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Accounting for Renewable Electricity Savings

Is saving energy generated by renewable sources as important as saving energy generated by fossil fuels?

Posted on Jan 10 2017 by Anonymous


How much does it matter if energy efficiency programs like 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. or appliance energy standards save electricity generated by renewable resources like wind and solar, rather than from fossil fuel power plants? Certainly from the perspective of reducing carbon pollution, there’s a strong case that saving renewable electricity is not as valuable as saving energy generated from burning fossil fuels.

As the role of renewable electricity in the nation’s electricity supply grows, this question will become increasingly important to think through.

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Tracking Our Company’s Carbon Footprint

About 60% of South Mountain Company’s CO2 emissions stem from our employees’ use of transportation fuel

Posted on Jun 17 2014 by john abrams

South Mountain Company is a 39-year-old employee-owned company offering integrated architecture, engineering, building, and renewable energy services. We like to measure how we’re doing in as many ways as possible. Like other businesses, we have a collection of metrics for financial tracking: profit and loss, budget projections and actuals, job costing of each project, value of our several funds (pension, equity, and reserves), and more.

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Taking Action on Climate Change

What will it take for policy makers and the public finally get on board with the need to do something about climate change?

Posted on May 1 2014 by Alex Wilson

In my previous blog I described the international effort to understand climate change. The United Nations’ IPCC is leading the charge, and efforts like the Kyoto Treaty have grown out of that background work. But are we getting closer to solving the problem?

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Earth Day 2014 and Climate Change

Understanding the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its new Fifth Assessment Report

Posted on Apr 24 2014 by Alex Wilson

With Earth Day having been this week, I’ve been musing about the state of our environment and where we’re heading.

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Wood Buildings Make a Happy Planet

Researchers say that fossil fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions could be cut substantially if more wood were used instead of steel and concrete

Posted on Apr 8 2014 by Scott Gibson

Harvesting more wood for use in bridges and buildings and using less steel and concrete would sharply reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and lower carbon dioxide emissions, a study ledLight-emitting diode. Illumination technology that produces light by running electrical current through a semiconductor diode. LED lamps are much longer lasting and much more energy efficient than incandescent lamps; unlike fluorescent lamps, LED lamps do not contain mercury and can be readily dimmed. by Yale University has found.

By increasing the amount of wood that’s harvested annually from 20% of sustainable growth to 34% of sustainable growth, carbon emissions could be reduced by between 14% and 31%, scientists from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the University of Washington’s College of the Environment said.

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On the Closure of Vermont Yankee

Closing Vermont’s only nuclear plant will hurt the local economy, but it could catalyze sustainable economic development

Posted on Sep 5 2013 by Alex Wilson

The big energy news in my part of the world this past week has been the pending closure of Vermont’s only nuclear power plant, Vermont Yankee, in Vernon, about six miles south of Brattleboro. The closure is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014, at the end of the current fuel cycle.

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Reviewing Submissions for Government Funding

Or, How I survived two days of meetings in a windowless room in Washington, DC

Posted on Aug 24 2011 by Carl Seville

I just finished up two long days sitting in a conference room with over 25 other people reviewing green building proposals for a federal agency that must remain unnamed. Both interesting and mind-numbing, the process of reading, evaluating, grading, discussing, and writing reports was an arduous and informative process.

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