Weekly Poll (15)


The U.S. Energy Information Administration issued an independent statistics and analysis report, revealing that large-scale U.S. solar capacity growth is expected to exceed wind growth for the first time in history. However, given the uncertainty related to ongoing economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and the forecasted increase in electricity sales, do you believe sustainable energy will continue to be adapted on a large scale?


The Biden administration recently approved the construction and operation of Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first large-scale offshore windfarm. Do you think the nation will reach its goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind in America by 2030?


Recently, Wyoming announced its intentions to sue other states blocking its exports of coal—an issue that’s resulting in the shutdown of its coal-fired power plants. Do you think it’ll be the only state to send such a strong message?


President Joe Biden recently developed a set of actions aimed at catalyzing offshore wind energy capable of triggering more than $12 billion per year in capital investment in projects on both U.S. coasts and tens of thousands of jobs, among other benefits. If successfully carried out, do you think the new energy push will offset the losses experienced in the oil and gas industries?


The Long Ridge Energy Terminal recently announced plans to convert its 485-megawatt combined-cycle power plant to run on carbon-free hydrogen. While its slated to be the first-of-its-kind for the nation, how soon do you think other plants will start making conversions to carbon-free energy production?


Following NYC’s initiatives set by the Climate Mobilization Act, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to conduct deep energy retrofits in nine city facilities, in addition to plans for identifying another 28 facilities for future retrofits. The initiative aims to cut energy usage by more than 50%. Do you believe the plan will be successful?


Researchers at Stanford University recently produced an “anti-solar panel” prototype that collects energy from the night sky through tapping into the temperature difference between Earth and outer space. Do you believe the technology has equal potential for green energy as existing solar panels?


Danish wind energy firm Ørsted recently announced that the Hornsea Project One—what will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms—was nearly finished and on track for its 2020 completion date. In pushing the U.K. closer to its 2030 goal of deriving a third of its electricity from offshore wind, do you think more countries will convert to offshore green energy practices?


A recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that in many climates in the United States, the use of “cool” exterior walls could lead to annual heating, ventilation and air conditioning energy cost savings up to 11% for stand-alone retail stores, 8.3% for single-family homes and 4.6% for medium-sized office buildings. Do you believe the cost savings is worth sacrificing a building's style?


In Dubai, a $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park has completed its fourth phase of construction, including the base of a concentrated solar tower (slated to be the tallest in the world). With the ability to power 1.3 million homes, cutting 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions annually, do you think more countries should be funding these kinds of solar-powered innovations?


Would you live in a primarily solar-powered house?


The building industry is under pressure to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. What’s the best way to do that?


What architectural energy improvements do you believe offer the best bang for the buck?


How much of the existing commercial building stock will be retrofitted with energy-efficient components (walls, curtain walls, roofs) in the next 10 years?


In your opinion how much will the energy consumption of buildings decline by 2025?


 
 
   

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