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Lollapalooza to Feature Energy Playground

August 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are one of the quarter-million people expected to attend Lollapalooza this weekend, the three-day festival will feature more than just music acts. This year, fans will have a chance to engage with the Prius Playground, an energy-generating activity center on the concert grounds.
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Clean Coal Project Makes Another Push for Chicago

June 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

For the second time this year, the Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation for a $3 billion energy facility. Chicago Clean Energy would be a gasification plant designed to produce substitute natural gas from coal and industrial byproducts. Chicago Clean Energy is an initiative of Leucadia National Corporation, the proponents of the first bill. The gas plant site at 115th and Burley Avenue on the city’s south side is a 140-acre brownfield, the former site of a coke manufacturing plant that went bankrupt in 2001.
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2011 Building Green Chicago Conference & Expo

June 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

On April 19th 2011, Index Publishing held the fifth annual Building Green Chicago Conference and Expo at the Swissôtel Chicago. After the keynote address, the educational sections consisted of topics ranging from deconstruction, energy consumption and non-potable water sources.
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Chicago Now Home to Nation’s Largest LEED Gold Apartment Complex

February 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The two-towered Alta at K Station, the product of a collaboration between Chicago-based Fifield Companies and its joint-venture partner, Pacific Life Insurance Co. of Newport Beach, CA, recently attained LEED Gold from the USGBC. The complex of 848 luxury residences is the largest apartment building in the country to have earned that level of sustainability.
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Geothermal Energy: Operating 24 Hours a Day

November 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Drugstore giant Walgreens announced yesterday the opening of the nation’s first pharmacy chain location to make use of geothermal energy for facility heating and cooling. The store in suburban Oak Park is expected to reduce its energy usage by about 46 percent as a result of the geothermal system.
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DOE Announces $20 Million for Geothermal Advancement

September 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu yesterday announced $20 million for seven projects aimed at researching and developing cutting-edge geothermal technologies. These seven projects will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of non-conventional geothermal energy technologies in three research areas: low temperature fluids, highly pressurized geothermal fluids and geothermal fluids recovered from oil and gas wells. This funding will help demonstrate and commercialize innovative technologies to lower the high initial costs of geothermal development and help make the operational deployment of low temperature geothermal units more economical.
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ComEd Increases Financial Aid to High Performance Buildings

June 2, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Commonwealth Edison has announced that it will increase the maximum funding amount of financial incentives for new construction or major renovation projects in its service territory to $150,000—a $50,000 increase since the program’s inception in June of 2009.
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Smart Grid 101

March 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Michael Munson, Metropolitan Energy and
Michael Cornicelli, BOMA/Chicago

What is Smart Grid? Smart grid is a term with varied meanings to different audiences. The multitude of perspectives makes it difficult for consumers and businesses to identify what it is, understand how it applies or grasp the potential benefits and costs associated. An interesting parallel may have occurred in the 1980’s as people attempted to define the “internet” or “cyberspace.” At that time, it was a tool used by the government and university researchers with rooms full of mainframe computers. Today, it’s something that we carry with us by way of the iPhone and Blackberry. Caveats aside, the term “smart grid” represents a technology vision to optimize efficient electricity information, transfer and use.
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