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European power grids keep lights on through solar eclipse
Reuters
Electrical grids in Europe succeeded in managing the unprecedented disruption to solar power from the March 20 2-1/2-hour eclipse that brought sudden, massive drops in supply. Germany, Europe's leading economy and boasting the world's biggest solar-powered installations, was at the heart of the event.
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New York's next step in cutting carbon from buildings
Energy Collective
When New York City leads, the world follows. That's why the announcement of the creation of a technical working group to help the city cut greenhouse gas emissions from its building sector by 30 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2050 is such exciting news. The effort is part of the city's One City, Built To Last plan to cut citywide greenhouse gas pollution by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050 — something that Mayor de Blasio announced during Climate Week last September.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AFE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Study: Solar PV in the built environment could power California nearly 5 times over
Greentech Media
In 2007, when the cost of a rooftop solar system hovered around $8 per watt, engineer and solar advocate Bill Powers proposed an ambitious plan: replace a proposed transmission line for Southern California with 2,000 megawatts of PV systems across San Diego. Opponents of the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, which was completed by the California utility SDG&E in 2012, seized on the report as proof that distributed solar could offset the need for large-scale infrastructure projects built in sensitive habitats.
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Energy-related CO2 emissions flatline in 2014
BUILDINGS
The wide variety of efforts to cut CO2 emissions from the energy sector may finally be seeing results, as a new study from the International Energy Agency notes that global emissions stalled in 2014. This marks the first time in 40 years that emissions have not increased or been reduced that isn’t tied to a slide in the economy. The IEA data shows that global CO2 emissions kept steady at 32.3 billion tons in 2014, staying largely unchanged from 2013's emissions figures.
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Are you building for more than 25 years?
David E. Patnaude
I recently had the privilege to present a 75-minute breakout session at the NBOA Annual Conference in Boston where I spoke about the real meaning of "total cost of ownership." I truly enjoy these sessions because I learn a lot during the Q&A and then even more from the people who approach me after the presentation with feedback. One of the things that occurred to me during my presentation is that I often take for granted that I work for an educational institution and the fact that it's not going anywhere. By "not going anywhere," I mean that my school is staying in its current location for something on the order of at least the next 100 years.
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Eiffel Tower goes green
Green Building Elements
An ambitious remodel project at the Eiffel Tower is making its operations greener. The first floor of the landmark building was recently refurbished for a better visitor experience and to improve the environmental impact of the historic building. First floor glazing was changed to provide a 25 percent reduction in solar heat gain during the summer months. This will significantly reduce the need for air conditioning, saving money and energy.
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No-shadow skyscrapers proposed
Green Building Elements
Tall buildings are the signature architecture of all modern cities. They maximize the use of valuable land and provide opportunities for self contained, mixed use communities that often have retail establishments near street level, residential living quarters in the middle and office space above. They also do an excellent job of blocking sunlight and casting shadows on the ground around them. NBBJ is recognized by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative architectural firms in the world. It has recently submitted a design proposal for two no shadow skyscrapers to be built at London's Greenwich Peninsular.
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