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How Water Can Put $15,000 Or More Back Into Your Budget

Source: Company

WaterSignal Introduces The First Wireless System That Continuously Monitors Water To Detect Leaks, Save Money.

 

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Salt Lake City Commits to 100% Renewable Energy Sources by 2032

Source: www.energy.gov

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, members of the City Council, other city leaders, and members of the business and non-profit community gathered on the steps of City Hall to launch Salt Lake City’s initiative to transition the community to 100% renewable energy sources by 2032 and to reduce carbon emissions citywide by 80% by 2040. The commitment, called Climate Positive 2040, comes as a result of a Joint Resolution signed by Mayor Biskupski and the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday.

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USDA Announces New Assistance to Help Rural Utility Customers Conserve Energy, Lower Bills

Source: www.energy.gov

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new program that will help rural residents conserve energy and save money on their utility bills. The new Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) will make $52 million in loans available to energy providers to help rural families and small businesses reduce their energy use.

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Schools Get Energy Rebate from TVA

Source: BEPA
Lawrence County schools newly received an unexpected gift from the superintendent and board of education - money for operating expenses and supplies.

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Getting to Net Zero: New Survey Finds Global Interest In Efficiency At All-time High

Source: Utility Dive
That interest in energy efficiency is growing rapidly is not surprising, as organizations seek to reduce their carbon footprint while lowering costs. But the story has moved beyond simple improvements like lighting retrofits, with more companies showing an interest in generating all of their energy and installing microgrids for the best available resiliency.

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MGM Resorts And NRG Complete U.S.’ Largest Rooftop Solar Project

Source: Solar Industry Magazine
NRG Energy Inc. and MGM Resorts International have completed a 2.1 MW expansion of a massive solar project on the roof of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Combined with a previously installed, 6.2 MW first phase, the expanded solar project now has more than 26,000 photovoltaic panels and produces 8.3 MW of electricity, which the companies are hailing as a new national record for rooftop arrays. At full production, the system supplies 25% of the power demand of the entire Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino campus.

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Leidos Works with Ford Motor Co. on Energy Efficiency Goals

Source: Company
Leidos an infrastructure, national security and health solutions company, is supporting Ford Motor Co.'s energy efficiency efforts through a new $5.7 million energy savings performance contract. The project will optimize the HVAC system at Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant in Livonia, Michigan.

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World-Record Electric Motor for Aircraft

Source: Company
The maiden flight of the Extra 330LE aerobatic plane marked a milestone in aviation history. It was the first time an electric airplane took off with one fourth of a megawatt of output. Siemens researchers have developed a new type of electric motor that, with a weight of just 50 kilograms, delivers a continuous output of about 260 kilowatts – five times more than comparable drive systems. This record-setting propulsion system successfully completed its first public flight at Schwarze Heide Airport near Dinslaken, Germany, where it – almost silently – powered an Extra 330LE aerobatic airplane. This advance means that hybrid-electric aircraft with four or more seats will now be possible.

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Eversource Leads in Energy Efficiency

Source: Company
Eversource has been ranked no. 1 in energy efficiency among 30 U.S. investor-owned electric utilities, according to a report by sustainability advocacy group Ceres and the research firm Clean Edge.

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A New Report Reveals the Impact of Installing 8 Million Solar Panels Across America

Source: SolarCity
SolarCity, one of the United States' biggest solar developers, has published a report exploring the impact of installing 8 million solar panels across America.

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Energy Department Announces $23 Million for Small Businesses Advancing Focused on for Clean Energy I

Source: www.energy.gov

The Energy Department announced $23 million in funding for 23 new projects led by small businesses to further develop clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) awards for $1 million each over the next two years will help small businesses advance their promising concepts that improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, increase transportation sustainability, and generate electricity from renewable sources.

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LEDtronics LED Ballast-Ready/Dual Mode Tube Lights Work with or without a Ballast

Source: Company 

LEDtronics® announces our brand new DLC-Listed LED T8 Ballast-Ready/Dual Mode Tube Lights! These unique “Dual Mode” tubes work with or without a ballast! 

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Lunera Releases New HID LED 360 Lamp

Source: Company 

Lunera Lighting, Inc. is proud to announce the Lunera HID LED 360 lamp for architectural post top fixtures, which are commonly used to illuminate walking pathways and building entryways found on a university or corporate campus, as well as at municipal parks and public venues.

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Canada, Mexico and the United States Show Progress on North American Energy Collaboration

Source: www.energy.gov

In support of the objectives of the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial in San Francisco, the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico’s Secretary of Energy, and Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States’ Secretary of Energy, reviewed their cooperative efforts underway to foster sustainable energy development, address climate change, and encourage economic growth.

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NREL Receives $1.38 Million from DOE to Help Commercialize Promising Clean Energy Technologies

Source: NREL

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be receiving $1.38 million from DOE to lead four projects for the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The funds will be used to advance promising renewable energy-related technologies with commercial potential and help strengthen the partnerships between the national labs and private-sector companies. Total value for the four projects including industry and NREL cost share is $2.78 million.

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EIA Releases New Data Add-On Tool for Google Sheets

Source: Company 
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released a free software tool that allows users to directly import into Google Sheets the energy data available through the agency's application programming interface (API). Similar to EIA's Microsoft Excel add-in, the new Google Sheets add-on enables users to browse EIA's energy API data categories or search keywords to find domestic and international energy data for the production, consumption, and price of different fuels, as well as EIA's short-term forecasts and long-term projections.

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Hopewell Valley Regional School District cuts energy consumption by over 32.1% in five years

Source: Company 

Project Scope

Haglid Engineering & Associates, Inc. began working with Hopewell Valley Regional School District in 2003 to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality in the district’s six schools. Using EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and energy performance rating system to benchmark and rate each school’s energy use, Haglid assisted Hopewell in making operational changes and upgrade decisions that yielded the greatest and most cost-effective energy reductions.

 

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The Top 10 Green Building Product Award Winner

Source: Company

Award-winning independent news source Sustainable Industries announced Building Performance Equipment Company, Inc® - Energy Recovery Ventilators as one of its 2010 Top 10 Green Building Products award winners. Sustainable Industries’ Top 10 Green Building Products guide is an annual publication profiling industry-leading green building products selected by a panel of expert judges and Sustainable Industries’ editorial team. 

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2012 Winner: The Reformed Gas Guzzler

Source: Company 

The building with the highest percentage of energy savings.

WHO LED THE  CHARGE

Klas Haglid, PE, RA Principal,  Haglid Engineering
& Associates

Klas has been instrumental in the design and analysis of the energy reduction measures installed at 145 Talmadge Road. Using  his experience in building energy modeling, Klas was able to recommend a range of successful retrofits for the facility.

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Top 10 Winners Packet

Source: Company

Hello!

Congratulations once again for being selected to be among our elite group of 2010 Top 10 Green Building Products award winners. After all this time waiting to release the news, you will soon be able to let the world know
about your win.    *We ask that you do not announce your inclusion in the **2010 Top 10 Green Building Products until after our webinar on June 22 from 10-11 AM PST*.

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FlexEnergy Announces Multiple Unit Order for New York Hospital

Source: PR Newswire

FlexEnergy Inc announced that it received an order for three GT333S natural gas microturbine generators for a New York Hospital. Quad Energy, FlexEnergy's distributor for New York secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in the fall, 2016.

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Energy Department Announces $22 Million for Development of Plug-In EVs

Source: www.energy.gov

The Energy Department (DOE) announced $22 million to support research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.

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Ohio State University Wins Second Year of EcoCAR 3 Competition

Source: Energy.gov 

 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors Co. (GM) crowned The Ohio State University this year’s winner of the EcoCAR 3 – Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition during an awards ceremony at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. This is the second stage of an ongoing 4-year competition that culminates in 2018. Ohio State took first place last year, and in the final year of EcoCAR 2, making this the third consecutive win for the team.

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City of (LED) lights: This Valley city installing 4,000 energy saving bulbs

Source: Phoenix Business Journal
The city of Tempe is installing 4,000 new energy-efficient, LED streetlights. They will replace traditional high-pressure sodium lights in the East Valley burg.The LED bulbs cost $233 each and installation is another $35 per street lamp, according to city officials. Brown Wholesale won the city contract to provide the LED bulbs. Fluoresco and city workers will be installing the 4,000 bulbs, according to city spokeswoman Amanda Nelson. Nelson said Tempe has 11,700 streetlights citywide. Tempe officials say the LED lights will offer plenty of savings.

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Daimler Establishes Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage Subsidiary

Source: Company
Daimler AG is continuing to expand its network of expertise in the field of lithium-ion battery applications. Within this innovative line of business, the newly established Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH is assuming the development and global sale of Mercedes-Benz brand stationary energy storage with immediate effect. Thus, Daimler is focusing even more on the growing market for stationary batteries. The production of the systems remains the core expertise of Daimler's other wholly owned subsidiary, Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE GmbH & Co. KG. "This now enables us to respond with even greater flexibility to our customers' requirements," said Harald Kröger, Head of Development Electrics/Electronics and E-Drive at Daimler AG.

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Chipotle Reduces Energy Usage and Optimizes Restaurants with GridPoint Energy Management

Source: Company
GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management systems (EMS) that enable customers to optimize energy savings, facility efficiency and sustainability efforts, today announced that its submetering, monitoring, and intelligent building control technology, combined with its cloud-based analytics software platform and service offerings has helped industry-leader Chipotle consistently reduce energy usage by over 13% during a multi-year period.    

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Ameresco Boosts Public Sector Offering with Framework Wins

Source: Company
Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that Ameresco UK has secured a place on four key frameworks after targeting the public sector as a major area for growth. The frameworks – which between them include procurement services for the whole UK public sector, including NHS trusts, central government, housing associations and local authorities – are: Re:Fit; The Carbon & Energy Fund (CEF); Scottish non-  Domestic Energy Efficiency Program (ScNDEE); Yorkshire Procurement Organisation (YPO) CHP Framework. The frameworks will use Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) to secure funding for investing in new and improved energy efficiency systems and technologies. Typically each contract through the framework will be looking at achieving between 15pc and 30pc in energy savings every year.

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Constellation Selected to Provide $10 Million in Energy Conservation Measures

Source: Company
Constellation will implement $10 million in energy efficiency upgrades throughout the 13-acre Philadelphia campus at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. Jefferson is expected to see a complete return on its investment in less than 5 years.

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AEE Welcomes Bright Power as Corporate Member

Source: Association of Energy Engineers

Bright Power provides strategic energy solutions to building owners and operators in New York and across the nation.

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Tecogen Announces Repeat Order from Stanley Black & Decker

Source: PR Newswire

Tecogen® Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN) is pleased to announce the sale of a second Tecochill® CH-400 chiller to Stanley Black & Decker for use in their manufacturing plant in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Providing natural gas powered space conditioning and process cooling to the approximately 4000 employee manufacturing facility, the Tecochill chillers offset electric demand from the facility, saving the plant owner money while freeing electrical capacity. This freed capacity may be repurposed for direct use in powering the plant's core manufacturing processes and equipment.

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Energy Department Partnership to Expand Visibility of Energy-Efficient Buildings

Source: Energy.gov
As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the America's buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative announced a partnership with CoStar Group, Inc., a provider of data and intelligence solutions to commercial real estate professionals, to expand the visibility of energy-efficient buildings in U.S. property markets and promote the benefits of energy efficiency for building owners and occupants.

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A Major Step in Energy Efficiency Lawmaking

Source: Eric Oliver, PE, CEM, LEEDAP, Lilker EMO Energy Solutions

Something major just happened in a relatively minor New York City bill.  On December 7, 2015, as a step towards the Cities 80x50 goal to reduce city wide carbon emissions 80% by the year 2050, the New York City Council passed bill 0609-A-2015 which will require all new city buildings or city owned buildings undergoing an HVAC retrofit to undergo a geothermal energy feasibility study.  So the mechanical designer must analyze multiple HVAC options on a life cycle cost (LCC) basis, and one option must be geothermal.  If geothermal is the lowest life cycle cost option, the geothermal design must be utilized. Mayor de Blasio signed the Bill on January 5, 2016.  That’s a good bill, especially for people in the geothermal industry, but that’s not the major news.

 

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Regatta Solutions is Proud to Announce the Commissioning of 2MW of Cogeneration

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Two California breweries have recently commissioned Regatta Solutions to install Capstone microturbines as a way to achieve their energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals. The microturbines will positively impact these businesses’ bottom line by generating electrical and thermal energy on site.

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Toyota Financial Services Supports Environmental Sustainability by Expanding Green Bond Program

Source: Company
Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to supporting the sale of green vehicles, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) issued its third Asset-Backed Green Bond in the amount of $1.6 billion.  TFS revolutionized the Green Bond market by introducing the auto industry's first-ever Asset-Backed Green Bond in 2014.   Green Bonds are an important component of TFS' broad-ranging funding program and serve to enhance Toyota's already extensive green commitment.

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Just Energy First Retail Energy Provider to Offer Compatibility with Amazon Alexa Voice Service

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Just Energy customers can now access their account and other services through Amazon's Alexa voice service capable devices. As the first energy retailer to embrace Alexa voice service, Just Energy is excited to offer its Texas customers this latest tool providing the ultimate in convenience and smart home energy management solutions. The functionality is available with Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Tap family of devices.

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State of Tennessee Selects EnergyCAP for Energy Software and Services

Source: Yahoo Finance 

The State of Tennessee has selected EnergyCAP, Inc. to provide utility bill management software and services to support the state's effort to reduce energy costs and consumption across state owned and managed buildings.

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Hawaii Energy Appoints New Executive Director

Source: www.mauinow.com

Hawaii Energy has appointed Brian Kealoha as its new executive director.

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Plug-and-Play LED Lamps from Lunera Lighting Used for GSA Green Proving Ground Program Report

Source: Company 

Citing energy savings between 40% - 50% with matching light levels and quality, a report published by the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Green Proving Ground (GPG) program recommended plug-and-play LED downlight lamps as a replacement for compact fluorescent lamps. Plug-and-play LED downlamps used for this evaluation were provided by Lunera® Lighting.  

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2C TECHNOLOGY Introduces The Worlds Most Efficient 190 Lumen Per Watt LED Floodlight

Source: PRWeb

2C Technology a US based engineering and technology company that designs and manufacturers LED lighting solutions, recently announced the introduction of their revolutionary Variable High Power LED Floodlight that operates at over 190 lumens per watt. Armed with the knowledge and expertise to provide economical solutions for virtually any lighting problem, the company recognized and addressed the need for a more efficient high powered flood light. This new (patent pending) floodlight is unique and available at a price point that provides immediate savings for customers. The light exceeds operational specifications of any floodlight fixture currently on the market. It is “future-proof™”, meaning a proprietary design that allows technological upgrades, maintenance and minor adjustments to be made without having to replace the entire fixture.

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New England Chapter of AEE announces Energy Efficiency Award Winners

Source: PRWeb

The New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE-NE) announced Energy Efficiency award winners during their Annual Awards Night held on May 4, 2016 in Waltham. The New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers is the largest and most active chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers in the United States. Awards were provided for three categories including: Comprehensive Energy Project, Most Innovative Energy Project and Energy Engineer of the Year.

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DOE Recognizes the Certified Energy Auditor® Certification

Source: PR Newswire

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Auditor® (CEA) program is recognized under the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG) program, making it the first energy auditor program to earn BBWG Recognition. The Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines are a national framework from which organizations can develop high-quality and nationally-recognized training and certification programs, helping to address consistency, quality, and scalability issues in the commercial energy efficiency workforce.

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Capstone to Supply Propane-Fueled C800 Microturbine at Large Caribbean Hotel

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for a C800 microturbine to power a large hotel in the Caribbean region.

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Energy Department Awards $9 Million to Clean Energy Small Businesses

Source: Energy.gov

In support of National Small Business Week, the Energy Department announced 61 new projects led by small businesses in 25 states to develop clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These award selections are for $150,000 each, totaling more than $9 million, and will help small businesses with promising ideas that could improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, increase transportation sustainability, and generate electricity from renewable sources.

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Toyota to Add Solar to Its San Antonio Campus

Source: San Antonio Business Journal
Taking advantage of a public program to boost clean energy consumption, Toyota's San Antonio campus will soon have two acres of solar panels at no cost to the automobile manufacturer. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc. announced that it will be installing two acres of fixed solar panels at its campus in south San Antonio.

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These 10 States are Leading the US in Solar Energy

Source: Tech Insider
Some states are adopting solar energy with much more gusto than others. You may already have some assumptions about which states those might be (cough, cough, California). The entire US still only gets 0.65% of its electricity from solar, and 13% of the nation's electricity came from renewable sources overall in 2015.

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ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy, Inc. Pursue Novel Technology in Carbon Capture

Source: Company
Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) and FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL) announced an agreement to pursue novel technology in power plant carbon dioxide capture through a new application of carbonate fuel cells, which could substantially reduce costs and lead to a more economical pathway toward large-scale application globally.

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Energy Department Announces $25 Million Solar Energy Grid Integration

Source: Energy.gov

As part of the Energy Department’s ongoing efforts to modernize the nation’s grid through the Grid Modernization Initiative, the Energy Department announced $25 million in available funding through an effort called Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid.

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Current, Powered By GE, Acquires Daintree Networks To Transform Buildings From Idle To Intelligent

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

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

Source: PR Newswire 

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Oracle Buys Opower

Source: Yahoo Finance 

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

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Georgia Power recognizes Post Properties for commitment to electric vehicles

Source: PR Newswire

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

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DOE Announces Major Expansion of Crowdsourcing Initiative for Building Technologies

Source: www.energy.gov

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

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

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Georgia Power releases 2015 Citizenship Report

Source: PR Newswire 

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

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

Source: PR Newswire 

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

 

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Working Together to Build a Sustainable Water Future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oregon Legislature Sets New Renewable Energy Standards

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

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

Source: Company

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

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Lunera Lighting's Helen Lamp Product Family Adds Plug-and-Play LED Linear Fluorescent Replacement

Source: Company

Lunera® Lighting, Inc., a leader in lighting innovations accelerating the transformation to advanced LED technology, announces the addition of the Helen Lamp T8. Commercial building owners and managers can simply replace common 32-watt linear fluorescent lamps with Lunera's 14-watt plug and play LED T8 lamp. The replacement lamp reduces lighting energy consumption by over 50%, while consistently delivering superior light quality.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015 Was Record Year For UK Wind Energy Generation

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

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

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

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

Source: Energy.Gov

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

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New National Labs Pilot Opens Doors to Small Businesses

Source: Energy.Gov

Small businesses make a big impact on America’s economy, adding more than one million employees last year. They are central to developing the new clean energy technologies that are needed to cut carbon pollution and improve the environment. However, small business entrepreneurs often lack the resources necessary to move their innovative ideas from their laboratory bench to the marketplace. 

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

Source: PECI



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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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Forbes - Energy . . . 

Who Should The Oil Industry Root For, Democrats Or Republicans?  
Although Republicans are seen as pro-business, some in the oil industry argue they have prospered more under Democratic administrations. The reality is more nuanced.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:06:00 GMT

British Nuclear Power Stations May Be Too Big A Risk For French EDF  
French electricity group EDF is set to decide on whether or not to build nuclear reactors in Britain. Due to the financial, technical and political risks, it might be best to stick to its French operations.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:08:00 GMT

Beijing Playing Both Shark And Mermaid To Settle South China Sea Dispute  
China has snapped out of a funk since the world arbitration court rejected Beijing's legal basis for claims to 95% of the widely disputed ocean off its south coast. Since the July 12 court decision, the Chinese military has held live-fire exercises and hinted at starting aerial patrols over the South China Sea. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippine also claim all or parts of the same 3.5-million-square-kilometer sea. They're not happy with China's maritime expansions. China is also saying it will keep reclaiming land to build up the islets it holds in the sea, which is known for fisheries and fossil fuel as well as about half the world’s marine shipping traffic.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 03:30:00 GMT

Serious Concerns Over Oil Demand Could Trigger Another Market Slump  
Towards the middle of the current trading year, a glut ridden oil market had started showing some signs of rebalancing. Decline in US oil production was being reflected in the data, much to the delight of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:36:00 GMT

Success and Shareholders -- Why Companies Should Engage  
Andrew Behar is the CEO of As You Sow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing environmental and social corporate accountability. The Climate, Environmental Health, Waste, and Human Rights programs create industry-wide change through corporate engagement, shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. Previously, Andrew founded a clean-tech startup developing innovative fuel cell technologies for grid-scale energy storage. He is on the board of US Social Investing Forum (US-SIF) and was named one of 30 “Eco Rock Stars and Environmental Mavericks” in Origin Magazine’s August 2015 issue.

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:09:00 GMT

New York Chooses A Clean Energy Standard As The Best Way To Lower Carbon  
It?s about time we instituted a true Clean Energy Standard that promotes all low-carbon energy rather than continuing with a Renewable Energy Standard. If you care about climate change, and don?t just have an ideological stand on a particular technology, then you know that we need all low-carbon sources as fast as possible to have any hope of reigning in the most adverse environmental effects of burning fossil fuels. New York?s Governor seems committed to do just that, directing the Department of Public Service to develop a Clean Energy Standard to meet the State?s policy goals of generating 50% of electricity from renewable resources by 2030, while maintaining existing nuclear power plants so that their carbon savings are maintained.

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:29:06 GMT

A Hard Truth Revealed From Fuel Efficiency Upset: Government Can't Predict Consumer Preferences  
The biggest news in energy policy circles this week was the release by federal regulators of a mid-term report on U.S. fuel-economy standards. The report delivered a bit of bad news: Instead of achieving the original, headline-grabbing efficiency target of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg), the fleet of new vehicles sold in 2025 is likely to clock-in at more like 50 mpg. The news underscores an important reason why achieving emissions reductions in transportation could be exceedingly difficult: The standards are tied to consumer preferences. As preferences deviate from forecasts, the target falls short. That?s what has happened over the last few years as consumers went out and bought more pick-ups and SUVs.

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:28:00 GMT

IRS Announces Tax Relief For California Gas Leak Victims  
IRS granted tax relief to victims of California's Aliso Canyon gas leak.

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:02:00 GMT

Three Keys For The American Petroleum Institute's New Climate Task Force  
The climate change discussion is percolating even in surprising places. The latest sign: the American Petroleum Institute’s recent formation of an internal task force on climate change. Reportedly the new task force’s mandate is to revisit API’s approach to this crucial issue, going into an election year and with ever greater scrutiny on fossil fuels.

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:50:00 GMT

Harold Hamm: Trump 'Absolutely Gets It' On America's Oil Renaissance  
Hamm says giving speech at GOP convention ?felt like being ringmaster at a circus.?

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:37:00 GMT

The 93 Global Billionaires In Oil And Energy, 2016  


Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:37:00 GMT

Energy Market Transitions: Where Will The IOCs Fit?  
By Michael Maher and Anna Mikulska

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:45:00 GMT

Mining Bitcoins Is A Surprisingly Energy-Intensive Endeavor  
While the currency itself is ethereal, the miners of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have a voracious and growing appetite for electricity that is driving the creation of advanced data-centers in out of the way places with low-cost power around the globe.

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:06:00 GMT

U.S. Gasoline Demand Reaches Record Levels  
Despite the growth of electric vehicles and an increase in the overall fuel efficiency of cars on U.S. roads, gasoline demand has risen to record levels in the U.S.

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:31:00 GMT

New York Chooses A Clean Energy Standard As The Best Way To Lower Carbon  
It?s about time we instituted a true Clean Energy Standard that promotes all low-carbon energy rather than continuing with a Renewable Energy Standard. If you care about climate change, and don?t just have an ideological stand on a particular technology, then you know that we need all low-carbon sources as fast as possible to have any hope of reigning in the most adverse environmental effects of burning fossil fuels. New York?s Governor seems committed to do just that, directing the Department of Public Service to develop a Clean Energy Standard to meet the State?s policy goals of generating 50% of electricity from renewable resources by 2030, while maintaining existing nuclear power plants so that their carbon savings are maintained.

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:00:00 GMT

Musk's Master Plan Envisions Tesla As Energy Firm, Urban Transit Savior  
Tesla's audacious CEO doubles down on his original vision, seeing an opportunity to enter the heavy-truck market and produce rideshare revenue for owners. He also offers a full-throated defense of the 'Autopilot' driving system.

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 03:14:00 GMT

A Look Back At Musk's Original Top Secret Tesla Plan  
Ten years after setting out to shake up the auto industry and 'hydro-carbon' economy, Musk readies his Master Plan Part 2.

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:25:00 GMT

How The "Light Company" Got Smart On Energy And Consumers  
Here in Texas, my company, Reliant, is among dozens of power providers that compete for customers. As a result, these businesses focus on innovating and anticipating, understanding and responding to consumers? power needs and desires. They must provide product and service options that fit different individual routines and preferences, plus energy and related services to empower a mobile device-driven world.

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:28:00 GMT

Capital Creates Light In New Places  
Every quantum of sunlight takes eight minutes1 to travel 93 million miles2 before it becomes the first ray of someone?s sunrise, before the leaves of a maple tree use it to create sweet sap, and, thanks to First Solar, before millions of solar modules around the world convert sunlight into more than 10 gigawatts of clean, renewable energy.3

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:01:00 GMT

Environmentally Conscious Republicans Would Give Trump An Earful This Week. But He Won't Listen  
Former GOP EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman speaks passionately of the things the party could do for the environment that would also be good for the economy. The Republican nominee for president, though, has clearly rejected that message.

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:01:00 GMT

China's BYD And Korea's Samsung: Can Two Battery Kings Forge A Profitable Partnership?  
News that South Korea’s Samsung Electronics plans to invest in China’s leading electric vehicle maker, BYD, raises the prospect of a powerful alliance that could grab pole position in the world’s fastest-growing e-vehicle market.

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:43:00 GMT

Lee Kun-Hee  


Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:43:00 GMT

Oil Industry Does Better Under Democrats, Fracking CEO Says  
Fracking Tycoon Harold Hamm is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention tonight on "making America first again," but in Washington D.C. yesterday one of his top competitors had unusually nice things to say about Democrats and carbon taxes.

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:01:00 GMT

Bjorn Lomborg's Climate Analysis Is A Hot Mess  
Lomborg makes two basic assertions about the Paris agreement: that implementing it will have a negligible impact on global temperatures, and that it will be exorbitantly costly. But a careful review of his work and its underlying studies reveals glaring flaws in his analysis.

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:18:00 GMT

Biggest Worries For Brazil's Petrobras: Lawsuits, Whistleblowers And Dilma's Return  
Other than oil going the wrong way again, or a surprising meltdown of the global economy, these are Petrobras' only real headwinds.

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:45:00 GMT

Brazil Turmoil: President Dilma's Road To Impeachment  


Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:45:00 GMT

Venezuela: Latin America's Next 'Coup'  
For New York bond lords watching the crisis in Caracas, Venezuela currently faces two paths, a military coup led by moderate 'Chavistas,' or a Cuba-style dictatorship led by the ruling Socialist Party's hard left flank.

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:34:09 GMT

Climate Change Advocacy: The Good, The Bad, The Dumb  
Those advocating for policies to respond to climate change tend to be divided between doers and dreamers, with ideological biases often causing the latter to be unrealistic.

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:49:00 GMT

China Closes Part Of South China Sea, Holds War Games, After Disappointing Court Ruling  
More developments from the South China Sea came on Monday, after Beijing said that it would close off part of the Sea for military exercises.

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 01:33:00 GMT

Oil Prices: Lower For Longer ... And Then What?  
Most of the time, Americans are only conscious of oil prices when they visit the gas pump.

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:54:00 GMT



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