Energy

Seattle Advances Energy Code Updates Aimed at Curbing Carbon Emissions

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Seattle is looking to significantly cut the environmental impact of its new commercial and residential buildings with the adoption of the 2018 Seattle Energy...

Garbage Diagrams Only Tell Half of the Story

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Let's try to build a picture of King County’s waste issues.  For the last couple of weeks, I have been working on an article about...

An Urbanist Case for Small Nuclear Power Reactors

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Nuclear power accounts for nearly 20% of American electricity generation, which still outpaces renewable power generation by a few points. That output is done...
Geothermal well completed in Paris suburban Cachen in 2017(Courtesy of Dalkia)

How Geothermal Energy Makes All Cities More Efficient

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In 2014 and 2017, the Washington Geological Survey was awarded grants by the Department of Energy to prospect and validate geothermal resources throughout the...

Will Seattle’s Future Skyline Be Dotted with Wind Turbines?

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Solar power dominates the urban renewable energy conversation, but wind can also generate a significant portion of cities' energy needs locally. Typically not associated...
Wind turbines with one half-constructed turbine in the foreground.

Renewable Energy Can Power America’s Grid and Its Economic Recovery

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It's been a few months since the initial outbreak of Covid-19, and pandemic has already altered our societal fabric in profound ways. Fewer people...

Smart Grids: Technology for a Green Urban Energy Future

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The buzzwords “smart grid” have been floating around in environmentalist circles, national security circles, and it’s even made an appearance in urbanist media. Hype...

Urban Microgrids: The Potential for Urban Energy Generation and Efficiency

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In 2018, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the Miller Community Center would soon be home to a $3.3 million solar microgrid. This project...