Demand Response at the Core of Energy Savings for Large Office Building in Chicago

August 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Respone and Building Efficiency

Demand response – an energy saving tool that encourages customers to shift their electricity use to times of day when there is less demand on the power grid or when more renewable energy is abundant – has been at the core of my work this summer.[read more]

Chicago's Investment in Cleaner, Greener Water

October 13, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Chicago and Green Infrastructure

Climate change is bringing major changes to our cities right now. Those impacts have been readily visible in Chicago where low levels in Lake Michigan and massive, violent rain storms have twice been complicit in the reversal (or re-reversal) of the Chicago River this year.[read more]

Advancing Energy Efficiency through Financing Innovation

February 28, 2013 by Casey Bell

energy efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy’s Commission on National Energy Policy agree that one of the keys to increasing energy efficiency in the United States is growing the market for energy efficiency financing.[read more]

Chicago Program Lights a Path Forward for Energy Savings in Multifamily Buildings

June 13, 2011 by Eric Mackes

Multifamily housing is often seen as one of the most difficult markets to serve for energy retrofits. Besides barriers specific to the market, such as split incentives between owners and renters, low availability of capital (especially for buildings that provide homes for low- and moderate-income families), and building systems for which...[read more]

Chicago to build electric car charging network

February 28, 2011 by Todd Woody

First Chicago gets Rahm Emanuel, now electric cars. Well, at least an electric car infrastructure. In a move that indicates electric cars won’t just be a phenomenon of Greater Portlandia, utility Exelon and the city will roll out 280 charging stations across Chicagoland by year’s end. Two stations will even be solar-powered. It’s part...[read more]


The Windy City Connects with the Topic of Smart Grid

June 28, 2010 by Daryl Dulaney

 Editor's Note: Siemens Corporation is the enabling sponsor of The Energy Collective.It wasn’t the ominous storm clouds, or the periodic power failures or the tornado warnings that brought the crowds together under the 30ft high/70ft. wide dome in Chicago last week. Nature may have provided an additional interactive demo, but the...[read more]

Chicago to Launch Nation’s Largest Smart Grid Energy Pilot Program

March 10, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

The ins and outs of tomorrow’s energy grid will be tested on an unprecedented scale in Chicago. Local utility ComEd, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, will use $5 million in Recovery Act funding to institute the program, which will initially outfit 8,000 homes with advanced smart meters in order to test how well consumers manage...[read more]

Really Green Transit

February 1, 2010 by Hugh Bartling

Chicago artist Joe Baldwin just received approval to deploy his conceptual project, mobile garden, on the city’s mass transit rail system. Image taken from The idea is to configure a Chicago Transit Authority rail car into a mobile garden, which would visualize the possibilities for enhancing green space in the city...[read more]

Monday LEEDoff: Merchandise Mart in Chicago, World’s Largest Commercial Building, Earns Silver Rating from USGBC

November 26, 2007 by Stephen Del Percio

News about green efforts across the retail sector has been prolific of late- see our recent posts about discussion at ICSC and Greenbuild, as well as important news from PNC Bank. So, it’s not entirely surprising that the world’s largest commercial building, which is home to an extensive number of retailers, recently made some green news...[read more]

Wis Tavern Building, LEED Gold Adaptive Reuse

November 20, 2007 by PrestonKoerner

The first Gold certified LEED-H home in Illinois is built from the renovation of an old neighborhood tavern.  The 3,800 square foot building is used by the owners as both a residence and as the offices of their company:  Smog Veil Records.  The label has adopted an "eco-friendly" set of principles, and the owners felt...[read more]