- The term “PlusEnergy” was apparently first used by Rolf Disch back in 1994 when designing a private residence for himself now known as “The Heliotrope.” The idea is for a building to produce notably more electricity than it uses via renewable energy technology. It serves its own needs and also becomes a local power plant. [CleanTechnica]
- Scientists are finalizing plans to exploit the vast reservoir of warm water that fills disused mines and porous rock layers beneath Glasgow. They believe this subterranean store of naturally heated water could be used to warm homes. If the system proves successful, other cities and towns across Britain might use similar systems. [The Guardian]
- BYD announced another expansion to its Lancaster, California, electric bus and battery module factory. The expansion will add 100,000 square feet (9290 square meters) to the facility when it comes online at the end of June. It will be used to store parts and components for BYD’s products, freeing up space in the plant for manufacturing. [CleanTechnica]
- We Energies’ Pleasant Prairie facility in Kenosha County, one of Wisconsin’s largest coal-fired power plants, shut down for good about a week ahead of schedule. The company announced last fall that the plant would close this year due to changing energy economics resulting from the use of natural gas and renewable energy. [Wisconsin Public Radio News]
- On the site of a closed Massachusetts naval air station, a home developer and General Electric plan a community with smart technology embedded in its energy, transportation, water, and lighting systems. Because they are starting from scratch, the companies can embed a number of new technologies to serve the community. [Seattle Times]
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