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Report tracks best states for home solar policies

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News
February 03, 2016

The “Freeing the Grid” scorecard, released Monday by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council is a handy tracker for policies that promote “net metering.”

Crackdown on workers’ comp fraud impacting construction companies

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News
February 03, 2016

One type of fraud involves paying employees cash off the books so that the amount of payroll on which premiums are calculated is reduced.

Section of New Orleans will try new approach to flood control

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News
February 03, 2016

Public works projects in a part of the Big Easy, the Gentilly Resiliency District, will be designed to retain and control water rather than to try to keep it behind levees and floodwalls.

Supreme Court ruling on demand response expected to benefit smart grid

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News
February 02, 2016

It means that FERC can continue to hold that small electric power generators, including businesses and residences, can have their power priced at the wholesale rate.

Guides to wood construction in high wind areas released

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News
February 01, 2016

The Guides are directed toward ensuring structural integrity to resist wind loads.

Developer sees single-family rental housing opportunities in many Sunbelt markets

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News
January 27, 2016

AHV Communities’ CEO Mark Wolf recently said his company would allocate $100 million for the development of single-family home-rental communities in major Southern markets.

Most new single-family homes meet or exceed local energy code requirements

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News
January 25, 2016

The findings cover six of eight states included in the Residential Energy Code Field Study. 

DOE issues RFI on energy savings prediction methods for residential efficiency upgrades

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DOE is interested in current state-of-the-art of savings prediction methods, forthcoming advances that could improve the accuracy and/or reduce the costs of prediction methods, and the potential market implications of improved savings prediction methods. 

Virginia offers funds for homeowners to install green runoff capturing systems

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News
January 25, 2016

Homeowners that build a rain garden, or a green roof, use permeable pavement or a dry well, can be reimbursed for around 75% of the cost.

Policy makers should reduce barriers to consumer PV ownership, says renewable energy advocate

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News
January 27, 2016

Increasing the cost of going solar takes energy choices away from many families and small businesses.

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