Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
In the depths of the Great Recession three years ago, California’s chief fiscal officer John Chiang gathered his deputies and posed a question: “Is there any way we can put capital on the ground in California to put people back to work in ways that would make sense for the long term?”
After some debate, they settled on what they called (more…)
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
After a mild July and most of August, the hot weather associated with this time of year will finally make an appearance this week. In fact, we could hit an all-time peak load record today, and demand at least a couple of days this week. And although we don’t expect any problems meeting this demand, we’ve taken steps to continue to provide service without (more…)
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Although the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has created strict requirements for residential property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs, a few states and cities are continuing to develop programs and pass legislation.
PACE programs make it possible for homeowners to (more…)
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
A little-known statewide program to promote energy efficiency in large commercial and industrial buildings will be funded with $10 million in revenue bonds through the St. Paul Port Authority, a leader in energy savings programs.
The St. Paul City Council on Wednesday gave the (more…)
Thursday, August 15th, 2013
“Smart windows”, made out of “smart glass” allow users to control the amount of light let in and ultimately save costs for heating, air-conditioning, and lighting.
Improving on this technology, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National (more…)
Thursday, August 8th, 2013
I will catch up on the new green patent lawsuits filed in the last few months with a two-part green patent complaint update. The first part covers May through mid-June, which saw several new green patent complaints in the areas of biofuels, fuel recycling, smart grid, and LEDs, and other energy efficient lighting. (more…)
Monday, August 5th, 2013
Every month, Teamsters Local 848 pays an average of about $2,500 in energy bills to power its meeting hall on the 3800 block of Cherry Avenue.
But when it’s done with its energy-efficient project, the group representing some 7,000 delivery and bus drivers and warehouse workers can see that cost shrink to as low as $10 a month. (more…)
Friday, August 2nd, 2013
One of the main focuses of modern architecture is energy efficiency, and predicting how much energy a facility will consume can be done from the early planning stages. These days, energy modeling is done with computers, and it gives designers the advantage of being able to analyze different energy options and remove much of the guesswork. (more…)
Thursday, July 25th, 2013
In my last post about Connecticut’s clean energy finance efforts, I alluded to an important innovation in their Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) financing program for commercial properties. PACE programs have been in place for several years, and the basic concept is that property owners are able to pay back clean energy financing (more…)
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
As the world becomes more and more environmentally aware, several industries are increasing their focus on improving their ‘green’ factor, including the construction sector. LEED is helping to lead the way.
What is LEED?
LEED – or Leadership in Energy & Environmental (more…)