Tuesday, December 12, 2017

More U.S. Electricity Coming From Natural Gas

More U.S. Electricity Coming From Natural Gas

As the landscape of electricity generation in the United States evolves, natural gas continues to account for an increasing share of the mix. A recent report issued by FCBI-Energy's Petrochemical Update Division outlines the future of the industry. Entitled "U.S. Natural Gas Power Engineering and Construction Trends and Outlook 2018," the white paper was published in conjunction with the 2018 Gas Power Engineering & Construction (GPEC) Conference, scheduled for June 18–19 in Pittsburgh.



from EC Mag - Power and Integrated Building Systems Magazine http://www.ecmag.com/section/your-business/more-us-electricity-coming-natural-gas

Monday, December 11, 2017

An Unforeseen Problem With LED Traffic Lights

An Unforeseen Problem With LED Traffic Lights

During a snowstorm last week, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to over 1,200 crashes and spinouts around the state. Fifty people were injured, and one woman was killed. Part of the problem, of course, was the slick roads. But there was another problem—an unexpected one. The state's Department of Transportation has been in the process of replacing the traditional incandescent traffic lights along state highways and roads with the much more energy efficient LED lights. The goal, of course, was to save money.



from EC Mag - Power and Integrated Building Systems Magazine http://www.ecmag.com/section/your-business/unforeseen-problem-led-traffic-lights

Friday, December 8, 2017

City Leaders Sign 'Chicago Charter' in Paris Agreement Void

City Leaders Sign 'Chicago Charter' in Paris Agreement Void

December 4-6, Chicago played host to the North American Climate Summit in concert with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. There, city leaders signed the "Chicago Charter," an agreement that broadly echoes the Paris climate agreement in establishing carbon emissions reductions. 57 cities from around the world signed the Chicago Charter on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Those signatories include New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington. Mayors from Mexico City, Vancouver and Paris were also involved.



from EC Mag - Power and Integrated Building Systems Magazine http://www.ecmag.com/section/green-building/city-leaders-sign-chicago-charter-paris-agreement-void

Thursday, December 7, 2017

11,000 Without Power Due to SoCal Fires

Roughly 11,000 people are without power today as a result of extreme winds and multiple wildfires burning throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California. Southern California Edison (SCE) reported more than 8,800 people without power, including 6,300 customers affected by the Thomas fire along the North Coast and the city of Ventura, where a state of emergency has been declared and a curfew instated. Another 2,900 people in Los Angeles have been affected according to the L.A. County Department of Water and Power. To view current outages, click here.



from EC Mag - Power and Integrated Building Systems Magazine http://www.ecmag.com/section/your-business/11000-without-power-due-socal-fires

Survey Suggests Electricians Are Not Concerned About Technology Affecting Job Security

Survey Suggests Electricians Are Not Concerned About Technology Affecting Job Security

According to new information from the annual State of the Industry survey conducted by Klein Tools, Lincolnshire, Ill., electricians continue to be in high demand, and most in the industry are not concerned that the rise of new technologies will significantly impact job security.



from EC Mag - Power and Integrated Building Systems Magazine http://www.ecmag.com/section/your-business/survey-suggests-electricians-are-not-concerned-about-technology-affecting-job

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Solar Power Will Become Chernobyl's Future

Solar Power Will Become Chernobyl's Future

More than thirty years after the infamous disaster, the Chernobyl exclusion zone might be transforming from an abandoned nuclear wasteland to a green energy hub. A $1.2 million, 1-megawatt solar farm project is expected to be commissioned next month to be built over 1,000 square miles of radioactive land in Ukraine, according to an article in Newsweek.



from EC Mag - Power and Integrated Building Systems Magazine http://www.ecmag.com/section/green-building/solar-power-will-become-chernobyls-future

Monday, December 4, 2017

'Passive House' Buildings Becoming More Common

'Passive House' Buildings Becoming More Common

A lot has been written in recent months about net-zero energy homes, especially in California, where legislation is beginning to mandate the practice. However, a concept that has tended to be in the background, "passive house construction," has been gaining more traction recently and is being studied in side-by-side apartment buildings in Minneapolis.



from EC Mag - Power and Integrated Building Systems Magazine http://www.ecmag.com/section/green-building/passive-house-buildings-becoming-more-common