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Services and maintenance: Funding energy projects
Today's Facility Manager
One of the outcomes of the Great Recession is a deeper appreciation for the immense potential of energy efficiency in the United States. It's rare to find a market opportunity that creates equally positive effects on the environment as it does the economy. This could be thought of as the "new power" behind building efficiency and energy standards.
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US installed most wind energy in 2012
The Energy Collective
The U.S. is now the largest wind power market, and a U.S. company is the world's No. 1 supplier, according to a new industry report by Navigant Research. This is a big shakeup in the global wind market. Danish wind manufacturer Vestas had been the world leader from 2000 to 2011 but in 2012, GE Wind grabbed 15.5 percent of the market share. Vestas dropped to 14 percent. The U.S. also snuck ahead of China as the the biggest wind power market last year.
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Can you have too much solar energy?
Slate Magazine
Solar panels line Germany's residential rooftops and top its low-slung barns. They sprout in orderly rows along train tracks and cover hills of coal mine tailings in what used to be East Germany. Old Soviet military bases, too polluted to use for anything else, have been turned into solar installations. Twenty-two percent of Germany's power is generated with renewables. Solar provides close to a quarter of that. The southern German state of Bavaria, population 12.5 million, has three photovoltaic panels per resident, which adds up to more installed solar capacity than in the entire United States.
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Fluctuating wind power and efficiency
Has your facility considered taking the renewable jump? Sustainable energy methods are becoming more pervasive each year, with technical innovations making options more affordable. Incorporating wind power into existing power grids is challenging because fluctuating wind speed and direction means turbines generate power inconsistently. Coupled with customers' varying power demand, many wind-farm managers end up wasting power-generation capacity and limiting the service life of turbines through active control — including fully stopping turbines — in order to avoid any possible damage to the power grid from spikes in supply.
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The future of wind energy: It's worth the investment
The Reporter
Wind energy reached a major milestone last year, growing to provide 5 percent of California's total electricity needs — and that number will climb to 6 percent this year. Installed wind-generating capacity has tripled across the state since 2002, when the California Legislature established a 20 percent renewable electricity goal for the state's utilities. (This goal adds to the state's existing large hydropower resources.) All three of the major investor-owned utilities, including PG&E, have met that goal and are well on their way to meeting the 33 percent goal signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011.
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