Energy

According to a new EIA report, the cost advantages of liquefied natural gas make it an attractive alternative to diesel fuel for major U.S. freight railroad companies. Hybrid diesel-electric locomotives on order for 5 states will power HSR routes.
Yesterday   Progressive Railroading
A new study for Pittsburgh says that the city could save $1 million a year in energy costs and $700,000 in maintenance if they make the switch to LEDs.
Jan 26, 2010   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In the U.K., new carbon emission standards may mean that great numbers of buildings from the 1960s and 70s will need to be demolished.
Jan 26, 2010   The Times Online
With a substantial investment, it would be possible for the eastern half of the U.S.to get 30% of its electricity from wind power, according to a new report from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Jan 24, 2010   Grist
The National Journal Online talks to three transportation experts about the recent statements by DOT Secretary LaHood that the agency would begin using livability-based funding guidelines for major transit projects. Will it work?
Jan 19, 2010   National Journal Online
New Energy Hubs is a proposal to focus alternative energy production around transit-oriented developments to create synergistic benefits.
Jan 19, 2010   WorldChanging
A key committee has recommended a novel approach to distributing revenue from a forthcoming cap & trade scheme, the key strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the CA Air Resources Board in order to meet the reductions mandated in AB 32.
Jan 19, 2010   The New York Times - Environment
An interdisciplinary team of urban designers, architects, and analysts have proposed a neo-retro-futurist scenario for making downtown Portland nearly car-free by 2050.
Jan 18, 2010   Hugeasscity
This piece from <em>Urban Omnibus</em> looks at ideas to counteract global warming by adding more trees to urban areas.
Jan 18, 2010   Urban Omnibus
Thursday, the switch was flipped on a generator that will serve the heating needs of 16,000 residents of the Olympic Village in Vancouver. The generator transforms sewage into heat.
Jan 18, 2010   The Vancouver Sun
A new report from the Health Effect Institute concludes that there is a strong correlation between exposure to traffic and heart ailments.
Jan 15, 2010   The New York Times