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Technology And Internet Hold Key To Energy Efficiency, Report Says

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An energy efficiency advocacy group is challenging preconceived notions of relying on other energy sources, such as natural gas and nuclear power, for efficiency.

“Twenty-two percent of current U.S. consumption could be replaced by what experts are calling ‘intelligent efficiency,'” states a report released Tuesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

"Intelligent efficiency" requires consumers to think of complex systems connected through the Internet and computer technologies -- such as cities, factories and transportations systems -- instead of individual devices, including cars, appliances or light bulbs, according to the report. 

Under the council's vision, weather forecasts could be used to pre-cool buildings and sensors could lower air conditioning and lighting if a building is vacant. 

"This report is further evidence of the real revolution happening in our industry, the convergence of energy management and information that's allowing companies to achieve significant savings of 30 percent or more," said Paul Hamilton, vice president of government affair for Schneider Electric, in a statement. "It's time for businesses and government to get involved and engaged in the partnerships and programs that will make this more of an everyday reality."

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In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.
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To Survive The Bust Cycle, Farmers Go Back To Business-School Basics

Farming is entering its third year on the bust side of the cycle. Major crop prices are low while expenses like seed, fertilizer and land remain high. That means getting creative to succeed.
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Power Plant Fight In Prince George's County

A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

The New York Times says entrepreneur Peter Thiel confirms he has been bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury award to Hogan of $140 million over publication of a sex tape.

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