As we transform into a high-tech, renewable-powered society, so must the grid we rely on to deliver our energy. Concurrent with those changes, the smart grid has emerged as the power delivery system for a new age.
At an event in Albuquerque, N.M., U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the Solar Decathlon 2013 and unveiled the competition’s location: Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.
With all the popular support and government subsidies that renewable power enjoys in the United States, it seems that it would only be a matter of time before they completely take over the nation’s energy markets.
In February, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved licenses to build two new nuclear reactors on the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant site in Burke County, Ga. They are the first new licenses the NRC has approved in more than three decades.
Nothing is sacred in the digital age. Innovation is the driving principle. The operating mindset is to strive for quality, speed and efficiency. Along those lines, it was only a matter of time before the Internet set its sights on the TV.
The last energy services column (January 2012) introduced an 11-step energy services project delivery process. Electrical contractors can follow the process systematically, thereby developing a comprehensive program to help their customers identify and achieve energy and sustainability goals.
While experimenting with high-frequency current, inventor Nikola Tesla developed an electrodeless lamp, but the concept remained largely unexplored for the next century (except as a novelty lamp in the 1980s).
In the ongoing pursuit of a more sustainable energy future, the efficient use of power in existing buildings is taking on an ever-expanding role. The White House recognizes this growing movement and has invested a healthy amount of federal dollars into it.
The renewable-power industry is one of the greatest showcases of human innovation and ingenuity, drawing energy from sources that are clean, free and infinite. It also seems to possess a flair for the dramatic.
The nation’s largest hydroelectric facility is about to get an upgrade. As its 75th anniversary approaches, aging transmission lines at Washington’s Grand Coulee Dam will be removed and replaced with safer, more reliable lines.
As the renewable power revolution carries on, wind power continues to lead the way. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the trade association for the U.S. wind energy industry, 2011 was a year of many milestones, and 2012 promises more of the same.
Construction employment increased in December by 17,000, driven by gains in nonresidential construction employment, according to an Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) analysis of new federal employment data.