Wind now nation’s largest renewable energy source

Wind now nation’s largest renewable energy source

Industry surpasses hydroelectric with help of efficiencies and incentives

Solar employs more people in U.S. electricity sector

Solar employs more people in U.S. electricity sector

In the United States, more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined, research shows. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employed...

Alcatraz one of largest microgrids in U.S.

Alcatraz one of largest microgrids in U.S.

Watch towers, prison cells and … solar panels? Welcome to The Rock. Each year, more than 1.5 million people tour Alcatraz Island to visit its iconic prison. But, most people don’t realize that the 22-acre site, in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, is also home to one of the nation’s largest microgrids, according to the U.S.

Report: Energy sector accounts for 31% of U.S. construction jobs

Report: Energy sector accounts for 31% of U.S. construction jobs

Energy efficiency work expected to rise 11% this year, according to Department of Energy

Major cities issue new building efficiency ordinances

Local government partners of the Better Buildings Challenge closed out 2016 with a flurry of major energy efficiency measures that will drive significant energy performance improvements and provide models for other city action across the country, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Here is a look at some of them. Denver On Dec.

Energy Department introduces financing tool for energy efficiency projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has introduced a new web-based financing navigator to help private and public sector organizations discover financing solutions for energy efficiency projects that meet their unique needs, according to the agency. Limited financing options are...

Removing rooftop roadblocks: Solar accessibility soars under DOE program

Removing rooftop roadblocks: Solar accessibility soars under DOE program

Thanks to investments from the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, solar energy is more affordable for Americans than ever before, the department reports. But now, going solar no longer even requires a suitable roof. Business-model innovations have led to the development...

Empire State Strikes Back: Solar to help NYC rebound after national disasters

Empire State Strikes Back: Solar to help NYC rebound after national disasters

On Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the country’s largest city with a ferocity reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina.

Federal government exceeds $4 billion goal for renewable energy, efficiency investments

Federal government exceeds $4 billion goal for renewable energy, efficiency investments

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has recognized 21 federal agencies, which, over the last five years, have funded 340 projects aimed at reducing energy spending in the federal government. The awards exceeded...

Report: New transmission can help wind energy supply a third of U.S. electricity

Report: New transmission can help wind energy supply a third of U.S. electricity

A new U.S. Department of Energy report confirms that adding even limited electricity transmission can significantly reduce the costs of expanding wind energy to supply 35 percent of U.S.

Let it snow: How solar panels can thrive in winter weather

Let it snow: How solar panels can thrive in winter weather

Those living outside sunny Southwest, the weather can bring sudden changes this time of year. Many parts of the country have already seen snow, and the polar vortex has extended far enough south that even the nation’s capital has experienced...

Public library Chattanooga's Better Buildings Challenge showcase project

Public library Chattanooga's Better Buildings Challenge showcase project

Better Buildings Challenge Partner Chattanooga, Tenn., has announced its first showcase project, the Chattanooga Public Library. In downtown Chattanooga’s Innovation District, the four-story, 12,000-square-foot space will undergo three phases of energy efficiency revitalization through lighting, HVAC, and digital control upgrades,...

RIT to lead new Manufacturing USA Institute on clean energy

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy, as part of its Manufacturing USA initiative, to lead its new Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, according to a press...

Connected thermostats offer gateway for increasing energy savings

Connected thermostats offer gateway for increasing energy savings

Some 45 percent of homeowners plan to install smart systems or devices as part of renovation projects, according to a recent survey by Houzz and the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA). Among the top three systems listed in...

Aeroseal, Lawrence Lab develop technology to find, fill building leaks

Aeroseal, Lawrence Lab develop technology to find, fill building leaks

Many residential and commercial buildings leak air like sieves, wasting up to 40 percent of their heating and cooling energy. The primary reason for this energy loss is gaps and holes that exist in buildings’ air ducts. Getting an airtight...

Tunable LED patient-room lighting offers energy efficiency, more

Tunable LED patient-room lighting offers energy efficiency, more

Health care accounts for 9 percent of the energy used in U.S. commercial buildings, and lighting represents the largest electricity use in all of health care, according to the Department of Energy. But as scientists learn more about light’s nonvisual...

U.S. has potential to produce sustainable biomass

U.S. has potential to produce sustainable biomass

One billion tons of biological material; that’s enough to fill a 16-foot flatbed truck stacked roughly up to the moon. But the United States wouldn’t have to “shoot for the moon” to produce this much biomass every year, reports the...

First U.S. offshore wind project goes online, more offshore projects move forward

First U.S. offshore wind project goes online, more offshore projects move forward

Offshore wind is dominating renewable energy news at the end of 2016. First, history was made when Deepwater Wind's Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island came online earlier this month. The company then announced plans for the Skipjack Wind Farm, a 120-MW project off the coast of Maryland, according to a U.S.

Party like it's 1985: Nintendo Classic and the story of a clean energy revolution

Party like it's 1985: Nintendo Classic and the story of a clean energy revolution

The mini Nintendo Classic has everyone partying like it’s1985 again. The vintage video game console is the one of the hottest gifts this holiday season, as thousands of consumers are scrambling to get their hands back on this bit of...

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