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.

You could call it utility-scale renewables 3.0. 
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running (1.0) and then boosting their output (2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans.

It’s no secret that the global economy, available energy supply and the balance-sheet status of the worldwide electrical supply-chain industry are never going to return to the levels they reached at the end of the 20th century. There is no optimistic rebound coming.


Electric vehicles (EVs) appear to be in a boom cycle in 2014. Year-to-date figures at the end of June were up 33 percent compared to 2013’s numbers, and May, June and July all posted sales in record or near-record territory, according to the EV-tracking website InsideEVs.com.

The modern movement toward more sustainable-energy practices has touched almost every aspect of our daily lives. From renewable power to electric vehicles (EVs), few of these changes have gone unnoticed, and the trend affects almost everyone in one way or another.


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City of Salem Signs onto EPA Community Energy Challenge
by Staff |

As public concern about global climate change continues to grow, the city of Salem, Mass., is joining with the natural gas utility KeySpan and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase energy efficiency throughout the city.

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Delaware Team Sets Solar Cell Record
by Staff |

Using a technology that adds multiple innovations to a very high-performance crystalline silicon solar cell platform, a consortium led by the University of Delaware has achieved a record-breaking combined solar cell efficiency of 42.8 percent from sunlight at standard terrestrial conditions.

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Georgia Coast Has Great Potential for Wind Power
by Staff |

Offshore wind power on the Atlantic coast experienced another gust of positive news. As projects are being considered in states such as Delaware, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a recent study adds Georgia to the list of locales with great potential for development.

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Researchers Think Pink to Produce 'Green' Solar Energy
by Staff |

When it comes to producing earth-friendly solar energy, pink may be the new green, according to Ohio State University researchers.

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Breezes Favorable for Wind Power Industry

Things are looking good for the wind power industry. According to the first annual report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program on the wind power industry, the U.S. wind market is the fastest growing in the world. The report, “Annual Report on U.S.

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Offshore Wind Power Project Clears Environmental Hurdle in Massachusetts

The embattled Cape Wind project got a boost this spring from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

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Oregon Expands Tax Credits for Renewable Power

Earlier this summer, as its session drew to a close, the Oregon State Legislature passed a bevy of bills to boost the state’s renewable energy market. Two days before the end of session, the legislature passed HB 3201, which expanded Oregon’s existing Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC).

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