energy efficiency

Smart-Grid Technology
5:01 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Fox Island Utility's Smart-Grid Technology Aims To Save Energy, Save Money

A grid-friendly appliance controller; this PNNL-developed computer chip can make most household appliances (including water heaters) “smart.”
courtesy PNNL

When you turn on your tap or shower in the morning or run your washing machine at night, you probably aren’t thinking much about how many other people in the area are doing the same thing.

But when it’s cold outside, use of electric heaters for hot water often pushes peak loads to the brink for local utilities.

That’s where so-called smart-grid technology could come in and save the day. The idea, which increases energy efficiency and saves everyone money, is being put to the test on Fox Island, near Tacoma.

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Champion of Change
5:15 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

White House to Honor Seattle Vet for Advancing Clean Energy

Avi Jacobson rappels off a building in 2012 for the “Over the Edge” benefit at the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.
WSHFC

Avi Jacobson was serving his first tour in Iraq in 2007 when he noticed his own unit's heavy reliance on a single generator. 

Jacobson’s Air Force base ran almost solely on the generator, which was overworked with computers and air conditioners almost daily. When the usage hit the generator’s tipping point, Jacobson said, “everything would die," triggering an eerie silence.

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energy efficiency
1:07 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Study: Seattle One of Top Cities for Energy Efficiency in U.S.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Seattle is one of the most energy-efficient cities in the U.S., according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a Washington, D.C.-based research group. 

The study ranked cities based on their scores in several categories: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, utility policies and public benefits programs, and transportation policies.

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energy efficiency 2.0
8:13 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Seattle, Microsoft team up to make buildings more energy-efficient

The Seattle Sheraton Hotel, one of four buildings that are part of the city's High-Performance Building Pilot Project. The aim is to use real-time data to reduce energy use by 10 to 25 percent without reducing worker productivity.
mage courtesy of Sheraton Seattle Hotel Facebook page.

Already known as a leader in sustainable architecture, Seattle is teaming up with Microsoft to take green building to the next level with the help of big-data computing.

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