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.

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.

According to Matt Golden, a senior energy finance consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in discussing the challenges associated with energy efficiency projects in a May 4 article on the Utility Dive website, noted, "These projects are very complicated and are unique by nature.

Renewables are always setting some kind of record in their never-ending quest for market parity. Recently, in Germany renewables broke new ground by producing nearly 100 percent of the country’s electricity, if only for a short time.

Offering an antidote to the variable nature of wind and solar, storage has emerged as an essential ingredient to the success of renewable power.

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Solar Weather Forecasts to Improve Solar Power

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Wind Power Blowing Strong in All Four Corners of the World

Gone are the days when the thought of wind power in some far-off land was strictly a quaint endeavor. Tourists will always have their photo ops of rustic windmills on the farm in Holland or rural Kansas, for that matter.


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Community-Scale Wind Project to Power More Than 1,000 Washington Homes

The owners of Swauk Creek Ranch, a privately owned 3,865-acre reserve in Kittitas County, Wa., have partnered with Seattle-based energy and facility services firm McKinstry to develop and construct five wind turbines that will generate electricity for consumption in Kittitas County.


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Catalyst Breakthrough Could Kickstart Storage of Renewable Power

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DOE Announces Winners of Design Competition to Advance Energy-Efficient Lighting

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World's Solar Photovoltaic Capacity Passes 100-Gigawatt Landmark

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