Central Valley leads California’s green homebuilding education with a path to Zero Net Energy symposium!

“The future of homebuilding and its alignment with California’s advanced energy goals took center stage at A Path to Zero Net Energy Symposium held at Fresno State earlier this month with a keynote address delivered by Commissioner Andrew McAllister of the California Energy Commission (CEC).The Symposium engaged university students from related fields, homebuilders, real estate…

California invests in “by location” distributed energy resources

“California is leading the nation with several pilot projects to reward more rooftop solar energy generators and other distributed energy resources in specific locations as an alternative to utilities’ needs to invest in upgrading their electricity generation networks. This use of Locational Net Benefit Analysis (LNBA) can foster the growth of hundreds of megawatts of…

How farms can tend to the energy-water nexus, reduce costs and help their communities

“Across the country, farmers face unrelenting pressure to conserve both water and energy. From California to Texas, recent droughts and declining groundwater levels require more pumping to provide irrigation water for crops. Pumping water takes energy, as do many other precision agriculture tasks involved in running a successful farm today. This symbiotic relationship between water…

California farmers racing to boost irrigation efficiency

“Increased competition for limited water supplies and higher costs are forcing California farmers to use new technology to improve their irrigation systems and water management practices. Facing urban growth, environmental concerns, wildfires and other pressures on water supplies, USDA warns “the efficiency of irrigation systems is particularly important in the arid Western states where water…

California invests in “by location” distributed energy resources

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“California is leading the nation with several pilot projects to reward more rooftop solar energy generators and other distributed energy resources in specific locations as an alternative to utilities’ needs to invest in upgrading their electricity generation networks. This use of Locational Net Benefit Analysis (LNBA) can foster the growth of hundreds of megawatts of…

Chicago challenges businesses to power buildings with renewable energy

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“As part of a commitment to use more renewable energy, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a challenge with private and university partners to incentivize them to use renewable energy to power one or more buildings by 2035. Participants in the Chicago Renewable Energy Challenge pledge to keep their buildings powered with renewable energy for at…

How Ohio can capture $25 billion worth of clean energy growth

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“Ohio risks missing out on roughly $25 billion in investments and 20,000 new jobs over the next two decades if state officials don’t take steps soon to expand clean energy, according to a new analysis. The report details nine steps state leaders could take to capture new clean energy jobs and investments. They include new…
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