The devastating March earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a meltdown at the country’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, and triggered the latest cycle of drama in the ongoing and tumultuous affair with nuclear power.
Lately, it seems everyone is embracing energy efficiency. It is the weapon of choice in the fight against wasteful electricity, greenhouse gases and global warming. Easy to talk about on loftier levels, it’s maybe not as easy to translate into real world terms.
Public awareness of the federal phase-out of incandescent lamps is growing, according to the third annual Sylvania Socket Survey. Thirty-six percent of Americans reported that they are aware of the phase-out—up 10 percent from 2009.
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved slightly in November, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The HMI rose one notch to 16 from a downwardly revised level of 15 in the previous month.
Utilities in many parts of the world, and especially in the United States, are experiencing radical operational change as they deploy smart grid upgrades. Many utilities are already seeking consulting and implementation services from vendors to assist with smart grid deployments.
A new survey of more than 1,400 North American executives and managers responsible for making investments and managing energy in commercial buildings found that planned investment in energy efficiency is expected to rebound in 2010.
Leading construction experts and economists agree that the economy is emerging from its deepest and longest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Even with a modest boost from government stimulus dollars, it will be a very slow crawl out of recession and into recovery.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) president and CEO Rhone Resch touted the vast potential for solar-energy development in the southeastern United States, particularly the untapped state of Georgia.
Moving 148-foot long, 12-ton wind turbine blades on trucks has always represented a logistical challenge, since delivery routes must be carefully planned and approved to avoid urban rush hours, sharp curves, narrow lanes and weight-limited bridges.
A new study on the installed costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States shows that the average cost of these systems declined significantly from 1998 to 2007, but remained relatively flat during the last two years of this period.