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August 2010

As the job recovery moves more slowly than hoped, the addition of Federal funding for job creation remains critical.  And green job funding is especially valuable to the national interest.

Space Time Insight’s new server will make it easier for energy and utility customers to adapt to the smart grid technology. 

The Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S2 is an energy efficient tower server that draws zero energy when turned off and has a maximum power draw of 250 watts when powered on.

AT&T’s new smart grid agreement will provide utilities with an integrated solution to increase grid efficiency and system capacity with intelligent sensors at the core of the solution.

 
July 2010

The Empire State Building is in the top tenth percentile across the nation for its energy performance. ENERGY STAR is a governmental recognition program that helps evaluate a building’s energy program, including the Empire State Building.  This program helps reduce energy usage and minimize their carbon footprint. 

The shipment of the Northwind’s new wind turbine 100 is significant and sends a powerful message that ownership may be a smart and simple investment.

SoloPower, a California-based manufacturer of flexible, thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules is heating up the low cost solar market with the debut of their CIGS-based, thin-film, lightweight, flexible SFX1-i Photovoltaic module.

EcoFactor announces that its thermostats can make a home’s heating and cooling systems 20 percent to 30 percent more efficient by using data from “individual homes, local weather stations and numerous other geographic inputs.”

STMicroelectronics’ SPV1020 brings smarter efficiency to solar systems and allows panels to offer full power even when covered by shadows.

The Enphase Energy's Environ Smart Thermostat allows you to check the performance of your home’s solar panels.

SB 535, a bill passed by the California State Assembly this summer, extends the expiration date of yellow Clean Air Vehicle Stickers on hybrids until July 1, 2011 and white stickers until 2015.

Solar Impulse’s HB-SI solar-powered aircraft completed its first day-and-night flight over Switzerland.  The aircraft is powered by 12,000 solar panels.

The launch of the new zero emissions fuel cell hybrid taxi was unveiled at London’s City Hall.  The goal is to make all taxis hybrid by the year 2020.

Schools in the UK will be able to save on electricity costs by generating their own energy. British Gas will give 15 million euros worth of free solar panels to British schools.  This will help schools meet their carbon reduction goals because it will be reducing 1,400 tons of emission per year.  This is equivalent to taking out 400 cars on the road and will also help students learn more about renewable energy and the importance of solar panels. 

As part of Yale's continuing commitment to creating a sustainable campus, the Yale Office of Sustainability has developed a set of Green Certification programs for workplaces, labs, and events. The green certification program is designed to educate faculty and staff about sustainable practices they can implement to reduce Yale's impact on the environment. GreenTech TV spoke with Melissa Goodall, Assistant Director of Yale’s Office of Sustainability, to learn more about the programs and talk about the environmental leadership role that Yale is playing among universities around the world.

Walmart has offered to conduct “energy audits” of supplier facilities.  Using learnings gained from its own efforts to improve building efficient, Walmart helps suppliers identify projects that can help save energy and money.

This summer, Tokyo-based Toshiba has said it will accelerate production of electric-vehicle batteries and drive motors for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and EVs.

The International Code Council released the International Green Construction Code  earlier this year which addresses site development and land use, including preservation of natural and material resources, and regulates construction on new and old buildings.

Consumers Energy has chosen Elster's EnergyAxis for its smart grid field pilot. The Program will evaluate energy efficiency, outage management, and cost savings.

The ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 standard will be available for public download and public comment.  This new technology is touted to provide a highly accelerated IP-based energy management solution.

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