Tag: energy independence

From an economic point of view, Energy Independence means energy security (supply and price stability); an objective that can be achieved through the development of alternative transportation fuels and multi-fuel vehicles (including electric), which would give consumers an opportunity to choose a non-petroleum fuel at the pump.

An Approach for Communities to Assess Stormwater Application and Detention Requirements for Overall Watershed Health

An Approach for Communities to Assess Stormwater Application and Detention Requirements for Overall Watershed Health

Communities, especially those with limited resources, face many issues when trying to protect their local watersheds through the use of stormwater policies. Stormwater policies that are imposed on new development have the ability to enhance a community’s overall watershed health (Ferguson 1998). However, past requirements often relate only to large

US Government Energy Consumption Continues to Decrease

US Government Energy Consumption Continues to Decrease

From a high of 1.55 quadrillion BTU in 1975, the Federal energy appetite has shrunk to 0.96 quadrillion BTU, paced by a reduction in a facility energy reduction of nearly 50% (200k to 105k BTU/ft2), accompanied by reduced jet fuel consumption by military aircraft. In 2013—the most recent figures available

The Future Is Now

The Future Is Now

Given that energy sustainability and energy economics are top-of-mind among business leaders, politicians, and the public these days, hydrogen fuel cells may be viewed as a savior technology. If that statement seems hyperbolic, there is plenty of statistical evidence to support the growth of fuel cell use for both stationary

Aesthetics and Energy Efficiency

Aesthetics and Energy Efficiency

Nearly a century ago, legislation enacted by President Woodrow Wilson founded a basic training facility for American soldiers preparing for World War I. Named Camp Benning, the post was located just outside the capital city of Columbus, GA. Following the Armistice, the post was renamed Fort Benning in 1922. But

Manufacturers Know the Drill

Manufacturers Know the Drill

The manufacturers of onsite energy systems are used to change. The customers that they serve—whether they own massive industrial warehouses, sprawling supermarkets, or new multifamily apartment towers—are constantly evolving, reacting to the changes that the ups and downs of the economy bring to their businesses.

Improving Energy Efficiency in Hospitals and Health Care Facilities – Part 2

Improving Energy Efficiency in Hospitals and Health Care Facilities – Part 2

Water System Energy Savings
As noted earlier, the building envelope is an oft-forgotten element of energy savings. Another oft-forgotten savings opportunity relates to how water is treated. Clearwater Systems Corp. offers Dolphin WaterCare, which provides non-chemical water treatment solutions for cooling towers, HVAC and process chillers, ammonia condensers, process heat exchangers,

Project Profile: Peterson Air Force Base Paves the Way

Project Profile: Peterson Air Force Base Paves the Way

In 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act established new stormwater design requirements for federal development and redevelopment projects, mandating the reduction of stormwater runoff to protect water resources. The law states that any projects that increase impervious surface area by 5,000 square feet or more must retain the 95th

Fuel Cells Energize a University

Fuel Cells Energize a University

As a college committed to environmental sustainability, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) has adopted bold clean energy practices that are making other schools take notice. For its nearly 10,000 undergraduate students, CCSU sought a continuous onsite power solution that reduced its carbon footprint and helped it achieve aggressive Climate Action

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