Environmental Due Diligence—EPA Adds Subsurface Intrusion to Superfund Hazard Ranking System

Last week, EPA finalized a rule that will allow it to consider subsurface intrusion (most commonly found as “vapor intrusion”) when deciding whether to add a site to the CERCLA National Priorities List (“NPL”).  The addition will enable EPA, using its “Hazard Ranking System,” to directly consider the human exposure to contaminants that enter building …

Arizona, California, and Nevada Are Frontrunners for Autonomous Vehicles

By 2020, the buzz is that 10 million “driverless” or “autonomous” vehicles will be on our nation’s roads. Nevada, Arizona, and California are three states that have made “self-driving technology” a priority. Indeed, these states are frontrunners for completely autonomous vehicles. Lawmakers across the country have been battling over whether driverless cars are (or can …

Building Efficiency Big Now – District Energy Could Make It Grow Even Bigger

The advanced energy industry produced $199.5 billion in revenue in the United States in 2014 (and $1.3 trillion world-wide; this post, however, focuses on U.S. economic impacts) according to a new Advanced Energy Economy report. Navigant Research prepared the report. The building efficiency segment of the advanced energy industry weighs in at $60.1 billion in …

IDEA Campus Energy Conference Revealed Glimpses of Energy Future

The International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) 28th Annual Campus Energy Conference in Denver last week revealed a lot about our energy future. Microgrids, water use within energy systems, creative and expanded use of combined heat and power (CHP) and more topics all were featured during the conference. Microgrid presentations covered applications in hospitals, universities, military …

IDEA Campus Energy Conference Arriving Soon in Denver

The International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) Campus Energy Conference comes to Denver, Colorado, February 10-13, 2015. The conference program lists a wide range of energy issues that affect campus energy systems. IDEA’s multi-track program includes something for everyone involved in the energy industry. Here’s a sampling of tracks offered at the conference: Master Planning & …

Colorado Energy Legislation Off to a Partisan Start?

The 70th General Assembly of the State of Colorado convened for its First Regular Session on January 7, 2015 and legislators wasted no time introducing bills related to Colorado’s energy policies.  While it is generally expected that the Legislature will once again take up the issue of state versus local control of fracking activities by …

How Energy Can Play a Role in City-Building and Urban Revitalization

Recently, I came across this article about city-building. It’s a powerful piece about how the “built environment” of a city integrally relates to the success of that city. The author, Carol Coletta of the Knight Foundation, freely acknowledges that while the built environment is not the end-all, be-all for a city, the built environment nonetheless …