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I just love politics, and the upcoming election is firing me up. It’s hard because we have such good candidates to choose from, and they’re each very strong in their own way. I’ve been following them closely, and I definitely think I’m one of those swing voters who could go either way when it comes time to check my ballot.
Imagine my pure delight when the candidates called me up last week to ask if they could host the Awards Luncheon on October 4 at the 25th Annual E Source Forum! No, I’m not kidding!
<p>This week, I was very interested to see the <em>New York Times</em> article on <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/technology/data-centers-waste-vast-amo... center energy use</a>, along with several responses, like a piece from <a href="http://gigaom.com/cleantech/nyts-data-center-power-article-reports-from-... Fehrenbacher on GigaOm</a>. The energy consumed by the data center industry is truly astonishing.</p>
I still remember the first time I traveled to a country where I didn’t speak the language. Finding the places I wanted to visit was a challenge until I developed some rudimentary vocabulary and grasped the basic geography of the city I was in.
Visiting a website can be a similarly disorienting experience, as no two sites operate quite the same way. Here at E Source, we’re currently involved in a project that will result in significant improvements in how our site works, but in the meantime, you can be successful finding the content you’re after if you know a few key search tips and tricks. Here are two tips that should be immediately useful:
- Use quotes around multiword terms or phrases.
Examples: “distributed generation,” “in-home energy-use display”
If you enter a phrase in the white search box at the top right of the page with quotation marks around the phrase, in the results list, content with that exact phrase will rise to the top. Otherwise, you’ll get a mix of results where the listed content may only contain one of the words in the phrase.
- Use OR to ...
<p>Last week, I attended the first ever <a href="http://www.energysavvy.com/clients/summit-2012/">EnergySavvy Customer Summit</a> in Seattle, where we enjoyed amazing weather, delicious food, and, of course, interesting discussions about energy efficiency. The event was hosted by the folks at EnergySavvy, who make software to support energy-efficiency programs, including an online </p>
Last year was my first E Source Forum. Though I had plenty of pre-Forum training to learn the ins and outs of this fun and informative week, I wish I had known a few details before arriving at the Westin.
The 25th Annual E Source Forum is coming up in less than two weeks, so for attendees, I’ve crafted a helpful list for you to review before you show up in Denver:
- Secure your hotel reservation right now! The presidential debate is being held at the University of Denver on October 3, limiting room options in downtown Denver. If you need help making a reservation, e-mail Tara Johnson, conference associate, or call her at 303-345-9137.
- Speaking of the presidential debate, we’ll have a viewing room set up so you can watch, but because Forum activities will be going on at the same time, I recommend setting your DVR to record the debate or asking someone to record it for you. That way you can watch it when you get home from the conference.
- Do you have a new title? Did you forget to let us know about food allergies? Do you want to reserve a spot for the optional Thursday tours or dinner? Visit the website to update your ...
I’ve been working in electric vehicle (EV) research and development for about a decade now—all the while, avidly following the tumultuous roller-coaster ride of this fledgling EV consumer market—and I’ve heard just about every metaphor in the book used to describe product adoption. From waves to trickles, transformations to bridges, gorillas to grid-stabilizers—friend, foe, phantom, or fool, there are so many ways to frame it. Everyone seems to have an opinion about what the future holds for EVs, but I recently heard a rather unique metaphor for EV marketing that really stuck with me: So far, many of the failures we’ve seen in EV marketing stem from the simple fact that they’ve been sold like medicine.
That may sound like a strange metaphor to someone outside of the EV industry, but to those of us keeping one finger on its pulse, this observation is dead on. So much of the messaging used to sell EVs to a wider mainstream market—both as a product and in concept—has a generally guilty tinge to it. The story line is simple enough to follow: Your choices and actions are destroying the planet and threatening ...
When I found out that Spencer Sator was coming back to E Source after taking two years off to serve in the Peace Corps, I couldn’t have been more excited. Besides being absolutely hilarious, he is amazing with our members and passionate (i.e., totally nerdy) about the subject of technology. While in Ethopia, Spencer kept a blog, and it was incredible to read his stories and see his amazing photography (check out one of my favorite posts). In addition to accomplishments with ecotourism and alternative fuels, he helped to open a library in Arsi Negele, an African city of about 70,000 people. If you run into Spencer at a conference, sit down with him and get ready for some of most amazing stories you’ve ever heard—and be ready to laugh harder than you have in a long time.
Nickname: Dr. Awesome. Okay, I actually don’t have a nickname.
Hometown: Beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.
What you do at E Source: I manage the Technology Assessment Service, where I dig deep into all varieties of efficient end-use technologies and help our members make informed choices when it comes to finding the best technology ...
This is the final installment of blog posts from the 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. So far, I’ve blogged about my appearance on the Plug Loads Panel, the inspiring and industry-leading energy professionals I met, and the presentations that I attended on the latest and greatest in phase-change materials, variable refrigerant flow systems, and consumer electronics.
Today, I’ll dig into a familiar (though perhaps not so sexy) technology that could be poised for a full transformation. Clothes dryer efficiency finally appears to be ready to move into the 21st century. While many major household appliances—including clothes washers, refrigerators, and dishwashers—have seen efficiency improvements of 50 to 80 percent in the past 20 years, clothes dryer energy consumption has changed very little. I assumed, along with everyone else, that there wasn’t much opportunity for efficiency improvements. The development of heat pump clothes dryer technology in Europe, however, encouraged New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program to launch the Super Efficient Dryer Initiative (SEDI) in 2010 to support the successful introduction of ...