Energy & Environment

Discounting Energy Savings: Lessons from Incandescent Light Bulbs

A new study finds that consumers value compact fluorescent light bulbs less than their energy savings would imply.

Should Crop Price Matter When Determining Irrigation Acreage?

A new study attempts to predict demand for water in agricultural regions, allowing a better selection of irrigated acreage and an overall increase in water savings.

Policy Radio | Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President for Policy at Chicago’s Center for Neighborhood Technology, on Urban Sustainability

This week, Jim Howes sits down with Jacky Grimshaw to talk about urban sustainability in Chicago and around the world.

Good Day Sunshine: Investigating Solar Installation and Home Resale Premiums

A new study explores the home resale premiums associated with solar photovoltaic systems and how these premiums compare to predictions from standard appraisal techniques.

More Efficient Energy Efficiency: Smarter Program Targeting Means Higher Savings

New research shows that targeting high energy customers is an effective way to achieve substantial energy savings in utility conservation and efficiency programs.

No Excuses: BP-funded Study Suggests Mercury Limits Are Attainable

An analysis of 11 mercury removal methods finds that meeting federal limits for mercury levels in wastewater is possible with current technologies.

Focus on Finance: A Metropolis in the Desert

Neal Young from the City of Phoenix talks about sustainable growth, transportation, solar energy, budgeting, and pensions in the nation’s Sunbelt.

Enduring the Heat: Could residential air conditioning mitigate the danger of global climate change?

From the US experience, the adoption of residential air conditioning appears to be a promising way to reduce heat-related mortality rates in developing countries.

Are Large Cities More Pollution Efficient?

New research explores how population size relates to CO2 emissions efficiency.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Design a Better Study: Insights into Residential Energy Conservation

Carefully designed randomized trials could help to assess which low-cost efficiency measures have the most notable effect on heating related energy consumption.

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