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Renewables and the Grid: What Happens Beyond 40%?

German electricity transmission CEO: ‘80% renewables is no problem’ Euractiv, June 8, 2016 When it comes to Germany’s switch to renewables, the speed at which it is happening is often said to be too fast. Is that right? We see ourselves as the Energiewende‘s guinea pigs. Our network in the north-east covers about a third

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Ranking Efficiency on a Global Scale

World’s Most Energy Efficient Countries Just Means, February 23, 2016. Image credit: geralt Energy efficiency is defined as ‘’using less energy to provide the same service.” In 2016, energy efficiency is a primary concern for many countries. With diminishing fossil fuel resources and rapid population growth, there are several reasons why countries all over the globe

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Housing Authorities Take an Interest in Certified Passive House Design

Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design for the Masses Dwell, May 3, 2015. Image credit: hkarchitects From the street, there is nothing about the Belfield Avenue Townhomes in North Philadelphia that gives the development away as a subsidized housing project. The modular edifice has a white-and-mint-green facade and solar arrays on the roof, and each

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The Smart Grid Program in Mannheim, Germany

This German city’s smart grid lowers energy consumption and cost Digital Trends, February 20, 2015 Know how the U.S. power grid works? Anyone who remembers the 2003 blackout, when 50 million people lost power from Michigan to New York, might vaguely recall that it’s made up of three interconnections: eastern, western, and Texas. They don’t communicate perfectly with

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Passive Houses Gaining Ground in the US

Thermos-Like Passive Homes Aggressively Save Energy (Video) National Geographic, January 20, 2015 Three miles northeast of the White House, now topped with solar panels, six modest new rowhouses are expected to deliver world-class savings in energy. The reason’s simple: They’re so well sealed and insulated that they perform just like a coffee thermos. No furnaces are

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Germany’s Renewable Energy Boom

Power from fossil fuel drops to 35-year low in Germany Energy Transition, January 8, 2015 In 2014, German coal power production fell considerably year over year (see the table below) – and to the lowest level since 2011. One of the main headlines in the German press based on these figures is that renewables now

building performance

Which Indicators are Most Important in Assessing Building Performance?

Making buildings more energy efficient is part of the European strategy to combat climate change. One of the aims of the EU-funded project Direction – due to be completed by 2016—is to demonstrate that very low energy buildings can actually be implemented in practice.

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