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.

You could call it utility-scale renewables 3.0. 
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running (1.0) and then boosting their output (2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans.

It’s no secret that the global economy, available energy supply and the balance-sheet status of the worldwide electrical supply-chain industry are never going to return to the levels they reached at the end of the 20th century. There is no optimistic rebound coming.


Electric vehicles (EVs) appear to be in a boom cycle in 2014. Year-to-date figures at the end of June were up 33 percent compared to 2013’s numbers, and May, June and July all posted sales in record or near-record territory, according to the EV-tracking website InsideEVs.com.

The modern movement toward more sustainable-energy practices has touched almost every aspect of our daily lives. From renewable power to electric vehicles (EVs), few of these changes have gone unnoticed, and the trend affects almost everyone in one way or another.


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America's First Ocean Energy to Be Delivered to the Power Grid
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Energy users and managers in central and eastern Maine who would like to use clean-energy sources can soon benefit from the first ocean energy to reach the electrical grid in the United States. Bangor Hydro Electric Co., which built the interconnection, verified on Sept.

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Online Resources Aid ECs

With electricity demand in the United States predicted to grow by at least 40 percent by 2032, business could be impacted by higher operating costs and reduced profits from increased energy demand and constrained supply, a decline in sales of energy-using products, a loss of competitiveness in energ

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Commission and Close Out

Steps No. 8 and No. 9 of the energy services project delivery process involve procurement, installation, and integration of materials and equipment into operational systems to meet the customer’s energy conservation, efficiency, production and reliability needs.

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DOE Invests Heavily In Energy Storage R&D

As the use of renewable power, electric vehicles (EVs) and the smart grid become more widespread and integrated, one challenge also becomes more apparent: storage. Thankfully, the experts are on it. This summer, the U.S.

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New Yard Puts Utah on the National Map of Solar Training Facilities

Several solar industry training programs and facilities have been developed in various states, the most recent in Utah, to prepare the work force.

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Editors' Pick
Gearing Up: Electric Vehicles

In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama said, “With more research and incentives, we could become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.”

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Energy App-grades

Electrical contractors pursuing alternative-energy and efficiency-upgrade projects may have better business-development luck these days than some of their new-construction-focused colleagues. U.S.

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