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AMO Peer Review Highlights Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Projects

Source: Energ.gov
More than 100 technology experts gathered to review and provide actionable feedback on 28 R&D projects, four facility projects, and four analytical projects at the AMO Peer Review. The Peer Review was held concurrently with the 2015 Better Buildings Summit in Washington, DC. The Peer Review featured examinations of many innovative projects, including the development of a high metal removal rate process. Traditionally, machining platforms such as drilling have been used to remove material to create a finished product. However, these manufacturing processes are ill-suited to produce small parts with high accuracy requirements.

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2015 Better Buildings Summit Celebrates Continued Energy and Cost Savings

Source: Energy.gov

As part of the Administration’s effort to advance energy efficiency and combat the harmful effects of climate change, Better Buildings Challenge partners have cut energy waste by 94 TBTUs since President Obama first launched the challenge in 2011. The energy savings announced today have saved partners a total of $840 million dollars in energy costs and avoided 6 million tons of harmful carbon emissions, equivalent to cutting the emissions of 1 million cars. To continue this progress, the Energy Department is expanding the Better Buildings Challenge to include water savings goals and Senior Advisor to the President Brian Deese today called on existing partners to recruit one new partner to join the program and set a goal of reducing energy use across their respective building portfolios by at least 20 percent in the next 10 years, effectively doubling down on Better Buildings.

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White House Solar Plan Aims at Low- and Middle-Income People

Source: NY Times
The Obama administration will announce an initiative to help low- and middle-income Americans gain access to solar energy, part of a series of steps President Obama is taking to tackle climate change, according to administration officials.

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Electric Vehicle Tariffs from Utilities Gaining Traction In US

Source: Company
The electric vehicle (EV) market in the United States is growing rapidly. The market is now approaching a tipping point where EVs are becoming mainstream. Drivers are increasingly seeking special EV tariffs from their electric utilities for when they recharge their vehicles at home. For years, select utilities have experimented with EV tariffs and now their structures are becoming standardized. There are currently 28 utilities across 15 states offering EV tariffs, according to the fifth annual benchmark published by Northeast Group, LLC.

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DTE Energy to Install Detroit's First Solar Energy Trash Compactors

Source: Company
DTE Energy will install smart, solar-powered trash compactor and recycling units in its downtown Detroit neighborhood to help make the city cleaner and greener.

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Onset Announces Bluetooth CO2 Logger

Source: Company
Onset, a world leader in data loggers, today announced the HOBO® MX1102, the industry’s first data logger that records and transmits carbon dioxide (CO2), temperature, and relative humidity data wirelessly to mobile devices via Bluetooth Smart.

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Georgia Power Announces Launch of New Solar Sales and Installation Service

Source: Company
Georgia Power announced the launch of a new solar sales and installation service for customers. As an unregulated offering, the program will be administered by Georgia Power Energy Services, a business unit more than 20 years old focused on providing turnkey installation of energy efficiency products for customers.

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Southern Company and Partners Announce Longleaf Conservation Grants

Source: Company
In a continuous effort to support wildlife protection and natural resource conservation, Southern Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced $4.6 million in grants to establish and enhance more than 173,000 acres of longleaf pine. Among the grants are 11 projects within the Southern Company system service area in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

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SCE Maps Out Its Vision for the Electric Grid of the Future

Source: Company
Southern California Edison (SCE) filed its Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) with the California Public Utilities Commission. The filing is the next step in a proceeding the commission initiated last August to move toward full integration of Distributed Energy Resources (such as rooftop solar, storage, electric vehicle charging, energy efficiency and demand response) in operations, investment and distribution system planning.

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London England's Iconic Double-Decker Buses to go Electric

Source: Company
One of the world's most recognized transportation systems, TFL (Transportation for London), known for their iconic red, double-decker buses, has contracted for the manufacture of a brand new, battery electric replacement. The company selected to build the next generation London Bus double-deckers is global electric vehicle leader, BYD Company Ltd.

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U.S. Organizations Recognized for Cutting Parking Facility Energy Use by 60%

Source: Energy.gov

As part of the Energy Department’s effort to support U.S. businesses working to save money by saving energy, the Better Buildings Alliance’s Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign recognized 18 organizations for leading the way in efficient outdoor lighting today.  In the past year, these organizations have committed to install efficient lighting across more than 470 million square feet of parking space – cutting energy use on average by 60 percent. Nationwide, building owners spend more than $16 billion annually to light their parking lots and garages, but by improving all outdoor lighting by 60 percent, American building owners could save more than 9 billion dollars annually across the 215 billion square feet of parking facilities.

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Duke Energy Progress customers in SC to see bill savings this summer

Source: PR Newswire

While energy usage tends to increase this time of year as customers crank up their air conditioners to combat the summer heat, Duke Energy Progress' South Carolina customers will see some relief as the portion of their bills that pays for fuels used to generate electricity will decrease.

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New Emulsion Mist Collectors Offer High Efficiency, Low Operating Costs and 24/7 Performance

Source: PR Newswire

A new line of Handte EM Profi emulsion mist collectors from Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) offers the highest available collection efficiencies, plus the ability to run "24/7" for reduced maintenance, service ease and lower operating costs. The units can handle the heaviest loads encountered in industry to clean up contaminants generated during milling, drilling, tapping, turning, grinding and other machining processes that utilize emulsion mist coolants.

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Celtic Bank Announces First PACE Funding in the State of Utah

Source: PR Newswire

Celtic Bank is pleased to announce that it has funded the first commercial project utilizing PACE in the state of Utah. Proceeds from the bond issuance will be used by Hunt Electric to construct a solar canopy utilizing smart grid technology at their offices in West Valley City, UT. Celtic Bank worked in conjunction with Hunt Electric, Utah Clean Energy, and the Governor's Office of Energy Development to bring the PACE funding structure to Utah. 

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SunEdison and TerraForm Power Announce Closing of 521-MW Atlantic Power Acquisition

Source: Yahoo Finance 

SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, and TerraForm Power, Inc. (TERP), an owner and operator of clean energy power plants, announced the closing of the acquisition of Atlantic Power's 521-megawatt (MW) portfolio of operating wind power plants.

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TransAlta using Tesla battery storage technology in Alberta's first energy storage project

Source: Yahoo Finance

TransAlta Corporation (TA.TO) (TAC) has been awarded $250,000 from Alberta Innovates - Energy & Environment Solutions (AI-EES) to help launch Alberta's first large-scale commercial energy storage project.

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Georgia Power to offer solar sales, installation services July 1

Source: PR Newswire

Georgia Power announced the launch of a new solar sales and installation service for customers beginning July 1. As an unregulated offering, the program will be administered by Georgia Power Energy Services, a business unit more than 20 years old focused on providing turnkey installation of energy efficiency products for customers.

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Kraft Power Delivers Two CHP Systems

Source: Company

Kraft Power delivered two (2) KGBL-400-4SH, each rated at 400kw factory pre-packaged Bio Gas CHP systems to a waste-water treatment plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

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City of Cleveland Selects Constellation as Electricity Supplier

Source: Yahoo Finance

Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and a longtime competitive energy supplier in Ohio, announced that it has been selected by the City of Cleveland, Ohio, to provide fixed-price electricity supply following a competitive bidding process under the state’s electricity choice, governmental aggregation program.

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Access Fixtures Unveils An Extensive Line of Amber LED Luminaires

Source: PR Newswire

Access Fixtures, an environmentally friendly purveyor of commercial and sports lighting, has released a comprehensive line of wildlife safe, amber LED products. Wildlife-friendly lighting minimizes light pollution in thickly settled communities where bright artificial lighting has the potential to harm local ecosystems. As a strong supporter of energy efficient and environmentally conscious LED technology, the addition of the LED Wildlife Lighting product page was an easy decision.

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DTE Energy to install Detroit's first solar energy trash compactors

Source: PR Newswire

DTE Energy will install smart, solar-powered trash compactor and recycling units in its downtown Detroit neighborhood to help make the city cleaner and greener.     

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New Exelon Report Shows Company’s Transition to Sustainable Energy Future

Source: Yahoo Finance

Fulfilling its commitment to keep the public informed of its sustainability strategy and performance, Exelon has released its latest sustainability report. The report describes Exelon’s approach to providing reliable, clean, affordable and innovative energy products in an evolving energy landscape.

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National Grid Rallies Around REV

Source: Company

National Grid announced its continued commitment to being the utility of the future at New York State's media availability session on the Reforming Energy Vision (REV) proposed demonstration projects. To support REV and other efforts taking place around its footprint, National Grid announced the creation of its New Energy Solutions team at today's event. This team will have the sole purpose of being focused on innovations and technologies that drive cleaner energy, improved efficiency, affordability and choice for the customer.

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IEA Report Offers Global Energy Emissions Strategy

Source: Energy.gov

A peak in global energy-related emissions could be achieved as early as 2020 and at no net economic cost, the International Energy Agency said on Monday in its new World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Climate Change. The Agency showed how to achieve an early peak in emissions as one of four key pillars that it believes are needed to make the upcoming UN climate talks a success, from an energy perspective.

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Energy Department Launches Clean Energy Initiatives

Source: Energy.gov

The Department of Energy announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center (CEII), which will work to make the Department’s resources more readily available to the public, including to mission-driven investors.

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CRedit360 Partners with Urjanet to Embed Utility Data into CRedit360’s Sustainability MGMT plan

Source: Company
CRedit360, a leading supplier of sustainability management software, and Urjanet, the world’s first provider of automated utility data, announced a strategic partnership that enables CRedit360 users to receive automatically collected and standardized utility data from over 1,700 internationally-dispersed utility providers. Urjanet’s data seamlessly integrates directly into CRedit360’s platform, saving companies’ time on data acquisition and speeding up reporting processes.

 

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Energy Efficiency Experts (E3) Selected by Macland Investments to Retrofit Their California Holdings

Source: Yahoo Finance

Premier Holding Corporation (OTCQB: PRHL), the parent company of an ESCO, an energy seller, and a reseller in deregulated markets, announces that its 100% owned subsidiary Energy Efficiency Experts (E3) has been selected by Macland Investments to perform LED retrofits both interior and exterior on their 37 gas stations in Southern California.

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NRG Renew to Develop 20MW Solar Energy Facility for Cisco

Source: Yahoo Finance

NRG Renew LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), the country’s largest independent power producer, announced plans to develop a 20 megawatt (MW) solar energy facility that will generate clean, reliable solar power for delivery to Cisco’s San Jose headquarters. NRG Renew LLC will convert its NRG Solar Blythe II location, which is a 153-acre parcel that has been under development by NRG since 2010, into a solar installation that will help Cisco reach its goal of using renewable sources for at least 25 percent of its electricity needs by 2017. The project is scheduled to begin commercial operation by the end of 2016.

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SDG&E Has Sufficient Power Supplies To Meet Summer Demand

Source: PR Newswire

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the California Independent System Operator Corp. (ISO), and the California Energy Commission announced that sufficient electricity supplies are available to meet regional energy needs this summer. Customers, however, may be called to conserve in the event of an unexpected power emergency, such as much hotter than expected weather or the unplanned loss of a power plant or transmission line.

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Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Shell Energy North America Team Up to Install Battery Storage

Source: PR Newswire

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Shell Energy North America (Shell Energy) to install up to 20 Megawatts (MWs) of battery storage at Shell Energy commercial, industrial and utility customer sites throughout California.

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Rockefeller sustainability initiatives are honored by the Association of Energy Engineers

Source: Company

The Rockefeller University’s multi-year initiative to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions will be honored this week with an award from the Association of Energy Engineers. The local award, for institutional energy management of the year, recognizes the consistent achievements of an entire team and is presented to a public sector institution for outstanding accomplishments in developing, organizing, managing and implementing its comprehensive energy management program. Rockefeller’s win at the local level means it will now be entered to compete at the regional, and potentially national, levels.

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SDG&E Honors The City Of San Diego And Balboa Park

Source: Yahoo Finance

Tomorrow, at the 10th Annual Energy Showcase, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will recognize the City of San Diego, the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, and eight other municipal, school district, and business customers for their remarkable results in energy efficiency and conservation.

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PSEG Power Acquires Maryland Combined-Cycle Power Plant Project

Source: Yahoo Finance

PSEG Power, through its wholly-owned subsidiary PSEG Fossil, has acquired the 755-MW Keys Energy Center project from Genesis Power, LLC and an energy-focused private equity fund managed by Ares EIF Management, LLC. PSEG Power plans to rename the facility the PSEG Keys Energy Center (KEC).

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Georgia Power offers tips to save money as heat wave hits Georgia

Source: Yahoo Finance

 As sustained high temperatures in Georgia drive energy use up, Georgia Power is reminding customers that focusing on energy efficiency can help keep their homes cool and reduce the impact of the hot weather on power bills. As part of continued efforts to help customers save energy and money, the company has made it easy to find energy solutions and expertise at www.GeorgiaPower.com and is sharing tips and advice throughout the summer on Twitter using the hashtags #HotWeatherTip and #SaveEnergy.

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Energy Department Recognizes Denver Area Partners for Housing and Building Efficiency

Source: Energy.gov

As a part of the Administration’s effort to help cut energy waste, the Energy Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will recognize the Denver Housing Authority and the cities of Denver and Arvada, Colorado today for their leadership in the Better Buildings Challenge. Altogether, these organizations are cutting energy waste across 10 million square feet of commercial buildings, municipal facilities, and multifamily affordable housing facilities. This afternoon, Energy Department and city officials will join HUD Secretary Julián Castro on a tour of North Lincoln Homes before also viewing showcase projects in Denver and Arvada.

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Across the USA on One Tank of Non-Petroleum Fuel -- made possible by Neste's NEXBTL

Source: PR Newswire

A team of motorsport enthusiasts will drive from Atlantic Coast of Florida to the Pacific Coast of California on just one tank of renewable fuel in June 21-26, 2015. This is made possible by NEXBTL renewable fuel that is produced from bio-based raw materials by Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel.

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First City in the State of Minnesota to be 100 Percent Powered by Community Solar

Source: PR Newswire

After a historic vote last Monday, the city of Cologne signed a contract this morning to power up to 100 percent of its city facilities' energy needs from Community Solar.  The energy will be generated by over 2,700put solar panels in SunShare's solar gardens currently under development through the Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Community program.  This is enough energy to power about 140 homes for 25 years.

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National Grid Ranked Top Green Utility in the World

Source: Company 

This week National Grid landed the number one spot as a utility on Newsweek's Top Green Companies in the World 2015, ranking 29th overall.

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NextEra Energy Resources/Tompkins Cortland Comm. College complete on-campus solar power installation

Source: Yahoo Finance

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, through an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary, and Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), one of 64-member institutions of the State University of New York system, announced the completion of a 2.6 MW solar system on the main college campus in Dryden, New York. The system, installed on approximately 10 acres, is expected to meet 90 percent of the college's electricity needs.

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USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy

Source: Energy.Gov

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides financial assistance to establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a qualifying energy facility.

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The Ohio State University Wins Year One of North American EcoCAR 3 Competition

Source: Energy.Gov

The U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) announced The Ohio State University as the overall winning team for Year One of the EcoCAR 3  competition, a four-year collegiate engineering program that gives students the chance to design, build, and demonstrate cutting-edge, eco-friendly automotive technologies in the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

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Capstone Microturbines to Upgrade New York University Research Facility

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 two orders for C1000 microturbines for energy efficiency projects in New York City, New York. A single C1000 will be installed at a New York University research and learning facility while a second C1000 will replace the existing generators at the River Park Towers residential complex in the Bronx.

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LED Flat Panels Light Up Dental Surgery Room in Raleigh, North Carolina

Source: Company

The difference was "night and day" when the primary office for Nu Image: Surgical and Dental Implant Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, installed LEDtronics' LED Flat Panel Lights to replace their old-technology fluorescent tube lights in their parabolic troffers.

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Capstone Receives Groundbreaking C600 Order for New OATI Data Center in Minnesota

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 600-kilowatt microturbine system to be installed in the OATI data center and office facility currently under construction in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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Los Angeles Cities and County launch LA HERO PACE Program to help homeowners conserve water

Source: PR Newswire

Los Angeles County and 84 cities within have officially launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, which enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay them off through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over 5, 10, 15 or 20 years, and homeowners see immediate savings on electric and water utility bills.  The HERO Program was one of two administrators selected by Los Angeles County earlier this year through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Announces Small Business Advantage Grant Recipients

Source: PR Newswire

Governor Tom Wolf announced that nearly 140 businesses across Pennsylvania will soon install energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects by using Small Business Advantage Grants provided by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This year, DEP awarded more than $980,000 to 139 small businesses.

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SunEdison Brings 14 MW of Solar Power to Long Island as Part of New York State Initiative

Source: Yahoo Finance

SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE) the world's largest renewable energy development company, announced that it has signed agreements with five municipal entities on Long Island to build seven solar power plants totaling 14 megawatts (MW) DC.

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Energy Department Evaluates Potential for Wind Power in 50 States

Source: Energy.gov

 In support of the President’s all-of-the above energy strategy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the release of Enabling Wind Power Nationwide, a report showing how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment in all 50 states—made possible through the next-generation of larger wind turbines. Announced today at the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER Conference in Orlando, Enabling Wind Power Nationwide builds upon the recently released Wind Vision report, which quantifies the economic, social, and environmental benefits of a robust wind energy future.

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SunShot Announces Solar Start-Up Winners

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced the five winners of the first round of the SunShot Catalyst prize competition, which were chosen out of 17 finalist start-ups that demonstrated their solar energy software solutions before a packed house and a panel of judges in San Francisco on May 14. Winners received $30,000 each to help advance their early-stage solutions toward commercialization.

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Bank of America Issues $600M Green Bond

Source: Energy Manager Today
Bank of America has issued a green bond for $600 million to advance renewable energy and promote energy efficiency. This is the company’s second green bond. In November 2013, Bank of America issued its first green bond for $500 million.
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Florence County Government Partners with Pepco Energy to Implement Major Energy Reducing Improvement

Source: MarketWatch
Pepco Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. and a leader in energy savings performance contracting, announced that it has commenced implementation of an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Florence County, South Carolina. Under the contract, Pepco Energy will install over $6.6 million of energy efficiency improvements at thirty Florence County facilities that are guaranteed to save more than $432,000 annually and $7.6 million over the term, while also addressing critical infrastructure needs.
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Boston Was Just Named the Top City in the Country for Saving Energy. Here’s Why

Source: The Washington Post
It’s report card season — and not just for grade-school students. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published the 2015 edition of its biennial City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, ranking U.S. cities based on their local energy policies and initiatives. And for the second time in a row, Boston is top of the class.
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Eastman Chemical Recognized for Energy Efficiency by EPA

Source: NASDAQ
Eastman Chemical Co. EMN has once more received the 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") for its efficiency and leadership in energy management. The recipients of the EPA's annual ENERGY STAR Awards are selected from around 16,000 partners participating in the ENERGY STAR program.
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Noesis Is Bridging The Energy Efficiency Finance Gap

Source: Startup Hook Up
Energy efficiency is becoming a top priority for building owners, and companies. Businesses are quickly seeing the benefits of switching to more eco-friendly power solutions, and the reason for doing so is evident when checking the numbers.
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Los Angeles' Sustainable City pLAn Unveils Ambitious Goals to Improve Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Source: NRDC
Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled the first-ever Los Angeles Sustainable City pLAn. This comprehensive document outlines ambitious yet achievable goals and targets for Los Angeles on environmental, economic, and equity issues.
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Edmonds Offers Their Patented ecoPOWER Hybrid Rooftop Ventilators in the U.S.

Source: Company
Invisco Whole House and Variable Speed Fan Company based in Temecula California has been selected by a large and successful Australian firm, Edmonds, to import and market their patented ecoPOWER hybrid rooftop ventilators. These efficient turbine bladed ventilators come in three sizes, 16 inch, 24 inch and 36 inch diameters.
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ADI Energy Selected for $1.5 Billion Multiple Awardee ESPC Contract

Source: BusinessWire

ADI Energy, an energy services company headquartered in Smithfield, Rhode Island, today joined a prestigious list of Department of Defense contract holders. Fourteen businesses will share capacity on a $1.5 billion Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) for the design, construction and operation of energy savings projects to help military installations meet mandated energy savings goals.

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BioEnergy Hawaii partners with Ulupono Initiative for Energy Conversion System

Source: PR Newswire

BioEnergy Hawaii, LLC, (BEH) a designer, developer and operator of waste treatment and alternative energy systems, has partnered with impact investment firm Ulupono Initiative to finance a resource recovery facility planned for the west side of Hawaii Island.  

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Capstone Expands Presence in European Renewable Energy Market with Biogas-fueled Microturbines

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 C1000 microturbine to upgrade an established solid waste treatment center in Tampere, Finland.

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Construction to Begin on Georgia Power Georgia 3x30 Solar Projects

Source: Company Georgia Power this started construction on new solar projects at Georgia Army bases Fort Gordon near Augusta and Fort Stewart near Savannah. At groundbreaking events at the bases Thursday and Friday, leadership from the company, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) and the General Services Administration (GSA) gathered with community leaders and others to tour the site and mark the beginning of development. (more)

ComEd and Schneider Electric Partner to Deploy Green Button Connect My Data

Source: Company ComEd is joining forces with Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, to deploy Green Button Connect My Data in northern Illinois. ComEd is among the first utilities to roll-out Green Button Connect My Data, which allows customers to authorize third-party service providers to receive direct access to their energy usage analytics via the Green Button functionality. (more)

FPL Recognized for Innovative Approach to Florida's Electric Grid

Source: Greentech Media Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has been named to the Grid Edge 20 - the top 20 companies in the nation that are transforming the energy industry - by Greentech Media. FPL was singled out for its industry-leading approach to the grid, using technology to better manage the electric system and deliver reliable service that ranks among the best in the nation. (more)

Lunera Lighting Showcases Plug-and-Play LED Lighting Solutions

Source: Company Lunera® Lighting, Inc., a leader in lighting innovations accelerating the transformation to advanced LED technology, will be highlighting the new plug-and-play Lucy Lamp series of commercial interior and exterior LED replacements for high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps during the West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) in Long Beach, June 3-4, 2015. Additions to the Susan Lamp series of metal halide replacements and the Helen Lamp series of CFL replacements will also be displayed. Learn more about the significant energy savings of Lunera's LED replacement lamps at booth #350. (more)

Georgia Power launches 2015/2016 ASI Distributed Generation program

Source: PR Newswire

Georgia Power has announced the launch of the 2015/2016 Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI) Distributed Generation (DG) program soliciting DG projects of varying sizes totaling 100 megawatts (MW). The company will acquire these solar resources using a combination of competitive bidding and fixed pricing.  Potential applicants/bidders are encouraged to visit the program website at https://gpcasidg.accionpower.com for a full description of available projects.

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Amerlux recognized by DOE for three NGL indoor solid-state lighting products at LightFair 2015

Source: PR Newswire

Amerlux® was honored for three commercial LED indoor lighting products during the eighth annual Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Solid-State Lighting Design Competition. MURRO LED Wall Wash, LINEA 1.5 Linear Direct/Indirect LED and FINO Ceiling LED received the awards for excellence and technological development, which were sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) at LightFair International. The NGL Awards were launched in 2008 to encourage technical innovation and promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for commercial, industrial, and institutional applications.

 

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Ecova’s Utility Division Delivers 108 TWh of Energy Savings

Source: Company

Ecova, the total energy and sustainability management company, today announced that in partnership with its utility clients, it has delivered 108 terawatt hours (TWh) of energy savings over the last eleven years?including nearly 19 TWh of savings in 2014. This lifetime savings of 108 TWh is equivalent to production from 20,500 wind turbines for one year, preventing 74 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere or providing over two years of total household electricity to New England. (more)

Michigan's Largest solar Panel Installation Taking Shape Outside Ann Arbor

Source: M Live DTE Energy is moving forward with a roughly 1.1-megawatt solar energy installation just outside the Ann Arbor city limits. (more)

Atlas Copco Launches ‘Two-in-One’ Coalescing Compressed Air Filters

Source: Company

Atlas Copco recently introduced UD+ coalescing compressed air filters available with capacities of 19 scfm to 16950 scfm, which combine two filtration processes into one product while reducing pressure drops by 40 percent. (more)

Onset's Bluetooth Smart Data Logger Protects the Magna Carta

Source: Company

Onset, a world leader in data loggers for building performance monitoring, today announced that the HOBO MX1101, the company’s first data logger that measures and transmits temperature and relative humidity data wirelessly to mobile devices via Bluetooth Smart technology, is helping to protect a copy of the Magna Carta. (more)

ComEd and Schneider Electric Partner to Deploy Green Button Connect My Data

Source: Yahoo Finance

ComEd is joining forces with Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, to deploy Green Button Connect My Data in northern Illinois. ComEd is among the first utilities to roll-out Green Button Connect My Data, which allows customers to authorize third-party service providers to receive direct access to their energy usage analytics via the Green Button functionality.

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Construction to begin on Georgia Power Georgia 3x30 solar projects

Source: Yahoo Finance

Georgia Power this week started construction on new solar projects at Georgia Army bases Fort Gordon near Augusta and Fort Stewart near Savannah. At groundbreaking events at the bases Thursday and Friday, leadership from the company, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) and the General Services Administration (GSA) gathered with community leaders and others to tour the site and mark the beginning of development.

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City of Riverside Demonstrates Environmental Leadership

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, announced the execution of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the City of Riverside, California to install a 1.4 megawatt combined heat and power (CHP) Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R)) power plant at the Riverside Regional Water Quality Control Plant. The fuel cell power plant will convert biogas from the wastewater treatment process into a continuous supply of ultra-clean electricity to power the facility and two electric vehicle charging stations, as well as provide thermal energy for the water treatment process. The City of Riverside is forecasting cost savings under the PPA, paying only for power produced and advancing their sustainability initiatives. FuelCell Energy will install, operate and maintain the plant under a long-term service agreement for a term of 20 years. The plant is expected to be operational in 2016.

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Georgia Power marks signing of groundbreaking solar legislation into law

Source: Yahoo Finance

Georgia Power marked this week's signing of Georgia House Bill 57, or the Solar Power Free Market Financing Act, by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Over the past year, Georgia Power has worked with the bill's author, Representative Mike Dudgeon, other lawmakers, utilities and solar companies in the creation of the law which allows a lease transaction based on the performance of a solar installation.

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Energy Department Awards Nearly $10 Million for Efficient Lighting Development

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced nine research and development projects that will receive funding to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research, product development and U.S. manufacturing. The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products that can significantly reduce overall U.S. energy consumption and save consumers money.

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SunEdison Signs Agreement with Alameda County for Additional 3 MW of Solar

Source: Yahoo Finance

SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, announced that is has signed an agreement with the County of Alameda, Calif. to install 3 megawatts (MW) DC of solar systems as part of the second phase of the Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Program (R-REP). In the first phase of R-REP, SunEdison was awarded more than 18 MW DC of solar projects with 9 different Bay Area public agencies, including 11 MW with Alameda County . In this second phase of the R-REP, SunEdison was awarded all of the projects on which it bid.

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New Dimmable, UL-Listed LED Retrofit Kits for Direct Replacement of Existing Recessed Ceiling Downli

Source: Company

LEDtronics® Inc. announces its latest series of UL-Listed, dimmable, chip-on-board (COB) LED Recessed Ceiling Downlight Retrofit Kits. They directly replace 100 to 250-watt old-technology CFL, halogen and metal-halide downlights while using only 21, 25, 41 or 42 watts—a reduction of energy consumption of up to 75 percent! 

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A Crowdfunding Site Lets You Bring Energy Efficiency To Poor Neighborhoods

Source: Fast Company
Everyone knows that energy-retrofitting old buildings often makes economic sense. What a lot of people don't know is how to do it. While retrofits lead to savings on electric and heating bills, you still need to find upfront capital to pay for all the improvements.

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City to Undertake Energy Efficiency Program Projected to Save Millions

Source: GC Telegram

Garden City is contracting with Siemens for a project designed to improve energy efficiency that will save the city millions of dollars over the next decade.

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Southern Company taking energy innovation to new heights through the use of unmanned aerial systems

Source: Yahoo Finance

 As one of the first U.S. utilities to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to pilot unmanned aerial systems (UAS), the Southern Company system is seeking innovative ways to more safely and efficiently meet customers' energy needs using this emerging technology.

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NRG Bundles Solar With Water Efficiency in California

Source: The Energy Collective
The water-energy nexus comes home to roost in California. NRG Home is adding water management technology to its solar offering for one of its target markets, California, which faces new water regulations as the state withers in its fourth year of drought.

 

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Exploring the Energy Future: Gateways to Innovation and Implementation Strategies at Upcoming EMC

Source: AEE
The Western region is at the forefront for developing clean energy strategies and energy efficiency programs and standards. To bolster this initiative the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) has teamed up with host Southern California Edison and sponsors Siemens and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to present the 33rd West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC). The West Coast EMC is the premier energy conference and exposition held in the western U.S. detailing the latest policy and technological advances for the energy industry. EMC 2015 features a multi-track conference program and expo to be held June 3-4, 2015 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA.

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Georgia Southern University Receives Georgia Peach Green Building Award

Source: Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University was granted the Georgia Peach Green Building Award by the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC) for the new Biological Sciences Building, which meets requirements of the Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System.

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High-Quality Cree LED Lighting Transforms 42-Campus Toledo Public School District

Source: Company
As part of a system-wide effort to improve energy efficiency and campus experience, Toledo Public Schools (TPS) in Toledo, Ohio selected LED lighting by Cree, Inc. to illuminate the exterior of 42 of its school district campuses, delivering superior light quality and energy optimization while lowering the total cost of ownership compared to outdated metal halide and high pressure sodium alternatives they replace. The schools now feature Cree® LED area, canopy and wall mount luminaires, saving one school alone an anticipated $355,000 in lifetime energy and maintenance costs for rapid payback while delivering optimized light levels for campus visibility.

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California Board Approves Emergency Water Rules

Source: USA Today
California's state water board approved emergency drought regulations that aim to slash water use in urban areas by 25%.

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Energy Department to Provide $75 Million for ‘Fuels from Sunlight’ Hub

Source: Energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $75 million in funding to renew the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub originally established in 2010 with the goal of harnessing solar energy for the production of fuel.  JCAP researchers are focused on achieving the major scientific breakthroughs needed to produce liquid transportation fuels from a combination of sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide, using artificial photosynthesis.

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High-Power, Wide-Beam LED Canopy Luminaires Reduce Lighting Costs

Source: Company

LEDtronics® Inc. announces its latest series of DLC, ETL-listed LED Canopy Lights with a choice of flat or prismatic drop lens for both indoor and outdoor applications. With energy savings of up to 75 percent, the wide-beam lamps come in two wattages: 49W for replacing up to 250W old-technology HID, or 89W for replacing up to 400W HID. 

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2G CENERGY announces new Management Team

Source: Company

To our customers, partners and friends,
We are very pleased to announce that 2G CENERGY Power Systems Technologies, Inc. has appointed a new management team for the American market. After recently increasing its share hold in 2G CENERGY Power Systems Technologies Inc. to 100%, the 2G group now takes the second step to strengthen the 2G brand in the Americas.

 

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EnerNOC and Tesla to Collaborate on Energy Storage

Source: Yahoo Finance 

EnerNOC, Inc. (ENOC), a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS), announced that it will collaborate with Tesla on the deployment and management of energy storage systems in commercial and industrial buildings. EnerNOC and Tesla will enable enterprises to monetize the batteries through demand charge management and demand response using EnerNOC's EIS. Initial collaboration will include select EnerNOC customers in California.

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UL-Listed LED Omni-directional Post Top Bulbs Provide up to 85% Energy Savings

Source: Company

LEDtronics® Inc. announces its newest series of UL-listed, omni-directional LED corn bulbs. The bulbs put out an impressive amount of light in all directions for their compact size, compared to the old-technology post tops that are larger and only illuminate 360 degrees around. They come in many different sizes, offering great versatility and an ideal solution for almost any lighting requirement. 

 

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PECO Credited with Supporting Nearly 10,000 Jobs and $4.5 Billion in Economic Impact Across PA

Source: Yahoo Finance

In 2014, PECO generated an estimated economic impact of approximately $4.5 billion, supported nearly 10,000 jobs and produced $760 million in labor income across Pennsylvania. The substantial impact of PECO’s operations is quantified in a new report, “Powering the Economy,” released today by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.

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Nedap introduces three ways to make lighting systems truly intelligent

Source: Company

At Lightfair International 2015 in New York Nedap will launch the Luxon wireless Activator. This product makes all kinds of luminaires (e.g. LED) truly intelligent and enables wireless dimming. It extends system functionality of lighting systems and maximizes energy savings.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Forbes - Energy . . . 

World's Biggest Oil Companies - 2015  


Tue, 7 Jul 2015 23:49:00 GMT

Bull Versus Bear: The Outlook For Oil Prices  
There's good reasons place your bets on either side of the trade. So let's look at both.

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 23:49:00 GMT

What About Nuclear Power Isn't Good?  
Over the last fifty years, nuclear energy has proven to be the safest and most efficient of all energy sources, from both the human health and environmental perspectives. A new report came out today analyzing the contributions of nuclear energy to the nation?s economy, and nuclear power couldn?t have gotten a better report card.

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:16:50 GMT

2015 30 Under 30: Energy  


Tue, 7 Jul 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Energy Companies That Stake Their Future On Gas May Be In For A Big Surprise  
Almost $300 billion of planned LNG (liquefied natural gas) projects could be surplus to requirements, suggests a new report from the respected think tank Carbon Tracker Initiative.

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 08:44:00 GMT

For Investors, India's Solar Push Could Signal A Gold Rush  
India’s government has set a mammoth new goal to build a solar power capacity of 100 GW in an energy-starved-but-hungry country, permitting 100% foreign investment and offering a series of tax breaks for the fledgling sector. The audacious new target quintuples the previous goal of 20 GW and is about 30 times the country’s installed capacity (less than 3.7 GW). The flurry of investors is making solar energy sector seem like the new Gold Rush.

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 08:04:00 GMT

STEMFORCE: Building the next generation of geoscientists  
The ever-growing age gap within the oil and gas industry workforce is a phenomenon that companies are all too aware of. It is projected that within five to seven years, roughly 50 percent of the industry’s workforce will be retired. STEMFORCE, funded in part by Drillinginfo and founded by the organization GeoFORCE Texas, is a new program that aims to encourage students to pursue careers in the geosciences by exposing high school students to geologic fieldwork. Last week I took our first STEMFORCE cohort of 36 students from the Dallas and Austin areas to Florida to learn about river and coastal processes. For many of these students, this was their very first time on an airplane as well their first time travelling to another state. Over the first two days of the trip I could tell that many students were having trouble grasping the “big idea” concepts of geology, such as the processes that change the Earth’s surface. Once we were out in the field however, and the students were able to physically see modern beach processes occurring on the Florida coast, I began to see my students having “Aha!” moments as they connected the dots. Showing the students how the Earth’s surface is constantly changing and how these processes are reflected in the rock record is fundamental to their understanding of the foundations of geology. On one morning of the Florida trip, we took the students out on a glass-bottom boat to look at a live coral reef. Later in the day we looked at a fossilized coral reef, which was preserved about 125,000 years ago. The students were able to compare the living structures seen in the ocean to the fossils found in nearby limestone and truly understand one of the fundamental laws of geology: “The present is the key to the past.” Each field stop of the STEMFORCE trip was essential to the students’ understanding of past environments and how geologists can use what they see in the rock record to draw conclusions and make predictions.

Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:45:00 GMT

Two High-Yield Stocks With Payouts Too Good To Last And Possibly Won't  
Investors suffer a double-whammy when one of their holdings cuts its dividend, missing out on income and suffering a loss of principal in the subsequent selloff.

Sun, 5 Jul 2015 18:06:00 GMT

Will The 'Just Say No' Strategy To Thwarting Obama's Carbon Plan Work?  

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Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has curbed the Environmental Protection Agency efforts to enact mercury standards, the coal sector wants to carry forward the same winning mindset ? and help kill the same agency?s proposed carbon standards. Will it work? That?s highly unlikely. But it will serve to delay the

Sun, 5 Jul 2015 16:42:33 GMT

Will The 'Just Say No' Strategy To Thwarting Obama's Carbon Plan Work?  
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has curbed the Environmental Protection Agency efforts to enact mercury standards, the coal sector wants to carry forward the same winning mindset — and help kill the same agency’s proposed carbon standards. Will it work?

Sun, 5 Jul 2015 13:35:00 GMT

The Pope's Perceptive Paragraph About Air Conditioning  
Air conditioning is a particularly pure example of how devilishly difficult it is to reconcile the intersection of human well-being, aspirational energy policies, and laws of nature.

Sun, 5 Jul 2015 11:30:00 GMT

Big Oil Spill Tax Write-off Shows BP Does Not Stand For 'Big Penalty'  
BP's historic settlement could saddle American taxpayers with up to a third of the cost via BP tax deductions.

Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:53:00 GMT

Germany's Energy Transition Breaks The Energiewende Paradox  
Breaking the so-called Energiewende Paradox, Germany?s carbon emissions fell for the first time since the big 2009-2013 emissions increase that occurred because of their record renewable energy installation and nuclear phase-out. But Germany is phasing out nuclear in the next several years, even though nuclear provides about 18% of their production and is still their largest low-carbon source by far. Whether they replace it with renewables or coal will determine what direction their transition will take. France may be key to that decision. Whatever Germany does, their electricity costs will still be one of the highest in the world.

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 22:16:55 GMT

BPs Deepwater Capping Stack  


Thu, 2 Jul 2015 15:05:00 GMT

BP Agrees To Record $18.7 Billion Deepwater Horizon Settlement. Are Problems Finally Behind Them?  
Shares surge as giant settlement erases biggest question mark.

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 15:05:00 GMT

New Efforts Address Electric Vehicle Affordability  

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By John Gartner Through the first 5 months of 2015, according to data from Hybridcars.com, plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales are down in the United States by 4% from 2014. This is due, in part, to the current price of gasoline being lower than the 2014 price by $0.89 cents per gallon (per the

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:57:00 GMT

Oil Price Forecast: Shale 2.0 Will Keep Supply Abundant  
When we first started getting substantial oil from fracking and horizontal drilling, the news about costs indicated that oil production would decline at a fast rate when prices were low, pushing prices back up. New data, however, argue for rising productivity of shale oil development—meaning plenty of petroleum to keep prices low.

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:15:00 GMT

Germany's Energy Transition Breaks The Energiewende Paradox  
Breaking the so-called Energiewende Paradox, Germany?s carbon emissions fell for the first time since the big 2009-2013 emissions increase that occurred because of their record renewable energy installation and nuclear phase-out. But Germany is phasing out nuclear in the next several years, even though nuclear provides about 18% of their production and is still their largest low-carbon source by far. Whether they replace it with renewables or coal will determine what direction their transition will take. France may be key to that decision. Whatever Germany does, their electricity costs will still be one of the highest in the world.

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:00:00 GMT

Transition Away from Coal-Fired Power Plants Keeps Building  
By Neil Strother The transition away from coal-fired power plants continues among a number of U.S. utilities both in an effort to comply with carbon reduction standards and for cost-cutting reasons. In the last few months alone, several thousand megawatts of coal-generated capacity have been taken offline. The trend is similar in other industrialized countries, with a key exception. In the United States, Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power (AEP) has ceased generation at 10 of its coal-fired plants across five states. Operations were halted in May at coal units in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia; combined, these units generated more than 5,500 MW. AEP intends to close two more of its coal-fired plants in 2016 in Oklahoma and Texas. Similarly, PacifiCorp, the Berkshire Hathaway-controlled utility operating in several Western states, shut down two coal units at its Utah Carbon Plant (172 MW) in April. Also, the company laid out plans to take nearly 3,000 MW of capacity offline by 2029. As part of PacifiCorp’s long-term resource plans, the company expects to add more renewable energy resources, further reduce its use of coal, and meet most of its expected generation needs with increased energy efficiency over the next decade.

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 19:38:00 GMT

Nigerian Philanthropist Tony Elumelu Calls For An End To Africa's Energy Poverty  
Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu has called for an end to energy poverty in Africa.

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 18:42:00 GMT

Wall Street Is Running Out Of Ways To Make Easy Money Off Corporate Tax Loopholes  
Forbes screened for foreign-domiciled firms listed on U.S. markets with a market cap above $3 billion that don't have a big hedge fund cheerleader, or have made large-scale, tax-oriented acquisitions over the past 12-months.

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:09:00 GMT

The 10 Best Wannabe Warren Buffett Stocks  


Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:09:00 GMT

Supreme Court's Mercury Ruling Unlikely To Remove The Heat On Coal  
The American coal sector got a sigh of relief this week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor regarding federal regulations to curb mercury emissions, one of the most insidious pollutants on the planet. But the decision is unlikely to remove the heat on coal, given the increasing emphasis on clean air and water.

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:12:00 GMT

Greek Crisis Impact Felt Across Energy Sector  
It's probably safe to assume that Greece's current government has enough on its plate to keep it occupied at the moment, but the impact of its current economic crisis on the energy sector is worth noting.

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 01:13:00 GMT

Italian Firm Nudges Egypt Towards Renewable Goals  
An Italian firm has signed on to build what will become the first gigawatt-scale solar PV market in the MENA region in Egypt, according to local media reports, putting the country on its way towards its renewable and broader energy production goals.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:25:00 GMT

Shale Gas Flows in Morocco  
In a further expansion of Morocco's domestic energy efforts, Ireland's Circle Oil announced late last week that gas had begun flowing from its first shale well.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:55:00 GMT

Renewable Energy By Any Other Name Doesn't Smell As Sweet  
Under Washington State?s renewable energy mandates, local utilities are being forced to dip into their meager savings in order to pay for unnecessary wind energy because hydroelectric is legally no longer considered a renewable. Since hydro provides 79% of the state?s electricity, this is insane. In 2006, voters passed Washington State Ballot Initiative 937 that mandates higher renewables but also threw hydro out of the renewable category, making wind the only source to meet these new mandates. An unintended consequence has now developed in which we have to buy wind energy to meet our 15% renewable goal.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:41:10 GMT

With 10-Year $5 Billion Funding Request, NYSERDA�Is Making A Big Bet  
NYSERDA is requesting $5 billion over the next ten years to help transform NY's energy economy.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:29:00 GMT

Renewable Energy By Any Other Name Doesn't Smell As Sweet  
Under Washington State?s renewable energy mandates, local utilities are being forced to dip into their meager savings in order to pay for unnecessary wind energy because hydroelectric is legally no longer considered a renewable. Since hydro provides 79% of the state?s electricity, this is insane. In 2006, voters passed Washington State Ballot Initiative 937 that mandates higher renewables but also threw hydro out of the renewable category, making wind the only source to meet these new mandates. An unintended consequence has now developed in which we have to buy wind energy to meet our 15% renewable goal.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:00:00 GMT

Nigerian Billionaire Femi Otedola's Forte Oil Signs $83 Million Contract With Siemens  
Forte Oil, Nigeria?s largest petroleum marketing company which is majority-owned by billionaire Femi Otedola, has signed an $83 million contract with Siemens to upgrade its 414-megawatt gas-fired power plant situated in Kogi State in Nigeria?s central region.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:43:00 GMT



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