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Why Education is the Future of Energy Efficiency

By 2040, world population is expected to reach 9.2 billion people, up from 7.4 billion today. Over that same period, global GDP will likely double; billions of people are expected to join the global middle class.

Rising living standards for expanding populations worldwide mean a dependence on reliable modern energy. The global energy demand is expected to rise by about 25 percent by the year 2040. That is roughly equivalent to adding another North America and Latin America to the world’s current energy demand.

Utilities Awaken to Electric Vehicles

Despite the obvious need to spark new revenue streams, electric utilities have not been particularly aggressive in their embrace of electric vehicles (EVs) as a potential source of new demand.  

BREAKING: Top 4 Must-Watch EISA LED Issues – DOE Clarifies LED Rules

The 45 lm/W backstop has not been triggered. This is one of the key clarifications published as the Department of Energy (DOE) moved forward to withdraw the revised definition of General Service Lamps (GSLs) which were set to take effect January 1, 2020 as part of the rulemaking process required by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). The DOE submitted their final ruling in July for EO 12866 regulatory review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and it was officially published in the Federal Register on 9/5/2019. There were several key clarifications from the published final ruling and a separately published proposed determination.

Energy Efficiency Challenges in Rural Communities Without Internet

Rural and small-town America has a proud and independent culture all its own. It also has unique energy needs and challenges.

If we use the US Department of Agriculture definition of a rural or ‘non-metropolitan’ community as one with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants, then small towns and rural countryside make up 72 percent of the land area in the United States—but just 14 percent of the total population. Yet interestingly, rural communities account for 20 percent of US energy consumption.

Why Optimize Telecommunications?

You’re at dinner with a friend, and neither of you can recall the name of the lead actor in a movie you want to see. So, you pull out your phone and punch the information into your search engine. You’re driving through an unfamiliar area to meet up with a colleague, but you can’t remember which turn to make, so you take out your phone and type the address in your maps app. You’re out of town for work, but you still need to say goodnight to your kids, so you take out your phone and video chat with them before bed.

Regardless of the situation, it is undeniable that cell phones have become a necessity for most Americans. They’re used in thousands of ways, millions of times a day, all across the country. The service that makes this possible, however, doesn’t just appear out of thin air.

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