EPA gives its verdict on the Clean Air Act, the DOE teams up with the Defense Department, and how Rolls-Royce plans to create electric luxury.
EPA Evaluates Clean Air Act
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a report Wednesday estimating the economic, environmental and health benefits of the Clean Air Act from 1990 to 2020. The Agency concluded, after much deliberation and review, that the legislation has been a highly beneficial investment for the country. Direct benefits of the Act include $2 trillion by 2020 in the form of cleaner air and healthier Americans, according to the study. According to the report, pollution reduction has prevented 160,000 premature deaths, 13 million lost work days and 1.7 million asthma attacks in the year 2010 alone.
Energy Efficiency Boosts National Security
There has been a great deal of cooperation between the DOE and the Department of Defense as both agencies attempt to bolster national security through further research and development in alternative, clean energies. New steps were announced by the Secretary of Navy to use cost effective energy storage developed by the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in the DOD’s offices. Using ARPA-E’s developments in grid-scale energy storage, EV batteries and power electronics, the DOD plans to develop a device to provide future defense systems more storage for military bases, vehicles and commercial grids.
EPS Auditor Technology Gives Energy Scores Immediately
The Earth Advantage Institute, the developer of the Energy Performance Score (EPS) home rating system, launched an EPS Auditor to generate recommendation reports on the spot. The Auditor is an online energy assessment tool for auditors that enables them to conduct on-site energy assessments and deliver customized reports and formal recommendations to homeowners immediately. The EPS is a rating system that provides an estimate of energy consumption, carbon emissions and shows where the home ranks in energy use on a regional and national scale.
Wireless Induction Charging Method Displayed at Motor Show
The Geneva Motor Show put various automotive innovations on display including the 102EX, the Phantom Experimental Electric vehicle developed by Rolls-Royce. It is the first time in the company’s history that such a car that uses an alternative to traditional internal combustion has been created. HaloIPT is supplying its wireless induction charging technology, which allows cars to charge automatically when parked over transmitter pads in the ground, for the 102EX. The charging systems use inductive power transfer (IPT) that can function beneath asphalt, underwater or under a terrain covered in snow and ice. The technology can charge vehicles ranging from city busses to smaller cars. The hope for the future is that roads will be embedded with the IPT technology so that cars using HaloIPT can be charged while driving.
Cox Communications Joins Legends Energy Group
Cox Communications has made Legends Energy Group its official energy demand partner for all of Cox’s Virginia locations. The company will get a payment by reducing its electricity use during peak demand hours on the grid. Legend member and Football Hall of Famer, Bruce Smith was one of the major influences in guiding Cox toward enrolling in Legends’ program. A number of such celebrities support Legends’ demand response program and promote it. The move is another step taken by Cox to reach the company’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent before 2017.
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