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Intelligent Efficiency: the Next Generation of Energy Efficiency
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Information and communication technologies (ICT) and their enabling technologies are responsible for a significant portion of energy efficiency improvements in the past decade. Sensors and controls, the internet, and semiconductor technologies have already changed the way we use energy and interact with other people: how we work, shop, and have fun. But that is only the start. As highly efficient technologies begin to interact with each other and respond in real time to their environment, there will be a structural change in how we use energy. This paper explores the next generation of energy efficiency: what we call intelligent efficiency. Building on recent work in this area, this paper will define intelligent efficiency and provide specific case studies to illustrate its impact. This paper will focus on the manufacturing sector, but examples include commercial building energy management, industrial automation, and transportation infrastructure. This paper will discuss how these technologies work together synergistically to reach new levels of efficiency, allowing us to not only save energy, but to improve the economy and create jobs. Finally, the paper will identify barriers and policy solutions to intelligent efficiency achieving even greater savings and economic benefits.
Trombley,D.; Molina, M.; Elliot, R. N. (2012). Intelligent Efficiency: the Next Generation of Energy Efficiency. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from