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Fuel Economy Rules Top 2014 Energy Savings List

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Scott Gibson

Vehicle fuel economy standards, efficiency standards for appliances and equipment, and the government's Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for labeling the most energy-efficient products on the market; applies to a wide range of products, from computers and office equipment to refrigerators and air conditioners. program were the three most productive ways of saving energy in 2014, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) reports.

Solar in the Land Down Under

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Scott Gibson

The U.S. isn't the only place where consumers are closely watching the solar panel market and wondering when the cost of electricity derived from photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) panels on their rooftops will be the same as or lower than what they'd pay for power from a utility.

In Australia, a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance says that consumers already can install solar panels and battery storage to provide electricity for less than grid rates, and that the adoption of these twin technologies probably is "unstoppable."

World’s Largest Rooftop Greenhouse Takes Shape in Chicago

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Scott Gibson

Method's new soap factory on the south side of Chicago has a wind turbine, photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. panels, and a rooftop greenhouse bigger than an average city block.

Business Insider reports that the $30 million plant which opened in April will be able to produce as much as a million pounds of edible greens a year. The pesticide-free kale, arugula, bok choy, and butterhead lettuce will go to restaurants, stores and farmers' markets in the area.

Delays for Solar Connection Increase

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Scott Gibson

The length of time that homeowners must wait for permission to fire up their solar panels and begin producing power varies widely around the country, but the average was up sharply between 2013 and 2014.

UtilityDive.com, citing a report by EQ Research, said that the average wait was up by 68% in that one-year period.

Smart Thermostats Are On the Rise

Posted on July 27, 2015 by Scott Gibson

By the end of this year, nearly half of all new thermostats sold will be internet-connected "smart" devices as more consumers take the first steps toward creating a digital smart home, Greentech Media reports.

Building Science Corp. Study Examines Insulation Performance

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Scott Gibson

Builders who run the other way when someone suggests using fiberglass batt insulationInsulation, usually of fiberglass or mineral wool and often faced with paper, typically installed between studs in walls and between joists in ceiling cavities. Correct installation is crucial to performance. may want to rethink their point of view. A study released by an industry trade group says that one type of wall insulation performs as well as any other as long as it is installed correctly and the wall has been air-sealed.

LEED Country Rankings for 2015 Announced

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Scott Gibson

Canada has more building space certified under various Leadership in Energy & Environment Design programs than any other country outside the United States, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBCUnited States Green Building Council (USGBC). Organization devoted to promoting and certifying green buildings. USGBC created the LEED rating systems.) announced.

The USGBC said that this year's rankings, the second such list it has released, include seven of the world's 20 largest single-nation economies as well as six of the top 11 producers of greenhouse gases — China, India, Germany, South Korea, Canada, and Brazil.

California Is a Major Solar Player

Posted on July 22, 2015 by Scott Gibson

California now has more installed photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) capacity than a number of European nations as well as Australia, and it sits at the top of the heap in the U.S., according to a new report.

A California Utility Looks for New Answers in Solar Integration Puzzle

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Scott Gibson

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is proposing a novel way of integrating more battery storage on the grid to help manage electric loads more effectively: invite utility customers to install their own batteries and make it worth their while with a new rate.

Court Backs Smart Meters

Posted on July 17, 2015 by Scott Gibson

A bid to stop the installation of smart electric meters in a west Chicago suburb has been blocked by a federal district court judge.

Judge John Lee ruled that the installation of smart meters by the city-owned utility in Naperville does not violate a homeowner's constitutional rights against a warrantless search, no matter how much data the meter collects about a homeowner's use of electricity, a post at the CookCountyRecord.com said.

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