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Wading in the waters of building automation
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Building automation systems will be increasingly necessary to help building owners meet more stringent regulations. Buildings are responsible for 40 percent of all energy use in the U.S., but energy-efficiency standards such as the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 are in place to curb this use. The potential for customers to achieve energy savings via building automation systems could be a major source of revenue for utilities willing to get their feet wet. More

Solar panel makers gain on trade ruling
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Shares of solar panel makers reacted after the Obama administration upheld tariffs on Chinese solar panels. The U.S. government said China has subsidized companies that are flooding the U.S. with low-cost panels. In response the U.S. imposed tariffs ranging from 18 percent to nearly 250 percent. Both U.S. and China-based solar companies gained in afternoon trading. U.S. companies cheered the upheld tariffs. Some Chinese companies gained because the tariffs are lower than preliminary tariffs imposed in May. More

Analysis: Big energy savings for benchmarked buildings
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the largest U.S. building energy benchmarking data analysis to date, examining more than 35,000 buildings that from 2008-2011 consistently used the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager measurement tool. The buildings showed a 7 percent average savings in energy over three years — with the initial lowest-performing buildings making the greatest improvements. More

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New wind farm could be largest in North America
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A proposed wind farm in southern Wyoming may soon become the largest of its kind anywhere in North America, according to U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who authorized the project during a visit to Cheyenne. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project would include up to 1,000 wind turbines that could generate an estimated 3,000 megawatts, or enough to power nearly 1 million homes, Salazar told a crowd at Laramie County Community College. Salazar's approval is needed because most of the 220,000-acre project is on federal land — and, combined with previously approved projects, it also fulfills a promise President Barack Obama made in this year's State of the Union speech. More

UTA parking garage features solar panels
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Getting our power directly from the sun has been a dream of engineers for more than 100 years. The global installion of photovoltaic panels grew 20 percent from 2009 to 2010. Some estimates say that demand will increase fivefold by 2014. But if you want to drive up to the largest solar panel array in Texas — that is not built by a power company — pay a visit to the University of Texas at Arlington. Up on the roof of a parking garage sits a massive array of more than 28,000 square feet, which serves as both an electric generation source and shade. More

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Comment period open for LEED green building program
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The U.S. Green Building Council announced the opening of the fifth public comment period for the proposed update to its LEED green building program. The comment period, which will close on Dec. 10, enables the building community to view the most recent draft of the rating systems and provide comments where any substantive changes have been made. More

Services and maintenance: Proactive energy management
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A rapidly growing number of facility management professionals are using intelligent energy management solutions to reduce their energy usage and costs. Not to be confused with a basic building management system, IEM tools help facility managers optimize their energy usage to analyze real-time and historical energy information. These tools build on traditional demand response solutions to provide a platform that enables FMs to gain insight and control and integrate solutions within the expanding smart grid infrastructure. More


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