Green Building News

‘Plug-and-Play’ Solar is Closer to Market

Posted on November 27, 2014 by Scott Gibson

Although it won't be commercially available for a couple of years, a Boston-based research laboratory has developed a prototype of a 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.) system a homeowner could install and connect to the grid in less than 10 hours.

Wind Farm Operator Mum on Bird Deaths

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Scott Gibson

Pacificorp, the Oregon-based operator of wind farms in three states, has gone to court to block the release of information on bird deaths at its facilities to The Associated Press.

The AP reports that the company is seeking an injunction that would prevent the U.S. Department the Interior from disclosing information about how many birds have been killed by its turbines.

An Indiana Utility Offers Free Car Charges

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Scott Gibson

If you own an electric vehicle (EV), it apparently pays to live in Indiana.

Some Indiana drivers who have invested in electric vehicles are finding very low power costs, adding up to less than 1 cent per mile. In the service area of one electric utility, fuel is free, according to an article in Green Car Reports.

A Proposed Wind Farm in Maine Would Be the Biggest in the Region

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Scott Gibson

A Texas-based renewable energy company is proposing what would be largest wind farm in New England, a 250-megawatt facility with as many as 125 turbines built in parts of five townships in Aroostook County.

Report Grades States on Energy Policy

Posted on November 18, 2014 by Scott Gibson

An annual survey that gauges renewable energy policies around the country shows that in the past year states have generally made it easier for homeowners to produce their own power with small-scale 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. and wind systems.

The report, called "Freeing the Grid," grades U.S. states in two key policy areas — net meteringArrangement through which a homeowner who produces electricity using photovoltaics or wind power can sell excess electricity back to the utility company, running the electric meter backwards. and interconnection, which is the procedure customers must follow to connect their renewable energy systems to the grid. The survey is produced by Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

A New Green Building Rating System

Posted on November 14, 2014 by Scott Gibson

For builders who find established green-building rating systems too daunting, a startup called ecoSelect is offering a simplified building standard that will be easier and cheaper to follow.

Smart Meters Not a Health Threat, Study Finds

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Scott Gibson

Smart meters, those wireless devices that tell the power company how much electricity you're using, have come under fire for everything from inaccuracy to invading privacy. But in Arizona, a public health study has concluded the devices are unlikely to pose a health risk.

Maine Hosts a ‘Pretty Good House’ Conference

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Scott Gibson

Designing a house that balances the competing interests of performance and cost is the focus of a December 2 conference at the Augusta, Maine, Civic Center.

Study Finds No Direct Link Between Wind Turbines and Health Problems

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Scott Gibson

A study of more than 1,200 adults in two Canadian provinces has found no definitive connection between the noise from utility-scale wind turbines and a number of chronic health problems, according to published reports.

Arizona Energy Program Threatened

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Scott Gibson

Arizona would abandon an energy efficiency program designed to reduce the consumption of electricity and natural gas under a proposal given to utility regulators.

According to a report posted at AZ Central, the website for The Arizona Republic, the staff of the Arizona Corporation Commission has submitted the recommendation to the panel of five elected commissioners.

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