Strained budgets may be holding back many municipalities whose leaders understand the benefits of smart city systems but lack the money to support them. Yet, a question is emerging that potentially turns that notion on its head: How can a city know what it can’t afford until it identifies what it needs?
For many, “sustainability” evokes images of solar panels, windmills, and electric vehicles. When we at Green Charge use the word, we are indeed talking about reducing carbon emissions by using energy storage to bank renewable energy, thus reducing reliance on power from oil and coal. We also contribute to sustainability by giving utilities the means to leverage our distributed customer-sited energy storage so they can more efficiently balance grid demand.
For years, utilities have struggled to define the more responsive operational systems and customer-centric performance models that would trumpet the arrival of Utility 2.0. Lacking a singular event marking the shift, it seems more likely a steady, incremental advance through technology deployments, analytics and a focus on customer engagement represents the path towards a continually evolving future state. As we have seen with the progress to date, further advances will require continuing coordination within utilities, their regulators and customers to ensure a sustainable path forward.
If the world, and the United States in particular, intends to do something to address climate change and reduce the carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change, then what should we do? And how should we do it?
This blog is the first in a series that will focus on how we can bring about low-carbon and decarbonizing outcomes while leveraging the strengths of competitive markets.
National Consortium Will Forge New Clean Energy Initiatives Deemed Critical in Keeping Domestic Manufacturing Competitive
January 12, 2017 /3BL Media/-- Antea Group has been named a member partner of the Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (“REMADE”) Institute by the U.S. Department of Energy. REMADE, part of the multiagency network known as Manufacturing USA, will work to find new and less expensive ways to reuse, recycle, and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers, and electronic waste, aiming to achieve a 50-percent improvement in overall energy efficiency in U.S. manufacturing by 2027.
Green infrastructure is an approach to stormwater management that protects, restores or mimics the natural water cycle. Natural processes can be used to provide important services by protecting against flooding or excessive heat, or helping to improve air, soil and water quality. When nature is utilized in an infrastructure system, it is called “green infrastructure”, whereas “gray infrastructure” is the term often used for engineered structures. Green infrastructure is most often associated with stormwater management systems.
National Climate Seminar Presents Middlebury College Professor and 350.org Founder Discussing Challenges of Moving Forward on Climate Issues in Trump Administration
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y., November 14, 2016 /3BL Media/ - On Wednesday, November 16, as part of its twice-monthly National Climate Seminar series, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy will host a live web discussion, “The Postelection Climate for Climate Action,” with climate change activist Bill McKibben. The talk takes place at 12 noon. EST and can be viewed at: bluejeans.com/163092697.
Given the results of the election, our sustainability work has become more important than ever. Now is the time for us to step up and fulfill our duty as a group of tireless change-makers that do not shy away from any kind of challenge.
The team at Green Builder Media, in partnership with friends and colleagues around the world, have worked assiduously for over a decade to affect positive change within and beyond the building industry. With the Presidential election results, the urgency and significance of our work has increased exponentially.
It’s more important than ever that we take a bold stance to inspire climate action, challenge conventional models, and conquer complacency.