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Energy Secretary Announces New Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Source: www.energy.gov

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas Zacharia as the new director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He was unanimously selected by the UT-Battelle Board of Governors to succeed Dr. Thom Mason as ORNL’s Director.

 

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Energy Dept Announces $3 Million for High Performance Computing

Source: www.energy.gov

The Energy Department announced up to $3 million in available support for manufacturers to use supercomputers at the department's national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges. The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program enables the use of high performance computing (HPC) expertise and resources for the manufacturing sector to address research and development challenges with HPC and investigate its use to support advanced energy and manufacturing issues.

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Athens Library Gets $100,000 Grant to Install Solar Array

Source: Online Athens
The Athens Clarke County Library has won a $100,000 grant to install a solar array at the library's 2025 Baxter Street building.The grant was one of two $100,000 awards this year by EBSCO Information Services, a large library resources provider for academic, public library, government and school customers. The Ipswich, Massachusetts company is a subsidiary of Birmingham, AL's EBSCO Industries, one of Alabama's largest privately held companies.

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EnerNOC Enters Into an Agreement to be Acquired by the Enel Group for over $300M

Source: Company
EnerNOC, Inc. a leading provider of demand response solutions and energy intelligence software, announced that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by the Enel Group ("Enel"), a multinational power utility and leading integrated electricity and gas operator present in over 30 countries across five continents with a managed capacity of approximately 85 GW and more than 65 million business and household customers worldwide.

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2017 Energy Star Top Cities

Source: Company

EPA unveiled this year’s ENERGY STAR Top Cities list, showing which U.S. metro areas were home to the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings last year. We ranked the Top 25 Cities overall, the Top 10 Mid-Size Cities, and the Top 10 Small Cities. 

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EnerNOC Enters Into an Agreement to be Acquired by the Enel Group for over $300M

Source: Company

 EnerNOC, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENOC), a leading provider of demand response solutions and energy intelligence software, announced that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by the Enel Group ("Enel"), a multinational power utility and leading integrated electricity and gas operator present in over 30 countries across five continents with a managed capacity of approximately 85 GW and more than 65 million business and household customers worldwide.

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How Distributed Energy Resources are Impacting Utility Operations

Source: Company
A new report indicates that distributed energy resources will have an increasingly complex and widespread impact on utility operations as penetration grows.  The report, Impacts of DER on Distribution Operations, is the result of a year-long collaborative research study by GridBright and CEATI International.

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Duke Energy and Siemens Enter Innovative Agreement for Advanced Gas Turbine Technologies

Source: Company
Lower customer costs, regional economic growth, increased efficiency and flexibility are potential benefits of a recent agreement between Duke Energy and Siemens.

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Report: Canada's Adoption of Renewable Power Sources

Source: National Energy Board
Canada generates a larger share of its electricity from renewable sources than most other developed economies in the world, primarily due to its hydro production, according to a new report released by the National Energy Board (NEB).

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New York Seeks Bids for $1.5 Billion in Clean Energy Projects

Source: Newsday
New York State will seek bids for clean energy projects valued at up to $1.5 billion in a move Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration says is aimed at expanding the state’s green energy economy after President Donald Trump’s administration pulled out of the Paris climate accord.

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Net Zero Energy Buildings Popping Up Nationwide

Source: Energy Manager Today
Energy, a building certification program initiated by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), is now known as Zero Energy (ZE) Building Certification. ZE, in partnership with the New Buildings Institute (NBI), advocates for improved energy performance in commercial buildings, while ILFI administers certification of ZE buildings.

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Nevada State Assembly Passes Revised Solar Bill

Source: Company
Sunworks, Inc., a leading provider of solar power solutions for agriculture, commercial, industrial (ACI), and residential markets, praised the passage of Nevada Assembly Bill 405 (AB405) by the state assembly. The State Assembly passed the bill by a vote of 38-2. AB405 will now be under consideration by the State Senate which has 13 days remaining in the 2017 legislative session.    

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SunPower Partners Help Massachusetts Schools Reduce Energy Costs with High-Efficiency Solar Systems

Source: Company
Ranked seventh among U.S. states for the most solar capacity, Massachusetts is adding 6.9 megawatts to its 1,487 megawatts of solar currently installed and operating. Solect Energy and Green Street – members of SunPower's reputable national dealer network – have developed two high-efficiency SunPower® solar systems that will provide electricity to 10 Massachusetts schools.

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Lockheed Martin Selected to Improve Energy Efficiency at Federal Facilities

Source: Company
Lockheed Martin has been selected for a Department of Energy contract to improve energy and water efficiency at federal facilities. Lockheed Martin is one of 21 companies selected to implement Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) designed to create federal infrastructure improvements and energy savings. The individual projects are part of an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract shared across all contractors, and with a base period of five years with one 18-month extension option.

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Seattle City Light Supports Renewable Energy with Green Up Grants

Source: Company
Seattle City Light announced that the utility will support renewable energy projects and education at schools, public institutions and nonprofit organizations with $400,000 in grants through the Green Up program in 2017 and $600,000 in 2018.

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Departments of Agriculture & Energy Announce Up to $9 Million through BRDI

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to increase the nation's energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products.

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Tecogen Partners with WGL Energy on Large New York CHP Project

Source: Company
Tecogen® Inc., provider of clean energy products which, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer's carbon footprint, announced an agreement with WGL Energy Systems (WGL Energy) to install seven Tecogen InVerde 100 e+ CHP modules at a large, multiunit residential complex in Manhattan, New York.

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Green Mountain Power Launches Smart Water Heater Program to Help Customers Save Money

Source: Company
Green Mountain Power is excited to offer its customers a new opportunity to be part of the energy revolution by reducing energy use, saving money and helping GMP reduce peak energy demand for all customers.

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Life Data Labs Solar Array

Source: Sain Engineering Associates 

Life Data Labs, Inc. is a premium animal nutrition and health products manufacturer in Cherokee, AL. SEA served as general contractor in the completion of one of the state’s largest private solar installations, powering all of their manufacturing facility mainly with solar energy.

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Better Buildings Challenge Partners Save $1.9 Billion,18 Achieve their Portfolio-Wide Goal this Year

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the energy-efficiency progress made by the 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge. These efforts have led to a combined 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings. These results are summarized in the 2017 Better Buildings Progress Report released today that highlights accomplishments across the broader Better Buildings Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade by focusing on overcoming market barriers and sharing partner-created solutions.

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Infrastructure

Source: Shirley Hansen

Numbers from over $700,000 to $200,000,000 are floating around Washington D.C.  The word, “INFRASTRUCTURE” is laced among these numbers. Over 50,000 bridges and numerous roads. The enticement seems to get projects that politicians can point to with pride and quite possibly get their name on. Hard to do that with a water pipeline. I’ve been listening and reading and things seem very quiet when it comes to water.

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Tiernan & Patrylo Partners with Hannah Solar to Turn Brownfields Green

Source: Company 

Tiernan & Patrylo recently partnered with Hannah Solar on two roof-mount solar arrays atop their buildings in Peachtree City. The combined 755 kilowatt (kW) systems are just the latest addition to the properties, which the company recently revitalized under the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Brownfield program.

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Duke Energy Embarks on a 10-year Initiative to Strengthen North Carolina's Energy Grid

Source: Company
Duke Energy announced Power/Forward Carolinas -- a $13 billion, 10-year project to modernize the state's electric system. These upgrades will harden the system against storms and outages; make it safer and more resilient against cyber-attacks and physical threats; help expand renewable energy; generate jobs and stimulate economic growth.

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ENGIE Is Now Supplying Solar Power to the City of Houston through a New 50 MW Plant

Source: Company
The City of Houston and ENGIE are pleased to announce that ENGIE's 50 MW SolaireHolman plant is now on line, operational, and capable of providing up to 10.5% of the City's electricity needs with clean, affordable solar power for the next 20 years under a power purchase agreement. This agreement solidifies the City's status as the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the United States.

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553 Megawatts Connected to Georgia Grid Last Year, Renewable Growth Continuing

Source: Company
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), formerly the Solar Electric Power Association, announced that it has named Georgia Power to its annual Top 10 Utility Solar list. The annual list, released at the Utility Solar Conference in Tucson, Arizona, recognizes a select group of U.S. utilities for solar connections to the grid in 2016. Georgia Power ranked 10th in 2015 and advanced to 5th among 412 utilities in 2016. Solar systems installed in Georgia in 2016 as a result of Georgia Power's solar programs totaled 553 megawatts.

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State Officials Celebrate California's Leadership in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Adoption

Source: CA Energy Commission
Leaders from three state agencies caravaned from Sacramento to the Bay Area and back to demonstrate how easy it is to drive and fuel hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in California, and to celebrate the state's global leadership in efforts to get more zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road.

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Southern California Edison Named No. 1 Solar Utility in U.S. for Second Year in a Row

Source: Company
Southern California Edison delivered more solar energy to its customers last year than any other utility in the nation, according to rankings compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance. The rankings were announced at the alliance's annual Utility Conference.

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DOE Awards 21 Contracts to Provide New and Efficient Energy & Water Infrastructure Improvements

Source: DOE
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of 21 new energy and water saving contracts to private-sector companies that will help improve the efficiency of federal facilities. These indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) are awarded to energy service companies (ESCOs) that provide guaranteed cost savings as a result of privately financed energy and water infrastructure improvements to federal facilities, without the need for additional congressional appropriations. 

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Experts Outline Pathway for Generating Up to Ten Terawatts of Power from Sunlight by 2030

Source: NREL
The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world's energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized.

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PACE: How Protecting Our Environment Can Help Our Economy

Source: The Energy Collective
California has been a guiding light in our nation’s economic recovery. Our state now leads the nation in economic growth and has cut the unemployment rate in half since 2011. California’s clean energy sector, propelled by policies adopted by Governor Jerry Brown and the State Legislature, has turned out to be an important part of this success. California’s solar industry, for example, now employs more than 100,000 people, almost double the number of people who work for all the state’s electric utilities combined.

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US offshore to ‘top 2.2GW in 2026’

Source: MAKE Consulting
The US will have installed about 2.2GW of offshore wind capacity by 2026, according to a new report by Make Consulting. The report – ‘2017 North America Wind Power Outlook’ – says robust state-level policies in the north-east US will help support the development of at least one new project a year out to 2026

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Energy Department Announces $3.9 Million

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy announced nearly $3.9 million for 13 projects designed to stimulate usage of high performance supercomputing in U.S. manufacturing. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program enables innovation in U.S. manufacturing through the adoption of high performance computing (HPC) to advance applied science and technology relevant to manufacturing, with an aim of increasing energy efficiency, advancing energy technology, and reducing energy’s impact on the environment through innovation

 

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Six Energy-Saving Ideas You Can Implement Tomorrow

Source: Energy Star

Recently hundreds of leaders in energy efficiency convened in Washington, DC, to celebrate the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards. Prior to the main event, EPA held a partner meeting for commercial and industrial winners to highlight trends and innovations among this year’s awardees.

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LEDtronics Latest-generation LED High Bay Light Fixtures Boast Higher Lumens

Source: Company 
LEDtronics® announces our latest series of dimmable high-efficiency LED High Bay Fixtures! These DLC-listed low-profile units output more lumens than our previous generation, while being more energy-efficient. Best of all, they are our most affordable high bay light fixtures to date!

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DOE Awards 21 Contracts to Provide New and Efficient Energy and Water Infrastructure Improvements

Source: www.energy.gov

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of 21 new energy and water saving contracts to private-sector companies that will help improve the efficiency of federal facilities. These indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) are awarded to energy service companies (ESCOs) that provide guaranteed cost savings as a result of privately financed energy and water infrastructure improvements to federal facilities, without the need for additional congressional appropriations. 

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FEMP Announces the Department of Energy's Third Generation IDIQ ESPC Contract Award

Source: www.energy.gov

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of its third generation of indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) to 21 energy service companies (ESCOs). 

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Reduce Energy Bills with a Solar Investment

Source: PR Newswire 

According to the California Solar Initiative (CSI), California leads the nation in solar projects with a reported 580,741 solar projects installed in the last 12 months. While a solar power investment aligns homeowners with the popular green energy movement, there are also solid financial reasons to invest in solar. Gilmore Heating, Air, Solar offers advice to Sacramento-area homeowners about why investing in solar energy is a good idea.

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Delta Earns ENERGY STAR(R) Partner of the Year Award for Second Consecutive Year

Source: PR Newswire

Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, announced its subsidiary Delta Products Corporation was named as 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year - Product Brand Owner Award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 26. In 2017, only 143 winners were chosen from a vast network of 16,000 ENERGY STAR partners. This accolade recognizes Delta's overall commitment to educating consumers about energy efficiency, as well as Delta's contributions towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the superior sustainability of its Breez ventilation fans. In 2016, some of Delta's ENERGY STAR qualified Breez ventilation fans exceed ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements by as much as 367 percent.

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Axiom Exergy Energy Storage

Source: Company 

Axiom Exergy has completed the first installation of its thermal energy storage solution, the Refrigeration Battery at a Whole Foods Market store in Los Altos, California. The project successfully demonstrates the viability and potential of their energy storage solution by shifting up to 1040 kWh of electricity load at the facility for up to 10 hours a day over the course of several months. Without any changes to staff behavior or daily operations, the pilot demonstrated consistent, daily electricity load-shifting by offsetting electricity used by refrigeration compressors and condensers to off-peak times of day. Additionally, Whole Foods Market facility managers now receive real-time information about the system's performance via Axiom's integrated cloud monitoring platform including enterprise-level monitoring and analytics, historical data and real-time KPIs like kWh shifted, peak kW reduced, and battery charge level. 

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What Gets Measured

Source: Site Selection Magazine

The age-old corporate real estate struggle to get a true grip on a company's full property portfolio is today nearly always paired with the effort to assess that portfolio's energy and sustainability profile. And both goals are yoked to the huge increase in available data. Several recent items crossing the transom here at Site Selection offer guideposts for these parallel journeys.

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ComEd Awards Largest Energy Incentive Check in History for Chicago Commercial Building

Source: Green Building News

An event was held at 311 S. Wacker in Chicago on Feb 22. to introduce local building managers and owners to its recent energy efficiency retrofit. Building tours were given to the attendees of the event in an effort to encourage them to deploy the same energy retrofit solution for their buildings.

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In Chicago, hi-tech solution helps low-tech systems run more efficiently

Source: Midwest Energy News

When commercial real-estate firm Zeller Realty Group bought a postmodern staple of Chicago’s iconic skyline in 2014, it faced an energy-inefficiency quagmire.

 

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ENERGY STAR® BOOTCAMP competitors save nearly 49M kWh in three months

Source: Company 

Last fall, 200 organizations decided they were ready to see some major improvements in their buildings’ energy and water usage. So, they entered a combined total of more than 800 buildings into the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP and began a sprint to the finish line. Over just 90 days, these tough competitors trimmed their energy and water “wastelines” by using themed activity kits to engage building occupants and employees in tackling energy and water waste. Overall, the BOOTCAMP participants saved a combined total of nearly 49 million kWh of energy and 45 million gallons of water!

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INSULTECH Thermal Blanket Insulation Saves Energy!

Source: Company 

Consider a 12-14 month payback period on initial investment. Also consider a 15 year service life with no additional maintenance costs associated with the service life of the product. 

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Boeing Energy Conservation Program Lauded by EPA

Source: Company
Boeing will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the company's continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Boeing will receive the award April 26 in Washington, D.C. This is the seventh consecutive year Boeing has been recognized by ENERGY STAR.

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Rising Solar Generation in California Coincides with Negative Wholesale Electricity Prices

Source: EIA
Utility-scale solar generation in the territory of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) accounted for almost 40% of net grid power produced during the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is the first time CAISO has achieved these levels, reflecting an almost 50% growth in utility-scale solar photovoltaic installed capacity in 2016. The large and growing amount of solar generation has occasionally driven power prices on the CAISO power exchange during late winter and early spring daylight hours to very low, and sometimes negative, prices. However, consumers in California continue to pay average retail electricity prices that are among the highest in the nation.

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Capstone Continues to Diversify its Business with Project in West African Village

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it secured an order for a C600S microturbine to provide prime electrical power for a small community in Mali located in West Africa. The 600kW Signature Series, dual mode microturbine will provide stand-alone power, and is the first to be installed in Mali.

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Play Ball! American Baseball Stadiums Round the Bases on Energy Efficiency

Source: www.energy.gov

As Americans gear up to “root, root, root for the home team” on Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) Opening Day, they might be too focused on the games to notice that their stadium is more efficient than it used to be. Professional ballparks average 1 million square feet and together host more than 73 million Americans each year – which means there are a lot of opportunities for improvements that enhance visitor experience, save stadium owners and operators money, and reduce energy and water use.

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ENGIE and Schneider Electric Collaborate to Digitize the Energy Sector

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, and ENGIE, a global energy player committed to be leader of the energy transition in the world, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore and deploy new digital solutions for operational efficiency of renewable assets (wind and solar PV), leveraging Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Historian and related application software powered by Schneider Electric's Wonderware brand.

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Oregon Solar Advocates Plot Path to 4 GW of Solar Power in 10 Years

Source: Utility Dive
Oregon ranks near the top of states setting ambitious renewable energy goals. Last year, the state mandated the state needed to run on 50% of renewable energy by 2040, and wean out coal imports by 2035. OSEIA is taking it a step further to ensure solar composes 10% of the state's power mix. 

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Siemens and SAP to Offer Meter Data Management for New Utility Business Models

Source: Company
Siemens and SAP have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens' market-leading meter data management solution, EnergyIP. This cooperative effort is intended to address multiple digital end-to-end business scenarios for energy and utility clients worldwide. The solution will be available directly from SAP, simplifying purchase and support processes for customers. It will be marketed under the name, SAP Meter Data Management by Siemens, and is expected to be generally available during the second quarter of 2017. As part of the agreement, SAP and Siemens also plan to further align development road maps in an effort to provide the foundation for next-generation business models supporting all future energy market players.

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Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

Source: ElectricEnergyOnline.com
The Environmental Protection Agency, surrounded by American energy workers, public employees and members of Congress, President Donald Trump signed the Energy Independence Executive Order to protect thousands of jobs and strengthen energy security, while also ensuring that our policies provide clean air and clean water for all of our citizens.

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SoCalGas and University of CA Irvine Show How Power-to-Gas Technology Can Increase Renewable Energy

Source: PR Newswire 
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that new research on power-to-gas technology shows the technique holds the ability to dramatically increase the use of intermittent renewable energy. The finding came out of ongoing research conducted at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and funded by SoCalGas.  Preliminary research findings, announced this week at UCI's International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation (ICEPAG), demonstrated that the campus microgrid could increase the portion of renewable energy it uses from 3.5 percent to 35 percent by implementing a power-to-gas strategy. 

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Premier Holding Corp. Expands its LED Efficiency Solutions to the Midwest

Source: Yahoo Finance

Premier Holding Corporation ( OTCQB : PRHL ) announces that it has partners with AER Lighting to support its energy efficiency lighting sales in the Midwest.

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Bank of America set to become carbon neutral and purchase 100% renewable electricity by 2020

Source: RE 100
Here, Alex Liftman, Global Environmental Executive, shares the drivers for action. Why is Bank of America committed to achieving 100% renewable electricity? “Our commitment to utilizing 100% renewable electricity in our operations is part of our company’s broader approach to environmental sustainability. The financial services sector has a responsibility to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and low-carbon economy. We are providing our intellectual and financial capital to help develop solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges, and we are reducing our own operational impact through aggressive greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction targets – and renewable electricity is an important component of our plan to achieve these targets.”

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Capstone Receives Another 3.3MW Order from a Repeat Oil and Gas Customer in the San Juan Basin

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 multiple microturbines for a repeat oil and gas customer operating in the San Juan Basin.

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Rexel Energy Solutions Expands Lighting Solutions Team And Rebrands

Source: Company 

Rexel Energy Solutions, a specialized business unit of Rexel USA, has recently unveiled a national team of lighting & controls experts to support ESCOs across the country.  Since 1942, the Rexel Energy Solutions team, formerly Munro Distributing Company, Inc., has provided electrical and energy conservation solutions and support to contractors, ESCOs, and Utility partners nationwide.  With a team built to support Energy Efficiency Providers from specification and quotation through post-construction support, Rexel Energy Solutions is focused on improving their customer’s cash flow and reducing their construction expense.

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Automated Logic and Lucid Announce Strategic Alliance to Create Next Generation EnergyReports Tool

Source: PR Newswire

 Automated Logic Corporation (ALC) and Lucid announced an alliance to create the next generation of ALC's EnergyReports™ energy analysis and reporting tool, which will make it easy for owners, operators and energy managers to monitor, manage and report on building energy performance. To achieve this, the new EnergyReports tool combines building data from ALC's powerful WebCTRL® building automation system with Lucid's industry-leading BuildingOS® cloud-based energy management platform. ALC is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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CT Governor and IKEA ‘Flip-the-Switch’ on Fuel Cell System to Generate More Onsite Power

Source: Business Wire 

With Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Bloom Energy Chief Commercial Officer Bill Kurtz on-hand, IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today ‘flipped-the-switch’ on its first fuel cell system on the east coast, at its store in New Haven, CT. Furthering the Swedish retailer’s investment in fuel cell technology, this project complements the company’s focus on other renewable energies such as solar and wind. IKEA already operates five fuel cell systems, at stores in California. Now that the New Haven fuel cell system is operational, IKEA is on track to generate 1.5 MW of energy in total via fuel cells, supplementing onsite solar arrays atop all these stores.

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EDF Renewable Energy Expands Into Distributed Electricity And Storage

Source: Electric Net

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), a leader in renewable energy development, announces the creation of a new business unit, Distributed Electricity and Storage (DES), to focus on distributed solar and storage projects up to 30 megawatts (MW). The DES group will pursue emerging distributed-energy opportunities to provide unique products and services to commercial, industrial (C&I) and utility customers in the United States.

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GE Power Signs Multiyear Agreement And First Cybersecurity Solution In Latin America

Source: Company

GE Power has signed a multiyear service agreement (MYA) with Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe S.A. (CELSE) for a new combined-cycle power plant in northeastern Brazil. The agreement includes operations, maintenance, repairs and digital solutions as well as GE’s first order in Latin America for its OpShield cybersecurity solution. The solutions in the agreement will help improve the plant’s performance and availability and enable safe operational technology connectivity. The 1,516-megawatt (MW) Porto de Sergipe plant is expected to meet an estimated 15 percent of the energy needs of northeastern Brazil. It will be Latin America’s largest gas power plant when it begins operating in January 2020.

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Auburn University Raises the Standard for NCAA Baseball Stadiums with New, LED Lighting System

Source: Business Wire

A newly installed LED lighting system at Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park will significantly improve the experience for Auburn University baseball players and fans, with enhanced light quality and the virtual elimination of glare.

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13 New Solar Projects Drive Clean Energy & Cost Savings for Businesses Across the Northeast

Source: Company 

  • GE’s startup unit is now bringing solar power to Northeastern businesses including Partners Healthcare, Seabury and Smith & Wesson
  • Current has also announced solar installation plans at 8 GE locations across the Northeast
  • Solar installations across the region will provide more than 17 megawatts (MW) of clean energy to help businesses reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions 

 

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LIGHTING CONTROL REBATES GOING STRONG

Source: Energy Watch News 

The simplest and most popular type of incentive remains the prescriptive rebate, typically targeted to existing buildings.

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LEDS ARE SET TO CHANGE HORTICULTURE BY INCREASING YIELDS

Source: Energy Watch News

The color of LED light can be used not only to assist the growth of plants, but it can also be used to improve their year-round taste and quality and potentially increase their nutritional value.

 

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New Process Being Tested for Biodegradable Plastics

Source: www.energy.gov

Plastics are everywhere. They make up grocery bags, shampoo bottles, furniture, and even the microbeads in some toothpastes and facewashes. Unfortunately, when these products become trash, they persist in landfills, oceans, and other places where oil-based plastics can do more harm than good.

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Capstone Continues to Expand U.S. Energy Efficiency Market with a Large Industrial Customer in NY

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 Signature Series microturbine to upgrade an industrial customer in upstate New York.

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Building Envelope Retrofits for Improved Energy Efficiency

Source: Facility Executive
The median age of commercial buildings today is 32 years old. As commercial buildings age, their façades and systems start to degrade, malfunction, fall out of specification, or even change use. The effect of this enclosure performance degradation is poor thermal comfort, poor indoor air quality (IAQ), and wasted energy resulting in an increase of energy consumption over the coming years. With a push for commercial buildings to reduce the energy footprint, retrofitting a building enclosure has many benefits, including energy savings, improved overall appearance, and uninterrupted workflow for buildings occupants.

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Georgia Power’s “Simple Solar” Offers Solar Electricity At 1¢/kWh Premium

Source: Cleantechnica
Georgia Power is rolling out a new voluntary solar energy program known as Simple Solar for customers who want to support solar energy development but are unable or choose not to install a solar system at their home or business. Signing up for the program at GeorgiaPower.com/SimpleSolar takes just minutes with basic customer account information. Participants agree to pay 1¢ per kilowatt-hour over and above the standard rate for electricity.

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GE Renewable Energy to Supply 1st Integrated Solar-Wind Hybrid Project In US

Source: Cleantechnica
GE Renewable Energy has been selected to supply wind and solar components for the first ever US commercial integrated solar-wind hybrid project. While the project is small, it’s nevertheless a good start. The 4.6 megawatt project is a community project set for Red Lake Falls in Minnesota, and to be developed by North American developer Juhl Energy. GE Renewable Energy has been contracted to supply two 2.3-116 wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business, as well as 1 megawatt (MW) of solar power conversion equipment provided by GE’s Current business.

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Trustees Continue Support of Penn State’s Sustainability Goals

Source: Penn State
The approval of an additional four design firms to handle energy-conservation related projects was part of next steps taken by the Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital planning to continue the reduction of the University’s energy use. The four firms, McClure Co. of Harrisburg; Mortenson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Precis Engineering of Ambler, Pennsylvania; and Wayne Crouse Inc., of Pittsburgh, on Feb. 23 joined the two previously appointed firms as those approved for Energy Savings Plan projects.

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After Eight Years, PACE Program Poised to Launch in Virginia

Source: Southeast Energy News
The long road to financing energy efficiency improvements on the tax bills of commercial properties in Virginia is reaching the home stretch. Arlington County in northern Virginia has secured a program administrator – Sustainable Real Estate Solutions – a critical step in getting started with the state’s first Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, program. Managers there are preparing to submit final guidelines to the county’s Board with the goal of launching a program this summer.

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Proposal for $15 Million Rebate Program for Renewable Heating and Cooling Technology

Source: NYSERDA
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $15 million proposal to accelerate the use of renewable heating and cooling technologies in New York to stimulate the clean energy economy. The new policy framework released by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority includes a proposed two-year, $15-million program to provide rebates for the installation of ground-source heat pumps. This plan will support the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York 40 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels.

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Pennsylvania Bill Aims to Revamp Energy Efficiency Financing

Source: The Intelligencer
Pennsylvania’s Senate Bill 234, also known as the Pennsylvania Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, was co-introduced this year by state Sens. John Blake, D-22, of Scranton, and Guy Reschenthaler, R-37, of Allegheny County. The bill would allow municipalities to essentially cover the up-front costs of energy efficient upgrades to commercial properties if requested, such as as solar panel installation, insulation upgrades or water conservation technologies.

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San Antonio Could Have Brighter Solar Future

Source: BEPA News
Solar energy is less expensive in Texas than anywhere else in the country, and prices continue to drop at a steady rate. So powering homes and businesses with pollution-free solar isn’t just good for the environment — it’s good business.

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Daimler Trucks North America Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Certification

Source: Contractors Magazine
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced that it has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification for its new Corporate Headquarters building in Portland, Oregon. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

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Massachusetts Green Communities Program Continues to Grow

Source: Energy Manager Today
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has expanded its Green Communities program by 30 cities. The goal of each existing and new member is to reduce energy use by 20 percent within five years. The program has been ongoing since 2010, during that time, it has granted $65 million for more than 550 lighting projects, 350 weatherization projects, 4,875 HVAC upgrades and assorted other projects.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Approval of Largest Offshore Wind Project in the Nation

Source: ny.gov
90 Megawatt Offshore Wind Farm 30 Miles Off the Coast of Long Island Will Create Jobs and Power 50,000 Long Island Homes with Clean, Resilient and Affordable Energy Project is Part of Governor Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard to Secure 50 Percent of the State's Electricity Supply from Renewable Sources by 2030.

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Federal Data Center Energy Efficiency Bill Could Save $5 Billion

Source: Energy Manager Today
A new bill (HR 306) introduced by U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA-District 18) and passed unanimously by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in January proposes a set of energy efficiency standards directed at federal data centers designed to save as much as $5 billion in energy costs by 2020.

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Bractlet Earns Top Product of the Year Award From Energy Manager Today

Source: Company
Bractlet, a provider of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) energy analytics platform powered by simulation models, announced that its Energy to Profits™ software received a Top Product of the Year Award from the Energy Manager Today Awards. The award signifies that judges considered Bractlet's platform an exemplary product.

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Solar Accounts for 1 in 50 New U.S. Jobs in 2016

Source: The Solar Foundation
The American solar workforce grew at a historic pace in 2016, a year when one out of every fifty new U.S. jobs was in the solar industry, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2016, the seventh annual report on solar employment issued by The Solar Foundation.

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Southern Company Subsidiary Announces Strategic Wind Development Agreement

Source: Company
As part of the company's renewable development strategy, Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power announced a joint development agreement with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES) to develop and construct approximately 3,000 megawatts (MW) across 10 projects with commercial operation dates between 2018 and 2020. Additionally, Southern Power has signed agreements to purchase wind turbine equipment from both Siemens and Vestas for use at the facilities.

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Schneider Electric Helps NJ Schools Achieve Financial Success Through Energy Efficiency

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced the signing of three energy savings improvement programs (ESIPs) with New Jersey school districts that will drive more than $1 million in annual energy savings.

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Birmingham Investing $61.3 Million in Energy Upgrades for City Buildings, Green Job Creation

Source: AL.com
Birmingham is investing $61.3 million in energy upgrades in 125 city buildings, which will save the city $100 million in energy and operational costs over the next two decades and create local jobs.The city contracted with Trane -- a manufacturer of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems and building management systems and controls -- to coordinate and complete the project over the next two years.

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‘Largest Green Roof in the World’ Proposed for Silicon Valley Project

Source: Geosynthetics Magazine
Last year, Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly unveiled plans to convert an ageing shopping center in California’s Silicon Valley into a vast development featuring the world’s largest green roof.

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

Source: Company

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

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

Source: PECI



Capstone Test 2

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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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