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Skanska's Bank of America Tower wins record-breaking LEED designation

Global Construction Review Summary Using 32% less energy than a typical office building, the Bank of America Tower built by Skanska in Houston has been recognised by US Green Building Council (USGBC) as the first LEED v4 Platinum Core & Shell certified project in the US. With a total of...


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At Austin Energy's New Rainey Street Substation, 'Modern' Is the Look

James Rambin, TOWERS Summary The community engagement process for the design of a new downtown electrical substation at 55 East Avenue on the edge of the Rainey Street District has reached a conclusion — of the three themes put to a vote a couple of months ago, Austin Energy ...


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A story of preparedness and resolve

This article was featured in the 2019 Spring/Summer Issue of District Energy Magazine. In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey turned its eye toward Houston, but Thermal Energy Corp. was ready. The weather forecasts in late August 2017 were dire. Meteorologists warned that coastal areas in...

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Texas Tech University GLEAMM Microgrid Research Facility - Advancing Grid Resiliency & Sustainability

Speakers Stephen Bayne, Texas Tech University BeiBei Helen Ren, Texas Tech University #CampusEnergyConference #ConferenceProceeding #2019 #Poster #Texas #TexasTechUniversity #Microgrids

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Cogeneration Channel: CHP saves the University of Texas Medical Branch from Hurricane Harvey

Cogeneration Channel: Interview Bryan Bagley - Project Manager, Affiliated Engineers In 2008, Hurricane Ike crippled the University of Texas Medical Branch, the free health care center in Galveston. Among the initiatives taken to put the facility back on its feet, the installation of a...


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Texas regulators direct higher plant payment amid capacity crunch concerns

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary Texas utility regulators last week directed the state's power market operator to boost payments to generators during periods of high electricity demand amid growing concerns that the state could run short of capacity this summer. The Public Utilities...


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Black & Veatch - Designed Microgrid Actively Powering Shell Technology Center in Houston

Black & Veatch, Electric Energy Online Summary A Black & Veatch-designed microgrid at Shell's Technology Center in Houston, Texas, is actively powering part of the campus while serving as a critical research tool for Shell International Exploration & Production Company, Inc.'s...


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Building for the Future: The Next Steps in Green Development

Alexandra Pacurar, Commercial Property Executive Summary Skanska is taking environment-friendly development to the next level due to its status as both a developer and a construction manager, which allows for a unique approach to green policies. Sustainability Director Sarah King touches on...


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Austin wades out of historic floods, looks to expand water sources

Alyssa Goard, KXAN.com Summary AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Austin is returning to normalcy following historic flooding, silt-filled water overwhelming city water intake plants and a city-wide water boil notice. However, those events and the stress they caused are still at the forefront as Austin...


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Profitability Thresholds of Resilient Microgrids and How to Exceed Them

Summary A new 85 kW PV solar plant will begin operating this fall in the Houston Advanced Research Center headquarters. Located in The Woodlands (Texas), the influence of severe weather events such as floods and hurricanes in the building’s energy demand and its operations will be discussed for...

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