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If the U.S. did these 16 things, we’d be the most energy-efficient economy on earth

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • July 23, 2014

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just scored the world’s 16 largest economies on their energy policies and practices. And if there’s one thing ACEEE wants you to know, it’s this: the U.S. is way, way behind the rest of the class.

Germany took the top spot in the ranking, surprising no one. China was another strong performer, in large part because of its highly efficient building codes and standards. Ambitious efficiency standards helped European Union member states round out the top five.

America got 13th.

ACEEE Map

What gives? The United States just proposed a huge new carbon standard for power plants that opens the door for an efficiency revolution. We’re plugging in our cars and putting solar on our roofs. So why didn’t we score higher?

ACEEE has a 90-page explainer for you. We boiled it down to 16 reasons — and 16 things we could fix that would make the U.S. the world’s most energy-efficient economy.

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How one African nation is rising to the challenge of World Cup electricity demand

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • June 17, 2014

It’s no secret: managing peak electricity demand can be an olympic-sized challenge.

It’s a serious issue from Texas to Baltimore to Singapore. And now it’s coming up in the World Cup — a fact which was underscored during last night’s match between Ghana and United States.

In Ghana, utility officials were working around the clock to trim energy demand through various demand response measures to ensure that the nation could keep televisions on during the game. In addition to purchasing 50 megawatts of electricity from neighboring Ivory Coast, Ghana also adopted a common peak demand reduction strategy (one that was also used by Texas last winter went electric heating demand ballooned): energy officials reached a deal with large industrial users to slow their energy-intensive activities.

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2014 World Cup: 3 key matches that energy efficiency fans won’t want to miss

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • June 12, 2014

In January, we conducted a comparative energy efficiency analysis of the NFL Super Bowl match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. While it was a close contest between the two cities — Seattle and Denver — we ultimately gave the edge to the Seahawks.

Now, we turn our attention to the world sports stage — for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As a company built on promoting energy savings, we couldn’t help but highlight a few key match-ups as they relate to countries’ energy efficiency efforts. Here are three games we’ll be watching closely.

Brazil vs. Mexico

Group A: 17 JUN 2014 – 16:00 Local time

We kick off our analysis with a match that features the host country and heavy favorite: Brazil.

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