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NES Digital Garage Ventilation System Delivering 97% Energy Savings

Source: Cision

Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) announced its patent-pending garage-ventilation control system is cutting by more than 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year the baseline of consumable energy by a new and sizeable mechanical ventilation system at the City of San Francisco’s Japan Center Garage. By doing so, the NES system provides a recurring operational-cost savings in excess of $250,000 per year — not including future utility rate increases.

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Innovative Data Logging Instruments from Logic Beach

Source: Company

Logic Beach designs, manufactures, sells and supports a rugged offering of data acquisition, alarming and reporting instruments.

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Des Moines Water Works Paves Way for Energy Savings in Water Sector

Source: www.energy.gov

Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) recently became the first U.S. water treatment utility to certify a plant to the ISO 50001 standard and Superior Energy Performance® (SEP) program. The SEP program has long helped industrial and commercial organizations establish energy management systems that meet the widely respected ISO 50001 standard and achieve verified energy and cost savings. As the first certified facility in the water sector, DMWW’s Fleur Water Treatment Plant has paved the way for similar facilities nationwide to increase efficiency, cut costs, and demonstrate responsible management of resources.

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CAPSTONE SECURES 6.9 MEGAWATT MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR FPP CONTRACT WITH KEY OIL & GAS PRODUCER

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 6.9 megawatt (MW) multimillion-dollar long-term Factory Protection Plan (FPP) aftermarket service contract.

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Department of Energy Announces $12 Million to Advance Early-Stage Solar Research

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $12 million in new funding for eight projects to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation. These models will lead to more accurate forecasts of solar generation levels, enabling utilities to better manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power and improve grid reliability. 

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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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LED LIGHTING MARKET GROWING AT 14% CAGR & WILL CROSS US$ 105 BN BY 2023

Source: EnergyWatch

In the last few years, as the world is witnessing rapid industrialization and urbanization, the government is working towards the development of various LED standardization which is helping the industries to adopt this technology.

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NREL Launches Electrification Futures Study Series

Source: Company 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is spearheading the Electrification Futures Study, a research collaboration to explore the impacts of widespread electrification in all U.S. economic sectors—commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and industry.

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Capstone Announces New Severe Environment Air Filtration System

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 launched a new cleanable severe environment air filtration system for its innovative line of microturbine products and as a result recently received an order for three C65 microturbines utilizing this new filtration system for a flare gas reduction project in Oman.

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UNIDO concludes energy training program

Source: The Express Tribune 

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), under its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project, has successfully concluded the first ever training programme of Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), conducted locally by international trainers from world renowned energy certifying institute, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), USA.

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CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD: WHAT MAKES A CITY A “TECH CITY?”

Source: CoreNET Global

Throughout this and most other business cycles we hear that tech cities have outperformed other markets by virtually every relevant economic and commercial real estate (CRE) metric, including GDP, jobs, absorption, rents, and more. But what exactly is a tech city? After all, technology is everywhere. Almost all companies today use internet, cloud computing, social media, smart phones, and more advanced machinery and equipment. However, certain cities stand out.

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Capstone Signature Series Product to Power Onshore Oil and Gas Operation in California

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 C600 Signature Series microturbine to power an oil and gas facility in California. Cal Microturbine, one of Capstone’s distributors for California, secured the order.

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Centrax cogeneration plant lowering environmental impact in Italy

Source: Company

A Centrax-powered state-of-the-art cogeneration plant in Italy was officially opened in October this year by Hera, one of the country’s leading multi-utility companies.

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Lawrence Berkeley Lab team receives prestigious award for ISO 50001 research and development

Source: www.energy.gov

The Industrial Applications Team (IAT) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is the recipient of the Lab’s prestigious 2017 Director’s Award for Exceptional Societal Impact Achievement, in recognition of its contributions to the development and advancement of ISO 50001, the global standard for energy management business practices. IAT’s accomplishments include leading research that has resulted directly in the development of the 50001 Ready program introduced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this year.

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California Public Utilities Commission Annual Report-2017

Source: Company

In compliance with Senate Bill (SB) 1222 (Hertzberg, 2016; as codified in Public Utilities Code Section 913.41 ), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) reports to the Legislature each year on the progress of the RPS program.

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Chicago Contracts with Ameresco on the Biggest City–Led Wireless Smart Street Lighting Project in US

Source: Company 
Ameresco,Inc. a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced it has contracted with the City of Chicago for the City’s comprehensive Smart Street Lighting Project to modernize its infrastructure. Working with Silver Spring Networks,Inc. (NYSE:SSNI), a leading networking platform and solutions provider for the Internet of Important ThingsTM, the project is believed to be the largest city-led wireless smart street light program in the U.S., and will connect more than 250,000 street light fixtures across Chicago.

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BMW Group meets pledge to deliver 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017

Source: Company 

The BMW Group has delivered more than 100,000 electrified vehicles to customers worldwide in 2017, as promised at the beginning of the year. This underlines the company’s leadership role when it comes to electro-mobility. An eye-catching light installation will mark this milestone on the road to the mobility of the future, with the BMW Group headquarters, the world-famous “Four-Cylinder” in the north of Munich, transformed into a battery. The BMW Group selected this glowing symbol to represent the technological change taking place in mobility.

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JAYKAL Expands Growth Strategy into MUSH Market

Source: PR Web

JAYKAL LED Solutions adds Joe McGowan to their team to lead their growth strategy into the ESCO MUSH (Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Healthcare) markets. Joe has 30 years’ experience in the Energy Services Industry with significant success in all market sectors.

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Rexel Energy Solutions Focuses on Utility Rebate Support for ESCO Clients

Source: Company 

Rexel Energy Solutions continues to expand their capabilities around utility rebate support for its ESCO partners, supported by a team of rebate specialists and an online database tool. The online database tool empowers ESCO customers to easily find utility rebate programs in any state, as well as instantly find what products qualify for rebates and at what levels.

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Energy Star Bill Could Weaken Successful Program

Source: Alliance to Save Energy

A bill to modify ENERGY STAR could weaken a program with decades of proven benefits, Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan will tell Congress in a hearing Tuesday. The Energy Star Reform Act of 2017 Discussion Draft will be considered before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

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New Study Shows How An Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive Would Save U.S. Households A Billion Dollars

Source: Alliance to Save Energy
For the past year, energy efficiency has been conspicuously absent from the U.S. tax code. Where there was once a suite of incentives to encourage energy efficiency investments by homeowners and businesses, there is none currently. Thanks to a recent analysis from the U.S. Department of Energy, we have some new findings that strengthen our arguments for reinstating energy efficiency tax incentives – and understand the potential cost savings and benefits to homeowners of doing so.  

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Toyota Aims for Sales of More Than 5.5 Million Electrified Vehicles by 2030

Source: Company 
Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces its plans toward the popularization of electrified vehicles for the decade 2020-2030. Toyota's electrified vehicle strategy centers on a significant acceleration in the development and launch plans of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

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California Energy Alliance Launches Website!

Source: Company

The California Energy Alliance (CEA) unites representatives of a broad range of organizations committed to smart, sustainable energy use within the built environment. As a member-based organization, CEA works to improve California’s energy future and the migration toward a Zero Net Energy horizon. 

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Architects to Congress: “You’re Making a Terrible Mistake”

Source: LightNow Blog

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) will lobby aggressively in coming days against significant inequities in both the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, just as the legislation heads into conference.

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Acuity’s Scott Roos on What’s New in Downlighting

Source: LightNow Blog

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Roos, VP Design, Downlight, Accent and Trac Products, Acuity Brands Lighting. The topic: trends in LED downlights. I’m happy to share his responses with you here. The interview informed an article I wrote for the March 2018 issue of tED Magazine.

 

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Lighting for Learning

Source: LightNow Blog

In 2016, education put-in-place construction spending reached $88.7 billion, making it the largest building market, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

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Creative Destruction in Lighting

Source: LightNow Blog

At the 2017 Strategies in Light conference, Robert F. Karlicek, Jr., spoke about creative destruction in the lighting industry brought on by LED technology and the Internet of things (IoT). Karlicek is a professor and director for the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y. After catching his fascinating presentation, I interviewed him for a story for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. Excerpt below:

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Toyota to Build the World's First Megawatt-scale 100% Renewable Power & Hydrogen Generation Station

Source: Company

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) will build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. Announced today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Tri-Gen facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.
 

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Schneider Electric commits to 100% renewable electricity by 2030

Source: PR Newswire

 Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity and is throwing light on the doubling of its energy productivity.  

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Energy Department Recognizes Shari's Café & Pies and King County International Airport

Source: EE Online

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized two Seattle-area Better Buildings Challenge partners, King County and Shari's Café & Pies, for their successful energy-efficient upgrade achievements at the King County International Airport and the local Shari's in Lynnwood, Washington. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, these two partners committed to reducing energy use across their properties by at least 20% in 10 years.

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Toyota and Panasonic to Start Feasibility Study of Joint Automotive Prismatic Battery Business

Source: Panasonic

Toyota City, Japan, December 13, 2017-Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic) announce an agreement to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive prismatic battery business.

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GE Power Announces Global Headcount Reduction of 12,000 Jobs

Source: Company

GE Power announced that it plans to reduce its global headcount by approximately 12,000 positions, affecting both professional and production employees. 
 

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Plug Power CEO says business could triple in size in the next 5 years

Source: Albany Business Review

Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh says the Latham, New York, manufacturer could have more than 60,000 of its fuel cell units at more than 500 sites across the world by 2022.

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Mike Bloomberg and FSB Chair Mark Carney Announce Growing Support for the TCFD o

Source: Company 

Two hundred thirty-seven companies with a combined market capitalization of over $6.3 trillion have publicly committed to support the Task Force on Climaterelated Financial Disclosures (TCFD). This includes over 150 financial firms, responsible for assets of
over $81.7 trillion. The TCFD announced the growing support at the One Planet Summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron celebrating the two year anniversary of the Paris Agreement. 

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Los Angeles Announces First Zero Net Energy Multifamily Affordable Housing Development

Source: Energy Manager Today
Silver Star Apartments is the first Zero Net Energy multifamily affordable housing development in Los Angeles. Promise Energy designed and installed a Solar Photovoltaic system that covers both roofs on the project, and even incorporates vertical solar facades as a unique design element, visible from the project’s courtyard.

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Google to Buy Power From Wind Farms in United States

Source: energycentral.com
As part of Google's efforts to have its energy at 100 percent from renewables, it announced Thursday that it will buy a combined 536 megawatts (MW) of new wind capacity from four U.S. wind farms.

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Blockchain Electricity Project Unites S. Korean Ministry of Science, KEPCO

Source: Times of Zambia
South Koreas Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) have developed a blockchain-based system for neighborhood electricity trading and electric vehicle (EV) charging. The goal of the project is to provide relief to businesses or households that face heavy electricity bills.

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How California demand response has opened up to energy storage, virtual power plants

Source: Energy Storage News

Over the course of the past two years, staff at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in the U.S. have introduced novel customer engagement opportunities to participate in wholesale energy markets via the Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) program.

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Utilities’ energy efficiency programs meet goal, save equivalent of new power plant

Source: Company

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company proudly announced that, thanks to its customers who have embraced the utilities’ energy efficiency programs, they have been able to offset roughly the same amount of energy that equates to building a new power plant.

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Investing in Ontario’s clean tech industry will improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gases

Source: Government of Canada

Thanks to Government of Canada investments in the development of new clean technologies, Canadians could have greater access to less expensive energy-efficient solar power cells and innovative energy storage capability.

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Zero-emission electric buses on their way to North Carolina for the first time

Source: Intelligent Transport

Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) is moving ahead with the purchase of four electric buses from Proterra as part of a plan to significantly expand its zero-emission fleet over the next four years.

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Brown launches three-year, $24 million project to boost thermal efficiency

Source: Company

 As part of its continued work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels by 2020, Brown University will embark on a three-year, $24 million project to increase energy efficiency across campus by replacing its central heating system with one that will generate heat using hot water instead of steam.

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Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy—And Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing

Source: WIRED
Last week, the value of a single bitcoin broke the $10,000 barrier for the first time. Over the weekend, the price nearly hit $12,000. At the beginning of this year, it was less than $1,000. If you had bought $100 in bitcoin back in 2011, your investment would be worth nearly $4 million today

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $30 Million Investment in Advanced Nuclear Technology

Source: US DOE
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support development of advanced nuclear energy technology. The Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals for cost-shared projects to develop innovative, industry-driven reactor designs and accompanying technologies with high potential to advance nuclear power in the United States.

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Austin Just Scored an Incredible New Solar-Powered Sports Stadium

Source: timeout.com
The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)—a firm that has worked on both national and international projects like the Danish National Maritime Museum, the Grand Bay Miami and the Kimball Art Center expansion in Utah—has just announced plans for a massive complex at the site of Rodeo Austin and the Travis County Expo Center in East Austin. The stadium will include soccer, rodeo, rugby, hockey, basketball, shopping and dining facilities, including a 40,000-seat outdoor bowl and a 15,000-seat arena, both of which could also be used for live music concerts. In short, the place will be huge

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Schneider Electric Targets 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030 and Reporting on its Energy Journey

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity and is throwing light on the doubling of its energy productivity.  

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FuelCell Energy to Supply Renewable Hydrogen to Toyota

Source: Company
FuelCell Energy Inc. FCEL recently inked an agreement to sell renewable hydrogen to Toyota Motor Corp. TM. This tie-up, better known as hydrogen and power off-take agreement, is in line with FuelCell’s strategy to actively market its distributed hydrogen technology. This will offer a hydrogen fueling solution for fuel cell vehicles like that of Toyota and in turn expand FuelCell Energy’s business. Per the terms of the deal, FuelCell Energy will install a multi-megawatt SureSource fuel cell power plant at the Port of Long Beach in California. Once operational, this plant will produce 100% renewable hydrogen which will fuel Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) as well as Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 trucks (Project Portal).

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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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No More CRI? National Lighting Bureau Panel Discusses New Way to Specify Lighting-Color Impacts

Source: NLB
The way in which lighting designers specify the color-rendering properties of white light – and white light’s ability to alter humans’ perception of color – is about to change, thanks to the development of tunable white light and a near-revolutionary new way of specifying its color impacts, as “first-step-detailed” by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) in its Technical Memorandum-30 (TM-30). On the way out: The color-rendering index (CRI): Established in 1964, CRI categorizes white light only in terms of its warmness or coolness. 

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New Book Shows How to Cut a Building's Electric Rates by 20 Percent

Source: PR Newswire

 Managers of commercial, industrial and institutional facilities hate paying a bundle for their power. But they're wrong if they think the only way to shrink their utility bills is by cutting back their usage, buying new lighting or air conditioning equipment or putting solar panels on their roofs. Others have instead saved more – and spent far less in the process – by deploying tricks that cut their utility rates, without ever turning a screw.

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DOE Announces $25 Million for Combined Heat and Power Technologies

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $25 million for a selected eight organizations to further the installation of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. The use of CHP can support U.S. economic competitive advantage, promote economic development, instill resiliency in businesses and communities, create and maintain local energy-related jobs, and provide solutions for modernizing energy generation and delivery.

 

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Catherine Luthin Recognized as Winner of the 2017 Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards (WSLA)

Source: Company

We are pleased to announce that Luthin Associates' CEO, Catherine Luthin, is among the 10 winners of gb&d's fourth annual 2017 Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards (WSLA). All award recipients were recognized as being influential women at the forefront of sustainability. Catherine Luthin considers herself fortunate of the opportunity to be honored alongside such inspiring women who continue to break ground within the industry. For more information, please click the 'Learn More' link below to see an article from the current issue of gb&d magazine featuring the winners of the fourth annual Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards. 

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Ballard Delivers Fuel Cell Engine to ABB; Being Displayed at Royal Caribbean Event in NYC

Source: PR Newswire

Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) announced that a 100-kilowatt FCveloCity® fuel cell engine the Company has sold and delivered to ABB Marine & Ports Finland ("ABB"; www.abb.com/marine) is on display and also being utilized for onsite power at a Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. event ("Royal Caribbean"; www.rclcorporate.com) being held today and tomorrow at the Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn, New York (http://duggalgreenhouse.com).

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Get Weatherization Assistance in 3 Easy Steps

Source: www.energy.gov

Half of American households earn less than $59,039 a year. And, as the weather turns colder, many families are stretching those limited dollars to heat their homes, buy medicine and put food on the table.

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Alliance Launches New Initiative To Slash U.S. Transportation Energy Use By Half By 2050

Source: Company

The Alliance to Save Energy chartered a national commission of business, government and civil society leaders that will work together to develop a pathway and recommendations to reduce energy use in the U.S. transportation sector by 50 percent by 2050 while meeting future mobility needs.

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Proposed Bill Would Return Energy Star to DOE Control

Source: Door & Window Market Magazine
The House Energy and Commerce Sub-Committee held a discussion hearing today on possible legislation that could lead to major changes to the Energy Star program. The bill’s biggest proposal would transfer the program’s leadership from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department of Energy (DOE).

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Emerson to Install Gas Turbine Controls at ENGIE Combined-Cycle Power Plant in France

Source: Company
ENGIE has awarded Emerson a contract to replace legacy combustion turbine controls with Ovation turbine control technology at its DK6 800-MW combined-cycle power plant in Dunkirk, France. Existing controls on the plant's two Alstom GT13 combustion turbines are obsolete and no longer supported by the vendor.

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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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New Coalition Formed to Advance Zero Energy Buildings in Oregon

Source: nbi

A group of Oregon-based organizations is announcing the formation of a coalition to advance the rapid adoption of zero energy building standards in the state of Oregon. A zero energy home or commercial building generates as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year through renewable resources. The founding members of the Oregon Zero Energy Buildings Coalition are Earth Advantage, Climate Solutions, New Buildings Institute, NW Energy Coalition, International Living Future Institute, and the Zero Energy Project.

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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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Jordan Completes 21st CEM Training Course & Exam

Source: Company

The Jordan Energy Chapter EDAMA completed the 21st Certified Energy Manager training course and exam between September 24-28, 2017 in Amman Jordan.

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DELIVERY OF 5.2 MW U.S. PIPELINE PROJECT FUELS CAPSTONE’S PUSH TOWARDS ITS BREAK EVEN MILESTONE

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (NASDAQ:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received confirmation of the customer factory witness testing and shipment of a large 5.2 megawatt (MW) U.S. pipeline project from its current product backlog.

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What is Additive Manufacturing?

Source: www.energy.gov

In simplest terms, additive manufacturing is 3D printing.

This emerging manufacturing practice allows researchers to create physical, three-dimensional objects directly from a computer design file. It’s similar to how common desktop printers form images—but instead of ink, 3D printers use a wide variety of materials ranging from polymer composites, metals and ceramics to food, foams, gels, and even living tissue. 

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Sun Number Partnership with Zillow Brings Solar Potential Scores to Millions of Americans

Source: www.energy.gov

Millions of Americans looking to buy a home have a new resource to help them go solar in the process. Thanks to a partnership between Solar Energy Techonology Office (SETO) awardee Sun Number and real estate company Zillow, homeowners and prospective buyers across the country can now quickly and easily access detailed information about a property’s solar energy potential.

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Energy Department Announces $15 Million for Batteries & Electrification to Enable Fast Charging

Source: DOE
The Energy Department announced up to $15 million for research projects on batteries and vehicle electrification technologies to enable extreme fast charging. The Department's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) funds early-stage, high-risk research to generate knowledge upon which industry can develop and deploy innovative transportation energy technologies that improve efficiency, lower costs, and increase use of secure, domestic energy sources.

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Amazon Launches Biggest Wind Farm Yet, Project to Generate Enough Energy to Power Over 330,000 Homes

Source: Company
Amazon announced that its largest wind farm yet Amazon Wind Farm Texas is now up and running, adding more than 1,000,000 MWh of clean energy to the grid each year. Amazon has launched 18 wind and solar projects across the U.S., with over 35 more to come. Together, these projects will generate enough clean energy to power over 330,000 homes annually. These projects also support hundreds of jobs and provide tens of millions of dollars of investment in local communities across the country.

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Georgia Power Introduces New Community Solar program

Source: Company
Georgia Power introduces Community Solar, the newest way for residential customers to help support the growth and development of renewable energy in Georgia. Through the new program, now open for pre-enrollment at GeorgiaPower.com/CommunitySolar, residential customers can subscribe to receive a bill credit based on actual production at a solar facility. This new program was designed in coordination with and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

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Ormat Commissions the First Geothermal Power Plant in Honduras

Source: Company
Ormat Technologies, Inc. announced that its 35 MW Platanares geothermal project in Honduras has commenced commercial operation.

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Triacta Power Solutions Introduces Triacta GATEWAY™, A New Multi-Point Sub-Metering Platform

Source: Company
Triacta Power Solutions Limited Partnership (“Triacta”) announced that it has introduced a new sub-metering platform, Triacta GATEWAY™. Combining highly accurate, easily deployable and best-in-class metrology with a powerful computing foundation and IoT networking techniques, the Triacta GATEWAY™ system can easily integrate with legacy building automation protocols or with an IoT-oriented network. It seamlessly delivers building information to multiple cloud-centric or server-based systems. It also makes advanced building controls and Measurement & Verification practical for the sub-50,000 square foot market, while paving the way for easy spot retrofits in larger legacy properties.

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U.S. Department of Energy Partners with Eaton to Advance Hydropower Generation

Source: Company
Power management company Eaton announced it is helping advance energy resiliency for the national power grid through a U.S. Department of Energy funded initiative to deploy new hydropower generation at existing non-powered dams and waterways. Under the second stage of the contract awarded in 2017, Eaton will manufacture and test new, low-cost integrated hydropower turbine and generator sets to help enhance the cost-effectiveness of new hydropower generation facilities.

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Duke Energy Plans North Carolina's Largest Battery Storage Projects As Part of Modernization Plan

Source: Company
As part of its continued commitment to building a smarter energy future, Duke Energy announced plans to install North Carolina's two largest battery energy storage systems - a $30 million investment as part of the company's Western Carolinas Modernization Plan.

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Secretary Perry Urges FERC to Take Swift Action to Address Threats to Grid Resiliency

Source: DOE
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry formally proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) take swift action to address threats to U.S. electrical grid resiliency.  Pursuant to his authority under Section 403 of the Department of Energy Organization Act, the Secretary urged the Commission to issue a final rule requiring its organized markets to develop and implement reforms that would fully price generation resources necessary to maintain the reliability and resiliency of our nation's grid.

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ENGIE Wins Concession Contracts for Two Hydropower Plants in Brazil

Source: Company
The concession contracts are signed for a 30-year period. They raise the installed capacity of ENGIE from 10,290 MW to 11,122 MW and reinforce ENGIE's position as the largest private energy producer in Brazil. "These contracts are a tremendous success that represent a great growth opportunity for ENGIE, in line with the Group ambition to develop low carbon power production. These two plants have a strategic location for ENGIE's growth as they are in the Southeast region where we already have other plants and activities", said ENGIE Brazil CEO, Maurício Bähr.

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Seattle City Light Announces $1 Million in Community Green Up Grants

Source: Company
Thanks to the generous contributions of Seattle City Light customers, seven local organizations will receive Green Up grants totaling nearly $1 million to support renewable energy projects and education. The seven organizations will use the grants to help install solar panels at 14 public school, affordable housing, and community-based locations.

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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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Procter & Gamble and Constellation Complete 50-Megawatt Renewable Energy Plant

Source: Company
The Procter & Gamble Company and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), announced the completion of a 50-megawatt biomass-fueled combined heat and power plant located at one of P&G's largest U.S. facilities. Constellation owns and operates the plant, which supplies steam to P&G's Albany, GA paper manufacturing facility and generates electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power.  Additionally, steam from the plant will be used to power an 8.5-megawatt steam-to-electricity generator at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, helping the base increase its energy security and utilize renewable sources to meet energy demands.

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A Baker's Dozen: Duke Energy Economic Development Honored by Site Selection Magazine

Source: Site Selection Magazine
For the 13th consecutive year, Duke Energy has been named to Site Selection magazine's annual list of "Top Utilities in Economic Development." The magazine credits Duke Energy's economic development team and its successful collaboration with state and local partners for delivering more than $4 billion in capital investments and more than 14,000 new jobs in 2016. Duke Energy has been featured on the list every year since 2005.

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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



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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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