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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Working Smart: Rebate Fundamentals

Though utility rebates on energy-efficient electrical products have waxed and waned during the past 20 years as a function of the economy and legislative landscape, experts confirm that they have remained a primary and highly effective tool that is driving upgrade projects across the nation.

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The new Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, Calif. Credit: Chad Ziemendorf
Zero Net Energy Center Joint Training Facility Opens in Northern California

You can’t create something out of nothing, but the Northern California Chapter, NECA and IBEW Local 595 were determined to zero-out their energy bill for their new training facility.

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Setting A New PACE

Upfront cost is one of the biggest challenges for commercial building owners interested in energy-efficiency upgrades and renewable-energy installations.

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Old EV Batteries May Have New Life as Grid Storage

Once they have finished powering electric vehicles (EVs), it may not be the end of the road for those big batteries, according to a new research project underway at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

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Renewable-Energy Sites Should Anticipate 14 Percent Rise in Outages Due to Cable System Failures

Imcorp, provider of the Factory Grade test for power cable systems, recently released its 2012 Annual Cable System Quality Rating for utility-scale renewable-energy sites.

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Solar Weather Forecasts to Improve Solar Power

Intermittency of solar power production is one of the major challenges utility operators face today.

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Wind Power Blowing Strong in All Four Corners of the World

Gone are the days when the thought of wind power in some far-off land was strictly a quaint endeavor. Tourists will always have their photo ops of rustic windmills on the farm in Holland or rural Kansas, for that matter.

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