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California Leads the Nation in Net-Zero Projects

Posted on January 18, 2016 by Scott Gibson

A coalition of net-zero energyProducing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. advocates has completed the first-ever count of net-zero and near net-zero projects in the U.S. and Canada, reporting a total of 6,177 residential units in 3,330 buildings.

A Kit House for the 21st Century

Posted on January 15, 2016 by Scott Gibson

UPDATED on Jan. 18, 2016

A Reprieve for the Incandescent Bulb?

Posted on January 14, 2016 by Scott Gibson

UPDATED January 14, 2016

Renewable Portfolio Standards Produce Big Savings

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Scott Gibson

Opponents may complain that state requirements for renewable energy drive up costs for consumers, but a study by two national laboratories says that renewable portfolio standards (RPS) yielded benefits of $7.4 billion in 2013, far outweighing earlier estimates of the cost of complying with the rules.

The study, A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards, was published this month by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Two Biomass Plants in Maine to Close

Posted on January 11, 2016 by Scott Gibson

Two biomassOrganic waste that can be converted to usable forms of energy such as heat or electricity, or crops grown specifically for that purpose.-fueled electricity generating plants in Maine with a combined output 50 megawatts will close in March after the owner said that earnings from electricity sales were not enough to cover operational and fuel costs.

The identical plants are located in West Enfield and Jonesboro, in rural northern and eastern Maine, and employ a total of 44 people. Between them, the plants burn 1,100 tons of wood fiber per day.

U.S. Towns Race for Conservation Supremacy

Posted on January 8, 2016 by Scott Gibson

Fifty small and midsized towns across the country are going head-to-head in a competition with a big payday: $5 million for the town coming up with the best energy-saving strategy.

The 50 communities are semi-finalists for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, first announced in 2014 and now midway through a crucial two-year period in which energy consumption is being watched. The winner will be announced sometime in 2017.

An Encouraging Study on Energy Code Compliance

Posted on January 7, 2016 by Scott Gibson

Preliminary results of a four-year Department of Energy (DOEUnited States Department of Energy.) field study show that new single-family homes are, on average, meeting or exceeding the requirements set by local energy codes.

The findings cover six of eight states that are included in the Residential Energy Code Field Study. The study will span four years, beginning with a baseline field study in the first year, followed by training in years two and three, and a follow-up field study in the final year.

Solar Panels Cause a Stir in Rhode Island Town

Posted on January 4, 2016 by Scott Gibson

St. Clair Annex is a popular ice cream and sandwich shop that has been doing business in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, since 1887, but its foray into solar energy is running into stiff headwinds.

Large LEED Community Under Development in Florida

Posted on January 1, 2016 by Scott Gibson

What developers think will be the largest collection of LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. -Platinum homes in the country is taking shape in southwest Florida.

Mirabella at Village Green, as the 160-unit subdivision is called, is under construction in Bradenton, a city of about 51,000 just south of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf coast. It’s at a very early stage of development — just 10 homes have been finished, with another 20 under construction, according to an article in the Bradenton Herald. The project won’t be complete for another two years.

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