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Ocean Wave Energy Provides Continuous Renewable Power

Last week the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that it will consider issuing a research lease for Oregon State University to study ocean wave energy off the Oregon coast.  The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center is seeking approval to build a test site about 5 miles off the Newport coast to study utility-scale […]

June 23rd

Report Shows Growth In Demand For Green Homes

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) now estimates that there are as many as 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide, a number that more than doubled between 2011 and 2012 and continues to grow steadily, according to the organization’s LEED in Motion: Residential report released last week. The report is the latest in USGBC’s popular LEED in Motion series […]

June 22nd

Urban Wind Turbine Provides Quiet Power

The newly introduced Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine developed by The Archimedes will allow those in cities to quietly make their own power as easily as their country cousins.  Besides it’s almost silent operation, the windmill boasts 80% efficiency, much higher than the 25-50% of other turbines. The unit is 5 feet wide, so a […]

May 30th

Kilowatt Crackdown Winners Demonstrate Energy Efficiency

64 local commercial building teams successfully embrace energy efficiency efforts “As we’ve seen with this competition, reducing carbon emissions can be a great financial investment,” Portland Mayor Charlie Hales The winners of the Kilowatt Crackdown 2013, a contest in Portland, Oregon to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings, were announced last week.  The competition engaged 15 […]

May 19th

Energy Benchmarking Survey Announced

This information comes from Resource Media. Subject: Online survey intended to reach building owners on assisting cities in outreach and communication concerning local energy benchmarking ordinances. Seattle, WA: Nonprofit public relations firm Resource Media is tapping into the minds of building owners with a new online survey in an effort to help cities improve outreach […]

May 19th

Microgrid Alliance Forms to Promote Technology

Earlier this week, the Microgrid Alliance (MGA) announced its formation.  Its goal is to be a collective voice for companies and other stakeholders involved in microgrids. Microgrids are small-scale power systems that tie into the main grid.  As the graphic above shows, there are many pieces to a microgrid.  Most are found on campuses, military bases, […]

May 15th

Skylights Contribute to Energy Savings

Homes that utilize skylights, in combination with vertical windows, to provide adequate levels of daylight tend to be more energy efficient, according to a study commissioned by VELUX America.  Homes with skylights need less vertical windows to achieve the same amount of daylight.  Less vertical windows increase the energy efficiency of a building. “While we have […]

April 28th

Bacardi Enhances The Efficiency Of Its Rum Facility

Bacardi, a wine company based in Puerto Rico, has been building its reputation for sustainability since 2006. Last year, it announced that it significantly reduced its water and energy usage. It is now taking the next step towards sustainability with the installation of solar skylights, which are intelligently designed ‘windows’ that allow plenty of sunlight into […]

April 23rd

Luminous Ceiling Provides Future of Lighting

 In a move that brings science fiction predictions to reality, Philips is introducing its OneSpace luminous ceiling to the world.  OneSpace integrates LED lights with a fabric to create a white light ceiling surface that hides the source of light completely. The result is a smooth and clutter-free ceiling that emits a uniform and glare-free light. “This innovation […]

April 10th

Oregon Future Energy Conference

In its eighth year, the Oregon Future Energy Conference is the place to be on Earth Day.  The all-day conference, presented by the Northwest Environmental Business Council, offers educational and networking opportunities for those interested in the future of green energy.  Education tracks include: Policy & Regulation, The Business of Renewable Energy, The Business of Energy Efficiency, and […]

April 2nd