Buildings consume lots of energy – here's how to design whole communities that give back as much as they take

Net zero energy buildings produce at least as much energy as they use. Designing whole net zero campuses and communities takes the energy and climate benefits to a higher level.

Charles F. Kutscher, Fellow and Senior Research Associate, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Tags: climate-change renewable-energy energy-efficiency geothermal-energy energy-use buildings district-heating heating cooling sustainable-cities net-zero

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Are facilities that produce necessities like energy and clean water doomed to be ugly? Not when artists and landscape architects help design them.

Margaret Birney Vickery, Lecturer in Art History, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  renewable-energy  solar-power  infrastructure  design  new-york  gardens  denmark  connecticut  landscape-architecture  water-treatment  aesthetics  solar-farms

Both conservatives and liberals want a green energy future, but for different reasons

How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.

Shahzeen Attari, Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: fossil-fuels oil climate-change renewable-energy energy coal regulation natural-gas energy-prices public-opinion us-energy-policy energy-subsidies

COVID-19 will slow the global shift to renewable energy, but can't stop it

The US is gradually shifting to lower-carbon energy sources, but the COVID-19 pandemic, an oil price crash and a likely recession are big speed bumps.

Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business, Boston University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  fossil-fuels  renewable-energy  solar-power  china  coal  recession  wind-energy  oil-prices  supply-chains  energy-transition  electricity-generation  coronavirus-2020  covid-19

Fully renewable electricity could destabilise the grid – but old coal plants may have a solution

Here's how spinning metal can smooth out the spikes in renewable electricity generation.

James Rouse, Research Fellow in Engineering, University of Nottingham • conversation
March 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  renewable-energy  blackouts  electricity-supply  power-cuts  electric-grid

Page 1 of 1