Partnership produces free tool to save building energy

Partnership produces free tool to save building energy

A partnership between Lucid Design Group of Oakland, Calif., and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have produced a free tool that can benchmark a building energy’s use. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Small Business Voucher (SBV)...

3 new tools for advancing energy affordability in low-income communities

3 new tools for advancing energy affordability in low-income communities

Better Buildings’ Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA) is breaking down barriers that low-income communities face for implementing energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. Low-income households – both single and multifamily – carry a disproportionate energy burden –...

DOE announces $12 million to advance early-stage solar research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $12 million for eight projects to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation. The models will lead to more accurate forecasts of solar generation levels, enabling utilities to better manage the variability...

Great Green Home | Courtyard Rows by Thrive Home Builders

Great Green Home | Courtyard Rows by Thrive Home Builders

With the Courtyard Rows townhomes at RidgeGate, Thrive is also the first builder in Colorado to offer net zero energy construction in a townhome community.

Restaurant, airport recognized for leadership in energy efficiency

Restaurant, airport recognized for leadership in energy efficiency

Two Seattle-area Better Buildings Challenge partners have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for their successful energy-efficient upgrade achievements at the King County International Airport and the local Shari's in Lynnwood, Wash. Through the Better Buildings Challenge,...

Duck curve addresses over-generation of solar energy

Duck curve addresses over-generation of solar energy

Technology represents transition point for utilities, industry

Course helps make the case for high-performance buildings

Course helps make the case for high-performance buildings

The commercial real estate sector has seen an increase in property owners pursuing the development of high-performance buildings because of their marketability benefits and alignment with corporate sustainability goals. Research has also shown that owning and operating high-performance properties is...

DOE hands out 2017 Housing Innovation Awards

DOE hands out 2017 Housing Innovation Awards

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presented the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 of the nation's leading builders at the recent Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's High Performance Home Summit in Atlanta. Overall, 26 award-winning homes were...

Concentrating solar power could provide flexibility, reliability for U.S. grid

Concentrating solar power could provide flexibility, reliability for U.S. grid

Every day, our power needs fluctuate causing grid operators to make quick decisions to balance the grid. This can happen on hot summer days when people are turning on their air conditioners or in the middle of winter when they...

DOE announces projects between U.S., China businesses to reduce energy consumption

Several new projects between American and Chinese companies to collaborate and showcase successful models can help industry adapt new approaches and build business opportunities by improving energy efficiency across retrofitted systems in buildings and industrial facilities, according to the U.S....

4 ways to upgrade with clean energy technologies

4 ways to upgrade with clean energy technologies

One of the best ways to protect a home purchase — whether single- or multi-family — is to invest in smart renovations. Thanks to new technology, there are a number of improvement options.

DOE spending $15 million to tackle solar desalination

DOE spending $15 million to tackle solar desalination

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to fund development of revolutionary solar desalination technologies that will help create freshwater from otherwise unusable waters, the agency announced. Desalination treats seawater, brackish water and contaminated water for use in municipal and industrial...

New technology could lower costs for concentrating solar power

New technology could lower costs for concentrating solar power

A new solar collector is starting a trend when it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) technology, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. For the first time, “ganged heliostats” could be a viable option for new CSP systems. Skysun,...

DOE recognizes Las Vegas Sands for efficiency upgrades

DOE recognizes Las Vegas Sands for efficiency upgrades

The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge has recognized Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Energy Department announces achievement of SunShot goal

In conjunction with the annual Solar Power International conference, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released new research that shows the solar industry has achieved the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target set by the SunShot Initiative. Largely due to...

5 NFL stadiums score big on efficiency

5 NFL stadiums score big on efficiency

Football is back. September kicks off the start of another football season. And, while most fans will be focused on what’s happening on-the-field, there’s another storyline already forming off it.

Analysis identifies how commercial customers might benefit from battery energy storage

Commercial electricity customers who are subject to high demand charges may be able to reduce overall costs by using battery energy storage to manage demand, according to research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The...

Energy Department working to help schools achieve net zero

Energy Department working to help schools achieve net zero

Children around the nation are heading back to school, and some are going into buildings that have significant energy savings potential. Zero energy schools can use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional schools—that’s a lot of money that could be used for school supplies instead of energy bills. The U.S.

Report: How to cut cost of wind energy in half

Report: How to cut cost of wind energy in half

New energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030— making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas. The new finding is outlined in a report by the National Renewable...

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