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Lancaster, California, Aims for Net-Zero Energy

Lancaster, California, Aims for Net-Zero Energy

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What would it mean if every newly constructed California home was energy independent? In 2014, the City of Lancaster, California, was the first city to require solar panels on new homes. In doing so, it pioneered a policy that has since been adopted by several other California cities, including San  … Read More

Russian Cyber-Activity Points to Grid Vulnerability

Russian Cyber-Activity Points to Grid Vulnerability

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On December 30, an employee at a Vermont utility was checking his Yahoo email account when an alarm indicated that his computer had connected to a suspicious IP address—one associated with a Russian hacking operation. The utility reported the incident.

Only two days prior, President Obama had issued an executive order  … Read More

A Net Zero Energy Retail Store in Chicago: A Walgreens Project Profile

A Net Zero Energy Retail Store in Chicago: A Walgreens Project Profile

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An older Walgreens store in Evansville, IL, had been selected for replacement in 2012 when executives suddenly recognized that it would be the ideal location for the net zero project they’d been contemplating. Located just 15 miles from corporate headquarters, the outdated store offered ease of access for engineers and  … Read More

Wallpaper From Beyond the Van Allen Belt

Wallpaper From Beyond the Van Allen Belt

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Once a month or so I change the wallpaper on my office PC, but over the years I’ve found myself returning again and again to NASA’s Earth_Lights, a mosaic of our nighttime home viewed from Earth’s orbit.

Initially, I was drawn to the mosaic out of curiosity and by the sheer  … Read More

Energy Audits Provide First Step Toward Sustainability

Energy Audits Provide First Step Toward Sustainability

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Energy audits and assessments are wide-ranging first steps to creating energy-efficient business models and supporting sustainable practices. By assessing energy usage, analyzing internal processes, and calculating energy inefficiencies, audits provide a custom blueprint to help businesses of all types recognize opportunities to achieve immediate and long-lasting financial savings. Insight derived  … Read More

Why You Never Can Have Too Many Options

Why You Never Can Have Too Many Options

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Hurricanes, songbirds, vandals, earthquakes, tornadoes, hackers, terrorists, idiots, and even butterflies are but a small sample of hundreds of threats to which electric grids are subject.

Somewhere around noon this past September 25th, some jerk decided to display his marksmanship by plunking a bunch of large caliber ammo into Garkane Energy’s  … Read More



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