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  • Insights from a 5-year efficiency experiment

    Retrofitting a home to be energy-efficient results in the home using considerably less energy than a typical built house, according to a five-year research project by The Tennessee Valley Authority.

    Three similar homes in Knoxville, TN, were used for comparison.  Each had two floors, between 2,400 and 2,500 square feet, ...

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  • Western U.S. powering up on geothermal

    There’s a lot of hot water deep in the ground out West and states are harnessing it for power generation.


    Geothermal caches, underground reservoirs of hot water and steam, have been used as electricity sources since 1971 and accounted for 0.4 percent of total U.S. generation in 2013.  While ...

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  • Growing greener infrastructure

    The Nature Conservancy and global engineering firm CH2M Hill are partnering to turn gray infrastructure green.

    Think of the grayness of cities and buildings -- concrete skyscrapers, plumbing pipes, asphalt roads -- all of which are manmade and not naturally occurring.  Green infrastructure, on the other hand, uses natural systems ...

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  • Road Test: Smart Cars, Green Tech

    Road Test: Smart Cars, Green TechSelf-driving cars.  Hydrogen fuel cells.  Electric commercial vehicles.  These pieces of news were recently announced by three international auto makers.


    According to CEO Elon Musk, Tesla is working on technology that would allow vehicles to have “full auto pilot” driverless capabilities within five to six years.  This goes one ...

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  • Verizon not just phoning in renewable investment

    Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., has added renewable energy to its business strategy.

    Last year, the company announced a $100 million investment to power its facilities by solar and fuel cell.  This year, it is spending an additional $40 million on solar for facilities in California, Maryland, ...

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