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ACORE Sets Investment Goal of $1 Trillion by 2030 for U.S. Renewables

Source: ACORE
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a national business group made up of companies that finance, develop, manufacture and use all forms of renewable energy, announced the launch of a new campaign that aims to reach $1 trillion in new U.S. private sector investment in renewable energy and enabling grid technologies by 2030.

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Baker Hughes, a GE company Wins Contract for Turbomachinery Equipment at LNG Facility

Source: Company
Baker Hughes, a GE company will supply turbomachinery equipment for the expansion of Cheniere's LNG facility in Corpus Christi, Texas. Cheniere announced a positive Final Investment Decision (FID) and the plan to issue a full notice to proceed to continue construction on the third liquefaction train at Cheniere's Corpus Christi liquefaction project (CCL Project). According to the company, this represents the first FID on new liquefaction capacity in the United States since 2015.

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DOE Selects University of Utah Site for $140 Million Geothermal Research & Development

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of Utah will receive up to $140 million in continued funding over the next five years for cutting-edge geothermal research and development. After three years of planning, site characterization, and competition, the proposed site outside of Milford, Utah, has been selected as the location of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) field laboratory. This new FORGE site is dedicated to research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), or manmade geothermal reservoirs.

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Consumers Energy Proposes Long-Term Plan, A Cleaner Energy Future for Michigan

Source: Company
Consumers Energy announced it is seizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape Michigan's energy future with a plan that embodies its Triple Bottom Line commitment to people, the planet and prosperity.

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Consumers Energy Proposes Long-Term Plan, A Cleaner Energy Future for Michigan

Source: PR Newswire

Consumers Energy announced it is seizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape Michigan's energy future with a plan that embodies its Triple Bottom Line commitment to people, the planet and prosperity.

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ACWA Power and Energy China Sign MoU for Power and Water Desalination Cooperation

Source: PR Newswire

ACWA Power, a leading developer, owner, and operator of power generation and water desalination plants signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited (ENERGY CHINA), a global leader in international engineering and EPC contracting, during a ceremony in Dubai.

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Hawaiian Electric Companies named 2018 Investor-Owned Utilities of the Year

Source: PR Newswire

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has named Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) subsidiaries Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawai?i Electric Light the 2018 SEPA Power Players Investor-Owned Utilities of the Year for their grid modernization efforts.

 

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AT&T Expands its Renewable Energy Program with NextEra Energy Resources

Source: PR Newswire

To celebrate today's Global Wind Day, AT&T* is expanding its renewable energy program with NextEra Energy Resources. Together, AT&T and subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources will help to deliver clean energy, create jobs, boost the local economy and support a low-carbon economy.

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The Shidler Group and Carbon Lighthouse Partner on Clean Energy Pilot

Source: PR Newswire

 Carbon Lighthouse, a clean energy services company, announced a partnership with The Shidler Group, one of the nation's most innovative commercial real estate investment organizations, to launch a two-month pilot focused on identifying energy efficiency initiatives at the historic Waterfront Plaza in downtown Honolulu. The pilot is expected to uncover significant Efficiency Reserves, the hidden and scattered energy inefficiencies found throughout commercial real estate properties, to increase the value of the property, improve tenant comfort and significantly reduce its carbon emissions footprint.

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Capstone Continues to Pursue Its Environmental, Social, and Governance Focus

Source: Company

 Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems is providing an update to shareholders on its focus on the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principals as part of its ongoing effort to improve transparency and corporate responsibility.

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GCL New Energy Signs PPA for 110MW Solar Project In Colorado

Source: PR Newswire

GCL New Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of the world's leading clean energy conglomerate GCL Group, has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA), a local power company, for its Pioneer 110MW greenfield project in Colorado.

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Candor Central School District is now one the only solar-powered school districts in the country

Source: PR Newswire

The Candor school district is now leveraging energy produced by its own solar power array, constructed with the help of BOCES, the state of New York and Renovus Solar. Due to the energy credits generated by the school's solar system, the district is on track to save more than $125,000 in electrical costs in 2018.

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Seraphim Wins 246MW Solar Project, Ukraine's Largest

Source: PR Newswire

Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Co., Ltd. ("Seraphim") announced that it won the supply agreement for a monumental 246MW Ukraine solar project, developed by Ukraine's largest energy group, DTEK. This installation will be Ukraine 's largest renewable energy power plant to date. CMEC is the EPC contractor and Seraphim is the sole module supplier.

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DOE Announces Prize Competition Winners to Bolster Onshore Manufacturing

Source: Advanced Manufacturing Office

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Daniel Simmons, announced the winners of the American Inventions Made Onshore (AIM Onshore) Prize Competition at the 2018 MForesight National Summit in Washington, D.C.

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LoRAWAN technology helps to tackle Energy Management challenges

Source: Company

Challenge:
BTC City Ljubljana is the largest business, shopping, entertainment, recreation and cultural centers in Slovenia. In a bid to reduce energy consumption and costs, BTC sought to implement an energy management (EM) system in line with the ISO 50001 standard. BTC turned to Solvera Lynx, the region’s leading provider of comprehensive energy management solutions, to monitor and reduce energy consumption.

 

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Report: DOE Basic Research Key to Modern Technologies

Source: DOE
Basic research and scientific facilities sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) have played a critical role over the past 40 years in the development of a wide range of present-day technologies according to a new report released by the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC).

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Constellation and United Renewable Energy Install 1.8 MW Solar Array at Georgia Cattle Farm

Source: Company
United Renewable Energy LLC (URE) and Constellation, an Exelon Company, announced the completion of a 1.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation project located at Hunter Farms, a 360-acre, family-owned cattle farm in Jakin, Georgia. The Hunter family, which established its company in 1937, will benefit from lease payments from a tracking solar array situated within marginal and over-used land.    

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Ballard and Audi Sign 3.5-Year Extension to Long-Term Program for Fuel Cell Passenger Cars

Source: PR Newswire 

Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) announced that the Company has signed a 3.5-year extension to its current Technology Solutions contract with AUDI AG, part of the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen AG, www.volkswagenag.com and AUDI AG, www.audi.com), extending the HyMotion program to August 2022. The aggregate value of the contract extension is expected to be C$80-to-130 million (US$62-100 million). The program will support Audi through its small series production launch.

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Alfa Laval Wins SEK 85 Million Energy Efficiency Order

Source: PR Newswire 

Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply Alfa Laval Packinox heat exchangers to a refinery in the US. The order has a value of approximately SEK 85 million. It is booked in the Welded Heat Exchanger unit of the Energy Division, with deliveries scheduled for 2019.

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JLM Energy partners with N.E.R.D. Power to install first post-beta residential storage projects

Source: PR Newswire 

After successfully completing beta testing, with 400 Phazr battery installations in APS and SRP territories, JLM Energy, an energy technology company, is partnering with N.E.R.D. Power on residential solar plus storage projects in Arizona. JLM's earlier installations focused on performance testing including successful performance in extreme summer heat.

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Schneider Electric Launches Innovative Medium Voltage Switchgear in the U.S.

Source: PR Newswire 

 Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation,announced CBGS-0, an industry-leading gas-insulated switchgear with solid dielectric busbar for applications up to 38 kilovolts, 2,000 A and 31.5kA. Schneider Electric's CBGS-0 is the latest addition to its portfolio of innovative medium voltage switchgear solutions.

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Constellation and United Renewable Energy Install 1.8 MW Solar Array at Georgia Cattle Farm

Source: PR Newswire

United Renewable Energy LLC (URE) and Constellation, an Exelon Company, announced today the completion of a 1.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation project located at Hunter Farms, a 360-acre, family-owned cattle farm in Jakin, Georgia. The Hunter family, which established its company in 1937, will benefit from lease payments from a tracking solar array — situated within marginal and over-used land.    

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Solar FlexRack Completes Shipments to 71 MW Solar Project in North Carolina

Source: PR Newswire

Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, has completed shipments of its G3-X fixed tilt racking system to Brantley solar farm, a large-scale solar project in North Carolina. The 71 MWdc project, which is about 30 miles east of Raleigh, was developed and is currently being built by Cypress Creek Renewables, a leading national solar developer, builder and operator.

 

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EPA recognizes commercial office tenants

Source: Company

EPA is happy to recognize nearly 50 recipients of the 2018 ENERGY STAR Charter Tenant Space recognition! These “Charter Tenants” helped to advance energy efficiency and environmental protection by meeting EPA’s energy design criteria for their office spaces.

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CAPSTONE SECURES ITS 14TH C1000 SIGNATURE SERIES UNIT FOR THE OIL & GAS MARKET

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it sold a C1000S, representing its fourteenth C1000 Signature Series unit, which includes the C1000S, C800S and C600S, into the oil and gas market since February 2018. The latest order is for a 1 megawatt (MW) unit to power a gas processing facility in Southern Texas. The unit will provide prime power at a remote gas processing facility. Horizon Power Systems secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in late 2018.

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Duke Energy Foundation boosts South Carolina students, teachers and workforce

Source: PR Newswire 

Duke Energy has been powering South Carolina for more than a century, and continues to empower the minds of its students and the workforce of the future by investing in innovative education programs and initiatives.

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Air Products to Install Energy Storage Systems at Three of Its Sites in Korea

Source: PR Newswire

Air Products (NYSE: APD) announced it will install energy storage systems at its industrial gas sites in Gumi City, as well as Onsan and Yongyeon of Ulsan City, South Korea. The adoption of the energy storage technology will enable the company to improve energy efficiency of its production facilities and support the Korean government's national plan to improve energy consumption.

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PSE&G Unveils Next Phase of "Energy Strong" Investments

Source: PR Newswire 

Building on the success of its Energy Strong program, Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) today proposed to invest an additional $2.5 billion during the next five years to further strengthen the utility's electric and gas systems to withstand storms, improve reliability and significantly enhance resiliency.

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New heat pump technology unveiled in Vermont

Source: Efficiency Vermont

More than 60 HVAC installers, designers, and distributors gathered Thursday night to learn more about the next wave of heat pump technology coming to Vermont, and how to bring this new technology to their Vermont customers.

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New Energy Efficiency Programs Will Reduce Cost of Doing Business in Vermont

Source: www.vermont.gov

Governor Phil Scott celebrated legislation on Friday that enhances businesses, particularly manufacturers, ability to be more energy efficient, while simultaneously helping the state meet its energy goals.

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More Than Half Of New Energy Jobs Last Year Were In Efficiency

Source: Alliance to Save Energy

How many people work in energy efficiency in the United States? It’s not an easy number to figure out, but a new report by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) gives us the latest and best calculation – and the numbers are impressive.

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Energy Web Atlas, ESRI Partner to Enhance Energy Data Offering

Source: PR Newswire

 Gulf Energy Information, a leading provider of market intelligence and technical information for the international energy industry, announced that the Energy Web Atlas has become an official partner of ESRI,  the leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analytics. The partnership will bring the Energy Web Atlas data—covering pipelines, gas processing facilities and LNG projects—to the ESRI community.

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CMS Energy Becomes First U.S. Company to Enter Sustainability-Linked Loan

Source: PR Newswire 

CMS Energy and its primary subsidiary, Consumers Energy (collectively "CMS"), announced they have entered the first syndicated sustainability-linked revolving credit facilities for a U.S. borrower.

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New Missouri law cuts and caps electric rates

Source: PR Newswire

Electric rates are falling later this summer for Ameren Missouri customers, thanks to a new law updating century-old policies in the state.

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Schneider Electric to Improve Energy Security and Resiliency at Fort Huachuca

Source: PR Newswire

Energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric announced it is working on a $24 million project to improve energy security, resiliency and efficiency across Fort Huachuca's facilities. The project will reduce energy costs at the U.S. Army installation by 23 percent annually, generating nearly $63 million in savings over 23 years.

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FPL receives final approval to purchase the City of Vero Beach electric system

Source: PR Newswire

The Florida Public Service Commission today approved Florida Power & Light Company's proposed purchase of the City of Vero Beach's electric utility, marking the final step in a nearly decade-long process. With today's approval, FPL is on track to welcome the City's approximately 35,000 customers into its system on Oct. 1, 2018.

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Wynn Las Vegas Marks The Opening Of The Wynn Solar Facility

Source: PR Newswire

Wynn Las Vegas marks a new renewable energy milestone with the start of the commercial operation of the Wynn Solar Facility on Saturday, June 2. The new 160-acre facility is now offsetting up to seventy-five percent of the resort's current peak power requirements, the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas, and an industry first for a gaming operator in Nevada. The facility will eventually be used to power the resort's new meetings and conventions space expansion, set to open in March 2020, with 100 percent renewable energy, making it one of the most environmentally conscious planned developments in Las Vegas. 

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Duke Energy connects students and educators with STEM

Source: PR Newswire

Duke Energy is empowering students, educators and the workforce of the future by investing $2.5 million in 67 education and training initiatives across North Carolina.

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UL Announces First Certification to UL 880 Standard for Sustainability

Source: PR Newswire 

UL Environment, a division of UL, announced that Hexion Inc., a global leader in thermoset resins, is the first organization to certify to UL 880: Standard for Sustainability for Manufacturing Organizations. UL 880 is a comprehensive enterprise-level sustainability standard and certification program and helps companies measure their sustainability activities and assess how much their sustainability objectives and performance have become part of their overall enterprise goals, business, and functions.

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Deere Launches 2022 Sustainability Goals

Source: PR Newswire 

As World Environment Day is celebrated across the globe, Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is setting its sights on a robust set of sustainability goals that the company and its employees will work to achieve by the end of fiscal year 2022.

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Greenskies Energizes 2.46 MW Array for Erie County, NY

Source: PR Newswire

Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC ("Greenskies"), a Clean Focus Company, completed the installation of a solar array in Alden, New York comprised of 7,939 solar photovoltaic panels.  This project will provide clean, renewable energy for Erie County, located in western New York. 

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Consumers Energy Awards Future Energy Group and McLaren Health Care Project of the Year

Source: PR Newswire

Recently, Consumers Energy announced their Project of the Year award recipients. Future Energy Group and McLaren Health Care were recognized for this honor for Phase 1 of McLaren's system-wide intelligent LED lighting initiative, which saved McLaren an estimated 12 million kWh and estimated $1.6 million in energy cost savings annually. McLaren also received $230,106 worth of rebates from Consumers Energy. 

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JinkoSolar Signs 1.43 GW Supply Agreement with sPower in the U.S.

Source: PR Newswire

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company"), a global leader in the solar industry, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. has entered into a three-year agreement to supply 1.43GW of high efficiency modules to sPower, a leading renewable energy independent power producer.

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New Energy Storage Projects Will Support A Cleaner, More Reliable Power Grid

Source: PR Newswire

Energy storage is creating a cleaner, more reliable power grid in the San Diego region, and more storage is on the way.

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US Residential Customers Can Now Choose from Several Battery Storage Options

Source: PR Newswire

According to an industry survey of nearly 600 solar installers across the United States, 30 percent of home solar shoppers in 2017 were also interested in battery storage. Researchers like IHS Markit expect that interest to grow, estimating that the installed base of U.S. residential battery energy storage will increase fourfold from 2018 to 2022. To meet current and future customer demand, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) today announced that its all-in-one SunPower® Equinox™ home solar energy system is currently compatible with battery storage solutions from sonnen and Tesla through participating dealers.

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New Engine Helps Eliminate Methane's Growing Contribution to Global Warming

Source: PR Newswire

Freedom Motors has developed a version of its Rotapower® rotary engine that can use contaminated biogas to generate electricity. Biogas is a major source of man-made methane emissions which now appear to be driving climate change.

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MasTec Awarded $500 Million Power Restoration and Reconstruction Contract

Source: PR Newswire

MasTec, Inc. (NYSE: MTZ) announced that it has signed a master services agreement with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ("PREPA") to complete the restoration of the critical electrical transmission and distribution system components damaged as a result of Hurricane Maria as well as to support the initial phase of reconstruction and modernization of the electrical power system in Puerto Rico. The master services agreement award has an estimated value of $500 million. Services under this contract are expected to be completed over the upcoming 12 months, once MasTec completes the process of remobilizing crew and equipment resources to Puerto Rico.

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Customers save money and energy under progressive energy efficiency proposa

Source: PR Newswire

Ameren Missouri is laying out plans for the largest energy efficiency program in state history. The proposed group of programs, detailed in a filing with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC), focus on:

Saving customers money.
Providing customers with more control over their energy use.
Adding more ways for customers to participate.
Expanding programs to provide energy savings for customers most in need.

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BID Equity Acquires 100 Percent of Shares in eSight Energy Group Ltd

Source: PR Newswire

BID Equity announced its acquisition of the eSight Energy Group Ltd, a global energy management software developer and solutions provider (effective April 23, 2018).

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Industrial Assessment Centers Adapt to Aid Puerto Rico Recovery

Source: www.energy.gov

In September 2017, Puerto Rico’s manufacturing sector was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Maria. This was due in part to infrastructure damages, confined use of backup power, the distance between generation units and population and industrial centers, and the local government’s urgent need to supply power to hospitals.

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Upton 2 Solar Power Plant Achieves Commercial Operation

Source: PR Newswire

 Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) announced that its Upton 2 Solar Power Plant in West Texas has achieved commercial operations. At 180 megawatts, Upton 2 is Texas' largest operating solar facility. The company's power generating subsidiary, Luminant, is the plant's owner and serves as its qualified scheduling entity with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

 

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PPL Corporation acquires solar solutions provider Safari Energy LLC

Source: PR Newswire

PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) announced that it has acquired Safari Energy LLC, a leading provider of solar energy solutions for commercial customers in the U.S.

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NV Energy Announces Largest Clean Energy Investment in Nevada's History

Source: PR Newswire

NV Energy announced it has contracted for more than 1,000 megawatts of new renewable energy resources to be built in Nevada, and for the first time, is requesting approval to build 100 megawatts of battery energy capacity.  Three of the projects will be located in northern Nevada and three will be located in southern Nevada.  The company will file this resource plan with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) on June 1, 2018.

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NORESCO Implementing $97 Million Energy Savings Performance Contract

Source: PR Newswire 

 NORESCO, a national leader in energy efficiency and infrastructure solutions, is implementing $97 million in building system upgrades at the VA Great Lakes Health Care System, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Also known as Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12, the health care system provides services to more than 700,000 veterans in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Northwest Indiana. The guaranteed energy savings performance contract (ESPC) includes energy and water efficiency and facility improvements at six sites. NORESCO is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp

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University of Hawai‘i Maui College aims to be the first campus with 100% renewable energy

Source: Company

Recently, the University of Hawai‘i (UH) announced that its Maui College campus will soon be among the first in the nation to generate 100 percent of its energy from on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) systems coupled with battery storage. The project is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Pacific Current that will also allow four UH community college campuses on O’ahu to significantly reduce their fossil fuel consumption. 

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Carolinas' waterways get $1.2 million boost from Duke Energy

Source: PR Newswire

Sixteen organizations spanning 46 counties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will receive more than $1.2 million in new grants from Duke Energy's Water Resources Fund to support environmental and wildlife programs.

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Michelin's 2048 Ambitions: Michelin Tires will be Made Using 80 Percent Sustainable Materials

Source: PR Newswire

At Movin'On 2018, Michelin is announcing its ambitious plan to ensure that by 2048, all of its tires will be manufactured using 80 percent sustainable materials and 100 percent of all tires will be recycled.

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PowerOptions, SunPower Offer Cutting-Edge Solar-Plus-Storage Program

Source: PR Newswire

 PowerOptions and SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) announced an innovative program that will provide solar power and battery storage solutions to nonprofit and government institutions in New England, allowing them to maximize energy cost savings as well as store the electricity produced by solar and use it when it's needed most.

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PSEG Announces Major Infrastructure Investment Program

Source: PR Newswire

PSEG outlined a plan to invest $14 billion to $17 billion over the next five years.  

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’s CESMII SELECTS PROPOSALS FROM FIRST PROJECT CALL

Source: Advanced Manufacturing Office

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) recently announced nearly $10 million for ten projects to help advance its goals and enable U.S. manufacturers to develop and implement innovations that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability, and innovation.

 

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Amazon Launches Latest Rooftop Solar System on 813,000 Square Foot Fulfillment Center in Las Vegas

Source: Company
Amazon announced the launch of a 1.1 megawatt solar rooftop installation on its North Las Vegas fulfillment center, which brings the company one step closer to its long-term goal of powering its global operations footprint with 100% renewable energy. The project is Amazon's second in the state of Nevada, and its 17th rooftop solar installation over the past 14 months in the U.S. The company has a goal to install at least 50 rooftop solar systems globally by 2020.

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Report: Smart Cities Pose New Security Challenges and Opportunities

Source: ISACA
As smart cities integrate connected technologies to operate more efficiently and improve the quality of city services, new vulnerabilities arise that require diligent governance of municipal technology. New ISACA research on smart cities reveals several key areas of consideration when it comes to the security of these cities and the critical infrastructure systems they depend upon.

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Constellation, GE Team with The Home Depot to Install Largest Rooftop Solar Array in Washington, DC

Source: Company
Constellation, an Exelon company, and GE announced the completion of a 554 kilowatt (DC) solar generation project for The Home Depot's Washington, D.C., store. The solar project, now the largest single rooftop array in the District*, is expected to supply more than 9.9 million kilowatt hours of electricity to The Home Depot over a 15-year period, accounting for an anticipated 35-40 percent of the store's annual energy use. The Home Depot will purchase the electricity generated by the system through a 15-year power purchase agreement with Constellation. GE's Solar Development team designed the project, led the construction process and will be responsible for operations and maintenance over the duration of the contract.

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Executive Order 13800: Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks & Critical Infrastructure

Source: DOE
Statement from Secretary Perry: "This Administration recognizes the growing security risk of cyber threats and has prioritized overcoming these challenges facing our Nation, as outlined in Executive Order 13800. The Department of Energy (DOE) has taken an important step forward through the recent creation of the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), which will further strengthen DOE's ability to play a vital role protecting energy infrastructure from cyber threats, physical attacks, and natural disasters. As the Sector Specific Agency for the energy sector, DOE will continue to work with the Department of Homeland Security, our National Laboratories, public, and private sector partners to improve cybersecurity practices and develop next-generation tools and capabilities that can be leveraged to better understand and mitigate cyber vulnerabilities in the energy sector."

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President Signs Executive Order 13834: Efficient Federal Operations

Source: www.energy.gov

President Trump signed Executive Order 13834 Efficient Federal Operations, which establishes streamlined goals for federal energy and water efficiency, high performance buildings, renewable energy consumption, purchasing, and other aspects of managing agency operations. 

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Massachusetts Indoor Growing Company Orders Tecochill Chillers and Inverde e+ Cogeneration Equipment

Source: Yahoo Finance

 Tecogen Inc. (TGEN), a leading manufacturer of clean energy cogeneration products that, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer's carbon footprint, is pleased to announce that a major Massachusetts indoor growing operation has decided to purchase both Tecochill chillers and Inverde e+ cogeneration units for its high-tech greenhouse growing operation, as part of their first stage of development.

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PJM's Capacity Auction Attracts Diverse, Competitive Resources to Maintain a Reliable Grid

Source: PR Newswire

 PJM Interconnection released the results of its annual capacity auction, which successfully procured diverse and competitive power supplies for the 65 million people PJM serves.

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Panasonic and Pika Energy Upgrade Industry's Most Powerful and Efficient Smart Battery

Source: PR Newswire

 Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America and Pika Energy introduced a significant upgrade to the Harbor Smart Battery portfolio with the Harbor PlusTM Smart Battery, now the solar industry's most powerful and efficient smart battery with 17.1 kilowatt hours (kWh) of capacity and real power output of up to 10 kilowatts (kW). Additionally, the Harbor Plus Smart Battery now delivers 21 percent more energy and 30 percent more peak power than the next leading home smart-battery solution,1 enabling homeowners to extend solar power longevity, better manage energy around peak-rate periods and withstand off-grid scenarios at a more cost-effective price per kWh of storage.

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JLM Energy launches the Student Engaged Learning program with Community Colleges

Source: PR Newswire

JLM Energy launched its Student Engaged Learning program in conjunction with community colleges. JLM will install energy storage with guaranteed savings, at no out-of-pocket cost to the school. Students can learn about energy modeling software, battery/inverter technology, demand management created by energy storage, project economics, project management, city planning and utility interconnection approval process in a way that promotes student engagement.

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Capstone Sells Proprietary Air Bearing Kits to Fortune 500 Manufacturer

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced its first commercial order to sell air bearing assemblies to be used by a Fortune 500 industrial manufacturer of gas facility solutions for one of their commercial gas handling products.

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Department of Energy Announces $34 Million for Innovation Building Technologies R & D

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $34.5 million in funding to support building technology research and development (R&D). Buildings are the single largest energy-consuming sector in the U.S. economy, representing approximately 75% of the nation’s electricity use and 40% of its total energy demand, resulting in Americans spending nearly $400 billion each year to power homes, offices, schools, hospitals, and other commercial and residential buildings.

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Energy Department Celebrates Energy Efficiency Progress of Better Buildings Initiative Partners

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the progress made by more than 900 public and private-sector organizations that are driving energy efficiency in the U.S. economy through their participation in the Better Buildings Initiative. This includes 380 trillion Btus, or $3.1 billion in reported cumulative energy and cost savings from the set of market leaders that have stepped up to the Better Buildings Challenge. Moreover, partners across the Better Buildings Initiative are sharing their innovative approaches and successful strategies to accelerate the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices. The 2018 Better Buildings Progress Report released today highlights this progress in the commercial, industrial, residential and public sectors to improve energy productivity.  

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Space Exploration, Powered by Combined Heat and Power

Source: www.energy.gov

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas is a hub of human spaceflight activity. The Mission Control Center is home to International Space Station mission operations, future space developments, and training for NASA astronauts and space explorers. On May 15, Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, joined NASA leaders at a ribbon cutting for the launch of a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant that will support JSC and its critical operations by generating approximately 70% of the center’s electricity requirements. 

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Executive Order 13834: Efficient Federal Operations

Source: www.energy.gov

On May 17, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order 13834 Efficient Federal Operations, which establishes streamlined goals for federal energy and water efficiency, high performance buildings, renewable energy consumption, purchasing, and other aspects of managing agency operations. 

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UTC Climate, Controls & Security Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Taylor Company

Source: PR Newswire

UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has signed a definitive agreement to sell Taylor Company to The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD), a publicly traded company in the foodservice industry. The sale is expected to close early in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a leading provider of integrated building solutions, including heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, building controls and automation, and fire and security systems.

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Honeywell Control Room Technology Transforms Efficiency

Source: PR Newswire

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions (HPS) announced that Riikinvoima Oy, a leading Finnish provider of sustainable energy, has transformed the operational efficiency of its flagship waste incineration plant in Leppävirta, Finland, with Honeywell Experion® Orion control room technology.

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Xcel Energy Cuts Carbon Emissions 35 Percent

Source: Business Wire

Xcel Energy is a step closer to achieving one of the most aggressive carbon-reduction goals in the industry. The company announced it cut carbon emissions 35 percent, according to its newly released Corporate Responsibility Report. This puts Xcel Energy on track to reach or exceed its ambitious goal of reducing carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

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Enhanced Vehicle Simulation Tool Enables Wider Array of Analyses

Source: NREL

New and enhanced versions of NREL's Future Automotive Systems Technology Simulator (FASTSim) are now available for free download in Python and Microsoft Excel formats. 

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The 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report

Source: NASEO

The 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.5 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2017 by about 2 percent, adding 133,000 net new jobs, roughly 7% of all those created in the country.

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Capstone Secures Sizable 1.4 MW Order in the United Kingdom Commercial & Industrial Sector

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced a new 1.4 megawatt (MW) order in the United Kingdom commercial and industrial sector. The order consists of one C1000 Signature Series low-pressure microturbine and two traditional C200 low-pressure systems that will be installed and commissioned this summer. Pure World Energy, (PWE), Capstone’s distributor for the United Kingdom, secured the sizable order which is the first Capstone Signature Series C1000 configuration to be sold in the United Kingdom.

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Duke Energy energizes Ohio and Kentucky with nearly $600,000 in STEM

Source: PR Newswire

Duke Energy is expanding its investment in local students and workforce development by funding 36 education and training programs – totaling nearly $600,000 – in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

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Conti Solar Begins Construction of Largest Landfill Solar Project in Ohio

Source: PR Newswire

Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, has begun construction on the largest landfill solar project in Ohio. Located in Cuyahoga County, the 4 MW project is owned and operated by IGS Solar, a commercial and residential solar provider and an affiliate company of IGS Energy, one of the largest independent retail energy suppliers in the country. The solar project was developed by Enerlogics and McDonald Hopkins, and when complete, will provide over 5,000,000 kilowatt hours of clean solar electricity to county-owned facilities annually.

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NextEra Energy reaches definitive agreements to acquire Gulf Power, Florida City Gas and others

Source: PR Newswire

- Compelling all-cash transactions of attractive electric and natural-gas franchises complement NextEra Energy's existing operations within Florida

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$2.5 Million Available to Improve Agricultural Water Efficiency in California

Source: PR Newswire

The cronym>USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service cronym>(NRCS) in California, in partnership with DOI's Bureau of Reclamation cronym>(Reclamation), is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in portions of six water/irrigation districts in California. This partnership combines on-farm conservation enhancements, through NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program, with water-supply infrastructure upgrades, funded through Reclamation's WaterSmart program. Funding decisions for these on-farm conservation improvements will be made on June 22 and July 27, 2018.

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City of San Leandro Switches Its Municipal Vehicles to Run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel

Source: PR Newswire

The City of San Leandro, a suburban city in Alameda County, California, announced that it has switched all municipal vehicles from using petroleum diesel to only running on Neste MY Renewable Diesel™.

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NREL Releases 2017 Rankings for Top 10 Utility Green Pricing Programs

Source: NREL

Utility green pricing programs allow homes and businesses to procure green power through their electric utility. Since 2000, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has compiled data on these utility green pricing programs and released annual "Top 10" lists to recognize outstanding programs. Rankings for calendar year 2017 are now available at NREL's Voluntary Green Power page and are included below. This year's Top 10 programs sold more than 6.3 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of green power to more than 626,000 customers. NREL estimates green pricing programs nationwide sold more than 8 million MWh of green power to more than 800,000 customers.

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Exide Expands Motive Power Offering with Acquisition of Aker Wade Power Technologies

Source: PR Newswire

Exide Technologies (www.exide.com), a global provider of stored energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets, announced the acquisition of Aker Wade Power Technologies, LLC, which designs and manufactures advanced charging systems for industrial forklifts. The addition of Aker Wade chargers to Exide's GNB Industrial Power battery portfolio will provide best-in-class total power solutions to the motive power industry.

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Patriot Energy's Peak Notification Program Saves Money, Relieves Strain On Power Grid

Source: PR Newswire

Patriot Energy Group's money-saving Peak Demand Notification program, which kicks off annually June 1, is available for businesses to enroll in to maximize savings for their bottom-line.

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CAPSTONE SECURES 1 MW CHP ORDER FOR A LARGE CHEMICAL MANUFACTURER

Source: Company

 Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced an order for a C1000 Signature Series microturbine to provide combined heat and power (CHP) to a chemical manufacturer located in the Mid-Atlantic United States. E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone’s distributor for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, secured the order.

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PG&E Increases Energy Efficiency Options

Source: Business Wire

As part of its Respond, Rebuild, Resilience commitment to meeting the challenges of extreme weather resulting from climate change, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced it will double new construction energy efficiency incentives for residential and business customers who lost their homes or businesses in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. The enhanced incentives under the California Advanced Homes Program and Savings By Design program will be available for customers across Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yuba counties.

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Leading the Future of Energy at the 36th Annual West Coast Energy Management Congress

Source: AEE
When it comes to energy management and efficiency, the City of Seattle and Washington State lead the nation. Each year thousands of energy managers, VPs of operations and facility management professionals come to the annual West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) conference and trade show to network with their peers, share best practices, and learn about the latest industry developments. Hosted by Puget Sound Energy, EMC is in its 36th year - making it one of the longest-running events for business, industrial and institutional energy users in the Pacific Northwest. The local policies and programs in place are advancing an industry in which energy managers and engineers prosper. The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is committed to supporting this advancement by presenting EMC in Seattle, June 20-21, at the Washington State Convention Center.

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Capstone to Power Mid-Atlantic Area University with a 1 MW 80% Efficient Solution

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced an order for a C1000 Signature Series microturbine to provide combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) to a university in the mid-Atlantic area of the United States. E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone’s model distributor for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, secured the order.

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Ontario Launches Program to Expand Clean Energy Technology Across the Globe

Source: Ontario Government
Ontario has launched a pilot program to support local innovators that are ready to meet the demand for clean energy technologies in new international markets.

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Renewable Energy Jobs Reach 10.3 Million Worldwide in 2017

Source: IRENA
The renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally in 2017, a 5.3 per cent increase from 2016, according to the latest figures released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). According to the fifth edition of Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review, the total number of people employed in the sector (including large hydropower) now stands at 10.3 million globally, surpassing the 10 million figure for the first time.

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Energy Commission Adopts Standards Requiring Solar Systems for New Homes, First in Nation

Source: CA Energy Commission
Moving to cut energy use in new homes by more than 50 percent, the California Energy Commission today adopted building standards that require solar photovoltaic systems starting in 2020. The building energy efficiency standards, which are the first in the nation to require solar, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 115,000 fossil fuel cars off the road.

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AMO’s RAPID Manufacturing Institute Releases First Annual Report

Source: Company 

AMO’s Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Institutereleased its first annual report, “Working Together to Grow Stronger,” to recap its inaugural year of operation.

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Air Force Issues Request for Information for Power Purchase Agreement

Source: Company

The U.S. Air Force has released a Request for Information (RFI), solicitation number W912DY-18-T-PPA1, to conduct market research and determine the feasibility of implementing various energy generation technologies to improve resilience at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) in New Jersey. 

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Energy Department’s Cyclotron Road Selects 13 New Innovators

Source: Advanced Manufacturing Office

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the fourth cohort of Cyclotron Road, a DOE Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program created to provide an institutional home for innovative postdoctoral researchers to build their research into products and train to be entrepreneurs. Cyclotron Road, based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, selected thirteen fellows with a diversity of experience and expertise from more than 175 innovators from around the world.

 

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Commissioning Pre Qualification for various DGS Public Works Projects

Source: Company

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) has issued an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) for Commissioning (Cx) services for various DGS Public Works Projects. 
 

 

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Mercer Island School District Awarded PSE Energy Efficiency Grant

Source: Company
Puget Sound Energy is recognizing Mercer Island School District with a grant worth $123,000 for energy conservation. The grant funded improvements and upgrades at two schools in the district, which will lead to a savings of an estimated $18,500 a year for the district.

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NREL Releases Major Update to Wind Energy Dataset

Source: Company

A massive amount of wind data was recently made accessible online, greatly expanding the amount of information available on wind flow across the continental United States.

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Centralized Compressor Controls Save Tremendous Amounts of Energy

Source: Compressed Air Best Practices Magazine

It has been my experience that more than 50% of industrial air users don’t control their air compressor resources effectively. As a result, a tremendous amount of energy is wasted. When my firm does audits of plant energy consumption, it’s not unusual for us to encounter installations with large numbers of independently-controlled compressors that are all running at different pressure settings and different loads. We also encounter compressors that are left running when the factory work cells they power are shut down. When we plot the total energy consumption over a monitoring period for our clients, we can demonstrate the magnitude of the waste, and the picture is often not pretty.

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Capstone Secures Nine-Year FPP Service Contract for a C1000S at a High-Tech Distribution Center

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has secured a nine-year Factory Protection Plan (FPP) service contract at a new 650,000 square foot state-of-the-art warehouse and shipping center for a leading food retailer in the New York area.

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Cummins Seymour: Superior Energy Performance Supports Cummins’ 40 x 2020 Energy Pledge

Source: www.energy.gov

Cummins Seymour Engine Plant and Technical Center in Seymour, Indiana, is the latest in a series of Cummins sites to earn certification to both the global ISO 50001 energy management standard and the Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP) program run by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In the process, Cummins Seymour cut its annual energy expenditures by 15.3% over two years, saving $2.75 million, and put in place a system to continuously build on those savings. These achievements highlight the savings and other ongoing benefits a global corporation can attain by using rigorous energy management systems to pursue ambitious energy goals.

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CoolSys Acquires Axiom Energy Solutions

Source: Company

CoolSys™, a parent of market-leading refrigeration and HVAC companies nationwide, announced it has acquired Axiom Energy Solutions as the newest member of the CoolSys family of companies. With this acquisition, CoolSys will integrate the resources and capabilities of Axiom as a leading provider of energy efficiency solutions with CoolSys Energy Solutions to serve energy optimization (EO) customers nationwide. Both companies are widely known for their expertise and services within the retail grocery sector.

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Pakistan Industry Gets Its First Batch Of Certified Energy Managers Trained

Source: Urdupoint United National Industrial Development Organization, after successfully holding the first ever training program of Certified Energy Auditors (CEA), has now concluded another highly regarded Certified Energy Manager (CEM) course in major cities of Pakistan, under its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project. (more)

AEE Welcomes New Corporate Member R3 Retail Development

Source: Company

R3 Retail Development is an end-to-end solutions provider, helping supermarkets, food processing and distribution centers, light industrial and commercial properties of all types maximize efficiency to unlock hidden profits in the areas of Energy Management, Building Controls, 

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Capstone Announces Cal Microturbine as its Exclusive Capstone Distributor for California

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced the expansion of Cal Microturbine’s exclusive territory to include all market verticals in the state of California.

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Duke Energy's Renewable Energy Portfolio Grew Almost 20 Percent in 2017, According to New Report

Source: Company
Duke Energy's renewable energy capacity grew by almost 20 percent in 2017, according to the company's newly posted Sustainability Report. One of the company's sustainability goals is to own, or have under contract, 8,000 megawatts (MW) of wind, solar and biomass capacity by 2020. Over the past year, the company has made strong progress toward that goal, growing its renewable energy capacity from 5,400 MW to more than 6,400 MW, which can power more than 1 million homes at peak production.

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Pacific Business News: Close to 200 people attend Hawaii Energy’s inaugural Innovation Symposium

Source: Company

Hawaii Energy attracted almost 200 attendees and more than 20 exhibitors for its inaugural Innovation Symposium at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel on Thursday.

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SCE named No. 1 energy storage utility and No. 2 solar utility in the U.S.

Source: Company
Ninety-five degrees. That's the temperature that registered on thermometers across Rosemead on April 9. According to the National Weather Service, cities across Southern California Edison's service territory experienced similar record-breaking heat.

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Headlights vs. Highlights: Season Four of Better Buildings SWAP Showcases General Motors and L'Oréal

Source: energy.gov
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled the fourth installment of the "Better Buildings Challenge SWAP," featuring General Motors and L'Oréal USA. In this online video series, the companies swap energy management teams to gain new insights, save money and improve the energy performance of their industrial facilities. The result is an informative, behind the scenes look at what it takes to improve manufacturing competitiveness through energy efficiency.

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FERC Looking at Ways to Compensate Plants for Their Resiliency

Source: Nuclear Energy Institute
As several states most recently New Jersey have taken concrete action to properly compensate nuclear power's zero-carbon attributes, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) told congressional lawmakers this week they are investigating ways for electricity markets to value reliability, while distancing themselves from immediate reform 

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BuildingIQ Partners with Cypress Envirosystems to Enable Digital Twinning of Older Buildings

Source: Company
BuildingIQ announces that it has partnered with Cypress Envirosystems, a company that provides electro-pneumatic thermostat solutions to retrofit existing commercial buildings and industrial facilities, to improve productivity and save energy. As a value-added reseller of Cypress Envirosystems, BuildingIQ is combining its market leading predictive optimization with Cypress Envirosystems' advanced thermostats. The two organizations will work to equip older buildings with AI-driven solutions to provide greater system insight and control, leading to improvements in tenant comfort and energy efficiency. On average, this collaboration will enable older buildings to reduce electrical energy usage by 30 percent, ultimately increasing the market value of these structures.

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NREL and Hawaiian Electric Navigate Uncharted Waters of Energy Transformation

Source: NREL

As you read in Part 1 of this story, NREL helped the Hawaiian Electric Companies respond to new stability challenges associated with the rapid addition of solar power and other renewables to Hawaii's six isolated island grids. Now, the utility is working proactively to modernize those grids. Hawaiian Electric senior vice president of planning and technology Colton Ching says, "We're finally to a point where we're able to look over the horizon, to break through the near-term barriers and start looking further into the future." And NREL is still on board.

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Department of Energy Announces $14.5 Million to Advance Geothermal Drilling Technologies

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $14.5 million in new funding to advance geothermal energy development. The Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy (EDGE) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will focus on geothermal drilling in support of accelerating the research and development of innovative geothermal energy technologies in America.

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Large Corporations Are Leading America's Surge in Solar Deployment

Source: SEIA
America's top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association's brand new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users. This year's report contains data from over 4,000 companies, totaling more than 2.5 gigawatts of solar capacity across approximately 7,400 solar projects.

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Largest Ever Database of U.S. Wind Turbines Released

Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with public and private partners, has released the most comprehensive publicly available database yet of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics. The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) will allow unparalleled ability for government agencies and others to make planning decisions.

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Hawaiian Electric, U.S. Navy Break Ground on West Loch Solar Project

Source: Company
Hawaiian Electric Company and the Department of the Navy broke ground on a 20-megawatt solar facility at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam West Loch Annex. When completed in December, the West Loch project will produce the lowest-cost renewable energy in the state at less than 8 cents per kilowatt-hour. Hawaiian Electric will own and operate the 80,760-panel solar facility, which is being built by REC Solar.

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Duke Energy $62M Solar Rebate Program Approved for North Carolina Residential, Business & NonProfit

Source: Company
Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program - which will help North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property - was approved this month by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program - which will help North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property - was approved this month by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). The program is part of 2017's Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law - also known as House Bill 589 - which includes new Duke Energy programs to benefit customers.

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GridBright Helps Con Edison Reduce Subway Delays Caused by Power Outages

Source: Company
Con Edison, a regulated operating company of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED), with support of GridBright, has gone live with STORM (Support Tool for Outage Restoration Management), an innovative new software solution that will help New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reduce delays and improve quality of life to New York's 5.7 million daily subway riders.

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Trump Administration Proposes Sale for Wind Energy Off Massachusetts Coast

Source: Bureau of Ocean Management
In support of the President's "America-First Offshore Energy Strategy," U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the proposed lease sale for two additional areas offshore Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres.

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Siemens Sets Innovation Milestone with First 3D-Printed Parts for Industrial Steam Turbine

Source: Company
Siemens has reached yet another industry milestone in the area of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in the power generation industry with the company's first replacement parts 3D-printed from metal for an industrial steam turbine. The company is utilizing state-of-the-art AM technology to pave the way for greater agility in steam turbine component manufacturing and maintenance and to set new benchmarks for industrial power plant services.

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Ingersoll Rand Achieves 2020 Energy Efficiency Goal & Advances Climate Commitment with Renewable

Source: Company
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, announced that it has achieved a significant milestone in its global Climate Commitment ahead of schedule and is deepening its commitment with on-site and off-site renewable energy investments.

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Alpine Branch Library - Brummitt Energy Associates

Source: Company

The new 13,500-square-foot Alpine Library, which opened in May 2016, is the first Zero Net Energy building built by a local government entity. Through thoughtful design, the library’s projected energy consumption was cut nearly in half, while construction costs stayed within the project’s 10-million-dollar budget. The Alpine Library was a design-build (D-BE) project in which the architect and general contractor performed as a single entity.

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2018 GLOBALCON Pictures Available

Source: Company

The 2018 GLOBALCON Conference & Expo was held March 21-22, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. Here are photos from the event! For more information about this event, visit www.globalconevent.com Networking Reception Conference Sessions Opening Session.

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U.S. DOE & National Assoc. of Manufacturers Announce Sustainability in Manufacturing Partnership

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced the Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership. Through this partnership fostered by DOE’s Better Plants program, DOE and the NAM will work together to help U.S. manufacturers drive energy productivity improvements and accelerate adoption of energy efficient technologies.

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Capstone Secures First Signature Series Order in Portugal for Textile Mill CHP Project

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced an order for a C600 Signature Series microturbine to provide combined heat and power (CHP) to a Portuguese textile mill. Micropower Europe, Capstone’s distributor for Portugal and Spain, secured the order.

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New Solar PV Tool Calculates Degradation Rates, Saving Money & Guiding Business Decisions

Source: NREL

How long a product can be expected to perform at a high level is a fundamental indication of quality and durability. In the solar industry, accurately predicting the longevity of photovoltaic (PV) panels is essential to increase energy production, lower costs, and raise investor and consumer confidence. A new software package developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and industry partners SunPower and kWh Analytics is making the measurement of PV system expected lifetime performance more reliable, consistent, and accurate.

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Capstone Secures Follow-On 2.4 MW FPP Long-Term Service Contracts with Key Oil & Gas Producer

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 secured multiple significant Factory Protection Plan (FPP) aftermarket long-term service contracts as follow-on orders to the 6.9 megawatt (MW) multimillion-dollar contract signed back in early January 2018.

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Apple Now Globally Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Source: Newsroom
As part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment, Apple announced its global facilities are powered with 100 percent clean energy. This achievement includes retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India. The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

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Eversource Earns 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Source: Company
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Eversource has received their 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award in New Hampshire for continued leadership in energy efficiency and commitment to the ENERGY STAR program.

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Trump Administration Proposes Sale for Wind Energy Off Massachusetts Coast

Source: Dept. of the Interior
In support of the President's "America-First Offshore Energy Strategy," U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the proposed lease sale for two additional areas offshore Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres.

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Capstone Expands its Presence in North American Healthcare Market with New CHP Projects

Source: Business Insider
Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced its continued expansion into the healthcare market with new combined heat and power (CHP) projects at two North American hospitals. In addition, a third high profile North American hospital, that had previously purchased Capstone microturbines, will be commissioning its new CHP system in May and will be a regional showcase installation.

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Connecticut's 195 CHURCH offices' window retrofit increases energy efficiency

Source: Company

Located on the New Haven Green, 195 CHURCH is undergoing a $6 million energy-efficient window and lighting retrofit. Implementing recommendations from Globelé Energy and Apogee Enterprises, Inc.'s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, the property's tenants already are experiencing more comfortable workspaces. The building owners, 195 Church Street Associates, LLC, are also noticing significant annual energy savings; it is on track to earn an estimated $589,000 rebate from utility provider United Illuminating through the EnergizeCT initiative.

 

 

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Daikin Names Harrison Energy Partners as Service Alliance Provider

Source: Chiller & Cooling Best Practices

In 2017, Daikin announced its new relationship with Harrison Energy Partners (HEP), the largest commercial and industrial HVAC firm in Arkansas, as the authorized manufacturer’s representative in central, northwest and western Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City. Effective immediately, Daikin Applied is pleased to extend that relationship, making HEP the Service Alliance Provider in Oklahoma City and the surrounding region. As a Service Alliance Provider, HEP is now authorized and responsible for responding to customers’ Daikin Applied equipment service, operation and maintenance needs.

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TAQATI Dubai Launches an Integrated Energy Efficiency Training Program

Source: Albawaba Business

TAQATI, the dedicated Program Management Office for the Dubai Demand Side Management (DSM) strategy and which is set up under Etihad Energy Service Company (Etihad ESCO), entered into a partnership with the British University in Dubai (BUiD) for the Dubai Energy Efficiency Training Program as part of its mandate. Etihad ESCO CEO Ali Al Jassim signed the agreement with BUiD Vice Chancellor Prof. Abdullah Al Shamsi during a ceremony organized at Etihad ESCO’s headquarters on 18 March 2018 to formally seal the deal.  

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USAID continues support for optimising energy management in Jamaica

Source: Loop

The United States Agency for International Development, through its Caribbean Clean Energy Program, awarded scholarships to 25 professionals from 13 institutions to undertake a 6-week energy management training course.

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CAPSTONE RECEIVES C1000 SIGNATURE SERIES ORDER FOR ANOTHER FLARE GAS-TO-ENERGY PROJECT

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced an order for a C1000 Signature Series unit to be deployed on another flare gas-to-energy project in Los Angeles, California.

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Introduction to Wireless Lighting Controls

Source: The Lighting Controls Authority

Typical automatic lighting control applications involve an input device, such as a photosensor, interacting with a power controller, such as a switch. Though these components may be integrated into the same device (e.g., wall-box occupancy sensor), often they are installed separately. To interact, the input device must send a control signal to a controller, which then controls the load. The predominant traditional approach is to send a control signal along dedicated low-voltage wiring (typically called “hardwired”). A more recent approach rapidly gaining in popularity is to communicate using radio waves that travel through the air, eliminating the need for dedicated control wiring.

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Duke Energy's New Climate Report Details the Company's Ability to Adapt to a Low-Carbon Future

Source: Company
Duke Energy outlined steps it is taking to provide safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy to its customers while embracing the transformation underway in the utility industry. The report details the company's strategy and ongoing efforts to mitigate risks from climate change, reduce emissions, navigate policy uncertainty and plan future investments to deliver value for customers and investors.

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Microsoft Adds 315MW of New Solar Power in Virginia in Largest Corporate Solar Agreement

Source: Company
Microsoft Corp. announced the purchase of 315 MW of energy from Pleinmont I and II, two new solar projects in the commonwealth of Virginia. This represents the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy ever in the United States. This will enable Microsoft to make significant progress toward its goal of reaching 60 percent by early 2020. The Pleinmont projects are part of a larger 500-MW solar development, owned and operated by sPower, an AES and AIMCo company.

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Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 5,750 Electric Car Rebates Approved in First Year of Drive Clean

Source: ny.gov
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that more than 5,750 consumers have received rebates to buy electric cars in New York since the State's Drive Clean Rebate was launched one year ago. The initiative provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new electric car from participating dealers. The rebate program supports Governor Cuomo's ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

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Connecticut's Energy Efficiency Programs Fuel Job Creation and Economic Growth

Source: Energize Connecticut
Every dollar invested in energy efficiency generates $7 back into Connecticut's economy, according to the 2017 Programs and Operations Report released by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB). The energy efficiency improvements made in 2017 will save Connecticut homeowners, renters, cities and towns, and businesses of all sizes more than $841 million over the life of those measures.

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Ameresco Delivers Energy Savings Projects to Four Colleges in Scotland

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

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Data Book Shows Continued Growth of Renewable Electricity

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

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New Batteries for Hawaiian Wind Farm

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

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Sparks Dynamics Closes $2 Million in Series A Investment Round

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

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Smart Buildings Save Energy and Improve Occupant Comfort

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

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

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

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

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

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Duke Energy Announces 2017 Power Partner Award Winners

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

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The New Year Brings Better Quality Lighting Choices to California

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

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Siemens Gamesa Signs Contracts Covering 23 Turbines

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

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Duke Energy Assumes Full Ownership of California-Based REC Solar

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Company

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

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

Source: PECI



Capstone Test 2

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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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