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DrivePak HVAC Upgrade Achieves Energy Efficiency Milestone

Source: Company

NexRev says the installed base of its HVAC retrofit product, DrivePak, passed the $1-saved-per-second mark, and at its current pace DrivePak will save NexRev customers over $30 million in 2015. Dollar value calculations are based the US national average electricity price of $0.10 per kWh.

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Energy Department Announces New Projects to Help Protect Wildlife at Wind Energy Plants

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced more than $1.75 million for five projects that will develop and demonstrate technologies to reduce the potential impacts of wind farms on sensitive bat species. A current challenge facing wind energy developers in the United States is how to protect wildlife while responsibly deploying and operating this reliable source of clean energy. As wind energy continues to grow as a major supplier of renewable electricity in communities throughout America, new mitigation techniques and technologies could help minimize its environmental impacts to bats and other sensitive wildlife.

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SunEdison Helps Town of Winchendon Save $8 Million

Source: Yahoo Finance 

SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, announced that is has signed an agreement to develop and install a 2.6 megawatt (MW) solar power plant for the town of Winchendon, Mass. on a previously unusable 12 acre town-owned landfill site.

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NG Advantage to Provide Compressed Natural Gas via “Virtual Pipeline”

Source: Company 

NG Advantage LLC – a Clean Energy company, announced that it has signed a contract to work with International Paper to deliver compressed natural gas (CNG) to International Paper’s Ticonderoga, N.Y. mill.

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Resonate Occupancy Sensor

Source: Company 

Echoflex Solutions is pleased to introduce the Resonate Occupancy Sensor (ROS). The ROS is a solar powered, passive infrared, wireless occupancy sensor. The sensor transmits occupancy state to Echoflex wireless controllers for Auto-On + Auto-off or Manual-On + AutoOff operation. The ROS operates continuously in low light levels (> 2.5 foot-candles) and when fully charged, can operate up to 200 hours in total darkness. The ROS sensor does not require a battery to operate and is available in 3 coverage patterns to satisfy a variety of applications. 

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Capstone Receives C1000 Order for Business Center in Medellin, Colombia

Source: Yahoo Finance

 Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for a C1000 microturbine to upgrade five commercial buildings at "Centro Administrativo La Alpujarra" in Medellin, Colombia.

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Mestex to introduce Aztec AMC modular HVAC system

Source: Company

Mestex will introduce its innovative HVAC product design, the Aztec AMC — created to meet more stringent codes and standards for commercial HVAC systems, including data center applications — at the AFCOM 2015 Data Center World event.

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SoCalGas honored by EPA as 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year

Source: Yahoo Finance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Energy Efficiency Program Delivery Award for its outstanding efforts to increase adoption of energy-efficiency products among its customers. SoCalGas' accomplishments were recognized today in Washington, D.C.

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ComEd Installs One Millionth Smart Meter

Source: Yahoo Finance

ComEd announced that it had installed its one millionth smart meter in its service territory. The mission of installing nearly four million smart meters began in 2013 and, on an accelerated timeline path, is expected to be complete in 2018 – three years ahead of schedule. A smart meter is a digital electric meter that uses two-way radio communications to collect usage information and securely transmit it to ComEd through a wireless connection.

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Reducing Energy Use

Source: UC Santa Barbara
Students at UCSB’s Bren School conducted a pilot for a behavior-based program aimed at lowering energy consumption on campus.

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Connected Vehicle Systems are Expected to Exceed $36 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2025

Source: Navigant Research
A new report from Navigant Research examines the market for connected vehicles, with a focus on the key components of vehicle-to-external communications (V2X) communications technology and factors that may influence successful deployment.

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Energy Management for Healthcare is Expected to Exceed $2 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2024

Source: Navigant Research
A new report from Navigant Research examines the current state of the global market for healthcare energy management systems (EMSs) and technologies, including global market forecasts for revenue, segmented by offering type, building type, and region, through 2024.

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Southern Company accelerates sustainable energy innovations with five solar projects in three states

Source: PR Newswire

hree Southern Company subsidiaries this week are marking major milestones in the strategic expansion of one of the nation's largest renewable energy portfolios through the announced development or acquisition of five large-scale solar projects.

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New Jersey BPU Approves Extension to Three PSE&G Energy Efficiency Programs

Source: Company
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved a Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) request to spend an additional $95 million on three popular energy efficiency programs that decrease energy costs for participants and lessen climate change emissions.  The extension will enable PSE&G to serve a roster of hospitals, healthcare facilities and residential multi-family housing units that are currently on program waiting lists.  It will also allow PSE&G to offer energy efficiency assistance for the first time in several years to small business customers in 25 Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZs) while also continuing energy efficiency efforts for government facilities and non-profits.

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Implementation of Smart Grids Could Generate €3.5 Billion for the Netherlands

Source: Company
The implementation of smart energy grids in the consumer market is worth between 1 and 3.5 billion euros. This has been revealed by a study carried out in PowerMatching City, the first pilot project in the world to implement a smart energy grid in practice.

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Con Edison Development Enters into Agreement to Procure GE Energy Storage System

Source: Company
GE announced it will supply Con Edison Development (CED) with an 8 MWh battery energy storage system in Central Valley, CA. The new storage solution will be utilizing GE's Mark VIe-based plant control system, Brilliance MW Inverters, and packaged lithium ion battery modules.

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Dominion Acquires Solar Facility In Georgia

Source: Company
Dominion announced the acquisition of a 20-megawatt solar facility in Georgia from HelioSage Energy. The facility is expected to enter service in 2015. The Richland Solar Center is located in Twiggs County near Jeffersonville, Ga. It has secured a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and interconnection agreements with Georgia Power. An engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contract has also been signed.

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Southern Company subsidiary acquires fourth California solar project

Source: Yahoo Finance

Reflecting its long-standing commitment to develop the full portfolio of energy resources, Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power today announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the 32-megawatt (MW) Lost Hills-Blackwell Solar Facility in California from First Solar, Inc. Remaining interest in the project will be owned by an affiliate of First Solar.

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Macalester College Goes 100% Solar And Saves Millions Of Dollars With SunEdison

Source: Yahoo Finance

 SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, announced that it has signed an agreement with Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota to offset 100% of the college's electricity use with solar energy. Macalester College will save millions of dollars on electricity costs over the 25 year agreement by purchasing a share of output from SunEdison's community solar gardens.

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Dominion Acquires Solar Facility In Georgia

Source: PR Newswire

Dominion announced the acquisition of a 20-megawatt solar facility in Georgia from HelioSage Energy. The facility is expected to enter service in 2015.

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U.S. Cities Among Latest to Join Global Climate Action Pledge

Source: energy.gov

Thirty-six Mayors pledge their commitment to action through the Compact of Mayors; Seoul Mayor announces plan to mobilize more cities; ICLEI launches new Transformative Actions Program

 

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Energy Department Awards $200 Million for Argonne's Next-Gen Supercomputer

Source: energy.gov

U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards that continue to advance U.S. leadership in developing exascale computing.  The announcement was made alongside leaders from Argonne National Laboratory and industry partners at Chicago’s tech start-up hub, 1871.

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Continental Control Systems Releases the Fast Power Option on the WattNode® Modbus for PV Production

Source: Company
Due to new requirements from utilities, Continental Control Systems has released a new firmware version for the Modbus Revenue energy meter providing for a Fast Power register reading which updates every 200 milliseconds. Option FP (Fast Power) supports utility feed-in limit requirements for those utilities that have limits on the AC power that may be fed into the grid by PV and wind inverters. In order to avoid exceeding utility limits, and to read the power and energy production from the inverter, revenue-grade kW / kWh meters are installed to monitor the power flowing to and from the grid. The inverter converts direct current to alternating current that syncs with the grid. Taking the readings directly from the meter, the smart-inverter monitors the output of the meter and adjusts the generated power going to the grid to control line voltage accordingly.

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EPA, Energy Department Honor 2015 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year

Source: Energy.gov

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states with the Energy Star’s Partner of the Year award for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Awardees are helping families save money by saving energy in innovative ways including working with utilities to offer rebates to customers, creating more efficient products, and launching efficiency projects. 

 

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Innovative MTA Free-Cooling Chiller Systems

Source: Chiller & Cooling Best Practices® Magazine
MTA’s John Medeiros and Don Joyce have built a strong chiller business in the U.S. and interestingly have trained many “air compressor people” to “turn off the blinders” and look for chiller applications with their clients. Don has written an excellent article on the energy-efficiency benefits of free-cooling and featured installations carried out by Bob Copell of Scales Industrial Technologies.

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Target Installs Solar on 180 Stores

Source: Energy Manager Today
Solar company Greenskies Renewable Energy has signed an agreement with Target to install solar arrays on the roofs of 180 Target stores and distribution centers that stretch across the United States from Augusta, Maine, to San Diego, California

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Energy Savings Are Part of the Process, Not the End Goal

Source: Sourceable
Building rating schemes deliver energy savings, but they only deliver a "perceived" development in air quality.

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Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative's Survey Reveals Attitudes Toward Smart Grid-Enabled Technologies

Source: SGCC
The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) released the findings of its Consumer Pulse survey, gleaning insights on consumer awareness, favorability, expectations and preferences as they relate to smart grid and smart-enabled programs and technologies.
 

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UGI to Provide Natural Gas Service to Invenergy Generating Facility

Source: Company
UGI Utilities, Inc. has signed an agreement with Lackawanna Energy Center LLC to provide natural gas service to its proposed natural gas-fueled power generation facility in Jessup, Pennsylvania

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Duke Energy's Ten-Year Site Plan Calls for More Solar in the Sunshine State

Source: Company
Duke Energy is venturing into solar power in a big way with plans to add up to 500 megawatts of utility-scale solar in Florida by 2024.

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Seattle City Light Testing Self-Healing Power Lines

Source: Company
Seattle City Light will test automated switching technology in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park that is designed to speed the restoration of service when a power line is damaged.

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Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

Source: gov.ca
Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.
 

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Southern Company subsidiary's first wind project will be its largest renewable plant

Source: Yahoo Finance

Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power announced an agreement to acquire the company's largest renewable electric generating plant and first wind project – the 299-megawatt (MW) Kay Wind facility in Oklahoma – from Apex Clean Energy. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2015 upon successful completion of the project.

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TerraForm Power Acquires 168 MW of Solar Power Plants From SunEdison

Source: Yahoo Finance

TerraForm Power, Inc. (TERP), a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants, announced it acquired solar power plants comprising 168 MW from SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE) during the first quarter of 2015. All of these power plants were on TerraForm Power's 3.4 GW call right list of SunEdison power plants which TerraForm Power has the option to purchase once completed.

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41 California jurisdictions launch HERO PACE program

Source: PR Newswire

Thirty eight cities and three counties across California launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program this week. The program enables homeowners and commercial property owners to pay off energy- and water-efficiency improvements through their property tax bill.

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SunEdison Partners With The City of Long Beach To Provide 2.5 Megawatts Of Solar Power

Source: Company
SunEdison, Inc, the world's largest renewable energy development company, today announced an agreement to develop and install four solar power plants for the City of Long Beach, delivering a combined 2.5 megawatts of solar energy. SunEdison has added the plants to the call right list of TerraForm Power, Inc., a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants. "It's a genuine pleasure to partner with the City of Long Beach," said Rafael Dobrzynski, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Distributed Generation at SunEdison North America. "The City has a compelling vision for a sustainable economy, and with solar they can save money, save water, and cut down on pollution. And with a SunEdison fixed-price power purchase agreement, they can lock in energy savings without a penny up-front."

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FERC approves the sale of Duke Energy's non-regulated Midwest generation business to Dynegy

Source: Yahoo Finance

 Duke Energy announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the sale of its non-regulated Midwest Commercial Generation Business to Dynegy for $2.8 billion in cash.

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PECO Requests PUC Approval to Make Additional Infrastructure Investments

Source: Yahoo Finance

In two filings completed by PECO, the company requested Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approval of additional work to modernize and weatherize the local electric infrastructure through its System 2020 plan, and increase the rates charged to customers for the delivery of electricity.

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Indiana to take leadership role in energy storage technology

Source: Yahoo Finance 

 Can renewable energy be available when customers need it as opposed to only when the sun shines or wind blows?

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Capstone to Upgrade European Distribution Center for Major Italian Food Retailer

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for a C800 microturbine to upgrade a major European distribution center for Italian food retailer, Conad, in Fiano Romano, Italy.

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Better Plants Welcomes New Partners from Diverse Sectors

Source: U.S. DOE

Seven organizations from diverse industries recently joined the Better Plants Program and Challenge, signaling their commitment to energy management and improved energy performance. Joining Better Plants establishes the new Partners as leaders in industrial energy efficiency with a specific pledge to reduce energy intensity by 25% over 10 years. The Better Plants Challenge is a higher-level leadership club of organizations that agree to openly share their energy performance data and key energy-saving best practices.

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ComEd Expands Opower Program to Give Customers Insights on Energy Use

Source: Yahoo Finance

Opower (OPWR), the global leader in cloud-based software for the utility industry, announced the successful deployment of its upgraded demand-side management (DSM) program with Chicago-based electric utility Commonwealth Edison (ComEd).

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Duke Energy announces inaugural Water Resources Fund grants to benefit regional waterways

Source: Yahoo Finance

Fifteen organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are the first to receive $1 million in grants from the Water Resources Fund to improve local water quality.

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EPA Announces 70 Top Performing ENERGY STAR-Certified Manufacturing Plants

Source: U.S. DOE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households. From implementing corporate energy management programs to implementing energy efficiency projects, there are many ways plants can save energy with EPA’s Energy Star program.

 

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Energy Department Announces $20 Million to Develop Advanced Electric Motors

Source: U.S. DOE

The Energy Department announced up to $20 million in available funding to spur the development of high speed industrial motors and drives, using high power-density designs and integrated power electronics to increase efficiency. The industrial sector consumes over a quarter of the electricity produced in the United States and is projected to increase its use by approximately 30% by 2040. Replacing less efficient systems that have fixed-speed motors and gearboxes with variable-speed direct-drive motor systems and incorporating recent power electronics advances, such as wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, could help industry save on energy costs and improve their competitiveness. WBG components—which control or convert electrical energy into usable power—can operate at higher temperatures, voltages, and frequencies, and are more durable and reliable than silicon-based counterparts. In fact, widely deploying these WBG system electronics could save 2% to 4% in industry's electricity consumption and billions of dollars.

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U.S. Army Selects Eaton to Help Automate, Optimize and Secure Global Power Delivery Systems

Source: Company
Power management company Eaton announced it was contracted by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to help upgrade utility monitoring and control systems at U.S. government-operated facilities around the world. Eaton is one of 13 companies to receive the $2.5 billion shared capacity multiple award task order contract.

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New Funding Opportunity to Develop Larger Wind Turbine Blades

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $1.8 million in funding for the development of larger wind turbine blades that will help capture more power from wind resources and increase the efficiency of wind energy systems. This funding will support the research and development of technological innovations to improve the manufacturing, transportation, and assembly of wind turbine blades longer than 60 meters. Larger blades that can be installed on wind turbines with taller hub heights will help facilitate the deployment of the next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbines.

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New Executive Order Announced: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

Source: energy.gov

On March 19th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order, titled Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, that will cut the federal government’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40 percent over the next decade from 2008 levels — saving taxpayers up to $18 billion in avoided energy costs — and increase the share of electricity the federal government consumes from renewable sources to 30 percent.
 

 

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Colorado Convention Center in full control of its lighting thanks to Nedap

Source: Company

The Colorado Convention Center (CCC) is a multi-purpose convention center located in downtown Denver with 584,000 square feet of exhibit space, 100,000 square feet of meeting rooms, and 85,000 square feet of ballroom space. Since the
opening in June 1990 the center hosts over 400 events per year. The Colorado Convention Center is owned by the City and County of Denver but has been privately managed by SMG since 1994.

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Wolf: Let's make PA 'fertile ground' for energy biz

Source: Philly.com
Pennsylvania's new governor pitched the state to the energy industry Tuesday morning during a conference at the Convention Center.

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City of Arlington to Save $14MM through Landmark Energy Program Featuring LED Streetlights

Source: PR Newswire

On March 11th, the City of Arlington, Texas, announced the beginning of a comprehensive energy program partnership with OpTerra Energy Services. The program will save $14MM in energy costs over the next 15 years. All of the energy efficiency improvements will be made while working within the City's existing budget and OpTerra Energy Services will guarantee the annual energy savings. 

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Ygrene Florida Acquires Lykes' Ownership Interest in PACE in Florida

Source: PR Newswire

Ygrene Energy Fund Florida, Florida's leading developer and administrator of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs, and a joint venture between Ygrene Florida (a subsidiary of Ygrene Energy Fund, Inc.) and EcoAsset Energy Solutions (a subsidiary of Lykes Bros, Inc.), announced that Ygrene Florida will acquire Lykes' ownership interest in the venture.

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Virginia Tech Selected to Continue Development of Innovative Building Automation System

Source: U.S. DOE

The Energy Department has awarded the Virginia Polytechnic and State University Advanced Research Institute nearly $2 million to continue research and development of its Building Energy Management Open Source Software (BEMOSS) for small and medium-sized commercial buildings. Currently, small and medium buildings make up over 95% of the floor space and about 50% of the energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S. each year.

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Energy Department Announces $6 Million to Accelerate Alternative Fuel Vehicle Market Growth

Source: U.S. DOE

The Energy Department announced $6 million for 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles, supporting training, and integrating alternative fuels into emergency planning. By removing barriers to market growth, these projects will expand Americans’ transportation options, minimize fuel costs, reduce carbon pollution, and increase the nation’s energy security.

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enerlinc Announces Partnership with CRF

Source: Company

enerlinc, the Energy Finance Division of Hale Industries announced its partnership with Community Reinvestment Fund USA (“CRF”).  

 

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Yonkers Chosen for State’s $35M Cities Energy Plan

Source: Westfair Communications
State officials have unveiled a plan to cut energy consumption and emissions in Yonkers and four other cities throughout New York. The Five Cities Energy Plans program enlists the most populous cities outside of New York City — Yonkers, Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester — as participants in a five-year, $35 million initiative supported by the New York Power Authority to drastically minimize energy costs and waste in both the public and private sectors. The project is an expansion of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY initiative that aims to increase energy efficiency in city buildings by 20 percent by 2020.

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GDF SUEZ Energy Resources Powers Globalcon Conference & Expo with Renewable Energy Certificates

Source: Company
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, a leader in U.S. retail energy, is continuing its support of the Association of Energy Engineers' (AEE) commitment to sustainable development by supplying renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the 2015 Globalcon Conference & Expo.  The event was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. This is the sixth consecutive year the retail electricity provider will supply a quantity of certificates, which will be Green-e® Energy Certified, targeted to match the electricity that will be consumed during the conference and expo.  A Green-e® Certified REC represents the environmental attributes of electricity generated from wind, solar, or other renewable generation facilities that meet certain vintage and production standards.

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Small Battery Systems Can Offer Attractive Return on Investment

Source: NREL
The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has used the Battery Lifetime Analysis and Simulation Tool (BLAST) to confirm that energy storage for demand-charge management can deliver attractive economic benefits. The analysis paired recent utility rate structures with historic data on solar photovoltaic electricity generation and commercial facility loads to evaluate 6,860 unique scenarios. The results revealed that, in the absence of incentives, small battery systems reducing peak demand by 2.5 percent offer the most attractive return on investment.    

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Casino saves $1,883,210 in annual energy costs while providing unsurpassed comfort

Source: Analytika

This casino (CAS)* is one of the largest in the United States with over 300,000 square feet of gaming space, an arena, a cabaret theatre, meeting and function rooms, retail shopping, and over 1,000 guest rooms.

* Due to confidentiality agreements, we are not able to provide the client name. We will refer to the firm as CAS throughout this case study.

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InsideIQ Member Enables Pennsylvania School to Reduce Energy Costs

Source: PR Newswire

The Sinking Springs Elementary School in York, Pa., part of the Central York School District, is saving $170,000 annually after completing energy efficiency upgrades. InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance member NRG Controls, Inc., of Harrisburg, an EPA Energy Star service and product provider, partnered with the district to benchmark the utility costs at Sinking Springs Elementary and implement the upgrades. NRG serves commercial and public sector clients in central Pennsylvania and is a longstanding member of InsideIQ, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors.

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Energy Department to Help Tribes Advance Clean Energy Projects and Increase Resiliency

Source: US DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities nationwide enhance their energy security and build a sustainable energy future, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the third round of Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance, which provides federally recognized tribal governments and other tribal entities with on-the-ground support to accelerate clean energy project deployment.

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Energy Department Announces $35 Million for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and enable early adoption of fuel cell applications, such as light duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).  This funding opportunity will accelerate American innovation in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by supporting research and development advancements in demonstration and deployments of early fuel cell markets.

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$128 Million Will Be Spent in 2015 in the Potomac Edison Service Area to Strengthen Electric System

Source: PR Newswire

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) expects to invest about $128 million in 2015 on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects to enhance service reliability in Potomac Edison's service area in western Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. 

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PSE&G Unveils 5-Year Proposal to Continue to Replace Aging Gas Infrastructure

Source: Yahoo Finance

 Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey's largest utility, announced a proposal to invest $1.6 billion over the next 5 years to proactively modernize its gas systems – supporting a safe, clean, reliable gas system well into the future.  The utility requested the funding, about $320 million per year, in a filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

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FuelCell Energy Completes Sale of University Micro-grid Project to NRG Yield

Source: Yahoo Finance

 FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL), a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, today reported the closing of its previously announced definitive agreement to sell a 1.4 megawatt fuel cell power plant project at the University of Bridgeport to NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG). Concurrent with the closing, a subsidiary of NRG, NRG Yield, Inc. (NYLD), acquired the project; the first-ever fuel cell project placed into any yieldco. The University of Bridgeport will buy the electricity and heat produced by the fuel cell power plant under a multi-year power purchase agreement (PPA). FuelCell Energy developed the project and is in the process of completing the installation of the power plant. FuelCell Energy will perform operation and maintenance services for the installation over the multi-year term of NRG Yield's PPA with the University. The power plant construction is mechanically complete and commercial operation is expected in March 2015.

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SunEdison and GRID Alternatives Announce $5 Million Workforce Initiative

Source: US DOE

 SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, and the SunEdison Foundation, announced a $5 million contribution to their philanthropic partnership with GRID Alternatives, the nation's largest non-profit solar installer. Together, the organizations are launching a two-year initiative called RISE to connect the industry's growing demand for skilled workers with communities that need jobs, and to build a more inclusive solar workforce. Building on the successful 2014 SunEdison and GRID Alternatives partnership to bring more women into the solar industry, the RISE initiative will provide underserved communities with solar job training and job placement through GRID Alternatives' workforce development program. The $5 million contribution is both financial and in the form of solar panels.

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Report: Wind Generates 10% of Texas Electricity in 2014

Source: US DOE
In 2014, more than 10% of the electricity used in the grid covering most of Texas came from wind generation, according to the grid's operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Wind's share of the ERCOT generation mix grew from 6.2% in 2009 to 10.6% in 2014 as total electricity generation increased over the same period by 11.3%. The growth in wind generation is a result of new wind plants coming online and grid expansions that have allowed more wind power to flow through the system to consumers.

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Regatta Solutions Acquires Wedge Consulting Energy Management

Source: Yahoo Finance

Regatta Solutions, Inc. the West Coast distributor of Capstone Turbine, announced that it has acquired Wedge Consulting, the Costa Mesa-based energy efficiency and strategic sustainability firm. The acquisition brings several services in-house to the clean technology company, including bench marking, retro-commissioning, and energy analysis for complex buildings such as laboratories and data centers.

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Trio Electric Guarantees LED Pay Back

Source: PR Newswire

Trio Electric (http://www.trioltd.com), a Houston based full-service electrical contractor, recently completed a lighting retrofit of nine locations for Star Furniture, converting the retailer's showrooms to LED lighting to increase energy efficiency and light quality. The new energy-efficient LED technology has delivered on Trio's promise of savings and financial return on the cost of the retrofit. In fact, Star realized a 100% return on investment within one year of installation of the new LED lamps. Trio was instrumental in guiding Star through the process of applying for utility rebates and incentive programs that covered a significant portion of the retrofit costs.

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Tecogen Sells Tri-Generation Energy System to 1912 Landmark Building in Manhattan

Source: PR Newswire

Tecogen® Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN) announced the sale of a tri-generation energy system to a Beaux Art-style bank building located in Manhattan's Lower East Side.  The NYC Landmark building is undergoing an extensive restoration and conversion to an upscale hotel.

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Green Charge Networks to Deploy More Than 1,500 kWhs of Intelligent Energy Storage

Source: PR Newswire

Green Charge Networks announced that Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District (Santa Clara County), Oak Park Unified School District (Ventura County), Butte Community College (Butte County), Peralta Community College District (Alameda County) and California State University, Fullerton (Orange County) have contracted with Green Charge Networks under a Power Efficiency AgreementSM (PEA). The installation of over 1,500 kWhs of intelligent energy storage capacity will be used to reduce the ongoing costs of demand charges on their electricity bill. These schools and colleges can expect to save up to 50 percent off their demand charges. As an added benefit, Green Charge has coupled electric vehicle charging stations with each of these systems to mitigate increased demand charges while promoting the use of electric vehicles with students, faculty, and staff.

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Federal Bureau of Prisons Selects Constellation for $45 Million Energy Efficiency and Solar Project

Source: Company
Constellation announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to implement $45 million in water and energy conservation measures and install a 2-megawatt (DC) solar generation project at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla., (FCC Coleman).

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Exelon: EPA's Carbon Rule for Existing Power Plants Can Be Implemented Reliably

Source: Finance Yahoo

The electric industry can achieve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s goal to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants on schedule and at a minimal cost to consumers without harming grid reliability or compromising the efficiency of existing energy markets, Exelon said.

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FPL funds $42,000 in grants to 46 teacher energy projects

Source: PR Newswire

Grants worth $42,000 have been awarded for classroom energy and engineering projects from Florida Power & Light Company's (FPL) Teacher Grant Program. The 46 grants will go to Florida educators teaching students about energy and engineering.

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Exelon and Pepco Holdings Enhance Proposed Package of Merger Benefits in District of Columbia

Source: Yahoo Finance

Exelon Corporation (EXC) and Pepco Holdings Inc. (POM) have enhanced their proposed package of merger benefits in the District of Columbia to provide even greater benefits to Pepco customers, their communities and the District. The improved package of benefits was outlined in testimony filed with the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSC) and aligns with settlements achieved in New Jersey and Delaware.

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Reliant Launches Integrated Home Security, Automation Solutions

Source: Yahoo Finance

The smart home is more accessible than ever with the launch of Reliant’s new suite of home security packages and automation tools. These solutions help customers connect anywhere, anytime, to what is often their largest investment – their home.

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NV Energy's mPowered Program Powered by EcoFactor Wins National Award

Source: PR Newswire

EcoFactor, Inc., the leader in cloud-based home energy management services, is honored to announce that NV Energy's mPowered Home Energy Management Program has received the 2015 award for outstanding achievement in pricing and demand response from the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP). The award honors individuals, teams or organizations that represent excellence in designing and implementing an energy services program.

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Three Military Bases Partner with Energy Department to Train Veterans for Solar Jobs

Source: U.S. DOE

The first class of Marine trainees at Camp Pendleton will graduate from the Energy Department’s solar job training pilot program, which is aimed at preparing service members for careers in the solar industry as solar photovoltaic system installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related opportunities. Camp Pendleton is one of three military bases partnering with the Department’s SunShot Initiative to train 200 transitioning military service members during the pilot period for employment opportunities in the rapidly growing U.S. solar energy industry. Training courses will also begin at Fort Carson and Naval Station Norfolk this spring.

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Report: Energy Department's Loan Guarantees Launched Utility-scale PV Solar

Source: U.S. DOE

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on February 9 formally “flipped the switch” on the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, the nation’s largest solar energy project on public lands. Desert Sunlight is located on about 4,100 acres managed by DOI's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Riverside County, about 70 miles east of Palm Springs and six miles north of the rural community of Desert Center.

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PSEG Solar Source Dedicates Its 10th Facility

Source: PR Newswire

PSEG Solar Source joined with El Paso Electric (EPE) and juwi solar, Inc. (JSI) to formally dedicate the PSEG El Paso Solar Center. The 13-megawatt (MWdc) facility is El Paso's largest.

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SDG&E Receives $5 Million Grant To Expand Borrego Springs Microgrid

Source: Yahoo Finance

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently awarded San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) a nearly $5 million grant to expand the innovative Borrego Springs Microgrid. The grant will allow the Microgrid to use the nearby 26-megawatt (MW) Borrego Solar facility to power the entire community, making this one of the nation's largest microgrids that can operate solely on renewable energy. In addition to bringing in more clean power, the funding will be used to increase the size of the Microgrid to service all of Borrego Springs, further enhancing local reliability and reducing the duration of power outages.

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Greenlots Supports Southern California Edison's Deployment of 80 Level 2 Chargers

Source: PR Newswire

 Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicles, and its partner EVSE LLC, a leading electric vehicle charging manufacturer, announced that they are supporting a California Public Utility Commission-approved workplace EV charging pilot for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation's largest electric utilities.

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Investing in Energy Efficiency Pays Off

Source: The New York Times

A junior and senior economist are walking down the street. The junior one spots a $20 bill on the ground and says, “Hey, look, 20 dollars! Should I pick it up?” The senior economist replies: “Don’t bother. It can’t be real. If it were, someone would have taken it already.”

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Capstone Turbine Secures Follow-On Order for Additional Sections of the Los Ramones Pipeline

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 a follow-on order for five C800 microturbines for another phase of the Los Ramones pipeline project in Northeastern Mexico.

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Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii

Source: NREL

Inverter load rejection overvoltage (LRO) tests completed by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of a cooperative research agreement with SolarCity have proven so successful that a testing partner, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), has proposed to double its hosting capacity for solar energy. 

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New Incubator Launches Network to Help Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories.

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DOI 'Flips the Switch' on California Solar Farm

Source: US DOE

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the Bureau of Land Management Neil Kornze joined California state and industry leaders to “flip the switch” on the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, the nation’s largest solar project on public lands that is now delivering clean, renewable energy to American consumers. 
 

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Energy Department Announces $13 Million to Help Communities Go Solar

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department announced $13 million in funding to help communities across the country reduce market and policy barriers to solar deployment and recognize communities for taking the initiative to go solar. This investment will make it faster, cheaper, and easier for Americans to install affordable solar energy systems and spur solar deployment nationwide by decreasing costs and supporting communities' efforts to transform solar energy markets.

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New E-Finity Product Offering

Source: Company

The ability to listen to customer needs and respond in a way that meets the demand of the industry is key to a company’s success.  This ability can most recently be seen in E-Finity Distributed Generation’s innovative, new product offering. 

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FIRST SOLAR AND APPLE STRIKE INDUSTRY'S LARGEST COMMERCIAL POWER DEAL

Source: Company

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced that Apple has committed $848 million for clean energy from First Solar's California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County, Calif. Apple will receive electricity from 130 megawatts (MW)AC of the solar project under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), the largest agreement in the industry to provide clean energy to a commercial end user.

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Duke Energy proposes innovative solar programs for South Carolina

Source: Yahoo Finance

Duke Energy proposed several solar power programs to the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) that will greatly expand options for customers to use renewable energy.

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Ballard Inks US$80M+ Deal With Volkswagen

Source: Company

 Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) announced that the Company has entered into a Technology Solutions transaction with Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen AG, www.volkswagenag.com and Audi AG, www.audi.com) for an aggregate amount of approximately US$80 million for the transfer of certain automotive-related fuel cell intellectual property (IP) and a two-year extension of an engineering services contract. 

 

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SunEdison Announces Agreement With PermaCity To Develop And Operate 22 Megawatts Of Rooftop Solar

Source: Yahoo Finance

 SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE),  the world's largest renewable energy company, announced an agreement with Los Angeles -based solar developer PermaCity to develop, build and operate 22 megawatts of rooftop solar as part of the Beacon Bundled Solar contract that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) awarded to SunEdison in July 2014 .

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BASF starts Open Innovation contest on energy storage

Source: PR Newswire

The Open Innovation Contest BASF is starting and it aims to find ideas to store energy from renewable energy sources. The context calls for sustainable technologies which are capable of storing power from the grid and feeding it back into it. Together with companies, scientists, start-ups and inventors, BASF is looking for efficient solutions to store electricity on a long-term basis, which are financially viable, for example through lower investment costs. Innovative chemistry should play a central role in the submitted proposals.

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New White Paper Explores "Daylighting and Flooring: Don't Overlook the Issue of Reflectivity"

Source: PR Newswire

 A new white paper, "Daylighting and Flooring: Don't Overlook the Issue of Reflectivity," issued by Armstrong Commercial Flooring, provides insight on leveraging the reflectivity of flooring for architects and administrators who are seeking opportunities to reduce energy consumption in commercial structures.

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Atlas Copco Ranked Top Sustainable Machinery Company

Source: Company
The list, presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, ranks companies that prove they are increasing productivity while using less resources. Atlas Copco is ranked 23rd overall, up from 46th last year, and is number one in the machinery industry. It was the ninth time Atlas Copco appeared on the list.

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Energy Performance Agreements

Source: Company
“Energy Efficiency" offers big return$ for investors by lowering utility bills and heightening building performance and productivity. It also shows the companys' commitment to "Green Alternatives" that the companys' employees, customers and community will all appreciate. As more and more businesses prioritize the search for new energy solutions, innovative financing is often required to make the vision of energy efficiency a reality. Energy Performance Agreements (EPA) puts energy efficiency within the reach of organizations of any size.

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EPA Recognizes Melink Intelli-Hood® with 2015 ENERGY STAR® Emerging Technology Award

Source: PR Newswire

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Melink Corporation's Intelli-Hood® Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) System with the 2015 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for its ability to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Intelli-Hood®'s accomplishments will be publically recognized at The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) Show in Anaheim, CA on February 19-21, 2015.

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Duke Energy and REC Solar Team to Make Distributed Solar More Affordable

Source: Company
Duke Energy, the nation's largest electric utility, announced the acquisition of a majority interest in REC Solar, a provider of comprehensive commercial solar and energy solutions nationwide.

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Building Automation Controls System of the Year

Source: Company

Delta Controls won Building Automation System of the Year at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards held at AHR in Chicago on January 26th, 2015!  We are proud of this award because it was given by an online community of controls professionals, 100s of installers and engineers who really know the products from in-field experience.  
 

 

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Georgia Power helps Georgia's K-12 schools reduce energy costs

Source: Finance Yahoo

Georgia Power announced that it has awarded $2.5 million in rebates to K-12 schools across the state for making energy-efficient improvements as part of the company's Commercial Energy Efficiency program. The program, which began in 2011, encourages customers to make energy-efficient improvements, including upgrading interior lighting, installing high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and installing high-efficiency cooking equipment.  Nearly 400 schools have taken advantage of the program since its start and, combined, have reduced their energy use by more than 52 million kilowatt-hours. 

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PECO to Advance Modernization of its Natural Gas Distribution System

Source: Company
PECO has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) for approval to accelerate the modernization of the company’s natural gas distribution system. PECO’s plan would increase the company’s Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan from $34 million per year to $61 million per year.

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Two New PSE&G Landfill Solar Farms in Service

Source: PR Newswire

PSE&G recently put two new landfill solar farms in service as part of the utility's Solar 4 All program.  The 10.14 megawatt-dc (MW-dc) Parklands Solar Farm in Bordentown, NJ and the 11.18 MW-dc Kinsley Solar Farm in Deptford, NJ were brought online in late-December 2014 and will supply enough grid-connected solar electricity to power about 3,500 average-size homes annually.

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Twenty New Partners Join the Better Buildings Challenge

Source: US DOE

 Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced that more than 20 new partners have committed to improving energy efficiency across their respective building portfolios by 20 percent over the next ten years. These new partners, including the 6 multifamily partners announced by the White House earlier today, bring with them fresh perspective and leadership in newly represented sectors, spanning over 70 million square feet of fast-food, restaurant, manufacturing, university, and government facilities. As leaders in energy efficiency, partners will work with the Department to share their successful efficiency strategies and help pave the way for other organizations to follow.

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Super Bowl Draws on Renewable Energy to Light the Field with LEDs

Source: US DOE

Salt River Project, on behalf of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, is partnering with the NFL Environmental Program to provide green energy for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

 

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Energy Department to Make $59 Million Investment in Solar Energy

Source: US DOE

 In support of the Administration’s effort to double renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department announced more than $59 million in funding to support solar energy innovation. The Department is making $45 million in funding available to quickly move innovative solar manufacturing technologies to market, and is also awarding more than $14 million for 15 new projects to help communities develop multi-year solar deployment plans to install solar electricity in homes, businesses, and communities. As more communities look to solar energy as a source of clean, renewable electricity, the funding announced today will help lower the cost of going solar and enable businesses to develop solutions for overcoming technical, regulatory, and financial challenges, further unleashing cost-competitive solar energy.

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McDonald's Eyeing Net Zero Energy Restaurants

Source: Fierce Energy
With the help of Rocky Mountain Institute, McDonald's Corporation is investigating the feasibility of developing net zero energy (NZE) fast food restaurants. Net zero energy means that in a year, an energy efficient building and the site on which it sits produces as much renewable energy as it consumes.

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Solar Panels Coming to Washington County Landfills

Source: Your4State.com
Washington County has partnered with EPG Solar to lease over 100 acres of land at the Forty West landfill and other sites across the county. The public-private partnership will generate revenue and savings for the county. “The county will receive $375,000 in rent and other revenues from the project," said Julie Pippel, director of environmental management. "Additionally, the county will see savings in our electrical costs that can result up to $100,000 a year."
 

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Miami HEAT, NRG Energy Launch Business and Clean Energy Partnership

Source: Company
The Miami HEAT and NRG announced a business and clean energy partnership that brings the Miami HEAT a powerful new sponsor while transforming the existing East Plaza at the AmericanAirlines Arena into an elegant solar pavilion. For NRG, the partnership also brings access to millions of fans and Miami visitors and showcases its clean energy products and services. The partnership will provide the HEAT with a long-term advisor on sustainable energy solutions for the well-known venue.

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Schneider Electric, Autodesk Partner to Make Buildings More Energy Efficient

Source: BEPA
Schneider Electric and Autodesk Inc. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which the two companies will collaborate to enhance current practices for building lifecycle management based on Building Information Modeling (BIM).
 

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New Incubator Network to Help Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

Source: NREL

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories. 

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The Green SBA 504 Loan

Source: Company
When you Go Green" with SBA 504 Financing there is no limit to the the size or number of Green Projects that you can finance (even if your SBA size limit is met). Plus you have the added bonus of reducing your business' energy and operating costs.

 

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Energy Office Has Training Funds Available for Energy Manager Certification

Source: Virgin Islands Energy Office


The Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) has federal funds to reimburse eligible residents for reference materials and testing fee for Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification/designation. 

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GE LED lighting technology advances California dealership

Source: GE Lighting North America

As a large dealership in California—selling an estimated 400 cars monthly—the organization chose to work with GE Lighting to make sure each car was shown in its best light. 

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Amerlux® Upgrades Hornet High Power A-14 LED Light Engine

Source: PR Newswire

Amerlux® never stops in researching and delivering continuous improvements in all of its products.  The latest improvement is the upgrade in performance of the Hornet HP A14 LED Engine that delivers outstanding reliability and guaranteed efficiency in energy and maintenance.

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Geronimo Energy Brings Solar Savings to Saint Paul Public Housing with Community Solar Garden

Source: PR Newswire

Geronimo Energy ("Geronimo") is teaming up with St. Paul Public Housing ("SPPHA") to bring solar to their residents under Xcel Energy's Community Solar Garden Program. Residents of multi-unit housing have not traditionally been able to enjoy the benefits of solar energy. However, with the introduction of the Community Solar Garden Program, the barriers to solar power have been removed for SPPHA residents.

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Delaware Biotechnology Institute-Improving IAQ with UVC

Source: Steril-Aire

It is a well-known fact that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is harmful to build¬ing occupants, but in a biotech lab it can also compromise sensitive research and laboratory experiments. To provide its people and processes with the best protection, the University of Delaware’s Delaware Biotech¬nology Institute (DBI) decided to equip the air-handling units in its six-year-old 72,000-sq.-ft. facility with high-output ultraviolet-C (UVC) devices. While optimizing the air quality with germicidal UVC, DBI has discovered an unexpected fringe benefit: The condensate from the coils is now so clean that they can collect and pump it into the cooling tower as make-up water, achieving substantial savings in water usage. 

 

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McDonald’s Study Explores Idea of a Net Zero Energy Quick Service Restaurant

Source: Fisher Nickel, Inc. / New Buildings Institute

Through a recently completed study, McDonald’s Corporation seeks to better understand whether it would be feasible to develop a net zero energyi (NZE) quick service restaurant. Exploring net zero energy continues McDonald’s tradition of energy efficiency efforts, and helps to prepare McDonald’s for future energy codes. The study’s findings, including research, technical analyses, and detailed recommendations, form a roadmap for McDonald’s to pursue future net zero energy restaurants, as well as select energy efficiency solutions for existing restaurants.
 

 

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How Steril-Aire UVC Can Cut Energy and Operational Costs

Source: Steril-Aire

What if there was an investment that paid measureable, almost immediate benefits by reducing energy and maintenance costs? What if you could restore your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system to as-built design and keep it in a clean state without harmful chemicals or pressure washing? Imagine what facility engineers could do with the time lost to logging, managing and troubleshooting thermal comfort complaints. What if the payback to achieve all of these was less than 2 years?

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Tecogen Announces Sale of Multi Unit Cogeneration System to Major Research University in Worcester

Source: PR Newswire

Tecogen® Inc. announced the sale and posted a video on the Company's website describing the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance program of two Tecogen Ultra CM-75® combined heat and power (CHP) units at Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Gateway and Life Sciences Building and Campus Center.

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DOI Approves Southwest Transmission Line to Modernize Grid

Source: DOE

On the heels of the President’s State of the Union speech where he underscored his Administration’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 will join Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials to announce the approval of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a major infrastructure project for the American West.

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NREL Releases the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book

Source: DOE

The newly released 2013 Renewable Energy Data BookPDF illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends. The Data Book is produced and published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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Energy Department Announces $55 Million to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Source: DOE

Following the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20 in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced more than $55 million to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy. These technologies will play a key role in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, and support the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to make plug-in electric vehicles as affordable to own and operate as today's gasoline-powered vehicles by 2022.     

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Lighting and Control Aspects of ASHRAE 189.1-2014 Green Building Standard

Source: Lighting Controls Association

In November 2014, ASHRAE published ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

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Evluma Announces DLC Qualification of Improved Outdoor Area Light

Source: Company
LED lighting manufacturer Evluma announces that the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) has listed its upgraded AreaMax outdoor area security light product. The recent upgrades include integrated photocontrol and anti-corrosion coastal materials options, and a new sleeker, lighter housing that increases the product’s overall architectural appeal and ease of installation.

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Third Volvo Facility Certified to Superior Energy Performance

Source: DOE

Volvo Group Trucks marked the end of 2014 with an impressive achievement: its powertrain facility located in Hagerstown, Maryland became the third facility within the Volvo Group to be certified to the Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program and to ISO 50001.

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Updated Energy Performance Tracking Tool Can Help Users Improve Energy Management

Source: DOE

Keeping up with an organization’s energy consumption and savings can be challenging for even the most capable energy manager. To help address this challenge, AMO has updated the Energy Performance Indicator (EnPI) tool to support users interested in tracking progress and moving toward a standardized, certified energy management system. 

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Onset Announces HOBOmobile® Compatibility with Android™ Devices

Source: Company
Onset, a world leader in data loggers, announced that the company’s HOBOmobile data logging app is now compatible with Android devices. The free app, which enables users to graph and analyze environmental data collected with Onset HOBO® MX Series data loggers, brings the power and convenience of Bluetooth® Smart data logging to a greater number of mobile users. Right from their Android devices, building managers, energy managers and others can wirelessly configure HOBO MX1101 loggers, view data in graphs, check logger status, and share data in Excel and other applications.

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FPL announces plans to install more than 1 million solar panels at three additional solar power plan

Source: PR Newswire

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced details about its plans to build substantially more solar energy capacity as part of its ongoing strategy of advancing clean energy while keeping electricity affordable for customers.

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Delta Introduces High-efficiency EC Fan Series for Industrial and Commercial Applications

Source: PR Newswire

Delta Electronics, the leading global provider of power and thermal management solutions, will introduce its new energy-efficient electronically commutated (EC)  fan series for industrial and commercial use at AHR 2015 in Chicago. Delta's EC fan series achieves 30%-50% energy savings compared to traditional AC-motor fans.

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SunEdison Successfully Raises Funds For First Wind Acquisition

Source: Company
SunEdison, Inc., a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced that it had raised a total of $590 million dollars to fund the acquisition of First Wind.

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Starwood and NRG Energy Bring Sustainable Luxury to The Phoenician

Source: Company
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) in partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), through its wholly-owned subsidiary NRG Renew, today unveiled its first project to integrate clean sustainable energy at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection resort. Featuring approximately 2,000 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, the 568 kilowatt (kWdc) solar installation will offset a portion of The Phoenician resort’s energy demand – an amount equivalent to the energy needs of approximately 90 homes

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Freeman Achieves LEED Silver Certification

Source: Company
The Freeman Company, the leading global partner for integrated marketing solutions for live engagements, today announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED® Silver Certification in the Building Design and Construction rating system for New Construction to the Freeman Chicago Facility. Freeman is the first general contractor in the event industry to achieve this status for new construction using sustainable design and construction methods.

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LEED and Green Globes – Which to Use?

Source: Jennifer Turchin, Principal with Coda Group , NCARB, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System has garnered serious market share in green building certification in the last 15 years, but it isn’t the only certification program on the market. There is officially a new kid on the block – called Green Globes. When Jerry Yudelson, a LEED Fellow and well known member of the green building industry became president of the Green Building Initiative (GBI) in January 2104, there was a notable shift in the marketplace for alternative rating systems. GBI owns and manages the Green Globes certification system. Like LEED, Green Globes is an assessment and certification program that identifies green building objectives with categories and points that can be selected from to pursue different levels of certification – called “Globes” in Green Globes. For example, a project that attains LEED Silver certification would be most similar to a Green Globes project attaining a two Globe certification.

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What's Next for Pennsylvania After the Year of Green Energy?

Source: Market Wired
The following is a statement by John Tough, Vice President of Operations and Business Development at Choose Energy: Renewably sourced electricity, particularly solar energy, is proving to be an important part of our future. In fact, 2014 was a banner year for renewable energy sources.

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Almost 4000 US Schools Are Running On Solar

Source: SustainableBusiness.com
Few places benefit more from solar than our public schools, where the energy savings can literally make the difference in being able to pay teacher salaries and buy textbooks.
 

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LEDs Saved Businesses Big Money in 2014

Source: Energy Manager Today
LED Source’s top three energy saving lighting retrofit projects for 2014 include a painting studio, a beverage distributor and a hotel.

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Tokyo Aims to Quadruple Solar Power Generation Capacity by 2024

Source: Manichi
The Tokyo metropolitan government has set a goal of quadrupling solar power generation capacity in the capital to 1 million kilowatts by 2024, installing solar panels on the rooftops of buildings including houses and schools, said officials.

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Google Backs Utah’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Google is backing another renewable energy project, this time with Norwegian power company Scatec Solar. The two have teamed up to build Utah’s largest solar power plant. Google and Scatec, along with Prudential Capital Group, are investing about $188 million in the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park. When up and running at the end of 2015, the plant will generate roughly 210 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, enough for approximately 18,500 homes.

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CES Producer CEA Donates a Total of $100,000 to Three Las Vegas Green Projects

Source: Company
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, owner and producer of the International CES®, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, announced a total of $100,000 in green donations for sustainability projects in Las Vegas, the host city of CES. This marks the seventh consecutive year CEA has made a green donation to a Las Vegas-based organization.

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Californians on Way to State's New Energy Goals

Source: ABC News
Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, said industry experts and state officials.

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ICF International Awarded $6 Million Energy Efficiency Contract with Major U.S. Southern Utility

Source: Company
ICF International, a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has been awarded a new contract to support an innovative energy efficiency program for a major U.S. utility. The contract has a value of approximately $6 million and a term of 30 months.

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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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Jamie the manager was caught up in the recruiting frenzy as our company staffed up its Engineering teams. One Friday afternoon, Jamie called Liz and said "Hire my top candidate, now - before somebody else gets him!" Here's what happened next

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:37:00 GMT

Top Three MLP Investing Ideas From Manager Of InfraCap MLP ETF (AMZA)  
InfraCap MLP ETF (AMZA) -- first actively-managed MLP ETF on the stock market -- invests in companies engaged in oil and gas transportation, storage and processing. AMZA gained 1% year to date versus -1% for the category leader, Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) .

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:01:00 GMT

Big Oil Gazing at Alternative Energy, Utilities' IT-driven Efficiencies  
The oil price decline is prompting a rethink in terms of process efficiencies and adoption of IT services management across the energy spectrum, including the slower movers at big oil firms.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:43:00 GMT

The Easiest And Hardest Cities To Find A Job Right Now  


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:55:00 GMT

How To Find Job Opportunities  
How do you find job opportunities worth pursuing? Liz Ryan spells it out

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:55:00 GMT

Why Two Wall Street Giants Recommend Investors Buy Oil And Gas Now  
Two of Wall Street’s most revered giants -- Credit Suisse and Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- are recommending investors buy oil and gas stocks now. They believe oil prices have bottomed as producers scaled back output significantly and when analysts are overwhelming bearish, the stock market tends to go against the crowd.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:01:00 GMT

SunPower At 30: Why It's Still The Most Interesting Company In Solar  
SunPower turns 30 tomorrow. It’s a company whose impending doom has been predicted more times than Apple. And, like Apple, it has both defied expectations and played a huge role in taking its industry from a niche world of hobbyists to the mainstream. In 2014, net income came to $246 million, more than double the year before.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:46:00 GMT

Oil & Gas Sector Behind The IT Services Adoption Curve, Says ServiceNow CEO  
The oil and gas sector is a bit of a laggard, when it comes to digital process optimization and wider adoption of IT services management or ITSM, according to the chief executive of one of the biggest players in the industry.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:01:00 GMT

Tesla And Energy Storage: The Race To Power The Future  
What if there were a way to modernize the nation’s energy grid while also helping bolster renewable energy production? According to Tesla’s innovative mastermind, Elon Musk, the development of massive batteries, which store energy produced from renewable resources, could become a reality within the next year.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:29:00 GMT

Dow Chemical Has An Alt Kind Of Love  
What do cowboys, windmills, chemical plants and green energy have in common? The answer is Dow Chemical. Dow, one of the world’s largest producer of chemicals recently signed a deal that will provide wind generated electricity to run its Freeport, Texas manufacturing plant. This plant is the largest integrated chemical manufacturing plant in the Western hemisphere.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:25:00 GMT

Oil Prices Won't Recover Without Significant Increase In Demand  
Previously, such an increase would have been seen as inevitable following low prices and dwindling supply, but now that may not be the case. Years of high prices have caused a demand destruction that will be more difficult to reverse than in the past, thanks to government caps on oil consumption and technological advancements. And, even if consumers wanted to use more oil, they might not be able to.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:13:00 GMT

What To Do When The Job Interviewer Doesn’t Ask The Right Questions  


Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:02:00 GMT

What To Look For In A Boss  
Olivia is about to graduate from college, and her first job interview is coming up. Olivia asks Liz what to look for in a new boss, and Liz spells it out.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:02:00 GMT

BP As Environmental Steward  
Yesterday we celebrated marked Earth Day. President Obama gave a speech in The Everglades during which he chided FL. Gov. Rick Scott for banishing the term climate change from government employees' lips. Separately, we were treated to the latest positive picture from a company still recovering from an oil spill that was the mother of oil spills.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:49:00 GMT

N. Korea Building Ever More Nukes As S. Korea Wins Deal With U.S. To Expand Nuclear Energy Program  
North Korea now poses a bigger nuclear threat than previously believed while the U.S. and South Korea have reached an agreement freeing up South Korea’s ability in the long run to enrich uranium of the kind that might someday be used for warheads.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:52:00 GMT

Earth Day 2015: Celebrate Cheap Abundant Oil Unleashed From The Earth By American Innovators  
We should be celebrating the thousands of small and mid-sized companies, and the bigger ones now too, that used shale technologies to unleash such oil abundance from the earth.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:22:00 GMT

World's Biggest Oil Companies - 2015  


Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:30:00 GMT

Jaeger-LeCoultre, UNESCO Unveil Glacier Bay National Park Video, Photo Exhibit to Honor Ecosystem  
When watch brands give back to the environment, special things happen in time. Today, in honor of Earth Day, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveils a new video of Glacier Bay National Park and the ecosystem it works with UNESCO to protect.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:45:00 GMT



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