The Texas House and Senate passed Senate Bill 385 in May. If Governor Rick Perry approves the bill, the state will break new ground by developing plans for commercial and industrial property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs. This bill will redesign Texas’s approach to PACE, focusing on the commercial and industrial sectors rather than on (more…)
Energy efficiency has been widely touted as the first step people should take in order to reduce their consumption of energy. Reducing one’s use of electricity or fossil fuels is a relatively inexpensive action to take, and a variety of companies are beginning to recognize the value of this. For one thing, utilities across the country are now providing incentives to customers that install energy efficient appliances in their homes. In addition, many new companies have sprouted up recently that provide energy efficiency services, including demand response. As our electric grid gets more congested and as we continue to deplete our fossil fuel resources, energy efficiency will play an increasingly important role in preserving our environment and our way of life.
In order to become environmentally conscious you have to start somewhere. Why not start at home? It is true that the first step to any lifestyle change has to start with yourself. Going green is no different. Often the initial expense of making updates to our homes causes us to hesitate. But the truth is that while going green may take some initial expenses, in (more…)
Combined heat and power (CHP) has changed the face of energy generation for the better. Instead of the old, outmoded, and inefficient process (which can waste as much as two-thirds of total energy generated), CHP utilizes the energy that’s squandered through heat in normal generators. (more…)
We fret about turning off the lights to save pennies on energy. Meanwhile, electricity worth billions of dollars gets lost or stolen on the world’s power grids every year.
In industry jargon, the problem is known as ‘line loss.’ A certain amount of electricity generated by a power plant never makes it to the consumer – or at least (more…)
Depending on where you live in the United States, you’ll see that your electricity and energy rates will fluctuate. Electricity providers calculate your energy usage and electricity prices by kilowatt usage, meaning that how much you pay is dependent on how many cents it costs per kilowatt for whatever provider you use. (more…)
New York officials are scrutinizing the cost of energy efficiency – especially when it’s needed fast – as they prepare for the possible shutdown of a nuclear plant.
Energy efficiency insiders will want to keep an eye on this public service commission proceeding for two reasons. First, it offers a potential 100 MW in business opportunity. Second, wide disagreement (more…)
A green roof is a special type of roof that is covered with certain types of vegetation. This vegetation can cover either all or parts of the roofing. Green roofs have many advantages and can be installed with relative ease.
Installing a Green Roof
After spending $1 billion on renewable energy projects in the last few years, Google is no stranger to reducing their carbon footprint.