http://www.energyefficiencynews.comAfion Media Ltd New metrics measure data centres’ use of carbon and water<p>IT industry group, The Green Grid, unveiled new metrics this week that measure the effectiveness of carbon and water use in data centres.</p> 2010-12-07T00:00:00-00:00 Maintenance, regulation and control, water management, carbon management, energy efficiency, data centres, carbon usage effectiveness, CUE, water usage effectiveness, WUE, The Green Grid, power usage effectiveness, PUE, Water usage now a boardroom issue, says CDP<p>Water &ndash; its use and the impact of constraints &ndash; are now a boardroom issue, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project, which launches a new water disclosure report and programme today.</p> 2010-11-12T00:00:00-00:00 Water management, water use, water efficiency, Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP, CDP Water Disclosure, Four US homes will be &lsquo;labs for energy efficiency’<p>Four new homes built in East Tennessee will serve as laboratories for energy efficiency in a public-private research effort.</p> 2010-09-21T00:00:00-00:00 US policy, Department of Energy, energy efficiency, homes, research and development, ZEBRAlliance, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Schaad Companies, construction, lighting, heating and ventilation, water management, Colorado tops ranking of US energy efficiency programmes<p>Colorado&rsquo;s ENERGY STAR New Homes Programme has topped a ranking of state efficiency efforts drawn up by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.</p> 2010-09-16T00:00:00-00:00 US policy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, ACEEE, energy efficiency state programmes, Colorado, New York, Hawaii, Maryland, refurbishment, heating and ventilation, water efficiency, lighting, Washington, US agency fines 27 companies for failing energy efficiency standards<p>The US Department of Energy is fining 27 companies over $3.5 million for selling products without certifying that they meet energy and water efficiency standards.</p> 2010-09-14T00:00:00-00:00 US policy, Department of Energy, energy efficiency, standards, enforcement, water efficiency, lighting, heating & cooling, maintenance, Sanyo Electronics, fridge freezer, SSE and Onzo to pioneer &lsquo;smart’ hot water and heating<p>UK utility Scottish &amp; Southern Energy and smart meter developer Onzo are joining forces to develop a smart meter based system for managing heating and hot water efficiency.</p> 2010-09-02T00:00:00-00:00 Infrastructure and distribution, smart meters, heating and ventilation, hot water, water management, Onzo, Scottish and Southern Energy, SSE, Technology Strategy Board, UK Government to review role of water regulator Ofwat<p>The UK Government has announced a review of the country&rsquo;s water regulator Ofwat to ensure it is &ldquo;fit for the future&rdquo;, value of money and offering what customers need.</p> 2010-09-01T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, water mangement, water efficiency, Ofwat, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Defra UK Government &ldquo;needs to try much, much harder&rdquo; on microgeneration<p>The new UK Coalition &ldquo;needs to try much, much harder&rdquo;, according to the Micropower Council&rsquo;s &lsquo;end of term&rsquo; report on the Government&rsquo;s performance.</p> 2010-08-09T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, microgeneration, renewables, Micropower Council, Renewable Heat Incentive, RHI, heating & ventilation, water management, GE energy efficiency Treasure Hunts could save millions<p>GE is rolling out a &lsquo;Treasure Hunt&rsquo; programme to help companies, universities and cities find potential energy savings.</p> 2010-08-02T00:00:00-00:00 GE ecomagination, Treasure Hunt, energy efficiency, company, university, city, UK’s Sustainable Development Commission calls for action, but faces axe<p>The UK&rsquo;s Sustainable Development Commission has released a report today calling for the Coalition Government to step up its green ambitions to make wider reaching efficiency cuts.</p> 2010-07-22T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, Sustainable Development Commission, SDC, Budget 2010, energy efficiency, water management, sustainability,