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Wind Energy Tax-Credit Extension

Fri, 2013-01-04 11:58

After weeks of deliberation, Congress brokered a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, significantly impacting the renewable energy industry. In particular, the deal allows for the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which will help further the development of American wind energy resources.

The tax-credit extensions will:

• Provide tax relief to U.S. wind farms that begin construction in 2013

• Support the manufacturing of wind turbines and components in America

• Sustain growth in the industry, and;

3 Ways To Minimize The Water-Energy Nexus Problem

Fri, 2012-12-21 17:38

Water and energy are intertwined. Energy production requires water, and supplying water to the general population requires energy. The conservation and proper management of these resources are imperative to maintaining a balance between energy demand and limited resources.

When tasked with finding a solution, one thing comes to mind: energy conservation. The key is to start changing the perception of “green” and “sustainability” by encouraging consumers to view these as strategies aimed at energy efficiency and cost savings.

Bipartisan Support for Energy Efficiency

Tue, 2012-12-18 09:49

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that takes steps toward energy efficiency in the United States. The American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (H.R. 6582) modifies legislation that passed through the Senate last month and will soon return to the Senate for final approval. The bill focuses on a variety of technical corrections to equipment efficiency standards previously enacted by Congress, helping to improve program functionality.

12 Myths About Sustainability for 12/12/2012

Wed, 2012-12-12 18:11

In honor of 12/12/2012, Everblue wanted to dispel the top 12 myths associated with sustainability and green training.

MYTH 1: Nobody knows what sustainability really means.

FACT: The definition determined by the 1987 United Nations Conference coined sustainability as a way to “meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” The definition is really simple, and it can apply to a wide range of things from Fortune 500 companies to the government, and even single-family households.

Humanscale London: LEED, BREEAM, and Ska

Thu, 2012-12-06 11:43

Humanscale London welcomed 60 guests to their ergonomics showroom for a panel discussion to debate international green building standards: LEED, BREEAM and Ska for commercial interiors. The debate was organized and moderated by Kurt Fernandes, Humanscale London A+D Manager.

20 Ways to Save Energy This Holiday Season

Fri, 2012-11-30 10:02

While the holiday season is a time for celebration and reflection, it is also one of the most expensive times of the year. Between purchasing gifts, entertaining, and decorating, the financial burden is high. With energy usage largely contributing to seasonal costs, there are numerous ways to save both energy and money this holiday season.


Growth in Renewable Energy in North Carolina

Thu, 2012-11-15 11:24

As states continue to strengthen economic growth in the renewable energy industry, the number of green jobs continues to rise. The recent Q3 green jobs report demonstrates the economic vitality of several states dedicated to job growth in renewable energy. Although the number of green jobs declined in the third quarter of the year, the top performing states consistently remain the most highly populated: California, New York, and Texas. However, North Carolina, which is often overlooked as a state promoting economic growth in renewable energy, consistently ranks within the top 10.

The Nature of Wind Farms

Thu, 2012-11-08 12:26

Over the past few years, growth in the renewable energy sector has significantly increased relative to growing global energy demands. The influx of solar and wind energy production, in particular, will continue to drive reliable clean energy forward. Although there are substantial inroads that need to be made within renewable energy, specifically cost and efficiency, there remain countless applications of renewable energy sources both in the U.S. and abroad.

Energy Efficiency for Businesses

Fri, 2012-11-02 08:27

As worldwide energy demand increases, one of the most significant ways to reduce energy consumption is through efficiency efforts. By many accounts, global power is anticipated to reach 37,000 terawatt hours in 2030, up from 22,100 terawatt hours in 2011. For the foreseeable future, energy demand will continue to utilize conventional resources such as oil, gas, coal and nuclear power, despite continued efforts to promote alternative energy solutions. As a result, energy conservation efforts are vitally important to counteract increased energy consumption and natural resource depletion.

Federal government increases LEED supported Projects

Thu, 2012-10-25 11:17

Although adoption rates for LEED-specific green building practices have steadily increased in the private sector, the growth of sustainable building initiatives in the federal government is an often overlooked segment of LEED certified projects. According to a recent report, the number of federal LEED certified projects increased by 51 percent this year, with over 821 projects completed to date in 2012. As noted by Lane Burt, director of technical policy at the U.S. Green Building Council, the rapid growth in federal agencies mirrors what is occurring in the private sector.

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