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.

Atlanta is the most recent U.S. city to make a green commitment. According to the Sierra Club, 27 cities are pledging to use 100 percent renewable energy by various deadlines. In the past year, more than a dozen joined. The Sierra Club keeps a record on its “Ready for 100” website.

While the Trump administration shows a preference for fossil fuel industries, some lawmakers believe the federal government should lead the way toward renewables and efficiency.

When it comes to generation and transmission system management, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays are often spoken of as a problem rather than as a solution. However, today’s sophisticated inverters and plant controls are helping to turn around this negative reputation.

The support for alternative energies, and solar power in particular, remains strong. Renewable power technologies continue to achieve new efficiencies and to become more feasible.

More on Green Building

 
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.


READ MORE
 
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.


READ MORE
 
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.


READ MORE
 
This Is Only a Test

A power quality problem, according to the Power Quality Service Center, Portland, Ore., is defined as any deviation of electricity applied to the equipment that results in damage or misoperation of electronic equipment or other electrical devices.


READ MORE
 
It's Electric!

Major carmakers worldwide are developing electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs) to compete with traditional -gasoline-powered internal combustion engine (ICE) cars.


READ MORE
 
ESCOs and the EC

An energy service company (ESCO) is a business that develops, installs and arranges financing for projects that are designed to improve the energy efficiency and maintenance costs for a facility over a seven- to 20-year period.


READ MORE
 
Boosting Data Center Efficiency

It is estimated that the nation’s servers and data centers consumed about 61 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2006, which was 1.5 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption.


READ MORE

Pages

X