Ah-ha moments

Read the full story from the University of Tennessee.

Armed with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Center for Industrial Services (CIS), an agency of the UT Institute for Public Service, has worked with five Tennessee food manufacturers so far to help them reduce their carbon footprints. CIS has used two EPA grants totaling $140,000 to offset costs to manufacturers and help them reduce their energy costs and will apply for a third.

Smart thermostats inadvertently strain electric power grids

Read the full story from Cornell University.

Smart thermostats – those inconspicuous wall devices that help homeowners govern electricity usage and save energy – may be falling into a dumb trap.

Set by default to turn on before dawn, the smart thermostats unintentionally work in concert with other thermostats throughout neighborhoods and regions to prompting inadvertent, widespread energy-demand spikes on the grid.

The smart thermostats are saving homeowners money, but they are also initiating peak demand throughout the network at a bad time of day, according to Cornell engineers in a forthcoming paper in Applied Energy (September 2022.)

Energy-hungry data centers are quietly moving into cities

Read the full story at MIT Technology Review.

Companies are pushing more server farms into the hearts of population centers.

Open-source “unique building identifier” can help track and reduce energy use and emissions

Read the full story from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

PNNL researchers have developed software that uses geographical data to build an open-source grid reference system, providing a precise method to declare a location for structures. The Department of Energy expects this free-to-use system—Unique Building Identifier—will enable programs to better track and reduce energy use and emissions from buildings.