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NG Advantage Achieves Another First with Hexagon Lincoln’s Ultra-High Capacity TITAN® XL Trailer

Source: Company

NG Advantage LLC, which is majority-owned by Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE), announced that it is the first virtual pipeline operator in the United States to use TITAN® XL trailers to deliver the benefits of compressed natural gas (CNG) to industrial and commercial customers located beyond the reach of pipelines. Built by Hexagon Lincoln in Lincoln, NE, the new XL trailers contain carbon fiber tubes that hold 45% more CNG than previous models.

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Demand response programs can reduce utilities' peak demand

Source: ACEEE

Demand response and energy efficiency programs are complementary: energy efficiency reduces both energy use and peak demand while demand response provides additional peak demand reductions. In this blog, we use data to illustrate the importance of each, including some new data on actual savings from demand response programs. 

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CONED, INC. CREATES ‘CON EDISON CLEAN ENERGY BUSINESSES, INC.

Source: Company

Consolidated Edison, Inc. has created a new holding company, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc., that brings together its three existing corporations active in America’s competitive energy marketplace: Con Edison Solutions, Con Edison Development and Con Edison Energy.

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Federal Data Center Energy Efficiency Bill Could Save $5 Billion

Source: Energy Manager Today
A new bill (HR 306) introduced by U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA-District 18) and passed unanimously by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in January proposes a set of energy efficiency standards directed at federal data centers designed to save as much as $5 billion in energy costs by 2020.

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Bractlet Earns Top Product of the Year Award From Energy Manager Today

Source: Company
Bractlet, a provider of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) energy analytics platform powered by simulation models, announced that its Energy to Profits™ software received a Top Product of the Year Award from the Energy Manager Today Awards. The award signifies that judges considered Bractlet's platform an exemplary product.

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Solar Accounts for 1 in 50 New U.S. Jobs in 2016

Source: The Solar Foundation
The American solar workforce grew at a historic pace in 2016, a year when one out of every fifty new U.S. jobs was in the solar industry, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2016, the seventh annual report on solar employment issued by The Solar Foundation.

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National Grid Offers MA & RI Business Customers New Program to Boost Energy Savings

Source: Company
National Grid's electricity business customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island can now earn up to $3,500 and become more energy efficient by participating in an innovative pilot the company launched in late January. The two-year program could save enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes -- roughly the size of the town of Medford, Mass. or East Providence, RI .

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Atlanta Solar Company Completes Project on Jimmy Carter Land

Source: Company
SolAmerica Energy, an Atlanta solar company, plans to announce completion of a project in former President Jimmy Carter's hometown. SolAmerica Energy officials say the project was built on 10 acres of farmland that Carter owns and leased to the company. Carter, who is 92, is set to attend an event marking the project's completion.

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Demand from the Electric Vehicles Market Pushes Alternative Fuel and Energy

Source: Company
A research report published by Allied Market Research indicates that Global Alternative Fuel and Hybrid Vehicle Market is expected to garner $614 billion by 2022, registering a CAGR of 12.9% during the forecast period 2016-2022. Alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles (AFHVs) run on fuels other than conventional fuels such as gasoline and diesel. The report indicates that the rapid decrease in oil reserves have fueled the adoption of AFHVs across the globe. A major factor in the increasing popularity of such vehicles is that they are environmentally friendly. AFHV produce much less carbon related compounds, such as oxides of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur, which make them an eco-friendly alternative in the automobile industry. Electric vehicles use electricity as their power source stored in vehicular batteries and are capable of recharging at charging outlets, private or public. Greenkraft Inc. (OTC: GKIT), Ballard Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: BLDP), Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), Amyris Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRS), UQM Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UQM)

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GridPoint's Smart Building Solution Earns Top Product of the Year Award from Energy Manager Today

Source: Company
GridPoint, a smart buildings technology leader that helps customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend, and proactively manage day-to-day operations, announced that it has received a Top Product of the Year Award from Energy Manager Today.

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Evaporcool Solutions’ Contract Approved by the California Public Utilities Commission

Source: Company

Evaporcool Solutions (Evaporcool), in partnership with NRG Energy, was awarded a contract for the Local Capacity Requirement (LCR) Preferred Resource Program. The LCR Preferred Resource Program is a long-term plan to enhance electric grid reliability by developing portfolios of new, clean energy resources by 2022 in Southern California.

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Water Notes

Source: Shirley J. Hansen

Every industry seems to have its share of pontificators and doers. No question, we need both. Sometimes, if we are lucky, we get a blend of pontificators that have some “doer” in their DNA and they get in there and make things happen. But in the field, are the doers. They get their hands dirty. In the energy shortage era, one group of doers that stepped up to the plate was energy service companies (ESCOs). They not only identified energy efficiency opportunities, but they put their money where their mouths were and guaranteed the savings. Through the years, ESCOs increasingly did water efficiency measures and some did exclusive water efficiency packages. They were, and are, called WASHCOs.

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Just Energy Announces Partnership with Skydrop

Source; Yahoo Finance 

 Just Energy is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Skydrop, an innovative, industry-leading manufacturer of digital, self-regulating smart home irrigation systems. With this partnership, Just Energy gains best-in-class technology and service, and exclusivity in the retail energy space to broaden its suite of home energy efficiency products for residential consumers.

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South San Francisco USD Celebrates High Efficiency LED Stadium Lighting Installation at High school

Source: PR Newswire

South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) held a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday to celebrate the brand new stadium lighting being installed at El Camino High School. The makeover taking place on the athletic field is just one key part of a comprehensive, district-wide program enhancing the District's sustainability profile as well as linking technical facility upgrades to STEM initiatives across grade levels. A large crowd including District Leadership, local elected officials, 25 student athletes representing a wide array of El Camino sports teams, and community members gathered to commemorate the beginning of this new chapter of energy work happening across campuses.

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Altus Power to Provide Clean Energy to Town of Framingham, MA

Source: PR Newswire

Altus Power America, Inc. ("Altus Power") is proud to announce the completion of a 1,672 kW rooftop-mounted solar energy system in Framingham, Massachusetts.  The solar system is sited on the rooftops of the Shoppers World complex, a large retail shopping center owned by DDR Corp. ("DDR").  The Shoppers World solar system will provide energy savings, through solar net metering credits, to the Town of Framingham, Massachusetts, an early supporter of the project.  In the first year of operation, the system is estimated to produce 2,133,000 kWh of electricity, which will offset approximately 1,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to emissions from consuming 169,000 gallons of gasoline.

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ReneSola Provides EPC Service for 32MW of Solar Rooftop Projects in China

Source: PR Newswire

ReneSola Ltd ("ReneSola") (www.renesola.com) (NYSE: SOL), a leading fully-integrated solar project developer and provider of energy-efficient products, today announced that it will provide EPC service for solar rooftop projects in Shandong, Anhui and Zhejiang Provinces with a combined capacity of 32 MW.

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BlueRock Solar Joins Forces with Renovus Solar to Install Community Solar Project

Source: Company
BlueRock Solar, a subsidiary of BlueRock Energy, the premier provider of utility products and services, today announced a joint venture with Ithaca-based Renovus Solar, on a new community solar project in Millport, New York.  BlueRock and Renovus, will be installing 2,054 solar panels across three and a half acres to bring affordable, clean energy options to NYSEG delivery customers in the Southern Tier and Central New York. 

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GridPoint Partners with SMUD to Deliver Energy Solutions for Small, Medium Business

Source: Company
GridPoint announced a partnership with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), an electric service provider based in Sacramento, CA, to deliver a new Energy Management Solutions (EMS) program to small and medium-sized commercial utility customers. SMUD customers that implement the program will gain automated management of their energy consumption through on-site hardware, cloud-based tools and analytics. The EMS technology provides critical insights into equipment health and performance so that customers can better control HVAC and lighting schedules, and troubleshoot equipment issues remotely. Supplementary, the solution collects and displays data in real-time enabling utility customers to learn more about their energy patterns and adapt operations to maximize savings.

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DOE Releases Enhanced Database Tool for Renewables and Energy Efficiency Incentives

Source: www.energy.gov

Operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University and funded by the Department of Energy, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency® (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.

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Energy Department Introduces New Financing Navigator for Energy Efficiency Projects

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative introduced a new, web-based financing navigator to help private and public sector organizations discover financing solutions for energy efficiency projects that meet their unique needs. Through the Better Buildings Financing Navigator, building owners, facility and energy managers, and other decision-makers can connect with financiers, including banks and financial institutions, to pursue energy-saving measures.

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Utilidata to Deliver Energy Savings for Vectren Customers in Indiana

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Utilidata, Inc. announced a partnership with Vectren that will help the utility company deliver energy savings to Indiana customers and reduce the need to build additional generation resources. Vectren will install Utilidata’s AdaptiVolt™ technology on parts of the electric system in Evansville, Indiana, as part of a conservation voltage reduction pilot program that will enable the utility to capture energy savings from the electric grid without requiring any action from customers.

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PACE Equity Develops & Funds First New Construction PACE Project in Colorado

Source: Company 

PACE Equity, the leading project developer and funder of CPACE (Commercial PACE) projects on a national basis, announces the PACE funding a new construction multi-family development in the Sloans Lake section of Denver. The project represents several exciting & major milestones for PACE in Colorado, including:


First Colorado New Construction Project
First Project in Denver
Largest PACE project in Colorado

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Park City To Debut Proterra® Electric Express Bus At Sundance Film Festival

Source: PR Newswire 

Park City Transit and Proterra, the leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, announced that Park City Transit will operate a zero-emission Proterra Catalyst® shuttle during the 33rd edition of the Sundance Film Festival, Thurs., Jan. 19-Sun., Jan. 29, 2017.

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Cox Enterprises Celebrates a Decade of Sustainability

Source: PR Newswire

Cox Enterprises is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Cox Conserves, the company's national sustainability program. In 2007, Cox formalized its commitment to sustainability with a goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2017 and launched a program to engage the company's employees and community partners.

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'Alectra' Unveiled as New Electric Utility to Serve Nearly One Million GTHA Customers

Source: www.marketwired.com

An electric utility that will serve nearly one million customers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area will be known as Alectra.

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DENVER IS THE LATEST CITY TO REQUIRE ENERGY BENCHMARKS

Source: www.energywatchnews.com

The Denver City Council unanimously passed an ordinance in the latter stages of December 2016 designed to reduce energy use in the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by requiring energy benchmarking and transparency in multi-family and commercial buildings

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Skyco Skylights Industrial Skylight Receives Internationally Renowned FM Approval

Source: Company

Skyco Skylights, the leader in industrial and custom skylights, can now add Factory Mutual FM Approval to its line of 4x8 industrial skylight. 

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Applications Now Available for BGE Scholarships

Source: Yahoo Finance

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) announced that applications for the BGE Scholars Award are now available online through April 1. The nine new scholarships are part of BGE’s legacy gifts that marked the company’s 200th anniversary last year. Central Scholarship, a Baltimore-based nonprofit, is administering the scholarship program on BGE’s behalf.

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Covestro female engineer named to exclusive Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Source: PR Newswire 

Paige Kassalen, market analyst at Covestro LLC, is one of 600 individuals selected from a pool of more than 15,000 nominees to be named a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017. Kassalen was named to the Energy list in recognition of her role on the Solar Impulse ground crew.

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Source: PR Newswire

 As part of the company's renewable growth strategy, Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power announced the acquisition of the 276-megawatt (MW) Bethel Wind Energy Center in Texas from Invenergy Services LLC.

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GameChange Solar Signs Strategic Supply Agreement with Leading United States Steel Producer

Source: PR Newswire 

GameChange Solar announced that it has signed a strategic supply agreement with one of the largest steel producers in the United States. This long term agreement for high grade galvanized steel provides GameChange Solar with a steady supply of domestically produced steel from one of the largest steel producers in the United States, helping GameChange to meet its growing need for material to service its customers in the rapidly expanding solar industry.

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Sunnova Expands Zero-Money-Down Solar Ownership Program

Source: PR Newswire

Sunnova, a market leader in residential solar services, announced the expansion of its EZ Own Loan, allowing homeowners to own their solar power system with no out-of-pocket expenses for down payments or maintenance. 

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NREL Pioneers Better Way to Make Renewable Hydrogen

Source: NREL
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a method which boosts the longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices. Using a photoelectrochemical (PEC) device is a promising way to produce hydrogen. A PEC cell absorbs sunlight and converts that energy into hydrogen and oxygen by splitting water molecules. Unfortunately, high efficiency devices developed to date quickly degrade in the acidic solution to which the cell is exposed. The challenge of making a more durable cell must be overcome before renewable hydrogen from PEC devices can become commercially viable.

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Southern Company Subsidiary Announces Strategic Wind Development Agreement

Source: Company
As part of the company's renewable development strategy, Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power announced a joint development agreement with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES) to develop and construct approximately 3,000 megawatts (MW) across 10 projects with commercial operation dates between 2018 and 2020. Additionally, Southern Power has signed agreements to purchase wind turbine equipment from both Siemens and Vestas for use at the facilities.

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UGI Gas Division Launches Energy Efficiency/Conservation Program

Source: Company
UGI’s Gas Division announced the formal launch of the company’s comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Program. The UGI program provides financial incentives and information that encourage consumers to reduce energy consumption and costs.

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Even With Lower Energy Prices, Corporations Are Focusing On Efficiency & Sustainability

Source: Company
Even without soaring energy prices as a primary motivator, global corporations -- and more specifically their real estate departments -- are increasingly focused on achieving a state of zero net energy (ZNE), according to a report from CoreNet Global, The Bigger Picture: The Future of Corporate Real Estate.

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China to Invest £292bn in Renewable Power by 2020

Source: The Guardian
China will plough 2.5tn yuan (£292bn) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country’s energy agency has said, as the world’s largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels.

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8 States That Made 2016 a Huge Year for Clean Energy

Source: ecowatch.com
With the Clean Power Plan's future up in the air and concerns about how science might fare given the recent election results, some may think 2016 wasn't a great year for clean energy. However, lots of great state level policies were passed—some with bipartisan support—and there's even some good news on the national front. Looking back at the last year I see a lot of clear signs that the clean energy transition is moving forward in the U.S.

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Google Says It Will Reach 100 Percent Renewable Energy in 2017

Source: BEPA News
Tech giants are jockeying to be the first to hit a 100 percent renewable energy goal. Google, which has invested in solar and wind energy for a decade, intends to get there by 2017. Google’s data centres and the offices for its 60,000 staff will be powered entirely by renewable energy from next year, in what the company has called a “landmark moment”.

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Energy Department Announces Universities to Lead Industrial Assessment Centers Program

Source: EERE
The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced nearly $35 million, subject to appropriations, for 28 higher education institutions from 25 states across the country to set up and operate regional Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs). The centers will provide site-specific recommendations to small manufacturers with opportunities to improve productivity, secure information, reduce waste, and lower energy costs while providing training for undergraduate and graduate engineering students in manufacturing processes, energy assessment procedures, and energy management systems.

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PECO Delivers $7 Million in Electric Enhancements at Philadelphia International Airport

Source: Company
As part of PECO’s ongoing commitment to deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy for customers, the company recently completed a significant electric enhancement project at the Philadelphia International Airport. The $7 million project included replacement of a 13-kilovolt (kV) underground electric cable to further enhance service reliability. More than five miles of new cable was installed and 15 new manholes were constructed as part of this work to enhance the local power grid. In addition to improving system reliability, this work is part of a multi-phase plan that will support the airport.

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Open Therapeutics LLC Buys Majority Stake of Pilus Energy Subsidiary from Tauriga Sciences, Inc.

Source: Yahoo Finance

Open Therapeutics™ has purchased an 80 percent majority stake in Tauriga Sciences, Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Pilus Energy LLC, according to Jerome Hamilton, CEO of Open Therapeutics. Tauriga Sciences, Inc. is engaged in building businesses in the life sciences space. Following its acquisition, Open Therapeutics plans to continue the development of Pilus Energy’s proprietary technology with the goal of commercialization, says Hamilton. The technology involves removing bacteria from water and converting the bacteria into energy. Hamilton says that Open Therapeutics is looking at the agreement with Tauriga as a means of creating the potential for Pilus Energy to become successful in commercializing its technology:

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PRESIDENTIAL PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING CHALLENGE: PERFORMANCE TOWARD NEW $4 BILLION GOAL

Source: www.energy.gov

May 9, 2014, the president announced an additional $2 billion goal in federal energy-efficiency upgrades to federal buildings through 2016. This goal, in combination with the initial commitment of $2 billion in 2011, will result in a total of $4 billion in energy-efficiency performance contracts in the federal sector through 2016.

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EIA's AEO2017 projects the United States as a net energy exporter in most cases

Source: Company 

Annual Energy Outlook 2017 (AEO2017), released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2050 based on eight cases (Reference, Low and High Economic Growth, Low and High Oil Price, Low and High Oil and Gas Resource and Technology, No Clean Power Plan implementation). This is the first time that EIA is publishing projections through 2050 in the AEO tables.

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AMO Releases Draft of Multi-Year Program Plan

Source: www.energy.gov

The Office of Energy and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) posted a draft of its Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) for public feedback and comment. This MYPP is intended for use as a guide for AMO, as well as a resource to help communicate its priorities to stakeholders and the public. The document includes an overview of the structure of the AMO office, and a newly defined mission statement and goals. In addition, the MYPP identifies the technology, outreach, and crosscutting activities the Office plans to focus on over the next five years.

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Year in Review: The Coolest Clean Energy Stories of 2016

Source: www.energy.gov

Time flies when you’re having fun—and when you’re in the midst of a clean energy revolution. As 2016 comes to a close, let’s take a look at the most popular clean energy blog posts over the past year.

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• AMO Selects 28 Colleges and Universities to Open Industrial Assessment Centers

Source: www.energy.gov

The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced nearly $35 million, subject to appropriations, for 28 higher education institutions from 25 states across the country to set up and operate regional Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs). The centers will provide site-specific recommendations to small manufacturers with opportunities to improve productivity, secure information, reduce waste, and lower energy costs while providing training for undergraduate and graduate engineering students in manufacturing processes, energy assessment procedures, and energy management systems.

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U.S. oil and natural gas proved reserves decrease in 2015 due to lower prices

Source: eia

U.S. crude oil proved reserves declined 4.7 billion barrels (11.8%) from their year-end 2014 level to 35.2 billion barrels at year-end 2015, according to U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, Year-end 2015, released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). U.S. natural gas proved reserves decreased 64.5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), a 16.6% decline, reducing the U.S. total to 324.3 Tcf at year-end 2015.

 

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FEMP Announces $3 Million in Funding to Accelerate Clean Energy Advancement at Federal Facilities

Source: www.energy.gov

On May 26, 2016, FEMP issued a FOA on the EERE Exchange titled Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies 2016.

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An Historic Achievement - National Grid Customers Are the First in the U.S. to Receive Offshore Wind

Source: Company
After just 11 months of construction on its “sea2shore: The Renewable Link” project, National Grid announced that it is now officially delivering electricity generated by the offshore Block Island Wind Farm to the electricity grid in Rhode Island and to customers – a first-in-the-nation milestone.    

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Are We About to See "Zero Energy" Schools Go Mainstream?

Source: www.energy.gov 

Several pioneering school districts have joined our Accelerator program

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Honeywell and Sparks Dynamics Collaborate on Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) Solutions

Source: Company
Honeywell’s capabilities in data consolidation, cyber and software development combined with Sparks Dynamics’ deep domain knowledge will allow the expansion of a robust IIoT ecosystem that will help customers solve previously unsolvable problems.

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NYS Leads Again: More Local Action on Climate Change

Source: NRDC
New York’s recently launched $5 million clean energy competition will spur additional renewables, energy efficiency and clean transportation programs and projects in several of New York’s largest cities. This new initiative of the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest public power provider, demonstrates New York’s continued leadership on climate change and also highlights the increasingly important role localities play in tackling this tremendous challenge.

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Ameresco Completes 5.3 MW Solar Project -the Largest Distributed, Multi-site Project in Tennessee

Source: Company
Knox County officials and Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced today the completion of a $12.45 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC). In the spring of 2015, Ameresco was selected by Knox County to install more than 5 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic systems on the rooftops of 11 schools plus the Knox County Central Building, and ground-mount solar arrays at the Detention and Juvenile Justice Facilities. The project, recently completed, is expected to provide more than $29 million in energy savings to the County, as well as generating an aggregate approximately $14 million in positive bottom-line cash flow for the County over the next 30 years.    

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Melink Develops Vast Solar Farm for NC Country Club

Source: Company
Melink Corporation has completed development of a 5.25 megawatt solar farm in the Charlotte, North Carolina, metro region. Located on land owned by Rock Barn Country Club & Spa in Conover, the photovoltaic array comprises 16,948 solar panels on 28 acres. All of the electricity produced by the solar farm will be sold to Duke Energy. The system is expected to generate more than 7.3 million kilowatt hours of clean energy - enough electricity to serve 500 homes annually - in its first year of operation. The system has an expected life of up to 35 years.

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Capstone Secures Multi-Megawatt 16 Unit Order for Repeat Oil and Gas Customer

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 a sixteen unit follow-on order for a C800, two C600s, and multiple C65 and C30 microturbines totaling in excess of 2.6 megawatts for a repeat oil and gas customer in the Mancos and Gallup shale plays, situated in the San Juan Basin.

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$25M to Advance Technologies for Energy-Efficient Electric Motors

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy announced nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors through applied research and development. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Next Generation Electric Machines projects will address the limitations of traditional materials and designs used in electric motor components by cost-effectively enhancing their efficiency, improving their performance, and reducing weight. This effort will support innovative approaches that will significantly improve the technology in industrial electric motors, which use approximately 70 percent of the electricity consumed by U.S. manufacturers and nearly a quarter of all electricity consumed nationally.

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3 Ways Energy Department Research Will Help Eagles Coexist with Wind Energy Deployment

Source: www.energy.gov

Building energy infrastructure that keeps wildlife safe is a key concern at the U.S. Department of Energy, which is why we have funded six teams to improve technologies that will protect eagles sharing airspace with wind turbines. More than $3 million has been allocated across the six teams for groundbreaking, critical eagle-impact minimization technology research, development, and demonstration projects.

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Latest Better Buildings SWAP Highlights Federal Leadership

Source: www.energy.gov 

The Energy Department's Better Buildings Program recently launched season two of “Better Buildings Challenge SWAP,” featuring the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy. During the season, both military operations swap energy teams to improve the energy efficiency of each one’s campus. 

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Driving a Revolution in Efficient Manufacturing of Energy Technology

Source: www.energy.gov

Investing in energy technologies used in manufacturing has major benefits to our economy and our national security, while also being responsible with a shared environment. It is crucial to ensuring that we can integrate diverse, independent, and reliable sources of energy into the U.S. manufacturing infrastructure. At the same time, the manufacturing of new products related to the efficient and productive use of energy is a tremendous opportunity for economic growth. Over the past decade or more, we’ve seen a surge in the number clean energy products and technologies that are a vital part of the U.S. economy. The revolution in energy efficiency in manufacturing helps companies focus more resources on growing their businesses and staying competitive with other nations, while providing their customers with high-quality products that increase quality of life. So how do we continue to build on this energy revolution and continue to drive American competitiveness in the global clean energy race?

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CWEEL Jordan Making A Positive Change

Source: Company 

CWEEL Jordan held its 11th meeting in 2016 at ZINC facilities. The meeting was organized by Eng Suhair Al Mhairat, CEM, REP, CSDP, and Eng Nidal Jabri board member at the Jordan Energy Chapter EDAMA. Three young and brilliant women in energy delivered exceptional presentations about their work in the energy sector.

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DOE ANNOUNCES NEARLY $25 MILLION TO ENABLE INNOVATIVE ELECTRICAL MOTORS USED IN MANUFACTURING

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy announced nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors through applied research and development. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Next Generation Electric Machines projects will address the limitations of traditional materials and designs used in electric motor components by cost-effectively enhancing their efficiency, improving their performance, and reducing weight. This effort will support innovative approaches that will significantly improve the technology in industrial electric motors, which use approximately 70 percent of the electricity consumed by U.S. manufacturers and nearly a quarter of all electricity consumed nationally.

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NMSU saves big on energy contract

Source: Company 

New Mexico State University is expected to save more than $1.3 million annually thanks to an energy performance contract between NMSU and energy services company Ameresco.

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Target Passes Walmart as Top Corporate Solar Customer

Source: SEIA
Target has grabbed the top spot among American businesses that are going solar. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) revealed Target’s ascension to the top of the list in its 2016 Solar Means Business report, which found that more American businesses are installing solar than ever before. Adding more solar this year than any other U.S. retailer, Target now has 147.5 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity. This is the first time Target has ranked No.1 in the report’s five-year history.

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This Hybrid Power Plant Combines 3 Clean Energy Sources in One

Source: NREL
Champagne and strawberries, chocolate and peanut butter, geothermal and solar energy -- some things just go nicely together. Enel Green Power North America's Stillwater plant, outside the desert town of Fallon, Nevada, came online in 2009 as a conventional geothermal plant and later added solar panels. After adding concentrating solar power in 2015, it became the world's first triple hybrid renewable energy plant.

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Schneider Electric Helps NJ Schools Achieve Financial Success Through Energy Efficiency

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced the signing of three energy savings improvement programs (ESIPs) with New Jersey school districts that will drive more than $1 million in annual energy savings.

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Birmingham Investing $61.3 Million in Energy Upgrades for City Buildings, Green Job Creation

Source: AL.com
Birmingham is investing $61.3 million in energy upgrades in 125 city buildings, which will save the city $100 million in energy and operational costs over the next two decades and create local jobs.The city contracted with Trane -- a manufacturer of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems and building management systems and controls -- to coordinate and complete the project over the next two years.

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

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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

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

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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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My Destination Experience Jamaica: Networking With $100B In Investment Capital  
“In order for us to get where we're going, influencers need to create a partnership of shared prosperity- those who have, making a way for those who don’t. My job is to give motivation and provide some direction towards the pathway.” – Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica
Autumn Adeigbo, Women@Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/autumnadeigbo/people/autumnadeigbo/
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:59:00 -0500

Stuck In The $50s: Why The Oil Price Is Going Nowhere Fast  
The current near-equilibrium in the oil price is likely to last a while longer with bearish and not bullish market fundamentals lurking in the background.
Gaurav Sharma, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/gauravsharma/
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:33:00 -0500

One Toshiba Lesson - Organizations With Venerable Corporate Names Can Be Risky Acquisitions  
Toshiba is struggling to survive. After a series of purchases and deals that gradually took Toshiba a long way from its core competencies, the company is facing large future losses. It is responsible for completing a massive amount of difficult work with little or no upside potential.
Rod Adams, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/rodadams/
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 05:41:00 -0500

GM May Soon Have 'Thousands' Of Self-Driving Electric Bolts In A Lyft Test Fleet  
If the automaker gets its robotic Bolts on the road in 2018, it may have the biggest such test fleet -- unless Waymo or Tesla move even faster
Alan Ohnsman, Forbes Staff http://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:56:00 -0500

Gastar's Stock Jumps On Financing News But May Now Be Fully Valued  
The new loans provide the small oil and gas company with the capital to pay down debt, develop its Stack properties and possibly make acquisitions. But one analyst thinks its shares are sufficiently valued given its current assets and growth profile.
Claire Poole, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/clairepoole/
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:33:00 -0500

Farewell Dodd-Frank. Sometimes We Don't Like What Makes Us Stronger.  
Work is underway to dismantle Dodd-Frank, including rules requiring oil companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. But those rules, and similar rules that came before them, have actually been good for the industry.
University of Houston Energy Fellows, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/uhenergy/people/uhenergy/
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:35:00 -0500

Update: The Situation At Dakota Access Protest Site  
As this week has worn on, the ongoing controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline has been addressed by prominent public officials ranging from the Governor of North Dakota to Pope Francis. Meanwhile, polluted water has begun running off into the Cannonball River.
David Blackmon, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidblackmon/
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:30:00 -0500

Gevo's Valentine's Day Massacre  
Advanced biofuel company Gevo has outlasted most of its advanced biofuel competitors, largely at the expense of its shareholders.
Robert Rapier, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:19:00 -0500

Hey Anglers, Get Ready To Enjoy Some Toxic Heavy Metals With Your Trout Fishing  
This bill allows for the pollution of our nation's headwaters and will do nothing to help out the struggling coal industry, which makes it the very definition of a lose-lose proposition.
Monte Burke, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/monteburke/
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:03:00 -0500

Fracking And What New EPA Means For Your Health  
Dismantling the EPA will greatly increase our health, water safety, and environmental concerns. Fracking related health problems and governmental denial illustrates how.
Judy Stone, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:30:00 -0500

Texas Utility Giant EFH Poised To Exit Bankruptcy After Three Years  
Energy Future Holdings (EFH), the parent company of Texas utility giants Luminant and Oncor Electric, is winding down what has become one of the longest and most unpredictable corporate bankruptcies in recent memory. Its success now rests in the hands of Texas regulators.
Debtwire, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/debtwire/
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:48:00 -0500

Enhancing Both Parts: Noble Energy IPO Carve-Out Of Noble Midstream Partners LP  
Noble Energy IPO carve-out of Noble Midstream Partners LP has created shareholder value for both companies. NBL ROR 12%, and NBLX 81% since 9/15/16. Increased activity and performance improvements will continue organic growth. Spin-Off Research, experts trusted by Institutional Investors.
Joe Cornell, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/joecornell/
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:14:00 -0500

Three Investor Strategies For Energy Storage's Exponential Growth  
As technology costs decline while battery deployments proliferate, existing niche markets for storage will expand, opening new markets and value-streams. Here's how investors can take advantage.
Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/energyinnovation/
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

SMR Smart: Small Modular Reactors Are Nuclear's Future  
SMR Start is a new organization of customers and vendors investing in advanced modular reactors (SMRs), formed to get SMRs over the initial market humps plaguing all new technologies, using proven public-private partnerships. SMRs offer an economic, flexible, shippable reactor that cannot meltdown.
James Conca, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

How Long Before The Dow Jones Industrial Average Reaches 21,000?  
As the Dow edged higher today in New York the prospect of the US index reaching the 21,000 mark is nearing (c.2%/400 points short), this articles takes the pulse with views from stockmarket pundits and others - taking into consideration the Fed's upcoming March rate meeting and Trump's tax talk.
Roger Aitken, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogeraitken/
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:57:00 -0500

What Africa Can Teach America About How To Create A Good Infrastructure Plan  
The solution to America's infrastructure woes may lie in finance models that have proven successful in several nations across the Atlantic Ocean—not in Europe, but rather in Africa.
HBS Working Knowledge, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/hbsworkingknowledge/
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:32:00 -0500

Remember When Brazil's Petrobras Was Supposed To Go Bankrupt?  
Labor unions intend to disrupt Petrobras asset sales. Will it impact the oil firm's credit rating and divestiture plan?
Kenneth Rapoza, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:16:00 -0500

America's 20 Dirtiest Cities  

Kenneth Rapoza, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:16:00 -0500

Bipartisan Hope For The Planet, Fueled By Economics  
The divide between red and blue states seems larger than ever before, which is why it’s encouraging to see there are still topics that can foster political convergence. Recently, I’ve seen a small beam of hope around energy economics.
Environmental Defense Fund, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/people/edfenergyexchange/
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:15:00 -0500

A Revival In The Rockies For Natural Gas  
The production and potential in two Rocky Mountain plays that lost favor with large listed companies - the Piceance Basin inn Colorado and the Green River Basin in Wyoming - are attracting serious private equity attention,
Mergermarket, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/mergermarket/
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:12:00 -0500

What Impact Will The DuPont Settlement Have On Corporate Behavior And Economic Progress?  
DuPont and Chemours have settled a lawsuit for $671 million. What does it all mean for corporate behavior and economic progress?
Ken Silverstein, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:49:00 -0500

In Energy Forecasting, Listen To Frankenstein, Not Twain's Cat  
In judging forecasts, it is more valuable to know why they were good or bad than to simply note the result.
Michael Lynch, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaellynch/
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:38:00 -0500

How Gay Marriage Suggests A Strategy For Climate Change  
The iPhone shows how rapidly society can change if it wants to, according to a California energy commissioner, and gay marriage shows that change can happen in public policy. Climate policy could be next.
Jeff McMahon, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Threat Of Flooding Rises At Dakota Access Protest Site  
At the campsite, large volumes of garbage and human waste have been left behind by protesters who call themselves 'water protectors.' Now local officials are concerned that flooding will carry it into bodies of water that are used for drinking water. Now, imagine that several hu
David Blackmon, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidblackmon/
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:13:00 -0500

What Should Government Do With Carbon Tax Revenues?  
GOP elder statesmen proposed a carbon tax with families getting all the revenue back in a rebate. But there are plenty of others ways government could use the money.
Howard Gleckman, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/people/hgleckman/
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:07:00 -0500

Trump Wants To Reduce Waste And Grow Jobs? These Methane Policies Do Just That.  
Trump famously campaigned against the “rigged system.” But dismantling policies that prevent private companies from wasting American resources rigs the system in favor of industry and against taxpayers.
Environmental Defense Fund, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/people/edfenergyexchange/
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:25:00 -0500

Why Markets Should Stay Calm Amid Keystone & Dakota Pipeline Completion (Even As Oil Price Drops)  
U.S. President Donald Trump recently signed orders to revive the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines. This will eventually lead to a decline in oil prices, but it shouldn't cause the stock markets to fall.
Kenneth Kim, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/kennethkim/
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:37:00 -0500

Proposed Legislation To Limit Wind Farms Around Military Bases Will Cost Jobs, Hurt Rural Economies  
Legislators at the federal and state level are trying to block wind farms within a 30 or 50-mile radius of military air bases. It's a simplistic and ill-conceived approach: robust review processes exist; it will cost jobs - mostly in Red States; and some bases actually host wind turbines.
Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:09:00 -0500

Don't Hold Your Breath For $70 Oil Prices  
It is more likely that oil prices will fall below $50 per barrel than that they will continue to rise toward $70. Prices have increased beyond supply and demand fundamentals because of premature expectations about the effects of an OPEC production cut on oil inventories.
Art Berman, Contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/arthurberman/
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:18:00 -0500



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