make utility-sponsored programs succeed. [17] Washington, DC is already on track to surpass the building energy efficiency goals it set seven years ago, according to the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). [17] In the first quarter of 2016, 2.2 million Americans worked in energy efficiency jobs, an increase of 7 percent from the previous year. [5] Policies that promote solar, wind, and energy efficiency are actually great for Americans. [21]
What are companies doing to develop insurance and maintenance coverage for solar panels where hurricanes threaten clean energy systems? In this Q&A, Michael Grasso, CMO of Sunnova, said that the combination of energy storage, solar power, and strong insurance is improving community resilience in Puerto Rico. [17] This issue is discussed extensively in SHURA?s recent report, SHURA Energy Transition Center, “Increasing the Share of Renewables in Turkey?s Energy System: Options for Transmission Expansion and Flexibility,” available at www.shura.org.tr/2605/turkiyenin-yenilenebilir-enerjisi/ (last accessed June 2018). [5] Turkey should build upon recent progress investing in renewable energy to transition its energy system and reduce its reliance on imported fossil fuels. [5] This increasing demand has driven rapid growth of the country?s energy system, including in conventional fossil fuels and renewable energy. [5] A building that is designed with too high of a starting EUI may require a renewable energy system too large to be feasible for the site. [4]
Beyond the favorable auction results, two-thirds of the net capacity additions came from renewable energy sources, of which solar and wind represented three-quarters. [5]
Boston, MA. City of Boston staff are actively working with both National Grid and Eversource, Boston?s gas and electric utilities, respectively, to leverage energy efficiency dollars for workforce training. [3] Any locally driven workforce development strategy should consider the needs of people who are underrepresented in the energy efficiency sector. [3] Measures to improve energy efficiency form the core of these strategies, as efficiency improvements cut across all sectors that must contribute to Turkey?s long-term targets. [5] The national assessment his organization conducted shows that electrifying these sectors will boost energy efficiency, encourage natural gas, and improve environmental outcomes. [18]
You would think that the politicians and utility company would work together to help folks with energy efficiency like better insulation that would reduce air conditioning bills, but you would be wrong. [21] Experiences from across the globe can help Turkey accelerate its progress and close the gap to become a leading player in the global energy transition. [5] Turkey has joined the global trend to transition its energy system. [5] Turkey needs to transition its energy system rapidly in order to reduce its reliance on imports, which account for 3 out of 4 units of Turkey?s total primary energy supply. [5] International Energy Agency, “Turkey Energy System Overview,” available at www.iea.org/media/countries/Turkey.pdf (last accessed June 2018). [5] Turkey can draw on several examples of how to drive the transition to a sustainable energy system, particularly because its energy transition is not taking place in a vacuum. [5] This report first explains the need for energy transition in Turkey, considering the following three issue areas: energy security and the balance of trade; job creation and economic activity; and environmental effects. [5]
With the cost of energy rising and some natural resources dwindling, restaurants need to consider adjusting their energy consumption and think of becoming more eco-friendly. [20] Concerns about rising energy costs and global warming have both placed insulation high on the political agenda: the rush to find a replacement for Asbestos has led to a potentially carcinogenic product, and one which is known to cause life threatening respiratory disease, becoming the industry norm. [3]
Local officials supporting the project have said that low- to moderate-income families spend about 7 percent of their income on energy costs, and Cherryland?s program should make energy bills more affordable. [19] Did you know that for 25 million households, energy costs in the United States could eat up 22 percent of a families? total after-tax income. [21]
Living in Lavallette means watching the crowds roll in in the summer and then experiencing mostly peace and quiet the rest of the year with the exception of a few potent sea breezes–and Vivenzio wanted to keep it that way year-round, as well as have an ideal indoor climate through the summer and the winter while keeping energy costs down. [3] It?s important to understand the energy performance rating of the windows based on the home design and the climate of your area. [3]
Net Generation by Energy Source: Total (All Sectors), 2008-April 2018″ (2018), available at www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?tepmt_1_1. [5] The global energy sector has entered a new period of energy transition driven by the progress in technology, markets, and policies. [5] Perhaps more profound in the long run are the effects Turkey?s energy transition could have on global climate change, which stands to upend modern life and reshape economies and societies wholesale in the coming century. [5] It will also need to expand across financing, market design, and business models as Turkey?s energy transition enters its next stages. [5]
The United States and Germany offer useful lessons for Turkey as it continues its energy transition. [5] There are substantial lessons to be drawn from the experiences of the United States and Germany–two countries that have pioneered different areas of the wider global energy transition and uncovered hurdles of which Turkish policymakers and entrepreneurs should be wary. [5]
The installed costs in many circumstances is cost competitive with traditional insulations and can potentially offer a return on investment through reduced energy consumption. [3]
A three-man FTI crew completed this application during the winter of 2018, and since there was no heat in the home when they arrived on site, using the Classic Ultra proved to be efficient. [3] QuadCore is certified as the most thermally-efficient, closed-cell insulation material in the insulated metal panel market, performing at R-8.0 per inch, around 11 percent better than standard PIR insulation, and is around twice as efficient when compared to mineral fiber when used as the core material in insulated metal panel systems. [3]
As other major chemical companies invest in commodity plastics and chemicals during a surge in U.S. natural gas production, the younger Huntsman envisions his company becoming even more specialized by acquiring smaller competitors that would allow it to further develop its technologies and specialty products, including polyurethanes used in foams, insulation, textiles and automotive manufacturing. [3]
The amount of solar power produced in America in 2017 was 39 times more than that produced in 2008, jumping from 0.05% of U.S. electricity to 2.1%, according to a 17 July report, “Renewables on the Rise 2018: A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future.” [22] “Clean energy is sweeping across America and is poised for further dramatic growth in the years ahead.” [22] The report notes several trends: America produced 4.6 times more wind energy in 2017 than in 2008, with wind producing 6.9% of the country?s electricity compared with 1.5% in 2008. [22] By storing electricity, you can use your own energy during peak usage time when energy is more expensive, or to offset peak demand costs if you have demand charges from your utility. [23] This technology, some of which is already developed and in use, can actually make distributed home solar energy generation, battery storage, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and energy management beneficial to the grid and utility companies. [23] Because home solar has grown so quickly, and utility company and the electric grid technology was not ready, they have been forced to respond with new rate plans to encourage new distributed energy generation technology and to encourage consumers to change energy usage behavior. [23] While utility companies do need to protect their businesses, most of these changes are due to the impact renewable energy, in particular solar in Arizona, is having on the electric grid. [23]
Home solar is something everybody can use, most people would like to have, and it?s only a matter of time before more people get electric energy from home solar than from the electric grid. [23] Putting this into perspective, a 1,000 square-foot roof (about 93 square meters) will receive an average of 612 kWh of solar energy every day, but the home may only use 50 to 100 kWh of electric energy each day. [23] DERA?s goals include the development of complementary technology and other consumer products, complimentary policy and utility facilities, along with new business models, that will offer Arizona home solar owners more choices, greater savings, better control of their energy use, while helping to modernize the utility grid. [23] Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. [24] If you look at the bigger picture and consider the efficiency of a smart home, connectivity brings to light all of the advantagesof having remote access to appliances and device that use energy. [6] This study complements a prior ACEEE study that found that switching from electric furnaces to heat pumps is often financially attractive to consumers, as is converting from electric baseboard heat to heat pumps in homes with ducts or homes with above-average space heating energy use. [25] DERA?s mission is to promote the advancement of distributed energy resources, especially home solar, business solar and battery storage, so that consumers can continue to enjoy making and using their own electric energy. [23] By installing solar on your home, you can make your own energy lowering your electricity costs and protecting yourself against rising electricity prices. [23] A west (or sometimes an east) orientation will result in lower energy production, it may help you save more money by producing energy during times when the cost of electricity is highest! We do not usually recommend installing solar on a north facing roof, but sometimes it makes sense to put some of the system there. [23]
NABCEP is a non?profit organization governed by a board of directors consisting of volunteer representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. [23] According to Enright, TMGcore are partnering with one of the largest providers of renewable energy to build a 100-200-megawatt operation that is fed by a mix of solar, wind, and battery backups to achieve its goal. [7] To continue that progress, the report calls for policy makers and community leaders to set goals to more rapidly meet all energy needs in all sectors with renewable energy, to work to ensure the rapid deployment of renewable energy, to support the development of relevant emerging technologies, and to set limits on greenhouse gas emissions. [22] Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) also stressed that the federal government needs to be a partner in making progress in renewable energy, and he lamented the administration?s plan to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. [22] Last week, at the International Mayors Climate Summit in Boston, Mayor Martin Walsh of Boston announced his plans to issue a request for information (RFI) for competitive pricing of large-scale renewable energy projects and encouraged mayors from other cities to join him in the initiative. [26] A new report and a recent congressional clean energy expo and forum focus on the growth of renewable energy. [22] What?s even better? Going solar has a positive impact on the environment because instead of burning fossil fuels you?re generating your own clean energy and dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [23] By going solar, homeowners are producing their own clean, inexpensive energy and taking control of their personal energy. [23] Since Sunny Energy is one of the founding board members of DERA, with over ten years of experience installing over 3,000 home solar systems, Sunny Energy home solar buyers, and those just interested in learning more about home solar, can learn more about this holistic approach to generating and using more home solar energy by contacting Sunny Energy now. [23] Sunny Energy can help Phoenix homeowners save money during both on-peak and off-peak hours by installing solar + battery storage on their home. [23] Combining solar and battery storage for your home can help you and your family become energy independent. [23] DERA is technology agnostic and it?s goals include a variety of activities that ultimately result in unhampered growth of home solar, business solar and other distributed energy technologies that help reduce peak hour energy usage, that promote grid stability, and that help everyone save money. [23] Distributed solar energy generation, especially by Arizona home solar owners, has grown far quicker than anybody expected it to. [23] DERA represents all groups Arizona home solar owners, business solar owners, utility companies, solar businesses and technology companies, to advance in the future of distributed energy. [23] Sunny Energy will let you know after our initial inspection for solar on your home if we have any roofing recommendations. [23] The competition challenges collegiate teams to apply sound building science principles to create cost-effective, market-ready designs that meet DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements and the Advanced Energy Design Guide For K-12 School Buildings-Achieving a Zero Energy Building. [27] Before Sunny Energy commits to installing solar on your home, we?ll check the roof and let you know our recommendations. [23] Combining solar and battery storage with rate plans, such as Saver Choice Tech or Saver Choice Max, will help you save energy during on-peak hours and use more of the energy you produce during off-peak hours. [23] Using their different knowledge, they wanted to provide each customer with the best options and education to help them choose the best solution for their personal needs. Sunny Energy is there to help each customer at every step of the process to assure they get the best technology, design, and experience when going solar. [23] Having designation as a Certified NABCEP PV Installation Professional helps set Cunningham and Sunny Energy apart from other solar companies as it is widely recognized to be the most important certification of its kind in the solar industry. [23] A solar PV system can help you put that energy to work so that you don?t have to purchase as much from utilities like APS or SRP. [23] Called the export rate, it allows new solar owners to sell energy from their solar system at a rate that is often higher than what they would pay APS. And APS will guarantee that this rate will not change for at least ten years. [23] There is an average of 65 percent more solar energy available in the Phoenix area during the month of June than there is in December, the month when we typically have the least amount of solar energy. [23] Sunny Energy was named a top solar installer by Solar Reviews and a top solar contractor by Solar Power World. [23] With more efficient windows, you also use less energy, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. [24] The report finds that replacing oil and propane furnaces, boilers, and water heaters with high-efficiency electric heat pumps can often reduce total energy use and energy bills and will also reduce emissions in many cases. [25] Sunny Energy is a residential solar company that is dedicated to helping homeowners save money on their electric bills. [23] How do you get started? Sunny Energy is recognized as an award-winning solar company and is a certified LG Chem installer and is one of the only certified Tesla PowerWall installers in the state of Arizona. [23] In addition to Sunny Energy and Arizona State University, local solar companies Elevation Solar, SouthFace Solar, and PV Advanced Concepts have all taken part in the creation of DERA, and each company has a member on the board of directors. [23]
It requires the Department of Energy to provide model building codes but also provide the states with technical assistance to adopt and implement building codes to ensure we have the opportunity to get the best practices from around the country. [28] The Race to Zero inspires collegiate students to become the next generation of building science professionals through a design challenge for zero energy ready buildings. [27] This is an exciting time–a time when Zero Energy Ready Buildings have become readily achievable and cost-effective. [27]
It is why we started Sunny Energy to provide homeowners with better products, better service, and better options to go solar. [23] We provide Arizona homeowners a variety of services from solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair. [23] “Sunny Energy is excited to offer customers the added confidence of knowing that their photovoltaic system installations will be completed to the highest standards in the solar industry, something we have done since our inception.” [23] Consumer Energy Solutions helps customers get the best rate for electricity and gas in deregulated markets. [29] Does electrification save money for homeowners considering making the switch? Our new study, Energy Savings, Consumer Economics, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions from Replacing Oil and Propane Furnaces, Boilers, and Water Heaters with Air-Source Heat Pumps looks at that particular question. [25] Temperatures are climbing in Arizona, and so are utility bills! As summer heats up in the Valley of the Sun, here are 3 ways to make sure you?re maximizing your energy savings. [23]
Saver Choice plans offered by APS allow consumers to adjust their energy use to fit their lifestyle while also taking advantage of lower cost off-peak hours. [23] The energy charge is as low as $.04 per kWh, keeping the overall cost down as long as demand is managed during peak hours. [23] These rate plans have three different parts: a demand charge, an energy charge for the amount of energy used, and a basic service charge. [23]
A new report documents the rise of clean energy despite the Trump administration?s focus on fossil fuels. [22] At the event, members of Congress and policy experts highlighted economic and environmental benefits of clean energy, and they called for more federal actions to support the industry, or at least not to tip the balance in favor of fossil fuels. [22]
Speakers at the 2018 Congressional Clean Energy Expo and Policy Forum, held on Capitol Hill on 10 July, also lauded strides made in renewable energy and energy efficiency. [22] ENERGY STAR is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. [24] NABCEP?s mission is to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners by supporting and working closely with stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. [23] Renewable energy and energy efficiency are rapidly gaining ground but their growth could be quicker with better policies in place. [22]
By definition, these high-performance buildings are so energy-efficient that renewable power can offset most or all the annual energy consumption. [27] It is a fact that moving towards the use of energy-efficient and smart home tools can increase savings and help reduce energy consumption. [6] Investing in home performance work can make your home more comfortable, and at the same time improve its energy efficiency – saving you money on utility bills and helping to protect the environment, too. [24] The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. [25] NOTE: A 2014 study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimates that Portman and Shaheen’s energy efficiency bill will create more than 190,000 jobs, save consumers $16.2 billion a year, and cut CO2 emissions and other air pollutants by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road. [28]
Energy efficiency is a way to achieve environmental objectives that many of us have but to do so without hurting the economy, in fact, in many respects, helping the economy and making our workers more efficient and therefore more able to compete in the global market places. [28] Work by others has identified efficient new homes as another attractive market for heat pumps. [25]
Homeowners who participate in Home Performance with ENERGY STAR live in cooler homes in the summer and warmer homes in the winter, and pay less for their utility bills. [24] Plus, they are confident the work is completed by professionals who have the knowledge and skills to address their homes’ needs because Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Sponsors perform quality assurance checks on their contractors. [24]
People across America have looked to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. [24] Introduced in 1992, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [24]
These materials are provided by Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., Constellation NewEnergy Gas Division, LLC, Constellation Energy Power Choice, LLC, Constellation Energy Gas Choice, LLC, or BGE Home Products & Services, LLC (d/b/a BGE Home, Constellation Electric and Constellation Home in Maryland and d/b/a Constellation Home in Pennsylvania and Texas), each a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. [30] WASHINGTON, July 19, 2018 – Today, API along with Advanced Energy Economy, the American Wind Energy Association, the Electricity Consumers Resource Council, the Electric Power Supply Association, and the Natural Gas Supply Association released a new study to estimate the cost of the Trump Administration?s proposed plan to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants across the country. [31] Renewable Energy: Electricity generated from sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal power rather than from fossil fuels. [30] As part of its community choice aggregation program, about 50,000 residents and small businesses also receive 100% clean power through the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs). [32] Under the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992, utilities must provide wholesale transmission wheeling services to any electric utility, federal power marketing agency, or other company generating electric energy for sale in the wholesale market. [30] Electric Supplier: An entity (including an energy marketer or energy services company – or ESCO) licensed or approved by a state utility regulatory agency to provide electricity supply to consumers. [30] Electric Utility: A corporation, agency, or authority that owns and/or operates facilities with its territories, or Puerto Rico for the generation, transmission, distribution, or sale of electric energy primarily for use by the public and files forms listed in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 18, Part 141. [30] Gross generation less than the electric energy consumed at the generating station for station use. [30] Electricity Generation: The process of producing electric energy or transforming other forms of energy into electric energy. [30] According to EPACT, this includes any electric utility, qualifying cogeneration facility, qualifying small power production facility, or Federal power marketing agency, which owns or operates electric power transmission facilities which are used for the sale of electric energy at wholesale. [30] Exelon Corporation also owns Atlantic City Electric (ACE), Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco energy companies. [30] Electric Power Plant: A station containing prime movers, electric generators, and auxiliary equipment for converting mechanical, chemical, and/or fission energy into electric energy. [30] Purchased Power Adjustment: A clause in a rate schedule that provides for adjustments to the bill when energy from another electric system is acquired and it varies from a specified unit base amount. [30] An electrical energy unit of measure equal to 1 watt of power supplied to, or taken from, an electric circuit steadily for 1 hour. [30] By harnessing this energy and using it to power steam turbines, we can convert geothermal energy into electricity that we can use. [30] The use of energy as a source of heat or power or as an input in the manufacturing process. [30] High-performance buildings use less energy and other resources as compared to average buildings, can improve occupant health and productivity and lower operational and ownership risks. [33] Heiple: We have specified PV on many projects, with some systems capable of offsetting up to 30% of the total building energy use. [34] Scale-jumping for renewable energy production appears to make the most sense, where the emphasis is on large utility-scale renewable energy production, with individual buildings being designed to a 70% reduction from a 2000-era average building. [34] Cardenas Gonzalez points to local renewable energy projects ranging from bio-digesters to solar cell installations. [32] Solar energy may also be harnessed indirectly using solar cells (photovoltaic cells) made of panels of semiconductor material (usually silicon), which generate electricity when illuminated by sunlight. [30] In one second the sun gives off 13 million times more energy than all the electricity used in the United States in one year. [30] The ratio of average energy demand to maximum demand for a time period, such as one year, one month, or one hour. [30] Some buildings can even produce more energy than they consume over the course of a year. [33] CSE: What level of performance are you being asked to achieve, such as WELL Building Standards, LEED certification, net zero energy, Passive House, or other guidelines? Describe a project and its goals. [34] The number of net-zero energy buildings in the U.S. has increased significantly over the last decade, and perceptions are changing from such facilities being an unreachable ideal to a more attainable one. [33] Shareholder-Owned Electric Utilities: U.S. public utilities owned by shareholders, organized as corporations, and regulated by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state public utilities commissions. [30] The California Power Exchange Corporation (a.k.a. “CPX”), a State chartered, non-profit corporation charged with providing Day-Ahead and Hour-Ahead markets for energy and ancillary services, if it chooses to self-provide, in accordance with the power exchange tariff. [30] Day-Ahead Market: The forward market for energy and ancillary services to be supplied during the settlement period of a particular trading day that is conducted by the Independent System Operator, the power exchange, and other Scheduling Coordinators. [30] The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulates the price, terms, and conditions of power sold in interstate commerce and regulate the price, terms and conditions of all transmission services. [30]
Co-ops typically become involved in ancillary services such as energy conservation, load management and other demand-side management programs in order to serve their customers at the least cost. (All Co-ops do not necessarily generate electricity.) [30] The costs incurred by the utility to achieve the capacity and energy savings from the Demand-Side Management Program. [30] A competitive transition charge is a fee that allows the utility to recoup some of the costs and losses that are associated with the deregulation of the energy industry. [30] Under a wheeling service agreement, the utility wheels, or transfers, electric energy from a generating source to a purchaser, which then resells it to its own retail customers. [30] A utility operated by a public corporation that generates, transmits, and distributes electric energy for a profit. [30] A plant that usually generates electric energy during peak-load periods by using water previously pumped into an elevated storage reservoir during off-peak periods when excess generating capacity is available to do so. [30] The amount of power available for purchase from outside the system to supply energy or capacity. [30] An entity, such as a supply coordinator or broker, that obtains energy from any source or combination of sources, including independent generators, utility system power or spot purchases, for delivery to a utility or end user. [30] Personal information is only shared with utility representatives, subcontractors and those who need it as it relates to your energy services. [30] A company offering electricity, specialized or customized energy services by providing advice and products to customers. [30] A market in which electricity and other energy services are sold directly to the end-use customer. [30]
That portion of the charge for electric service based upon the electric energy that was consumed or billed. [30] Wholesale Transmission Services: The transmission of electric energy sold, or to be sold, at wholesale in interstate commerce (from EPACT). [30] Gross Generation: The total amount of electric energy produced by the generating units at a generating station or stations, measured at the generator terminals. [30] The energy required for pumping at a pumped-storage plant is regarded as plant use and must be deducted from the gross generation. [30] In recent years it has ramped up efforts to cut energy use and transport emissions, all while providing a better quality of life for its citizens. [32] The world invested $1.8 trillion into the energy sector last year, down 2 percent from the previous year, the International Energy Agency reported. [35]
Participation in state assistance programs is not affected by your choice of Constellation as your energy supplier. [30] Refers to programs that are aimed at reducing the energy used by specific end-use devices and systems, typically without affecting the services provided. [30] Abbreviated to AS, ancillary services are necessary to support the transmission of energy from resources to loads while maintaining reliable operation. [30] It is a benchmark price for energy services, used to compare resource alternatives. [30] Ancillary Services: Those services necessary to support the transmission of energy from resources to loads while maintaining reliable operation. [30] This “movement” is initiated usually by a generator fueled by any number of energy resources such as coal, uranium, water (hydropower), or directly converted from solar radiation in photovoltaic cells. [30] Constellation is happy to answer any question that may arise to help you with understanding energy choice, understanding solar energy and more. [30]
Don Iverson, Midwest Field Representative, NEMA With energy storage becoming more popular throughout the United States, building departments are struggling with approving installations of such systems. [36] According to the Department of Energy (DOE), buildings consume 40% of all primary energy in the United States. [33]
China?s Silk Road Fund is bolstering its investments in clean energy. [35] An electric generating unit that consists of one or more combustion turbines and one or more boilers with a portion of the required energy input to the boiler(s) provided by the exhaust gas of the combustion turbine(s). [30] Their mission is to rapidly transform the built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate and energy crisis. [33]
The production of electricity and another form of useful energy (such as heat or steam) used for industrial, commercial, heating, or cooling purposes. [30] The turbine is driven either by steam produced from hot water or by natural steam that derives its energy from heat found in rocks or fluids at various depths beneath the surface of the earth. [30] Most of the world’s convertible energy comes from fossil fuels that are burned to produce heat that is then used as a transfer medium to mechanical or other means in order to accomplish tasks. [30] A unit of energy equivalent to 100,000 BTUs; usually used as a measure of the heat energy from burning natural gas (or methane). [30]
Choose ENERGY STAR products – Upgrade your least efficient appliance or system with a high-efficiency version. [37] Block of time when energy demand and price is low (off-peak) or high (on-peak). [30]
Under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), a small power production facility (or small power producer) generates electricity using waste, renewable (water, wind and solar), or geothermal energy as a primary energy source. [30] The federal act outlines requirements for state utility commissions, electric utilities, independent power producers and certain federal regulatory agencies to encourage the use of alternative energy sources in the generation of electric power. [30] Existing technologies such as lighting, energy-efficient motors, variable-speed drives, and integrated building controls and automation systems can help reduce building energy consumption by 50-70% or more, and the use of onsite generation resources, such as solar photovoltaic panels, can bring a building?s net energy use to zero. [33] From site location to energy use to recycling, this standard sets the foundation for green buildings by addressing site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources. [33] “Our white papers share all of the current trends taking place in High-Performance Building construction,” said Susan Rochford, V.P of Energy Efficiency, Sustainability & Public Policy for Legrand, North & Central America. [33] It was the first city in Latin America to issue a green bond, raising one billion pesos (US$50 million) for projects including water security, energy efficiency in public lighting and subway infrastructure. [32]
Propelled by energy efficiency and smart buildings stocked with Internet of Things (IoT) equipment, the new influx of product data is transforming the electrical supply chain. [36] From new technology and regulations, to corporate responsibility and sustainability programs driving demand for more efficient spaces and buildings that achieve designations such as LEED or ENERGY STAR, green is more than just a trend in commercial real estate; it?s here to stay. [33] Examples include high-efficiency appliances, efficient lighting programs, high-efficiency heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems or control modifications, efficient building design, advanced electric motor drives, and heat recovery systems. [30] The challenge is that the available roof area and location of buildings in urban locations do not always allow the most efficient production. [34]
Although it is difficult to generate a high output from solar energy compared to sources such as nuclear or fossil fuels, it is a major nonpolluting and renewable energy source used as far north as Scandinavia as well as in the southwest U.S. and in Mediterranean countries. [30] Electricity is not energy per se, but the “carrier” of energy that originates in fossil fuel and renewable energy sources. [30] Green Power: Power that is generated from renewable energy sources. [30] CSE: What types of renewable or alternative energy systems have you recently specified to provide power? This may include photovoltaics, wind turbines, etc. Describe the challenges and solutions. [34]
Energy Consumption: The use of energy as a source of heat or power or as an input in the manufacturing process. [30] Energy consumption is defined by the amount of energy that is used by a home or business for power or heating within a specific period of time–typically measured in months on an energy bill. [30]
Understanding solar energy and implementing solar sources in your home can help to reduce overall energy costs. [30] Join the celebration and receive updates on energy-saving ideas throughout the year — including how you can help to support Energy Efficiency Day. [37] Energy Efficiency Programs: Refers to programs that are aimed at reducing the energy used by specific end-use devices and systems, typically without affecting the services provided. [30] What’s already being done? City of Sydney’s Energy Efficiency Master Plan is a city wide program to cut energy consumption. [32]
Investors and owners of commercial real estate have increasingly placed importance on these benefits due to a general understanding that investments in energy efficiency reduce operating costs and enhance net operating income. [33]
Passive House (PH) is a strict international building standard that drastically reduces energy consumption while creating a healthier, more comfortable living environment for a fraction of residents? usual energy costs. [33] Energy Source: The primary source that provides the power that is converted to electricity through chemical, mechanical, or other means. [30] If you?re under a variable plan, you pay a rate for your energy sources based on the current local market price for electricity or natural gas. [30]
While you might be able to choose a supplier based on rates and plans available, the service, maintenance and customer service, the energy source itself will come from the utility. [30] Energy sources include coal, petroleum and petroleum products, gas, water, uranium, wind, sunlight, geothermal, and other sources. [30]
Energy consumption determined by multiplying the demand by the time period over which the energy was used. [30]
A non-profit organization formed by the electric utility industry to ensure a reliable, adequate power supply in North America. [30]
At last week?s Intersolar North America trade show, two presentations were put forward which show ways to get closer to 100% renewable energy in electricity, by both sophisticated use of energy storage and looking at changes beyond the electric sector. [38] A new report documents the democratization of renewables, energy storage and electric vehicles in America. [39]
At that time, the notion that Massachusetts would be one of the top solar states in the country was almost laughable, recalls Rob Sargent, who currently leads the energy program at Environment America. [39] A new report and interactive map released this week by Environment America takes stock of U.S. clean energy progress to date. [39] Already this week, Energy Secretary Rick Perry met with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation members to discuss opportunities for Asian investment, tweeting that America supports expanding the trade of LNG to its Asia-Pacific partners. [40] Now, America has a leg up on countries that once dominated the industry, using its energy edge to become a global energy superpower. [41]
A dozen states and the District of Columbia have low-income solar programs, according to the Clean Energy States Alliance, which tracks renewable energy policies. [42] In Colorado, Xcel Energy provides 53 percent of the state’s electricity sales and has a 2 percent charge on customer bills that pays for renewable energy programs. [42] The state?s energy assistance programs are solving two challenges at once: help people save money on electricity bills while expanding renewable energy. [42] “But if renewable energy keeps growing at the rate it’s grown over the past 10 years, the notion that you could meet all our current electricity needs with renewable energy is not that far-fetched.” [39] Even in California, where there’s widespread support for renewables, a 100 percent renewable energy proposal failed in the state legislature last year. [39] In an analysis of matching supply and demand on an hourly basis over the course of a year, Dr. Perez showed how over-building solar relative to energy storage results in lower combined system costs, while creating a system that can provide power 24/7. [38] Depending on the size of the residence, solar panels and an energy storage battery system cost between $20,000 and $30,000 and last 20 to 25 years. [9] If the exponential growth of the solar sector continues, alternative energy will knock off natural gas from the top of the U.S. energy share in a matter of years. [9] By using price signals, Dr. Sarah Kurtz argues that we can shift the timing of energy demand in these sectors, and along with electrification make greater use of wind and solar generation during the hours that these are abundant. [38] While many like Dr. Marc Z. Jacobson of Stanford are looking at 100% renewable energy scenarios, others have expressed concern that putting more than 80% wind and solar on grids in regions such as the United States will require costly levels of overbuild and energy storage (this of course is not a concern in areas that have adequate flexible hydroelectric generation, or can access it). [38]
The building is net zero–meaning that the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site–and also features Kasita?s smart home technology platform, which integrates devices, appliances, lighting and mechanical systems in the home. [8] Colorado is emerging as a national model for how to expand renewable energy to low-income homes. [42] The state also receives funding from two federal programs, the Weatherization Assistance Program and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. [42] To view progress on solar, wind, electric vehicles and energy storage by state, explore the interactive map below. [39] Julia Pyper is a Senior Editor at Greentech Media covering clean energy policy, the solar industry, grid edge technologies and electric mobility. [39] Using optimal combinations of wind, solar and storage, Dr. Perez was able to get to a levelized cost of energy of only 5.3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in 2050, and if 5% gas is added to the mix, the cost falls to 3.6 cents/kWh, due to less oversizing. [38] In the U.S., the cost of creating solar energy in modernized plants is $85 per megawatt-hour (MWh). [9] Oddly enough, solar energy only makes up 1 percent of utility usage in the United States. [9] The report leverages data from the Administration, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Auto Alliance and the Solar Energy Industries Association, among others. [39] In ten years, the American energy sector has developed new technologies that have increased our energy security and allowed U.S. to become safer, stronger, and cleaner. [41] The U.S. solar industry has the most employees of any sector of energy by twofold at a staggering 373,000 employees. [9] As an alternative energy investor and conservation master?s student, I am confident that the rise of the U.S. solar industry is just beyond the horizon. [9] Invest in the U.S. solar industry now, before the impending alternative energy revolution drives up stock prices. [9] Panelists at the World Gas Conference will discuss the future of Asian gas demand and innovation in domestic markets, as the Energy Department makes a concerted effort to increase U.S. LNG investment in Asia. [40] She previously reported for E&E Publishing, and has covered clean energy and climate change issues across the U.S. and abroad, including in Haiti, Israel and the Maldives. [39] Alternative energy is only a few years away from challenging natural gas at the top of the U.S. utility totem pole. [9]
Today, renewable energy is taking off in virtually every state in the nation. [39] Colorado, however, is emerging as a model because the state’s programs can be emulated just about everywhere, said Jeffrey Cook, co-author of a recent report about Colorado’s programs from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, itself based in Colorado. [42] Low-income customers pay the Xcel renewable energy fee and get a disproportionately small share of direct financial benefit from the programs it finances, Pereira said. [42] Getting all the way to 100 percent renewable energy is controversial, though, both technically and politically. [39] While the bill ( SB 100 ) is now moving through the legislature once more, lawmakers have had to loosen up the language around “100 percent renewable energy” to also include “eligible zero-carbon resources.” [39] He is looking most closely at how best to serve the 11 percent of residents that the state defines as “energy impoverished,” meaning they spend 10 to 15 percent of their income on energy. [42] HOW WILL TRADE PLAY OUT? With trade tensions in the backdrop, natural gas industry representatives will hear today from a panel on Asia Pacific gas markets — including Assistant Secretary of State Francis Fannon of the Bureau of Energy Resources. [40]
“To be fair, cities are up against intractable NIMBYism when they attempt even the most benign changes to improve the lives of the less fortunate, open up transportation to alternative, greener modes such as bicycles, or reduce energy use,” Power said, also emphasizing how he thinks that part of the problem is rooted in a deeply-ingrained cultural mindset. [8] Wind and solar technologies have the disadvantage of not being able to produce energy constantly without the necessary environmental conditions and therefore require storing energy from peak hours for future use. [9] GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization, works with utilities and government energy programs to install solar panels for low-income families. [42] Along those lines, Joseph Pereira, director of low-income services for the Colorado Energy Office, has gotten plenty of practice explaining how solar is a cost-effective way to help certain customers. [42] “The (Richland Energy Services rebate) program has made us move faster to implement some of the improvements because with the financial incentive it makes the cost a little less on us. [43] The Senate also sought more funding for clean energy programs and the popular ARPA-E program, which the Trump administration has proposed to eliminate. [40] As with most of the energy economy, low-income assistance is going through rapid changes brought on by technology, and employees are working to adjust, said Dave Rinebolt, program manager of the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program from 2016 to 2017 and a longtime director of weatherization programs in Ohio. [42]
Dr. Perez has clarified that this comes from projections made by the ’s National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL). [38] China this month already proposed its own list of 25 percent tariffs, hitting a host of energy products, including shipments of U.S. oil, coal and petrochemicals (although LNG was notably absent). [40] According to the Global Energy Institute?s International Energy Security Index, the U.S. has climbed 7 spots to become the second most energy secure nation in the World. [41] The energy crisis could not have come at a worse time for the U.S. economy, and directly contributed to the onset of the Great Recession. [41]
The local energy auditor can help you find all of the leaks in your home. [44] “I don’t know if I agree with some of the greenhouse gas people or whatever, but I do believe that is a good use of saving energy,” she said. [42] Dishwashers and washing machines use most of their energy to heat the water, so doing only half loads is a waste of both energy and water. [44]
The decline in gas prices is just one small piece of the American energy industry?s revival. [41] With continued investment into American energy and implementation of pro-growth policies, Americans will be more secure for many Independence Day?s to come. [41] From 2008 through 2017, American wind energy generation grew nearly fivefold. [39]
That’s not all: FERC Commissioner Robert Powelson will discuss “the shifting sands of shale gas abundance” in global markets this morning during a panel, while Rep. Jeff Duncan will deliver opening remarks on the geopolitics of gas. (Perfect timing, as the Energy and Commerce Committee, of which Duncan is a member, discussed a similar topic Tuesday.) [40] Natural gas is alternative energy ?s greatest competitor; it has replaced much of the coal energy share because it is cheap to produce and can be used to generate energy at any time. [9]
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