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The oil industry is going solar
Climate Rocks
There’s no way around it — the future of energy is solar energy. But here’s the fun part: the future starts now. Solar panels have been on the market for decades, but saying solar panels of today are the same as solar panels of the 1990s is like saying phones of today are like phones of the 1990s. True, you can’t play Tetris on your solar panels or listen to music via them, but who wants to climb onto a record-hot roof to do that anyway? Getting back to the central point here, it’s that the cost of solar has fallen off a cliff, and solar power is increasingly the cheapest option around.
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Obama's clean power plan will actually lower your energy bill, according to new study
Climate Progress
A new study from researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology examines how states can reduce carbon pollution cheaply while also keeping household energy prices low. Titled “Low-Carbon Electricity Pathways for the U.S. and the South,” the report found that reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants — a requirement of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan — could be done cost effectively through a combination of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies as well as a modest carbon price.
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As UK strips away green policies, HVAC sector takes a big hit
By Andrew Gaved
In a time when economic prudence is necessary, the United Kingdom's new Conservative Party government installed in May has wasted no time in taking an ax to policies it believes will be costly to the taxpayer. However, a number of these are high-profile "green" policies, designed to reduce the energy consumption of its building stock. This has seen the new government crossing swords with the HVAC sector, along with the combined might of environmentalists, the construction industry and the renewable energy business.
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More solar panels are going on rooftops, but most homeowners don't own them
Denver Business Journal
Thousands of solar power panels were installed on home rooftops in 2014, but very few of them were owned by the homeowners, according to a new study by GTM Research. About 72 percent of the 1.2 gigagwatts worth of solar power panels installed on residential rooftops were owned by third parties, with homeowners paying for the panels or the power generated by the systems via leases or power-purchase agreements.
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Green building standards take next step forward
Real Estate Rama
After two years of negotiations, residential green building standards are taking the next step forward. Specifically, the leading building code organizations have partnered to develop a singular green building code. This code combines elements from their various codes and standards — providing jurisdictions with a comprehensive set of green principles for legislative and regulatory approval.
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Ravens making the switch to green energy
SB Nation
The Ravens are continuing to be trailblazers by leading the league in eco-friendliness. They were the first team to earn a LEED-certified Gold designation by the U.S. Green Building Council for their sustainability efforts at M&T Bank Stadium. Now, the team is setting another precedent for sustainabilty in the NFL by partnering with Constellation, a leading competitive retail energy supplier. The two entities plan to construct a 375-kilowatt (DC) solar generation project at the team’s headquarters and training facility in Owings Mills, MD.
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What manufacturers, developers should consider when investing in 3-D printing
By Mark Eaton
Investing in 3-D printing technology can provide significant business advantages. Product development, customer value, manufacturing costs and product life cycle management can all be positively impacted by this technology. Determining where to make the investment requires careful consideration of the expected outcomes and thorough analysis of the business, processes or products that will be impacted by the investment.
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Feds to vacate energy efficiency rule, industry group says
The Hill
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) said that it has reached a settlement with the Department of Energy in litigation over the agency's energy efficiency standards for commercial walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF). As part of the settlement, AHRI said the Energy Department has agreed to vacate its refrigeration standards for multiplex condensing systems at medium and low temperatures and for dedicated condensing systems at low temperatures.
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