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What Gets Measured

Source: Site Selection Magazine

The age-old corporate real estate struggle to get a true grip on a company's full property portfolio is today nearly always paired with the effort to assess that portfolio's energy and sustainability profile. And both goals are yoked to the huge increase in available data. Several recent items crossing the transom here at Site Selection offer guideposts for these parallel journeys.

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ComEd Awards Largest Energy Incentive Check in History for Chicago Commercial Building

Source: Green Building News

An event was held at 311 S. Wacker in Chicago on Feb 22. to introduce local building managers and owners to its recent energy efficiency retrofit. Building tours were given to the attendees of the event in an effort to encourage them to deploy the same energy retrofit solution for their buildings.

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In Chicago, hi-tech solution helps low-tech systems run more efficiently

Source: Midwest Energy News

When commercial real-estate firm Zeller Realty Group bought a postmodern staple of Chicago’s iconic skyline in 2014, it faced an energy-inefficiency quagmire.

 

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ENERGY STAR® BOOTCAMP competitors save nearly 49M kWh in three months

Source: Company 

Last fall, 200 organizations decided they were ready to see some major improvements in their buildings’ energy and water usage. So, they entered a combined total of more than 800 buildings into the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP and began a sprint to the finish line. Over just 90 days, these tough competitors trimmed their energy and water “wastelines” by using themed activity kits to engage building occupants and employees in tackling energy and water waste. Overall, the BOOTCAMP participants saved a combined total of nearly 49 million kWh of energy and 45 million gallons of water!

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INSULTECH Thermal Blanket Insulation Saves Energy!

Source: Company 

Consider a 12-14 month payback period on initial investment. Also consider a 15 year service life with no additional maintenance costs associated with the service life of the product. 

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Boeing Energy Conservation Program Lauded by EPA

Source: Company
Boeing will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the company's continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Boeing will receive the award April 26 in Washington, D.C. This is the seventh consecutive year Boeing has been recognized by ENERGY STAR.

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Rising Solar Generation in California Coincides with Negative Wholesale Electricity Prices

Source: EIA
Utility-scale solar generation in the territory of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) accounted for almost 40% of net grid power produced during the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is the first time CAISO has achieved these levels, reflecting an almost 50% growth in utility-scale solar photovoltaic installed capacity in 2016. The large and growing amount of solar generation has occasionally driven power prices on the CAISO power exchange during late winter and early spring daylight hours to very low, and sometimes negative, prices. However, consumers in California continue to pay average retail electricity prices that are among the highest in the nation.

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Capstone Continues to Diversify its Business with Project in West African Village

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it secured an order for a C600S microturbine to provide prime electrical power for a small community in Mali located in West Africa. The 600kW Signature Series, dual mode microturbine will provide stand-alone power, and is the first to be installed in Mali.

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Play Ball! American Baseball Stadiums Round the Bases on Energy Efficiency

Source: www.energy.gov

As Americans gear up to “root, root, root for the home team” on Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) Opening Day, they might be too focused on the games to notice that their stadium is more efficient than it used to be. Professional ballparks average 1 million square feet and together host more than 73 million Americans each year – which means there are a lot of opportunities for improvements that enhance visitor experience, save stadium owners and operators money, and reduce energy and water use.

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ENGIE and Schneider Electric Collaborate to Digitize the Energy Sector

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, and ENGIE, a global energy player committed to be leader of the energy transition in the world, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore and deploy new digital solutions for operational efficiency of renewable assets (wind and solar PV), leveraging Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Historian and related application software powered by Schneider Electric's Wonderware brand.

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Oregon Solar Advocates Plot Path to 4 GW of Solar Power in 10 Years

Source: Utility Dive
Oregon ranks near the top of states setting ambitious renewable energy goals. Last year, the state mandated the state needed to run on 50% of renewable energy by 2040, and wean out coal imports by 2035. OSEIA is taking it a step further to ensure solar composes 10% of the state's power mix. 

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Rhode Island College Partners with Ameresco to Reduce Energy Consumption

Source: Company
Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that the company is working with Rhode Island College (RIC) to renew and upgrade RIC's campus energy infrastructure and to institute energy efficiency and water conservation measures at the college. The $5 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project is expected to save the college more than $340,000 in avoided energy costs annually for the next 15 years.

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Siemens and SAP to Offer Meter Data Management for New Utility Business Models

Source: Company
Siemens and SAP have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens' market-leading meter data management solution, EnergyIP. This cooperative effort is intended to address multiple digital end-to-end business scenarios for energy and utility clients worldwide. The solution will be available directly from SAP, simplifying purchase and support processes for customers. It will be marketed under the name, SAP Meter Data Management by Siemens, and is expected to be generally available during the second quarter of 2017. As part of the agreement, SAP and Siemens also plan to further align development road maps in an effort to provide the foundation for next-generation business models supporting all future energy market players.

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Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

Source: ElectricEnergyOnline.com
The Environmental Protection Agency, surrounded by American energy workers, public employees and members of Congress, President Donald Trump signed the Energy Independence Executive Order to protect thousands of jobs and strengthen energy security, while also ensuring that our policies provide clean air and clean water for all of our citizens.

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SoCalGas and University of CA Irvine Show How Power-to-Gas Technology Can Increase Renewable Energy

Source: PR Newswire 
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that new research on power-to-gas technology shows the technique holds the ability to dramatically increase the use of intermittent renewable energy. The finding came out of ongoing research conducted at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and funded by SoCalGas.  Preliminary research findings, announced this week at UCI's International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation (ICEPAG), demonstrated that the campus microgrid could increase the portion of renewable energy it uses from 3.5 percent to 35 percent by implementing a power-to-gas strategy. 

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Premier Holding Corp. Expands its LED Efficiency Solutions to the Midwest

Source: Yahoo Finance

Premier Holding Corporation ( OTCQB : PRHL ) announces that it has partners with AER Lighting to support its energy efficiency lighting sales in the Midwest.

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Bank of America set to become carbon neutral and purchase 100% renewable electricity by 2020

Source: RE 100
Here, Alex Liftman, Global Environmental Executive, shares the drivers for action. Why is Bank of America committed to achieving 100% renewable electricity? “Our commitment to utilizing 100% renewable electricity in our operations is part of our company’s broader approach to environmental sustainability. The financial services sector has a responsibility to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and low-carbon economy. We are providing our intellectual and financial capital to help develop solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges, and we are reducing our own operational impact through aggressive greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction targets – and renewable electricity is an important component of our plan to achieve these targets.”

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Capstone Receives Another 3.3MW Order from a Repeat Oil and Gas Customer in the San Juan Basin

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 multiple microturbines for a repeat oil and gas customer operating in the San Juan Basin.

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Rexel Energy Solutions Expands Lighting Solutions Team And Rebrands

Source: Company 

Rexel Energy Solutions, a specialized business unit of Rexel USA, has recently unveiled a national team of lighting & controls experts to support ESCOs across the country.  Since 1942, the Rexel Energy Solutions team, formerly Munro Distributing Company, Inc., has provided electrical and energy conservation solutions and support to contractors, ESCOs, and Utility partners nationwide.  With a team built to support Energy Efficiency Providers from specification and quotation through post-construction support, Rexel Energy Solutions is focused on improving their customer’s cash flow and reducing their construction expense.

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Automated Logic and Lucid Announce Strategic Alliance to Create Next Generation EnergyReports Tool

Source: PR Newswire

 Automated Logic Corporation (ALC) and Lucid announced an alliance to create the next generation of ALC's EnergyReports™ energy analysis and reporting tool, which will make it easy for owners, operators and energy managers to monitor, manage and report on building energy performance. To achieve this, the new EnergyReports tool combines building data from ALC's powerful WebCTRL® building automation system with Lucid's industry-leading BuildingOS® cloud-based energy management platform. ALC is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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CT Governor and IKEA ‘Flip-the-Switch’ on Fuel Cell System to Generate More Onsite Power

Source: Business Wire 

With Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Bloom Energy Chief Commercial Officer Bill Kurtz on-hand, IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today ‘flipped-the-switch’ on its first fuel cell system on the east coast, at its store in New Haven, CT. Furthering the Swedish retailer’s investment in fuel cell technology, this project complements the company’s focus on other renewable energies such as solar and wind. IKEA already operates five fuel cell systems, at stores in California. Now that the New Haven fuel cell system is operational, IKEA is on track to generate 1.5 MW of energy in total via fuel cells, supplementing onsite solar arrays atop all these stores.

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EDF Renewable Energy Expands Into Distributed Electricity And Storage

Source: Electric Net

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), a leader in renewable energy development, announces the creation of a new business unit, Distributed Electricity and Storage (DES), to focus on distributed solar and storage projects up to 30 megawatts (MW). The DES group will pursue emerging distributed-energy opportunities to provide unique products and services to commercial, industrial (C&I) and utility customers in the United States.

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GE Power Signs Multiyear Agreement And First Cybersecurity Solution In Latin America

Source: Company

GE Power has signed a multiyear service agreement (MYA) with Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe S.A. (CELSE) for a new combined-cycle power plant in northeastern Brazil. The agreement includes operations, maintenance, repairs and digital solutions as well as GE’s first order in Latin America for its OpShield cybersecurity solution. The solutions in the agreement will help improve the plant’s performance and availability and enable safe operational technology connectivity. The 1,516-megawatt (MW) Porto de Sergipe plant is expected to meet an estimated 15 percent of the energy needs of northeastern Brazil. It will be Latin America’s largest gas power plant when it begins operating in January 2020.

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Auburn University Raises the Standard for NCAA Baseball Stadiums with New, LED Lighting System

Source: Business Wire

A newly installed LED lighting system at Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park will significantly improve the experience for Auburn University baseball players and fans, with enhanced light quality and the virtual elimination of glare.

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13 New Solar Projects Drive Clean Energy & Cost Savings for Businesses Across the Northeast

Source: Company 

  • GE’s startup unit is now bringing solar power to Northeastern businesses including Partners Healthcare, Seabury and Smith & Wesson
  • Current has also announced solar installation plans at 8 GE locations across the Northeast
  • Solar installations across the region will provide more than 17 megawatts (MW) of clean energy to help businesses reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions 

 

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LIGHTING CONTROL REBATES GOING STRONG

Source: Energy Watch News 

The simplest and most popular type of incentive remains the prescriptive rebate, typically targeted to existing buildings.

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LEDS ARE SET TO CHANGE HORTICULTURE BY INCREASING YIELDS

Source: Energy Watch News

The color of LED light can be used not only to assist the growth of plants, but it can also be used to improve their year-round taste and quality and potentially increase their nutritional value.

 

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New Process Being Tested for Biodegradable Plastics

Source: www.energy.gov

Plastics are everywhere. They make up grocery bags, shampoo bottles, furniture, and even the microbeads in some toothpastes and facewashes. Unfortunately, when these products become trash, they persist in landfills, oceans, and other places where oil-based plastics can do more harm than good.

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Capstone Continues to Expand U.S. Energy Efficiency Market with a Large Industrial Customer in NY

Source: Yahoo Finance 

 Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for a C1000 Signature Series microturbine to upgrade an industrial customer in upstate New York.

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Schneider Electric to Help Enable Energy Resiliency at USMC Logisitics Base

Source: Yahoo Finance

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, announced it has been awarded a subcontract from Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., to support the development of smart controls as part of an energy savings performance contract at the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, Georgia.

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FuelCell Energy Announces Approval of Financing for a 3.7 Megawatt Utility-Scale Project

Source: Yahoo Finance

 FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL), a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, announced the approval of a $5 million credit facility from the Connecticut Green Bank.  This credit facility will support a previously announced utility scale power project in Danbury, Connecticut that will showcase industry leading electrical efficiency, enabling utilities to affordably and cleanly solve power generation challenges in land-constrained areas. 

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ComEd Partners with Chicago Public High Schools to Launch Career Tour for Students

Source: Yahoo Finance 

ComEd is partnering with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to launch a tour to present internship and career opportunities to high school seniors. Throughout the month of March, ComEd recruiters will visit seven high schools including Prosser High School, Sullivan High School, Simeon High School, Curie High School, Raby High School, Schurz High School, and the Chicago Vocational Career Academy.

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ADI Energy Updates US DOE Headquarters, Forrestal Building Lighting to LED Technology

Source: PR Newswire

ADI Energy, an energy services company headquartered in Smithfield, Rhode Island, announced it completed construction of a significant LED Lighting Upgrade at the US Department of Energy (DOE) James Forrestal Building in Washington DC.  This multimillion dollar energy savings performance contract (ESPC) was contracted through the streamlined DOE ENABLE program, designed and built in six months.  The upgrade from traditional fluorescent lighting to Philips InstantFit LED Lamps from Philips Lighting cuts energy consumption by up to 45% of the affected lighting systems and improves the life span and uniformity of the equipment which reduces maintenance costs.

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Water Notes-Get the Lead Out

Source: Editorial by Shirley Hansen 

Lead is prevalent, persistent and pernicious. Too often it is in our drinking water, Like similar metals it breaks down over time. This is particularly true when lead is regularly submitted to the punishing force of a solvent, such as corrosive water, in our pipelines.

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Reliable Controls Awarded BACnet 2017 Project of the Year

Source: Company

Reliable Controls is honored with the 2017 Project of the Year award, presented by BACnet® International. The award is given to a merit-worthy project posted to BACnet International’s Success Stories website. This award recognizes the Air Mobility Training Centre (AMTC), CFB Trenton, in Ontario, Canada. 

 

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HOTSTART Offers New UL Recognized Battery Thermal Wrap

Source: Company

 

HOTSTART is pleased to announce the latest offering to their complete engine heating product line, the UL Recognized Battery Thermal Wrap. The battery wrap is designed to heat batteries regardless of ambient temperature to maintain optimum cold cranking amps. At 80 °F (27 °C), the battery will achieve maximum cold cranking amps. The improved wrap design is UL Recognized and is ideal for generator sets, heavy duty equipment, trucks and other equipment relying on battery power for their operation.

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Building Envelope Retrofits for Improved Energy Efficiency

Source: Facility Executive
The median age of commercial buildings today is 32 years old. As commercial buildings age, their façades and systems start to degrade, malfunction, fall out of specification, or even change use. The effect of this enclosure performance degradation is poor thermal comfort, poor indoor air quality (IAQ), and wasted energy resulting in an increase of energy consumption over the coming years. With a push for commercial buildings to reduce the energy footprint, retrofitting a building enclosure has many benefits, including energy savings, improved overall appearance, and uninterrupted workflow for buildings occupants.

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Amazon to Install Up to 41 MW of On-Site Solar by the End of 2017

Source: Company
Amazon announced a new initiative to generate clean energy by installing solar panels on its fulfillment facilities around the world. The company plans to deploy large-scale solar systems on rooftops of more than 15 fulfillment and sortation centers in the U.S. this year and is planning to deploy solar systems on 50 fulfillment and sortation centers globally by 2020.

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Georgia Power’s “Simple Solar” Offers Solar Electricity At 1¢/kWh Premium

Source: Cleantechnica
Georgia Power is rolling out a new voluntary solar energy program known as Simple Solar for customers who want to support solar energy development but are unable or choose not to install a solar system at their home or business. Signing up for the program at GeorgiaPower.com/SimpleSolar takes just minutes with basic customer account information. Participants agree to pay 1¢ per kilowatt-hour over and above the standard rate for electricity.

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GE Renewable Energy to Supply 1st Integrated Solar-Wind Hybrid Project In US

Source: Cleantechnica
GE Renewable Energy has been selected to supply wind and solar components for the first ever US commercial integrated solar-wind hybrid project. While the project is small, it’s nevertheless a good start. The 4.6 megawatt project is a community project set for Red Lake Falls in Minnesota, and to be developed by North American developer Juhl Energy. GE Renewable Energy has been contracted to supply two 2.3-116 wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business, as well as 1 megawatt (MW) of solar power conversion equipment provided by GE’s Current business.

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Trustees Continue Support of Penn State’s Sustainability Goals

Source: Penn State
The approval of an additional four design firms to handle energy-conservation related projects was part of next steps taken by the Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital planning to continue the reduction of the University’s energy use. The four firms, McClure Co. of Harrisburg; Mortenson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Precis Engineering of Ambler, Pennsylvania; and Wayne Crouse Inc., of Pittsburgh, on Feb. 23 joined the two previously appointed firms as those approved for Energy Savings Plan projects.

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After Eight Years, PACE Program Poised to Launch in Virginia

Source: Southeast Energy News
The long road to financing energy efficiency improvements on the tax bills of commercial properties in Virginia is reaching the home stretch. Arlington County in northern Virginia has secured a program administrator – Sustainable Real Estate Solutions – a critical step in getting started with the state’s first Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, program. Managers there are preparing to submit final guidelines to the county’s Board with the goal of launching a program this summer.

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Proposal for $15 Million Rebate Program for Renewable Heating and Cooling Technology

Source: NYSERDA
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $15 million proposal to accelerate the use of renewable heating and cooling technologies in New York to stimulate the clean energy economy. The new policy framework released by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority includes a proposed two-year, $15-million program to provide rebates for the installation of ground-source heat pumps. This plan will support the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York 40 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels.

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Pennsylvania Bill Aims to Revamp Energy Efficiency Financing

Source: The Intelligencer
Pennsylvania’s Senate Bill 234, also known as the Pennsylvania Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, was co-introduced this year by state Sens. John Blake, D-22, of Scranton, and Guy Reschenthaler, R-37, of Allegheny County. The bill would allow municipalities to essentially cover the up-front costs of energy efficient upgrades to commercial properties if requested, such as as solar panel installation, insulation upgrades or water conservation technologies.

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San Antonio Could Have Brighter Solar Future

Source: BEPA News
Solar energy is less expensive in Texas than anywhere else in the country, and prices continue to drop at a steady rate. So powering homes and businesses with pollution-free solar isn’t just good for the environment — it’s good business.

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Daimler Trucks North America Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Certification

Source: Contractors Magazine
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced that it has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification for its new Corporate Headquarters building in Portland, Oregon. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

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Massachusetts Green Communities Program Continues to Grow

Source: Energy Manager Today
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has expanded its Green Communities program by 30 cities. The goal of each existing and new member is to reduce energy use by 20 percent within five years. The program has been ongoing since 2010, during that time, it has granted $65 million for more than 550 lighting projects, 350 weatherization projects, 4,875 HVAC upgrades and assorted other projects.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Approval of Largest Offshore Wind Project in the Nation

Source: ny.gov
90 Megawatt Offshore Wind Farm 30 Miles Off the Coast of Long Island Will Create Jobs and Power 50,000 Long Island Homes with Clean, Resilient and Affordable Energy Project is Part of Governor Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard to Secure 50 Percent of the State's Electricity Supply from Renewable Sources by 2030.

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Reliable Controls Opens Training Centre in Singapore

Source: Company 

Reliable Controls Corporation is pleased to announce the official opening of the company’s new, operational office and training center in Singapore. 

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GLOBALCON, Northeast Conference & Expo, to Discuss Energy, Power & Facility Management Strategies

Source: PR Newswire
Energy managers, VPs of operations and facility teams need to address future energy challenges, including the pressure to reduce energy consumption, improve corporate sustainability and enhance their organization's position in the new marketplace. The 28th GLOBALCON Conference & Expo, to be held March 22-23 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is the one place where decision makers from business, industry, and government can meet to get up to speed on energy and facilities management, HVAC and smart building systems, lighting efficiency, integrated energy solutions, renewable energy and onsite generation.

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Latest data show changing household energy characteristics

Source: eia

An average of 2.3 televisions were used in American homes in 2015, down from an average of 2.6 televisions per household in 2009, according to the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), released today by the U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA). The number of homes with three or more televisions declined from the previous survey conducted in 2009, and a larger share of households reported not using a television at all.

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Energy Efficiency Case Study on HOTSTART TwinStat Heater Cord

Source: Company 

Avista Utilities' white paper "Fleet Engine-Block Heater Controls: A Study in Energy Efficiency" highlights the advantages for fleets when using a HOTSTART TwinStat™ thermocord during cold weather. The white paper was published in the 2017 February Strategies eMagazine from the Association of Energy Services Professionals. Written by Levi Westra and Tom Lienhard of Avista Utilities' Energy Conservation Division, the paper details the results of field tests of the TwinStat™ heater cord in fleet operations and the potential energy savings that may be realized from using the cord.

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FuelCell Energy Applauds Connecticut Electric Grid Resiliency Enhancement Proposal using Fuel Cells

Source: Yahoo Finance 

FuelCell Energy, Inc.  (FCEL), a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and project development of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, applauds Connecticut House Bill 7036 that is a proposed act to enable electric utilities in Connecticut to acquire fuel cell power plants  for the purpose of enhancing the reliability of the electric distribution system, which then results in the utilities avoiding or being able to defer expensive distribution system upgrades.  The proposal includes provisions that seek to make efficient use of existing infrastructure and sites, such as urban brownfields.  Supportive comments from utilities and other stakeholders made during a public hearing held February 21, 2017, are available by clicking here.

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ComEd Launches New, Industry-Leading Energy Data Product

Source: Yahoo Finance

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has given the green light to a proposal by ComEd that allows companies and researchers access to anonymous energy usage data in order to enable the development of new products and services that will add value to Illinois energy consumers.

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Words of Wisdom from 6 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy Winners

Source: www.energy.gov

Forbes recently rolled out its 30 under 30 in Energy list in January. This annual round up, conducted by Forbes and evaluated by three energy industry judges, highlights the country’s top young talent focused on solving our energy challenges. Included in the 2017 class are six innovators who have participated in or worked with a number of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) programs.

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ComEd’s New Chicago Training Center is Awarded LEED® Gold Certification

Source: Yahoo Finance 

ComEd announced that it has been awarded LEED Gold green building certification for its Chicago Training Center (CTC) building that opened last year. The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the foremost program for design, construction and operation of green buildings.

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ENGIE Resources Greens Power Consumption of Globalcon Conference & Expo for Eighth Consecutive Year

Source: PR Newswire

ENGIE Resources – the third-largest non-residential electricity provider in the United States – announced that it will supply renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the Globalcon Conference & Expo.  This is the eighth consecutive year the supplier will green 100 percent of the estimated energy consumption of the Association of Energy Engineers' (AEE) annual two-day event, which will be held March 22-23 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. 

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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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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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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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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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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

Source: Company

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

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

Source: Company

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

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

Source: PECI



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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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