Industry Insights

Distributed Energy Resources and the Marketplace

The aggregate debate A new rule from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission aims to encourage greater participation by distributed energy resources (also referred to as DERs) in the country’s electric grid markets. The rule — FERC Order No. 2222 — … Continue reading

Posted in Industry Insights | Comments Off on Distributed Energy Resources and the Marketplace

“Quick-Build” Delivers Fast Changes and Feedback

Cheap and easy proofs-of-concept It takes years for many transportation projects to go from concept to completion. But not every public works project needs such a long timeline. Some projects just need a weekend. “Quick-Build” projects use materials such as … Continue reading

Posted in Industry Insights | Comments Off on “Quick-Build” Delivers Fast Changes and Feedback

Finding Energy and Efficiency with Heat Pumps

Finding Energy and Efficiency with Heat Pumps As the grid gets greener, the all-electric home gains greater appeal. Propane, heating oil, and natural gas are out. In their place are renewables, with a growing market share of homes and businesses … Continue reading

Posted in Industry Insights | Comments Off on Finding Energy and Efficiency with Heat Pumps

Many Challenges, One Water

Water water everywhere…  Water is not just integral to our lives and communities, it is also integrated. This has always been the case, although the use and management of water has long been separated among different utility departments: Water Supply, … Continue reading

Air Quality Data Opportunities

Clear skies in these uncertain times  Recent studies of air quality have found that levels of pollutants dropped sharply at the time of the COVID-19 outbreak, when shutdowns and quarantines led to travel reductions and business closures. Air quality studies are … Continue reading

Design Priorities in a Health Pandemic

The workspaces between us A recent Request for Proposals shows how architects and engineers will use their design skills in the era of COVID-19. This RFQ, from Rowan County, N.C., sought architectural and engineering services for a needs assessment, programming, … Continue reading

Posted in Industry Insights | Comments Off on Design Priorities in a Health Pandemic

Endangered Species Take the Stage

The fight for survival The Western Snowy Plover, Tricolored Blackbird, and Western Burrowing Owl. The Desert Tortoise, Razorback Sucker, and Kit Fox. Marbled Murrelets, Salt Marsh Harvest Mice, and Southwestern Willow Flycatchers. No, these are not the mascots of Division III … Continue reading

Pollution and Public Transit

Getting on board with zero-emission buses Public transit operators in the United States are beginning to transition to zero-emission buses. The goal is to improve air quality, support clean energy technologies, and spur changes toward sustainability for the broader heavy-duty … Continue reading

‘Forever Chemicals’ and Persistent Problems

There’s something in the water They were chemicals compounds in the manufacturing process for materials such as Teflon and waterproof fabrics. But some of those chemicals – per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – will linger in the environment and in our … Continue reading

Posted in Industry Insights | Comments Off on ‘Forever Chemicals’ and Persistent Problems

Local Ordinances

Coming to a Town Near You Municipalities across the country are debating a wide range of local ordinances. Some cities are proposing to ban gas-powered leaf blowers, while others would limit the development of big-box stores. Other communities are deciding … Continue reading