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Pennsylvania University's Green-Roofed Facility Built Using Recycled Construction Waste

Source: Inhabitat
The University of Pennsylvania is welcoming students to its newest campus building—the LEED Silver-seeking New College House. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, the energy-efficient building is the school’s first purpose-built college house that will bring together undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff in a shared community. The sustainable structure and site is topped with a series of green roofs as part of the University’s new environmentally friendly standards that require new Penn buildings meet LEED Silver standards or higher.

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Parkway Properties Receives Trane Energy Efficiency Leader Award

Source: Company
Trane, a leading global provider of indoor solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, presented its Energy Efficiency Leader Award on Sept. 7 to Parkway Properties, Inc., in recognition of its energy efficient approach to improvements at One Orlando Centre, a 19-story, LEED-certified 365,000-square-foot office building in the city.

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WEEC Attendees Learn from Trane How to Optimize Energy Conservation Methods

Source: Company
Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, will educate attendees at the World Energy Engineering Conference (WEEC), held Sept. 21-23, in Washington D.C., on how to expand beyond traditional building auditing methods to identify optimal energy conservation methods for commercial buildings.

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HaikuTech Launches Additive Manufacturing System of Ceramic Coated MCPCB’s for High Power SSL

Source: Company
Produce your own ceramic coated metal substrates with outstanding heat dissipation and dielectric strength. An additive direct printing technology of conductive copper or silver traces reduces your cost by some 50%. In-house manufacturing further reduces lead-times and increases production flexibility. Additive printing technology with a 4 step process till finished light engine requires only a low investment compared to conventional PCB's.  Fully in-house production capability is now within reach with an excellent ROI due low investment. The ecological printing technology produces no waste as there is no etching involved. The tools for this technology were developed with Government support awarded by the United States Department of Energy.

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Air Liquide to increase production in Hamilton - Project to upgrade facilities

Source: Montreal Gazette

Air Liquide Canada announced it will upgrade an Air Separation Unit (ASU) in response to greater demand for oxygen, nitrogen, and argon from ArcelorMittal Dofasco and other customers in Ontario. The upgrade will begin in September 2016 and is expected to be complete in April 2017. The project will be funded by Air Liquide.

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• Energy Department Announces $3.8 Million for Industry Access to World-Class Supercomputers

Source: www.energy.gov

The Energy Department announced $3.8 million for 13 projects to use high performance computing resources at the Department's national laboratories to improve manufacturing. The collaborations will address key challenges in U.S. manufacturing by applying modeling, simulation, and data analysis to manufacturing, with the intent to aid in decision making, optimize processes and design, improve quality and efficiency, predict performance and failure, quicken or eliminate testing, and/or shorten the time for adoption of new energy-related technologies.

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HaikuTech launches additive manufacturing system of ceramic coated MCPCB’s

Source: Company 

Produce your own ceramic coated metal substrates with outstanding heat dissipation and dielectric strength. An additive direct printing technology of conductive copper or silver traces reduces your cost by some 50%. 

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3 Trends Align to Save Buildings Millions in Energy Costs

Source: Energy Defense Fund
By 2050, 70 percent of the world population will live in cities, a change that will add 40 percent to the current world building stock. Because buildings can be big polluters, urbanization is also a stark reminder that economies everywhere benefit from investments in energy-efficient structures and by retrofitting inefficient, existing buildings. There’s some good news to report in that area.

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NYPA Announces 21 Energy-Saving Projects in Five Cities

Source: NYPA
The New York Power Authority announced it has implemented 21 energy-saving projects in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers to reduce overall energy costs and carbon emissions, advance energy sustainability and support clean-energy technologies and jobs. The projects are part of the Five Cities Energy Plans and range from energy-efficient lighting conversions to advanced building controls. They are estimated to save the cities about $1.5 million annually in energy costs. 

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Cincinnati: Reinventing a City Through Sustainable Startups

Source: Triple Pundit
It’s easy being green in the city of Cincinnati. In fact, the city is quickly becoming one of the greenest, most innovative cities in the country. No longer known for just chili, baseball and the second largest Octoberfest in the world (outside of Munich), Cincinnati is evolving into a hub for technology, sustainability and social innovation.

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U.S. Department of Energy Announces 16 New Projects to Transform Energy Storage and Conversion

Source: energy.gov
The Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $37 million in funding for 16 innovative new projects as part of a new ARPA-E program: Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids (IONICS). IONICS project teams are paving the way for technologies that overcome the limitations of current battery and fuel cell products.

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NYSERDA Announces $10 Million for Energy Efficiency at Industrial and Manufacturing Facilities

Source: NYSERDA
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)  announced $10 million for two new clean energy initiatives to support energy efficiency and reduce costs at industrial and manufacturing facilities. The On-Site Energy Manager and Strategic Energy Management initiatives are designed to improve business performance and operations of participating facilities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Bosch, Toyota Join CalCharge Energy Storage Effort

Source: Energy Manager Today
CalCharge, an initiative designed to accelerate breakthrough energy storage technologies, welcomes six new member companies: charter members Bosch and Toyota, along with general members Blue Current, Ensor, EnZinc and ITN Energy Systems.

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FuelCell Energy to Deliver Efficiency Power Generation Solution at Distributed Generation Scale

Source: Yahoo Finance

FuelCell Energy, Inc.  (FCEL), a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants,announced the development of a utility scale power project to showcase industry leading electrical efficiency that enables utilities to affordably and cleanly solve power generation challenges in land-constrained areas.  Construction will begin within weeks for a 3.7 megawatt fuel cell power plant at a location in Danbury, Connecticut, following recent approval by the Connecticut Siting Council. 

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• Energy Department Recognizes Wendy’s For Leadership in Energy Performance

Source: www.energy.gov

 As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s restaurants and buildings, the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge recognized the Wendy’s Company and its franchisee, Wendco Group, for leadership in energy efficiency. This local restaurant achieved a 37 percent total energy reduction or more than 50 percent energy savings per sales transaction, and nearly $8,000 in savings annually.

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USDA Offers Funding to Help Develop Advanced Biofuels and Biobased Products

Source: www.energy.gov

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for funding to help support the development of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products.

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EIA now using near-real-time export data to provide better weekly petroleum consumption estimates

Source: Company

Starting with the release of the Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR), EIA is now publishing weekly export and petroleum balance estimates based on near-real-time export data provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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Secretary Moniz to Speak at AMO Co-Sponsored World Energy Engineering Congress – Sept. 21–23

Source: www.energy.gov

U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, will deliver the closing keynote at the 39th World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) on Friday, September 23rd. WEEC is the largest energy conference and technology expo held in the U.S. specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users.

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Current Goes for Gold at 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Source: Company
Providing 200,000 light sources, 1/2 of all Rio sports venues feature Current solutions, including the Olympic Rings and Opening Ceremonies at Maracanã stadium.

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Energy Department Driving Clean Energy Development and Sustainable Solutions in 16 States

Source: energy.gov
The Energy Department awarded $5 million to 16 states to advance innovative approaches for clean energy development that will reduce energy bills for American families and businesses, protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions, and increase our nation's energy security and resiliency. Through the department's State Energy Program (SEP), each state will substantively advance energy efficiency and/or renewable energy, addressing a broad range of areas for advancement.  States will leverage existing energy resources and State Energy Program funding to deploy programs that support the permanent transformation of energy markets across all sectors of the economy. Several of the SEP projects are multi-state partnerships, expanding the impact of the selected proposals.

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Ameresco Partners with U.S. GSA for National Deep Energy Retrofit in Washington, DC

Source: Company
Ameresco, a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Ameresco for four federal buildings in Washington, D.C., as part of the GSA’s National Deep Energy Retrofit Program. The contract, valued at $72.2 million, is designed to provide facility-wide energy and water conservation measures at several GSA-owned buildings, including the historic William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building, which operates as the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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• Energy Department Announces $137 Million Investment in Vehicle Efficiency

Source: www.energy.gov

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly adopt a second round of standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles, the Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs, subject to appropriations, to develop next generation technologies that will support industry in going beyond those standards while also accelerating technology advances for passenger cars and light trucks.

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ACEEE PRESENTS 2016 CHAMPION OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BUILDINGS AWARDS

Source: Company

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented three Champion of Energy Efficiency awards at its 19th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in research and development, energy policy, implementation and deployment, buildings leadership, or lifetime achievement. The winners for 2016 are:

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Army Reaches $1 Billion Milestone in Energy-Saving Projects

Source: www.energy.gov

In less than five years, the Army has engaged in 127 energy-saving projects with the private sector that now exceed $1 billion in investments, announced Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning.

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Over 1,000,000 zero-emission miles powered by True Zero's Hydrogen Network

Source: PR Newswire

True Zero (www.truezero.com), which operates the world's largest network of retail hydrogen-charging stations, reached a major milestone last week of powering more than 1,000,000 zero-emission miles by fuel cell vehicles. True Zero opened its first charging station nine months ago, so the milestone signals a major ramp up in recent months of fuel-cell vehicles on California roads.

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Companies Can Reduce Carbon Footprint by Giving Consumers Green Choices

Source: Company 

Companies can reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chains and improve customer satisfaction by giving consumers information and tools to make green choices, according to research conducted by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Lunera offers the World's First Line Driven 20,000 Lumen LED to replace 400-Watt HID Lamps

Source: Company 

Lunera® announced its third generation family of High Intensity Discharge (HID) LED lamps. The family includes the world's first Line Driven HID LED lamp to replace traditional 400W Metal Halide (MH) or High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps that deliver 20,000 fixture lumens. The new lamps, in 20,000, 15,000, 9,000 and 4,5000 lumen packages, are designed to deliver exceptional energy savings, access to rebates, installation convenience and high value in warehouses, factory floors, parking garages, auditoriums and other large public gathering spaces such as airport terminals.

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WEEC to Discuss the Future Energy Economy at Nation’s Largest Energy Efficiency Conference

Source: AEE
As the U.S. Presidential election moves forward, energy and facility managers will need to address future energy challenges as impacted by the winning party’s energy policy. Making the 2016 World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the largest energy conference and technology expo held in the U.S. specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users, both timely and critical.  Key leaders in the professional energy management field will discuss energy resiliency and security, international efficiency projects, the growing importance of water, wastewater treatment, renewable energy and leveraging data analytics. WEEC, presented by the Association of Energy Engineering (AEE) and hosted by Toyota will be held in Washington, DC on Sept. 21-23, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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Energy Department Announces $11 Million to Advance Novel Innovations in Solar Power Technologies

Source: www.energy.gov

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced a total of $11 million for 16 projects intended to develop innovative, early-stage solutions in both photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP).

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Energy Department Releases New Hydropower Vision Report and $9.8 Million in Hydropower Funding

Source: www.energy.gov

Through the Hydropower Vision, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office has led a first-of-its-kind comprehensive analysis to evaluate future pathways for low-carbon, renewable hydropower, focused on continued technical evolution, increased energy market value, and environmental sustainability.

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CPUC, ENERGY COMMISSION, AND NBI ANNOUNCE MILESTONE TOWARD ACHIEVING STATEWIDE ZERO NET ENERGY GOAL

Source: Company

The California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, and the New Buildings Institute (NBI) announced that California continues the march toward its zero net energy (ZNE) goals, with 108 new and renovated commercial buildings that have been either verified as generating as much energy as they consume or are working toward that target. 

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Mall of America Shoots for LEED Hat Trick

Source: proudgreenbuildings.com
When architects and planners began designing the Mall of America’s new retail, office and hotel complex, they found clients who wanted to make the three joined buildings energy-efficient enough to achieve certification from the United States Green Building Council.

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Caesars Bets Big On Corporate Sustainability Goals

Source: edie.net
American gaming goliath Caesars Entertainment is going "all in" on its CodeGreen environmental performance targets, after outlining reductions to energy use, waste and emissions in its latest corporate sustainability report.

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Hampshire College To Be First College to Obtain All Electricity With Renewables

Soure: Masslive.com
Hampshire College is celebrating the start of its solar project with a range of speakers including college President Jonathan Lash and a tour of one of the two sites where the panels will be erected. Hampshire, with SolarCity, is putting up 15,000 solar panels on approximately 19 acres to help convert the campus to 100 percent renewable energy for electricity. It will become the first college campus to do so.

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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Renewable Energy Compromise Bill

Source: MassLive.com
The Massachusetts Legislature sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a compromise energy bill that, while less broad than some senators had hoped, would require the state to purchase significantly more energy from offshore wind and other renewable sources.

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Ecobee Emerges as Top Leader in Smart Thermostat Vendors, Followed Closely by Nest Labs & Honeywell

Source: Company
A new Leaderboard report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 17 leading smart thermostat hardware, software, and service vendors, providing industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the global market.

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First-ever State Mandate will More than Double Renewable Resources, Slash Carbon Emissions

Source: ny.gov
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the New York State Public Service Commission's approval of New York’s Clean Energy Standard, the most comprehensive and ambitious clean energy mandate in the state's history, to fight climate change, reduce harmful air pollution, and ensure a diverse and reliable energy supply. The Clean Energy Standard will require 50 percent of New York's electricity to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030, with an aggressive phase in schedule over the next several years. In its initial phase, utilities and other energy suppliers will be required to procure and phase in new renewable power resources starting with 26.31 percent of the state's total electricity load in 2017 and grow to 30.54 percent of the statewide total in 2021. The Clean Energy Standard will cost less than $2 a month to the average residential customer’s bill.

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NextEra Energy reaches definitive agreement to acquire Energy Future Holdings' interest in Oncor Ele

Source: Yahoo Finance 

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE) announced a definitive agreement under which a newly formed subsidiary of NextEra Energy will acquire 100 percent of the equity of reorganized Energy Future Holdings Corp. ("EFH") and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, including EFH's approximately 80 percent indirect interest in Oncor Electric Delivery Company ("Oncor"), which implies a total enterprise value of approximately $18.4 billion. The definitive agreement will be filed publicly as part of the restructuring of EFH currently before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The definitive agreement is part of an overall plan of reorganization that is designed to allow EFH to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Bankruptcy court approval of EFH entering into the definitive agreement is required for the agreement to be binding upon EFH and Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company LLC ("EFIH"). The parties will request that the bankruptcy court approve EFH's entry into the agreement as soon as practicable.

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Obama Administration Announces Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative

Source: www.energy.gov

President Obama is committed to ensuring that every American family can choose to go solar and to cut their energy bills – and that every American community has the tools they need to tackle local air pollution and global climate change.

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Capstone’s Russian Distributor Secures Flare Gas Project in the Republic of Uzbekistan

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it recently received payment for two C1000 Signature Series microturbines for a flare gas utilization project in the Republic of Uzbekistan that is expected to ship in the second quarter.

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How Water Can Put $15,000 Or More Back Into Your Budget

Source: Company

WaterSignal Introduces The First Wireless System That Continuously Monitors Water To Detect Leaks, Save Money.

 

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Salt Lake City Commits to 100% Renewable Energy Sources by 2032

Source: www.energy.gov

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, members of the City Council, other city leaders, and members of the business and non-profit community gathered on the steps of City Hall to launch Salt Lake City’s initiative to transition the community to 100% renewable energy sources by 2032 and to reduce carbon emissions citywide by 80% by 2040. The commitment, called Climate Positive 2040, comes as a result of a Joint Resolution signed by Mayor Biskupski and the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday.

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USDA Announces New Assistance to Help Rural Utility Customers Conserve Energy, Lower Bills

Source: www.energy.gov

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new program that will help rural residents conserve energy and save money on their utility bills. The new Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) will make $52 million in loans available to energy providers to help rural families and small businesses reduce their energy use.

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A New Report Reveals the Impact of Installing 8 Million Solar Panels Across America

Source: SolarCity
SolarCity, one of the United States' biggest solar developers, has published a report exploring the impact of installing 8 million solar panels across America.

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Energy Department Announces $23 Million for Small Businesses Advancing Focused on for Clean Energy I

Source: www.energy.gov

The Energy Department announced $23 million in funding for 23 new projects led by small businesses to further develop clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) awards for $1 million each over the next two years will help small businesses advance their promising concepts that improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, increase transportation sustainability, and generate electricity from renewable sources.

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With Current, customers can use their energy where it counts most

Source: Company

And we're maximizing solutions to provide the very best to cities, commercial and industrial customers. We're helping them save money so they can put their energy back to where it belongs--investing in their own growth and innovation

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Lunera Lighting's Helen Lamp Product Family Adds Plug-and-Play LED Linear Fluorescent Replacement

Source: Company

Lunera® Lighting, Inc., a leader in lighting innovations accelerating the transformation to advanced LED technology, announces the addition of the Helen Lamp T8. Commercial building owners and managers can simply replace common 32-watt linear fluorescent lamps with Lunera's 14-watt plug and play LED T8 lamp. The replacement lamp reduces lighting energy consumption by over 50%, while consistently delivering superior light quality.

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2015 Was Record Year For UK Wind Energy Generation

Source: Cleantechnica
New official statistics have shown that 2015 was a record year for wind energy generation in the UK. According to official figures provided by National Grid, and analysed by the country’s wind and marine renewable energy trade body, RenewableUK, 2015 saw onshore and offshore wind farms supply their largest ever amounts of clean energy to UK homes, businesses, and factories.

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Energy Department Awards Up to $9 Million for Cellulosic Bioenergy Systems

Source: Energy.Gov

The Energy Department announced up to $9 million for the design of sustainable bioenergy systems that maintain or enhance the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of cellulosic bioenergy through the improvement of feedstock production, logistics systems, and technology development. This funding supports the Department's efforts to promote the commercialization of environmentally sustainable advanced bioenergy that reduces carbon emissions and enhances national security. 

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New National Labs Pilot Opens Doors to Small Businesses

Source: Energy.Gov

Small businesses make a big impact on America’s economy, adding more than one million employees last year. They are central to developing the new clean energy technologies that are needed to cut carbon pollution and improve the environment. However, small business entrepreneurs often lack the resources necessary to move their innovative ideas from their laboratory bench to the marketplace. 

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What We Learned From Starbucks: Putting Behavior Based Energy Efficiency to the Test

Source: PECI



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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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Forbes - Energy . . . 

T. Boone Pickens Gets It Right About Clinton, Obama And Energy  
Boone Pickens doesn't always get things right.  He has over the last several years made a habit of trying to predict what the price of crude oil is going to be in the future in these interviews, and I'm sure he'd admit he's been pretty consistently wrong in those projections. But on this particular topic, Pickens is absolutely, 100% correct, a reality the President's media defenders can't really do anything to change.

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:48:00 GMT

$17 Billion In Stolen Oil To Be Investigated, OPEC Member Nigeria Says  
This week Nigeria will launch an investigation into $17 billion in stolen oil revenue, pitting current President Burahi against former President "Goodluck" Jonathan.

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:54:00 GMT

Trump's Strategy Would Rip Into Global Oil Markets  
Donald Trump's and Hillary Clinton's energy strategies are diametrically opposed, while Trump's oil markets strategy could actually roil markets if enacted.

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 03:17:00 GMT

Is Cold Fusion Feasible? Or Is It A Fraud?  
There have been many promises of virtually free, unlimited energy over the years, none of which have panned out. Could this be the one?

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:55:37 GMT

New Chip Material Makes Solar Shine Like A Diamond  
GE has developed a better material for use in the solar industry. First discovered in attempts to produce artificial diamonds, silicon carbide is likely to replace silica in the solar industry, significantly increasing the efficiency and speed of things like solar inverters. They should also make trains, planes and wind turbines much more efficient.

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:16:14 GMT

Is Cold Fusion Feasible? Or Is It A Fraud?  
There have been many promises of virtually free, unlimited energy over the years, none of which have panned out. Could this be the one?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:00:00 GMT

New Chip Material Makes Solar Shine Like A Diamond  
GE has developed a better material for use in the solar industry. First discovered in attempts to produce artificial diamonds, silicon carbide is likely to replace silica in the solar industry, significantly increasing the efficiency and speed of things like solar inverters. They should also make trains, planes and wind turbines much more efficient.

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:00:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia Is Forced To Raise Cash As Oil Prices Tank  
As oil prices continue their more than two-and-a-half year depression, Saudi Arabia, largely responsible for keeping prices low, is being forced to raise billions in an international bond sale to offset massive budget deficits.

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:33:00 GMT

Trump's Energy Talk To Shale Gas Producers Gives Them The Shaft  
The irony of Donald Trump’s energy speech in Pittsburgh — or at least the parts about making coal whole again — is that the trends are occurring in a city that has truly transformed itself. It’s no longer an industrial center where steel and coal once ruled. It’s now a high-tech metropolis that competes with the Silicon Valley for emerging technology businesses, and workers.

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:41:00 GMT

FuelRod Is Taking Mobile Charging To New Heights  
Unlike other travel-ready charging packs, FuelRod allows you to charge your depleted battery pack or exchange it for a free, fully-charged box at various destinations, from airports to amusement parks.

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:38:00 GMT

Virtual Shale Gas Pipeline Sees Ships Made In China Ferry US Ethane To Europe  
If you wanted to get a first hand feel of nascent efforts aimed at stepping up European energy security and the old continent’s reluctant, some would say borderline sluggish, pullback from reliance on Russian gas, perhaps the US states of Pennsylvania and Ohio would not be high on your list.

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:47:00 GMT

Forget Batteries And Autopilot: Over-The-Air Upgrades Remain Core Tesla Strength  
Musk's car company rolls out version 8.0 of its operating system, adding a range of functional, safety and aesthetic upgrades in a manner Tesla has pioneered.

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:34:00 GMT

OPEC's Impact: It Depends On What The Meaning Of "Freeze" Is  
It’s difficult to remember any oil-related story that has generated a larger volume of conflicting information – and more irrational exuberance - than the upcoming meeting of OPEC ministers later this month, at which the proposal to “freeze” each member country’s production at current levels will be discussed.  Depending upon which oil minister or other official or non-official spokesperson one chooses to believe, the prospects for such a “freeze” are either modest, almost certain to come about, or non-existent.

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:37:00 GMT

Backing Clean Power Plan Will Accelerate The Clean Energy Future  
While legal experts are debating EPA’s Clean Power Plan in Washington next Tuesday, the U.S. business community is galloping ahead on the clean energy future.  From General Motors to Bank of America to Apple, dozens of iconic companies are now fully committed to running their companies with 100 percent renewable energy. The writing is on the wall: clean energy has arrived and fossil fuel power generation is fading. And a favorable Clean Power Plan ruling will hasten this transition, benefitting both our global climate, which is over-heating due to carbon pollution, and businesses that want policy certainty in dealing with this threat. By enacting this rule, all 50 states will be on the path to lowering the carbon footprint of their electric power plants. Even with today’s patchwork quilt of energy policies, wind and solar power are becoming mainstream. More than 10,000 megawatts of new capacity was added in 2015 alone, more than two-thirds of the total renewable energy generating capacity installed last year in the United States.

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:47:00 GMT

Petrobras Debt Bomb Requires Oil Company To Sell More Assets  
Fitch Ratings says that Petrobras needs to sell more assets or it will not get its debt under control.

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:12:00 GMT

World's Biggest 25 Oil & Gas Companies In 2016  


Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:12:00 GMT

Are You Wasting Your Money On Premium Gasoline?  
A new study from AAA says that Americans are wasting billions of dollars each year unnecessarily putting premium gasoline in their cars. Here is a short guide for understanding what premium gasoline does and doesn't do for your car.

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:50:00 GMT

Will The Secret That Made Computers And Solar Take Off Work In Water?  
Distributed technologies took computers from the glass house to the desktop.

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:22:00 GMT

Oil Exports Surge For Saudi July Record High  
Saudi Arabia’s oil exports for the month of July reached a record high for that month, as the Kingdom used more natural gas for power generation. The increase in oil exports comes as major oil producers show little hope of reaching an oil production cap despite considerable rhetoric.

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:22:00 GMT

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler In Dieselgate Crosshairs  
First, dieselgate did cost the job of Volkswagen’s CEO Martin Winterkorn, then it decapitated Volkswagen Group’s entire technical leadership. One man appeared to be immune: Audi’s CEO Rupert Stadler. Yesterday, the toxic scandal reached the Teflon-covered Audi chief. Investigators of the Jones Day lawfirm, engaged to get to the bottom of the scandal, want to know from Stadler what he knew about the defeat devices, and when did he know it, Germany’s Spiegel Magazin says.

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:38:00 GMT

Creating the Best Future with Cloud Technology and Time Travel  
Björn Goerke seemed to have no problem driving a heavily modified DeLorean DMC-12 onto the stage at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas -- and that’s where he got it stuck Monday night. Just like the time machine in Back to the Future, the stainless steel sports car had clearly run out of juice, putting the SAP executive vice president and corporate officer in a terrible bind.

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:17:00 GMT

Insuring Success: Winning Can Cost Sports Teams A Lot Of Money But Here's A Solution  
Spanish giants Barcelona won the treble in 2014/15 but saw its net profit drop from $45M to $17M. Part of the drop was due to player signings but a significant impact on profit came from player bonuses that exceeded $50M. But with a bit of financial foresight and for a fixed payment these clubs could have fixed its costs – essentially a hedge against large payouts – while retaining much more of the increase in its revenue stream.

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:15:00 GMT

Oil Prices At $70, 'Not A Chance'  
OPEC-member Venezuela is hopeful that an oil production cap agreement can be reached soon, calling for an oil price of $70 per barrel. Realities, however, suggest that neither a production cap nor $70 prices are on the horizon any time soon.

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:18:00 GMT

Eric Schneiderman: Gone Fishin' On ExxonMobil  
We have unfortunately witnessed this kind of exercise of prosecutorial "discretion" throughout our country’s history.  State AGs and U.S. Attorneys do possess broad discretion to expand or redirect investigations as the facts warrant.  What they aren’t supposed to do, however, is to go on endless fishing expeditions based on little more than political considerations and urging from activists with whose causes they are sympathetic.

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:07:00 GMT

Reports: VW Cleanest Among Dirtiest Diesels As Collusion Between OEMs And Bureaucrats Emerges  
From America to Australia, justice for Volkswagen’s dieselgate fraud has been swift and costly. In Europe however, the region with by far the highest concentration of diesel cars in the world, no fines have been levied, possibly because equal justice in Europe could bring the region’s entire auto business to its knees. As a new report by NGO Transport & Environment shows, dieselgate-type cheating is common throughout the industry, and Volkswagen diesel cars actually are the least polluting of Europe’s dirtiest diesels, at least when counting violations of the current Euro 6 norm. “National authorities have focused on protecting their own commercial interests, or those of domestic carmakers,” says Transport & Environment, and documents are emerging that hint that for many years, governments and automakers may have colluded in defrauding citizens and customers who don’t want to be among the 72,000 who each year die prematurely from cancer-causing NOx emissions all over Europe.

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:38:00 GMT

Military Officials: Climate Change Could Ensnare Nation In Humanitarian Issues And Armed Conflicts  
The military wants to mount an attack — on climate change. That’s why a group of bipartisan military and national security leaders are suggesting that the next U.S. president create a cabinet position from which to strategize.

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:22:00 GMT

Native American Protests Against A Pipeline Highlight Environmental Inequality  
Protests over a planned pipeline in North Dakota shows how income inequality becomes environmental inequality, with the health and basic needs of the economically disadvantaged become a cost for the convenience of those on top.

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:20:00 GMT

Colorado's Natural Gas Needs New Markets  
Colorado is the 6th leading producer of natural gas in the U.S. Over 90% of new oil and gas wells in Colorado use hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), on par with the 30% increase in U.S. gas production by 2025 alone that will come from the cost-effective combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. Just as importantly, as our country continually moves toward more and more gas (here), heavily-resourced Colorado exports over 70% of the gas that it produces, in a region with soaring gas use. 

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:17:00 GMT

Troubled OPEC: Could Nigeria Swing Oil Markets?  
Talk between Saudi Arabia, OPEC's de facto leader and Russia, the world's top two oil producers, caused a temporary uptick in oil prices recently. But on Saturday, OPEC's chief dampened hopes for any production freeze agreement ahead of a meeting of oil producers in Algiers.

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:44:00 GMT

Philippine President Duterte Trading U.S. Ties For China  
Rodrigo Duterte hinted during his campaign before the May 9 election that he wanted to get on with China, and now he's stepping in that direction.

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:38:33 GMT



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