The Greenest U.S. Buildings Are Where?

Many of us might guess California or Massachusetts house the greenest U.S. buildings. And we’d be wrong. Illinois is number one, at least by the standard of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which this week  ranked the top 10 states for LEED, a widely used international building rating metric. In fact, Illinois has been number one for two … [Read more...]

What Color is Your Microgrid?

Microgrids are “the key to a successful future for our electricity system,” according to Kurt Yeager, vice chairman of the Galvin Electricity Initiative and former CEO of the Electric Power Research Institute. Yeager is not alone in championing these mini versions of the central grid. Interest has been heightening in microgrid since SuperStorm … [Read more...]

MicroNews: New Energy Storage Group Forms…Latest in Onset HOBOs…Better Refrigerator Lighting for Stores

This week in energy efficiency news… Robert Menendez, Democratic Senator from New Jersey, and Pat Toomey, Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, introduced a new Senate bill, the Start-up, Jobs, and Innovation Act. The bill aims to stimulate innovation and generate investment in groundbreaking research and development for startups and growing … [Read more...]