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Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]

Minnesota real estate developer tackles 'beyond ambitious' energy retrofit

October 14, 2016 by Utility Dive

Madison Equities' comprehensive energy retrofit of three buildings in downtown St. Paul, Minn., will save enough energy to power a small town, according to Minnesota Public Radio.[read more]

Report: Hydropower reservoirs contributing to carbon emissions

October 5, 2016 by Utility Dive

A new study from Washington State University-Vancouver (WSU) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows hydro reservoirs are responsible for 1.3% of manmade greenhouse gas emissions, about 25% higher than previously thought, Climate Central reports.[read more]


Is Solar Power the Future for Smart Cities?

October 4, 2016 by Brooke Nally

It may have started with smart cars and smart homes, but as technology advances, the “smart” trend is taking over entire cities. Across the country and the world, cities of all sizes are transforming their infrastructure, systems, and operations to capitalize on new technologies and integrate connected solutions into the very fabric of...[read more]


5 Things That Differ Between Electric Providers

October 1, 2016 by Ryan Kh

This day and age everything is about options, even electricity service. Not long ago, electric service was largely dictated by cities. They would work out a deal with a specific provider or provide electricity themselves. This made things pretty simple since there was a single electricity source, but it also left people with few options....[read more]

Environmentalists wary of Congress' rush to pass energy bill

September 23, 2016 by Utility Dive

More than a dozen groups have sent a letter to federal lawmakers warning that in a rush to produce an energy bill this session, Congress is still considering several proposals which could trigger pushback from environmentalists or a veto from the White House.[read more]

US government-owned buildings outpace private sector in reducing energy consumption

September 22, 2016 by Construction Dive

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey, government buildings reduced their energy intensity — or energy consumption per square foot — by 23% between 2003 and 2012, whereas privately owned commercial buildings reduced theirs by only 12% during the same period.[read more]

Growing pains: Hawaii solar sector howls as grid-supply incentives hit caps

September 20, 2016 by Utility Dive

An alternative self-supply program could boost solar-plus-storage, but costs are prohibitive for most Hawaiians[read more]


Factory as a Forest - What Hong Kong can learn from Interface

September 14, 2016 by William Ng

Blog post by William Ng on an event hosted by Interface Inc. Hong Kong on the 9th September 2016. Speaker Erin Meezan (VP Sustainability) discussed Interface's sustainability journey, from Mission Zero to Net-Works to Climate Take Back.[read more]

Trading in Energy: What the Stock Market Tells Us About Sustainable Development

September 13, 2016 by Anna Johansson

How can we predict the course of energy’s future, both for our planet’s sake and for our own potential investments, profits, and utility choices?[read more]

Mutual needs, mutual challenges: How corporate PPAs are remaking the renewables sector

September 7, 2016 by Utility Dive

Large companies want renewables and developers are eager to sell. The consequences for utilities could be immense[read more]

Apple's China suppliers join efforts to green supply chain

August 31, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Apple, through its clean energy programs, will join with Chinese suppliers to put in place more than 2 GW of new alternative energy in coming years, avoiding the release of more than 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020.[read more]