energy efficiency law Articles

  • Technological efficiency improvements: beyond the prospects of first-law efficiencies

    Efficiency improvements of technology are said to be one of the most important possibilities to satisfy the energy requirements of a growing global population and to mitigate adverse energy-related environmental impacts, such as climate change, at the same time. On the basis of the classical concept of first-law efficiency, however, conventional energy analyses lead to the impression that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Senix Water Level Sensors Drive Irrigation Automation Project

    Australia’s Water Crisis Irrigation management is serious business in Australia especially within the Murray-Darling Basin, a 1,000,000 square kilometer watershed that is home to Australia’s most productive agricultural land. The basin’s 23 rivers have ...


    By Senix Corporation

  • Legislation: The Energy Efficiency Directive

    The European Parliament will debate and subsequently vote on the Energy Efficiency Directive on 11 and 12 September 2012. If the Council agrees with the outcome of Parliament's first reading, then the legislative text will be adopted and will come into force once it is published in the Official Journal. If an agreement between the two institutions is not reached, the proposal will then be sent ...


  • Energy Efficiency is PRO Business

    There is a lot of current debate about whether the State of WA should require utilities to make greater investments in energy efficiency. This has caused some waves within the business community which has legitimate concerns about energy prices and is usually in opposition to government mandates and. Although not proven, the common belief amongst businesses is that laws requiring investments in ...

  • The efficiency and eco-efficiency of manufacturing

    In this paper, we review the efficiency of both manufacturing processes and systems over recent decades and compare nano-materials technologies in this context. To a first approximation, nano-materials processes appear to be about as efficient as semi-conductor processes. That is, their second law efficiencies are of the order 10−5, while conventional processes are of order 10−2. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Clean jobs coalition calls for updated renewable energy laws in Illinois

    On February 4, 2015, the newly formed Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for an update of the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that was put into place in 2007. The Coalition proposed a plan to create as many as 32,000 jobs annually by ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Laser welding: the first and second law analysis

    Thermal efficiency analysis can be used to minimise the energy losses in laser welding. In the present study, laser welding and efficiency analysis are considered. The first and second law efficiencies for the welding process are formulated and quantified for new parameters associated with the welding geometry. These parameters include excess mass ratio, loss mass ratio, and heat loss ratio. It ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Turning the Energy Efficiency Directive into a positive value driver

    The European Union is steadily moving toward a united energy front. In 2012, the EU created the Energy Efficiency Directive and set out to reach 20 percent energy efficiency within eight years. According to the European Commission, the executive body of the EU, this directive will require all EU countries to use energy more ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • The real power behind today’s energy efficiency industry?

    President Barack Obama recently pushed for increased energy efficiency in his State of the Union address. His endorsement is a plus, no argument. But it may not be the federal government that drives the industry’s next growth spurt. Increasingly, the push for clean energy seems to be more grassroots, from the city and community. Consider these significant ...

  • Energy efficiency: The unsung hero of our times

    As our economy continues to sputter, one little-noticed industry has been booming for a while now: energy efficiency. The sector is hiring like crazy -- a fact that speaks volumes about the close relationship between clean energy and the economic recovery that we're all waiting for. Energy efficiency could save us all. My firm works with utilities, government agencies, housing authorities, and ...

  • Lessons from Thailand: Mobilizing Investment in Energy Efficiency

    Developing countries will need about $531 billion of additional investments in clean energy technologies every year in order to limit global temperature rise to 2° C above pre-industrial levels, thus preventing climate change’s worst impacts. To attract investments on the scale required, developing country governments, with ...

  • Case study - Multi-tenant building energy efficiency

    Buildings accounted for roughly 40% of total U.S. energy consumption in 2010, according to the United States Energy Information Association. “[New York] City's roughly 1 million buildings cost $15 billion a year to power and heat and account for 80% of the city's greenhouse gas emissions”(1). The proliferation of smart energy devices and building management systems will result in the ...


    By Powerhouse Dynamics

  • Index of Authors: Environmental Law Review 12 (2010)

    Armeni, Chiara, The Copenhagen Accord and Beyond 132 Cardwell, Michael Public Participation in the Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms: A Matter of Substance or Form? 12 Public Rights of Way and Level Playing Fields 291 Cook, Kate, The Right to Food and the Environment 1 Coyle, Sean, review of Property Rights and Natural Resources by ...


  • The second-law implications of biochemical energy conversion: exergy analysis of glucose and fatty-acid breakdown in the living cell

    This paper gives the exergy analyses of the main stages of glucose and fatty-acid breakdown in living cells. Conversion processes like the glycolysis, the citric-acid cycle, and mitochondrial respiration consistently show exergy efficiencies of around or above 90%, while the membrane-transport processes are about 70-75% efficient. The overall efficiencies of glucose and palmitic-acid breakdown to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Rhode Island: little state, big energy efficiency opportunity

    Rhode Island is often the butt of jokes about its size, a lot of them having to do with an inability among residents to screw in electric light bulbs. But when it comes to energy policy, the state has often loomed large, even if few people notice. For example, it was Rhode Island that led the way with electric industry restructuring in the 1990s. California and Massachusetts usually get the ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Energy efficiency in water distribution systems - A path to an ideal network - AGS experience

    Water utilities’ responsibility to deliver quality and reliable service under a sustainable basis requires an increasingly efficient management and therefore an asset management strategy that ensures high levels of service, safe and reliable drinking-water quality and an appropriate network performance. In Portugal, IAM gave a step forward with a recent Portuguese decree law (Decreto-Lei ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Raising energy efficiency in a new materials economy - Part II

    There is a vast worldwide potential for cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by reducing the use of materials. This begins with the major metals--steel, aluminum, and copper--where recycling requires only a fraction of the energy needed to produce these metals from virgin ore, and with the recycling and composting of most household garbage. It continues with designing cars, appliances, and ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Exergy landscapes: exploration of second-law thinking towards sustainable landscape design

    Depletion of fossil fuels and climate change necessitate a transition to sustainable energy systems that make efficient use of renewable energy sources. Recently, the disciplines of building engineering, architecture and urban planning have begun embracing 'second-law thinking' to reduce energy consumption in the built environment. Second-law thinking, however, is not yet a part of spatial ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Carbon management helps law firms cut carbon emissions by 12%

    Legal Sector Alliance achieves a substantial cut in carbon emissions through staff engagement and investment in energy efficient technology. A group containing many of the UK's leading law firms, The Legal Sector Alliance (LSA), unveiled a report yesterday where it confirms that it has cut its carbon emissions by an average 12% in the last three years. The Legal Sector Alliance (LSA) has ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Contents: Environmental Law Review - Volume 12 Issue 4 2010

    Contents 245 Opinion The Convention on Biological Diversity: will the decisions made at COP10 in Nagoya make it easier to conserve biodiversity? - Lynda M. Warren Articles 256 Wildlife Reforms in Scotland - Colin T. Reid 266 Building to improve energy ...


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