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.

Renewable energy’s increasing importance to the U.S. power generation portfolio is upending many aspects of an electrical system that has remained essentially unchanged for more than a century.

No profession is impacted more by the changes taking place in the energy sector than electrical contractors and electrical workers.

According to Matt Golden, a senior energy finance consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in discussing the challenges associated with energy efficiency projects in a May 4 article on the Utility Dive website, noted, "These projects are very complicated and are unique by nature.

Renewables are always setting some kind of record in their never-ending quest for market parity. Recently, in Germany renewables broke new ground by producing nearly 100 percent of the country’s electricity, if only for a short time.

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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

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Empire State Building Saves Millions of Dollars in First Year of Energy-Efficiency Plan

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