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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.

December 4-6, Chicago played host to the North American Climate Summit in concert with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. There, city leaders signed the "Chicago Charter," an agreement that broadly echoes the Paris climate agreement in establishing carbon emissions reductions.

While restoration of Puerto Rico’s electrical transmission and distribution systems following Hurricane Maria was still in its early stages, Gov. Ricardo Rossello pledged to have power restored to 95 percent of the commonwealth’s citizens within two months. The U.S.

Major oil company Shell is getting into the electric vehicle (EV) charging game.

A lot has been written in recent months about net-zero energy homes, especially in California, where legislation is beginning to mandate the practice.

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City Leaders Sign 'Chicago Charter' in Paris Agreement Void

December 4-6, Chicago played host to the North American Climate Summit in concert with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. There, city leaders signed the "Chicago Charter," an agreement that broadly echoes the Paris climate agreement in establishing carbon emissions reductions.


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World's Most Powerful Battery Energized in Australia

Update: Today, December 1, Tesla's installation was powered on as scheduled. What is currently the world's largest lithium-ion battery farm, with 100 megawatts (MW) of power, is set to go online December 1 in South Australia.


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Atlanta City Council Votes to Boost EV Infrastructure

Despite the rise of electric vehicles (EVs), they can still be quite burdensome for owners. One of the biggest challenges is that, once EVs leave the home, it becomes difficult to find reliable charging infrastructure, if any at all.


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Number of Towns Going Green Doubles in 2017

The number of cities committing to using clean energy sources has more than doubled since President Trump was elected in November and decided to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, according to The Huffington Post.


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Hawaii Expands Incentives for Rooftop Solar and Storage

Solar power figures heavily in the state of Hawaii's quest to have 100 percent renewable generation by the year 2045. In October, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) approved two new programs, which will encourage more customers to go solar.


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Utility Offers Blueprint for California's Clean Energy Future

Already a leader in clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction, California has set some ambitious goals for the future. One state utility thinks those goals are attainable and offers a plan for success.


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Turning Negawatts Into Megawatts

In 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker.


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