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Wind energy tax-credit extension part of 'cliff' deal
The Desert Sun via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A one-year extension of a key tax credit for the wind industry was included in the fiscal cliff deal Congress passed. The tax credit, which has been a major driver for wind development across the country in the past two decades, is worth 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour of energy produced by new wind installations for their first 10 years of operation. A White House news release confirmed that the tax-credit extension is included in the Senate package that the House also passed. More

Fiscal cliff legislation retroactively extends HVAC, water heating tax credits    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fiscal cliff avoidance legislation, signed into law by President Barack Obama on Jan. 2, also retroactively reinstated 25C tax credits for highly efficient HVAC and water heating equipment. The bill — among many other tax provisions — extends the HVAC/water heater tax credits until Dec. 31. The tax credits cover qualified equipment included in Section 25C of the Internal Revenue Code. More

Why some NYC buildings are more efficient than LEED-certified ones
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Some of New York City's oldest buildings are more energy efficient than LEED-certified buildings. Although the recently built 7 World Trade Center trumpets its LEED-Gold rating to lure renters, it isn't as efficient as the Chrysler Building, which was constructed in the 1930s. While 7 World Trade Center gets an Energy Star score of 74 — just below the minimum allowed for that certification — the Chrysler building scores 84, thanks to extensive efficiency upgrades. The Empire State Building has a score of 80. More

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The key to pricing sunshine
The Economist via Business Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Solar energy currently provides only a quarter of a percent of the planet's electricity supply, but the industry is growing at staggering speed. Underlying this growth is a phenomenon that solar's supporters call Swanson's law, in imitation of Moore's law of transistor cost. More

Solar energy on the rise in Germany
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Solar energy is on the rise in Germany, with a record 1.3 million photovoltaic systems in 2012. The increase comes as new consumer taxes on energy are to take effect in the country. The recent solar boom means the alternative form of energy now reaches 8 million homes in Germany, a 45 percent increase compared to 2011, the German Solar Industry Association said. More

New York state buildings ordered to improve energy efficiency by 20 percent
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New York state agencies have been ordered to increase the energy efficiency of their buildings by 20 per cent over the next seven years. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a state order in the last week of 2012, accompanied by a new implementation program called "Build Smart NY," which he branded "a financial and environmental win-win for New Yorkers." More

Life cycle and LEED
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Since its inception, the LEED Green Building Rating System has been based on one overriding goal: to reduce negative environmental and human health impacts of the built environment by promoting innovation and transforming the marketplace. USGBC believes the built environment can be used as a positive force in our communities and for the planet as a whole. With each new version of LEED, the scope of the environmental and human health impacts addressed by the rating systems has grown as our understanding of these issues and their interrelationships has deepened. More


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