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BioEnergy Hawaii partners with Ulupono Initiative for Energy Conversion System

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for a C1000 microturbine to upgrade an established solid waste treatment center in Tampere, Finland.

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Construction to Begin on Georgia Power Georgia 3x30 Solar Projects

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

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

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

FPL Recognized for Innovative Approach to Florida's Electric Grid

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

Lunera Lighting Showcases Plug-and-Play LED Lighting Solutions

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

Georgia Power launches 2015/2016 ASI Distributed Generation program

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

 

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Ecova’s Utility Division Delivers 108 TWh of Energy Savings

Source: Company

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

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

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

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

Source: Company

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

Onset's Bluetooth Smart Data Logger Protects the Magna Carta

Source: Company

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Construction to begin on Georgia Power Georgia 3x30 solar projects

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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City of Riverside Demonstrates Environmental Leadership

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Georgia Power marks signing of groundbreaking solar legislation into law

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Energy Department Awards Nearly $10 Million for Efficient Lighting Development

Source: Energy.gov

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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

Source: Company

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

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A Crowdfunding Site Lets You Bring Energy Efficiency To Poor Neighborhoods

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

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City to Undertake Energy Efficiency Program Projected to Save Millions

Source: GC Telegram

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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NRG Bundles Solar With Water Efficiency in California

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

 

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

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

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Georgia Southern University Receives Georgia Peach Green Building Award

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

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

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

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California Board Approves Emergency Water Rules

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

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

Source: Energy.gov

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

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

Source: Company

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

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2G CENERGY announces new Management Team

Source: Company

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

 

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EnerNOC and Tesla to Collaborate on Energy Storage

Source: Yahoo Finance 

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

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

Source: Company

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

 

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Nedap introduces three ways to make lighting systems truly intelligent

Source: Company

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

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DrivePak HVAC Upgrade Achieves Energy Efficiency Milestone

Source: Company

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

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

Source: Energy.gov

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

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SunEdison Helps Town of Winchendon Save $8 Million

Source: Yahoo Finance 

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

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

Source: Company 

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

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Resonate Occupancy Sensor

Source: Company 

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

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Capstone Receives C1000 Order for Business Center in Medellin, Colombia

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Mestex to introduce Aztec AMC modular HVAC system

Source: Company

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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ComEd Installs One Millionth Smart Meter

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Reducing Energy Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dominion Acquires Solar Facility In Georgia

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

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Southern Company subsidiary acquires fourth California solar project

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Dominion Acquires Solar Facility In Georgia

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: energy.gov

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

 

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

Source: energy.gov

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

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

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

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

Source: Energy.gov

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

 

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Innovative MTA Free-Cooling Chiller Systems

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

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Target Installs Solar on 180 Stores

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

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

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

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

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

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UGI to Provide Natural Gas Service to Invenergy Generating Facility

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

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

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

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Seattle City Light Testing Self-Healing Power Lines

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

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Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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TerraForm Power Acquires 168 MW of Solar Power Plants From SunEdison

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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41 California jurisdictions launch HERO PACE program

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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PECO Requests PUC Approval to Make Additional Infrastructure Investments

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Indiana to take leadership role in energy storage technology

Source: Yahoo Finance 

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

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Capstone to Upgrade European Distribution Center for Major Italian Food Retailer

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Better Plants Welcomes New Partners from Diverse Sectors

Source: U.S. DOE

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

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ComEd Expands Opower Program to Give Customers Insights on Energy Use

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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EPA Announces 70 Top Performing ENERGY STAR-Certified Manufacturing Plants

Source: U.S. DOE

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

 

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Energy Department Announces $20 Million to Develop Advanced Electric Motors

Source: U.S. DOE

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

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

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

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New Funding Opportunity to Develop Larger Wind Turbine Blades

Source: DOE

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

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

Source: energy.gov

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

 

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

Source: Company

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

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

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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Ygrene Florida Acquires Lykes' Ownership Interest in PACE in Florida

Source: PR Newswire

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

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Virginia Tech Selected to Continue Development of Innovative Building Automation System

Source: U.S. DOE

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

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

Source: U.S. DOE

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

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enerlinc Announces Partnership with CRF

Source: Company

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Small Battery Systems Can Offer Attractive Return on Investment

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

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

Source: Analytika

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

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

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InsideIQ Member Enables Pennsylvania School to Reduce Energy Costs

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: US DOE

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

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

Source: US DOE

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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SunEdison and GRID Alternatives Announce $5 Million Workforce Initiative

Source: US DOE

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

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Report: Wind Generates 10% of Texas Electricity in 2014

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

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Regatta Solutions Acquires Wedge Consulting Energy Management

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Trio Electric Guarantees LED Pay Back

Source: PR Newswire

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

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Atlas Copco Ranked Top Sustainable Machinery Company

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

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Energy Performance Agreements

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

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McDonald's Eyeing Net Zero Energy Restaurants

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

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Solar Panels Coming to Washington County Landfills

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

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Schneider Electric, Autodesk Partner to Make Buildings More Energy Efficient

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

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Starwood and NRG Energy Bring Sustainable Luxury to The Phoenician

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

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Freeman Achieves LEED Silver Certification

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

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LEED and Green Globes – Which to Use?

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

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Almost 4000 US Schools Are Running On Solar

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

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Tokyo Aims to Quadruple Solar Power Generation Capacity by 2024

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

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

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

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Californians on Way to State's New Energy Goals

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

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

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

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

Source: PECI



Capstone Test 2

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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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Fly Over Tesla's Gigafactory In This Cool Video  
It's safe to say the Tesla Motors gigafactory is the most-watched manufacturing project in the United States, if not the world.

Sun, 24 May 2015 04:30:00 GMT

Southern Company May Be Up For Credit Downgrade  
The past week brought more bad news for Southern Company, the Atlanta-based public utility holding company.

Sat, 23 May 2015 20:11:00 GMT

It Really Is Our Aging Energy Infrastructure.  
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee concerning DOE?s Quadrennial Energy Review that showed America?s energy problems are largely rooted in our crumbling infrastructure ? no surprise there!

Sat, 23 May 2015 04:05:00 GMT

Top 16 U.S. Cities For Solar Power  
The solar power industry is in the middle of a spectacular growth spurt in the United States, especially in densely populated areas.

Fri, 22 May 2015 23:40:00 GMT

The 5 Most Controversial Trades Of 2015 From Ackman To Gross And Gundlach  
From big bond bets to a new breed of stocks that draw in value investors and short sellers alike, a play on commodity prices and a bet on the government's exit from the U.S. mortgage market, here are the five most controversial trades floating around Wall Street in 2015.

Fri, 22 May 2015 21:10:00 GMT

SunEdison Inks More Rooftop Solar Projects In Southern California  
SunEdison, a solar project developer based in St. Louis, MO, has sealed another deal with Southern California Edison (SCE), an electric utility that serves more than 14 million customers in southern California, to install 33 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar, enough to power the equivalent of about 63,000 homes.

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:34:00 GMT

Warning Signs For Energy Technology Investors: 1) Ink Versus Gold  
This post begins a series intended to help investors (and policy-makers) understand when an energy technology company is being overhyped, as apparently Hanergy Solar was. Cleantech advocates always try to downplay failures like that of Solyndra as not telling us much about the industry more generally, but they ignore the common circumstances apparent in various failures. Hopefully, these pieces will provide some illumination.

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:29:00 GMT

Another Reason Consumers Aren't Buying Natural Gas Cars  
Natural gas vehicles are saddled by a number of drawbacks.

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:56:00 GMT

Hanergy Solar Collapse: Looks Like A Tale Of Irrational Exuberance  
There is a persistent myth that the barrier to a viable solar product is the need for a bigger factory, and that this, or the magical Chinese ability to make products cheaper, will solve the decades-long challenge of being able to convert diffuse energy into power at a competitive price. Unfortunately, investors who put their money into promises of returns someday are all too often not being visionary, but imprudent.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:00:00 GMT

Five Billionaire-Owned Energy Stocks That Could Double On A Wave Of M&A  
At Billionairesportfolio.com we are always looking to align ourselves with stocks owned by billionaire investors that have the potential to double on a fundamental catalyst.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:34:00 GMT

Swim, Drink, Power; The Ocean  
The amount and level of technology being applied to the “green” energy space is impressive. And that is the best part about writing this column; I learn something new all of the time. It’s fun and refreshing; kind of like the ocean.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:30:00 GMT

The Smartest Cities And Utilities May Have Their Heads In The Cloud  
Like a lot of cities, San Jose, California wants to drive economic growth while improving its air quality. Unlike many jurisdictions, it’s using information technology to see where it can succeed. Does San Jose have its head in the cloud?

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:48:00 GMT

Gas Prices Should Stay Low This Summer, And Could Hit $2 By Fall, Researchers Say  
You've probably noticed that the price of unleaded gasoline has inched up over the past few weeks. That's typical gas price behavior as Memorial Day approaches, and motorists set off on summer vacations.

Thu, 21 May 2015 17:03:00 GMT

A Poor Man's Tesla? GoFar Smartens Regular Cars  
OK, it's not quite Tesla, but a development by an Australian startup is aiming to make regular cars a little smarter. GoFar, a product launching on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, is a deceptively simple device that gives drivers feedback about their driving efficiency - there are lots of benefits to having informed drivers - safety and performance being two, but perhaps efficiency is the biggest one. It has been estimated that around a fifth to a quarter of the fuel we pay for is wasted because of inefficient driving styles. GoFar makes driving efficiency more visible and hence helps change driver behavior.

Thu, 21 May 2015 15:25:00 GMT

We Need To Support All Types Of Solar: Utility-Scale, Rooftop, Community, And More  
Solar energy is booming – and you needn’t look further for proof of its success than Brian H. Potts’ recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. When a utility lawyer like Potts is arguing for what type of solar energy our country should be investing in –utility-owned, large-scale solar versus customer-owned, rooftop – you know this renewable energy resource has gone mainstream. And that’s a good thing.

Thu, 21 May 2015 15:03:00 GMT

Hanergy Parent Says Operations Are "Normal" With "No Overdue Loans"  
The parent company of Hong Kong-listed Hanergy Thin Film, the renewable energy firm controlled by billionaire Li Hejun whose shares plunged by 47% before being suspended yesterday, said in a statement this evening its group operations “are normal in all respects and we maintain a good financial position with no overdue loans.”

Thu, 21 May 2015 11:42:00 GMT

The Changing Face Of Business In Nigeria  
Ask most people what they think of Nigeria and the answer will likely include references to oil, population and corruption. Perhaps now Boko Haram. And yet there is a flux of young Nigerians, like me, returning home – excited by the opportunity. Why?

Thu, 21 May 2015 11:15:00 GMT

It Really Is Our Aging Energy Infrastructure.  
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee concerning DOE?s Quadrennial Energy Review that showed America?s energy problems are largely rooted in our crumbling infrastructure ? no surprise there!

Thu, 21 May 2015 10:35:00 GMT

Stock Plunge Slices $11 Bln Of Wealth From Hong Kong Billionaire With Napa Ties  
Yesterday, it was a renewable energy entrepreneur; today, it was a businessman with interests that extend from Chinese real estate into U.S. and European vineyards.

Thu, 21 May 2015 10:05:00 GMT

Dear Renewable Critics: Hanergy's Collapse Has Little To Do With Solar  
The rapid rise and strange fall of Hanergy Thin Film has investors scratching their heads for an explanation.

Thu, 21 May 2015 07:02:00 GMT

Crowdfinance Your Company: Advice from an Entrepreneur Who Got More Than $5 Million in Commitments  
Although oil prices have been trending upwards in recent weeks, many producers are still cautious and have cut back on exploration and drilling operations until prices rebound further. And yet it is an energy company, Ascenergy, that is currently ranked #1 on CNBC’s Crowdfinance 50 Index and has raised more than $3.5 million with another $2 million committed. This three-year-old energy startup has secured more financing than companies that operate in such hot areas as technology, healthcare or organic food.

Wed, 20 May 2015 16:30:00 GMT

China's Climate Pledge Will Include New Commitment To Forests  
When Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Obama signed a climate agreement last November, the agreement revealed only half of China's climate strategy, a Chinese official said in Chicago Tuesday. China's still unsubmitted climate pledge to the United Nations will also include a new investment in forestry and deeper reductions in carbon intensity.

Wed, 20 May 2015 12:50:00 GMT

IEA And World Bank Say Throw Money At Renewables  
The world was stunned today to hear the news that the IEA and the World Bank say not enough money is being spent on renewables, and that their solution is to spend more. Okay, that’s triply wrong: it’s not news, we’re spending too much, and nobody on the planet will be shocked to hear that the solution is to spend more. It’s rather reminiscent of US generals in Vietnam who found they were not winning the war, so they argued for sending more troops.

Wed, 20 May 2015 12:36:00 GMT

The Renewable Energy Industry Employs Nearly 8 Million People Worldwide [Infographic]  
Employment in the global renewable energy industry has increased by over one million jobs during the past year, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 7.7 million people are now employed in renewable energy, an 18 percent increase on last year's 6.5 million.

Wed, 20 May 2015 12:34:00 GMT

Hanergy Plunge Erases $14 Billion Of Chairman's Fortune; Li Hejun In Beijing  
Li Hejun began the day as China’s second-richest man with a fortune worth more than $30 billion, according to a Forbes estimate.  By 11 a.m., he was almost $14 billion poorer.

Wed, 20 May 2015 08:08:00 GMT

Is Zinc Ready To Take On Lithium In Energy Storage?  
The battle of the ions is on, says Eos Energy Storage.

Wed, 20 May 2015 03:23:00 GMT

Hanergy Thin Film Stock Plunges 47% In Hong Kong; Trade Suspended  
Shares in Hanergy Thin Film Power were suspended at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange after they plunged by 47% this morning.

Wed, 20 May 2015 03:21:00 GMT

Kstar Couple's Wealth Passes $1 Bln Amid Optimism About Renewables  
Liu Chengyu, chairman of Shenzhen Kstar Science and Technology, and wife Liu Ling, a Kstar director, have become China?s latest billionaire couple following a record close in the company?s shares amid optimism about the market for renewable power equipment. Chengyu and Ling own a combined 63% of Kstar Science and Technology,

Wed, 20 May 2015 02:35:00 GMT

A Net Assessment of the World  
By George Friedman

Tue, 19 May 2015 18:35:00 GMT

Greenlight's David Einhorn Dumps Civeo Stock As He Presses Mother Fracker Short  
As Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn made headlines for a controversial short call on shale oil exploration firms like Pioneer Natural Resources - 'mother frackers' as he calls them - the hedge fund manager quietly was exiting a money losing stake in oilfield accommodations firm Civeo Corporation.

Tue, 19 May 2015 16:35:00 GMT



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