A vacant lot in Gary, Indiana, will soon be home to a climate-friendly community

Written by Audrey Henderson, Energy News Network

An area in downtown Gary, Indiana, that still bears scars from a 1997 arson fire will soon boast an affordable housing complex with an eye toward energy efficiency and neighborhood revitalization. The $11 million Broadway Lofts project, scheduled to break ground September 1 for completion in 2021, is part of Indiana’s Moving Forward incentive that targets net-zero, transit-oriented affordable housing. Chicago-based Farr Associates designed the project. Broadway Lofts aims to achieve Passive House certification and net-zero energy demand through super insulation, high-performance windows, elimination of thermal bridging, air-tight construction, heat recovery within the mechanical systems and on-site renewables, according to the project website. Continue reading here.

Photo: The Broadway Lofts project will occupy this vacant lot, as seen on Google Streetview, in Gary, Indiana.

About Audrey Henderson

Audrey Henderson is an independent writer and researcher based in the greater Chicago area with advanced degrees in sociology and law from Northwestern University. She specializes in sustainability in the built environment, culture and arts related to policy and related topics. Her work has been featured in Wallpaper magazine, the Chicago Reader, Chicago Architect magazine, Next City, Transitions Abroad, Belt Magazine and other consumer and trade publications.

ACEEE’S “FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND” STUDY

Mandated energy efficiency scores would influence home buying: ACEEE, Smart Cities Dive
The inclusion of home energy efficiency scores in online real estate listings would influence buyers to purchase more efficient homes, according to research from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). 

VIRTUAL HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENTS

SRP offers free virtual energy efficiency assessments for low-income customers, American Public Power Association

Arizona public power utility Salt River Project is offering its low-income customers free virtual home energy assessments. Up to 2,000 qualified customers can receive the Home Energy Assessment. n addition to SRP, the Tennessee Valley Authority,  Energy New England, and Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company have launched virtual home assessments.

MASSACHUSETTS’ CLEAN PEAK ENERGY STANDARD

First-in-nation Clean Peak Energy Standard launched in Massachusetts, American Public Power Association

Massachusetts this week launched the first incentive program in the nation designed to promote the use of clean energy during times of peak electricity demand. The so-called Clean Peak Energy Standard (CPS), which goes into effect on Aug. 7, builds on Massachusetts’ existing clean energy policies, such as the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), and requires all electricity suppliers to purchase a certain amount of Clean Peak Energy Certificates (CPECs) each year based on a specified percentage of the amount of electricity that they supply. Eligible CPS resources include renewable energy sources that meet the state’s RPS criteria, as well as demand response resources.

ENERGY STORAGE

Battery Storage Is Delivering Value For Solar Developers And Energy Consumers. But What About Cost?, Forbes. The twin goals are to increase renewable power usage and to provide electricity during peak demand. But the main obstacle is the high price of storage. The options?

GREEN CAMPUSES

Mid-State Technical College students install a large solar array at Stevens Point Campus, WAOW
Mid-State’s Renewable Energy Technician students recently got hands-on experience delivering solar energy to the College’s Stevens Point Campus. The students installed 135 solar panels on the roof of the downtown Stevens Point campus, an array that will produce almost 50,000 watts of power on a sunny day and supply approximately 15 percent of the campus’s energy usage.

SOO GREEN CLEAN POWER LINE

Plan to lay long-haul clean power line along railroads through US Midwest gets on track, Recharge
Giant 2.1GW Soo Green HVDC Link would run from Iowa to Illinois to transport wind power to eastern states.