Certified Green Buildings may have an advantage in capital markets

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Research indicates that green certification lowers the cost of capital for real estate investors, according to a recent column at GlobeSt. The reasoning is that certified buildings have a more attractive risk profile and may be more resilient during tough economic times, according to Dr. Nils Kok, associate professor at Maastricht University, the article says. Some studies have shown that commercial mortgages for …

The West Coast Electric Highway Enables Zero Emission Road Trips

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The West Coast Electric Highway—one of the longest electrified corridors in the world—is demonstrating that electric vehicles are here for the long haul. In 2008, the West Coast states of California, Oregon, Washington and the province of British Columbia all recognized a simple, but alarming fact: western North America was experiencing significant population growth. That meant …

ICAST Launches Project SunLight: Bringing Solar Energy to Multifamily Affordable Housing

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ICAST Launches Project SunLight: Bringing Solar Energy to Multifamily Affordable Housing ICAST will partner with the Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Office to create and pilot an innovative program that overcomes the hurdles of deploying solar energy to low income populations    October 30, 2018, [Lakewood, CO] – ICAST (International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social …

N.Y. grid operator moves toward landmark carbon price

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New York’s electric grid operator moved a step closer to finalizing a carbon pricing proposal last week, as a task force issued draft recommendations containing new details on its plans. The recommendations made by the Integrating Public Policy Task Force, a joint effort between the New York Independent System Operator and the state government, build on an April proposal and …

A house could be printed in a day using a novel peat material created in Estonia

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Cut peat blocks were already being used for building houses thousands of years ago. Now, scientists at the University of Tartu in Estonia have developed a material which could make it possible to print energy-efficient houses out of milled peat and oil shale ash using a 3D printer. A couple of years ago, Dr Jüri Liiv invented an organic humate soil improver, …

Scientists use ‘funnel-vision’ to pioneer cheap and efficient solar energy

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Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that could unlock new methods of making solar energy more efficient. A team of experts from the University of Exeter has discovered an innovative way for generating photovoltaic (PV) energy – or ways in which to convert light into power. The new technique relies on ‘funnelling’ the sun’s energy more efficiently directly into …

Xcel Energy plans to retire two coal plants, and rely more on wind and solar

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Colorado’s biggest utility company recently released details of its $2.5 billion proposal to become a cleaner power generator, retiring two coal-burning plants and by 2026 replace them with projects generating nearly 55 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. Xcel Energy (Nasdaq: XEL) submitted its plan to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission late Wednesday, laying out extensive options how it …