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Why Smart Cities Are the Cure for America’s Aging Power Grid

smart cities 3 Why Smart Cities Are the Cure for America’s Aging Power GridSmart cities are all the rage with urban planners. But does this mean that the smart city design is right for every city? And what about the United States — will it fall behind and never catch up? Here are some of the questions city planners are asking.

What is a Smart City?

The term smart city applies to cities aiming to improve quality of life for citizens by updating infrastructure with smart power grids fueled by renewable energy. Smart cities can reduce traffic congestion, cut CO2 emissions and reduce operating Read more

The Pros and Cons of Energy Usage Disclosure

Lightbulb 300x225 The Pros and Cons of Energy Usage DisclosureAs global green initiatives continue to increase and energy efficiency remains a priority, the question of energy usage disclosure has become a highly contested issue. As its name suggests, energy usage disclosure is the requirement that building managers report the total energy consumption rates of their respective properties.

Much of the country already complies with such informational reporting (specifically Northeastern states), however California, due to state law AB 1103, and Chicago now require that commercial building owners disclose their energy use. Other major cities, including New York, Austin, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. are Read more

Rethinking the Definition of Green Building

 Rethinking the Definition of Green BuildingRising energy costs and global climate change are compelling arguments for sustainable construction. Yet some builders, developers and owners don’t see the value in green construction, particularly as it relates to their bottom line.

Good, Not Green

At the 2013 Greenprints sustainability conference, LEED founder Rob Watson suggested “eliminating ‘green’ as a modifier,” noting that “there are good buildings, and there are bad buildings…Good buildings save energy, water, time and effort — but perhaps most importantly to their occupants, they save money.”

That’s not to say that companies aren’t building green. LEED has helped spur energy-efficient construction Read more

New Policy Recommendations for the U.S. Energy Boom

 New Policy Recommendations for the U.S. Energy Boom

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The Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit organization created in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George J. Mitchell, recently convened a group of industry professionals, environmentalists and law makers to evaluate the current energy boom and make recommendations for a balanced approach that secures a better future for America. Here is a brief list of those recommendations as reported in a recent article by CNNMoney.com:

  • Fracking should continue, but tighter regulations on the practice should be imposed, particularly at the federal level
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Enbridge Energy to Expand Pipeline Between North Dakota and Wisconsin

pipeline Enbridge Energy to Expand Pipeline Between North Dakota and WisconsinIn an attempt to further capitalize on North Dakota’s skyrocketing oil industry, Enbridge Energy recently notified its stockholders that it will move forward with its $2.5 billion plan to expand its pipeline from the northwestern part of the state to its terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields have experienced remarkable growth in just a few short years. Whereas the Bakken oil sands produced just 20,000 barrels of light crude per day five years ago, that number has already increased to 700,000 and could ultimately Read more

U.S. to Overtake Russia, Saudi Arabia in Oil and Gas Production

shale gas drill site U.S. to Overtake Russia, Saudi Arabia in Oil and Gas ProductionU.S. energy production has taken a significant step forward in recent years, particularly through new technologies that have allowed the extraction of  gas from shale formations in places such as North Dakota and Pennsylvania.

A recent report from the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), for instance, indicated that the surge in the U.S. will help the country surpass Russia as the largest producer of natural gas by 2015. A release from the agency also noted that Read more

Report: Marcellus Shale Larger and More Cost Effective Than Originally Projected

marcellusshaledrillsite Report: Marcellus Shale Larger and More Cost Effective Than Originally ProjectedAn article just published by the Associated Press cites two recent studies that found the Marcellus Shale natural gas field is much larger and more cost effective to drill than originally projected in government reports.

According to last week’s report from Standard & Poor’s, Marcellus Shale could contain “almost half of the current proven natural gas reserves in the U.S.”

In a separate report from ITG Investment Research, an analysis of the region’s well production data shows that production is Read more

Modular Construction Eases Rural Growing Pains

As energy exploration and extraction efforts take center stage in some of America’s most remote and undeveloped areas, rural economies are being forced to grow up fast. Civic and business leaders may find help from modular construction.

It makes sense. From the oil sands in Western Canada to the Marcellus Shale of western Pennsylvania and Ohio, out-of-state workers are flooding small towns and creating immediate needs for facilities. For energy companies and the communities that support them, modular construction is the building solution that can ease these growing pains now and down the road.

Immediate Buildings for Immediate Needs

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Current resources are stretched to capacity. Adding buildings quickly is essential to keeping projects on track and towns from being overwhelmed.

Temporary modular buildings can be delivered almost anywhere and configured for virtually any Read more

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New Mobile Offices Make Managing Rural Projects Easier

 New Mobile Offices Make Managing Rural Projects EasierRising real estate costs and new opportunities in oil and gas are fueling a rise in rural development. It’s forced energy companies, developers and contractors down a road less traveled. They need onsite offices in remote places to manage their projects, meet with their teams and escape harsh weather.

But the road less traveled is often windy, narrow and riddled with potholes. Traditional construction trailers are built on steel frames, but their wood structures don’t fare well on rugged roads. Frequently, the rolling behemoths can only pass after costly efforts to grade and widen the road.

Now, there’s a better option.

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