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Workforce study hints at possible talent drought in certain skill sets
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When almost one quarter of an industry's workforce is planning to retire in five years or less, it creates an opportunity for new workers to enter the market. When 85 percent of employers in those industries report that it is difficult to very difficult to find new hires with the right skill set to perform those jobs, it creates a potential workforce disaster. Those are two of the findings reported in a study published in The Fluke 2012 Workforce Trends Study. More

Green building watch
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Green building will continue its rapid expansion globally in 2013 in spite of ongoing economic difficulties. More people are building green each year, and there is nothing on the horizon that will stop this mega trend or its constituent elements. However, the continuing slowdown in commercial real estate and the lower level of government project development will continue to put a crimp in new green building projects. More

In India, solar ambitions are suddenly outsize
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After years of lagging behind China and the West in the adoption of solar power, some states in India are proposing to build solar farms at a galloping pace that leaves them at risk of falling short of electricity (a familiar problem here) or of paying higher prices for it. In just the last five months, five Indian states have announced plans to bring giant amounts of solar power online within five years, including 1,000 megawatts in Andhra Pradesh, 350 megawatts in Rajasthan, 800 megawatts in Madhya Pradesh, 1,000 megawatts in Chhatisgarh and a whopping 3,000 megawatts in Tamil Nadu. More

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Study: Low-frequency noise may affect wind farm industry
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When it comes to wind farms, it may be the sound you can't hear that drives you to distraction, according to a report that is pitting environmental groups against one another. The study of noise levels around the Shirley Wind Farm in Brown County, Wis., detected largely inaudible, low-frequency sound inside three nearby houses. But researchers found that only in the home closest to the turbines could it be correlated with sound coming from outside the house, according to the report. More

Up-to-code performance
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Changes are fast approaching for the building industry. The U.S. Department of Energy claims that buildings account for 39 percent of total energy use and 38 percent of total carbon dioxide emissions in America. The desire to reduce both is leading to tighter government regulations on new construction, requiring states to adopt up-to-date energy-related building codes that will improve the performance of new commercial buildings. More

Washington DC tops annual LEED list from US Green Building Council
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Washington, D.C., is once again at the top of the U.S. Green Building Council's annual list of places with the highest concentration of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified buildings. The list ranks states, but includes the District in addition to all 50 states. The USGBC says the District of Columbia has 36.7 square feet of certified LEED building per capita, the highest concentration in the country. Virginia ranked second. Maryland was No. 6 on the list. D.C. added 22.2 million square feet of LEED-certified space in 2012. More

Wind to lead phase-out of energy subsidies?
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After a year where wind producers sat on their hands, waiting until Congress decided whether the wind tax credits would be extended, it finally happened: on Dec. 31, as part of the fiscal cliff deal, Congress extended the production tax credit for wind and other renewables through the end of 2013. But one year is not enough time to get a wind production facility up and running. There are plenty of wind operations — some 100 pre-operational wind projects in the Northwest alone — that are far enough through planning stages to break ground in time to qualify. More


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