Wind Power Has Potential in Michigan
Utility company Consumers Energy said it is doubling the amount of solar power it would purchase from its customers under a state plan that requires utility companies to get 10% of energy from renewable resources by 2015. (UPI)

New Solar Technology Could Break Photovoltaic Limits
A team that includes a University of Missouri engineer is developing a flexible solar film that can theoretically capture more than 90% of available light. (University of Missouri News Bureau)

Pioneering Green Building Hits Old-Style Financial Snags
Designed by William McDonough and Partners, one of the nation's premier advocates of green buildings, the energy-efficient Greenbridge complex in Chapel Hill, N.C., now faces foreclosure. (Reuters)

What Is the Price of Being Certifiably Green?
In the construction industry, being green can be critical to the bottom line because green buildings and homes command a higher price tag. (Smoky Mountain News)

KB Home’s West L.A. Condominiums Certified to LEED-Platinum
Located in the walkable Playa Vista neighborhood, the 52-unit Primera Terra building will include energy- and water-efficient products and indoor-air-quality-boosting features. (EcoHome) 

Energy Star Shines a Light on ‘Most Efficient’ Appliances
New designation recognizes products that “demonstrate efficiency performance that is truly exceptional, inspirational, or leading edge,” according to the EPA. (Consumer Reports)

Bipartisan Legislation for National Energy Efficiency Strategy Introduced
The move would help the U.S. move toward a national building code, finance energy efficiency upgrades throughout the economy, and train a workforce proficient in implementing efficiency technologies. (Sustainable Business)

Audit Finds IRS Lacks Adequate Control on Energy Tax Credits
The Internal Revenue Service hasn’t put in place effective procedures to prevent ineligible taxpayers from claiming tax credits for energy-efficient windows, doors, and geothermal heat pumps, according to a newly released government audit. (Bloomberg)

Seattle Rolls Out New Program to Boost Energy-Efficient Building
The new citywide initiative is designed to help owners and managers assess and improve building energy efficiency and spur the market for building energy retrofits. (RealEstateRama)

The Latest From Lightfair 2011
Without a doubt, the theme of the show in Philadelphia is new energy-efficient bulbs. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Japan-Based Sanyo Homes Prepares for Its U.S Debut
The company expects to break ground this year on its first homes in Portland, Ore., and is seeking domestic builder/developer partners. (Builder)

IBACOS-Led Lab Home Tests Approaches for Market-Rate Net-Zero Production Housing
Pittsburgh demonstration project will test multiple systems and building techniques to determine the most effective, affordable options production builders can replicate. (EcoHome)