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.

A large offshore wind turbine being tested in Denmark set a record of 9 megawatts (MW) of power on Dec. 1, 2016. The V164 turbine produced almost 216,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 24 hours, enough to power approximately 7,200 homes in the United States for an entire day.

Though the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is uncertain under the current administration, one of its most successful programs, Energy Star, is doing a lot of good for the economy and electrical industry.

Despite its growing popularity, solar power does have its detractors. Pushback from utilities and lawmakers have made headlines in Arizona and Oklahoma. Now, add Utah to the list.                        

As renewable energy becomes mainstream, more providers are taking steps to store that power. Regulators are requiring more capacity, and utilities are responding to that challenge.

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The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) highlighted the strength of the U.S. solar job market in the face of high nationwide unemployment. The announcement was made at Solar Power International 2010, North America’s largest business-to-business solar conference and exhibition.


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DOE Invests in Smart Grid Projects

The Obama Administration has made investment in new energy technologies—renewable and otherwise—the cornerstone of its strategy for reviving the national economy. Smart grid investment is a major component of that investment.


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250-Megawatt Solar Ranch to Be One of World's Largest

Construction is scheduled to start early this year on the 250-megawatt (MW) California Valley Solar Ranch Project in San Luis Obispo County.


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Recently Approved Tax Bill Extends Renewable-Energy Tax Credit, Industry Sources Weigh In

In late December, the U.S. House of Representatives approved final passage of the tax bill that includes a one-year extension of the 1603 investment tax credit for developing renewable-energy sources, such as wind and solar power.


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This Is Only a Test

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It's Electric!

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ESCOs and the EC

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