William Atkinson

Freelance Writer

William Atkinson has been a full-time business magazine writer since 1976. Contact him at w.atkinson@mchsi.com.

Articles by William Atkinson

August 2017
According to an August 3 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), as of July 2017, 30 states plus the District of Columbia have adopted energy efficiency policies. These policies range from mandated requirements to voluntary goals, as well as pilot programs. READ MORE
  • ULEBs can be found in several states and represent a range of building types in various climate conditions. Credit: ACEEE
August 2017
According to the latest white paper from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, titled "Unlocking Ultra-Low Energy Performance in Existing Buildings," the United States is seeing a promising upward trend in ultra-low energy buildings (ULEBs). While much of this growth is occurring in new construction, the paper notes that growth is also occurring with existing buildings. READ MORE
August 2017
According to a recent report by Platts, the combined power rating of installed electricity storage in the U.S. grew 181.5 megawatts (MW) over the past year to a new high of 585.5 MW at the end of the second quarter of 2017, based on reports filed with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. READ MORE
August 2017
The solar eclipse event on August 21 received a lot of news coverage before, during and after the moon passed in front of the sun. But only a sliver of that media attention was focused on the issue of its impact on the nation's electric grid. READ MORE
August 2017
According to the latest report from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the June 2017 (latest data available) estimate for small-scale (less than one megawatt in capacity) solar photovoltaic (PV) output reached a new monthly high of 1,480 gigawatthours (GWh). READ MORE
July 2017
New software created by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the University of Tennessee and Jacksonville State University in Alabama is designed to eliminate a challenge in creating and using energy models for retrofit planning, retro-commissioning, and measuring and verifying building efficiency measures, such as would be needed to make decisions related to lighting system upgrades, HVAC equipm READ MORE
July 2017
Farmington, Conn.-based McPhee Electric, a Phalcon Company, partnered with Collinsville, Ill.-based Day & Night Solar (DNS) to build a solar power installation on its own building. READ MORE
July 2017
In April, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the winners of its fourth annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition, a collegiate competition that engages college students to design net-zero-energy-ready homes. This year’s contest featured 39 teams from 33 universities from four countries and was held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo.
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July 2017
A merger that has been in the works for years, and that has suffered some setbacks along the way, seems destined to happen after a court ruling last week. On July 20, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals affirmed the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia's 2016 approval of the merger of Chicago-based Exelon and Washington, D.C.-based Pepco Holdings. READ MORE

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