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New DOE Definition of Zero-Energy Buildings is a Base Hit, Not a Home Run

The global market for zero-energy buildings is projected to achieve explosive growth by 2035. But what exactly is a zero-energy building? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a standard definition of zero-energy buildings, campuses, portfolios, and communities. Did they get it right?

Report Release: Renewable Microgrids

For island communities, the costs and risks associated with oil dependence paired with cost reductions in solar, wind, and energy storage technologies suggest that an alternative to the fully oil-based electricity systems of the past is now a viable option for communities across the globe: affordable renewable energy.

The Renewable Energy Market is Evolving. Here’s How.

Corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) are being talked about everywhere. Today, corporate and institutional (C&I) end users have unparalleled access to bilateral agreements directly with utility-scale renewable energy facilities—greening their energy portfolio and creating financial benefits. How did we get here?