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Cimetrics Inc. Introduces Analytika Energy Dashboard

Source: Company

Cimetrics Inc. based in Boston, MA introduces Analytika Energy Dashboard, a new solution within Cimetrics' Analytika (www.analytika.com), suite of data analytics solutions for manufacturing processes and commercial buildings.

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Army to Break Ground on Largest Solar Array in DoD

Source: Energy.gov

The U.S. Army’s Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) announced the development of the largest solar array in the department of defense on a military installation at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. The ground breaking is scheduled for April 25 with commercial operations commencing in late 2014. 

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Army Plans Largest Solar Array on a U.S. Military Installation

Source: DOE

The U.S. Army announced plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25 percent of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Ariz. 

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Report: States Achieve Big Savings with Energy Efficiency Targets

Source: DOE

Energy efficiency targets implemented in half of U.S. states in 2012 saved enough electricity to power 2 million homes for a year. These are the findings of Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: A New Progress Report on State Experience, a new report released by ACEEE, based on the most recently available data. The report also finds that most states met or exceeded their targets and that the standards are making substantial contributions to national energy savings.

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Energy Department Makes $4 Million Available

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $4 million to engage America’s research universities in the effort to accelerate the development of the emerging marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy industry in the United States. This funding will support high-impact research projects designed to enable the capture of renewable wave and tidal energy, while supporting the growth of a globally competitive MHK workforce.

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Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Biofuels Technologies

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced up to $10 million in funding to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks, and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. This supports the Department’s efforts to make drop-in biofuels more accessible and affordable, as well as meet the cost target equivalent of $3.00 per gallon of gasoline by 2022.

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Adaptive Exterior Lighting Demonstration for the Health Care Sector

Source: CLTC

The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and the U.S. Department of Energy recently completed a state-of-the-art lighting system demonstration at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville, California. On March 19th, 2014, the project received an award for “Best Use of Lighting Controls in a Single Facility” from the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign. Project findings on both energy savings and lighting quality will be shared with facility managers and energy service companies (ESCOs) in an effort to encourage broader adoption of more efficient lighting systems in the health care sector. - See more at: http://cltc.ucdavis.edu/adaptive-exterior-lighting-healthcare#sthash.T7UxAyUw.dpuf

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NECA Launches Online Tool for Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects

Source: Sustainable Real Estate Solutions

The National Electrical Contractors Association issued the following news release:
 
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) launches NECA E-CAP, an Energy Conservation and Performance tool, to help member contractors capture more energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Just like an energy service company (ESCO), NECA contractors can now offer performance contracting services by providing customers with flexible financing solutions and performance guarantees. Members can access the new NECA E-CAP tool for free and create personalized accounts for all their project development, financing, and underwriting ne

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Volvo Recognized for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

Source: DOE

 Building on President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative and the Administration’s broader efforts to double energy productivity by 2030, the Department of Energy recognized Volvo Group North America for its leadership in energy efficiency at the New River Valley assembly plant near Roanoke, Va. As a Better Buildings, Better Plants partner, the Volvo Group has already achieved 16 percent savings across its U.S. plants and continues working toward its goal of becoming 25 percent more energy efficient within ten years.

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LLNL Report: U.S. Energy Usage Up in 2013

Source: DOE

Americans used more renewable, fossil and even nuclear energy in 2013, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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Energy Department Invests $3 Million to Advance Fuel Cell Market

Source: DOE

In support of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today awarded more than $3 million to Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy for a project that could increase U.S. competitiveness in the fuel cell market and give businesses more affordable, cleaner power options.  This project will enhance the performance, increase the lifespan, and decrease the cost of stationary fuel cells being used for distributed generation and combined heat and power applications. 

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Continental Control Systems Products at Globalcon 2014

Source: Company
At Globalcon 2014, Continental Control Systems will display the new CTRC Rogowski coil current transformer. The device greatly simplifies installations to meet the increasing demand for accurate current measurement on conductors where traditional split-core and solid-core CTs are difficult to use. With its flexible design, the CTRC is perfect for large bus bars and irregular-shaped conductor bundles. The new coil offers a small, flexible profile, enabling it to be used on conductors in tight spaces where rigid CTs won't fit.

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GDF SUEZ Energy Resources Supplies Renewable Energy Certificates for 5th Year to Globalcon

Source: Company
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA announced today that it will supply renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for the 2014 Globalcon Conference & Expo April 9-10 at the Atlantic City New Jersey Convention Center.

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SunEdison Adds Key Solar Cell Supplier To Meet Growing Demand

Source: Company
SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE), a leading solar technology developer and provider of solar energy services announced that it has signed an agreement with Shinsung Solar Energy.

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SMUD Unveils Electric Vehicle Fast-Charge Station Enables Drivers to Recharge in 30 Minutes or Less

Source: Electric Energy Online
Drivers of electric vehicles need not fear running out of juice too far from home in the Sacramento area. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has a new EV fast-charge station at the SMUD campus that is open for business. The pilot project's technology charges most fast-charge EVs in less than 30 minutes, giving drivers the range confidence to fully realize the tremendous potential these cars offer.

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Solar City: D.C. Calls for Contractors to Install Solar Panels on 49 City Buildings

Source: Washington Business Journal
D.C. is seeking private sector partners to supply, install and maintain solar panels on nearly 50 city-owned buildings, with the goal of generating 10 megawatts of electricity and significantly offsetting the “brown power” use at those facilities.

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Scatec Solar Secures Final Approvals to Build 80MW Utah Solar Park

Source: Company
Scatec Solar, the global independent solar power producer, received the final approvals necessary to proceed with the building of an 80 MW (ac) PV (photovoltaic) solar plant in Iron County, Utah. The Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park, set to be built on a site with excellent solar irradiation, will generate around 210 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, which will be fed into the grid under a twenty-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with PacifiCorp. Construction is estimated to start in the third quarter of 2014 and when complete, the plant will be Utah's largest solar energy generation facility.

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Clean Edge Finds Global Solar Deployment Exceeds Wind for First Time

Source: Company
The global clean-energy picture for 2013 was a classic good news-bad news story, according to the Clean Energy Trends 2014 report issued by clean-tech research and advisory firm Clean Edge, Inc. The industry saw dazzling growth, success, and rising stock prices in some sectors – most notably solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment – but downward trends and policy and finance hurdles in others. 

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NREL’s Work for the U.S. Navy Illuminates Energy and Cost Savings

Source: Company

Field demonstrations of newly proven energy efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals. In partnership with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) recently demonstrated eight technologies at installations in Hawaii and Guam, and the initial results have encouraged the Navy to move forward with broader implementation of several of the energy efficiency technologies.

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Capstone Receives Orders From Taiwanese Distributor for Palm Oil Processing Plants

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received two orders totaling three megawatts (MW) to provide power to palm oil processing plants in Malaysia.

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June 2014 NAESCO Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting Focuses on Impact of Changing Utility Landscape on En

Source: Company

The National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) is pleased to announce that its 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, to be held June 25 in Baltimore, Maryland will focus on the impact of the changes and pressures facing public utilities on the energy efficiency industry.

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SCIenergy Raises $12 Million in New Round of Financing

Source: Company

SCIenergy has raised $12 million to fuel the company's strategy to fundamentally disrupt the economics for implementing energy solutions in buildings. The new round was led by Braemar Energy Ventures and includes new investors Edison Energy, a subsidiary of Edison International, and Mitsui USA. Existing investors The Westly Group, DFJ Core, DFJ Growth and Triangle Peak Partners also participated in the round. 

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Kyocera Solar reduces cost and increases efficiency with new 1000-volt modules

Source: Kyocera Solar

Kyocera Solar Inc. is now offering new 1000-volt solar photovoltaic (PV) modules designed to significantly reduce labor and materials costs while simultaneously increasing overall system efficiency.

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Sierra Nevada’s Brewery and Solar Renewery

Source: Kyocera Solar

Sierra Nevada Brewery is famous for producing a range of delicious full-flavored beers that satisfy almost every palate. With its roots in beautiful Northern California, Sierra Nevada takes the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” seriously, and has proven itself as an environmentally sustainable enterprise that is always searching for new ways to lower its carbon footprint

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Two ADP® Data Centers Earn EPA ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

Source: PR Newswire

ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, announced that two of the company's data centers have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. The data centers are located in Georgia and South Dakota.

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Interior Department Awards $3 Million for Tribal Energy Projects

Source: DOE

As part of President Obama’s commitment to work with Indian Country leaders to promote strong, prosperous and resilient tribal economies and communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that $3.2 million has been awarded to 21 tribal projects to assist in developing energy and mineral resources, including $655,000 to the Crow Tribe to advance a hydroelectric project that will provide low-cost clean power to tribal members and encourage business on Crow lands.

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DOI Assesses Proposed Wave Energy Test Center Off the Shore of Oregon

Source: DOE

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, cut carbon pollution, and develop domestic energy sources, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is assessing whether there is competitive interest in wave energy research or development in an area of federal waters offshore Oregon where the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University (NNMREC-OSU) proposes to site a hydrokinetic energy facility to test utility-scale wave energy devices.

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Energy Department Invests $17 Million in Clean Energy Small Businesses

Source: DOE

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to continue U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today awarded $17 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects to help small businesses in 13 states develop prototype technologies that could improve manufacturing energy efficiency, reduce the cost of installing clean energy projects, and generate electricity from renewable energy sources.  These projects will include technologies such as wind turbine blades that are easier to transport and use less energy, an electrochromic window technology that can achieve a 30% reduction in energy use, and a solar energy system that reduces installation costs and generates power in less time. 

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Village Farms International Announces the First Ever $7.5 Million Quad-Generation Energy Project

Source: Company

Village Farms International Inc. announced that it is part of the first renewable energy quad-generation project ever to be realized for a greenhouse operation from fuel cell technology. This project enables the commercial production of renewable heat and food grade carbon dioxide (CO2) that would benefit the Village Farms greenhouse, along with electricity and hydrogen for additional commercial markets.  A ground breaking event is scheduled on April 2, 2014 at the Company's Delta, British Columbia greenhouse to celebrate the collaboration with Quadrogen Power Systems Inc., FuelCell Energy Inc., and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).  This will be the most advanced greenhouse technology ever achieved using cutting edge fuel cell technology. 

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Guide to Using Combined Heat and Power for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings

Source: Company
To assist State and local officials and others involved in the rebuilding process, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this guidance on CHP with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Its purpose is to provide practical information on CHP, including what factors must be considered when configuring a CHP system to operate independently of the electricity grid, and what steps are involved in a typical CHP project development process.

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Energy Department Awards $2.2 Million to Lower Costs of Solar Energy

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $2.2 million for three California projects to help lower the costs of solar electricity and increase deployment nationwide. This funding will help startup businesses and entrepreneurs develop technologies, innovative programs, and streamlined processes that will make solar more accessible for American families and businesses.

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Staples Recognized for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

Source: DOE
 

As part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, the Department of Energy recognized Staples for its leadership in energy efficiency at the Coppell Fulfillment Center near Dallas, Texas. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, building owners and managers are charged with making their commercial building, multifamily housing, and industrial plants and facilities at least 20 percent more energy efficient over the next 10 years. Staples -- one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies – has committed to reducing energy intensity by 25 percent in more than 1,700 of its buildings in the next ten years. To date, Staples has improved the energy efficiency of 800 facilities by more than 10 percent.

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Energy Department Announces Funding for MHK Energy Technologies

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $10 million to strengthen the U.S. marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy industry, including wave and tidal energy sources. Through the two funding opportunities announced, the Department is supporting design, manufacturing, demonstration, and testing of sustainable, environmentally responsible marine and hydrokinetic energy devices and components.

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Capstone Receives Orders for Approximately Four Megawatts From E-Finity for Oil and Gas Customers

Source: Company
Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it recently received multiple orders from E-Finity Distributed Generation for microturbines to be used for oil and gas operations in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions.

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New WattStopper videos explore digital control infrastructure capabilities

Source: Company

WattStopper rolled out a new video series focusing on the expanded capabilities of the company's award-winning Digital Lighting Management (DLM) technology platform. The videos, exploring the functionality of DLM relay panels, include design tips, in-depth tutorials on panel configuration, and maximizing the power of the platform by combining DLM devices. Design professionals will take away valuable insights spanning basic stand-alone panel operation in retrofit applications all the way to native integration with other building systems via BACnet. 

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Post Hurricane Sandy: Exploring Energy Efficiency, Recovery & Rebuilding Efforts at GLOBALCON Event

Source: AEE
Not long ago, Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Northeast, causing $36.9 billion in damages in New Jersey alone. It is projected that climate change will bring an increased number of these superstorms to the Northeast, which, coupled with sea level rise, have the potential to damage critical infrastructure that is not equipped to handle such storms. This means that climate adaptation and mitigation will be key to the future of the Northeast. In the year since the storm, the Department of Energy (DOE) has continued investment in grid modernization to improve outage management capabilities that reduce outage, improve restoration times, and protect and strengthen critical energy infrastructure. DOE is also taking further action to protect the region’s energy infrastructure by creating an integrated resilience program that leverages area professionals’ expertise in emergency response, risk assessment and longer-term vulnerabilities management. Through federal, state, and local partnerships, developing a more modern energy infrastructure, and stronger, more resilient communities in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, these areas will be better poised to face and recover from future storms. The 25th GLOBALCON Conference & Expo, to be held April 9-10th at the Atlantic City Convention Center, is the one place where decision makers from business, industry, and government can get up to speed on the rebuilding effort, along with energy infrastructure changes taking place in its wake. The “Rebuilding Efforts” conference track covers the important topic of how facility managers can minimize damage to building systems while continuing to operate during emergencies.

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Capstone Receives First C200 Order in United Kingdom for Royal Air Force Base

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced its first order out of the United Kingdom for a C200 natural gas microturbine to be installed at a Royal Air Force base.

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DOE Announces New Energy Efficiency Standards for MH Luminaires

Source: Lighting Controls Association

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued new energy efficiency standards for ballasts sold as part of new metal halide luminaires. (To be clear, replacement ballasts are not covered.) The new rules strengthen current standards while expanding their scope, and will affect availability of 50-1000W luminaires. The deadline for compliance is February 10, 2017.

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Lighting With New Technologies

Source: Business Energy Magazine

If there’s one technology that’s skyrocketing in efficiency and engineering, it’s lighting. Even as you read this you can count on seeing better performance and product choices when you’re ready to upgrade your lighting system. And you will be ready . . . soon. Because, the energy savings make for irresistibly fast returns on investments (maybe even from day one of flipping the switch). Then, too, there are improvements to the workplace that boost employee performance, so the payback keeps on delivering. And better yet, the resources for planning make it easy to get the job done fast and hassle free. So let’s see how lighting manufacturers are boosting the operations of businesses and institutions. And, just to add some credibility to the promise of better performance in the future, we’ll look at some high-tech solutions and research coming to market soon.

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Savings in Buildings in All Kinds of Weather

Source: Business Energy Magazine

Twenty years ago “We didn’t have integrated building designs,” says Kent Peterson, vice president and chief engineer with P2S Engineering in Long Beach, CA. Back then, architects would design a building shell and hand over the designs to engineers who would devise mechanical and electrical systems to condition and light the space.

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The Growing Demand for Emergency Backup Powe

Source: Business Energy Magazine

Colocation and cloud-computing company LightEdge Solutions has succeeded in the data center business largely because of one key reason: The company’s data centers are reliable. The power at these centers never goes out.

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Power Generation for the Generations

Source: Business Energy Magazine

Opportunities for recycling waste heat into other processes are plentiful. Carol Brzozowski wrote a symphony of an article on Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Combined Cooling Heating and Power (CCHP) for this issue of Business Energy (page 38); it also supplied the colorful quote above. The varieties of configurations that can make energy multitask are something to marvel at.

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Report Assesses Energy Infrastructure Risks

Source: DOE

ccording to assessments by the National Research Council (NRC) and the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), U.S. energy infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to a range of climate change impacts--particularly infrastructure in areas prone to severe weather and water shortages. Climate changes are projected to affect infrastructure throughout all major stages of the energy supply chain, thereby increasing the risk of disruptions. For example:

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Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Innovative Commercial Building Technologies

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster – helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy.

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Clean Energy Highlights from the President's 2015 Budget Proposal

Source: DOE 

 U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz detailed President Barack Obama’s $27.9 billion Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the Energy Department.  Secretary Moniz emphasized the President’s continued commitment to a low-carbon future, improved energy infrastructure resilience, U.S. science and technology leadership and stronger national security.

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Schneider Electric Demonstrates Advanced Energy Data Management

Source: Better Plants Program

Like many large organizations, Better Plants Challenge Partner Schneider Electric has long strived to better manage energy use across multiple facilities and sites. Substantial swings in energy data due to regular changes in weather and production levels only added to the company energy managers' challenge. The company’s creative solutions to the issue are highlighted in their Implementation Model. As a global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric leveraged its internal expertise to develop a predictive energy model that normalizes baseline energy use and to document best practices. They also centralized this expertise in an existing group of facility managers and used them to disseminate and apply energy management capabilities across the company, as well as to standardize the reporting process.

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PG&E Awards $255,000 In Bright Ideas Grants To California Schools

Source: PR Newswire

 As part of its ongoing commitment to renewable energy education and powering California's future, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced 37 recipients who will receive Bright Ideas Grants totaling more than $255,000.

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Report: 78,600 Clean Energy, Transportation Jobs Announced In 2013

Source: PR Newswire

More than 78,600 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in 2013 at 260 projects tracked by the nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

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Capstone Receives Orders for Fifty C65s From Horizon Power Systems for U.S. Oil and Gas Companies

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it received orders for fifty Capstone C65 microturbines for oil and gas production in the United States.

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Cheapest Solar Ever? Austin Energy Buys PV From SunEdison at 5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

Source: GreenTech Media
Texas utility Austin Energy is going to be paying 5 cents per kilowatt-hour for solar power, and it could mean lower customer rates

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Connecticut Saves $53.4 Million in 2013 through Energy Efficiency Programs

Source: StamfordPlus.com
The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board on Monday officially released its 2013 Programs and Operations Report to members of the Connecticut General Assembly and other policymakers, efficiency advocates, and stakeholders throughout the state. This annual report details the steps that the Energy Efficiency Fund has taken to empower the state’s residents and businesses to use energy more efficiently and save money.

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Erie County to Get Two Solar Energy Projects

Source: The Buffalo News

Erie County will get two new solar projects as part of the state’s NY-Sun initiative. Poughkeepskie-based BQ Energy has been awarded an undisclosed amount to build two large-scale photovoltaic panel projects in the region.

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Las Vegas Private School 'Goes Green' for Free

Source: Company
Black Rock Solar just completed a 121 kW solar array on the rooftop of their building on Lake Mead Parkway. This array will provide Lake Mead Christian Ministries with approximately $10,500 in yearly savings. This adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next 25 years. The array was made possible by a $310,000 grant given by NV Energy and was built at no cost to LMCM by Black Rock Solar.
 

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County Buildings Going Energy Neutral

Source: Santa Barbara Independent
Santa Barbara County–owned facilities are being ushered into a more energy-efficient future, as the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to adopt a plan that would see its buildings produce as much energy as they consume, in line with upcoming state and federal standards. Under the Zero Net Energy Resolution, all new county-owned buildings designed after 2025 would strive to be energy neutral. For existing buildings, half of their square footage would aim to meet that requirement by 2025 and fully so by 2035. According to county staff, buildings eat up a significant amount of energy, thanks to computers, air conditioning, heating, light, hot water, and ventilation. Santa Barbara County spent $4 million on its facilities in fiscal year 2012-13, said Greg Chanis with the General Services Department, and getting buildings to a point where their energy output equals their energy input could mean turning to solar panels and wind turbines.

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OnForce Solar Awarded Additional Funding by NYSERDA for Large-Scale Solar Projects

Source: Hearld Online
OnForce Solar, a leading provider of solar electric systems, announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded the company additional funding to develop and construct large-scale commercial solar projects in New York State under Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative. Since the inception of the program, OnForce Solar has received in excess of $20M from NYSERDA, and is one of the most successful winners of NYSERDA awards under this competitive bidding program.

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Report: US Solar Market Grew 41% Last Year, a Record for the Industry

Source: Renewable Energy Focus
The newly released report, "US Solar Market Insight: 2013 Year in Review," reflected a continuation of what SEIA called the "explosive growth of the U.S. solar industry. California continues to lead the U.S. market and installed more than half of all U.S. solar in 2013. In fact, the state installed more solar last year than the entire United States did in 2011. Despite installing the second-most PV in 2013 with 421 megawatts, Arizona didn’t live up to its 2012 total of 710 megawatts. On the other side of the spectrum, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia had major growth years, installing a combined 663 megawatts, more than doubling their combined total from the year before. On the whole, the top five states (California, Arizona, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and New Jersey) accounted for 81% of all U.S. PV installations in 2013.

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Reliable Controls Adds Functional Options to SMART-SensorTM Series

Source: Reliable Controls 

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the release of several new optional features to the popular SMART-SensorTM line of products, providing added functionality while opening the door for more customized installations and promoting the right device for each unique space. 

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New West Campus Solar Farm to Provide Power to UC Riverside

Source: UCR Today

The sun has always been a major part of the identity of the University of California, Riverside, so much so that it is even incorporated into the school’s logo. But starting in the summer of 2014, the sun will be providing more than beautifully sunny days – it will also be providing electrical power to the campus and saving the university, and taxpayers, millions of dollars in the process.

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Green Schools Alliance Selects Sterling Planet as Provider for New Consortium

Source: Company

The Green Schools Alliance (GSA) took another “Big Step toward Small Footprints”, announcing the selection of Sterling Planet as renewable energy provider to the Green Schools Renewable Energy Purchasing Consortium. Founded in 2013, the consortium invites all schools to collectively purchase renewable energy for their facilities, earn national recognition from EPA’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) and pave the way for renewable energy use in the broader educational community. 

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PUCO launches highly anticipated website to assist Ohio’s energy consumers

Source: DOE

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) officially launched the new Energy Choice Ohio website, www.energychoice.ohio.gov, dedicated to consumer education regarding electric and natural gas choice in Ohio. The new website was developed specifically to be the premier resource for Ohio’s energy consumers seeking information and offer comparisons regarding electric and natural gas supplier choices.

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SunEdison Interconnects 16.4 MW Solar Power Plant For Davis-Monathan Air Force Base

Source: PR Newswire

SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE), a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, and MIC Solar Energy Holdings, a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC (NYSE: MIC),announced the completion of a 16.4 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant located outside Tucson, Arizona on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB).  The plant is the largest solar energy facility at any U.S. Department of Defense installation and is expected to reduce the Air Force's utility costs by $500,000 annually for the next 25 years.

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ARPA-E Projects Attract More Than $625 Million in Private Funding

Source: DOE

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced that the Agency’s innovative projects are making great strides towards transforming the way Americans use and produce energy.

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Energy Department Announces New Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

Source: DOE

Building on President Obama’s State of the Union address and the Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced new efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. Over the next 30 years, these standards will help cut carbon pollution by about 142 million metric tons – equivalent to the annual electricity use of 14.3 million U.S. homes – and save businesses up to $11.7 billion on their energy bills.

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Capstone Receives Two Orders Totaling 2.6MW From Regatta Solutions for Prominent Southern California

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it received orders for two Capstone C800s and a Capstone C1000 to be used in two Southern California hospitals.

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Lucid and Rainforest Automation Partner to Bring Real-Time Smart Meter Data to Commercial Buildings

Source: Company

Lucid and Rainforest Automation have jointly announced the availability of an integrated solution for monitoring real-time smart meter data that requires zero installation and can be turned on instantly. Lucid customers can now connect Rainforest’s ZigBee-enabled wireless gateway device with BuildingOS® to gain visibility into energy consumption, empower facility managers with easy-to-use analytics tools, and engage occupants.

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NREL Aims to Improve Building Energy Performance with New Web-Based Tool

Source: Company

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed a web-based tool to help consumers better understand the energy performance of building-related products. The Technology Performance Exchange™ (TPEx™) is a portal that helps manufacturers and other organizations that measure and test products easily share performance data with product consumers.

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New $10 million Fund to Finance Energy Storage Projects Nationwide

Source: PR Newswire

TIP Capital, a leading provider of equipment finance and asset management solutions, and Green Charge Networks (GCN), a leader in Power Efficiency, have announced a program to offer $0 down financing for GCN's retail, municipal and industrial customers. The initial commitment will consist of an unprecedented $10 million fund dedicated to $0 down energy storage financing.

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Direct Replacement LED Lamps for GE ET5/6 Series Incandescent Panel-Mount Lamps

Source: Company
LEDtronics, Inc., adds a new Utilities LED Panel light to its PNL-1145 Series. These short thread body LED panel mount lamps only consume a half watt of power and replace incandescent high voltage panel indicators, such as GE ET5, ET6. They are designed to go in panels found in Transmission Station Control Panels, Control Rooms, Sub-Station control rooms of power plants and utilities

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DOI Announces Two Solar Projects Approved in California, Nevada

Source: DOE

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, create jobs and move our economy toward clean energy sources, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the approval of two solar energy projects located near the Nevada-California border that are expected to supply 550 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power about 170,000 homes, and support more than 700 jobs through construction and operations.

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• Energy Department Offers $10 Million to Speed Enhanced Geothermal Systems

Source: DOE

In support of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced $10 million to improve subsurface characterization for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) by developing state-of-the-art methods that quantify critical underground reservoir properties as they change over time. New methods to access engineered reservoirs will speed the deployment of this next generation geothermal technology and support geothermal energy’s continued role in the U.S. clean energy mix. To generate baseload, renewable power, EGS projects capture power from intensely hot rocks, buried thousands of feet below the surface, that lack the permeability or fluid saturation found in naturally occurring geothermal systems. The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated this vast, untapped thermal resource is between 100 and 500 gigawatts, enough to power millions of American homes.

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Air Force Boasts Biggest Solar Plant Among US Military Installations

Source: PV Magazine
The new plant will provide 35 percent of the Arizona military base's electricity demand. The U.S. Air Force is working to increase its use of renewable electricity to 25 percent by 2025.

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US Building Efficiency Was Worth More Than Clean Electricity in 2013

Source: Greentech Media
Buildings are becoming a big part of the advanced energy economy. America's building sector often gets criticized for being an inefficient drain on the country's electricity system. At the same time, the natural gas industry gets held up as an economic miracle for the grid. But does that perception match reality?

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Hamilton School Board to Consider a $21 Million 'Energy Savings' Plan

Source: NJ.com
It’s already budget season in one of the state’s largest school districts, where board members are already looking at energy improvements and special needs for next year. The school board will consider a $21 million “energy savings improvement plan” as part of its 2014-15 budget, a “budget-neutral” project that would replace old and inefficient equipment and offset the costs by the savings it provides.

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City of Roswell Recognized as Gold Certified Green Community

Source: BEPA
The city of Roswell has been named a Gold Certified Green Community by the Atlanta Regional Commission for leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta.

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Los Angeles Kicks Off Second Round Solar Feed-in Tariff

Source: Cleantechnica
The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) has begun accepting applications for its second 20-megawatt (MW) round of Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program. A pioneering type of clean energy incentive here in the US, LADWP’s FiT has proved hugely popular with homeowners, businesses, and project developers across the City of Angels.

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Maryland Energy Efficiency Program Renewed

Source: BEPA
The Maryland Energy Administration this week declared a major energy efficiency program for the state’s agricultural and farming industry named in honor of the late Kathy Mathias is now accepting applications for its second year.

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REC to Collaborate with Fraunhofer ISE on the Development of High-Efficiency Solar Cells

Source: Company
REC, a leading global supplier of solar energy solutions, is teaming up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE to develop high-efficiency solar cells based on n-type monocrystalline wafers.

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Snohomish PUD Kicks Off Stanwood Energy-Saving Competition

Source: Company
Snohomish County Public Utility District recently launched a new community-based Stanwood Energy Challenge, in which two teams of eight businesses each will compete to see which can save more energy.

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AMERLUX AND SENSITY SYSTEMS PARTNER TO OFFER LIGHT SENSORY NETWORK-READY LUMINAIRES

Source: Company

Amerlux LLC, a global leader in lighting solutions, and Sensity Systems, the pioneer of Light Sensory Networks (LSNs), announced that the two companies have entered into a lighting manufacturer partnership for Amerlux to deliver LSN-ready luminaires—helping to establish Sensity’s NetSense platform as the LSN industry standard. Amerlux will integrate Sensity’s NetSense technology with motion, photonic, energy, and temperature sensors into their exterior LED lighting solutions. This partnership will provide Amerlux customers worldwide with a lighting application platform that can generate valuable data to better understand and manage their physical environment for greater productivity, efficiency, and security.

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World’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant Opens in California

Source: DOE

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will participate in the opening of the Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System, the world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. As President Obama highlighted in his State of the Union address, the U.S. is becoming a global leader in solar energy -- demonstrated by a new industry report which found that U.S. utility-scale solar set a record with 2.3 gigawatts installed in 2013. As the first commercial deployment of innovative power tower CSP technology in the United States, the Ivanpah project was the recipient of a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO).

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Energy Department Offers $25 Million for U.S. Solar Manufacturing

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced that the U.S. solar industry is more than 60 percent of the way to achieving cost-competitive utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity – only three years into the Department’s decade-long SunShot Initiative. To help continue this progress, the Energy Department also announced today $25 million in funding to strengthen U.S. solar manufacturing for photovoltaic and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies and to maintain a strong domestic solar industry – supporting the Department’s broader Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative. 

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Wireless WattStopper occupancy sensors offer versatile, time-saving solutions to manage energy

Source: Company

WattStopper has introduced a new line of wireless occupancy sensors in response to customer requests for more choices to manage energy. The radio frequency (RF) products make it easy and cost effective to install code-compliant controls in existing buildings, or wherever wired occupancy sensors aren't the best fit. The product line includes dual relay controls not available from other manufacturers, as well as time-saving functionality.

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Caribbean Islands Promised $1bn in Loans for Move to Clean Energy

Source: The Guardian
Caribbean islands that pay some of the highest electricity prices in the world are in line for more than $1bn of green energy loans to reduce bills following an agreement between governments, companies, energy experts and financiers.
 

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Meeting the Energy Efficiency Challenge in 2014

Source: BEPA
Across the United States, the utility industry is facing growing energy efficiency goals for 2014 and beyond. To achieve these goals, utilities must tap into the market segment that represents the greatest opportunity for energy savings over the next 10 years - the commercial building market.

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Plug Power Receives Multi-Site GenKey Order

Source: Yahoo Finance

Plug Power Inc. (PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, announced it has received a significant GenKey contract from a leading retailer to roll out its turnkey hydrogen fuel cell system solutions at six North America distribution centers over approximately a two year period. The first site is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2014.

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LEDtronics Adds Energy Star-Qualified, UL-Listed LED Bulbs to Its A19 and A21 Lineup

Source: Company

LEDtronics, Inc., announces two new Energy Star-qualified, UL-listed dimmable LED replacements for A19- and A21-style incandescent light bulbs for home and commercial use. The 7-watt DEC-A19F-7W-XIW-120AWD-ES and 9-watt DEC-A21F-9W-XIW-120AWD-ES come with a softly diffused, precision domed lens that direct warm white (3200K) light in a directional 180-degree illumination pattern.

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Sunrun Acquires REC Solar’s Residential Division, AEE Solar and SnapNrack

Source: REC Solar

Sunrun and Mainstream Energy Corp. announced that Sunrun has acquired the residential division of REC Solar, AEE Solar and SnapNrack. The companies represent Mainstream Energy’s residential solar sales, design and installation; wholesale distribution; and mounting systems and hardware businesses, respectively. In the commercial market, REC Solar will continue as an independent organization under the legal name REC Solar Commercial Corp. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.

 

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Online Spring Courses Available in Energy Resource Management

Source: Company

Explore UC Davis Extension’s online spring courses in Energy Resource Management. Visit our website for a full listing of courses and to learn about the online certificate program in Energy Resource Management.  

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Heat Pipe Technology Releases SelectPlus™ Design Software

Source: Company
Heat Pipe Technology (HPT) a division of MiTek® Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company recently announced that it has released a highly integrated new software program called SelectPlus™.  Designed with the latest cloud-based technology, HPT’s SelectPlus addresses the needs of three HPT constituencies: HPT Representatives who market and help specify HPT solutions; Design Engineers who design and specify HPT solutions; and Original Equipment Manufacturers who manufacture air-handling equipment with the latest HPT energy recovery and dehumidification solutions.

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10 American Cities Will Lead the Nation on Energy Efficiency

Source: Huffington Post
In our cities, big buildings often run 24/7. Offices are continuously heated or cooled, elevators are running, lights, computers and equipment are on, continuously humming. Because they're constantly in operation -- you can't really unplug a building -- our buildings use enormous amounts of electricity, and are responsible for 40 percent of America's global warming pollution. In most cities, the proportion is even higher -- up to 50 or even 75 percent of carbon emissions come from buildings.

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Orion Energy Systems Announces Appointment of Omar Rivera as Divisional Vice President

Source:  Company

Orion Energy Systems is pleased to announce that Omar Rivera has joined the team with primary responsibility to lead our channel development efforts. This aligns with Orion's strategic initiative to continue to support growth of our indirect sales channels.

 

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Whitepaper from WattStopper and Durell Control Systems focuses on system integration in high perform

Source: Company

WattStopper and Durell Control Systems have published a new white paper examining best practices for control systems integration in high performance buildings. The paper uses case studies to explore how project partners can successfully collaborate with design and construction teams, focusing on two recently completed high performance buildings in London, Ontario, Canada.

 

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DENT Instruments and Setra Systems Announce Joint Development Partnership

Source: Company

DENT Instruments, a global leader in the design and manufacture of power and energy measurement instruments, announced their Joint Development agreement with Setra Systems, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of sensors and display monitors for HVAC and building automation systems. DENT and Setra will continue their collaboration on a series of Joint Development projects that will help tackle some of the challenges faced by their served customer base. The Joint Development agreement brings together two leading manufacturers of building automation sensors to expand the market and help customers address the challenges of energy management.

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Energy Department Offers $50 Million to Advance Fuel Efficient Autos

Source: US DOE

 At the Washington Auto Show, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced nearly $50 million to accelerate research and development of new vehicle technologies that give drivers and businesses more transportation options and protect the environment in communities nationwide. This new funding includes support for the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, a broader initiative launched in March 2012 to make plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) more affordable and convenient to own and drive than today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.

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ETL Listed Modular LED Street Lights Provide High-Lumen Lighting with up to 75% Energy Savings

Source: Company

LEDtronics introduces a series of dimmable modular LED streetlights that are ETL listed and RoHS compliant. The new Series SLM00 Modular LED streetlight fixtures are dimmable from 15% to 100% of maximum brightness, support input voltages from 120 to 277 VAC, and conform to IESNA Type III pattern, providing full cutoff.

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Extremely high electricity pricing continues today in the eastern United States…

Source: SourceOne

Ongoing cold weather throughout much of the U.S. that has continued to stress natural gas pricing – with the direct impact of also driving hourly electricity pricing to extremely high levels. As with Thursday’s electricity pricing, for facilities with exposure to market index pricing, taking advantage of any usage reduction through equipment shut downs or production delays will help to minimize exposure to these costs.  

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LG Electronics Recognized Among World's 100 Most Sustainable Corporations

Source: PR Newswire

 LG Electronics has been named to the 2014 Global 100 World's Most Sustainable Corporations Index, an annual ranking produced by Corporate Knights, a media and investment advisory company.

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GDF SUEZ Canada Announces Start of Commercial Operation of the 99MW Cape Scott Wind Project

Source: PR Newswire

GDF SUEZ Canada Inc. announced the 99MW Cape Scott Wind Project on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, entered commercial operation under a 20-year power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.

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Sol Inc. Recognized by Florida Governor for Innovation and Commercial Excellence

Source: PR Newswire

Sol Inc., a global commercial solar outdoor LED lighting solutions company and the market leader in North America, announced this week that it has been awarded the 2013 Governor's Innovators in Business Award for the Innovation/Entrepreneurship category by Florida Governor Rick Scott. The award recognizes Sol for its leadership in working with government agencies, local and state governments and commercial entities to drive the adoption of solar commercial outdoor lighting across the United States and around the world.

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Distech Controls Introduces Integrated Room Control Solution

Source: Company
Distech Controls is pleased to announce that its Integrated Room Control (IRC) Solution for the control of HVAC room terminal equipment (BACnet® or LONWORKS®), Lighting, and Shades is now available. This easy to configure, modular solution achieves the highest level of comfort for occupants while increasing operating cost savings for local or room applications, such as offices, patient rooms, dorms, military housing, and more.

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Energy Dept. Reports: U.S. Fuel Cell Market Production and Deployment Continues Strong Growth

Source: EERE News
The Energy Department released three new reports showcasing strong growth across the U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen technologies market – continuing America’s leadership in clean energy innovation and providing U.S. businesses more affordable, cleaner transportation and power options. According to these reports, the United States continues to be one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. In 2012, nearly 80 percent of total investment in the global fuel cell industry was made in U.S. companies.

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Minnesota Judge Backs Solar in Favor of Gas

Source: PV Magazine
The decision marks the first time that unsubsidized solar energy has gone head-to-head with natural gas and come out on top as the best option, both economically and environmentally.

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Ford Creates Concept Car That Runs On Sunlight

Source: Company
Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept is first-of-its-kind sun-powered vehicle with the potential to deliver the best of a plug-in hybrid without depending on the electric grid for fuel.

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UCR Harnesses the Sun to Power Education

Source: UCR
University of California Riverside (UCR), has unveiled plans for a large-scale 10.92 acre solar farm to be located on the West Campus. UCR is partnering with SunPower Corporation for the project that when completed sometime in July of this year, will generate nearly three megawatts of electricity. Back in 2009, UCR and SunPower worked with UC Merced to install a one-megawatt solar array.

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WattNode® Electric Power Meters — Now Offering ANSI C12.1 Accuracy, Accepted for Listing by BTL

Source: Company
Continental Control Systems will showcase its entire line of WattNode® electric power meters, including the revenue-grade WattNode Revenue line. The WattNode Revenue meters meet the accuracy requirements of ANSI C12.1, and support Modbus®, BACnet®, or LonTalk® communications protocols or pulse output.

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Significant Progress on Energy Efficiency in 2013---And 2014 Could Be Even Better

Source: ACEEE
As 2013 draws to a close, it's useful to reflect back on the past year and look forward to the coming one. Despite political and economic headwinds, the states and federal and local governments continued to make progress on energy efficiency policies in 2013. Among the states, Mississippi and Louisiana decided to begin utility programs, and Connecticut and Maine passed legislation to advance efficiency initiatives. Seven states adopted one of the latest model building energy codes, and eight states signed a memorandum of understanding on actions to put 3.3 million plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicles on the road by 2025.

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Evluma Releases 70W AreaMax LED Luminaire, Delivers More than Light

Evluma is taking orders for the latest release in its expanding line of utility-grade LED area and security lights, the 70W AreaMax. With twice the LEDs and a higher lumen output than the existing 40W models, the 70W AreaMax is designed to replace up to 200W HID lights and delivers 94 lm/W. With this release, Evluma has also improved the internal maintenance and monitoring functions for the entire AreaMax product line.

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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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Sol Systems Finances 227 kW Washington D.C. Solar Project at KIPP School

PR Newswire - Sol Systems is proud to announce that it has facilitated financing for a 227 kW solar energy system at the KIPP Charter School, a non-profit in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Volt Energy developed the project and Sol Systems structured the transaction and financed the project on behalf of its investment client, Washington Gas Energy Systems.
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New LED Canopy Lights By Access Fixtures Are True 150w Metal Halide Equivalents

Source: PR Newswire

Access Fixtures has expanded its extensive line of LED light fixtures to include updated LED garage lights and LED canopy lights that are true 150 watt metal halide equivalents. Garage lights are luminaires that are typically used to light parking garages. Canopy lights are the luminaires used under the canopy at gas or filling stations. Both types of luminaires are used twelve to twenty-four hours per day. The new LED garage lights and LED canopy lights achieve the same light output or more than typical 150w metal halide versions while using less than half the energy. (more)

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Forbes - Energy . . . 

Texas Billionaire Lands Big Deal For BP's Alaska Oilfields  
Deal size is estimated to be on the order of $1.5 billion.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:56:00 GMT

On This Earth Day, It's Actually Easier To Be Green  
 EDITOR’S NOTE: Forbes has just published Curbing Cars: America’s Independence From The Auto Industry, an eBook investigating why a growing number of Americans are giving up their cars. Written by Forbes contributor and former New York Times Detroit bureau chief Micheline Maynard, this illuminating account of our changing automotive habits is available for download now. Here's an excerpt looking at how environmentalism has become an every day event.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:07:00 GMT

Onsite Generation: Can Utilities Rethink Their Business Proposition?  
Can utilities adapt to emerging innovations that allow customers to “bypass” their services? Or, will power companies become the modern-day dinosaur?

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:34:00 GMT

It's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use  
Can we stop pretending biofuel from corn is helping the planet and the environment? The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report reversing its previous support of biofuels, stating, “Increasing bioenergy crop cultivation poses risks to ecosystems and biodiversity” and “[Use of biofuels]…can lead to greater total emissions than when using petroleum products.”

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:12:00 GMT

If You Want To Sell Efficient Lighting Solutions, Finance Them  
The history of energy efficiency projects is replete with ‘market failures.’ Anybody in the industry can tell you that there are countless potential projects with rates of return in the 20 or 30% range (or better) that simply don’t get done. In general, this is because companies focus their resources on their core competencies rather than on comprehensive energy management strategies. And it’s also because large upfront capital investments play havoc with financial statements, or the money to finance these projects simply isn’t there. So the waste from unnecessary energy and maintenance cost continues year after year, market competitiveness is weakened, and the economy hemorrhages resources unnecessarily.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:40:00 GMT

Carter's Anti-Keystone Rhetoric Ignores Key Energy Questions  
Former President Jimmy Carter emphasized the “no” in Nobel on Wednesday when he joined with other laureates in urging the Obama administration to deny a permit for the long-languishing Keystone XL pipeline.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:01:00 GMT

Some Winners And Losers As Obama's EPA Preps Carbon Crackdown  
Coal-fired power plants are responsible for about 25% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:07:00 GMT

Four Ways The U.S. Military Can Adopt Clean Energy For National Security  
By Stephanie Kline

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:30:00 GMT

Solar Trends For Q1 Of 2014 And Beyond: The View From Mercom Capital's CEO  
If you want to get a sense of where the solar industry is going, follow the money, says Mercom Capital's CEO Raj Prabhu.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:53:00 GMT

Roads Versus Rail: The Big Battle Over Public Transportation  
EDITOR’S NOTE: Forbes has just published Curbing Cars: America’s Independence From The Auto Industry, an eBook investigating why a growing number of Americans are giving up their cars. Written by Forbes contributor and former New York Times Detroit bureau chief Micheline Maynard, this illuminating account of our changing automotive habits is available for download now. This excerpt examines the battle between highway advocates and those who want more public transportation.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:14:00 GMT

Google and SunPower Join Forces To Fund Solar Homes  
Google and SunPower said Wednesday they are going in on a $250 million fund to finance residential solar leases, in which homeowners pay for solar electricity rather than the solar panels on their rooftops.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:56:00 GMT

Can Shale Save Europe?  
With Russian gas reserves again in question, renewable investment shaky and energy diversity on everyone’s mind, Europe is rethinking the question, To Shale or Not To Shale?

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:42:00 GMT

Future Of Personal Mobility -- Life With Or Without Ownership Of Cars  
In 2008, after I told a global leading car company that they are not in business of making cars, but in the industry of personal mobility, and that car sharing would be an important personal mobility business model of the future, I was almost thrown out of the factory gates. Six years later, the same car company now runs a car sharing business and is in the forefront of developing new mobility services around vehicle usage rather than car ownership.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:08:00 GMT

The $5 Million Georgetown University Energy Prize Aims to Change The Way Communities Use Energy  
With a $5 million purse for the winning community, the Georgetown Energy Prize wants to create an inflection point in how we think about and use energy.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:01:00 GMT

Coal's Darkest Days  
In the 1950s, McDowell County, West Virginia was a bustling coal town teeming with 100,000 residents, many of whom were helping to feed a fast-growing national industrial sector -- and themselves. Today, though, the locale has just 10,000 households with many dependent on federal sustenance programs.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:06:00 GMT

Electric-Car Buyers Younger And Richer Than Hybrid Owners  
What is hip? Apparently these days it’s an electric car.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:57:00 GMT

Onsite Generation: Can Utilities Rethink Their Business Proposition?  

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Can utilities adapt to emerging innovations that allow customers to “bypass” their services? Or, will power companies become the modern-day dinosaur? The trend is toward more independent customers who are able to generate their own electricity -- all spearheaded by advancing technologies that are becoming cheaper and more effective. But just

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:43:49 GMT

Four Ways To Eat Better While Celebrating The Earth  
This Earth Day, celebrate the earth by making more informed choices about what you eat. It might even have an impact on your own body and wallet too.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:21:00 GMT

Where Does Algeria's National Election Leave Its Energy Future? (And Europe's)  
A predictably troubling election and growing concern about Algeria’s political stability raises concerns about the country’s energy potential and the impact it could have on Europe’s gas future.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:30:00 GMT

Energy Sector Turns From Dog Into Darling  
Take a look at the price of oil and natural gas. Currently natural gas prices are starting to stabilize while the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil is up by 4% year-to-date, reaching $104 a barrel just last week.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:41:00 GMT

Be Thankful On Earth Day For Oil & Gas  
Today is Earth Day, the annual celebration of Mother Earth and all she provides to us.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:26:00 GMT

Linn Looks Like A Lovable MLP Laggard With Double-Digit Yield  
Linn Energy, LLC (LINE) is structured as a master limited partnership, but the Houston-based company does not operate in traditional MLP areas like energy transportation and storage.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:15:00 GMT

Drive Your SUV To An Earth Day Rally  
Over the years, I’ve known many environmentalists and industry executives and must say that virtually none were evil and all were rational human beings (although the same can’t be said for some economists). Yet discussions of environmental policies often turn into mud-slinging matches which accomplish nothing except allow each side to feel smug. Given that today is Earth Day, allow me to suggest some simple rules that might improve our approach to these issues.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:09:00 GMT

10 Cities Where Bicycles Rule The Streets  
New York City now has a bike sharing program, but there are dozens of places where bicycles are the big thing.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:07:00 GMT

New Keystone XL Delay: 'A Stunning Act Of Political Cowardice'  
Why else make an announcement late in the afternoon on Good Friday?

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:58:07 GMT

Sports Can Help Roll Back Climate Change!  
I don't want to be part of the first generation to hand down a degraded quality of life to our children. The relentless surge of climatic change threatens life as we know it. Polar ice caps and glaciers keep melting at an alarming rate flooding the oceans. How many aberrational weather disasters will it take for people to wake up and see the threat? Plants and animals are reacting in ways which threaten both our food and oxygen supplies. Wars over water and scarcity of resources loom in the future. The Earth is not able to sustain the billions of people now living, and population will continue to increase exponentially. The Earth itself is not threatened; it is our species-humans-which may be one of the many forms of life that does not survive in the planet's billions of years of history.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:27:00 GMT

Conflict Minerals, COOL, And Compelled Commercial Speech At The D.C. Circuit  
Two decisions issued a little over two weeks apart by separate U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit three-judge panels have created significant uncertainty on a critically important First Amendment issue. The court's forthcoming actions in these cases will have a major impact on government regulation and on regulated industries as diverse as livestock, food, tobacco, smartphones, and medical devices.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:28:00 GMT

2014 30 Under 30: Energy & Industry  


Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:47:00 GMT

New Keystone XL Delay: 'A Stunning Act Of Political Cowardice'  
Why else make an announcement late in the afternoon on Good Friday?

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:47:00 GMT

Falling Solar Energy Costs Are Poised To Reshape The World's Economy  
Jeremy Rifkin recently published a book called The Zero Marginal Cost Society.  As an industry analyst it is my job to stay on top of technologies that have the chance to transform industry. Indeed, when MHI went through a very throrough research project to identify megatrends that will reshape industry through 2025, all the trends they identified, but one, are things that my company ARC has been paying close attention to.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:35:00 GMT



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