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Charged for Success: Residential Energy Storage Installations Grow

August 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Feature writing, Writing

U.S. solar-panel manufacturers might be hurting these days, but installers’ business is going gangbusters. In 2011, more than 1,800 megawatts (MW) of utility, commercial and residential capacity were installed, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), more than doubling 2010’s record figure of 877 MW. The Solar Electric Power Association says 89 percent of [...]

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Take a Load Off: Taming the Plug Load

June 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Feature writing, Writing

“Plug load” is the hot topic in the energy-efficient building design field these days. Unlike insulation, multipane windows and improved heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) performance, this energy-efficiency strategy directly affects the work of electrical contractors. Contractors who work in the commercial sector, especially, will be hearing the term repeatedly. Read this article as it [...]

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Giving Efficiency Its Due

June 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Feature writing

Energy efficiency is often the ugly stepsister in alternative-energy conversations because quantifying its potential effect is difficult; how do we determine the real value of all those avoided kilowatt-hours? Two current efforts to answer this question are drawing on a fast-growing digital resource—data—and they could help decision-makers compare and document efficiency’s environmental value against other [...]

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Wired: One Word Describes the Transmission Construction Forecast

March 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Feature writing, Writing

Business still may be slow for many electrical contractors, with much of the construction industry remaining in the doldrums, but electrical pros specializing in major transmission work are experiencing a boom. Utilities and other transmission-line developers are scrambling to upgrade line reliability and bring mandated solar and wind energy to market before a number of [...]

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Form Ranks: Army Working With Industry in Renewables Initiative

February 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is the nation’s biggest energy customer, and it wants to cut its bills. The DOD’s armed services all have initiatives underway to reduce energy use and increase adoption of renewable technologies, in both overseas operations and at stateside bases. In one of the most ambitious efforts announced to date, [...]

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Looking Ahead: Researchers Power Up Ideas for Energy’s Future

December 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Alternative-energy watchers are to be forgiven for feeling a bit edgy when it comes to promises of market-shifting technologies. After all, that’s just what California–based Solyndra suggested U.S. Energy Department lenders could expect less than a year before the company went belly-up this summer. But this failure certainly hasn’t stopped researchers in university labs across [...]

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Opportunities Growing for Green-Roof Design

November 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Uncategorized, Writing

The motivation for incorporating green roofs into commercial building plans has evolved in the almost two decades since the technology made the move to the United States from Europe. New water-runoff rules could see their fortunes rise even higher, as municipalities strive to meet tightened clean-water requirements. This article originally ran in the November 2011 [...]

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The Water-Energy Nexus

October 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Looking to cut back on your energy use? Try watering the grass a day or two less each week. And you say water efficiency is becoming more important to you? Try turning off a few lights and setting back the air conditioning. As environmentalists, regulators and electric utilities are beginning to recognize, water and energy [...]

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Clean up on Aisle 9: Supermarkets Line Up for Efficiency-Boosting Fuel Cells

October 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Walk into your local supermarket in mid-August, and the electricity consumption surrounds you. The combination of overhead lighting, air conditioning, cooler refrigeration and all those freezer compartments make that round-the-corner temple to the food pyramid (or the new food plate) one of the biggest energy hogs in town. To help manage high operating costs and [...]

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Today’s Wired Classrooms

October 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Some things in education remain the same–—it’s all still really about reading, writing and arithmetic. But the way those and other subjects are taught has evolved significantly since many of us spent time in a classroom. This change is especially apparent in higher education, where schools face stiff competition in their efforts to attract today’s [...]

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