Utility green pricing programs allow homes and businesses to procure green power through their electric utility. Since 2000, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has compiled data on these utility green pricing programs and released annual "Top 10" lists to recognize outstanding programs. Rankings for calendar year 2016 are now available at NREL's Voluntary Green Powerpage and are included below. This year's Top 10 programs sold more than 5.5 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of green power to more than 560,000 customers. NREL estimates that green pricing programs nationwide sold more than 8 million MWh of green power to more than 800,000 customers.
The Department of Energy announced $46.2 million for 48 projects as part of its SunShot Initiative. These projects are intended to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies, which are aimed at lowering costs and improving reliability and efficiency.
Contrary to Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s repeated statements, a draft U.S. Department of Energy study ordered by Perry into the reliability of the electric grid concludes that the rise of renewable energy has resulted in a more resilient and reliable energy system and that the electric grid has never been more reliable than it is today.
Several proposals are moving through the House and Senate this week that threaten imperiled gray wolves and undermine the nation’s most important wildlife conservation law, the Endangered Species Act.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) headquarters office is the first space in the world to achieve both Platinum Level Certification for the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) under WELL v1 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), under the LEED ID+C rating system – the highest recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™). The office space, designed by Perkins+Will, incorporates the most innovative health and wellness design features, and has sustainability as a central philosophy.
Department of Energy Announces Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages Funding Awards
DOE's Building Technologies Office (BTO) announced it is investing more than $3 million in five projects to improve the efficiency of the nation’s commercial buildings. This investment is designed to drive innovation in multisystem technology packages while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic industry teams that include energy consultants and nongovernmental organizations, utilities, and technology providers.