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Screen shot of the Indoor Air journal cover
June 06, 2011

A paper by William Fisk, Anna Mirer, and Mark Mendell has received a "best paper" award from the editors of the journal Indoor Air.

According to the citation, "Quantitative relationship of sick building syndrome symptoms with ventilation rates," was "one of the top papers published in the journal during the years 2008-2010."

The authors were honored at one of the plenary sessions of the Indoor Air 2011 conference, which takes place this week in Austin.

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Screen shot of cover to California's Energy Future - The View to 2050
June 03, 2011

"California's Energy Future - The View to 2050" looks a generation ahead at what's required to reach the goal of reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below the 1990 level by 2050. Several researchers in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division participated in developing this study, the result of a multi-institutional partnership to examine energy futures to reduce California's emissions.

The report finds that the technology to do more with less energy and... Read More

Photos of cows in a pasture
May 31, 2011

A benchmarking tool to help dairy owners and operators use energy and water as efficiently as possible in their facilities was released today by scientists at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The BEST-Dairy allows a user to calculate energy and water use intensity and obtain a benchmarking score for the selected plant, as compared with the best available references that researchers identified from national and global data.

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Portrait of Jayant Sathaye
May 25, 2011
Two Berkeley Lab Scientists Were Authors

A recent report examining the potential role of renewable power in reducing emissions of climate-altering greenhouse gases concludes that a high percentage of the world's energy supply could be met by renewables by mid- century if backed by the right enabling public policies.

Two researchers in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Jayant Sathaye and Ryan Wiser, were Coordinating... Read More

A towered building in China with national Chinese flags in the foreground
May 17, 2011

As China's economy continues to soar, its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions will keep on soaring as well—or so goes the conventional wisdom. A new analysis by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) now is challenging that notion, one widely held in both the United States and China.

Photo of a building with solar paneling
April 29, 2011

New research by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds strong evidence that homes with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems sell for a premium over homes without solar systems.

Photo of George Ban-Weiss
April 26, 2011

EETD Post-Doctoral Fellow George Ban-Weiss participated in an atmospheric modeling study of black carbon aerosols and their impact on climate change while he was with the Carnegie Institution for Science and Stanford University. Read Carnegie's press release, "Climate change from black carbon depends on altitude," here:

"Palo Alto, CA — Scientists have known for decades that black carbon aerosols add to global warming. These airborne particles made of sooty carbon are believed to be... Read More

Portrait of Thomas McKone
April 19, 2011

Thomas McKone, Leader of the Environmental Chemistry, Exposure, and Risk Group of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, has been quoted extensively in the news media on the transport and health risks of radiation from Japan.

McKone will be a speaker at the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association webinar on April 6 at 12:00 Pacific Time titled "... Read More

ENERGY STAR logo
March 23, 2011

Launched in 2006, over 8,700 residential energy upgrades have been completed through Austin Energy's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program. The program's lending partner, Velocity Credit Union (VCU) has originated almost 1,800 loans, totaling approximately $12.5 million. Residential energy efficiency loans are typically small, and expensive to originate and service relative to larger financing products. National lenders have been hesitant to deliver attractive loan products to... Read More

Portrait of Michael Sohn
February 23, 2011

Michael Sohn, Staff Scientist and Leader of the Airflow and Pollutant Transport Group, EETD, is serving on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Panel, Office of Pesticide Programs. The purpose of the panel is to review a probabilistic approach to source-to-outcome health risk assessments.

Screen shot of the Healthy Zero Energy Buildings web site
February 16, 2011

The Healthy Zero Energy Buildings (HZEB) website has made its debut.

The HZEB research program's goal is to develop the information needed for scientifically-sound commercial building ventilation standards that balance energy efficiency objectives with the need to maintain acceptable indoor air quality.

Zero (net) energy buildings have a net energy consumption of zero over a typical year. The California Public Utility Commission and the California Energy Commission have adopted... Read More

Photo of U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center signing ceremony
February 02, 2011

The two largest greenhouse gas-emitting nations, the United States and China, have formed a partnership to research and develop clean energy technology. Agreements formalizing the research plans of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), announced jointly by President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao more than a year ago, were signed in January 2011 during a state visit to Washington D.C. of the Chinese President and other officials.

Focusing on three areas, building... Read More

Photo of Carla Peterman
January 26, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Carla Peterman to the California Energy Commission.

Peterman is a doctoral candidate in the Energy and Resources Group, University of California Berkeley and a graduate student researcher with the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her primary research interests are renewable energy, technology innovation, and climate change mitigation policy. Her dissertation examines the effect of market... Read More

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seal
January 24, 2011

From the FERC news release:

"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today issued for public comment a study that seeks to ensure reliability for consumers by identifying tools that will help manage the planning and operations of new generation resources into the nation's electricity system.

The study, conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with a team of power system experts, and initiated and funded by FERC's Office of Electric Reliability, examines... Read More

Screen shot of the Apartment Retrofits for IEQ website
December 21, 2010

Buildings are responsible for a large fraction of total U.S. energy demand and buildings are replaced slowly. About one third of the U.S. population lives in multifamily buildings. The residents of multifamily buildings often have below-average incomes and they are sometimes exposed to high levels of potentially harmful indoor contaminants. The U.S. is embarking on a program of aggressive energy retrofits in homes, with a substantial focus on retrofits of subsidized multifamily housing. This... Read More

Cover of the Tracking the Sun III report
December 13, 2010

Environmental Energy Technologies Division researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have released a new study on the installed costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the U.S., showing that the average cost of these systems remained largely unchanged from 2008 to 2009, before beginning a steep decline in 2010.

The number of solar PV systems in the U.S. has been growing at a rapid rate in recent years, as governments at... Read More

Portrait of Charles Goldman
December 06, 2010

Charles Goldman, a scientist in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, has been given a special award by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy in recognition of the "Electricity Markets and Policy Group's critical achievements and leadership in the energy efficiency field." Goldman is the leader of this research group.

The award was presented at a reception during the ACEEE's "Energy Efficiency-Advancing Our Economy, Environment, and Security" conference in... Read More

Portrait of Eric Masanet
November 03, 2010

Eric Masanet, deputy leader of the International Energy Studies (IES) Group, was a guest editor of a special issue of Yale's Journal of Industrial Ecology exploring new applications of information and communication technology (ICT) that could save society significant amounts of energy and money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet.

IES is part of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. H. Scott... Read More

Portrait of Mark Levine
October 15, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been chosen to lead a consortium for a U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center on Building Energy Efficiency. The Center will develop technologies for low-energy residential and commercial buildings, as well as work on commercialization of those technologies and research how human behavior affects building energy use.

The Clean Energy Resource Center (CERC) will receive $12.5 million over five years. The funding... Read More

Photo of a solar panel in a field.
October 13, 2010

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) released a new study Thursday documenting the design of and early experience with state-level renewables portfolio standard (RPS) programs in the United States that have been specifically designed to encourage solar energy. The study finds that these state-level RPS programs have already proven to be an important driver for solar energy deployment in the U.S., resulting in more than 250... Read More

Photo of the Driving Demand cover
October 11, 2010

Hundreds of millions of dollars in public money are flowing into programs to support improvements in home energy efficiency. Ensuring that these funds have their maximum impact by motivating homeowners to seek out home energy improvements is the subject of a new report from researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

"Convincing millions of Americans to divert their time and resources into upgrading their homes to eliminate energy waste, avoid high utility... Read More

Photo of a refrigertator
September 07, 2010

New efficiency standards proposed to take effect in 2014, announced recently by the U.S. Department of Energy, continue a 40-year trend of improving energy efficiency of this essential home appliance. The standard is a negotiated agreement between environmentalists, consumer advocates, and manufacturers. As proposed, the standard could... Read More

Photo of the team researchers of responsible for the study
August 23, 2010

Another reason for including asthma on the list of potential health risks posed by secondhand tobacco smoke, especially for non-smokers, has been uncovered. Furthermore, the practice of using ozone to remove the smell of tobacco smoke from indoor environments, including hotel rooms and the interiors of vehicles, is probably a bad idea.

Screen shot of the Wind Report cover
August 18, 2010

The U.S. was one of the fastest-growing wind power markets in the world in 2009, second only to China, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Berkeley Lab scientists Jayant Sathaye and Amol Phadke address a group
June 02, 2010

This week, a 20-member delegation, including representatives of electricity regulatory commissions of 13 of India's 28 states, visited Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to learn about California's leading efforts on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Portrait of Berkeley Lab senior scientist Jayant Sathaye
May 25, 2010

India signs on to DOE's Super-efficient Equipment and Appliances (SEAD) initiative.

U.S. Department of the Treasury ensign
May 12, 2010

The Section 1603 Treasury cash grant program appears to have stimulated incremental renewable power capacity additions in 2009, thereby supporting U.S.-based renewable energy jobs, according to a new report by Mark Bolinger, Ryan Wiser, and Naïm Darghouth, all researchers in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

House with solar panels
April 26, 2010

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) released a new study on the bill savings received by residential customers with solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems, under the net metering rates currently offered by California's two largest electric utilities. The report focuses on California, as it is the largest PV market in the U.S.

Photo of a man spraying insulation material in an attic
April 06, 2010

A new study by scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) examines the workforce needs of the energy efficiency services sector, and finds that the speed with which employment will grow will depend in part on how effectively the nation deploys training and education programs for the energy efficiency workforce.

Solar energy panels in a field on a sunny day
February 25, 2010

A new analysis by scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) for the Western Governor's Association explores renewable resource decisions in the West. The report's "sensitivity analysis" examines how decisions about which renewable sources are chosen, and how transmission lines are expanded, are affected by changes in policies and other uncertainties.

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