Energy Department to Fund Efficient Lighting Projects

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department announced May 4 that nine research and development (R&D) projects will receive funding to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research, product development and U.S. manufacturing.

The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products that can significantly reduce overall U.S. energy consumption and save consumers money.

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Energy Department Standards to Save Billions in Electricity Bills

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy (DOE) has introduced two new energy efficiency standards in support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

The new standards apply to general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and automatic commercial ice makers (ACIMs).

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Energy Department Sets Green Certification Standards

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department issued a final rule on Oct. 10 that requires new and retrofitted federal buildings to verify energy and water performance through green building certification systems in the private sector.

The department said it will help ensure that in cases where agencies choose to use green building certification systems to meet federal sustainability and energy standards, they must choose a system that verifies enhanced energy and water efficiency. The rule goes into effect Nov. 13.

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Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Research Building Efficiency

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department is funding up to $6 million for four commercial building projects that will help guide owners as they look to adopt energy efficient technologies.
The department estimates commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the U.S. last year, at a cost of about $180 billion. These buildings are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions, the department said in a statement.

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