Green Building Seen as Standard Practice
Why and how is green building growing so rapidly? (The Epoch Times)

Green-Certified Homes in Portland Fetch Higher Prices
New homes in the Portland, Ore., metro area that received a third-party sustainability certification were sold for more money, according to a new report by Earth Advantage.  (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Solar Package Makes Net-Zero Energy More Affordable
Pro-Tech Energy Solutions, an energy services company serving the Mid-Atlantic region's commercial properties, announced a strategic partnership with AmeriSus, which aims to provide a smart, fast-track approach to home construction based on affordability, efficiency, and sustainability. (PR Newswire)

New Report Indicates Smart-Grid Education Critical
Many consumers don’t know about smart-grid technologies or smart-home energy management systems, says a new report by J.D. Power and Associates, which claims that this also represents a major opportunity for utility companies. (Earth Techling)

Climate Change Plan Could Help Washington State’s Economy
An independent economic analysis indicates that Washington's economy would grow by $3.3 billion and add 19,300 jobs if a regional plan to mitigate climate change and build a clean-energy economy goes into effect as designed starting in 2012. (Washington Department of Ecology)

Feds Force Halt to Sonoma County Energy Loan Program
The California county has suspended an innovative 16-month-old program to help property owners finance solar installations and other energy-saving retrofits after a federal agency announced that such programs present a risk to giant government-chartered mortgage lenders.  (Press Democrat)

Study: Smart Meters Alone Not Enough
Smart meters alone are not enough to save energy and money, but consumers can save more when given information tailored to their use, a new study finds. (The Associated Press)