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The Cities and States Using the Most and Least Residential Electricity

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 25, 2019 11:29:03 AM

New Sense data shows Burlington, VT, Madison, WI, and California cities use the least electricity; homes in the Southwest use more and pay more for electricity.

Sense, the innovator in home energy savings, delved into electricity data for more than 4000 real homes across the U.S. to find out who is leading the charge in saving energyand who is lagging. The analysis drew on real-time and historical electricity usage data for the homes over the course of 12 months.

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New Study Confirms Benefits of Electrifying CA Buildings

Posted by Pierre Delforge, Guest Columnist

Apr 17, 2019 3:42:50 PM

Replacing natural gas (methane) with clean electricity, particularly for heating and hot water production, will slash greenhouse gas emissions from California's single-family homes by up to 90 percent within the next three decades and save consumers money in the process, according to a new analysis released today. The study confirms electrification is a vital and cost-effective tool in reducing climate and toxic air pollution from gas combustion in buildings, which account for a quarter of the state total climate emissions.

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Battery Storage Now Eligible for Energy Efficiency Funding: Massachusetts Creates Nationwide Precedent to Reduce Storage Costs

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 8, 2019 8:10:41 AM

Clean Energy Group report explains how Massachusetts will use energy efficiency funds to support battery storage and reduce costly peak demand, makes recommendations for other states to implement similar policies.

Batteries are now eligible for state energy efficiency incentives in Massachusetts, and this first-in-the-nation policy should be considered by other states, according to a new report published today by Clean Energy Group (CEG).

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DOE Catalyzes Clean Energy Innovation in All 50 States

Posted by Madhur Boloor, NRDC

Apr 3, 2019 9:37:28 AM

The  DOE has made clean energy research and development investments in every U.S. state over the past two years, sending more than $1.8 billion to the national laboratories and to hundreds of private-sector and academic researchers last year alone. Unfortunately, the Trump administration recently unveiled a proposal to slash the Energy Department’s budget next year. 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made clean energy research and development (R&D) investments in every U.S. state over the past two years, sending more than $1.8 billion to the national laboratories and to hundreds of private-sector and academic researchers last year alone. Unfortunately, the Trump administration recently unveiled a proposal to slash the Energy Department’s budget next year. If enacted, this would have devastating impacts on American innovation.

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'Coal is on the way out': study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 27, 2019 11:40:52 AM

New study finds that approximately 75% of coal production is more expensive than renewables.

The Guardian reports that a study by Energy Innovation outlines the path to the end result of almost all coal production becoming more expensive than wind and solar.

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Europe's District Heating Gains Traction

Posted by Ute de Groot, Guest Columnist

Mar 9, 2019 2:48:09 PM

District heating has proven to be a convenient and sustainable way to recover energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The global temperature is predicted to rise 1.5 °C above the pre-industrial level until 2050. This might sound small but will have an extreme impact on our planet. Latest studies state that 46% of greenhouse gas emission in Europe are from generating heat for homes and businesses. To lower this impact, an old concept experiences a comeback : district heating.

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Vivint Solar Aims to Bring Solar Installation to Retail Consumer Market on a Large Scale

Posted by Brandy Lee, Guest Columnist

Mar 1, 2019 9:23:22 AM

The company is launching an educational initiative to make sure panels are installed properly, and distributing product through Home Depot.

For homeowners considering going solar, evaluating installer options can be a daunting task as the industry works to define quality benchmarks and regulations. To help advance consumer education and set the gold standard, Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, released a behind-the-scenes look at its rigorous 86-point installation process, giving would-be buyers a complete understanding of what to look for when selecting an installer and pitfalls to avoid. 

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Dandelion Energy Gets a Solid Infusion of Funds from Lennar Corporation

Posted by Jay Egg

Feb 13, 2019 1:48:34 PM

I have long worked with large home builders and developers in an effort to pique their interests in geothermal HVAC systems as a community solution. In my first book, Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and Cooling published by McGraw-Hill in 2010, the image on p 116 (Figure 6-1) and shown below is of an unnamed Lennar executive considering geothermal solutions for some Central Florida developments. 

I’m pleased to be able to share that Dandelion Energy appears to be coming close to making this a reality.  Press Release Follows:

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1830 Home in Hamilton, NY is an All-Electric Geothermal Masterpiece

Posted by Jay Egg

Feb 11, 2019 11:21:39 AM

This New York home, built in 1830, has been modernized on the outside, and has zero emissions, because it is 100% electric. 

I met Peter Darby during a business trip in New York to look at the Hamilton Highway Department facility. Peter is the deputy supervisor on the Town Council for the Town of Hamilton New York, and he knows what he's doing.

During my meeting at the highway department facility with Peter and Jason Florenz, Peter had a good idea of exactly how they would like to implement their geothermal heating system in the Hamilton Highway Garage. I became intrigued with his knowledge of geothermal applications. After we worked through the variables for the warehouse project, Peter invited me to visit his home, just a few minutes away, and take a look at his geothermal system.

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EIA: Clean Energy Grows, Climate Action Becomes More Urgent

Posted by Arjun Krishnaswami & Amanda Levin, NRDC

Feb 6, 2019 9:15:50 AM

The latest annual long-term energy outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reaffirmed that clean energy options continue to be economical and beneficial to the economy. 

Renewable energy resources are projected to be the second largest source of electricity by 2025. Investing in these resources will be critical to setting the nation on a path toward a clean and equitable energy economy. At the same time, the 2019 forecast warns that without significant policy action, the United States is markedly off course from realizing the clean energy outcome needed to avoid climate catastrophe by 2030 and beyond. Overall, the outlook bolsters the case that national leaders should implement policy to expand investment in clean energy and swiftly curb dangerous climate pollution.

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