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Pennsylvania Convention Center Receives $60,000 from PECO for Energy Efficiency Efforts

Source: Yahoo Finance

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is seeing “green” in more ways than one. With the completion of three LED lighting projects to boost the facility’s energy efficiency, the Convention Center has received $60,000 in PECO Smart Ideas rebates.

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Nighthawk Releases Mesh-Cellular AMI Communications Upgrade for C&I Electric Meters

Source: Company
Nighthawk, a leading wireless smart grid solutions provider, announces the release of its PolyMesh Cellular 480 Commercial Mesh-Cellular AMI meter system. The PolyMesh Cellular system consists of a Mesh-Cellular™ Hub and a number of PolyMesh Cellular 480 commercial meters.These Mesh-Cellular AMI commercial meters are designed to provide remote meter communications by simply replacing the communications boards inside your existing end-of-life commercial GSM/GPRS cellular communication modules.

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FuelCell Energy Advancing Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Commercialization for Power Generation

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, announces significant progress towards achieving commercial deployment of its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology, naming three projects selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for funding support.  The projects are designed to demonstrate performance and commercial-readiness, further reduce both product and manufacturing costs, and validate hydrogen production utilizing the SOFC technology in an electrolysis configuration.

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Innovative Wave Power Device Starts Producing Clean Power in Hawaii

Source: Energy.Gov

With support from the Energy Department and the U.S. Navy, a prototype wave energy device has advanced successfully from initial concept to grid-connected, open-sea pilot testing. The device, called Azura, was recently launched and installed in a 30-meter test berth at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Kaneohe Bay, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. This pilot testing is now giving U.S. researchers the opportunity to monitor and evaluate the long-term performance of the nation’s first grid-connected wave energy converter (WEC) device to be independently tested by a third party—the University of Hawaii—in the open ocean. 

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AMO Peer Review Highlights Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Projects

Source: Energ.gov
More than 100 technology experts gathered to review and provide actionable feedback on 28 R&D projects, four facility projects, and four analytical projects at the AMO Peer Review. The Peer Review was held concurrently with the 2015 Better Buildings Summit in Washington, DC. The Peer Review featured examinations of many innovative projects, including the development of a high metal removal rate process. Traditionally, machining platforms such as drilling have been used to remove material to create a finished product. However, these manufacturing processes are ill-suited to produce small parts with high accuracy requirements.

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2015 Better Buildings Summit Celebrates Continued Energy and Cost Savings

Source: Energy.gov

As part of the Administration’s effort to advance energy efficiency and combat the harmful effects of climate change, Better Buildings Challenge partners have cut energy waste by 94 TBTUs since President Obama first launched the challenge in 2011. The energy savings announced today have saved partners a total of $840 million dollars in energy costs and avoided 6 million tons of harmful carbon emissions, equivalent to cutting the emissions of 1 million cars. To continue this progress, the Energy Department is expanding the Better Buildings Challenge to include water savings goals and Senior Advisor to the President Brian Deese today called on existing partners to recruit one new partner to join the program and set a goal of reducing energy use across their respective building portfolios by at least 20 percent in the next 10 years, effectively doubling down on Better Buildings.

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White House Solar Plan Aims at Low- and Middle-Income People

Source: NY Times
The Obama administration will announce an initiative to help low- and middle-income Americans gain access to solar energy, part of a series of steps President Obama is taking to tackle climate change, according to administration officials.

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Electric Vehicle Tariffs from Utilities Gaining Traction In US

Source: Company
The electric vehicle (EV) market in the United States is growing rapidly. The market is now approaching a tipping point where EVs are becoming mainstream. Drivers are increasingly seeking special EV tariffs from their electric utilities for when they recharge their vehicles at home. For years, select utilities have experimented with EV tariffs and now their structures are becoming standardized. There are currently 28 utilities across 15 states offering EV tariffs, according to the fifth annual benchmark published by Northeast Group, LLC.

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DTE Energy to Install Detroit's First Solar Energy Trash Compactors

Source: Company
DTE Energy will install smart, solar-powered trash compactor and recycling units in its downtown Detroit neighborhood to help make the city cleaner and greener.

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Onset Announces Bluetooth CO2 Logger

Source: Company
Onset, a world leader in data loggers, today announced the HOBO® MX1102, the industry’s first data logger that records and transmits carbon dioxide (CO2), temperature, and relative humidity data wirelessly to mobile devices via Bluetooth Smart.

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Georgia Power Announces Launch of New Solar Sales and Installation Service

Source: Company
Georgia Power announced the launch of a new solar sales and installation service for customers. As an unregulated offering, the program will be administered by Georgia Power Energy Services, a business unit more than 20 years old focused on providing turnkey installation of energy efficiency products for customers.

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Southern Company and Partners Announce Longleaf Conservation Grants

Source: Company
In a continuous effort to support wildlife protection and natural resource conservation, Southern Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced $4.6 million in grants to establish and enhance more than 173,000 acres of longleaf pine. Among the grants are 11 projects within the Southern Company system service area in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

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SCE Maps Out Its Vision for the Electric Grid of the Future

Source: Company
Southern California Edison (SCE) filed its Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) with the California Public Utilities Commission. The filing is the next step in a proceeding the commission initiated last August to move toward full integration of Distributed Energy Resources (such as rooftop solar, storage, electric vehicle charging, energy efficiency and demand response) in operations, investment and distribution system planning.

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London England's Iconic Double-Decker Buses to go Electric

Source: Company
One of the world's most recognized transportation systems, TFL (Transportation for London), known for their iconic red, double-decker buses, has contracted for the manufacture of a brand new, battery electric replacement. The company selected to build the next generation London Bus double-deckers is global electric vehicle leader, BYD Company Ltd.

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U.S. Organizations Recognized for Cutting Parking Facility Energy Use by 60%

Source: Energy.gov

As part of the Energy Department’s effort to support U.S. businesses working to save money by saving energy, the Better Buildings Alliance’s Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign recognized 18 organizations for leading the way in efficient outdoor lighting today.  In the past year, these organizations have committed to install efficient lighting across more than 470 million square feet of parking space – cutting energy use on average by 60 percent. Nationwide, building owners spend more than $16 billion annually to light their parking lots and garages, but by improving all outdoor lighting by 60 percent, American building owners could save more than 9 billion dollars annually across the 215 billion square feet of parking facilities.

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Duke Energy Progress customers in SC to see bill savings this summer

Source: PR Newswire

While energy usage tends to increase this time of year as customers crank up their air conditioners to combat the summer heat, Duke Energy Progress' South Carolina customers will see some relief as the portion of their bills that pays for fuels used to generate electricity will decrease.

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New Emulsion Mist Collectors Offer High Efficiency, Low Operating Costs and 24/7 Performance

Source: PR Newswire

A new line of Handte EM Profi emulsion mist collectors from Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) offers the highest available collection efficiencies, plus the ability to run "24/7" for reduced maintenance, service ease and lower operating costs. The units can handle the heaviest loads encountered in industry to clean up contaminants generated during milling, drilling, tapping, turning, grinding and other machining processes that utilize emulsion mist coolants.

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Celtic Bank Announces First PACE Funding in the State of Utah

Source: PR Newswire

Celtic Bank is pleased to announce that it has funded the first commercial project utilizing PACE in the state of Utah. Proceeds from the bond issuance will be used by Hunt Electric to construct a solar canopy utilizing smart grid technology at their offices in West Valley City, UT. Celtic Bank worked in conjunction with Hunt Electric, Utah Clean Energy, and the Governor's Office of Energy Development to bring the PACE funding structure to Utah. 

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SunEdison and TerraForm Power Announce Closing of 521-MW Atlantic Power Acquisition

Source: Yahoo Finance 

SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, and TerraForm Power, Inc. (TERP), an owner and operator of clean energy power plants, announced the closing of the acquisition of Atlantic Power's 521-megawatt (MW) portfolio of operating wind power plants.

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TransAlta using Tesla battery storage technology in Alberta's first energy storage project

Source: Yahoo Finance

TransAlta Corporation (TA.TO) (TAC) has been awarded $250,000 from Alberta Innovates - Energy & Environment Solutions (AI-EES) to help launch Alberta's first large-scale commercial energy storage project.

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Georgia Power to offer solar sales, installation services July 1

Source: PR Newswire

Georgia Power announced the launch of a new solar sales and installation service for customers beginning July 1. As an unregulated offering, the program will be administered by Georgia Power Energy Services, a business unit more than 20 years old focused on providing turnkey installation of energy efficiency products for customers.

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Kraft Power Delivers Two CHP Systems

Source: Company

Kraft Power delivered two (2) KGBL-400-4SH, each rated at 400kw factory pre-packaged Bio Gas CHP systems to a waste-water treatment plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

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City of Cleveland Selects Constellation as Electricity Supplier

Source: Yahoo Finance

Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and a longtime competitive energy supplier in Ohio, announced that it has been selected by the City of Cleveland, Ohio, to provide fixed-price electricity supply following a competitive bidding process under the state’s electricity choice, governmental aggregation program.

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Access Fixtures Unveils An Extensive Line of Amber LED Luminaires

Source: PR Newswire

Access Fixtures, an environmentally friendly purveyor of commercial and sports lighting, has released a comprehensive line of wildlife safe, amber LED products. Wildlife-friendly lighting minimizes light pollution in thickly settled communities where bright artificial lighting has the potential to harm local ecosystems. As a strong supporter of energy efficient and environmentally conscious LED technology, the addition of the LED Wildlife Lighting product page was an easy decision.

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DTE Energy to install Detroit's first solar energy trash compactors

Source: PR Newswire

DTE Energy will install smart, solar-powered trash compactor and recycling units in its downtown Detroit neighborhood to help make the city cleaner and greener.     

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New Exelon Report Shows Company’s Transition to Sustainable Energy Future

Source: Yahoo Finance

Fulfilling its commitment to keep the public informed of its sustainability strategy and performance, Exelon has released its latest sustainability report. The report describes Exelon’s approach to providing reliable, clean, affordable and innovative energy products in an evolving energy landscape.

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National Grid Rallies Around REV

Source: Company

National Grid announced its continued commitment to being the utility of the future at New York State's media availability session on the Reforming Energy Vision (REV) proposed demonstration projects. To support REV and other efforts taking place around its footprint, National Grid announced the creation of its New Energy Solutions team at today's event. This team will have the sole purpose of being focused on innovations and technologies that drive cleaner energy, improved efficiency, affordability and choice for the customer.

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IEA Report Offers Global Energy Emissions Strategy

Source: Energy.gov

A peak in global energy-related emissions could be achieved as early as 2020 and at no net economic cost, the International Energy Agency said on Monday in its new World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Climate Change. The Agency showed how to achieve an early peak in emissions as one of four key pillars that it believes are needed to make the upcoming UN climate talks a success, from an energy perspective.

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Energy Department Launches Clean Energy Initiatives

Source: Energy.gov

The Department of Energy announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center (CEII), which will work to make the Department’s resources more readily available to the public, including to mission-driven investors.

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CRedit360 Partners with Urjanet to Embed Utility Data into CRedit360’s Sustainability MGMT plan

Source: Company
CRedit360, a leading supplier of sustainability management software, and Urjanet, the world’s first provider of automated utility data, announced a strategic partnership that enables CRedit360 users to receive automatically collected and standardized utility data from over 1,700 internationally-dispersed utility providers. Urjanet’s data seamlessly integrates directly into CRedit360’s platform, saving companies’ time on data acquisition and speeding up reporting processes.

 

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Energy Efficiency Experts (E3) Selected by Macland Investments to Retrofit Their California Holdings

Source: Yahoo Finance

Premier Holding Corporation (OTCQB: PRHL), the parent company of an ESCO, an energy seller, and a reseller in deregulated markets, announces that its 100% owned subsidiary Energy Efficiency Experts (E3) has been selected by Macland Investments to perform LED retrofits both interior and exterior on their 37 gas stations in Southern California.

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NRG Renew to Develop 20MW Solar Energy Facility for Cisco

Source: Yahoo Finance

NRG Renew LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), the country’s largest independent power producer, announced plans to develop a 20 megawatt (MW) solar energy facility that will generate clean, reliable solar power for delivery to Cisco’s San Jose headquarters. NRG Renew LLC will convert its NRG Solar Blythe II location, which is a 153-acre parcel that has been under development by NRG since 2010, into a solar installation that will help Cisco reach its goal of using renewable sources for at least 25 percent of its electricity needs by 2017. The project is scheduled to begin commercial operation by the end of 2016.

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SDG&E Has Sufficient Power Supplies To Meet Summer Demand

Source: PR Newswire

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the California Independent System Operator Corp. (ISO), and the California Energy Commission announced that sufficient electricity supplies are available to meet regional energy needs this summer. Customers, however, may be called to conserve in the event of an unexpected power emergency, such as much hotter than expected weather or the unplanned loss of a power plant or transmission line.

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Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Shell Energy North America Team Up to Install Battery Storage

Source: PR Newswire

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Shell Energy North America (Shell Energy) to install up to 20 Megawatts (MWs) of battery storage at Shell Energy commercial, industrial and utility customer sites throughout California.

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Rockefeller sustainability initiatives are honored by the Association of Energy Engineers

Source: Company

The Rockefeller University’s multi-year initiative to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions will be honored this week with an award from the Association of Energy Engineers. The local award, for institutional energy management of the year, recognizes the consistent achievements of an entire team and is presented to a public sector institution for outstanding accomplishments in developing, organizing, managing and implementing its comprehensive energy management program. Rockefeller’s win at the local level means it will now be entered to compete at the regional, and potentially national, levels.

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SDG&E Honors The City Of San Diego And Balboa Park

Source: Yahoo Finance

Tomorrow, at the 10th Annual Energy Showcase, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will recognize the City of San Diego, the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, and eight other municipal, school district, and business customers for their remarkable results in energy efficiency and conservation.

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PSEG Power Acquires Maryland Combined-Cycle Power Plant Project

Source: Yahoo Finance

PSEG Power, through its wholly-owned subsidiary PSEG Fossil, has acquired the 755-MW Keys Energy Center project from Genesis Power, LLC and an energy-focused private equity fund managed by Ares EIF Management, LLC. PSEG Power plans to rename the facility the PSEG Keys Energy Center (KEC).

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Georgia Power offers tips to save money as heat wave hits Georgia

Source: Yahoo Finance

 As sustained high temperatures in Georgia drive energy use up, Georgia Power is reminding customers that focusing on energy efficiency can help keep their homes cool and reduce the impact of the hot weather on power bills. As part of continued efforts to help customers save energy and money, the company has made it easy to find energy solutions and expertise at www.GeorgiaPower.com and is sharing tips and advice throughout the summer on Twitter using the hashtags #HotWeatherTip and #SaveEnergy.

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Energy Department Recognizes Denver Area Partners for Housing and Building Efficiency

Source: Energy.gov

As a part of the Administration’s effort to help cut energy waste, the Energy Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will recognize the Denver Housing Authority and the cities of Denver and Arvada, Colorado today for their leadership in the Better Buildings Challenge. Altogether, these organizations are cutting energy waste across 10 million square feet of commercial buildings, municipal facilities, and multifamily affordable housing facilities. This afternoon, Energy Department and city officials will join HUD Secretary Julián Castro on a tour of North Lincoln Homes before also viewing showcase projects in Denver and Arvada.

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Across the USA on One Tank of Non-Petroleum Fuel -- made possible by Neste's NEXBTL

Source: PR Newswire

A team of motorsport enthusiasts will drive from Atlantic Coast of Florida to the Pacific Coast of California on just one tank of renewable fuel in June 21-26, 2015. This is made possible by NEXBTL renewable fuel that is produced from bio-based raw materials by Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel.

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First City in the State of Minnesota to be 100 Percent Powered by Community Solar

Source: PR Newswire

After a historic vote last Monday, the city of Cologne signed a contract this morning to power up to 100 percent of its city facilities' energy needs from Community Solar.  The energy will be generated by over 2,700put solar panels in SunShare's solar gardens currently under development through the Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Community program.  This is enough energy to power about 140 homes for 25 years.

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National Grid Ranked Top Green Utility in the World

Source: Company 

This week National Grid landed the number one spot as a utility on Newsweek's Top Green Companies in the World 2015, ranking 29th overall.

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NextEra Energy Resources/Tompkins Cortland Comm. College complete on-campus solar power installation

Source: Yahoo Finance

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, through an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary, and Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), one of 64-member institutions of the State University of New York system, announced the completion of a 2.6 MW solar system on the main college campus in Dryden, New York. The system, installed on approximately 10 acres, is expected to meet 90 percent of the college's electricity needs.

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USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy

Source: Energy.Gov

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides financial assistance to establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a qualifying energy facility.

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The Ohio State University Wins Year One of North American EcoCAR 3 Competition

Source: Energy.Gov

The U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) announced The Ohio State University as the overall winning team for Year One of the EcoCAR 3  competition, a four-year collegiate engineering program that gives students the chance to design, build, and demonstrate cutting-edge, eco-friendly automotive technologies in the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

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Capstone Microturbines to Upgrade New York University Research Facility

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received two orders for C1000 microturbines for energy efficiency projects in New York City, New York. A single C1000 will be installed at a New York University research and learning facility while a second C1000 will replace the existing generators at the River Park Towers residential complex in the Bronx.

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LED Flat Panels Light Up Dental Surgery Room in Raleigh, North Carolina

Source: Company

The difference was "night and day" when the primary office for Nu Image: Surgical and Dental Implant Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, installed LEDtronics' LED Flat Panel Lights to replace their old-technology fluorescent tube lights in their parabolic troffers.

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Capstone Receives Groundbreaking C600 Order for New OATI Data Center in Minnesota

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for a 600-kilowatt microturbine system to be installed in the OATI data center and office facility currently under construction in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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Los Angeles Cities and County launch LA HERO PACE Program to help homeowners conserve water

Source: PR Newswire

Los Angeles County and 84 cities within have officially launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, which enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay them off through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over 5, 10, 15 or 20 years, and homeowners see immediate savings on electric and water utility bills.  The HERO Program was one of two administrators selected by Los Angeles County earlier this year through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Announces Small Business Advantage Grant Recipients

Source: PR Newswire

Governor Tom Wolf announced that nearly 140 businesses across Pennsylvania will soon install energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects by using Small Business Advantage Grants provided by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This year, DEP awarded more than $980,000 to 139 small businesses.

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SunEdison Brings 14 MW of Solar Power to Long Island as Part of New York State Initiative

Source: Yahoo Finance

SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE) the world's largest renewable energy development company, announced that it has signed agreements with five municipal entities on Long Island to build seven solar power plants totaling 14 megawatts (MW) DC.

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Energy Department Evaluates Potential for Wind Power in 50 States

Source: Energy.gov

 In support of the President’s all-of-the above energy strategy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the release of Enabling Wind Power Nationwide, a report showing how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment in all 50 states—made possible through the next-generation of larger wind turbines. Announced today at the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER Conference in Orlando, Enabling Wind Power Nationwide builds upon the recently released Wind Vision report, which quantifies the economic, social, and environmental benefits of a robust wind energy future.

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SunShot Announces Solar Start-Up Winners

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced the five winners of the first round of the SunShot Catalyst prize competition, which were chosen out of 17 finalist start-ups that demonstrated their solar energy software solutions before a packed house and a panel of judges in San Francisco on May 14. Winners received $30,000 each to help advance their early-stage solutions toward commercialization.

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Bank of America Issues $600M Green Bond

Source: Energy Manager Today
Bank of America has issued a green bond for $600 million to advance renewable energy and promote energy efficiency. This is the company’s second green bond. In November 2013, Bank of America issued its first green bond for $500 million.
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Florence County Government Partners with Pepco Energy to Implement Major Energy Reducing Improvement

Source: MarketWatch
Pepco Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. and a leader in energy savings performance contracting, announced that it has commenced implementation of an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Florence County, South Carolina. Under the contract, Pepco Energy will install over $6.6 million of energy efficiency improvements at thirty Florence County facilities that are guaranteed to save more than $432,000 annually and $7.6 million over the term, while also addressing critical infrastructure needs.
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Boston Was Just Named the Top City in the Country for Saving Energy. Here’s Why

Source: The Washington Post
It’s report card season — and not just for grade-school students. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published the 2015 edition of its biennial City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, ranking U.S. cities based on their local energy policies and initiatives. And for the second time in a row, Boston is top of the class.
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Noesis Is Bridging The Energy Efficiency Finance Gap

Source: Startup Hook Up
Energy efficiency is becoming a top priority for building owners, and companies. Businesses are quickly seeing the benefits of switching to more eco-friendly power solutions, and the reason for doing so is evident when checking the numbers.
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Los Angeles' Sustainable City pLAn Unveils Ambitious Goals to Improve Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Source: NRDC
Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled the first-ever Los Angeles Sustainable City pLAn. This comprehensive document outlines ambitious yet achievable goals and targets for Los Angeles on environmental, economic, and equity issues.
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ADI Energy Selected for $1.5 Billion Multiple Awardee ESPC Contract

Source: BusinessWire

ADI Energy, an energy services company headquartered in Smithfield, Rhode Island, today joined a prestigious list of Department of Defense contract holders. Fourteen businesses will share capacity on a $1.5 billion Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) for the design, construction and operation of energy savings projects to help military installations meet mandated energy savings goals.

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BioEnergy Hawaii partners with Ulupono Initiative for Energy Conversion System

Source: PR Newswire

BioEnergy Hawaii, LLC, (BEH) a designer, developer and operator of waste treatment and alternative energy systems, has partnered with impact investment firm Ulupono Initiative to finance a resource recovery facility planned for the west side of Hawaii Island.  

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Capstone Expands Presence in European Renewable Energy Market with Biogas-fueled Microturbines

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for a C1000 microturbine to upgrade an established solid waste treatment center in Tampere, Finland.

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Construction to Begin on Georgia Power Georgia 3x30 Solar Projects

Source: Company Georgia Power this started construction on new solar projects at Georgia Army bases Fort Gordon near Augusta and Fort Stewart near Savannah. At groundbreaking events at the bases Thursday and Friday, leadership from the company, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) and the General Services Administration (GSA) gathered with community leaders and others to tour the site and mark the beginning of development. (more)

ComEd and Schneider Electric Partner to Deploy Green Button Connect My Data

Source: Company ComEd is joining forces with Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, to deploy Green Button Connect My Data in northern Illinois. ComEd is among the first utilities to roll-out Green Button Connect My Data, which allows customers to authorize third-party service providers to receive direct access to their energy usage analytics via the Green Button functionality. (more)

FPL Recognized for Innovative Approach to Florida's Electric Grid

Source: Greentech Media Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has been named to the Grid Edge 20 - the top 20 companies in the nation that are transforming the energy industry - by Greentech Media. FPL was singled out for its industry-leading approach to the grid, using technology to better manage the electric system and deliver reliable service that ranks among the best in the nation. (more)

Georgia Power launches 2015/2016 ASI Distributed Generation program

Source: PR Newswire

Georgia Power has announced the launch of the 2015/2016 Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI) Distributed Generation (DG) program soliciting DG projects of varying sizes totaling 100 megawatts (MW). The company will acquire these solar resources using a combination of competitive bidding and fixed pricing.  Potential applicants/bidders are encouraged to visit the program website at https://gpcasidg.accionpower.com for a full description of available projects.

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Amerlux recognized by DOE for three NGL indoor solid-state lighting products at LightFair 2015

Source: PR Newswire

Amerlux® was honored for three commercial LED indoor lighting products during the eighth annual Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Solid-State Lighting Design Competition. MURRO LED Wall Wash, LINEA 1.5 Linear Direct/Indirect LED and FINO Ceiling LED received the awards for excellence and technological development, which were sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) at LightFair International. The NGL Awards were launched in 2008 to encourage technical innovation and promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for commercial, industrial, and institutional applications.

 

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Ecova’s Utility Division Delivers 108 TWh of Energy Savings

Source: Company

Ecova, the total energy and sustainability management company, today announced that in partnership with its utility clients, it has delivered 108 terawatt hours (TWh) of energy savings over the last eleven years?including nearly 19 TWh of savings in 2014. This lifetime savings of 108 TWh is equivalent to production from 20,500 wind turbines for one year, preventing 74 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere or providing over two years of total household electricity to New England. (more)

Michigan's Largest solar Panel Installation Taking Shape Outside Ann Arbor

Source: M Live DTE Energy is moving forward with a roughly 1.1-megawatt solar energy installation just outside the Ann Arbor city limits. (more)

Atlas Copco Launches ‘Two-in-One’ Coalescing Compressed Air Filters

Source: Company

Atlas Copco recently introduced UD+ coalescing compressed air filters available with capacities of 19 scfm to 16950 scfm, which combine two filtration processes into one product while reducing pressure drops by 40 percent. (more)

ComEd and Schneider Electric Partner to Deploy Green Button Connect My Data

Source: Yahoo Finance

ComEd is joining forces with Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, to deploy Green Button Connect My Data in northern Illinois. ComEd is among the first utilities to roll-out Green Button Connect My Data, which allows customers to authorize third-party service providers to receive direct access to their energy usage analytics via the Green Button functionality.

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Construction to begin on Georgia Power Georgia 3x30 solar projects

Source: Yahoo Finance

Georgia Power this week started construction on new solar projects at Georgia Army bases Fort Gordon near Augusta and Fort Stewart near Savannah. At groundbreaking events at the bases Thursday and Friday, leadership from the company, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) and the General Services Administration (GSA) gathered with community leaders and others to tour the site and mark the beginning of development.

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City of Riverside Demonstrates Environmental Leadership

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 execution of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the City of Riverside, California to install a 1.4 megawatt combined heat and power (CHP) Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R)) power plant at the Riverside Regional Water Quality Control Plant. The fuel cell power plant will convert biogas from the wastewater treatment process into a continuous supply of ultra-clean electricity to power the facility and two electric vehicle charging stations, as well as provide thermal energy for the water treatment process. The City of Riverside is forecasting cost savings under the PPA, paying only for power produced and advancing their sustainability initiatives. FuelCell Energy will install, operate and maintain the plant under a long-term service agreement for a term of 20 years. The plant is expected to be operational in 2016.

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Georgia Power marks signing of groundbreaking solar legislation into law

Source: Yahoo Finance

Georgia Power marked this week's signing of Georgia House Bill 57, or the Solar Power Free Market Financing Act, by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Over the past year, Georgia Power has worked with the bill's author, Representative Mike Dudgeon, other lawmakers, utilities and solar companies in the creation of the law which allows a lease transaction based on the performance of a solar installation.

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Energy Department Awards Nearly $10 Million for Efficient Lighting Development

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced nine research and development projects that will receive funding to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research, product development and U.S. manufacturing. 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 overall U.S. energy consumption and save consumers money.

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SunEdison Signs Agreement with Alameda County for Additional 3 MW of Solar

Source: Yahoo Finance

SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, announced that is has signed an agreement with the County of Alameda, Calif. to install 3 megawatts (MW) DC of solar systems as part of the second phase of the Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Program (R-REP). In the first phase of R-REP, SunEdison was awarded more than 18 MW DC of solar projects with 9 different Bay Area public agencies, including 11 MW with Alameda County . In this second phase of the R-REP, SunEdison was awarded all of the projects on which it bid.

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New Dimmable, UL-Listed LED Retrofit Kits for Direct Replacement of Existing Recessed Ceiling Downli

Source: Company

LEDtronics® Inc. announces its latest series of UL-Listed, dimmable, chip-on-board (COB) LED Recessed Ceiling Downlight Retrofit Kits. They directly replace 100 to 250-watt old-technology CFL, halogen and metal-halide downlights while using only 21, 25, 41 or 42 watts—a reduction of energy consumption of up to 75 percent! 

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A Crowdfunding Site Lets You Bring Energy Efficiency To Poor Neighborhoods

Source: Fast Company
Everyone knows that energy-retrofitting old buildings often makes economic sense. What a lot of people don't know is how to do it. While retrofits lead to savings on electric and heating bills, you still need to find upfront capital to pay for all the improvements.

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Southern Company taking energy innovation to new heights through the use of unmanned aerial systems

Source: Yahoo Finance

 As one of the first U.S. utilities to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to pilot unmanned aerial systems (UAS), the Southern Company system is seeking innovative ways to more safely and efficiently meet customers' energy needs using this emerging technology.

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Georgia Southern University Receives Georgia Peach Green Building Award

Source: Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University was granted the Georgia Peach Green Building Award by the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC) for the new Biological Sciences Building, which meets requirements of the Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System.

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Energy Department to Provide $75 Million for ‘Fuels from Sunlight’ Hub

Source: Energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $75 million in funding to renew the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub originally established in 2010 with the goal of harnessing solar energy for the production of fuel.  JCAP researchers are focused on achieving the major scientific breakthroughs needed to produce liquid transportation fuels from a combination of sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide, using artificial photosynthesis.

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High-Power, Wide-Beam LED Canopy Luminaires Reduce Lighting Costs

Source: Company

LEDtronics® Inc. announces its latest series of DLC, ETL-listed LED Canopy Lights with a choice of flat or prismatic drop lens for both indoor and outdoor applications. With energy savings of up to 75 percent, the wide-beam lamps come in two wattages: 49W for replacing up to 250W old-technology HID, or 89W for replacing up to 400W HID. 

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2G CENERGY announces new Management Team

Source: Company

To our customers, partners and friends,
We are very pleased to announce that 2G CENERGY Power Systems Technologies, Inc. has appointed a new management team for the American market. After recently increasing its share hold in 2G CENERGY Power Systems Technologies Inc. to 100%, the 2G group now takes the second step to strengthen the 2G brand in the Americas.

 

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EnerNOC and Tesla to Collaborate on Energy Storage

Source: Yahoo Finance 

EnerNOC, Inc. (ENOC), a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS), announced that it will collaborate with Tesla on the deployment and management of energy storage systems in commercial and industrial buildings. EnerNOC and Tesla will enable enterprises to monetize the batteries through demand charge management and demand response using EnerNOC's EIS. Initial collaboration will include select EnerNOC customers in California.

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UL-Listed LED Omni-directional Post Top Bulbs Provide up to 85% Energy Savings

Source: Company

LEDtronics® Inc. announces its newest series of UL-listed, omni-directional LED corn bulbs. The bulbs put out an impressive amount of light in all directions for their compact size, compared to the old-technology post tops that are larger and only illuminate 360 degrees around. They come in many different sizes, offering great versatility and an ideal solution for almost any lighting requirement. 

 

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PECO Credited with Supporting Nearly 10,000 Jobs and $4.5 Billion in Economic Impact Across PA

Source: Yahoo Finance

In 2014, PECO generated an estimated economic impact of approximately $4.5 billion, supported nearly 10,000 jobs and produced $760 million in labor income across Pennsylvania. The substantial impact of PECO’s operations is quantified in a new report, “Powering the Economy,” released today by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.

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Nedap introduces three ways to make lighting systems truly intelligent

Source: Company

At Lightfair International 2015 in New York Nedap will launch the Luxon wireless Activator. This product makes all kinds of luminaires (e.g. LED) truly intelligent and enables wireless dimming. It extends system functionality of lighting systems and maximizes energy savings.

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Energy Management for Healthcare is Expected to Exceed $2 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2024

Source: Navigant Research
A new report from Navigant Research examines the current state of the global market for healthcare energy management systems (EMSs) and technologies, including global market forecasts for revenue, segmented by offering type, building type, and region, through 2024.

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Con Edison Development Enters into Agreement to Procure GE Energy Storage System

Source: Company
GE announced it will supply Con Edison Development (CED) with an 8 MWh battery energy storage system in Central Valley, CA. The new storage solution will be utilizing GE's Mark VIe-based plant control system, Brilliance MW Inverters, and packaged lithium ion battery modules.

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Dominion Acquires Solar Facility In Georgia

Source: Company
Dominion announced the acquisition of a 20-megawatt solar facility in Georgia from HelioSage Energy. The facility is expected to enter service in 2015. The Richland Solar Center is located in Twiggs County near Jeffersonville, Ga. It has secured a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and interconnection agreements with Georgia Power. An engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contract has also been signed.

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Continental Control Systems Releases the Fast Power Option on the WattNode® Modbus for PV Production

Source: Company
Due to new requirements from utilities, Continental Control Systems has released a new firmware version for the Modbus Revenue energy meter providing for a Fast Power register reading which updates every 200 milliseconds. Option FP (Fast Power) supports utility feed-in limit requirements for those utilities that have limits on the AC power that may be fed into the grid by PV and wind inverters. In order to avoid exceeding utility limits, and to read the power and energy production from the inverter, revenue-grade kW / kWh meters are installed to monitor the power flowing to and from the grid. The inverter converts direct current to alternating current that syncs with the grid. Taking the readings directly from the meter, the smart-inverter monitors the output of the meter and adjusts the generated power going to the grid to control line voltage accordingly.

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Innovative MTA Free-Cooling Chiller Systems

Source: Chiller & Cooling Best Practices® Magazine
MTA’s John Medeiros and Don Joyce have built a strong chiller business in the U.S. and interestingly have trained many “air compressor people” to “turn off the blinders” and look for chiller applications with their clients. Don has written an excellent article on the energy-efficiency benefits of free-cooling and featured installations carried out by Bob Copell of Scales Industrial Technologies.

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Seattle City Light Testing Self-Healing Power Lines

Source: Company
Seattle City Light will test automated switching technology in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park that is designed to speed the restoration of service when a power line is damaged.

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Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

Source: gov.ca
Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.
 

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SunEdison Partners With The City of Long Beach To Provide 2.5 Megawatts Of Solar Power

Source: Company
SunEdison, Inc, the world's largest renewable energy development company, today announced an agreement to develop and install four solar power plants for the City of Long Beach, delivering a combined 2.5 megawatts of solar energy. SunEdison has added the plants to the call right list of TerraForm Power, Inc., a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants. "It's a genuine pleasure to partner with the City of Long Beach," said Rafael Dobrzynski, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Distributed Generation at SunEdison North America. "The City has a compelling vision for a sustainable economy, and with solar they can save money, save water, and cut down on pollution. And with a SunEdison fixed-price power purchase agreement, they can lock in energy savings without a penny up-front."

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U.S. Army Selects Eaton to Help Automate, Optimize and Secure Global Power Delivery Systems

Source: Company
Power management company Eaton announced it was contracted by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to help upgrade utility monitoring and control systems at U.S. government-operated facilities around the world. Eaton is one of 13 companies to receive the $2.5 billion shared capacity multiple award task order contract.

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Wolf: Let's make PA 'fertile ground' for energy biz

Source: Philly.com
Pennsylvania's new governor pitched the state to the energy industry Tuesday morning during a conference at the Convention Center.

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GDF SUEZ Energy Resources Powers Globalcon Conference & Expo with Renewable Energy Certificates

Source: Company
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, a leader in U.S. retail energy, is continuing its support of the Association of Energy Engineers' (AEE) commitment to sustainable development by supplying renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the 2015 Globalcon Conference & Expo.  The event was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. This is the sixth consecutive year the retail electricity provider will supply a quantity of certificates, which will be Green-e® Energy Certified, targeted to match the electricity that will be consumed during the conference and expo.  A Green-e® Certified REC represents the environmental attributes of electricity generated from wind, solar, or other renewable generation facilities that meet certain vintage and production standards.

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Energy Performance Agreements

Source: Company
“Energy Efficiency" offers big return$ for investors by lowering utility bills and heightening building performance and productivity. It also shows the companys' commitment to "Green Alternatives" that the companys' employees, customers and community will all appreciate. As more and more businesses prioritize the search for new energy solutions, innovative financing is often required to make the vision of energy efficiency a reality. Energy Performance Agreements (EPA) puts energy efficiency within the reach of organizations of any size.

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Solar Panels Coming to Washington County Landfills

Source: Your4State.com
Washington County has partnered with EPG Solar to lease over 100 acres of land at the Forty West landfill and other sites across the county. The public-private partnership will generate revenue and savings for the county. “The county will receive $375,000 in rent and other revenues from the project," said Julie Pippel, director of environmental management. "Additionally, the county will see savings in our electrical costs that can result up to $100,000 a year."
 

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Schneider Electric, Autodesk Partner to Make Buildings More Energy Efficient

Source: BEPA
Schneider Electric and Autodesk Inc. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which the two companies will collaborate to enhance current practices for building lifecycle management based on Building Information Modeling (BIM).
 

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Starwood and NRG Energy Bring Sustainable Luxury to The Phoenician

Source: Company
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) in partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), through its wholly-owned subsidiary NRG Renew, today unveiled its first project to integrate clean sustainable energy at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection resort. Featuring approximately 2,000 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, the 568 kilowatt (kWdc) solar installation will offset a portion of The Phoenician resort’s energy demand – an amount equivalent to the energy needs of approximately 90 homes

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Freeman Achieves LEED Silver Certification

Source: Company
The Freeman Company, the leading global partner for integrated marketing solutions for live engagements, today announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED® Silver Certification in the Building Design and Construction rating system for New Construction to the Freeman Chicago Facility. Freeman is the first general contractor in the event industry to achieve this status for new construction using sustainable design and construction methods.

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Tokyo Aims to Quadruple Solar Power Generation Capacity by 2024

Source: Manichi
The Tokyo metropolitan government has set a goal of quadrupling solar power generation capacity in the capital to 1 million kilowatts by 2024, installing solar panels on the rooftops of buildings including houses and schools, said officials.

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

Source: PECI



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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Forbes - Energy . . . 

Conventional Oil E&P -- Where's the Love?  
The story of the US domestic oil patch over the past 14 years has been squarely focused on unconventionals—Barnett Shale, Fayetteville, Woodford, Haynesville, Bakken, Eagle Ford, Mississippian Lime, Niobrara. As we all know, drilling results from these plays have catapulted the US into the position of being the largest gas producer in the world and the largest oil producer in the world (if we included NGLs).

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:15:00 GMT

FreeWire Goes After Diesel Generator Market With Mobile Batteries  
They are the noisiest, most annoying things about shooting a film on location.

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:56:00 GMT

There's An Inconvenient Hole in the Climate Forecasting Map  
England’s lead scientific adviser warned recently that increased demand for water and energy, and a warmer world, may combine to create a 'perfect storm' of "public unrest, cross-border conflicts and mass migration by 2030", with developing regions hardest hit: "there's not going to be a complete collapse, but things will start getting really worrying if we don't tackle these problems," he noted.  Doesn't this sound familiar?  In large parts of the Middle East and Africa things are much worse than worrying.

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:24:00 GMT

This Company Wants To Recycle Carbon Dioxide From The Atmosphere  

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A pellet reactor helps pull carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into a pure co2 stream inside Carbon Engineering's plant in Squamish, British Columbia. Photo Credit: Carbon Engineering We recycle cans, we recycle clothes, yes, we even recycle bras and old prosthetic limbs. But what if you could recycle some of

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21:17:00 GMT

Compliance Strategies for Satisfying Clean Power Plan Requirements  
By Matt Drews

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:37:00 GMT

Oil Prices Will Fall Further But Futures Look Undervalued  
The past two weeks have been pretty significant in terms of the general direction of oil futures benchmarks. As the market grappled with the Iranian nuclear settlement, Greece’s debt woes, seemingly lower Chinese demand and oversupply permutations, the International Energy Agency opined that oil prices were likely to go lower.

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:58:00 GMT

Electric Car Prospects Stall, Awaiting Promised Battery Improvements  
As investors start to lose faith in Tesla Motors and its battery-powered future, some of the more brazen claims for electric cars generally are starting to look a bit ambitious.

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:17:00 GMT

US Missed An Opportunity To Cut Carbon At Lower Cost  
The United States missed an opportunity to fuel its renewables revolution at a much lower cost, John Rowe, former CEO and chairman emeritus of Exelon, said in Chicago Wednesday.

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:22:17 GMT

America's New Manufacturing Boomtowns  


Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:15:00 GMT

The Cities Leading A U.S. Manufacturing Revival  
The Rust Belt is resurgent, with Detroit leading a trio of Michigan metro areas that are creating the most new manufacturing jobs. But employment data also show a shift in U.S. industry to smaller cities and suburban areas.

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:15:00 GMT

What Utilities Want To See From Energy Entrepreneurs  
Energy startups can increase their chance of success by ensuring they offer a profit incentive to utilities, John Rowe, former CEO and chairman emeritus of Exelon said Wednesday in Chicago.

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:38:00 GMT

US Missed An Opportunity To Cut Carbon At Lower Cost  
The United States missed an opportunity to fuel its renewables revolution at a much lower cost, John Rowe, former CEO and chairman emeritus of Exelon, said in Chicago Wednesday.

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:38:00 GMT

U.S. Winning Oil War Against Saudi Arabia  
OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, initiated an economic oil war against the United States last year in an attempt to drive U.S. shale oil producers bankrupt and stem the flow of North American shale oil onto the global market. It hasn’t quite worked out the way they wanted, and inadvertently made the U.S. shale oil industry leaner and meaner. Oil prices will remain reasonably low at somewhere around $70/bbl, and natural gas prices quite low at about $3.75 per mmcf, for many years. This is good for the American consumer, if possibly bad for the environment.

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:22:33 GMT

Nuclear Almost As Good As Solar, Says Report Prepared For Nuclear Group  
Nuclear power helps lower the selling price of electricity, according to a recent report prepared for a nuclear advocacy organization, but it seems to fall short of renewables on the same score.

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:04:00 GMT

Where the World's Oil Will Come From  


Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:50:00 GMT

U.S. Winning Oil War Against Saudi Arabia  
OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, initiated an economic oil war against the United States last year in an attempt to drive U.S. shale oil producers bankrupt and stem the flow of North American shale oil onto the global market. It hasn’t quite worked out the way they wanted, and inadvertently made the U.S. shale oil industry leaner and meaner. Oil prices will remain reasonably low at somewhere around $70/bbl, and natural gas prices quite low at about $3.75 per mmcf, for many years. This is good for the American consumer, if possibly bad for the environment.

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:50:00 GMT

Tesla's Latest Big Advance Will Change The World (Of The Super Rich)  
The disconnect between the publicity for the Tesla and the supposed goals continues to widen, with the announcement of a “Ludicrous” upgrade that will allow the Tesla P85D to go from 0 to 60 in only 2.8 seconds. One car writer summarized the impact: “Gasoline-powered cars are toast. They are

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:49:51 GMT

This Time Is Different: Chesapeake Energy Scraps Dividend Amid Oil And Gas Plunge  
Shale oil and gas driller Chesapeake Energy is scrapping its common stock dividend in order to maintain capital expenditure amid a sharp slump in energy prices. The move, which goes in the opposite direction of ConocoPhillips's decision last week to pare back capex and protect its dividend, is being called a "bold decision" by analysts and may minimize risks the asset-rich company falls into a liquidity crunch.

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:56:00 GMT

GE's Roland Menassa: When Robots Help People Do Their Jobs Better, Manufacturing Wins  
There are few companies more linked to the drive for continuous innovation than GE and few executives more knowledgeable about robots in manufacturing than GE’s Roland Menassa. I recently talked with Roland about his vision for a workforce that puts robots to work to help people do their jobs better and how his team is working on that model for GE

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:14:00 GMT

Tesla's Latest Big Advance Will Change The World (Of The Super Rich)  
The disconnect between the publicity for the Tesla and the supposed goals continues to widen, with the announcement of a “Ludicrous” upgrade that will allow the Tesla P85D to go from 0 to 60 in only 2.8 seconds. One car writer summarized the impact: “Gasoline-powered cars are toast. They are over, finito, kaput, the walking dead who have not yet realized they are goners.”

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:30:00 GMT

Who Gets Bought Next In Solar After Vivint?  
SunEdison’s proposed purchase of residential solar installer Vivint Solar for $2.2 billion probably has three immediate lessons:

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:42:00 GMT

Can London Build The Cleanest Transport System? New Double-Decker Buses Go Electric  
London’s iconic double-decker buses are going 100% electric -- thanks to a Chinese manufacturer. While the Chinese might have a bad reputation for producing pollution, not energy-efficient solutions, China actually ranks third in the world (behind the U.S. and Japan) with over 80,000 plug-in electric cars sold since 2008, according to the International Energy Agency.  Shenzhen-based manufacturer of automobiles and batteries, BYD designed and manufactured the new zero-emission double-decker buses for London. The company has been getting international attention for its desire to “do good.” In fact, the company name is short for “Build Your Dreams.” And in 2010, Bloomberg BusinessWeek listed BYD as the eighth most innovative company in the world (ahead of Ford).

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:09:00 GMT

SunEdison Buys Vivint To Overcome Weakness In Residential Solar  
SunEdison is trying to overcome a weakness in its service lineup by spending $2.2 billion to buy Vivint Solar, one of the largest residential installer in the country.

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:45:00 GMT

European Union & Eurozone Appetite for Imported Hydrocarbons; Greek & Iranian Effects  
The outcome of ongoing Greek and Iranian negotiations will affect the future of European Union (EU) and its Eurozone subset hydrocarbon consumption as well as the national origin of imported raw and refined products.

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:30:00 GMT

Hive: Planning To Turn The Hum Of Thousands Of Smart Meters Into A Supercomputer Platform  
Hive Computing plans to utilize all of the spare capacity on smart meters to create an affordable supercomputer.

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:09:00 GMT

Taiwan's Eco-Friendly Islet In Troubled South China Sea: Someone Big Is Watching  
Taiwan claims most of the South China Sea but doesn’t get much respect for it. That’s because China also claims the sea, likewise sovereignty over Taiwan. China has more diplomatic allies and a bigger economy. It uses both to ask that other countries ignore Taiwan. Given China’s size, it’s naturally the center of unwelcome attention as well for landfilling atolls and positioning oil rigs in the hotly contested ocean. Vietnam, another aggressive resource seeker with its own landfilling projects, clashed with China last year. The Philippines, which is backed by China’s worst fear the United States, has taken it to a U.N. court. With such a full Risk board, the big players can handily ignore a quiet, unaggressive sideline rival.

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 01:30:00 GMT

Shale Gas: Making Money On Every Well, Losing It At The Company Level  
Many shale gas companies ran up high debts buying leases or drilling wells when costs were high, and now find they make money before interest expense, but lose it afterwards. The implication is that while a number of drillers, and especially the smaller ones with high debt levels, will be forced to sell off assets and even go bankrupt, the bigger, more cash-flush firms will continue to drill, make money, and produce ample gas supplies.

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:34:05 GMT

Why Tesla Rolls Out Better EV Batteries, 'Ludicrous Mode'  
Tesla Motors is offering three upgrades to its Model S, changes that also will also improve the performance of the yet-to-be-launched Model X, said CEO Elon Musk today.

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:26:00 GMT

The World's Biggest Oil Companies  


Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:16:00 GMT

Chesapeake Energy Mum On Dividend As Oil Slide Pressures Producers  
Shale oil and gas drilling giant Chesapeake Energy appears to be in the process of quietly skipping its quarterly dividend, as energy producers continue to adjust their capital spending plans and returns of cash to shareholders amid a sharp drop in oil prices that's put the commodity at around $50 a barrel.

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:16:00 GMT



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