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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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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Painting for Power

Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. “Someday, homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers.


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USGBC Makes $1 Million Commitment to Support Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced it would commit $1 million to green building research.


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U.S. and Danish Labs to Research Wind Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Denmark’s Risø National Laboratory, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), signed an agreement to cooperate on improving wind energy technologies.


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Think NECA. Think Green.

"Think NECA” will be a highly visible theme when America’s leading power system, lighting and cabling exposition is held in San Francisco next month. It is intended to encourage industry participants to look to our association for training, education and networking.


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Progress Energy Florida Signs Contract for Renewable Energy from Biomass Pland

As part of its ongoing growth in renewable energy and developing technologies, Progress Energy Florida (PEF) has signed a long-term contract to purchase electricity generated by what will be the largest waste-wood biomass plant in the nation.


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