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Southern Co subsidiaries Alabama Power & Georgia Power Deploy Smart Neighborhoods

Source: Company
outhern Company and its Alabama Power and Georgia Power subsidiaries have officially announced Smart Neighborhood™ initiatives that will provide customers with state-of-the-art home construction, distributed energy resources – including solar and battery energy storage – and smart home appliances and technologies.

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Ameresco Delivers Energy Savings Projects to Four Colleges in Scotland

Source: Company
Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and provider of energy infrastructure solutions, announced that its UK operation was awarded and delivered a £3 million energy performance contract (EPC) across four colleges in Scotland. The Colleges include Edinburgh College, Borders College, Newbattle Abbey College, and West Lothian College.

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Solar Generated Electricity Coming to More Six Flags Parks

Source: Company
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world's largest regional theme park company, in partnership with JLL, a global professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management, announced an ambitious new initiative to power two more of its parks Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California and Six Flags Magic Mountain, near Los Angeles almost entirely with solar power.

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University of Maryland Secures $18.3 Million for Energy Conservation Projects

Source: Company

The University of Maryland has successfully secured $18.3 million from the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) for the development of a $21.5 million energy efficiency project to support the implementation of various energy conservation measures. The project will impact eight on-campus buildings, such as J.M. Patterson Hall and  Hornbake Library. 

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AT&T Announces One of the Largest Corporate Renewable Energy Purchases

Source: Company

AT&T* will purchase 520 megawatts (MW) of wind power through 2 agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest operator of renewable energy projects. Together, these deals constitute one of the largest corporate renewable energy purchases in the U.S.1 It’s also a key component of our goal to develop and leverage technology solutions that enable carbon savings 10 times the footprint of our operations by 2025.

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Robust Energy Production Growth & Flat US Demand Support Net Energy Exports

Source EIA

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018), which includes its Reference case and a number of sensitivity cases. The AEO2018 Reference case shows continued development of the U.S. shale and tight oil and gas resources paired with modest energy consumption growth, leading to the transition of the United States from a net energy importer to a net energy exporter across most cases examined in AEO2018. "The United States energy system continues to undergo an incredible transformation," said EIA Administrator Linda Capuano. "This is most obvious when one considers that the AEO shows the United States becoming a net exporter of energy during the projection period in the Reference case and in most of the sensitivity cases as well-a very different set of expectations than we imagined even five or ten years ago."

 

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DOE Announces $35 Million for Emerging Research Projects to Address Manufacturing Challenges

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million for 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing. These projects were selected under an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office funding opportunity, focused on advanced materials, advanced processes, and modeling and analysis tools for materials and manufacturing.

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Connectivity Modernizes Grid Communication in North America Boosting Market to $1 Billion by 2023

Source: Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan's new analysis, North American Digital Grid Communication Infrastructure, Forecast to 2023, provides an assessment of disruptive trends and technologies, market share, and competitive analysis of key players such as ABB, Siemens, Landis & Gyr, Elster, and Itron. The research finds that the market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent from 2016 to 2023, reaching an estimated $1 billion by 2023 in North America.

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Data Book Shows Continued Growth of Renewable Electricity

Source: NREL
The Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 18.3 percent of total installed capacity and 15.6 percent of total electricity generation in 2016. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Renewable Energy Data Book presents U.S. and global energy statistics compiled from numerous data sources, and includes renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data.

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Mayor Durkan Opens Seattle City Light's First Curbside Fast-Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

Source: Company
Saying Seattle will continue to lead in the fight to address climate change and in clean energy innovation, in Beacon Hill Mayor Jenny A. Durkan put into service Seattle City Light's (SCL) first two fast-charging stations for electric vehicles. Mayor Durkan also said City will install up to 18 more charging stations at 1-15 sites in Seattle by year's end.

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GE and Arenko to Build One of the World's Largest Energy Storage Facilities in the UK

Source: Company
GE and Arenko Group are delighted to announce a strategic alliance to build grid scale energy storage systems in the UK. The companies will seek to leverage the advantages of combining GE's battery technology solution, power electronics and advanced controls with Arenko's leadership in operating batteries in the UK market and proprietary energy trading software platform.

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New Batteries for Hawaiian Wind Farm

Source: Company
Younicos has signed an agreement with TerraForm Power to install and commission a 10 MW battery-based energy storage system upgrade at the site of the Kaheawa wind farm, one of the largest wind farms on the island of Hawaii. The batteries will be primarily used to provide ramping services to smooth out wind variability. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018.

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DOE Announces $35 Million for Emerging Research Projects to Address Manufacturing Challenges

Source: AMO

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million for 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing. These projects were selected under an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office funding opportunity, focused on advanced materials, advanced processes, and modeling and analysis tools for materials and manufacturing.

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Energy-efficient renovations transform Clatsop Community College's historic Patriot Hall

Source: The Business Journals

Clatsop Community College anticipates Patriot Hall saving more than $25,000 a year in energy costs compared to similar buildings. 

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Charlotte's Duke Energy renews contract for wood and poultry-waste biomass plant

Source: The Business Journals

Craven County Wood Energy plans to upgrade its 50-megawatt biomass plant to burn up to 30% poultry waste. The principal fuel used at the 25-year old plant is wood. 

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Hyundai Showcases World's First Self-driven Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

Source: PR Newswire

A fleet of Hyundai Motor Company's next generation fuel cell electric cars have succeeded in completing a self-driven 190 kilometers journey from Seoul to Pyeongchang. This is the first time in the world that level 4 autonomous driving has been achieved with fuel cell electric cars, the ultimate eco-friendly vehicles.

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Simple tips to save during winter weather

Source: PR Newswire

Colder weather can mean higher energy bills and, as the low temperatures continue this winter, Georgia Power offers customers a variety of free tools and resources to help them stay warm while saving money and energy. The company reminds customers that making small changes today can deliver big savings throughout the winter and year-round.

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PSEG Energy Solutions Gains License To Operate In Maryland

Source: PR Newswire

PSEG Energy Solutions announced that it has received approval to operate as a retail electricity supplier in the state of Maryland. PSEG Energy Solutions currently offers competitive electric supply to commercial and industrial customers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The company plans to continue to expand throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

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Virtual Power Systems Joins SAP and Schneider Electric

Source: PR Newswire

 Virtual Power Systems, creators of Software-Defined Power®, is working with SAP's Multi-Cloud Computing team and the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley to validate the use of VPS' Intelligent Control of Energy® (ICE) platform for optimizing power delivery. With VPS ICE, SAP will test the ability to track, monitor and manage power usage within the data center while automatically reallocating power distribution based on capacity and availability demands.

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Carrier Commercial Equipment Upgrade Saves California School District More than $200,000

Source: PR Newswire

The Fontana Unified School District is saving thousands of dollars in energy costs annually and has improved the classroom environment thanks to Carrier's installation of 201 high-efficiency WeatherExpert™ 48/50LC roof top units (RTUs) at four different schools. With the project currently at the midway point, the district is saving approximately $210,000 in energy costs – an amount that's expected to double when another 200 rooftop systems are installed next summer. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. 

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(UHS) is one of the 1st Organizations to take advantage of the RENEW It Now NY program

Source: PR Newswire

RENEW Energy Partners, a company committed to addressing the challenges of climate change by accelerating the adoption of energy-efficiency and clean energy solutions, announced United Health Services, Inc. (UHS) will be one of the first projects with RENEW It Now NY, an initiative focused on speeding the implementation of energy-efficiency retrofits and clean energy upgrades throughout New York State.  RENEW It Now NY won participation in NYSERDA's Emerging Technologies and Accelerated Commercialization program which supports innovative projects and project approaches by providing participants with special incentives, additional measurement and verification of project performance, and showcasing of projects.

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NV Energy to Serve Nevada Customers With More Low-Cost Renewable Energy

Source: PR Newswire

NV Energy issued a request for proposals that could add up to 330-megawatts of new renewable energy projects to be built in Nevada.  This additional commitment to renewable energy, which includes the potential integration of battery energy storage systems, will provide enough carbon-free electricity to power approximately 200,000 Nevada homes. 

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Talisen Launches Enterprise Energy Management Software in Dubai

Source: PR Newswire

In October of 2017, Talisen entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) of Dubai to license Talisen's Enterprise Sustainability Platform (ESP) solution for the Dubai building retrofit market. What makes this market so unique for Talisen is that Government of Dubai has set strategic targets to reduce electricity and water consumption by 30% by the year 2030.

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Notice of Intent to Issue a Funding Opportunity for Research Enabling Technologies

Source: www.energy.gov

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Flexible Combined Heat and Power for Grid Reliability and Resiliency”. CHP is a suite of predominately gas-fired distributed generation technologies that produce both electricity and thermal energy onsite, thereby providing the user with more efficient and lower cost electricity while at the same time increasing site reliability and energy security. CHP can also reduce line losses and strain on grid infrastructure.

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DOE Announces $3 Million for High Performance Computing

Source: AMO

The Advanced Manufacturing Office, in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, announced up to $3 million in available funding for the next round of the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program. 

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Energy Department Announces $3 Million for High Performance Computing Collaborations

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding for 10 projects to help American manufacturers leverage the national laboratories' high performance computing (HPC) capabilities to address manufacturing challenges through state-of-the-art modeling, simulation, and data analysis. This funding will support collaboration between manufacturers and the national labs that will aid in decision-making, innovate in processes and design, improve quality, predict performance and failure, quicken or eliminate testing, and/or shorten the time of adoption of new technologies.

 

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Energy Department Announces $3 Million for High Performance Computing Collaborations

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding for 10 projects to help American manufacturers leverage the national laboratories' high performance computing (HPC) capabilities to address manufacturing challenges through state-of-the-art modeling, simulation, and data analysis. This funding will support collaboration between manufacturers and the national labs that will aid in decision-making, innovate in processes and design, improve quality, predict performance and failure, quicken or eliminate testing, and/or shorten the time of adoption of new technologies.

 

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2016 Data Book Shows Continued Growth of Renewable Electricity

Source: NREL

The 2016 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 18.3 percent of total installed capacity and 15.6 percent of total electricity generation in 2016. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Renewable Energy Data Book presents U.S. and global energy statistics compiled from numerous data sources, and includes renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data.

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Magenta Goes Green: T-Mobile Commits to 100% Renewable Energy

Source: Yahoo Finance

T-Mobile (TMUS) announced it will move to 100% renewable electricity by 2021, and the Un-carrier has joined RE100, a collaborative, global initiative uniting more than 100 influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. T-Mobile also took a big step toward their clean energy commitment, unveiling a 2nd wind farm project backed by the Un-carrier.

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LevelTen Energy Launches Dynamic Two-Sided Marketplace for Renewable Energy Procurement

Source: Company

 LevelTen Energy announced the launch of their data-driven marketplace, a first-of-its-kind offering built to scale, simplify and standardize renewable energy procurement. LevelTen’s marketplace reduces the cost, complexity and risk of renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) through an online platform that offers to both buyers and sellers advanced analytics, standard documentation and process best practices.

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Schneider Electric to Design and Build Advanced Microgrid in Milford, Connecticut

Source: PR Newswire

 Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced an agreement to design and build a microgrid within critical buildings in the City of Milford, Connecticut. The technology will offer power resiliency during inclement weather, at a time when the US Department of Energy's 2017 Grid Reliability Study includes microgrids as a way to provide necessary resilience.

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Hawaiian Electric accelerates the connection of new distributed energy resources with GridUnity

Source: PR Newswire

 GridUnity, a pioneer in distributed energy analytics software-as-a-service, announces Hawaiian Electric's rapid expansion of its software to help the three electric utilities efficiently and reliably connect new distributed energy resources (DER) to the grid.

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SAS and Trilliant Join Forces to Tackle IoT and Energy Management Challenges

Source: PR Newswire

With the advent of systems that connect everything from a city's utility grid to its transportation and parking systems, cities are getting smarter every day for the citizens' benefit. One area that is especially hot today is smart street lighting that helps keep citizens safer. Trilliant, a global provider of secure, enterprise-wide smart energy communication systems, and analytics leader SAS have signed an agreement that enables data-driven decisions for optimizing connected grid devices in these systems.

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Tecogen Wins 800 kW of Cogeneration Sales to Six NYC Apartments in Under 45 Days

Source: Company
Tecogen® Inc., a clean energy company providing ultra-efficient, clean, natural gas powered on-site power, heating and cooling equipment, is pleased to announce that within the last 45 days it has entered into contracts to sell InVerde e+ cogeneration units to six apartment buildings in Manhattan, NY. The units will have a total capacity of 800 kW and will generate revenue totaling $4.1 million, which includes the cost of installation and all related accessories. The bulk of the revenue will be recognized across the first half of 2018. Each deal comes with a long-term service contract, which is billed separately and not included in this number, and all but one includes turnkey installation.

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Research from Schneider Electric Reveals Companies Unprepared for New Energy Economy

Source: Company
While global business leaders are gathering at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos this week to talk about energy and environmental challenges, a new study released by Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy and carbon management, and automation, reveals that most organizations feel prepared for a decentralized, decarbonized and digitized future, but many are not taking the necessary steps to integrate and advance their energy and sustainability programs.

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ENGIE Brand Expands in North America

Source: Company
ENGIE announced the rebranding of three subsidiaries in North America. The rebrand of Ecova Inc., Green Charge Networks, LLC, and OpTerra Energy Services Inc. is designed to amplify ENGIE's voice in the North American market and make it clearer for customers and other key stakeholders the range of energy supply and service options that ENGIE provides.

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Duke Energy Proposes $62 Million Solar Rebate Program in North Carolina

Source: Company
Duke Energy proposed a $62 million solar rebate program designed to help its North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property.

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Duke Energy named one of Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies"

Source: Company
Duke Energy has been named to Fortune magazine's 2018 list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Duke Energy was ranked 5th among gas and electric utilities, up from 9th last year. "We are pleased and humbled to receive this recognition on behalf of our talented team of more than 29,000 employees who work every day delivering a smarter and cleaner energy future for our customers," said Lynn Good, Duke Energy's chairman, president and CEO. "We plan to continue to improve in all areas of our business and deliver even greater value to our customers in the years ahead."

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Walmart Continues Retail Energy Efficiency Leadership with 1.5 Million LED Fixtures Installed Global

Source: Company
Walmart, the world's largest retailer, announced results of an extensive lighting program with Current, powered by GE at the National Retail Federation's Big Show. As part of an ongoing commitment to energy efficiency, Walmart has now installed more than 1.5 million LED (light emitting diode) fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centers and corporate offices in ten countries.

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Canada Supports Next Wave of Emerging Renewable Power

Source: Natural Resources Canada
Investments in innovative emerging renewable technology will contribute to diversifying Canada's energy sources and ensure we retain our position as a world leader in the development of the next wave of renewable energy. They will also create good jobs for Canadians and ensure our communities are healthy and productive places to live.

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Utility Business Models Must Evolve To Meet Modern Needs and Opportunities

Source: Rocky Mountain Institute
As the adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs) like distributed rooftop solar, energy efficiency, storage, and electric vehicles increases and as policymakers elevate the importance of carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation utilities and regulators must adapt to these new conditions as they meet the long-standing requirement for affordable, universal energy supply and grid reliability. Balancing these requirements will become even more important as electricity becomes more central to the economy and to other energy sectors, including for electrification of transport and heating, according to the report.

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Avangrid Renewables Signs PPA with Nike for Portion of New Texas Gulf Coast Wind Farm

Source: Business Wire

Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) announced that it has signed its second major wind contract with Nike, this time for 86 megawatts of Texas wind power.

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Sparks Dynamics Closes $2 Million in Series A Investment Round

Source: Company
Sparks Dynamics, a leader in data acquisition, analytics, and optimization of industrial compressed air and chilled water systems recently secured $2 million in Series A funding led by a large angel investor with extensive corporate C-suite experience in large publicly traded companies within the industrial equipment sector.

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NES Digital Garage Ventilation System Delivering 97% Energy Savings

Source: Cision

Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) announced its patent-pending garage-ventilation control system is cutting by more than 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year the baseline of consumable energy by a new and sizeable mechanical ventilation system at the City of San Francisco’s Japan Center Garage. By doing so, the NES system provides a recurring operational-cost savings in excess of $250,000 per year — not including future utility rate increases.

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Innovative Data Logging Instruments from Logic Beach

Source: Company

Logic Beach designs, manufactures, sells and supports a rugged offering of data acquisition, alarming and reporting instruments.

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Des Moines Water Works Paves Way for Energy Savings in Water Sector

Source: www.energy.gov

Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) recently became the first U.S. water treatment utility to certify a plant to the ISO 50001 standard and Superior Energy Performance® (SEP) program. The SEP program has long helped industrial and commercial organizations establish energy management systems that meet the widely respected ISO 50001 standard and achieve verified energy and cost savings. As the first certified facility in the water sector, DMWW’s Fleur Water Treatment Plant has paved the way for similar facilities nationwide to increase efficiency, cut costs, and demonstrate responsible management of resources.

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CAPSTONE SECURES 6.9 MEGAWATT MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR FPP CONTRACT WITH KEY OIL & GAS PRODUCER

Source: Company 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has secured a 6.9 megawatt (MW) multimillion-dollar long-term Factory Protection Plan (FPP) aftermarket service contract.

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Department of Energy Announces $12 Million to Advance Early-Stage Solar Research

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $12 million in new funding for eight projects to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation. These models will lead to more accurate forecasts of solar generation levels, enabling utilities to better manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power and improve grid reliability. 

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Smart Buildings Save Energy and Improve Occupant Comfort

Source: ACEEE
Smart technologies can reduce a building’s energy use by nearly a fifth and yield additional benefits, such as increased worker productivity, according to our new report, Smart Buildings: a Deeper Dive into Market Segments. This report documents how many types of buildings — not just the biggest and ritziest — can benefit from the latest interconnected technologies, from simple occupancy sensors to complex energy management and information systems. It builds on our report from early 2017, Smart Buildings: Using Smart Technology to Save Energy in Existing Buildings.

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Alabama Public Service Commission Approves Walmart Contract with Solar Facility in East Alabama

Source: AL Newscenter
A new solar energy generating facility to be built in east Alabama will help the world’s largest retailer move a step closer to meeting its renewable energy goals.

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Department of Energy to Invest $30 Million to Boost Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Recovery

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of six projects to receive approximately $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development in unconventional oil and natural gas recovery.

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Duke Energy Announces 2017 Power Partner Award Winners

Source: Company
The familiar phrase "Cream rises to the top" precisely describes each of the six organizations receiving the 2017 Duke Energy Power Partner award.

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The New Year Brings Better Quality Lighting Choices to California

Source: California Energy Commision
Giving consumers the choice of better quality light bulbs, three new energy efficiency standards go into effect January 1, 2018. The standards cover general service light bulbs; general purpose light-emitting diodes - commonly called LEDs - used to replace typical existing home lighting; and small-diameter directional lamps, often used in commercial sites for track lighting.

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Siemens Gamesa Signs Contracts Covering 23 Turbines

Source: Company
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has received orders for two new onshore wind projects in southern Italy: the company is set to deliver 13 SWT-3.0-113 direct-drive units to European Energy's 39 MW project in Tolve and 10 G97-2.0 MW turbines to a further 20 MW project near Capoiazzo. Both wind farms are located in the Basilicata Region in the south of Italy. The orders include long term service agreements including advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics.

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LED LIGHTING MARKET GROWING AT 14% CAGR & WILL CROSS US$ 105 BN BY 2023

Source: EnergyWatch

In the last few years, as the world is witnessing rapid industrialization and urbanization, the government is working towards the development of various LED standardization which is helping the industries to adopt this technology.

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NREL Launches Electrification Futures Study Series

Source: Company 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is spearheading the Electrification Futures Study, a research collaboration to explore the impacts of widespread electrification in all U.S. economic sectors—commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and industry.

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Capstone Announces New Severe Environment Air Filtration System

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has launched a new cleanable severe environment air filtration system for its innovative line of microturbine products and as a result recently received an order for three C65 microturbines utilizing this new filtration system for a flare gas reduction project in Oman.

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UNIDO concludes energy training program

Source: The Express Tribune 

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), under its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project, has successfully concluded the first ever training programme of Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), conducted locally by international trainers from world renowned energy certifying institute, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), USA.

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CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD: WHAT MAKES A CITY A “TECH CITY?”

Source: CoreNET Global

Throughout this and most other business cycles we hear that tech cities have outperformed other markets by virtually every relevant economic and commercial real estate (CRE) metric, including GDP, jobs, absorption, rents, and more. But what exactly is a tech city? After all, technology is everywhere. Almost all companies today use internet, cloud computing, social media, smart phones, and more advanced machinery and equipment. However, certain cities stand out.

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Capstone Signature Series Product to Power Onshore Oil and Gas Operation in California

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 C600 Signature Series microturbine to power an oil and gas facility in California. Cal Microturbine, one of Capstone’s distributors for California, secured the order.

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Centrax cogeneration plant lowering environmental impact in Italy

Source: Company

A Centrax-powered state-of-the-art cogeneration plant in Italy was officially opened in October this year by Hera, one of the country’s leading multi-utility companies.

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Lawrence Berkeley Lab team receives prestigious award for ISO 50001 research and development

Source: www.energy.gov

The Industrial Applications Team (IAT) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is the recipient of the Lab’s prestigious 2017 Director’s Award for Exceptional Societal Impact Achievement, in recognition of its contributions to the development and advancement of ISO 50001, the global standard for energy management business practices. IAT’s accomplishments include leading research that has resulted directly in the development of the 50001 Ready program introduced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this year.

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California Public Utilities Commission Annual Report-2017

Source: Company

In compliance with Senate Bill (SB) 1222 (Hertzberg, 2016; as codified in Public Utilities Code Section 913.41 ), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) reports to the Legislature each year on the progress of the RPS program.

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Chicago Contracts with Ameresco on the Biggest City–Led Wireless Smart Street Lighting Project in US

Source: Company 
Ameresco,Inc. a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced it has contracted with the City of Chicago for the City’s comprehensive Smart Street Lighting Project to modernize its infrastructure. Working with Silver Spring Networks,Inc. (NYSE:SSNI), a leading networking platform and solutions provider for the Internet of Important ThingsTM, the project is believed to be the largest city-led wireless smart street light program in the U.S., and will connect more than 250,000 street light fixtures across Chicago.

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BMW Group meets pledge to deliver 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017

Source: Company 

The BMW Group has delivered more than 100,000 electrified vehicles to customers worldwide in 2017, as promised at the beginning of the year. This underlines the company’s leadership role when it comes to electro-mobility. An eye-catching light installation will mark this milestone on the road to the mobility of the future, with the BMW Group headquarters, the world-famous “Four-Cylinder” in the north of Munich, transformed into a battery. The BMW Group selected this glowing symbol to represent the technological change taking place in mobility.

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JAYKAL Expands Growth Strategy into MUSH Market

Source: PR Web

JAYKAL LED Solutions adds Joe McGowan to their team to lead their growth strategy into the ESCO MUSH (Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Healthcare) markets. Joe has 30 years’ experience in the Energy Services Industry with significant success in all market sectors.

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Rexel Energy Solutions Focuses on Utility Rebate Support for ESCO Clients

Source: Company 

Rexel Energy Solutions continues to expand their capabilities around utility rebate support for its ESCO partners, supported by a team of rebate specialists and an online database tool. The online database tool empowers ESCO customers to easily find utility rebate programs in any state, as well as instantly find what products qualify for rebates and at what levels.

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Energy Star Bill Could Weaken Successful Program

Source: Alliance to Save Energy

A bill to modify ENERGY STAR could weaken a program with decades of proven benefits, Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan will tell Congress in a hearing Tuesday. The Energy Star Reform Act of 2017 Discussion Draft will be considered before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

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New Study Shows How An Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive Would Save U.S. Households A Billion Dollars

Source: Alliance to Save Energy
For the past year, energy efficiency has been conspicuously absent from the U.S. tax code. Where there was once a suite of incentives to encourage energy efficiency investments by homeowners and businesses, there is none currently. Thanks to a recent analysis from the U.S. Department of Energy, we have some new findings that strengthen our arguments for reinstating energy efficiency tax incentives – and understand the potential cost savings and benefits to homeowners of doing so.  

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Toyota Aims for Sales of More Than 5.5 Million Electrified Vehicles by 2030

Source: Company 
Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces its plans toward the popularization of electrified vehicles for the decade 2020-2030. Toyota's electrified vehicle strategy centers on a significant acceleration in the development and launch plans of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

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California Energy Alliance Launches Website!

Source: Company

The California Energy Alliance (CEA) unites representatives of a broad range of organizations committed to smart, sustainable energy use within the built environment. As a member-based organization, CEA works to improve California’s energy future and the migration toward a Zero Net Energy horizon. 

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Architects to Congress: “You’re Making a Terrible Mistake”

Source: LightNow Blog

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) will lobby aggressively in coming days against significant inequities in both the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, just as the legislation heads into conference.

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Acuity’s Scott Roos on What’s New in Downlighting

Source: LightNow Blog

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Roos, VP Design, Downlight, Accent and Trac Products, Acuity Brands Lighting. The topic: trends in LED downlights. I’m happy to share his responses with you here. The interview informed an article I wrote for the March 2018 issue of tED Magazine.

 

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Lighting for Learning

Source: LightNow Blog

In 2016, education put-in-place construction spending reached $88.7 billion, making it the largest building market, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

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Creative Destruction in Lighting

Source: LightNow Blog

At the 2017 Strategies in Light conference, Robert F. Karlicek, Jr., spoke about creative destruction in the lighting industry brought on by LED technology and the Internet of things (IoT). Karlicek is a professor and director for the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y. After catching his fascinating presentation, I interviewed him for a story for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. Excerpt below:

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Toyota to Build the World's First Megawatt-scale 100% Renewable Power & Hydrogen Generation Station

Source: Company

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) will build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. Announced today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Tri-Gen facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.
 

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Schneider Electric commits to 100% renewable electricity by 2030

Source: PR Newswire

 Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity and is throwing light on the doubling of its energy productivity.  

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Energy Department Recognizes Shari's Café & Pies and King County International Airport

Source: EE Online

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized two Seattle-area Better Buildings Challenge partners, King County and Shari's Café & Pies, for their successful energy-efficient upgrade achievements at the King County International Airport and the local Shari's in Lynnwood, Washington. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, these two partners committed to reducing energy use across their properties by at least 20% in 10 years.

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Toyota and Panasonic to Start Feasibility Study of Joint Automotive Prismatic Battery Business

Source: Panasonic

Toyota City, Japan, December 13, 2017-Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic) announce an agreement to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive prismatic battery business.

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GE Power Announces Global Headcount Reduction of 12,000 Jobs

Source: Company

GE Power announced that it plans to reduce its global headcount by approximately 12,000 positions, affecting both professional and production employees. 
 

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Plug Power CEO says business could triple in size in the next 5 years

Source: Albany Business Review

Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh says the Latham, New York, manufacturer could have more than 60,000 of its fuel cell units at more than 500 sites across the world by 2022.

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Mike Bloomberg and FSB Chair Mark Carney Announce Growing Support for the TCFD o

Source: Company 

Two hundred thirty-seven companies with a combined market capitalization of over $6.3 trillion have publicly committed to support the Task Force on Climaterelated Financial Disclosures (TCFD). This includes over 150 financial firms, responsible for assets of
over $81.7 trillion. The TCFD announced the growing support at the One Planet Summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron celebrating the two year anniversary of the Paris Agreement. 

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Los Angeles Announces First Zero Net Energy Multifamily Affordable Housing Development

Source: Energy Manager Today
Silver Star Apartments is the first Zero Net Energy multifamily affordable housing development in Los Angeles. Promise Energy designed and installed a Solar Photovoltaic system that covers both roofs on the project, and even incorporates vertical solar facades as a unique design element, visible from the project’s courtyard.

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Google to Buy Power From Wind Farms in United States

Source: energycentral.com
As part of Google's efforts to have its energy at 100 percent from renewables, it announced Thursday that it will buy a combined 536 megawatts (MW) of new wind capacity from four U.S. wind farms.

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Blockchain Electricity Project Unites S. Korean Ministry of Science, KEPCO

Source: Times of Zambia
South Koreas Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) have developed a blockchain-based system for neighborhood electricity trading and electric vehicle (EV) charging. The goal of the project is to provide relief to businesses or households that face heavy electricity bills.

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How California demand response has opened up to energy storage, virtual power plants

Source: Energy Storage News

Over the course of the past two years, staff at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in the U.S. have introduced novel customer engagement opportunities to participate in wholesale energy markets via the Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) program.

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Utilities’ energy efficiency programs meet goal, save equivalent of new power plant

Source: Company

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company proudly announced that, thanks to its customers who have embraced the utilities’ energy efficiency programs, they have been able to offset roughly the same amount of energy that equates to building a new power plant.

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Investing in Ontario’s clean tech industry will improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gases

Source: Government of Canada

Thanks to Government of Canada investments in the development of new clean technologies, Canadians could have greater access to less expensive energy-efficient solar power cells and innovative energy storage capability.

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Zero-emission electric buses on their way to North Carolina for the first time

Source: Intelligent Transport

Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) is moving ahead with the purchase of four electric buses from Proterra as part of a plan to significantly expand its zero-emission fleet over the next four years.

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Brown launches three-year, $24 million project to boost thermal efficiency

Source: Company

 As part of its continued work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels by 2020, Brown University will embark on a three-year, $24 million project to increase energy efficiency across campus by replacing its central heating system with one that will generate heat using hot water instead of steam.

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Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy—And Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing

Source: WIRED
Last week, the value of a single bitcoin broke the $10,000 barrier for the first time. Over the weekend, the price nearly hit $12,000. At the beginning of this year, it was less than $1,000. If you had bought $100 in bitcoin back in 2011, your investment would be worth nearly $4 million today

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $30 Million Investment in Advanced Nuclear Technology

Source: US DOE
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support development of advanced nuclear energy technology. The Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals for cost-shared projects to develop innovative, industry-driven reactor designs and accompanying technologies with high potential to advance nuclear power in the United States.

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Austin Just Scored an Incredible New Solar-Powered Sports Stadium

Source: timeout.com
The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)—a firm that has worked on both national and international projects like the Danish National Maritime Museum, the Grand Bay Miami and the Kimball Art Center expansion in Utah—has just announced plans for a massive complex at the site of Rodeo Austin and the Travis County Expo Center in East Austin. The stadium will include soccer, rodeo, rugby, hockey, basketball, shopping and dining facilities, including a 40,000-seat outdoor bowl and a 15,000-seat arena, both of which could also be used for live music concerts. In short, the place will be huge

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Schneider Electric Targets 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030 and Reporting on its Energy Journey

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity and is throwing light on the doubling of its energy productivity.  

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FuelCell Energy to Supply Renewable Hydrogen to Toyota

Source: Company
FuelCell Energy Inc. FCEL recently inked an agreement to sell renewable hydrogen to Toyota Motor Corp. TM. This tie-up, better known as hydrogen and power off-take agreement, is in line with FuelCell’s strategy to actively market its distributed hydrogen technology. This will offer a hydrogen fueling solution for fuel cell vehicles like that of Toyota and in turn expand FuelCell Energy’s business. Per the terms of the deal, FuelCell Energy will install a multi-megawatt SureSource fuel cell power plant at the Port of Long Beach in California. Once operational, this plant will produce 100% renewable hydrogen which will fuel Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) as well as Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 trucks (Project Portal).

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Duke Energy Assumes Full Ownership of California-Based REC Solar

Source: Company
Duke Energy, one of the largest energy companies in the country, announced it has acquired full ownership of California-based REC Solar, a provider of renewable energy solutions for commercial customers throughout the U.S. Duke Energy first acquired a majority interest in REC Solar in February of 2015.

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No More CRI? National Lighting Bureau Panel Discusses New Way to Specify Lighting-Color Impacts

Source: NLB
The way in which lighting designers specify the color-rendering properties of white light – and white light’s ability to alter humans’ perception of color – is about to change, thanks to the development of tunable white light and a near-revolutionary new way of specifying its color impacts, as “first-step-detailed” by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) in its Technical Memorandum-30 (TM-30). On the way out: The color-rendering index (CRI): Established in 1964, CRI categorizes white light only in terms of its warmness or coolness. 

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New Book Shows How to Cut a Building's Electric Rates by 20 Percent

Source: PR Newswire

 Managers of commercial, industrial and institutional facilities hate paying a bundle for their power. But they're wrong if they think the only way to shrink their utility bills is by cutting back their usage, buying new lighting or air conditioning equipment or putting solar panels on their roofs. Others have instead saved more – and spent far less in the process – by deploying tricks that cut their utility rates, without ever turning a screw.

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DOE Announces $25 Million for Combined Heat and Power Technologies

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $25 million for a selected eight organizations to further the installation of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. The use of CHP can support U.S. economic competitive advantage, promote economic development, instill resiliency in businesses and communities, create and maintain local energy-related jobs, and provide solutions for modernizing energy generation and delivery.

 

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Proposed Bill Would Return Energy Star to DOE Control

Source: Door & Window Market Magazine
The House Energy and Commerce Sub-Committee held a discussion hearing today on possible legislation that could lead to major changes to the Energy Star program. The bill’s biggest proposal would transfer the program’s leadership from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department of Energy (DOE).

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Emerson to Install Gas Turbine Controls at ENGIE Combined-Cycle Power Plant in France

Source: Company
ENGIE has awarded Emerson a contract to replace legacy combustion turbine controls with Ovation turbine control technology at its DK6 800-MW combined-cycle power plant in Dunkirk, France. Existing controls on the plant's two Alstom GT13 combustion turbines are obsolete and no longer supported by the vendor.

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National Grid Develops Innovative Solution for an Island Community's Unique Energy Challenges

Source: Company
National Grid, a leader in developing innovative energy solutions to meet customer and community needs, will install a 48 megawatt-hour battery energy storage system, or BESS, on the island of Nantucket, 30 miles off the Massachusetts coast, to help address some unique energy challenges.

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Duke Energy's Plan to Strengthen South Carolina's Energy Grid to Create Jobs, Grow State's Economy

Source: Company
Duke Energy is investing $3 billion over roughly the next 10 years in South Carolina to strengthen the energy grid and provide a major boost to the state's economy for years to come.

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U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change

Source: NY Times
The Climate Science Special Report, unveiled by 13 federal agencies, is an exhaustive scientific report that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization. Over the past 115 years global average temperatures have increased 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to record-breaking weather events and temperature extremes, the report says. The global, long-term warming trend is “unambiguous,” it says, and there is “no convincing alternative explanation” that anything other than humans — the cars we drive, the power plants we operate, the forests we destroy — are to blame.

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Smart City Solutions & Services Expected to Grow From $40.1 Billion in 2017 to $94.2 Billion by2026

Source: Navigant Research
A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 16 smart city suppliers, with Cisco and Siemens in the lead. The drivers behind the smart city market include some of the most challenging global developments, including continued growth in urbanization, the need to reduce city emissions and better manage resource consumption, and growing economic and environmental pressure on cities. These developments are entangled with rapid technology development in complex ways that present many opportunities for suppliers and cities.

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Energy Department Announces $15 Million for Batteries & Electrification to Enable Fast Charging

Source: DOE
The Energy Department announced up to $15 million for research projects on batteries and vehicle electrification technologies to enable extreme fast charging. The Department's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) funds early-stage, high-risk research to generate knowledge upon which industry can develop and deploy innovative transportation energy technologies that improve efficiency, lower costs, and increase use of secure, domestic energy sources.

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Amazon Launches Biggest Wind Farm Yet, Project to Generate Enough Energy to Power Over 330,000 Homes

Source: Company
Amazon announced that its largest wind farm yet Amazon Wind Farm Texas is now up and running, adding more than 1,000,000 MWh of clean energy to the grid each year. Amazon has launched 18 wind and solar projects across the U.S., with over 35 more to come. Together, these projects will generate enough clean energy to power over 330,000 homes annually. These projects also support hundreds of jobs and provide tens of millions of dollars of investment in local communities across the country.

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ENGIE Wins Concession Contracts for Two Hydropower Plants in Brazil

Source: Company
The concession contracts are signed for a 30-year period. They raise the installed capacity of ENGIE from 10,290 MW to 11,122 MW and reinforce ENGIE's position as the largest private energy producer in Brazil. "These contracts are a tremendous success that represent a great growth opportunity for ENGIE, in line with the Group ambition to develop low carbon power production. These two plants have a strategic location for ENGIE's growth as they are in the Southeast region where we already have other plants and activities", said ENGIE Brazil CEO, Maurício Bähr.

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Toshiba Develops Next-Generation Lithium-ion Battery with New Anode Material

Source: Company
Toshiba Corporation, an industry leader in lithium-ion battery technology, announced the development of its next-generation SCiB , which uses a new material to double the capacity of the battery anode. The new battery offers high- energy density and the ultra-rapid recharging required for automotive applications, and will give a compact electric vehicle (EV)with a drive range of 320km*1 after only six minutes of ultra-rapid recharging three times the distance possible with current lithium-ion batteries.

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Procter & Gamble and Constellation Complete 50-Megawatt Renewable Energy Plant

Source: Company
The Procter & Gamble Company and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), announced the completion of a 50-megawatt biomass-fueled combined heat and power plant located at one of P&G's largest U.S. facilities. Constellation owns and operates the plant, which supplies steam to P&G's Albany, GA paper manufacturing facility and generates electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power.  Additionally, steam from the plant will be used to power an 8.5-megawatt steam-to-electricity generator at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, helping the base increase its energy security and utilize renewable sources to meet energy demands.

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

Source: Company

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

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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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