The headquarters for Burbank (Calif.) Water and Power (BWP) has slowly transformed into a green campus. The effort involved repurposing some of the utility’s decaying old facilities, which, in some cases, were more than 100 years old. READ MORE
The ongoing quest for more efficient, greener power seems to touch on almost every aspect of modern life, including cars, home electricity, manufacturing and building construction. Even lighting has come under scrutiny. In that regard, a recent report by the U.S. READ MORE
Despite the growing popularity of solar power, the one thing that still casts a long shadow over the technology, and keeps everyone from installing a new photovoltaic (PV) system on their rooftop, is the high upfront cost. Recognizing this barrier, incentives are the norm. New York has adopted a generous package of incentives designed to power more homes and businesses by the sun. READ MORE
Research into photovoltaic (PV) technology, like all renewables, is always striving for greater efficiencies and lower production costs. That quest often creates seemingly unimaginable possibilities. For example, consider solar glass with a view. While it may sound a little far-fetched, one recent breakthrough could give new meaning to the concept of power windows. READ MORE
One of renewable energy sources’ biggest challenges is the intermittency of power generation. Finding a way to store power for later use helps make renewables more practical for tying into the grid where demand does not always coincide with the wind or the rising sun. A group of utilities in Washington may have found a way to overcome that challenge. READ MORE
Efficiency and conservation have become well-established elements of the green power movement, and, in that regard, smart meters have become one of the primary tools to help consumers and utilities do their part.
Although they have encountered opposition in some locales, adoption rates of the technology continues to grow, and one California utility has emerged as something of a standard-bearer. READ MORE