Utilities can help support LEED ambitions

Utilities can help support LEED ambitions

LEED is guiding design teams to work early in the process to set energy targets and to study optimal system configurations for their designs. Beyond the prerequisite standard performance needed to achieve LEED certification, the Optimize Energy Performance credit affords...

New database spotlights nation's wind turbines

New database spotlights nation's wind turbines

A new database provides insight into wind turbines in use across the country. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S.

Washington utility creates solar program for commercial, industrial customers

Washington utility creates solar program for commercial, industrial customers

Large commercial and industrial electric customers in Washington State soon will be able to tap into a renewable, cost-effective energy source. Avista Utilities has unveiled the Solar Select program, which will be powered by 28 megawatts of renewable solar energy,...

Netherlands to increase wind production

Netherlands to increase wind production

As it looks to increase alternative energy production alternatives, the Dutch government plans to build three more offshore wind farms. That’s in addition to five new wind farms already agreed upon in the nation’s Energy Agreement. The government’s goal is...

Japan opens nation's largest floating solar farm

Japan opens nation's largest floating solar farm

Touted as Japan’s largest floating solar plant, a new 13.7 megawatt (MW) site has begun operation. Sitting on the surface of the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Ichihara, the 44-acre plant is managed by the waterworks bureau of Chiba Prefecture for...

Ohio center to modernize electric grid in six-state region

Ohio center to modernize electric grid in six-state region

FirstEnergy Corp. plans to expand its West Akron, Ohio, campus with the addition of a new 88,000-square-foot facility that will be used to evaluate, test and train staff on new, digital grid technologies, reports Cleveland.com. The $37 million Center for...

Western Canada's first utility scale solar project wraps up

Western Canada's first utility scale solar project wraps up

The first utility scale solar project in Western Canada has been completed. Elemental Energy Inc. said that installation has wrapped up on the 17 megawatt Brooks Solar project in Newell County, Alberta.

3 CU buildings earn LEED gold

3 CU buildings earn LEED gold

Three University of Colorado Boulder buildings where missions center largely on sustainability all recently garnered recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council for the sustainable ways in which they were built and operate. The Sustainability, Energy and Environment Laboratory (SEEL)...

Georgia Power to incentivize renewable energy for commercial, industrial customers

Georgia Power has announced a new renewable energy program for its commercial and industrial customers. Under Commercial and Industrial Renewable Energy Development Initiative (C&I REDI), customers that sign up for the program will receive hourly credits matching actual production and...

All Dominion Energy Virginia customers can tap solar energy'

All Dominion Energy Virginia customers can tap solar energy'

Dominion Energy Virginia will be offering residential and business customers the opportunity to "go solar" even without investing in solar panels on their rooftops. These customers will be able to have a portion of their energy needs met by community-based...

Ground broken on sustainable energy tower in Heidelberg

Ground broken on sustainable energy tower in Heidelberg

A new icon of sustainable energy is rising in Heidelberg, Germany. Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has broken ground on a new energy storage tower for Stadtwerke Heidelberg (SWH) that will be the Heidelberg’s tallest building and symbolize the city’s...

Closed landfill now home to solar farm

Closed landfill now home to solar farm

Waste Management, in partnership with project owner Captona Partners, recently completed construction on a 2.5 megawatt (MW DC) solar farm at the closed MT Sullivan Landfill, according to a press release. Closed since 1998, the landfill now contains 7,938 solar...

Reconstructed facility achieves highest LEED status

Reconstructed facility achieves highest LEED status

What once was a medical building in Independence, Mo., is now a sustainability standout. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the new Independence Utilities Center with a highly coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification, according to a press release.

Fort Collins building earns platinum honor

Fort Collins building earns platinum honor

Fort Collins Utilities’ new administration building has been recognized as one of the most energy efficient buildings in the state. The building in Colorado has received platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design designation from the U.S. Green Building Council,...

Morocco starts expansion of nation's largest solar array

Morocco starts expansion of nation's largest solar array

Morocco largest solar array has launched the construction of the 70 MW Noor Ouarzazate IV PV plant, the project’s fourth and final phase. The expansion is the PV portion of the 580 MW Ouarzazate Solar Power Station (OSPS), a CSP-PV...

Renewable energy breaks records in 2016

Renewable energy breaks records in 2016

More gigawatts of renewable energy were installed worldwide in 2016 than in any previous year, according to a new report. The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2017 report shows the costs of solar and wind energy continue to fall...

Washington Gas facility earns LEED gold

The new Northwest Station Fleet Facility of Washington Gas has earned LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). From the outset, Washington Gas worked to verify and document that the Rockville, Md., building and all of its...

4 ways hydropower serves as Guardian of the Grid

4 ways hydropower serves as Guardian of the Grid

Hydropower has been around for more than a century and accounts for up to 7 percent of the nation’s power supply. But it does a lot more than just generate power. This energy source plays a major role in maintaining the reliability and resiliency of the U.S.

Unique community solar project completed in N.Y.

Unique community solar project completed in N.Y.

The first community solar project with New York state’s electric and natural gas company National Grid has been completed, providing both a sustainable and financial lift to businesses and residents participating in the initiative. The project is located in northern...

India to invest $44.9 billion in smart grid infrastructure

India to invest $44.9 billion in smart grid infrastructure

Smart grid infrastructure investment in India is projected to total $44.9 billion over the period 2017-27, according to a new study. The increase comes as India's power sector is undergoing rapid transformation as the country faces steep electricity demand growth...

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