Designing a High-Performing Solar System

Designing a High-Performing Solar System

A solar photovoltaic (PV) system that performs up to or beyond its predicted output can make the difference between a successful project and a lackluster one. Determining a PV system’s capacity begins early in the design process, so careful choices need to be made from the outset. Energy production at the time of design is [...]

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Better Capital Investment Targeting for Utilities

Better Capital Investment Targeting for Utilities

Utilities reside in a heavily regulated world and these regulations have a strong influence on the way utility managers run their businesses. Whether through guidelines, best practices, or incentives and penalties in the programs they oversee, regulators shape the way utilities operate and spend their capital budgets. Understanding how this influence can lead to less [...]

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April 14, 2014
Design/Build for In-Situ Uranium Extraction

Design/Build for In-Situ Uranium Extraction

The last year construction began on a nuclear power plant in the United States was 1977, but that is about to change. The Department of Energy announced in February that it is backing the construction of two new nuclear power plants, and TREC, a Woodard & Curran company, is working on a major uranium mining [...]

April 3, 2014
EPA Responds to Residual Designation Authority Petitions

EPA Responds to Residual Designation Authority Petitions

In February we published a post on Residual Designation Authority (RDA) and how it is shaping stormwater regulation in America. In that post we mentioned that several petitions had been submitted to EPA by environmental groups in an effort to get the regulator to exercise its RDA and require non-point source permits in a number [...]

April 1, 2014
Heat Recovery & Managing Energy Use in Industrial Facilities

Heat Recovery & Managing Energy Use in Industrial Facilities

The United States’ industrial sector, which includes both manufacturing and agriculture, consumes about a third of the nation’s end-use energy – more than any other sector in the country. The total for the sector has declined since its peak in the mid 1990s, reflecting the increasing prevalence of energy management and efficiency strategies. Yet many [...]

March 13, 2014
Update: NFIP Flood Insurance Program Changes

Update: NFIP Flood Insurance Program Changes

The U.S. House of Representatives voted this week to substantially alter the course of recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) mandated by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. The 2012 law aimed to phase out Federal flood insurance subsidies for property owners and require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to set [...]

March 6, 2014
Your Community Could Get Big Savings from Energy Projects

Your Community Could Get Big Savings from Energy Projects

The Town of Southington, CT, like so many other communities across the country, is constantly looking for ways to save residents money and fund essential services and projects. Thanks to a low-cost opportunity assessment, Southington now has some exciting options that could save more than $100,000 per year. Here’s part of the story, courtesy of [...]

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February 25, 2014
Deadline Relief for Remediation Projects in New Jersey

Deadline Relief for Remediation Projects in New Jersey

If you have New Jersey properties in your remediation portfolio, you may now have extra time to complete remedial investigations. Governor Christie recently signed legislation allowing certain persons responsible for conducting remediation to qualify for a two year extension to complete the remedial investigation by May 7, 2014. To take advantage of this opportunity, you [...]

February 11, 2014
Residual Designation Authority: Will It Drive the Future of Stormwater Regulation?

Residual Designation Authority: Will It Drive the Future of Stormwater Regulation?

The Long Creek watershed in southern Maine includes a shopping mall, big box and smaller retail stores, the Portland Jetport, and a section of Interstate 95. While it appears similar to many urban retail districts in the United States, this watershed is one of the few locations where the EPA has exercised its residual designation [...]

February 7, 2014
Creating a Strong Treatment Plant Safety Program

Creating a Strong Treatment Plant Safety Program

Providing safe working conditions for employees is a top concerns for most businesses. When employees take it upon themselves to further develop and implement safety programs at treatment plants we operate, and then are awarded for it, it makes us exceptionally proud! And that’s exactly what the Provincetown Wastewater Treatment and Collection System in Provincetown, [...]

January 22, 2014