Credit does not necessarily go to utilities for the expanding role of green power. Some states, including Arizona and Oklahoma, have made it less cost-effective for homeowners to install their own solar panels.
Aspiration sets the level of sustainability in a building project. Green construction often focuses on reducing environmental harm through energy efficiency, water conservation, better air quality and alternative power. Regenerative design aims even higher.
When it comes to policymaking in the energy arena, few decisions are going to make everyone happy, especially when the issue is controversial. Clean air is no exception, and the Obama administration waded into a policy knot when it took on the problem of power-plant emissions.
It is no coincidence that renewable industries have evolved in tandem with the digital economy. They share many qualities that have helped define their success, including an innovative and socially conscious form of inclusiveness that empowers even the most marginalized among us.
Austin, Texas, has an aggressive plan for alternative energy. The “Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan to 2025” sets the city’s goal of sourcing 55 percent of its energy from renewables by the end of the plan’s term.
Electrical contractors interested in getting involved in customer solar installations and maintenance (residential, retail, commercial, governmental and industrial) may look at the “official” numbers on solar generation and conclude that, while some opportunities may exist, they are not appealing en
When conjuring images of renewable energy, hydropower is typically not the first thing that comes to mind. That’s usually wind, solar or geothermal. Further eroding hydro’s place, it wasn’t long ago that environmental opposition brought new dam construction to a halt.
San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) microgrid supplied electricity to 2,800 customers in Borrego Springs in San Diego County, Calif., on May 21, 2015, during planned grid maintenance. This marked the first time a U.S.
The age of renewables is all about change, not only in the way we generate electricity but also the way we live and function. The acceptance of alternative-energy sources has affected how we view the environment, drive our cars and run our households.
Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain, may be the victim of its own success in the renewable-energy quest for mainstream market share. The state’s wind-power industry has been growing like a summer storm.
Progress in the renewable-energy industry is often measured in outsized terms—the best, the biggest, the fastest and the cheapest. When it comes to packing a wallop of solar potential, no place does it like Nevada.
In February 2014, researchers at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released a report that outlines how rooftop photovoltaic (PV) arrays, combined with battery-based energy storage could lead electric-utility customers to opt out of the connected grid.
Innovation and entrepreneurialism are driving forces in the age of renewable power and digital technology. When it comes to thinking outside of the box, the city of Portland, Ore., has a well-earned reputation.