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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Wind Turbine Technician: Nation's Fastest Growing Occupation

A new report, "US Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2015," published in April 2016 by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), reported a record total of 88,000 jobs across the industry in early 2016 (including wind project development/construction, equipment manufacturing, field t


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EIA Energy Conference Reveals High Hopes for Renewables

This week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) held the 2016 EIA Energy Conference in Washington, D.C. Discussions focused on the state of the energy industry, with a real emphasis on the increasing role of renewables in the United States.


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Salt Lake City Plans to Use 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2032

It’s one small step for— No, actually it’s a really big leap for Salt Lake City into renewable energy.


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By Heisenberg Media (Flickr: Elon Musk - The Summit 2013) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Tesla Makes a Bid for SolarCity

In the drama surrounding the growth of sustainable technology, a few companies have found themselves occupying a large space on center stage. Recently, two of those companies shined the spotlights on their space with the prospects of a merger.


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The First Solar-Powered Flight Around the World

Bertrand Piccard landed in Abu Dhabi on July 25th at 8:05 p.m. EDT (Easter Daylight Savings Time) after completing a two-day solo flight in the airplane, Solar Impulse 2 (SI2), an aircraft powered 100 percent by solar power.


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An Extra Boost: Corporations Invigorate Renewable-Energy Markets

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.


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IBEW/NECA Retrofit in Los Angeles Raises the Bar for Building Energy Efficiency

No profession is impacted more by the changes taking place in the energy sector than electrical contractors and electrical workers.


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