Treehouse in Memorial City, Both are More than a Name Suggests

As cities re-develop and re-define themselves in new urban and sustainable ways, mixed-used mini-cities are becoming popular oasises in the midst of traditional metropolitan areas. In Houston, Texas, one of such, ‘city-with-in-a-city’ exists and is called Memorial City. It is 7.6 million SF of a place that intertwines the living, shopping, working and play parts of its population’s lives. Memorial City is, “A privately-held real estate investment, development and management company headquarters.” Part of that headquarters is a 14,700 SF,…

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Geothermal Energy Association Names Winners for GEA Honors 2014

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) announced today the winners of their 2014 GEA Honors, which recognizes companies, projects, and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the geothermal industry. The winners were selected in categories including Technological Advancement, Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship. Now in its fourth year, GEA also provides special recognition of companies and individuals who have made notable advances and achievements for geothermal energy. GEA will present the Honors at an awards ceremony as part of the…

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Geothermal Market Shows Growth

The following GEA release provides solid information about the geothermal market. New GEA Report Details Trends in Global Geothermal Market A new report from the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), released today at the organization’s International Geothermal Showcase in Washington, D.C., reveals the international power market is booming, with a sustained growth rate of 4% to 5%. The “2014 Annual U.S. & Global Geothermal Power Production Report” finds almost 700 projects currently under development in 76 countries. Threats caused by climate…

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Radio Flyer HQ Earns LEED Platinum

Radio Flyer Inc’s company headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, has earned LEED Platinum certification, the company announced this week. Focused on environmentally sustainable practices, the certification acknowledges the key design decisions made on the project, including the renovation of existing warehouse space, dedicated recycling areas, and geo-thermal heating and cooling systems. “Our mission is to create awesome kids products that inspire outdoor active play, so it just makes sense that we work to do our part to improve the environment,” said…

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Earth Day 2014: Global Geothermal Leaders to Convene in Washington

Leading figures in geothermal power development will be participating in the GEA International Geothermal Showcase in Washington, D.C. on Earth Day, April 22. This includes speakers engaged in projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Switzerland, Romania, Turkey, Italy, Japan, Indonesia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nevis, Colombia, the United States, Iceland and more. “With over 30 speakers already confirmed, the Showcase will present participants a view of the tapestry of geothermal developments around the world,” commented Karl Gawell, GEA’s Executive Director. To emphasize the…

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RENEWABLE ENERGY PROVIDES 99% OF ALL NEW U.S. ELECTRICAL GENERATING CAPACITY IN OCTOBER 2013

YEAR-TO-DATE, RENEWABLES OUTPACE COAL, OIL, AND NUCLEAR POWER COMBINED According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, solar, biomass, and wind “units” provided 694 MW of new electrical generating capacity last month or 99.3% of all new generation placed in-service (the balance of 5 MW was provided by oil.) Twelve new solar units accounted for 504 MW or 72.1% of all new electrical generating capacity in October 2013 followed by four…

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Case Study: Eagleyew – A High Efficiency Natural Building on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

The Story of Eagleyew: A High Efficiency Natural Building on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada I’m pleased to say that I have been building Natural Buildings for a number of years now. My work has taken me up and down the West coast of North America, with a focus in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been calling Vancouver Island home for the last three years, and have had the pleasure of working on some amazing Natural Homes in the area. From cob…

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Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 1 (Including 34 Charts & Graphs)

As the end of the year approaches, this post concerning renewable energy from Zach Shahan at Clean Technica provides an excellent string of information. We will follow up on this post with Part 2. Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 1 (Including 34 Charts & Graphs) (via Clean Technica) As I mentioned in my article covering the latest US Solar Market Insight report (which I just published a few hours ago), I was “out of the office” today giving a presentation on solar power…

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Green Product Review: ThermaPAVER

The ThermaPAVER panel system is assembled beneath either pedestal mounted or ground mounted pavers or stones. The system can be used under driveways, roads, patios, sidewalks, plazas, rooftop patios, entry ways, pool decks, and any other place where pavers of any size, shape, or material are used.

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Portland General Electric Seeks Renewables Proposals for Approximately 100 MW

The RFP seeks approximately 100 “average megawatts” of renewable power, enough to serve more than 83,000 typical PGE residential customers. Energy sources must be at least 10 MW and can include wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, solar, and hydroelectric power. PGE said it may acquire either a single resource or a mix of resources to achieve the total desired renewable energy target. The utility anticipates the resources acquired will be brought into the company’s portfolio in the 2013-2017 timeframe.

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Xcel Energy Seeks More Renewables in New Mexico

SPS is seeking, on an annual basis, approximately 88,705 MWh of “other” renewable energy generation as defined by the New Mexico Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), or an equivalent amount of biogas of approximately 665,300 MMBtu (one million British thermal units) to be in commercial operation no later than January 1, 2015. SPS prefers that the biomass resources be located in New Mexico.

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