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California Dreamin' of Distributed Energy Resources, as Utilities File Plans

July 13, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

California and State Energy Policy

In many ways, California is a special case. With an economy about the same size of Canada’s ($2.3 trillion in 2014) and a population of more than 38 million (roughly one in eight Americans is a Californian), California’s energy policies affect huge numbers of people and a large portion of the American economy.[read more]

Economics of Installing Combined Heating and Power Systems

June 23, 2015 by Merrill Kramer
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Combined Heat and Power Systems

With states adopting programs to encourage energy users to install combined heating and power (CHP) systems, building owners and asset managers are asking themselves the bottom line question – how can CHP increase my operating income and asset value?[read more]

Opening the Small Commercial Solar Market

June 22, 2015 by Elias Hinckley

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While the solar market has been exploding over the past few years, the small commercial segment of the market, made up of locations like apartment buildings, office buildings, small businesses, factories, warehouses, and hospitals, has been extraordinarily slow to develop.[read more]

The Better Buildings Challenge Has Saved $1B in Energy Costs

June 12, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The White House Better Buildings Challenge has saved participants more than $1 billion in just two years, according to a recent review of the program.

The White House Better Buildings Challenge has saved participants more than $1 billion in just two years, according to a recent review of the program.More than 250 partners have signed on to the challenge, which calls for a 20 percent energy reduction over 10 years.The program launched in 2011 and had more than 7,000 buildings...[read more]

New California Building Efficiency Standards Set the Stage for Zero Net Energy Homes by 2020

June 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CAThe California Energy Commission voted unanimously today to approve updated Building Energy Efficiency Standards which according to the CEC will cut regulated energy use in new homes by 28 percent and save consumers $31 a month compared to houses built under the current...[read more]

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Energy and Real Estate are Colliding

June 9, 2015 by Elias Hinckley
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A wave of green technology and clean energy innovation is fundamentally changing the way that building owners and other real estate investors are thinking about the role of electricity in the development and economics of real estate investments.[read more]

What Put California at the Top of Residential Solar?

May 27, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Solar in California

California leads the nation in residential solar photovoltaic installations. In fact, nearly half of all systems installed have been in the Golden State. So why is California the leader? Sure, California has plenty of sunshine, but there are many other states that can compete on that dimension.[read more]

DC Water Announces New Proposal to Clean Up Rivers Using Green Infrastructure Instead of Tunnels

May 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Green Infrastructure and Cleaner Waterways

Washington DC's water and sewer utility will use green infrastructure to catch rainfall and prevent sewage overflows into the Potomac River and Rock Creek instead of building the underground tunnels it had originally planned.[read more]

Innovation Supporting Intermediaries Needed in Advancing Low Energy Building and Housing

May 20, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

As buildings throughout their lifecycle account for around 40% of total energy use in Europe (with over half by residential buildings), reducing the energy demand of the existing building stock and increasing non-carbon micro-generation in connection to buildings is crucial.[read more]

Building Codes That Work

April 23, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Green Buildings and Regulation

New building codes are a significant part of projected emissions reduction goals in the United States, all over Europe, in Japan, and elsewhere as well. The question of course is, whether building codes actually cause such decreases in energy consumption.[read more]

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Data and Transparency are Key to Atlanta's Push for National Leadership in Building Efficiency Gains

April 22, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Keys to Green Buildings in Atlanta

Amid the wave of hype about who’s saving this and who’s cutting that on this, the 45th Earth Day, is a move by the city of Atlanta to benchmark the energy performance of municipal and commercial buildings as part of a “comprehensive energy policy."[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

Steroids for Efficiency: Digital Solutions for Juicing Building Energy Codes

March 26, 2015 by Matt Conway

Boosting Green Buildings

Massachusetts recently adopted a new energy code to improve building efficiency. The merits of the legislation are on display in Boston’s current building boom. At construction sites across the city, the latest energy saving building insulation, ultra-efficient windows and weather sealing technologies can be seen.[read more]

The Emergence and Importance of President Obama's Climate Policy

March 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen

President Obama recently signed an executive order directing federal agencies over the next decade to cut their emissions by an average of 40 percent compared with their levels when he won office in 2008, and to increase their use of electricity from renewable sources by 30 percent.[read more]

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The Coolest, Interactive Net-Zero Home Guide Makes Green Fun

March 22, 2015 by Andre Bourque

Net-Zero Homes

A zero-energy building, also known as a zero net energy building, or net zero building, is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.[read more]