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August 29, 2011

Oh, to Be Warm in Summer’s Heat

Why are airports, shops, offices and homes in the United States and elsewhere chilled to sweater-weather temperatures in summer when the temperature outside rises?

Read this article on The New York Times

August 24, 2011

CLTC Co-director Papamichael quoted in The New York Times

If you study the various lighting technologies, you can save money and time — and, perhaps, see every part of your home in its best light. CLTC's Papamichael says, “Experiment with different light versions, and do it slowly.”
Read the full article in the New York Times. Click here.

August 10, 2011

Can More “Usable” Thermostats Save More Energy in Small Buildings?

“Usability” expresses how well a product’s design fits users’ needs: Does it do the job intended? And is it easy and comfortable to use? In a world of proliferating gadgets, people need dependable products that combine clarity, comfort, and functionality.
A report written by Marco Pritoni for the Institute for Building Efficiency.

July 21, 2011

The environment: Global common property – Nicole Biggart, Energy Efficiency Center director

Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart, director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, joined 30 other scholars and policy makers at The Wharton School in April to identify lessons learned from the global economic and financial crisis. Now the report of the first Globalization TrendLab Conference is available online.

Noting that the conference was about systemic risk, Biggart pointed out, “There is nothing more systemic than our environment. Water, air, you name it – if it is environmental property, we all share it… We have very new property rights issues but we don’t have ways of thinking or talking about them because our notion of property rights is rooted in very different understanding. We share systemic risk, but we do not govern ourselves systemically.”

Click here to download the executive summary PDF

May 23, 2011

UC Davis ready to debut the country’s largest zero-net energy development

The University over in Davis says it will be ready to debut the country’s largest zero-net energy development, the UC Davis West Village concept that’s under construction now, by the fall. Solar power is generated on site and puts as much energy back into the grid as is consumed by residents.

A bunch of dignitaries, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, gathered Thursday to cheer the arrival.

The first phase of the 130-acre project will include apartment housing for 2,000 students, an education center for Los Rios Community College, recreation and study facilities and a village square surrounded by neighborhood-serving retail.

Read the full article in the Sacramento Business Journal. Click here.

May 5, 2011

Energy Efficiency as the First Line of Defense – Nicole Biggart EEC Director

To enhance U.S. energy security, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and strengthen the economy, the Obama Administration has made clean and renewable energy a top priority. But most of the payoff for that investment will be over the long term. Energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest and cleanest solution to implement now. Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart, director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, shared her insights on energy efficiency at the 14th annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles in May. She joined Geoff Chapin, founder and CEO of Next Step Living Inc., James Davis, president of Chevron Energy Solutions, and David Arfin, CEO of First Energy Finance, to address ways to accelerate energy efficiency technologies, practices and behavioral changes. Established in 1998 by the non-partisan think tank, the Milken Institute Global Conference explores the most pressing social, political and economic challenges. Among the participants are hundreds of CEOs from the world’s top-tier companies, senior foreign and U.S. government officials, forward-thinking academic experts, journalists, and leaders in global capital markets, education, health care and philanthropy.

Biggart continues travel to top business schools and international conferences to present her research on how commercial construction industry practices thwart the use of more efficient, innovative and greener technologies. Most recently, she shared this research, co-authored with Professor Thomas D. Beamish of the UC Davis Sociology Department, at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin, and at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

In November Biggart served as a biennial Advisory Board member at one of Germany’s most prestigious and successful research organizations, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. The institute’s interests include economic sociology and political economy with specific focus on the European Union. Biggart was among eight international scholars invited to review research productivity and trajectories of the Institute.

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April 11, 2011

EEC Associate Director Turrentine quoted in The Miami Herald

EEC Associate Director and UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center Director Tom Turrentine was recently quoted in The Miami Herald article titled "Will buying an electric car make an environmental difference?". For the entire article, go to:

March 22, 2011

EEC Associate Director Siminovitch quoted in The New York Times

EEC Associate Director and UC Davis California Lighting Technology Center director Michael Siminovitch was recently quoted in The New York Times business section article titled "In Battle of the Bulbs, One Based on TV Tubes". For the entire article, go to:

February 6, 2011

UC Davis to Cut Energy Use by 60 Percent

The University of California, Davis and the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) have announced a commitment to reduce the campus’s electricity use for lighting by 60% by the end of 2015. The Smart Lighting Initiative makes UC Davis the first large institution to commit to a sweeping cut in energy use after the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) released a plan in September to leverage advanced products and best practices to transform the lighting market and achieve a 60-80% reduction in statewide electrical lighting energy consumption.

The UC Davis initiative would reduce campus electricity use by about 30 million kWh and its carbon footprint by about 6,650 metric tons of CO2E. The university would save an estimated $3 million annually in electric costs, in addition to savings from reduced cooling needs and maintenance costs.


February 3, 2011

UC Davis’ Western Regional Cooling Challenge inspires National Cooling Challenge

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced today its progress towards developing a national public-private partnership that will drive innovation and high-efficiency into new Rooftop Air Conditioning Units (RTUs) offered in the market. Two years ago, UC Davis' Western Cooling Efficiency Center launched a similarly designed effort to facilitate the mass-production of high-efficiency RTUs that are particularly well-suited to the dry, arid climate of the Western U.S. UC Davis' Western Cooling Challenge has been a success in generating high-efficient low peak RTU products and is a model that inspired the development of DOE's national challenge.

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