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.

Separated from the U.S. mainland’s electric supply by an ocean, Hawaii is working toward a goal mandated by Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires 40 percent of the state’s electricity to be derived from clean-energy sources by 2030.


Talk to folks in the electric vehicle (EV) industry about commercial charging opportunities, and there is a very good chance you’ll hear that old which-came-first/chicken-or-egg metaphor applied to the market’s potential.

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.


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Solar Thermal Plant Powers up in Nevada Desert

In April, the world’s third-largest solar thermal power plant began generating power for Las Vegas residents in the Nevada desert. Acciona Solar Power of Spain owns the Nevada Solar One plant, located in Boulder City.

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EPAct Bill May Extend to 2012 With Even More Savings
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On March 8, 2007, the Energy Efficiency Incentives Act of 2007 was introduced in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate; it is a provision to extend the energy-efficient commercial buildings tax deduction carried in EPAct 2005 to 2012, with an additional two years to build.

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ORPC Catches Wave of Financial Support
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The Ocean Renewable Power Company-Maine (ORPC) announced it has received a $300,000 development award from the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) to support the commercial development of power from tidal energy and create the environmental and economic benefits of capturing the renewable energy from t

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ELECTRI International Grant Energizes Penn State Solar Decathlon Team
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ELECTRI International—The Foundation for Electrical Construction Inc awarded $50,000 to the Pennsylvania State University team in support of its 2007 Solar Decathlon efforts.

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Genzyme Center Earns Highest Environmental Rating

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Energy Star Tightens Leash
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According to CNet, in July 2007, the Energy Star program will release new specifications meant to define the top 25 percent of personal computers, in regards to energy efficiency.

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