LEED for the Electricity Industry? New PEER Rating System Measures Sustainability for Power Grids

Since it launched in 2000, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system has created the market for green buildings, with more than 13.8 billion square feet of building space now LEED certified. With LEED as guidance, architects and their clients reduce their buildings’ impact on the environment by implementing such strategies as connecting their projects to public transportation nodes, finding ways to reduce water use, and perhaps, most importantly, reducing energy usage and subsequent carbon emissions.