Green Building

 

A blooming industry, green building is rising with greater public demand, legislative focus, and code and standard mandates. With programs like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) becoming more popular, contractors are finding new building processes and technologies to be more efficient and environmentally minded. The below articles dive into alternative energies, energy efficiency, the smart grid, and more and include editorial from our annual special issue on the subject.

A large offshore wind turbine being tested in Denmark set a record of 9 megawatts (MW) of power on Dec. 1, 2016. The V164 turbine produced almost 216,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 24 hours, enough to power approximately 7,200 homes in the United States for an entire day.

Though the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is uncertain under the current administration, one of its most successful programs, Energy Star, is doing a lot of good for the economy and electrical industry.

Despite its growing popularity, solar power does have its detractors. Pushback from utilities and lawmakers have made headlines in Arizona and Oklahoma. Now, add Utah to the list.                        

As renewable energy becomes mainstream, more providers are taking steps to store that power. Regulators are requiring more capacity, and utilities are responding to that challenge.

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Controversy Over Rooftop Solar Heats Up In Utah

Despite its growing popularity, solar power does have its detractors. Pushback from utilities and lawmakers have made headlines in Arizona and Oklahoma. Now, add Utah to the list.                        


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Costa Rica Completes 
Year Of Renewable Energy


Powering entire countries (especially smaller ones) without fossil fuels is possible. In 2016, Costa Rica’s electrical grid mainly used renewable energy, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) stated in a Jan. 3 press release. The country went 271 days using only renewable-energy production.


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Have Reports of Coal’s Return Been Greatly Exaggerated?


During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would bring coal back to prominence in the United States’ energy mix, a pledge many coal-state residents took with them to the voting booth.


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Ten States Are Effectively 'Blocking the Sun'

A lot has been written, and continues to be written, about states that are actively embracing renewable energy measures and the benefits being reaped from these measures.


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Solar Jobs Census Records Dramatic Growth in 2016

On Feb. 7, The Solar Foundation released the National Solar Jobs Census 2016, an annual report on solar employment in the United States. Despite the energy source’s relatively small role on the national landscape, the solar workforce saw considerable, dramatic growth last year.


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Offshore Wind Breaking Out on the Atlantic Coast

While wind and solar power have been leading the charge in renewable energy growth, other renewable industries have struggled to contribute on the same scale. Offshore wind, for example, has lagged far behind the success of its onshore cousin.


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States Ranked on Energy-Efficiency Efforts

Regardless of what the federal government does or does not do in the coming months and years to incentivize and otherwise promote energy efficiency initiatives, most states are continuing to ramp up their own efforts.


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