Table of Contents
- Zero Net Energy
- Green Energy Initiatives and Reports
- Energy District
- Puget Sound Energy
- Energy Efficient Cities and Countries
- Innovative Technologies
- Smart Grid
- Storage Issues and Battery Solutions
- Solar Energy
- Wind Energy
- Geothermal Energy
- Tidal Energy
- Wave Energy
- Hydrogen Economy
Dig deep into Energy Systems with this set of resources covering renewable energy systems to net zero energy buildings and districts.
Zero Net Energy
Case studies in Zero Net Energy from the New Buildings Institute: Zero net energy (ZNE) buildings are ultra-efficient new construction and deep energy retrofit projects that consume only as much energy as they produce from clean, renewable resources.
Net Zero Energy Building Certification: The Living Future Institute's Net Zero Energy Building Certification™ (NZEB) is the only program in the world that verifies net zero energy building performance.
Bullitt Center: This super green six story commercial office building in Seattle goes beyond net zero energy. The Bullitt Center produces all the energy it needs over the course of a years plus it adds energy back to the grid.
zHome: Located in Issaquah, Washington, the zHome is a ten unit townhome project designed to achieve zero net energy, as well as a number of other environmental benchmarks. It meets the stringent standards set for energy by the Living Building Challenge.
Green Energy Initiatives and Reports
Revolution Now...The Future Arrives for Clean Energy Technologies: Easy to follow reports and excellent short videos from the US Department of Energy. Includes wind, utility-scale solar, solar PV distributed generation, LED Lighting, electric vehicles, building technologies, freight vehicles, and vehicle materials lightweighting.
The Bright Future Initiative: Coordinated by Climate Solutions, the Bright Future Initiative demonstrates that the rapid transition to clean energy and a low-carbon economy is possible, practical, and necessary. While the transformation from fossil to clean energy represents an enormous challenge for humanity, a clean energy transition is achievable over the next three decades.
Investment Strategy for a Clean Energy Economy in the US: Blue Green Alliance - The New Apollo Program is a comprehensive economic investment strategy developed by the Blue Green Alliance to build America’s 21st century clean energy economy and dramatically cut energy bills for families and businesses. It will generate and invest $500 billion over the next ten years and create more than five million high quality green-collar jobs. It will accelerate the development of the nation’s vast clean energy resources and move us toward energy security, climate stability, and economic prosperity. It plans to transform America into the global leader of the new green economy.
Climate 2030 Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy: Shows that deep emissions cuts can be achieved while saving U.S. consumers and businesses $464 billion annually from the Union of Concerned Scientist.
Six Massive shifts in energy markets by 2040: According to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that plots out global power markets to 2040, trillions of dollars will be invested over the next 25 years, driving some of the most profound changes yet in how humans get their electricity.
EPA ENERGY STAR Program: Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. In 1992, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced ENERGY STAR as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Computers and monitors were the first labeled products. Through 1995, EPA expanded the label to additional office equipment products and residential heating and cooling equipment. In 1996, EPA partnered with the US Department of Energy for particular product categories. The ENERGY STAR label is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, new homes and commercial and industrial buildings and plants.
Rewiring the Northwest’s Energy Infrastructure: A report that paints a picture of an integrated energy system in the Pacific Northwest that by 2040 is among the most sustainable and resilient in the world, and is affordable to the people, businesses, and institutions who pay for it.
Creating a Clean, Prosperous, and Secure Energy Future - Rocky Mountain Institute's Knowledge Center: A collection of over 30 years of applied research and collaboration with businesses, communities, individuals, and governments in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Include hundreds of papers, a selection of the key Reinventing Fire supporting data in a visual format, video, and the Solutions Journals. Driving a future powered by efficiency and renewables.
Seattle 2030 District: The Seattle 2030 District is a groundbreaking high-performance building district in downtown Seattle that aims to dramatically reduce environmental impacts of building construction and operations through education and collaboration across every sector of the built environment. Among the District Goals is a minimum of 20% reduction in energy use below the National median by 2020 with incremental targets, reaching a 50% reduction by 2030.
Vancouver's District Energy Utility Can Heat Entire Neighborhoods: This experiment in "energy recycling" is like having a giant municipal hot-water heater—and the concept dates back to Roman times.
Puget Sound Energy
Energy Efficient Cities and Countries
Connecting the Global Energy Market: Greentech Media delivers market analysis, business-to-business news and conferences that inform and connect players in the global clean energy market. Coverage extends across the clean energy industry with a focus on solar power and the electric utility market's evolution. Greentech Media's industry-leading coverage is provided by world-class journalists and a global network of expert contributors.
National Renewable Energy Lab: Develops clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and provides knowledge and innovations to integrate energy systems at all scales.
National Clean-Energy Smart Grid 101: A national clean-energy smart grid will use long-distance, extra-high-voltage transmission lines to move remote clean-energy resources to power load centers. This expanded and upgraded interstate transmission grid will connect to a modernized distribution system—enabled with digital technology—that delivers energy and detailed, real-time information about the use of such energy to consumers.
Storage Issues and Battery Solutions
Nanosize batteries that are 80,000 times thinner than a human hair represent a promising new front:
They could advance the use of electric vehicles, now limited by short driving ranges, and of renewable energy, which needs storage for times when the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine.
Tesla Home Battery: 5 Reasons It's a Big Deal
This One Chart Says It All for the Future of Solar Energy: An interesting article that briefly analizes the one graphic that says so much about how far solar has come and how bright its future looks.
Affordable Rooftop Solar in US - Inforgraphic: Installing rooftop solar has never been more affordable and this infographic by the Union of Concerned Scientists explains why.
SunShot Initiative - US Departament of Energy: (video and links) The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office focuses on achieving the goals of the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade.
The Future of Solar, According to 500 Industry Professionals, 2016 Poll: Responses from industry leaders on some of the biggest questions face the solar industry from the direction of the solar industry to the future of net metering to the commercial market’s struggles.
Solarize Northwest: Solarize is a community-driven, neighborhood group purchase campaign. Solarize Northwest partners with community groups and local installers, to help neighbors come together to save time and money through the group purchase of solar systems. Learn more about the program and see how you can bring it to your community.
Solar Roadways: New technology still in development could transform our roadways in to energy generating solar systems. They are even designed to light up when animals walk on them inorder to reduce collisions with wildlife. Learn more in this awesome video.
Concentrated solar - US Departament of Energy: Learn about this exciting technology being researched to reduce the cost of solar and increase our ability to store it through concentration. of solar energy. convert soalr energy into thermal energy by concentrating it larger solar farms to create heat storage and electrical generation.
Suddenly, the Future is Clear for Solar Energy: Pulling together information from multiple innovative reports, this article describes why the path forward for solar is much more clear.
Space Solar Energy System - "Where there are never any clouds to block the sun": Solar power from space may arrive sooner than you think. Check out this resources from the US Departament of Energy to learn why.
Pelamis Wave Power (video of engineering): Video of the engineering behind the world’s first wave power machine to be purchased by a utility company.
Oregon Wave Energy Trust: Oregon is uniquely poised to fill the utility-scale testing needs of the industry with its tremendous ocean energy resource, available infrastructure, technical expertise and political support: