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.

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Industrial Evolution

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Identifying Opportunities

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Investments in North American Wind Energy to Total $145 Billion Through 2017

Although the North American wind energy industry lags in certain areas behind Europe and Asia, falling costs and larger, more efficient turbines are giving rise to a sense of cautious optimism.

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Solar Incentive Availability Grows in Minnesota

Innovation and support, both popular and political, have helped make renewables more competitive than at any other time in their history. Still, cost is the biggest stumbling block for businesses and homeowners who want to retrofit their property with energy-efficient power.

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Greener Than Thou

When the economics of residential solar panels are up for discussion, the phrase “grid parity”—meaning the point at which solar-generated electricity is as cheap as the energy the local utility supplies—can quickly dampen enthusiasm.

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Roller Coaster Blues

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