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.

We’ve heard the wind-integration success stories from Sweden and Denmark, but we haven’t heard as much about how wind is contributing right now to U.S. electricity supplies.

Has Elon Musk discovered renewable energy’s Holy Grail? He’s already reinvented financial transactions for the Internet age with PayPal and made electric vehicles sexy with Tesla Motors.

In the energy field, who we receive our power from and what we receive may soon be our choice. In fact, some customers are already in the driver’s seat through something called ­community choice aggregation (CCA).

In February 2014, researchers at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released a report that outlines how rooftop photovoltaic (PV) arrays, combined with battery-based energy storage could lead electric-utility customers to opt out of the connected grid.

More on Green Building

 
Funding the Energy Project

One of the barriers to the energy services market is the ability of the electrical contractor’s customer to fund the energy services project that Step No. 5 defined.

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Green Power Blooming From Algae

The sustainable energy movement is full of surprises. Naturally occurring sources of power are always ready to emerge from the most unlikely global elements.

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Californians Getting Smarter About Their Power

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.

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Renewable Energy Center Gives Second Life to Former Maine Naval Base

It’s almost an axiom that new technologies often get their start in the military. Take the Internet.

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High Cost of Solar May Be Sunsetting

In the years that renewable power has been fighting for market competitiveness, overcoming the high capital costs compared to conventional energy sources has always been the big challenge. Now, for at least one form of renewable energy, it appears that challenge may have been met.

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Efficiency Movement Not Strong Enough to Balance Rising Consumption

The United States is making the greatest push in its history to use renewable energy. However, thus far, one of the biggest obstacles for implementing renewables has been the United States’ exorbitant energy demand, which accounts for 26 percent of the world’s energy consumption.

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Define the Energy Project

Beginning with the set of feasible energy project opportunities that you identified in Step No. 4, Step No. 5 further analyzes them as a group to develop a comprehensive energy program.

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