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.

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.

Offering an antidote to the variable nature of wind and solar, storage has emerged as an essential ingredient to the success of renewable power.

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Texas School District Learns Energy Efficiency

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DOE Supports Energy Efficiency with Web Site

In honor of Energy Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Stay Warm, Save Money Web site at www.energysavers.gov. It is an educational outreach campaign to help consumers be more energy-conscious and save on increasing energy costs.


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It Takes an EC

In its report to Congress last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said power consumption in data centers had more than doubled between 2000 and 2005 and will likely double again by 2011, costing upward of $7.4 billion annually unless energy-efficiency programs are implemented.


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Utility Proposes Expanded Efficiency Programs for Heating Season

In its first official step to implement the Green Communities Act, NSTAR, a Massachusetts electric and gas utility, filed a plan to expand its energy-efficiency programs that are aimed at helping residential heating customers in time for the upcoming winter season.


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Power to the Hard Drive

The boom of computer and other sensitive equipment markets, throughout manufacturing, office facilities, and even homes, has driven the need for electrical systems to address power quality issues.


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Consumers Could Pay Hidden Cost of Using CFLs

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