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CURRENT, POWERED BY GE, ACQUIRES DAINTREE NETWORKS TO TRANSFORM BUILDINGS FROM IDLE TO INTELLIGENT

Source: Company 

Current, powered by GE (NYSE: GE), announced the acquisition of Daintree Networks, an enterprise Industrial Internet provider of building controls solutions for commercial facilities. This acquisition will enable Current to expand its building automation platform
and its energy-as-a-service offering to small- and medium-size facilities through the deployment of Daintree’s open, standards-based wireless control systems.
 

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Solano County landfill gas-to-energy project providing clean power to homes

Source: PR Newswire 

Potrero Hills Energy Producers, a partnership between DTE Biomass Energy Inc. and Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, recently started generating electricity from landfill gas.

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Capstone Receives 1.5MW Multi-Unit Order from New Chinese Distributor

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has received an order for multiple microturbines from a new distributor, JiangSu Jin Tong Ling (JTL), in China.

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Oracle Buys Opower

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Opower (OPWR), the leading provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oracle (ORCL), for $10.30 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $532 million, net of Opower’s cash.

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Georgia Power recognizes Post Properties for commitment to electric vehicles

Source: PR Newswire

Leaders from Georgia Power and Post Properties joined together at a special event at Post's Atlanta headquarters. At the event, which also included electric vehicle (EV) test drives and sustainability focused activities including urban gardening, Georgia Power recognized the premier residential apartment company for its commitment to EVs. Following the installation of 75 EV charging stations at 15 Atlanta-area properties, Post received a rebate check for $71,500 from Georgia Power. Post's initiative is the single largest charging project undertaken by any multi-family housing organization in Atlanta to date.

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DOE Announces Major Expansion of Crowdsourcing Initiative for Building Technologies

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a major expansion of its distinctive online crowdsourcing community for building technologies. Seeking to draw on the creativity and technical expertise of the American public, citizens can now submit their ideas to six open calls for innovation, with the chance to partner with a DOE national laboratory and a leading private sector partner.

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ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) Releases Progress Report

Source: PR Newswire

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) announced the publication of a Progress Report detailing the standardization community's activity to advance recommendations outlined in the EESCC's Standardization Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment. Published in June 2014 to serve as a national framework for action and coordination, the roadmap identified gaps where standards and codes were needed to improve energy and water efficiency in the built environment.

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Exploring the Energy Future: Keynote Speakers from Amazon and Microsoft to Headline West Coast EMC

Source: PR Newswire

The Western region is at the forefront for developing clean energy strategies and energy efficiency programs and standards, to that end the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) has teamed up with event host Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and sponsors Seattle City Light, Snohomish County PUD, Tacoma Power and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) to present the 34th West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC). The West Coast EMC is the premier energy conference and exposition held in the western U.S. detailing the latest policy and technological advances for the energy industry. EMC 2016 will be held May 25-26, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

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Georgia Power releases 2015 Citizenship Report

Source: PR Newswire 

Georgia Power has released the company's second annual Citizenship Report highlighting the breadth of community programs and volunteer efforts in 2015. The report, centered on the theme Citizenship Matters, outlines how and why the company is committed to improving every community in which it serves as well as spotlights the work of some of Georgia's leading community and charitable organizations.

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BreezoMeter and Current, powered by GE Illuminate the Environmental Potential of Smart Cities

Source: PR Newswire 

BreezoMeter, a big data analytics company that provides dynamic air quality data in real-time, announced a partnership with GE's energy startup Current, powered by GE to help cities understand traffic's impact on air quality, right down to a street level.

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Altus Power Interconnects 2.6 MW of Community Solar Projects in Warren, MA

Source: PR Newswire

Altus Power America, Inc. ("Altus Power") is proud to announce that it has started delivering solar net metering credits from its two community solar systems in Warren, Massachusetts. Energized in December of 2015, Altus Power's Warren projects are some of the first ground mounted community solar systems in Massachusetts to be fully subscribed and operational.  The systems provide energy savings, through solar net metering credits, to more than 190 households in Western Massachusetts as well as to UMass Memorial Health Care.  In addition to the systems in Warren, Altus Power has a large community solar system in Belchertown, MA that will become operational in late April 2016.  Altus Power is planning a community based ribbon cutting ceremony for the systems in late spring, together with local land owners, towns, communities and other beneficiaries of these community solar systems.

 

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Energy Department Announces $4 Million for Solar Energy Data Initiative

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced nearly $4 million for projects to increase access to solar data. Four partners will help launch the new Orange Button? initiative, which will increase solar market transparency and fair pricing by establishing data standards for the industry.

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ComEd To Install Smart-Ready LED Streetlights in More Than 50 Illinois Municipalities

Source: Yahoo Finance 

ComEd announced its plans to replace nearly 18,000 ComEd-owned streetlights with new smart-ready LED streetlights in more than 50 Illinois municipalities. The upgraded technology is provided through ComEd’s Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program at no costs to municipalities within ComEd’s service territory.

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Lunera Lighting Expands Plug and Play Helen Lamp Linear LED Tube Product Family

Source: Company

Lunera® Lighting, Inc., a leader in lighting innovations accelerating the transformation to advanced LED technology, announced the expansion of the Helen Lamp linear plug and play product family. Building owners and operators can upgrade their lighting infrastructure with four-foot T8 linear ballast-bypassed (120V-277V line driven) or four-foot and two-foot T8 linear ballast-driven LED lamps. For high-bay areas, the ballast-driven four-foot T5HO LED lamp is a high-lumen alternative to HIDs. These high performance linear LED lamps instantly lower energy cost by as much as 55 percent. 

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Energy Department Offers Funding for Small- and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Source: Energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $35 million in funding, subject to congressional appropriations, to assist small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers with increasing their energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness and to help address the shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy-related skills. The Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) program provides hands-on training and extensive education for undergraduate and graduate engineering students in manufacturing processes, energy assessment procedures, and energy management systems. 

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DENT Instruments Announces Collaboration with Emerson to Launch Industry-First Wireless Power Meter

Source: Company
DENT Instruments, a global leader in the design and manufacture of power and energy measurement instruments, along with Emerson, a recognized leader in bringing technology and engineering together, have announced a strategic collaboration, making wireless power measurement a reality.

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Working Together to Build a Sustainable Water Future

Source: Whitehouse.gov
Water challenges are facing communities and regions across the United States, impacting millions of lives and costing billions of dollars in damages. These challenges are particularly problematic in predominantly poor, minority, or rural communities, where water inequality can go hand-in-hand with socioeconomic inequality. Recent events, including record-breaking drought in the West, severe flooding in the Southeast, and the water-quality crisis in Flint, MI, have elevated a national dialogue on the state of our Nation’s water resources and infrastructure. This dialogue is increasingly important as a growing population and changing climate continue to exacerbate water challenges. Accordingly, we must work together to build a sustainable water future—one in which everyone has access to the safe, clean, and affordable water they need, when and where they need it.

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EPA & DOE Honor 2016 Energy Star Partners of the Year

Source: energy.gov
In 2014 alone, all Energy Star partners prevented 283 million metric tons of GHG emissions, providing $31.5 billion in economic benefits. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 149 businesses and organizations in 35 states for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Recipients of the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award include Beazer Homes, The Home Depot and Verizon.

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U.S. Building Rooftops Could Generate Close to 40% of National Electricity Sales

Source: NREL
Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used detailed light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data for 128 cities nationwide, along with improved data analysis methods and simulation tools, to update its estimate of total U.S. technical potential for rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems. The analysis reveals a technical potential of 1,118 gigawatts (GW) of capacity and 1,432 terawatt-hours (TWh) of annual energy generation, equivalent to 39 percent of the nation's electricity sales.

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Obama Administration Releases Scientific Assessment on Impact of Climate Change to Human Health

Source: Whitehouse.gov
Delivering on another commitment in the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration released a new final report called The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it. Developed over three years by approximately one hundred experts in climate-change science and public health – including representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) – the Climate and Health Assessment reinforces that climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people not just in the future but right now.

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Australia Could Be World Leader in Solar-Powered Electric Vehicles

Source: Renew Economy
The shift from petrol cars to electric vehicles appears to be more than a consumer-driven, Tesla-inspired phenomenon. The big utilities are also getting on board. Origin Energy, one of country’s big three utilities, says Australia could a market leader in solar-powered electric vehicles, given the right incentives and policies that could encourage the uptake of renewable energy and force the closure of the most polluting brown coal power stations.

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Nedap makes LED lighting even more cost-effective and truly sustainable

Source: Company 

Nedap will launch a new generation of dynamic light management systems at Lightfair International 2016, that takes place from 26. to 28. of April in San Diego, CA. Nedap Luxon dynamic light management suits every luminaire brand or type and combines optimized performance with maximum savings during the complete lifecycle of lighting systems.

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Capstone Secures 8MW of Orders for Multiple Projects in Indonesia and Malaysia

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 multiple orders totaling eight C1000 Signature Series microturbines for projects in Indonesia and Malaysia.

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New LED Wall Pack from TCP to Provide Up to Eighty Percent Energy Savings

Source: PR Newswire

 Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP), a leader in energy efficient lighting, is excited to announce its new WP40 and WP80 LED Wall Pack line. This new line of LED Wall Packs provides a powerful combination of long-life, energy savings and exceptional light output in a sleek housing design that provides an updated appearance for commercial buildings.

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Brookfield and Facebook to Enter Long-Term Renewable Energy Supply Agreement in Ireland

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners and Facebook Inc., announced a long-term renewable energy supply agreement. Brookfield Renewable will supply 100% renewable wind energy to Facebook's second European data center under construction in Clonee, County Meath, Ireland and to Facebook's international headquarters in Dublin.

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PECO Earns Coveted LEED Certification for Philadelphia Headquarters

Source: Yahoo Finance

PECO has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the company’s Philadelphia headquarters. This achievement culminates a multi-year, $15.3 million environmental initiative to improve the sustainability of PECO’s buildings and operations across southeastern Pennsylvania.

 

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Capstone Secures 6MW Order from Repeat Customer in Cartagena, Colombia

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 six of its new C1000 Signature Series microturbines for a repeat customer in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Capstone Secures 6MW Order from Repeat Customer in Cartagena, Colombia

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 six of its new C1000 Signature Series microturbines for a repeat customer in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Lunera Lighting Introduces SensAble Technology (ST) and ST Connect

Source: Company

Lunera® Lighting, Inc., a leader in lighting innovations accelerating the transformation to advanced LED technology, announced a new lighting and control technology platform called SensAble Technology™. This new platform integrates advanced Doppler radar occupancy sensors, IR daylight sensors, power usage monitoring and Zigbee wireless connectivity into Lunera's next generation commercial Helen Lamp Linear T8, Helen Lamp PL and Susan Lamp HID plug and play LED lamp families.

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Arby's Exceeds '15% By 2015' Energy Reduction Goal

Source: PR Newswire 

Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG), parent company of the franchisor of the Arby's® brand, announced that as of Dec. 31, 2015, it reached 15.2 percent total energy reduction per company-owned restaurant from a 2011 baseline, exceeding the "15 Percent By 2015" energy savings goal set by the Brand in 2012. 

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Energy Department Announces Participation in Clean Line’s Large-Scale Energy Transmission Project

Source: Energy.gov

Building on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) ongoing efforts to modernize the grid and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced that DOE will participate in the development of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Project (Clean Line), a major clean energy infrastructure project.

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City Light Building to Help Keep Pace with Seattle's Growing Energy Needs

Source: Company
Seattle City Light is constructing a new electrical substation (Denny Substation) and an underground distribution network (Denny Network) to accomplish a major electrical system upgrade for the city of Seattle.

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Sustainable Water’s Commitment to the White House Water Summit Initiative

Source: Company

The White House recently hosted the White House Water Summit to bring awareness to national water stresses and highlight innovation solutions across all sectors to build a secure water future. Sustainable Water is committing to deploy $500 million in capital to develop 50 eco-engineered decentralized water reclamation and reuse systems across governmental, institutional and commercial market sectors. This commitment is anticipated to save 7.5 billion gallons of potable water annually in the next 10 years.

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Secretary Jewell Announces Milestone for Commercial Wind Energy Development Offshore New York

Source: Energy.gov

 

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced a major step in spurring wind energy development in federal waters offshore New York.

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Energy Department Announces $3 Million for Industry Access to High Performance Computing

Souce: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced up to $3 million in available funding for manufacturers to use high-performance computing resources at the Department's national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges. The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program leverages supercomputers at our national labs to accelerate advanced clean energy technologies and energy-efficient solutions that improve our nation’s economic competitiveness in manufacturing.  This effort also advances President Obama's National Strategic Computing Initiative, unveiled in July 2015, which calls for public-private partnerships to increase industrial adoption of high-performance computing.

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Lunera Lighting Launches the Next Generation Helen Lamp GX23

Source: Company

Lunera® Lighting, Inc., a leader in lighting innovations accelerating the transformation to advanced LED technology announces the next generation plug and play replacement for compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), the Helen Lamp GX23. Commercial building owners and operators can save energy and reduce operating expenses by simply replacing the 13W CFL commonly used in downlights and sconces. Lunera's five-watt Helen Lamp reduces lighting energy consumption by over 60 percent, while consistently delivering quality illumination. 

 

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PulteGroup Prototyping Innovative Zero Net Energy Home

Source: PR Newswire

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) announced production of a zero net energy (ZNE) home prototype in Northern California, becoming the largest builder to participate in a pilot aimed at building new homes to achieve maximum energy efficiency and utility grid load reduction.

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DENT Instruments Announces Collaboration with Emerson to Launch An Industry-First

Source: Company 

DENT Instruments, a global leader in the design and manufacture of power and energy measurement instruments, along with Emerson, a recognized leader in bringing technology and engineering together, have announced a strategic collaboration, making wireless power measurement a reality.

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Yuba City to Save $6 Million in Energy Costs

Source: PR Newswire

The City of Yuba City, CA, announced at its Council meeting on Tuesday that it has completed the implementation of a successful energy efficiency and solar power program with OpTerra Energy Services. The program is aligned with the City's broader vision for improving community facilities and reducing financial strain on the General Fund. The City is set to save over $6 million, over a 30 year term, in energy and utility costs as a result of upgrades across 16 City structures, including the Gauche Aquatic Park, Police Station, and Water Treatment Plant.

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SunPower Reinvents Home Solar with All-in-One PV System Equinox™

Source: Company
SunPower introduces the SunPower Equinox™ system, now available to U.S. homeowners. It is the first residential solar solution in the nation in which every major component has been designed and engineered by one company to work seamlessly together, delivering unbeatable power, long-term performance and curb appeal. With a typical SunPower Equinox installation, only the solar panels and a Smart Energy management device are visible, reflecting SunPower’s minimalist architectural approach at the system level.

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Lunera Lighting Introduces LightStream Lighting

Source: Company 

Lunera® Lighting, Inc., a leader in lighting innovations accelerating the transformation to advanced LED technology, is pleased to introduce LightStream(TM) Lighting as a Service (LaaS). Available now, LightStream is a turnkey service that allows building owners and operators to upgrade their commercial lighting infrastructure to LED with zero capital expense (CapEx). This innovative approach enables lighting to be treated as a monthly service. Lunera's award-winning, plug and play LED lamps insure end user satisfaction and eliminate project risk, as no modification to the existing lighting infrastructure is required to convert to LED technology.

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Whole Foods Market and NRG to Plan Large Scale Commercial Solar Project Portfolio

Source: Company
Whole Foods Market, America's healthiest grocery store, in conjunction with NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), the country's leading integrated competitive power company, plans to install rooftop solar at up to 84 Whole Foods stores and distribution centers across 9 states to generate renewable energy onsite. When completed and determined by final negotiations and analysis, the portfolio of solar projects has the potential to generate up to 13.8 megawatts (MW) of solar power.

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Connecticut to Save Nearly $1 Billion Through 2015 Energy Efficiency Efforts

Source: Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB)
More than 987,000 Connecticut residents, businesses and municipalities took advantage of Energize Connecticut's home and business energy efficiency solutions in 2015. As a result, these consumers will collectively save nearly $1 billion in lifetime energy costs, according to a report recently released by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB).

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Daimler Invests €500M in New Li-ion Battery Factory

Source: Green Car Congress
Daimler is investing €500 million (US$544 million) to build a second battery factory in Germany to produce lithium-ion batteries for Mercedes-Benz and smart hybrid and electric vehicles. This will triple the production space of Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, located in Kamenz. As a first step, the full Daimler subsidiary has purchased about 20 hectares of land adjacent to the existing battery factory.

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Cree Reinvents the LED Residential Streetlight with New RSW Series

Source: Company
Cree, Inc.introduces the Cree RSW LED Street Luminaire, the first of a new generation of streetlights that deliver LED energy savings and reliability in a warm color temperature that is preferred in many residential applications. The revolutionary RSW LED streetlight utilizes Cree’s proprietary WaveMax technology to provide warm, even light with market-leading color quality and efficacy. Cree’s RSW Series ushers in a new era of street lighting that will transform the way cities and municipalities light their residential streets, interchanges and expressways.

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DOE Names Projects That Secured $1.25 Billion in Private Funding for Clean Energy

Source: ARPA-E
Building on President Barack Obama’s announcement that 45 projects from Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) have secured more than $1.25 billion in private sector follow-on funding, ARPA-E announced the full list of projects that have received private sector investment at the seventh annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. 

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33 GW New Hydropower Capacity Commissioned Worldwide in 2015

Source: International Hydropower Association (IHA)
At the end of 2015, the world’s total installed hydropower capacity reached 1,211 GW, including 145 GW of pumped storage. Continuing the trend of recent years, the majority of new hydropower capacity was commissioned in China. In 2015, Chinese total hydropower capacity reached 320 GW, according to the China Electricity Council. This represents 19.4 GW of new installed capacity.

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Oregon Legislature Sets New Renewable Energy Standards

Source: Company
The Oregon Legislative Assembly approved a bill that will require Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) to increase the amount of energy it delivers to customers from qualifying renewable resources to 50 percent by 2040. The bill also sets firm timelines for PGE to eliminate coal-fired generation from its customers' energy mix no later than the end of 2035. Otherwise known as the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition plan, Senate Bill 1547-B (formerly House Bill 4036) received approval from the Oregon Senate after the Oregon House passed the bill.

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ENGIE Acquires OpTerra Energy Services

Source: Business Wire

ENGIE and OpTerra Energy Services announced that a member of the ENGIE Group has acquired OpTerra Energy Services and its affiliated companies. Headquartered in Oakland, California, OpTerra designs and implements customized projects that help public- and private-sector clients reduce energy consumption and cost. This move strengthens both companies’ objective to offer new and differentiated energy services to current and prospective customers in the United States.

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OpTerra Energy Services to Highlight Energy Conservation Solutions at GLOBALCON 2016

Source: Business Wire 

-OpTerra Energy Services, a national energy services company that works with commercial, industrial and institutional clients as well as school districts, cities and counties to implement comprehensive sustainability solutions, announced that its Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Division will be exhibiting at the Association of Energy Engineers’ (AEE) Globalcon 2016 conference on March 9-10 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

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GDF SUEZ Energy Resources Supplies Renewable Energy Certificates for 2016 GLOBALCON Conference

Source: Company
For the seventh consecutive year, GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, Inc. – the third-largest non-residential electricity provider in the United States – will supply renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the Globalcon Conference & Expo.  The Association of Energy Engineers' (AEE) 2016 event will be held March 9-10 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. 

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Tecogen to Exhibit at GLOBALCON Expo

Source: Company
Tecogen® Inc. is pleased to announce the Company will be exhibiting its premier line of efficient clean energy solutions at the annual GLOBALCON Expo to be held March 9th-10th at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. A full scale model of Tecogen's InVerde combined heat and power (CHP) technology will be prominently displayed in Booth #504. Showcased alongside the Company's full portfolio of best-in-class natural gas powered on-site energy solutions, the latest InVerde model offers superior electrical efficiency, emergency blackstart backup power, seamless grid interconnection, and near-zero emissions of harmful criteria pollutants (NOx and CO).

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NREL Analysis Finds Tax Credit Extensions Can Impact Renewable Energy Deployment

Source: NREL
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released new analysis exploring the potential impact of recently extended federal tax credits on the deployment of renewable generation technologies and related U.S. electric sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Federal tax credits for renewable energy, particularly the wind production tax credit (PTC) and the solar investment tax credit (ITC), have offered financial incentives for renewable energy deployment over the last two decades in the United States. In December 2015, the wind and solar tax credits were extended by five years from their prior scheduled expiration dates, but ramp down in tax credit value during the latter years of the five-year period.

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FP&L and Daytona International Speedway complete one of the largest solar power installations

Source: PR Newswire

 Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced the completion of the FPL Solar Circuit, a system of more than 7,000 solar panels that generate electricity for the Speedway's operations and FPL's 4.8 million customer accounts when the sun is shining.

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Current, powered by GE, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Collaborate

Source: Company
Current, powered by GE  announced a deal with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to install LED lighting across most of Chase's U.S. branches. Potentially spanning 25 million square feet across roughly 5,000 branches, the project is the world's largest single-order LED installation to date. Current estimates that, once completed, the project could reduce the branches' lighting-related energy use by more than 50 percent– equal to taking nearly 27,000 cars off the road.

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Covanta Publishes Third Sustainability Report

Source: PR Newswire

Covanta (NYSE: CVA), a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, has released its latest sustainability report, which provides an update on goals set in previous years, highlights major achievements since the last report and establishes new goals to advance progress in sustainability.

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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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Renovation of New York’s Brighton Towers includes 1,000+ high-performance windows

Source: Company

Rochester Management, Inc. (RMI), a not-for-profit property developer and property management firm located in Rochester, New York, has been involved in the management of Brighton Towers’ apartments since their construction in the early 1970s. With providing high-quality, affordable housing at the heart of its mission, RMI was intent on planning a major renovation of the property that would update the property and preserve it as affordable housing for seniors for many years to come.

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America has a New Class of Ventilator – ecoPOWER Hybrid

Source: Company

EdmondsUSA has brought to America the first hybrid commercial rooftop ventilator, the ecoPOWER. Available in 3 sizes - 16 inch, 24 inch and 36 inch diameter throats - ecoPOWER is the first rooftop ventilator to combine gravity and motorized ventilation.

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Energy Department Announces $21 Million to Lower Solar Energy Deployment Barriers

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy announced $21 million in new funding to lower solar energy deployment barriers and expand access to solar energy to all Americans. The Department is making $13 million available to help states take advantage of falling solar prices and maximize the benefits of solar electricity through energy and economic strategic planning. This new program will offer technical and analytical support in the development and implementation of solar energy deployment plans. An additional $8 million under this funding opportunity will support research on solar energy innovation and technology adoption patterns in order to increase understanding of solar deployment barriers and other "soft costs."

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Constellation and Henderson-Hopkins Complete Construction of 178-Kilowatt Solar Generation Project

Source: Company
Constellation and Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School (Henderson-Hopkins), a K-8 Baltimore City public school operated by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, announced the completion of a 178-kilowatt (DC) solar generation project The project is the second and largest solar generation project to be unveiled at a Baltimore City school.

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Ecova Invests in TROVE, a Next-Generation Predictive Data Science Company

Source: Company
Ecova, the total energy and sustainability management company, has made an investment in TROVE Predictive Data Science, a next-generation data analytics company. Ecova will leverage TROVE's data fusion technology to manage resources and assets, with the objective to ultimately save money for over 700,000 sites in its North American client portfolio starting as early as 2016. TROVE technology enables analytical solutions that continuously learn to deliver data-driven insights for companies interested in better managing data and assets, and reducing energy and resource consumption.

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GLOBALCON, NE Energy Conference, to Discuss Changing Market Forces & Strategic Technologies

Source: AEE
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 27th GLOBALCON Conference & Expo, to be held March 9-10 at the Hynes 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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Forbes Names Big Ass Solutions Among Nation’s Best Small Companies

Source: Company
Forbes has named Big Ass Solutions® to its list of America’s Best Small Companies. The list recognizes small companies that are considered outstanding in their industry.

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Onset Announces Industry's First Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Water Level Logger

Source: Company
Onset, a world leader in data loggers, announced the HOBO® MX2001, the industry’s first water level data logger designed for convenient wireless setup and download from mobile devices via Bluetooth Low Energy.

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National Grid's New Energy Efficiency Plan to Generate Even More Savings for Massachusetts Customers

Source: Company
The recent approval of National Grid’s energy efficiency programs by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities means even more opportunities for the company’s natural gas and electric customers to save money, lower energy use and help improve the environment. The company’s three-year plan is expected to generate $3.6 billion in Massachusetts customer benefits over the lifetime of the efficiency investments. To realize these benefits, over the next three years National Grid will work with customers to invest nearly $850 million in electric energy efficiency and more than $382 million in natural gas energy efficiency.

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Lockheed Martin and Duke Energy Sign 17-Year Renewable Energy Pact

Source: Company
Lockheed Martin has entered into a 17-year power purchase agreement for solar-generated electricity produced by Duke Energy Renewables. The renewable power purchase, which is expected to produce 30 megawatts (approximately 72,000 megawatt hours per year) of solar energy for the U.S. national grid, will provide clean energy across all Lockheed Martin domestic business segments.

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State Energy Officials Announce $250,000 in Support for Early-Stage Clean Energy Companies

Source: MassCEC
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Interim CEO Stephen Pike announced $250,000 in funding for five early-stage clean energy companies. Under MassCEC’s new AccelerateMass program, the funds will help new graduates of business accelerator programs develop new technologies and business plans and attract additional sources of funding.

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China Now World’s Largest Solar PV Market, With 43.2 GW Of Installed Capacity

Source: Sustainovate
China now represents the largest market for solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in the world -- with a total installed capacity of 43.2 gigawatts (GW) -- according to the latest statistics from the National Energy Administration (NEA).

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Dominion Virginia Power, SunEnergy1 to Install Largest Solar Facility in Hampton Roads

Source: PR Newswire

Dominion Virginia Power will soon add more solar power to its generation portfolio.  The company is partnering with SunEnergy1 to install 91,803 solar panels at a new solar farm in Chesapeake– enough to power 5,000 homes. SunEnergy1, a North Carolina-based company, will lease the 250 acre site, located off Ballahack Road and U.S. Highway 17. Dominion will purchase the output of the facility, including energy, capacity and renewable energy credits, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

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Tecogen® Optimizes CHP Fleet with GE's Real-Time Monitoring System

Source: Market Wired 

Improving its equipment monitoring capabilities and bringing its service offering to the forefront of today's available technologies, Tecogen® Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN) will be installing GE's (NYSE: GE) Equipment Insight solution to new equipment sold in 2016 as part of a pilot deployment program. In addition, it has started to roll out the solution on selective deployments across its existing installed base of combined heat and power (CHP) units. With GE's technology, Tecogen will be able to collect, analyze and manage valuable asset data continuously and in real time, providing improved insight into the functionality of its CHP units.

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NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

Source: Energy.gov

The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists.

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Energy Department Invests in Clean Energy at Federal Facilities

Source: Energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $2.85 million in funding for four projects that will advance the development of renewable energy technologies at facilities across the federal government. As the nation's largest single user of energy, the federal government is leading by example and these projects will reduce carbon emissions, while strengthening America's economic, energy, and environmental security. This award announcement follows on the heels of the President's State of the Union address where he discussed how clean energy technologies such as solar are providing real-world solutions. Not only do they reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change, but they are increasingly becoming more cost-competitive with existing technologies, even without accounting for the climate benefits.

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Capstone Receives Additional Follow-on Order for Australian Coal Seam Gas Company

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 additional follow-on order for a large Australian coal seam gas company.

 

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Energy Efficiency Gets a Boost Under Obama

Source: The Denver Post
For a taste of the energy legacy that President Barack Obama is about to leave behind, check the fridge. Yes, literally. Since 2009, his administration has created 43 rules that will deliver the biggest energy savings of any president in history, eliminating demand in 2030 equal to the electricity produced by 96 power plants, based on a consumer group's estimates. And among the most effective is one that has the family refrigerator running on less power than it takes to light a 50-watt bulb.

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2015 Was Record Year For UK Wind Energy Generation

Source: Cleantechnica
New official statistics have shown that 2015 was a record year for wind energy generation in the UK. According to official figures provided by National Grid, and analysed by the country’s wind and marine renewable energy trade body, RenewableUK, 2015 saw onshore and offshore wind farms supply their largest ever amounts of clean energy to UK homes, businesses, and factories.

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Total Corporate Funding in Solar Comes in at $25.3 Billion in 2015

Source: Solar Power World Online
Mercom Capital Group llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in 2015. Total global corporate funding in the solar sector, including venture capital/private equity (VC), debt financing, and public market financing, raised by public companies came to $25.3 billion, compared to $26.5 billion in 2014.

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Coal production and prices decline in 2015

Source: EIA
Since reaching a high point in 2008, coal production in the United States has continued to decline. U.S. coal production in 2015 is expected to be about 900 million short tons (MMst), 10% lower than in 2014 and the lowest level since 1986. Regionally, production from the Appalachian Basin has fallen the most. Low natural gas prices, lower international coal demand, and environmental regulations have contributed to declining U.S. coal production.

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Energy Department Awards Up to $9 Million for Cellulosic Bioenergy Systems

Source: Energy.Gov

The Energy Department announced up to $9 million for the design of sustainable bioenergy systems that maintain or enhance the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of cellulosic bioenergy through the improvement of feedstock production, logistics systems, and technology development. This funding supports the Department's efforts to promote the commercialization of environmentally sustainable advanced bioenergy that reduces carbon emissions and enhances national security. 

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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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Forbes - Energy . . . 

Mega-trends In The Utilities Industry: Take Control Of Your Future, Part 1  
The pace and impact of change in the utilities industry is unrelenting. Each of the following mega-trends is changing the way we produce and use power globally. Together, these mega-trends are revolutionizing the industry.

Tue, 3 May 2016 15:22:00 GMT

What The Failed Halliburton-Baker Hughes Deal Means For The Oil Service Industry  
Wall Street appeared skeptical about the chances for the deal or its benefits. The path forward will be long and painful: With two of the three service industry giants now committed to layoffs and other cost reductions, the rest of the industry will be under pressure to respond accordingly.

Tue, 3 May 2016 12:21:00 GMT

S. Korea President's Mission To Iran Busts Up 'Axis of Evil' Before N. Korea Party Congress  
North Korea may be losing one of its closest friends and de facto allies – Iran.

Tue, 3 May 2016 08:07:00 GMT

Cushing Inventory Levels - Can Bottleneck Explain Fill Rate?  
Although the crude oil market has recently perceived global rebalancing, some analysts believe physical crude may remain oversupplied.

Mon, 2 May 2016 14:30:00 GMT

Itron's Idea Labs: Innovate Or Risk Being Pushed Aside  
Itron's IdeaLabs is driven by the conviction that companies must innovate or be swept aside, even if that means disrupting one's own business.

Mon, 2 May 2016 14:16:00 GMT

Is $50 Oil The New $100? (Depends On What You Think $100 Was)  
Although many now think that $50 is the new, sustainable price, they are primarily looking at short-term prices and hoping for the best. $100 was never a sustainable price, despite widespread belief that it was.

Mon, 2 May 2016 12:28:00 GMT

Kids Win Again In Lawsuit Blaming Gov't For Not Fighting Global Warming  
In a surprise ruling on Friday from the bench in the climate case brought by 21 children against the State of Washington's Department of Ecology, WA State King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered the Department of Ecology to promulgate a carbon emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and make recommendations to the state legislature on science-based greenhouse gas reductions in the 2017 legislative session. Judge Hill also ordered the Department of Ecology to consult with the young plaintiffs in advance of that recommendation.

Sun, 1 May 2016 23:04:04 GMT

Kids Win Again In Lawsuit Blaming Gov't For Not Fighting Global Warming  
In a surprise ruling on Friday from the bench in the climate case brought by 21 children against the State of Washington's Department of Ecology, WA State King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered the Department of Ecology to promulgate a carbon emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and make recommendations to the state legislature on science-based greenhouse gas reductions in the 2017 legislative session. Judge Hill also ordered the Department of Ecology to consult with the young plaintiffs in advance of that recommendation.

Sun, 1 May 2016 10:00:00 GMT

Beijing-Moscow Denounce Washington​'s South ​​China Sea​ Resolve  
China and Russia have agreed on the need to limit U.S. influence in the Asia Pacific Region. On Friday, following bilateral talks in Beijing Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi expressed opposition to the U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea and also said that non-claimants should not take sides in the dispute over maritime territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Sun, 1 May 2016 04:06:00 GMT

Small Turbines Can Outperform Conventional Wind Farms, Stanford Prof Says, With No Bird Kill  
Arrays of small vertical-axis wind turbines, optimized to take advantage of each other's turbulence, can outperform conventional wind farms, according to a Stanford University researcher—and they don't kill birds.

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:25:07 GMT

Spanish Solar Gets Reprieve in U.S. Court  
Once called the flagship of Spain’s once heralded Spanish industry, Abengoa SA received a break in a U.S. court this week as its continues to navigate the bankruptcy process.

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:15:00 GMT

State and Fate of Libyan Oil Tanker Far from Clear  
An oil tanker that departed from the contested Eastern part of Libya has raised the ire of the nation’s capital and the United Nations, though its state and destination remains unclear according to conflicting news reports.

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:09:00 GMT

New Estimate Lowers Offshore Potential at Israel's Leviathan  
A new estimate of Israel’s offshore Leviathan field shows a far more conservative outlook for the country’s natural gas potential, possibly eating away at the country’s export plans.

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:15:00 GMT

Algeria Looks -- and Hopes -- for Life Beyond Oil and Gas  
Like a number of energy producers around the world, Algeria has struggled to cope with the sharp drop off in oil prices in over the last two years as the deep impact of the decline weighs on pivotal state revenue.

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:44:00 GMT

Europe Looks East to Fill Energy Needs  
Several years after Russia highlighted the fragile state of Europe’s deep dependence on its natural gas supplies by shutting down deliveries to Ukraine, the region is still looking for ways to diversify its import options, keeping a keen eye on Eastern producers.

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:39:00 GMT

OPEC Builds Confidence In Global Oil Markets  
Tortoise Talk An Energy Value Chain Overview and Outlook As we closed out the first quarter of 2016, a production freeze proposed by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) created some optimism about achieving balance in the global oil markets, although an agreement was not ultimately reached.

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:34:00 GMT

An $840 Billion Decline In Oil And Gas Reserves  
The crash in oil prices caused an enormous decline in the estimated future cash flows of oil and gas companies.

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:51:00 GMT

Tempering A Crude Rally: Why Oil Is Well Above $45 But May Not Stay There  
Just as the Doha talks – between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers failed on 17 April – production outages around the planet clobbered those betting on a nosedive in futures prices to $35 per barrel as the exact opposite happened.

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:55:00 GMT

Exxon's Profits Tumble 63%, But Still Top Expectations  
What a difference a year makes. The oil giant made just $1.8 billion last quarter, compared to $4.9 billion a year ago.

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:50:00 GMT

Small Turbines Can Outperform Conventional Wind Farms, Stanford Prof Says, With No Bird Kill  
Arrays of small vertical-axis wind turbines, optimized to take advantage of each other's turbulence, can outperform conventional wind farms, according to a Stanford University researcher—and they don't kill birds.

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:01:00 GMT

The World's Biggest Wind Farms  


Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:01:00 GMT

UN Court To Decide On South China Sea Dispute...So What's Next?  
A United Nations arbitration court will rule in in May or June on a fractious maritime dispute between China and the Philippines. The five-person Permanent Court of Arbitration, after seven hearings, is studying now whether China’s claim to a giant tropical ocean flouts UN conventions. Manila said that when it filed the case in 2013. The Philippines and four other Asian governments also claim much of the same South China Sea, which spans 3.5 million square kilometers from Taiwan to Singapore. A lot of the claims overlap, especially where China is involved. The sea holds reserves of undersea oil and natural gas, likewise ample fisheries and lanes for half the world’s commercial shipping. That’s why everyone cares.

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:30:00 GMT

Can Environmentalists Impede Investment In More Natural Gas Pipelines?  

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It’s a conundrum that a lot of environmentalists are trying to wrap their heads around: The global attack on carbon emissions means that the immediate course of action is to replace coal with natural gas, which in turn will require more infrastructure consisting of pipelines, storage facilities and processing units. For

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:46:18 GMT

Designer Genes And The DNA To Make Them  
I recently heard fascinating and synergistic "innovation stories" from the CEOs of two biotech companies.  One organization, Arzeda, uses computers to design genes for enzymes and pathways involving multiple enzymes.  The other, Gen9, specializes in making long strands of DNA very efficiently and accurately - in this case the DNA that codes for those "designer genes."  At last week's BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, these two companies announced a partnership that exemplifies the astonishing progress that has been made in the field called "synthetic biology."

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Can Environmentalists Impede Investment In More Natural Gas Pipelines?  
It’s a conundrum that a lot of environmentalists are trying to wrap their heads around: The global attack on carbon emissions means that the immediate course of action is to replace coal with natural gas, which in turn will require more infrastructure consisting of pipelines, storage facilities and processing units.

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:55:00 GMT

VW's New CEO Hints At Strategy To Regain Trust, Expand Business  
Matthias Mueller, new Volkswagen CEO, gives first public speech to investors and press in Wolfsburg, promising that "regaining trust" is Job #1.

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:57:00 GMT

Germany Introduces Electric Car Subsidy, But Excludes Tesla  
Germany ‘s decision to subsidize electric car sales, with help from the manufacturers, is unlikely to mean the target of one million electric cars on its roads by 2020 will be met. But it will definitely help manufacturers meet tough 2021 E.U. CO2 targets.

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:37:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia's Surprising New Military Goals  
Within Saudi Arabia's vision to transform its oil reliant economy and energy industry are some surprising new goals to develop a domestic defense industry. How does this fit in with Saudi Arabia's strategic vision and military leadership role in the Middle East?

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:52:00 GMT

WoodMac: Low Oil Prices Will Lead To Shortages -- In 2035  
'This is why the size and nature of the next tranche of discoveries is crucial for maintaining long term global oil supply growth.'

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:20:00 GMT

The 93 Global Billionaires In Oil And Energy, 2016  


Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:20:00 GMT



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