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Author Archives: Elizabeth Smyth

Glimpse Recessed LED Lighting

September 20th, 2011 | by Elizabeth Smyth

Recently, Lighting Science Group unveiled a new recessed LED lighting fixture. Unlike competitors models, Glimpse can be surface mounted to a J-Box as a luminaire or be retrofit into 5” or 6” recessed downlight by replacing the existing Edison base lamp and trim


How Old Are US Power Plants?

August 16th, 2011 | by Elizabeth Smyth

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), about 530 gigawatts, or 51% of all generating capacity, were at least 30 years old at the end of 2010. The U.S. fleet of electric power generators has a very wide range of ages, dependent on technology type


Philips Wins Prestigious Department of Energy L Prize

August 4th, 2011 | by Elizabeth Smyth

The traditional incandescent light bulb has been the market staple for more than a century. Unfortunately, this light source uses 10% of its energy output for light and wastes the other 90% as heat. The the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized that energy efficient alternatives needed to be made readily available and become the new standard for Americans. On August 3, 2011, DOE officially announced Philips Electronics North America as the first winner of the L Prize competition with an LED replacement for the 60-watt incandescent bulb


1,000 Induction Street Lights for the City of Tempe

July 26th, 2011 | by Elizabeth Smyth

After deciding that LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL) was not a good match for extreme desert temperatures, the city of Tempe, Arizona has decided to install 1,000 induction street lights to launch phase one of a street-light-retrofit initiative


Clean Technology Venture Investments Down 33%, but Bright Future Expected

July 19th, 2011 | by Elizabeth Smyth

Recent findings by Cleantech Group revealed that venture investments in clean technology were down 33% in 2Q 2011. Compared to the $2.75 billion across 174 deals in the previous 1Q11, global investments in the second quarter produced $1.83 billion across 161 deals. This total for 2Q11 is also down 10% from the $2.03 billion invested one year prior in


Cost Savings Remain Driving Factor Behind Commercial Retrofits

June 21st, 2011 | by Elizabeth Smyth

A recent survey conducted by the Institute For Building Efficiency showed that while interest in energy efficiency is increasing among building owners, energy cost savings remain the driving factor behind organizational energy efficiency decisions. The Energy Efficiency indicator is an annual survey of global executives and building owners responsible for energy management and investment decisions in commercial and public-sector buildings. The 2011 survey included almost 4,000 respondents across North America, Europe, India, China, Australia, Brazil and South Africa


Sears Canada Bans Inefficient Lighting, Moves to LEDs

June 10th, 2011 | by Elizabeth Smyth

Sears Canada has become the first major retailer of the country to ban the sale of inefficient incandescent and halogen lighting, opting instead to sell only energy efficient LED and CFL (compact fluorescent) alternatives



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