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Once upon a time, there was a difference between on and off. Now, it’s more complicated: Roughly 50 devices and appliances in the typical American household are always drawing power, even when they appear to be off, estimates Alan Meier, a senior scientist at the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab.
The Energy Department requested proposals for a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute as part of the Administration’s broader National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which drives collaboration between small- and medium-sized companies, academic institutions, industrial research organizations, and national laboratories.
The Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute – the fourth led by the Energy Department within the NNMI – represents a critical step in the Administration’s effort to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030. It will focus on developing breakthrough technologies to increase the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes used across an array of U.S. industries.
Proposals for this $70 million funding opportunity announcement are due June 15, 2016.
The Department will also conduct an informational webinar on May 11, 2016 at 3:00pm EDT. This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn more about the program and current solicitation, and ask questions regarding funding opportunity announcement procedures.
To register for this informational webinar, please click here.
In addition to today’s request for proposals, the Department is announcing that the topic of the fifth Energy Department-led institute will be Reducing Embodied Energy and Emissions of Manufactured Materials, focused on lowering energy use through the development of innovative recycling and remanufacturing technologies. More information about the fifth institute will be announced by the end of May 2016.
To access the full funding opportunity announcement, please click here.
To access the official DOE press announcement, please click here.
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Energy efficiency financing has seen record growth over the past year. Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) hit a billion dollar milestone, the nation’s largest green bank has roughly $4 billion of projects in the pipeline, and green bond issuance grew from $3 billion four years ago to over $40 billion in 2015. Total energy efficiency investment in buildings is slated to reach $125 billion by 2020, which is still less than half of the estimated $279 billion available.
But is it enough? On one hand, the market is telling us that we are poised to leave hundreds of billions of dollars on the table, while the Paris climate negotiations earlier this year set investment targets of over $200 billion to help avoid climate change. Energy efficiency financing is growing fast, but can it grow fast enough?
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Sustainability groups discuss four financing alternatives to help health care facilities get green initiatives off the ground.
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Several recent studies purport to show that particular energy efficiency programs and policies do not work or are too expensive. This short paper is written for people who are not evaluation experts and are trying to understand what conclusions they can take from these studies. We examine many of these papers and find that while they do have some useful findings, they often include a variety of unreasonable assumptions or outright mistakes that undermine their conclusions. Based on this review, we offer several recommendations on ways we can constructively move forward.
The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange has made available a series of pollution prevention fact sheets in both English and Spanish. The fact sheets, developed by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, cover:
- Auto body
- Auto repair
- Mercury switches
- Energy efficiency/resource conservation
- Green living