In electricity planning, everything is geared to peak demand. About 15% of the total generation capacity in Ontario is required because of peak demand for 50 out of the 8,760 hours a year. In other words: Billions of dollars of capital cost are spent in developing the capacity to prepare for and supply demand which occurs only 0.57% of the time.
Green jobs are a hot topic. Barack Obama won the U.S. presidency by promising to create five million green collar jobs. Green jobs protect and restore ecosystems, reduce energy consumption, minimize or eliminate waste and pollution and can be in agriculture, manufacturing, research and development, administration and service activities.
Most of us think of SUVs as the No. 1 energy hogs, but they represent only 3% of North American CO2 emissions, while 38% is from buildings. And when you add the embedded energy of materials (8%) the figure jumps to 46%. Buildings account for 72% of electricity use, 39% of energy use and 14% of water consumption.
Our built environment is a huge opportunity for energy efficiency improvement.
I discuss how making green choices can improve your companies standing in the market in my latest column in the National Post.
“So far, we have examined how energy efficiency can cut costs and drive bottom-line profitability. But going green can also drive top-line revenue with explosive markets, committed green consumers and value-driven employees.
Companies are going green to position themselves as leaders in rapidly expanding markets….”
See the full text here: http://bit.ly/4SGs09
My column of August 28th in The National Post is all about steps corporations can take to reduce their electricity costs through virtualizing their server systems.
Read the whole story here: http://bit.ly/6CvSvV
My latest column in the National Post exposes some of the risks Canada faces if we don’t get serious about energy efficiency.
Read it here: http://bit.ly/5VWgwo
Black is the most effective colour for trapping the sun’s heat, while white is the best at repelling it. Black pavement accounts for 40% of urban surfaces while roofs — typically covered with black or dark shingles –account for 20% to 25%.
For the full column see http://bit.ly/5MqZXt
My latest column in the National Post this past Friday (July 3) focused on the billions of kilowatt hours than can be saved by improving the efficiency of escalators — with litlle or no investement.
Read the column at http://bit.ly/5Be86o
Of course, I’d love to hear your ideas I should cover in the column: it’s all about how going green is the best thing ever for the bottom line. Email your ideas to me at jimh (at) jimharris.com
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By: Jordana Levine
After much debate and analysis, Intel is preparing to open its first green-registered building. The research and development building in Haifa, Israel will cost $600,000 of green investments, which will be paid off in just three years.
The building will follow the Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED) rating system, which is a voluntary, consensus-based standard to develop sustainable and efficient buildings. The Intel building is receiving the LEED certification for a variety of technologies that the building is being outfitted with; it will have an environmentally friendly construction process with green materials, natural lighting via an internal patio that distributes light from an atrium, efficient electricity and air conditioning and an irrigation system that uses recycled water only. It is set to open in early in 2010.
Intel hopes that the building in Haifa will lead to more LEED certified office buildings and, ultimately, to Intel’s first LEED certified Fab. A Fab is a semiconductor fabrication plant, meaning it is a factory that fabricates designs for other companies to use as well.
Although Intel has reduced its overall needs for freshwater in the long run, the corporation’s water consumption actually rose by four percent between 2007 and 2008. Intel says this increase is probably because of production growth and the complexity of its new manufacturing processes, which require more water. Although some countries can withstand this strain on their freshwater supply, it could be detrimental to Israel’s fragile water supply, which has to be monitored carefully as it is.
Overall, Intel cut its greenhouse gas emission by 27 percent in 2008, and the company’s Corporate Responsibility Report aims to decrease its carbon footprint by 20 percent from 2007 until 2012. Intel is a strong supporter of green power, having bought over 1 billion kWh of green power each year to fulfill 47 percent of the company’s electricity needs; Intel also built the first solar installations.
In 2009, Intel will invest more than $5 million on over 30 projects to save a minimum of 30 million kWh of electricity each year. The corporation has already targeted energy efficiency and conservation since 2001, saving Intel more than $50 million and 500 million kWh.
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