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Commercial Building Owners & Managers Will Invest Nearly $960 Billion in Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Source: Navigant Research
Because the existing building stock dwarfs the amount of building space that is added on an annual basis, retrofits are a critical pathway to greening the world’s commercial buildings. Regulations and policy measures, technological advances, and cost reductions are all driving increased investment in energy efficiency retrofits.

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Solar Industry Is Rebalanced by U.S. Pressure on China

Source: NY Times
Even as regulators continue to wrestle with the protracted trade conflict with China over solar panels, the case has already started to reshape the industry, lifting manufacturers based outside China while also raising prices of panels for developers.

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Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

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$4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Offered for Renewable, Energy Efficiency Projects

Source: DOE

In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation, making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. This solicitation represents the next step in the Department’s commitment to support the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies at commercial scale in the U.S.

 

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Energy Department Announces Up $31 Million for Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

Source: DOE

As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).  EGS are engineered reservoirs, created beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are safely created and their size and connectivity increased. These enhanced pathways allow fluid to circulate throughout the hot rock and carry heat to the surface to generate electricity.  In the long term, EGS may enable domestic access to a geographically diverse baseload, and carbon-free energy resource on the order of 100 gigawatts, or enough to power about 100 million homes.

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LED Recessed Ceiling 4 Inch Dimmable Can Lights Provide the Upside to Down Lighting

Source: Company

LEDtronics, Inc., with more than 30 years of leadership in innovative LED lighting solutions, announces the newest member to its series of high-brightness, energy-efficient retrofit LED Recessed Downlights. The RDL32-4-12W series are Energy Star and UL/cUL listed, dimmable ceiling can-style downlights ideal for indoor use in architectural/décor lighting and commercial applications: hospitals & medical facilities, hotels and resorts. They only use 12 Watts of energy and can replace halogen bulbs up to 75 watts — a tremendous energy savings of up to 80%. 

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Cylon Energy Inc. acquire American Auto-­Matrix

Source: Company

Cylon Energy Inc. announced its acquisition of American Auto-­-Matrix, an American-­-based Building Automation Systems Critical Environments Controls manufacturers located in Export, PA. This acquisition is part of Cylon’s continued expansion in the American building automation controls market.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Expanded Training For Clean-Energy Workforce Across The State

Source: Company

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that 14 regional workforce development organizations have been chosen to help deliver energy efficiency skills training needed by the clean-energy industry. By partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), more than 14,000 people across New York State are expected to receive the training during the next two-and-a-half years.

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80,000 Acres Offshore Maryland to be Auctioned for Wind Energy Development

Source: DOE

As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank announced that nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland will be offered for commercial wind energy development in an August 19, 2014 competitive lease sale. 

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Energy Department Awards $6 Million to Advance Cost-Competitive Biofuels

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $6 million for two projects to develop next generation biofuels that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass.  The research and development projects, located in California and North Carolina, will focus on lowering production costs by maximizing the renewable carbon and hydrogen from biomass that can be converted to fuels and improving the separation processes in bio-oil production to remove non-fuel components.  These projects are a part of the Energy Department’s continued effort to develop technologies that will enable the production of clean, renewable and cost-competitive drop-in biofuels at $3 per gallon by 2017.

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NRG Energy Donates $100,000 to Fund Solar Power Expansion at the Houston Food Bank

Source: Company
The Houston Food Bank received a $100,000 donation from NRG Energy, Inc. to support the installation of a solar array at the 308,000-square foot facility just east of downtown Houston. Before the end of summer, new solar panels atop its expansive warehouse and distribution center will convert energy from the sun into more meals for hungry children and adults.

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Direct Energy Teams with Nest to Bring Energy Savings As Part Of Initial Customer Offers in 5 States

Source: Company
Direct Energy, one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers, is teaming up with Nest, which reinvents unloved products in the home, to bring innovation to several key U.S. and Canadian retail markets with the launch of the Direct Energy Comfort and Control Plan. The new plan includes a Nest Learning Thermostat(TM) at no cost, a $249 value. Customers who sign up for the Direct Energy Comfort and Control Plan will receive a low fixed rate over a 24- or 36-month period, which provides them stability in price while experiencing the energy-saving benefits of the Nest thermostat.

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SMUD Helping Teachers Help Students Develop Career Paths in Saving Energy

Source: Company
Here is an extra credit summer school class that can deliver a real career opportunity. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is pairing teachers with students this summer for weeklong courses in green industry, energy efficiency, and classroom energy auditing. SMUD's Auditing, Conservation and Teaching project (ACT) links energy education with workforce skills development and experience.
 

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GM Adding 3 Acres of Solar Arrays in Michigan

Source: Company
General Motors is increasing its renewable energy use with 3 acres of new solar arrays at two Michigan facilities. The Flint Engine Plant and the Swartz Creek Processing Center will feature 150-kilowatt ground-mount solar arrays expected to produce a combined 400,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year to the facilities’ grids. That is equivalent to the annual energy use of 25 homes.

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Energy New England Enters into Strategic Partnership with Seldera

Source: BEPA
Energy New England, LLC, a leading provider of wholesale and retail energy services, declared today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Seldera, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, to launch an expanded version of the ECHOSM Analytics dashboard and create a new technology-based tool to provide low-cost energy savings by adapting the building consumption to occupant behaviors. With the roots of both organizations centered in the Commonwealth, the partnership and resulting products will further solidify the region as a center for technological solutions to energy efficiency and speaks to the depth of knowledge and experience in Massachusetts.

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Eaton Provides Industry-Leading Electrical Efficiency to Optimize Energy Harvest

Source: Company
Power management company Eaton announced that the California Energy Commission (CEC), the state's primary energy policy and planning agency, has certified Eaton's Power Xpert® Solar 1670-kilowatt (kW) inverter to operate at an industry-leading 98.5 percent efficiency. The certification demonstrates the inverter's ability to help the solar industry advance grid parity by optimizing energy harvest and reducing operating costs.

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GridPoint Named Among Top 10 Building Energy Management Systems

Source: Company
GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management solutions (EMS) that help customers maximize energy and operational savings, announced that it was named among the top 10 global vendors in the Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS). Navigant Research, a market research and consulting team for global clean technology markets, used its proprietary Leaderboard methodology to objectively profile and rank companies on 10 criteria including go-to-market strategy, technology and solution portfolio, breadth/depth of applications, technology openness and interoperability as well as scalability and staying power

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New ISO Energy Management Standards Will Drive Energy Performance Improvements

Source: DOE

Members of an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committee gathered in Santiago, Chile, on June 8-13 to discuss new energy auditing and management standards. The committee, TC 242, led the development of the ISO 50001 energy management standard, which the DOE Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program builds on to verify energy savings and establish additional improvement targets.  

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Energy Efficiency Solutions Showcased at the 2014 Better Buildings Summit

Source: DOE

The 2014 Better Buildings Summit drew more than 560 people to Washington, D.C., from May 7-9 to discuss energy efficiency best practices. The inaugural summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, brought together attendees and speakers from the commercial, industrial, multifamily, and public sectors. 180 presentations covered everything from emerging and high-impact technologies and energy data management success stories to employee engagement programs, mobilizing capital, and workforce training.

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Energi Backs 135 GWh of Lighting Retrofits for GM

Source: Company 
Energi, a leading provider of risk management and insurance programs for the energy industry, has partnered with New England Energy Management Inc. (NEEM), a Connecticut-based full-service energy service company, to backstop savings guarantees on NEEM’s lighting retrofit projects. Among the projects where NEEM has employed Energi’s Energy Savings Warranty are six lighting upgrade projects at General Motors Co. (GM) facilities totaling more than 135 GWh of energy savings.

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EV Infrastructure Part of ‘Charge NY’ Initiative led by NYPA and NYSERDA

Source: NYSERDA
Albany International Airport has six new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for airport traveler use, stemming from a collaboration by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the Albany County Airport Authority. The installations are part of a planned statewide network of up to 3,000 EV stations slated for various public and workplace locations across New York State.

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Nantucket Airport to be Country’s First Airport to Achieve Net-Zero Status

Source: Energy Manager
Governor Deval Patrick launched phase two of a project to make Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) the first airport in the country to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from its airport-controlled operations. The implementation phase includes the execution of energy-conservation measures and renewable energy installations that will reduce ACK’s reliance on external energy sources and eliminate nearly 1,000 metric tons of carbon emissions each year at the airport.

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LED Lighting Will Constitute Nearly 94 Percent of Annual Street Lighting Sales Worldwide by 2023

Source: Navigant Research
Falling prices for light-emitting diode (LED) street lights have spurred a global transition from older lamp technologies to newer, more efficient, and more controllable LEDs.  LEDs offer city residents improved nighttime visibility and city managers cost savings from reductions in both energy consumption and maintenance costs. According to a new report from Navigant Research, the market share of LEDs in street lighting worldwide will grow from 53.3 percent in 2014 to 93.8 percent in 2023.

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Cree Delivers Exceptional Light Quality and Energy Savings to Walgreens

Source: Company
Walgreens Co., one of the nation’s leading retailers, selected energy-efficient LED lighting by Cree, Inc. for its Goodyear, Ariz. location, delivering superior illumination while lowering the total cost of ownership compared to fluorescent lighting alternatives. The 14,820 square-foot store now features Cree® LED troffers, linear luminaires and downlights, saving the retailer thousands in annual energy and maintenance costs.
 

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REC Solar Begins Construction of 12MW Solar Array for Hawaiian Utility

Source: Company
REC Solar, a specialist in commercial solar electric system design and installation, has commenced construction on a 12MW AC (14.53MW DC) solar array for Hawaiian utility Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC). With 57,624 panels, REC reports that the utility solar project will be one of Hawaii's biggest systems upon completion and REC Solar's largest project to date.
 

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$2 Million in Savings: A Case Study You Can Trust

Source: Company
Energy efficiency is more than just company operations. At the Doe Run Company, it’s also about “protecting the workforce and neighbors”…to the tune of $2 million in savings!

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Small Business Innovation Research Projects to Make a Big Impact on Clean Energy Economy

Source: DOE
Small businesses are transforming our clean energy economy by bringing innovative, cost-effective products and solutions that lower carbon emissions and improve the environment to the marketplace. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) helps these small businesses accelerate the pace at which clean energy technologies move to the market by providing critical funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

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ARPA-E Awards $33 Million for New Fuel Cell Projects

Source: DOE

At New York Energy Week, ARPA-E Acting Director Dr. Cheryl Martin announced $33 million in funding for 13 new projects aimed at developing transformational fuel cell technologies for low-cost distributed power generation. The projects, which are funded through ARPA-E’s new Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, are focused on improving grid stability, balancing intermittent renewable technologies, and reducing CO2 emissions using electrochemical distributed power generation systems.

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Energy Department Awards $100 Million for Innovative Energy Research

Source: DOE

 U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the awarding of $100 million for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy.

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Wisconsin Energy to acquire Integrys Energy Group

Source: Company

Wisconsin Energy Corp. (NYSE: WEC) and Integrys Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: TEG) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Wisconsin Energy will acquire Integrys in a transaction valued at $9.1 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company will be named WEC Energy Group, Inc.

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Taming an Energy Hog with Efficiency Standards

Source: ACEEE

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards that will dramatically reduce the energy use of a little-known home energy hog. Furnace fans, which circulate heated and cooled air throughout a home, consume more than twice the electricity in a year as a typical new refrigerator. The new standards will cut the cost to power furnace fans by about 40% and also deliver improved comfort. 

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WattStopper brings time-saving ladder-free sensor configuration to warehouses

Source: Company

WattStopper has introduced time-saving remote functionality to warehouse lighting control with a game-changing new high/low bay sensor. The sensor is packed with features to simplify installation and maintenance, making it easier to manage energy effectively in applications where lighting is mounted as high as 40 feet.

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NREL and General Motors Announce R&D Partnership to Reduce Cost of Automotive Fuel Cells

Source: NREL
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and General Motors (GM) are partnering on a multiyear, multimillion dollar joint effort to accelerate the reduction of automotive fuel cell stack costs through fuel cell material and manufacturing research and development (R&D).

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Solar Powered LEDtronics LED Area Lights Offer Security to Mesa Residential Community

Source: Company

A modern-day urban retreat surrounded by the Sonoran Desert and with over 325 sun-drenched days a year, solar energy opportunities abound in Mesa — the third largest city in Arizona, some 15 miles east of Phoenix.  The city’s Energy Resources Department encouraged them to take advantage of its just-launched solar pilot program for customers in its electric service area. The Park Centre Casitas residents decided to accept the city's offer. 

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USDA Announces $14 Million in Funding for Bioenergy Research

Source: USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA's Rural Development (RD) announced it is accepting applications from companies seeking to offset the costs associated with converting fossil fuel systems to renewable biomass fuel systems, while USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $2.5 million in grants to enhance national energy security through the development of bio-based transportation fuels, biopower, and new bio-based products.

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Grid Reliability Receives More than $10 Million in Energy Department Support

Source: DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, the Energy Department announced more than $10 million for projects that will improve the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. electric grid and facilitate quick and effective response to grid conditions. This investment which includes six projects across five states- California, Hawaii, Missouri, North Carolina and Washington – will help further the deployment of   advanced software that works with synchrophasor technology to better detect quickly-changing grid conditions and improve day-to-day grid reliability.

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Energy Department Invests $20 Million to Advance Hydrogen Production

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $20 million for ten new research and development projects that will advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies.  Developing technologies that can economically produce and deliver hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, domestic, and renewable resources can enable substantial reductions in energy use and carbon emissions.  Advancing these technologies will be critical to the widespread commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles and other fuel cell technologies.

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Energy Department Boosts Efficient Lighting with $10 Million Funding

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced nine research and development projects that will receive funding to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research and product development. The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products that can significantly reduce energy costs for American families and businesses and ensure that the U.S. remains competitive globally. LEDs are intense sources of light consisting of inorganic materials, where OLEDs are diffuse light sources that consist of organic materials.

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Energy Department Boosts Efficient Lighting with $10 Million Funding

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced nine research and development projects that will receive funding to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research and product development. The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products that can significantly reduce energy costs for American families and businesses and ensure that the U.S. remains competitive globally. LEDs are intense sources of light consisting of inorganic materials, where OLEDs are diffuse light sources that consist of organic materials.

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ComEd Receives Approval to Accelerate Smart Meter Installation

Source: Company
ComEd announced that the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved its filing to accelerate smart meter installation plans. As a result, the installation of more than four million smart meters throughout ComEd's service territory will be complete by 2018, three years in advance of the originally scheduled 2021 completion date and will accelerate $170 million in customer savings. To date, nearly 300,000 smart meters have been installed in the Chicago area.

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NRG Energy and Boeing Completes Collaborative Solar Project to Sell Clean Energy to 2,200 CA Homes

Source: Company
NRG Energy, Inc. one of the nation's largest renewable energy developers, introduced the NRG Community 1 Solar Generating Facility. Through an innovative, community focused program - among the first of its kind in the United States - the project was developed by Sol Orchard in collaboration with the Center for Energy Sustainability at San Diego State University's (SDSU) Imperial Valley Campus.

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Schneider Electric's U.S. Strategy Banks on Software, Services

Source: Greenbiz.com
He's been president and CEO of Schneider Electric's $8 billion North American operation for barely two months, but company veteran Laurent Vernerey is clear about his strategy for gaining share in energy management and smart city infrastructure solutions. It involves better leveraging the giant company's services and software expertise and resources.

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World Cup to Kick Off on Greener, Resource Efficient Grass

Source: Greenbiz.com
All eyes were on São Paulo where Brazil took on Croatia in the opening game of the World Cup. More than a billion people were expected to tune in to see the likes of Neymar, Oscar and Luka Modric kick off the world's biggest sporting event, but fans of sustainable sport should not get too distracted by the silky skills on display and instead take a moment to focus on the playing surface.

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Making Pennsylvania "energy strong"

Source: Philly.com
The Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed sweeping new Clean Air Act regulations to cut emissions of carbon dioxide - the heat-trapping greenhouse gas that the majority of scientists say is the chief cause of climate change - by 30 percent by 2030.
 

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Admirals Bank & SunPower Announce $200 Million Solar Loan Funding Program

Source: Company
SunPower Corp. and Admirals Bank announced a strategic relationship to provide a $200 million loan program for SunPower residential solar projects over the next two years.

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CU Denver's First Free Online Energy Course: Fundamentals of Global Energy

Source: UC Denver
Thousands of students from around the world recently took part in the Global Energy Management Program’s first massive, open, online course (MOOC) through Coursera. “There were many aspects of the course that I enjoyed,” said GEM lecturer Dr. Michael Orlando, who taught the Fundamentals of Global Energy Business course. “It was very motivating to be of service to students who might not otherwise have access to the kind of material we put together here. But, perhaps the biggest surprise was how hard many of the students worked. I was glad to see them taking full advantage of the work we put into the course. And I enjoyed coaching the students through the content on a daily basis, and watching them help one another to learn.”

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Ecova's Utility Division Delivers 90 TWh of Energy Savings

Source: Company
Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, today announced that in partnership with its utility clients it has delivered 90 terawatt hours (TWh) of energy savings over the last ten years equivalent to removing 54 million tons of CO(2) from the atmosphere or 30 medium-sized, coal-fired power plants for one year. In 2013, Ecova delivered 18 TWh of energy savings.

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USDA Announces Support for Renewable Biomass Energy

Source: DOE

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced support for agriculture producers and energy facilities working to turn renewable biomass materials into clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and will resume this summer.

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Colorado Takes Steps to Expand Geothermal Development

Source: DOE

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a geothermal bond bill May 30, providing $1.98 million in state funding and matching the Energy Department’s investment in geothermal energy exploration at Pagosa Springs.  The project, which demonstrates Colorado’s strong support for geothermal energy development, leverages a $3.8 million award from the Department for evaluating and exploring the geothermal resource potential at Pagosa Springs.

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Report: Global Renewable Energy Generation Capacity Jumps to Record Level

Source: DOE

The number of emerging economy nations with policies in place to support the expansion of renewable energy has surged more than six-fold in just eight years, from 15 developing countries in 2005 to 95 early this year.

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REI Retrofits Its Data Centers for Energy Efficiency with Help from CLEAResult

Source: Greenbiz.com
A recent data center retrofit undertaken by outdoor products retailer REI offers a vivid illustration of how an unplanned data center can exacerbate a company's power consumption.

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New Developments Shaping the Energy Field: Gateways to Innovation & Implementation Strategies at EMC

Source: AEE
The Pacific Northwest is at the forefront of implementing energy management strategies and renewable energy resources, thus serving as a model for other areas around the country. The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) along with host Puget Sound Energy and sponsors Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utility District, McKinstry, CLEAResult, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, and Tacoma Power are pleased to present the 32nd annual West Coast Energy Management Congress Conference and Expo (EMC).  EMC 2014 features a multi-track conference program and expo to be held at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, WA on June 25-26, 2014.

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Lake Washington Institute of Technology Receives Grants for Facility Upgrades to Reduce Energy Usage

Source: Company
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) partnered with energy and facility services firm McKinstry to secure $296,630 in grant money through the Washington State Energy Efficiency Grant Program. The program, administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce, allows institutions such as LWTech to perform facility upgrades that help reduce energy usage on its campus. Puget Sound Energy also awarded LWTech a $32,414 utility grant to aid the college in its investment in campus energy efficiency projects. 

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Energy Efficiency Strategy Benefits From A Portfolio Approach

Source: Forbes.com
It's difficult to find a company that doesn't have at least one building certified (or on its way) under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

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World Needs $48 Trillion in Investment to Meet Its Energy Needs to 2035

Source: IEA
Meeting the world's growing need for energy will require more than $48 trillion in investment over the period to 2035, according to a special report on investment released June 3rd by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as part of the World Energy Outlook series. Today's (June 3rd) annual investment in energy supply of $1.6 trillion needs to rise steadily over the coming decades towards $2 trillion. Annual spending on energy efficiency, measured against a 2012 baseline, needs to rise from $130 billion today to more than $550 billion by 2035.

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U.S. Residential Solar PV Installations Exceeded Commercial Installations for First Time in Q1 2014

Source: AltEnergyMag
The U.S. installed 1,330 MW of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014 to total 14.8 GW installed capacity, enough to power 3 million homes. In another significant development, Q1 2014 was the largest quarter ever for concentrating solar power.

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GSA's 'Green Button' to Save Energy Costs Across the Federal Government

Source: DOE

The head of the General Services Administration, Dan Tangherlini, announced that GSA will use Green Button technology to save energy and shrink costs across the federal government. The agency launched this initiative in partnership with industry leaders following a 2013 Presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to strengthen efforts to use renewable energy and manage energy usage more efficiently and effectively.

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Energy Department Announces National Geothermal Data System

Source: DOE

In support of the Obama Administration's Open Data Policy to make data more accessible to the public and entrepreneurs, the Energy Department officially launched the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), an online open-source platform that facilitates the discovery and use of geothermal data, enabling researchers to speed geothermal energy development. This innovative online tool will allow academia and industry to access quantifiable, technical data in digital format, breaking down one of the geothermal energy industry’s greatest barriers to development and deployment of this promising clean energy source.

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WattStopper rolls out new retrofit solutions at 2014 LIGHTFAIR® International

Source: Company

WattStopper will be exhibiting innovative retrofit solutions at LIGHTFAIR. The solutions encompass stand-alone devices, such as optional neutral wall switch sensors and wireless occupancy sensors as well as systems solutions such as retrofit relay panels and exterior wireless devices. 

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Energy Efficiency Poised for Key Role in New Power Plant Rule

Source: ACEEE

In response to the Environmental Protection Agency's new proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), made the following statement:

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Better Buildings Neighborhood Initiative Upgrades 100,000 Buildings

Source: DOE

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, the Energy Department announced that the Department’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program has helped more than 40 state and local governments upgrade more than 100,000 buildings and save families and businesses over $730 million on utility bills. Supported by the Recovery Act, the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program worked with 41 competitively selected state and local governments and their partners to upgrade the energy efficiency of homes and local buildings and leverage early federal funds to launch sustainable community-based programs.

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Energy Department Announces Report and Projects to Advance Concentrating Solar Power

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $10 million for six new research and development projects that will advance innovative concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. The projects will develop thermochemical energy storage systems to enable more efficient storage of solar energy while using less storage material, cutting the cost for utility-scale CSP electricity generation as a result. Also today, the Department released a new report highlighting the progress of five major CSP deployment projects that are already producing clean, renewable energy.

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Capstone Turbines Power Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA

Source: Company

Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA, a pioneer of Capstone Turbine Corporation and their jet engine technology, will be awarded with a Centennial Award commemorating over half a million microturbine run hours, with each of the six turbines in the installation surpassing 100,000 run hours.

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DOI Approves Second Utility-Scale Solar Energy Project on American Indian Trust Land

Source: DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to build strong and prosperous tribal communities and the Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, Secretary of the Interior (DOI) Sally Jewell announced on May 7, 2014, the approval of the 200-megawatt Moapa Solar Energy Center Project on tribal trust land in Nevada and that nine federally recognized tribes have been awarded Tribal Energy Development Capacity grants totaling over $700,000.

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Energy Department Awards $7 Million to Advance Hydrogen Storage Systems

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $7 million for six projects to develop lightweight, compact, and inexpensive advanced hydrogen storage systems that will enable longer driving ranges and help make fuel cell systems competitive for different platforms and sizes of vehicles.  These advances in hydrogen storage will be critical to the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.   

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Energy Department Awards $7 Million to Advance Hydrogen Storage Systems

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $7 million for six projects to develop lightweight, compact, and inexpensive advanced hydrogen storage systems that will enable longer driving ranges and help make fuel cell systems competitive for different platforms and sizes of vehicles.  These advances in hydrogen storage will be critical to the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.   

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President Obama Announces Commitments and Executive Actions to Advance Solar Deployment

Source: DOE

President Obama announced more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency. The commitments represent more than 850 megawatts of solar deployed—enough to power nearly 130,000 homes—as well as energy efficiency investments that will lower bills for more than 1 billion square feet of buildings.

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PermaCity Solar SelectedTo Construct Los Angeles County's Largest Single-Rooftop Solar Power System

Source: Company
PermaCity Solar and American fashion retailer Forever 21 unveiled plans to install a 5.1-megawatt (DC) high efficiency SunPower solar power system at Forever 21's headquarters in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The system will be the largest single-rooftop solar power system in Los Angeles County and the third-largest in California.

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Internap Data Center is First in Atlanta to Receive ENERGY STAR Rating

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a provider of high-performance Internet infrastructure services, today announced that its downtown Atlanta data center has received ENERGY STAR certification, a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify ways in which energy efficiency can be measured, documented and implemented in data centers. Following a 12-month process of recording energy savings at the facility, the achievement marks the first and only ENERGY STAR certification of a public data center in the city of Atlanta.

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New Energy-Efficiency Standards for Electric Motors, Coolers, Freezers

Source: DOE

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which called for efficiency standards that cut carbon pollution and save money by saving energy, the Energy Department announced two new energy efficiency standards for electric motors and walk-in coolers and freezers. These standards combined will help reduce harmful carbon pollution by up to 158 million metric tons – equivalent to the annual electricity use of more than 21 million homes – and save businesses $26 billion on utility bills through 2030.

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President Obama Announces Advances for Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency

Source: DOE

President Obama announced more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency. The commitments represent more than 850 megawatts of solar deployed – enough to power nearly 130,000 homes – as well as energy efficiency investments that will lower bills for more than 1 billion square feet of buildings.  Additionally, the President announced new executive actions that will lead to $2 billion in energy efficiency investments in Federal buildings; smarter appliances that will cut carbon pollution by more than 380 million metric tons – equivalent to taking 80 million cars off the road for one year – and will save businesses nearly $26 billion on their energy bills; and training programs at community colleges across the country that will assist 50,000 workers to enter the solar industry by 2020. 

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President Obama Unveils New U.S. National Climate Assessment

Source: DOE

The Obama Administration unveiled the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA)—the most comprehensive, authoritative scientific report ever generated about climate changes that are happening now in the United States and further changes that we can expect to see throughout this century. The report—a key deliverable of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—confirms that climate change is affecting Americans in every region of the United States and key sectors of the national economy.

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President Obama Doubles Down on Better Buildings

Source: Huffington Post
President Obama has taken significant action once again to maximize the environmental and economic benefits of better buildings. Buildings account for 40 percent of our energy use, 71 percent of our electricity use and 40 percent of our climate emissions. But USGBC has been showing the world how better buildings can make a huge difference in solving our energy and climate challenges. The 20,000+ LEED green commercial buildings and the more than 100,000 residential projects across the country are saving energy, saving water, improving indoor air quality while also saving businesses and homeowners money and helping communities create jobs.

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AARP Analysis: Polar Vortex Grip on NY Energy Costs to Last into Summer

Source: PR Newswire

 New Yorkers expecting to catch a break on their utility bills in warmer weather after an unrelenting winter that saw some heating bills soar as high as 55 percent can think again, warns a new AARP analysis. With the Farmer's Almanac predicting a scorching New York summer, AARP says state residents will get a reminder from the Polar Vortex every time they turn on the air-conditioning: higher electric bills.

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WattStopper Expansion Adding Jobs, Enhanced Support in Birmingham, Alabama Location

Source: Company

WattStopper, an industry leader in energy-efficient lighting controls, is pleased to announce expansion of its Birmingham, AL office, adding new positions to support commercial building control projects throughout the US and Canada.

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Energy Department Recognizes Oregon Institute of Technology for Renewable Energy Use

Source: DOE

The Department of Energy recognized the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) for boosting its use of clean energy at the first campus in America to be heated by geothermal energy, achieving a major milestone toward its goal of making all seven schools in the Oregon University System carbon-neutral by 2020. Partially through Energy Department support, the Klamath Falls campus will utilize 1.5 megawatts (MW) of newly installed geothermal capacity combined with a 2 MW solar array, making OIT the first university in North America to generate most—if not all—electrical power from renewable sources.

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National $5 Million Prize Offered for Community Energy Efficiency

Source: DOE

The Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million incentive competition to reduce America’s energy consumption, announced a list of 51 communities who have signed 
letters of intent to compete. This announcement signals the opening of the Prize’s Application Phase for the 
nearly 9,000 eligible U.S. communities with a population between 5,000 and 250,000. 

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Energy Department Announces $10 million for Hawaii Wave Energy Demonstration

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $10 million to test prototypes designed to generate clean, renewable electricity from ocean waves and help diversify America’s energy portfolio. The Energy Department-supported demonstrations at the U.S. Navy’s wave energy test site off Hawaii’s island of Oahu will help develop reliable wave energy options and collect important performance and cost data for wave energy conversion (WEC) devices.

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GDF SUEZ Energy Resources Supplies Renewable Energy Certificates for 5th Year to Globalcon

Source: Company
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA announced today that it will supply renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for the 2014 Globalcon Conference & Expo April 9-10 at the Atlantic City New Jersey Convention Center.

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SunEdison Adds Key Solar Cell Supplier To Meet Growing Demand

Source: Company
SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE), a leading solar technology developer and provider of solar energy services announced that it has signed an agreement with Shinsung Solar Energy.

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Scatec Solar Secures Final Approvals to Build 80MW Utah Solar Park

Source: Company
Scatec Solar, the global independent solar power producer, received the final approvals necessary to proceed with the building of an 80 MW (ac) PV (photovoltaic) solar plant in Iron County, Utah. The Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park, set to be built on a site with excellent solar irradiation, will generate around 210 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, which will be fed into the grid under a twenty-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with PacifiCorp. Construction is estimated to start in the third quarter of 2014 and when complete, the plant will be Utah's largest solar energy generation facility.

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Guide to Using Combined Heat and Power for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings

Source: Company
To assist State and local officials and others involved in the rebuilding process, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this guidance on CHP with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Its purpose is to provide practical information on CHP, including what factors must be considered when configuring a CHP system to operate independently of the electricity grid, and what steps are involved in a typical CHP project development process.

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Capstone Receives Orders for Approximately Four Megawatts From E-Finity for Oil and Gas Customers

Source: Company
Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it recently received multiple orders from E-Finity Distributed Generation for microturbines to be used for oil and gas operations in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions.

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Cheapest Solar Ever? Austin Energy Buys PV From SunEdison at 5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

Source: GreenTech Media
Texas utility Austin Energy is going to be paying 5 cents per kilowatt-hour for solar power, and it could mean lower customer rates

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Connecticut Saves $53.4 Million in 2013 through Energy Efficiency Programs

Source: StamfordPlus.com
The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board on Monday officially released its 2013 Programs and Operations Report to members of the Connecticut General Assembly and other policymakers, efficiency advocates, and stakeholders throughout the state. This annual report details the steps that the Energy Efficiency Fund has taken to empower the state’s residents and businesses to use energy more efficiently and save money.

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Erie County to Get Two Solar Energy Projects

Source: The Buffalo News

Erie County will get two new solar projects as part of the state’s NY-Sun initiative. Poughkeepskie-based BQ Energy has been awarded an undisclosed amount to build two large-scale photovoltaic panel projects in the region.

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Las Vegas Private School 'Goes Green' for Free

Source: Company
Black Rock Solar just completed a 121 kW solar array on the rooftop of their building on Lake Mead Parkway. This array will provide Lake Mead Christian Ministries with approximately $10,500 in yearly savings. This adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next 25 years. The array was made possible by a $310,000 grant given by NV Energy and was built at no cost to LMCM by Black Rock Solar.
 

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County Buildings Going Energy Neutral

Source: Santa Barbara Independent
Santa Barbara County–owned facilities are being ushered into a more energy-efficient future, as the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to adopt a plan that would see its buildings produce as much energy as they consume, in line with upcoming state and federal standards. Under the Zero Net Energy Resolution, all new county-owned buildings designed after 2025 would strive to be energy neutral. For existing buildings, half of their square footage would aim to meet that requirement by 2025 and fully so by 2035. According to county staff, buildings eat up a significant amount of energy, thanks to computers, air conditioning, heating, light, hot water, and ventilation. Santa Barbara County spent $4 million on its facilities in fiscal year 2012-13, said Greg Chanis with the General Services Department, and getting buildings to a point where their energy output equals their energy input could mean turning to solar panels and wind turbines.

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OnForce Solar Awarded Additional Funding by NYSERDA for Large-Scale Solar Projects

Source: Hearld Online
OnForce Solar, a leading provider of solar electric systems, announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded the company additional funding to develop and construct large-scale commercial solar projects in New York State under Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative. Since the inception of the program, OnForce Solar has received in excess of $20M from NYSERDA, and is one of the most successful winners of NYSERDA awards under this competitive bidding program.

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Report: US Solar Market Grew 41% Last Year, a Record for the Industry

Source: Renewable Energy Focus
The newly released report, "US Solar Market Insight: 2013 Year in Review," reflected a continuation of what SEIA called the "explosive growth of the U.S. solar industry. California continues to lead the U.S. market and installed more than half of all U.S. solar in 2013. In fact, the state installed more solar last year than the entire United States did in 2011. Despite installing the second-most PV in 2013 with 421 megawatts, Arizona didn’t live up to its 2012 total of 710 megawatts. On the other side of the spectrum, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia had major growth years, installing a combined 663 megawatts, more than doubling their combined total from the year before. On the whole, the top five states (California, Arizona, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and New Jersey) accounted for 81% of all U.S. PV installations in 2013.

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Direct Replacement LED Lamps for GE ET5/6 Series Incandescent Panel-Mount Lamps

Source: Company
LEDtronics, Inc., adds a new Utilities LED Panel light to its PNL-1145 Series. These short thread body LED panel mount lamps only consume a half watt of power and replace incandescent high voltage panel indicators, such as GE ET5, ET6. They are designed to go in panels found in Transmission Station Control Panels, Control Rooms, Sub-Station control rooms of power plants and utilities

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City of Roswell Recognized as Gold Certified Green Community

Source: BEPA
The city of Roswell has been named a Gold Certified Green Community by the Atlanta Regional Commission for leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta.

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Los Angeles Kicks Off Second Round Solar Feed-in Tariff

Source: Cleantechnica
The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) has begun accepting applications for its second 20-megawatt (MW) round of Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program. A pioneering type of clean energy incentive here in the US, LADWP’s FiT has proved hugely popular with homeowners, businesses, and project developers across the City of Angels.

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REC to Collaborate with Fraunhofer ISE on the Development of High-Efficiency Solar Cells

Source: Company
REC, a leading global supplier of solar energy solutions, is teaming up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE to develop high-efficiency solar cells based on n-type monocrystalline wafers.

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Snohomish PUD Kicks Off Stanwood Energy-Saving Competition

Source: Company
Snohomish County Public Utility District recently launched a new community-based Stanwood Energy Challenge, in which two teams of eight businesses each will compete to see which can save more energy.

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Caribbean Islands Promised $1bn in Loans for Move to Clean Energy

Source: The Guardian
Caribbean islands that pay some of the highest electricity prices in the world are in line for more than $1bn of green energy loans to reduce bills following an agreement between governments, companies, energy experts and financiers.
 

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10 American Cities Will Lead the Nation on Energy Efficiency

Source: Huffington Post
In our cities, big buildings often run 24/7. Offices are continuously heated or cooled, elevators are running, lights, computers and equipment are on, continuously humming. Because they're constantly in operation -- you can't really unplug a building -- our buildings use enormous amounts of electricity, and are responsible for 40 percent of America's global warming pollution. In most cities, the proportion is even higher -- up to 50 or even 75 percent of carbon emissions come from buildings.

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Capstone Test 2

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, is expanding its product offering in the marine market and has appointed six Capstone marine distributors.

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, is expanding its product offering in the marine market and has appointed six Capstone marine distributors.

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Sol Systems Finances 227 kW Washington D.C. Solar Project at KIPP School

PR Newswire - Sol Systems is proud to announce that it has facilitated financing for a 227 kW solar energy system at the KIPP Charter School, a non-profit in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Volt Energy developed the project and Sol Systems structured the transaction and financed the project on behalf of its investment client, Washington Gas Energy Systems.
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New LED Canopy Lights By Access Fixtures Are True 150w Metal Halide Equivalents

Source: PR Newswire

Access Fixtures has expanded its extensive line of LED light fixtures to include updated LED garage lights and LED canopy lights that are true 150 watt metal halide equivalents. Garage lights are luminaires that are typically used to light parking garages. Canopy lights are the luminaires used under the canopy at gas or filling stations. Both types of luminaires are used twelve to twenty-four hours per day. The new LED garage lights and LED canopy lights achieve the same light output or more than typical 150w metal halide versions while using less than half the energy. (more)

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Energy Data Miner Opower Is Taking Big Steps Into Asia  
Opower has built a pretty nice business off the utility industry. The Virginia-based company specializes in selling data analytics to utilities that allows them to better understand how their customers use energy. Opower then encourages customers to cut their energy by showing them their neighbor's energy usage. Founded in 2007, Opower has quickly ramped up to more than 90 utility partners over the last few years.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Tesla, Panasonic Cement Their Vow To Build A Gigafactory  
It's official: Tesla Motors will team up with Panasonic to build what is shaping up to be the Mother of All Lithium-ion Battery Factories. Or Gigafactory, as Tesla calls it.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:26:00 GMT

Arizona Utility To Pay Consumers For Rooftop Space For Solar  
Will consumers let utilities use their roof for $30 a month?

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:41:00 GMT

Texas Company Wins Multi-million Dollar Judgment Against Mexico's Oil Union And Its Leader Romero Deschamps  
After 30 years of complex litigation, a Houston court issued a final judgment ruling that a Texas oil company is entitled to collect up to $1.4 billion for breach of contract by Pemex's oil workers union.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:09:00 GMT

BP Can Withstand Impact of Sanctions on Russia  
BP is not the only company with exposure to what is now officially a ‘sanction hit’ Russian oil and gas sector. In fact, it is one of several major International Oil Companies (IOCs) involved in Russian projects from France’s Total to Norway’s Statoil, Italy’s Eni to US supermajor ExxonMobil. At the recent 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow, the extent of co-operation between Western IOCs and Russia on Arctic oil and gas exploration was manifestly apparent.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:29:00 GMT

Six Reasons Solar Needs To Stop Whining About Chinese Tariffs  
The solar industry usually has great political instincts.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:45:00 GMT

Russian Billionaires Face Mounting Sanctions  
Having lost more than $14 billion already this year, Russia’s 19 billionaires face an increasingly uncertain future, as Western sanctions begin to bite.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:06:00 GMT

Why Is Power Consumption For Gadgets Dropping At Home?  
A new report from the Consumer Electronics Association and Fraunhofer USA asserts that the power consumed by home electronics declined from 12% between 2013 and 2010 in the U.S. It’s a positive result, especially when you add in that the number of devices climbed from 2.9 billion to 3.8 billion over that same period.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:25:00 GMT

Gadgets, Apps And The Science Of Changing Energy Consumer Behavior  
National Grid is launching a pilot program to test a set of technologies that the utility hopes will nudge its customers into cutting their electricity use by over 5%.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:38:00 GMT

Green Charge Networks Gets $56 Million Infusion  
Energy storage company Green Charge Networks, which sells its GreenStation technology under a financing model similar to the one that has boosted distributed solar, just got another $56 million to help finance installations in commercial accounts and schools.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:48:00 GMT

Japan's Nuclear Roadmap To Economic Destruction  
The Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority's new definition of an active geologic fault as having moved within 120,000 years is news to geologists, who define it as 10,000 years. Poorly thought-out criteria like this could be used to keep their nuclear fleet shuttered for political reasons, not scientific, and could cost Japan dearly in money and carbon.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:55:35 GMT

Cleaner Air On The Cheap In China  
Like many start-up ideas, Thomas Talhelm's came from personal experience. The American Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia was living in Beijing last year when air pollution in the city hit record highs. He was stunned at the cost of buying an air filter for his bedroom, which he figured would total $2,000 a year.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:24:00 GMT

Japan's Nuclear Roadmap To Economic Destruction  
The Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority's new definition of an active geologic fault as having moved within 120,000 years is news to geologists, who define it as 10,000 years. Poorly thought-out criteria like this could be used to keep their nuclear fleet shuttered for political reasons, not scientific, and could cost Japan dearly in money and carbon.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:43:00 GMT

Book Review: The Frackers  
While the book The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story Of The New Billionaire Wildcatters is not focused on the supply chain issues, the book does have implications for global supply chain management.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:12:00 GMT

The Supreme Court's NOT Top 10: October 2013 Term Cases The Justices Wrongly Passed Over  
The Supreme Court press and other court observers have spilled a lot of ink this past month discussing the cases the Supreme Court took and decided during October Term 2013. Relatively little was said about the cases the court chose not to decide—and it passed over some doozies. But as Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart put it so eloquently, “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:00 GMT

Commodities Trading At Banks: Going, Going, Gone?  
While on a visit to the commodities unit of a major investment bank in New York roughly seven years ago, one was enveloped by a sense of exuberance on the trading floor. No less than three executives claimed their institution was among the "few banks" with separate units dealing in paper crude oil barrels, as well as loading and dispatching the physical stuff on to tankers somewhere off a foreign shipping terminal.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:44:00 GMT

Obama's Offshore Energy Policy Could Rescue Oil And Gas Explorers  
Has the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster run its course?

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:15:00 GMT

IEA: $80 Billion In Power Wasted By Connected 'Things'  
Once upon a time, you used to hear a lot about the "vampire power" load that televisions, monitors, desktops and other electronics equipment consume while in standby mode.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:19:00 GMT

Mexico's Energy and Telecom Reforms Come Into Focus  
By Dwight DyerMEXICO CITY – The passage of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s reform agenda last year was a watershed moment for Mexico’s government, representing the most significant change to the country’s governance since the election of Vicente Fox in 2000 ended decades of single-party rule. Yet the true extent of

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:23:00 GMT

Nuclear-Renewable Mix Is Just What The EPA Ordered  
The not-for-profit Energy Northwest in WA State is exactly what the EPA’s new carbon rules are supposed to encourage - a diverse mix of non-fossil fuel generating systems that operates over 90% of the time and emits less than 20 gCO2/kWhr for between 4.7 - 5.2¢/kWh, now and for the next 30 years.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:12:01 GMT

The 5 Best And 5 Worst Utilities At Renewables and Efficiency: Ceres Rankings  
Utilities in states with progressive policies are leading sales of renewable energy and leading in savings from energy efficiency, according to a report released today by Ceres, a non-profit that seeks to mobilize leadership on clean energy. And those companies may enjoy a head start on EPA's draft carbon rules.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:33:00 GMT

Algeria Spending $100 Billion To Turn Around Falling Oil And Gas Production  
Hoping to reverse a lengthy downturn in oil and gas production, Algeria has unveiled a $100 billion plan to boost exploration and output over the next four years, with special attention reserved for the country’s shale aspirations.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:06:00 GMT

Solar Startup Mosaic Counts On Former SunPower Exec For Growth  
Mosaic, the California solar financing startup that made a splash with its crowd-funding model, just brought in a new operational chief, a former SunPower executive who will work on pushing the company into new markets.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Technology Is The New Black In The Energy Economy  
We have never been great at forecasting energy supply and demand fundamentals very far into the future. The traditional models have all coalesced GDP figures with reserve estimates and power generation investments to deduce what our energy production levels and consumption mix might look like forty years in the future. As you might imagine, this yearly statistical skydive has always been fraught with peril.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 GMT

Homeopathic Environmentalism Informs Opposition To Fracking  

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When my daughter was in elementary school, she asked me about a display of homeopathic medicine, and I explained that it was medicine without any actual medicine in it. She digested this for a few moments, then replied, "That’s really stupid." Which, I admit, it is. Homeopathic medicine is, in fact,

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:31:24 GMT

Why Has The Combustion-Based Engine Technology Not Evolved?  
Despite the cutting edge technology in automobile design and safety, why has the combustion-based engine technology not evolved? This question was originally answered on Quora by Jason Lancaster.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:18:00 GMT

Homeopathic Environmentalism Informs Opposition To Fracking  
When my daughter was in elementary school, she asked me about a display of homeopathic medicine, and I explained that it was medicine without any actual medicine in it. She digested this for a few moments, then replied, "That’s really stupid." Which, I admit, it is.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:56:00 GMT

Nuclear-Renewable Mix Is Just What The EPA Ordered  
The not-for-profit Energy Northwest in WA State is exactly what the EPA’s new carbon rules are supposed to encourage - a diverse mix of non-fossil fuel generating systems that operates over 90% of the time and emits less than 20 gCO2/kWhr for between 4.7 - 5.2¢/kWh, now and for the next 30 years.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:45:00 GMT

Commodity Price Volatility: What Should Users Do?  
What can you do in your business about commodity price volatility? I’ve written recently: Commodity Prices: Basics for Businesses That Buy, Sell or Use Basic Materials Commodities Prices: Why Do They Shoot Up And Then Collapse? Commodity Price  Volatility: What Should Producers Do About It? This article addresses the concerns of businesses that purchase commodities. The price they pay can change sharply, putting the company’s economic viability at risk. Can commodity users hedge away the problem? And if they can, should they?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:30:00 GMT

Google Offers $1 Million Prize For Anyone Who Can Build A Better Power Inverter  
 Google, the internet search behemoth based in Mountain View, CA, is offering to pay a $1 million prize - as part of the Little Box Challenge - to anyone who can design and build a better small-scale power inverter.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:59:00 GMT



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