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.

Already a leader in clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction, California has set some ambitious goals for the future. One state utility thinks those goals are attainable and offers a plan for success.

The number of cities committing to using clean energy sources has more than doubled since President Trump was elected in November and decided to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, according to The Huffington Post.

Solar power figures heavily in the state of Hawaii's quest to have 100 percent renewable generation by the year 2045. In October, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) approved two new programs, which will encourage more customers to go solar.

In 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker.

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Solar Commons

Individual rooftop solar panels have become a more familiar sight over the past several years. But not everyone has the correct south-facing rooftop, and renters are out of the market entirely.


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DOE Announces Nearly $21 Million in Technical Assistance Projects

During a live online chat at the White House, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that 24 projects are receiving a total of $21 million in technical assistance to dramatically reduce the energy used in their commercial buildings.


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EIA Releases Energy Outlook

The Annual Energy Outlook 2011 (AEO2011) reference case released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2035.


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DOE Finalizes Loan Guarantee to Support World's Largest Wind Project

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that a partial loan guarantee for a $1.3 billion loan has been finalized to support the world’s largest wind farm.


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A Greener Shade of Green

Today, many companies are forming “Green Teams” with the primary objective of reducing the environmental impact of the company’s operations, which usually includes reducing energy consumption. This makes the earth and the bank account greener.


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Floating Wind Turbines Take to the Skies

The latest frontier in wind energy carries creativity and imagination to new heights.


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Huge Growth on the Horizon for Solar Installation

Like all emerging technologies, renewable power continues to struggle with the challenge of cost competitiveness.


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