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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Stimulating Solar

Who: Synergy Electric Co. Inc., Santee, Calif.


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NECA Still Paving the Way for Green Energy

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) was green long before it was in style.


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Now It Sees You ...

The North Carolina State energy office reports that the typical office spends 29 percent of its electrical energy costs on lighting. Occupancy sensors can reduce these charges by 50 percent or more, at a savings of 5 to 20 cents per square foot.


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CEA Study Finds Homeowners Using Electronics to Reduce Home Energy Costs

Homeowners are factoring energy efficiency into purchase decisions of consumer electronics and appliances in an effort to reduce home energy costs, according to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).


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California Receives $90.4 Million for Efficiency and Green Jobs

California was awarded 90.4 MILLION in stimulus funds from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) to finance energy-efficiency projects and promote green jobs.


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Sunshine State Gets First Solar-Powered City

Despite the hype, renewable power still faces hurdles to becoming a mainstream source of energy. Along with the need to bring down prices, renewables also need to perform on a mass scale. A new real estate development appears to have addressed that issue.


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Solar Energy Fanning out in North Carolina

In one of the nation's most ambitious projects of distributed generation, Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy recently announced it will build between 100 and 400 electricity-generating mini solar power plants throughout the state over the next two years.


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