Although the worldwide economy continued to sputter in 2010, there was at least one bright spot on the global stage. According to a recent study, renewable power showed its perseverance last year, fighting off headwinds and gaining traction.
It’s hard to imagine where technological innovation will go next, with so much inventive ground already covered, if not trampled. A recent announcement indicates there is still plenty of room for groundbreaking change, especially when it comes to wireless devices.
In the ambitious task of retrofitting existing structures with the latest energy-saving technologies, one critical area is the nation’s aging stock of affordable housing. One of the biggest obstacles to making the needed improvements is the lack of adequate financing.
In late July, utilities across the country issued notices to their customers, pleading with them to minimize energy use during the projected heat wave—a prolonged period in which every state in the country broke heat records.
Nuclear power lobbyists may have influence in Washington, D.C., but they seem to be getting knocked out at the state legislative level. So far in 2011, the nuclear power industry has a record of zero wins and six losses in Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
It’s a generally accepted belief that people tend to be wary of things that are unfamiliar to them, so it would make sense this behavior would extend to the smart grid and smart meters, a relatively new trend in an industry on which most consumers are not educated.
Black & Veatch, a consultancy company, evaluated a one-year smart meter pilot program for ComEd, the Chicago-area utility. They found customers of the utility could save $2.8 billion on their electric bills over the 20-year life of a smart meter.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a report that promised to shake up the broadband world. To some extent, the report, “Measuring Broadband America,” provided results that weren’t very surprising but still good to see on paper.
In mid-July, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) placed the last two transmission lines, both from Widows Creek Fossil Plant, back in service 74 days after sustaining unprecedented damage due to severe storms and tornadoes in April on its power transmission system.
It may be energy auditing. It may be retrocommissioning. It may be recertifying a green building. In any case, the move to monitor, benchmark and improve a building’s performance is taking hold and triggering a ripening market for electrical contractors.
While the economy seems to be fragile and teetering, political leaders and economic strategists fear one wrong move could bring it all down in pieces. Yet, President Obama seems steadfast in his belief that one must spend money to make money.
Rising energy prices, government incentives and enhanced public image are driving energy efficiency in buildings to new heights as a growing number of building owners races to reduce energy consumption, according to the results of the fifth annual global Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey.
As unpleasant as it is to say, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) contractor-related outlook for 2011 is bleak. This applies to every contractor, whether it is the most safety conscious or greatest of risk-takers.
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.
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 6.6 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 307,000 units, the best pace since June, according to data released by the U.S. Commerce Department.
The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit solar education and research organization, recently released a first-of-its-kind review of the solar work force in the United States. The report, “National Solar Jobs Census 2010: A Review of the U.S.
Are you still installing T12 fluorescent lamps? If so, time is running out on the opportunity for your customers to take advantage of rebates and tax incentives for upgrading to more energy-efficient alternatives.
With the cornucopia of wireless technology products consumers enjoy today, it’s almost hard to remember that, only a few years ago, much of it was only a pipe dream. Then, wired broadband was still the rage.