Marlena Chertock

Freelance Writer

Marlena Chertock is a former editorial intern at Electrical Contractor magazine who now writes for the magazine as a freelance journalist. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Marketplace, NBC News, News21, WTOP and The Gazette. Contact her at marlenalynne@gmail.com or @mchertock.

Articles by Marlena Chertock

March 2016
Nevada’s Public Utility Commission has made it increasingly difficult for the state’s solar-power market, pushing out at least three solar companies. In January, the commission voted unanimously against requests to delay the implementation of controversial changes to metering rates. It approved higher charges on all small commercial and residential owners of solar rooftop generation units. READ MORE
February 2016
Green Generation Solutions (GreenGen), Bethesda, Md., retrofitted assisted-living facilities over several years to be greener and more energy-efficient, according to a December article in Facility Executive. Since 2013, the pilot program turned several 24/7 senior living accomodations owned by a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) into greener facilities.
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January 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue several new final rules in early 2016, according to a November article in The National Law Review.
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January 2016
Google has made public new agreements to buy renewable energy to power its operations, according to an article in The New York Times. This will almost double its current green-energy promises.
 The announcement was made amid debates and discussions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the U.N. conference on climate change in Paris in early December.
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December 2015
The energy-efficiency community is finding it harder to obtain high rates of return on energy-efficient upgrades.
 To combat this sense of stagnation, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a report in September with 18 ways to continue to promote energy efficiency in the future.
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December 2015
Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell in 37 states between the years 2000–2013, according to an October report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). CO2 emissions rose in 13 states in the same time period. CO2 emissions vary greatly across states, including on an absolute and per capita basis.
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November 2015
In early September, three people were charged with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme that promised green-energy technology, according to the U.S. News and World Report. The alleged scheme, which ran from 2005 to 2009, claimed that green technology would turn trash into fuel for “carbon-negative” housing developments, which had not been fully developed yet, federal prosecutors told U.S. News.
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November 2015
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released a 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study in September that shows buildings are increasingly earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and that they are still using massive amounts of energy.
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September 2015
More than a dozen top tech companies and U.S. businesses have committed $140 billion to combat climate change, according to the International Business Times (IBT). These 13 companies announced their investment pledges at the White House on July 27, 2015, signaling the launch of the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, according to a White House fact sheet.
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