From Energy Efficiency & Technology: The U.S. Dept. of Energy announced the winners in its fourth-annual Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition at the Lightfair International trade show in Las Vegas.
From Food Management: Boston University's George Sherman Union food court has been designated a Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association, making it the "most eco-friendly dining spot in the state and the only such certified food court in the country," claims the BU Today campus paper.
From American City & County: Going green saves money. That is the message of a new report, “Banking on Green: How Green Infrastructure Saves Municipalities Money and Provides Economic Benefits Community-wide.”
From T&D World: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has conditionally accepted a North American Electric Reliability Corp. proposal to use informational filings to report possible violations of reliability standards that pose a lesser risk to the bulk-power system.
From HPAC Engineering: Power and energy and health care are among the hottest markets for architecture, engineering, and planning (A/E/P) and environmental consulting firms in 2012, a recently published report says.
From Electrical Marketing: The U.S. Department of Energy, as part of its focus on the solid-state lighting market, released the first report in a three-part series on measuring the full life-cycle costs of various lighting technologies for screw-base lamp applications.
From Lodging Hospitality: Most hotel chains delayed significant energy conservation moves during the economic downturn, but now one, Marriott International, has signed a deal to reduce its hotels’ energy use, particularly during times of peak demand.
From T&D World: In 2011, 9,616 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in the EU, making a total of 93,957 MW - enough to supply 6.3% of the EU's electricity, according to figures published today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
From American School & University: Energy audit companies have taken a close look at 100 mostly small and rural school districts around Oregon to determine what upgrades are needed, how much energy can be saved, and what the upgrades might cost.
From T&D World: The Bonneville Power Administration and Portland General Electric have identified terms and conditions to be addressed in connection with their discussions concerning joint development of PGE’s proposed Cascade Crossing Transmission Project.
From HPAC Engineering: Rick Fedrizzi, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Green Building Council, recently was named a keynote speaker for the 2012 Carrier Global Engineering Conference, to be held March 18-20 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
With the crisis unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it is too soon to draw final conclusions. But watching the struggle to bring the site under control, we cannot help but wonder: What exactly is going on, and what lessons might be learned?
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