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Schneider Electric Signs 3.9 Million Energy Savings Performance Contract

Source: BEPA
Schneider Electric has signed a $3.9 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with the City of Riverbank, Calif. The city pursued the project after recognizing its existing facultative lagoon system may not comply with anticipated future treatment standards for the state of California.
 

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Solar System Will Power New Dropbox Office

Source: TriplePundit
Dropbox provides a handy and free service that allows you to share documents, videos and photos with people. Founded in 2007, the site has over 300 million users globally. Its new San Francisco office, which is LEED Platinum certified, will feature a solar energy system designed by UGE, a global distributed renewable energy company. The 25.2 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system will supply enough energy to offset the electricity used in the six-story building designed by William McDonough Partners. The PV system will feature 84 300-watt solar panels.

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Microgrid Solar Selected as Installer for “Solar Chicago” Group Purchase Program

Source: Company
Microgrid Solar of St. Louis was recently selected as the lead solar contractor for the City of Chicago’s solar program - called “Solar Chicago” - that enables homeowners in the Chicago area to purchase solar at a group-discounted rate. The Chicago program is half over, and is expected to double the original target of 750 registrants.

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Illumetric, West Hollywood’s "Art on the Outside" Program, Illuminated with LEDtronics LED T8 Tube L

Source: Company

The City of West Hollywood, through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, presents Illumetric—a triptych of massive diamond, cube and rectangle-shaped sculptures brought to the city by Shana Mabari. 

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DOI Auctions 80,000 Acres Offshore Maryland for Wind Energy Development

Source: DOE

As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held the nation’s third competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, which offered nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland for potential wind energy development. 

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MIT Study: Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Pay for Itself

Source: DOE

Lower rates of asthma and other health problems are frequently cited as benefits of policies aimed at cutting carbon emissions from sources like power plants and vehicles, because these policies also lead to reductions in other harmful types of air pollution. 

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Energy Department Announces $17 Million to Advance Highway Transportation Technologies

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $17.6 million for 14 cooperative agreements with small businesses and institutions of higher education to develop and deploy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States. The funding will go towards projects that pursue breakthrough approaches to providing Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

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Capstone Expands CHP Footprint in Russian Manufacturing Sector

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it has expanded its presence in Russia's manufacturing sector with two ultra-high efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) projects. Capstone continues to grow its business in Russia despite geopolitical tensions and the latest round of U.S. and Russian sanctions.

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DTE Energy selects SolarCurrents projects

Source: PR Newswire

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) selected 84 new solar energy projects for inclusion in Phase 2 of DTE's SolarCurrents customer-owned pilot program.

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Capstone Receives 9MW Factory Protection Plan Contract

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has signed a Factory Protection Plan (FPP) contract for nine C1000s increasing the total contract backlog for Capstone FPPs to a record of over $55 million. This $55 million in service backlog is in addition to the record $175 million product backlog as of June 30, 2014.

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Tesla Model S60 Raffle to Benefit Illinois Solar Energy Association

Source: Yahoo Finance

The Illinois Solar Energy Association is raffling off a Tesla Model S and Bosch home charger! Net drawing proceeds will fully benefit ISEA's work in advancing renewable energy development throughout the State. You can buy tickets to win this smooth ride until September 27th, 2014.

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CEQ Releases Annual Energy and Sustainability Performance Update

Source: Company

As part of the Obama Administration’s initiative to reduce energy use, pollution and waste and save money in Federal operations, Federal agencies today released annual updates that show significant progress toward aggressive energy and sustainability goals set by the President in 2009. 

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Radiance Solar Expands O&M Services Division

Source: Company

Radiance Solar announced the formal launch of Radiance O&M Services with the hire of industry veteran Jordan Shechter as Director of Operations & Maintenance.

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Capstone Secures Follow-On Order for Six C600s From Top Shale Producer

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced a follow-on order for an additional six C600s totaling 3.6 megawatts from an independent exploration and production company operating in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.

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Plug Power Announces 2014 Second Quarter Results; Record Revenues Achieved

Source: Yahoo Finance

 Plug Power Inc. (PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, reports its 2014 second quarter results.

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Exelon's Constellation Business Acquiring Integrys Energy Services

Source: Company

Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) and Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG) announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Exelon to purchase Integrys Energy Services Inc., a competitive retail electricity and natural gas subsidiary serving approximately 1.2 million commercial, industrial, public sector and residential customers across 22 Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states and the District of Columbia. Integrys Energy Services will become part of Exelon’s Constellation business unit, strengthening Constellation’s retail power and gas business, serving approximately 2.5 million residential and business customers across the continental United States.

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Energy Department Increases Access to Energy-Department-Funded Scientific Research

Source: DOE

 The U.S. Department of Energy is introducing new measures to increase access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from Department-funded research.

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New Jersey Offshore Wind Firm Highlights Energy Department Grant

Source: DOE

At the end of Steel Pier, with the ocean as a backdrop, Fishermen’s Energy, US Senator Robert Menendez, State Senator Jim Whelan, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Jose Zayas, US Department of Energy (“DOE”) Director of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office and numerous officials, memorialized the $46.7 million of grant funding over four years to accelerate the commercialization of innovative offshore wind technologies in the United States. 

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LEDtronics LED Lighting Helps Florida Town Protect Sea Turtle Nesting App Story

Source: Company

The City of Fernandina Beach, Florida, has completed modifications and upgrades to the lights at its Main Beach Park using LED turtle-friendly high power lighting that will protect sea turtle nesting without compromising the public’s safety at night.

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Association of Energy Engineers New England Chapter 2014-2015 Program Year Kick off Meeting Septembe

Source: PRWeb

The New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE-NE) 2014/2015 program year kicks off on Wednesday September 10th at the Embassy Suites hotel in Waltham, MA with a discussion on the state of the solar industry in Massachusetts. Networking with industry professionals starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. “We are extremely excited about our lineup of meetings and speakers this year” said Sam Nutter AEE-NE’s incoming president. “Last year we had record breaking attendance and expect to continue this trend with relevant topics such as the rapid growth of the solar industry in Massachusetts” added Sam. AEE-NE suggests you register early as space is limited. To sign up for the event please follow the link to register at https://aeenewengland.org/meet-reg1.php?id=28.

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Eaton Helps East Norwalk, CT, Modernize Infrastructure to Improve Electrical Grid Resiliency

Source: Company
Power management company Eaton announced it provided the Third Taxing District of East Norwalk, Connecticut, with electrical engineering services and power distribution equipment for the construction of a new electrical substation facility. Located at 6 Fitch St., the substation will help the district lower the cost of electricity while enhancing grid stability and meeting growing demand from residents and businesses.

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China Will Install More Solar This Year Than The U.S. Ever Has

Source: ThinkProgress.org
According to new numbers released by the Chinese government, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity in the first six months of the year ending June 30, marking a 100 percent increase over the same period last year. That brings China’s total solar supply to 23 gigawatts — 13 shy of the country’s goal of installing 35 by the end of 2015. In 2013 China installed around 11.3 gigawatts of solar, representing 37 percent of global growth, and the bulk of this year’s installations will come in the second half of the year. The agency vows to install 13 gigawatts of solar power capacity this year, which would mean an average of more than one gigawatt a month for the rest of the year — an amount equatable to South Korea’s total installed capacity as of 2013

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Los Angeles' City-Owned Electric Utility Raises its Energy Efficiency Ambitions

Source: NRDC
The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has unanimously voted to approve 10-year energy efficiency targets that will vault America’s largest municipally-owned utility, which provides service to around 3.9 million people, to national leadership in energy efficiency.

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Capstone Receives Orders for Twenty-Five C65s from E-Finity Distributed Generation

Source: Company

 Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced the receipt of orders for 25 Capstone C65 microturbines, totaling 1.6MW, for use in various commercial industrial combined heat and power (CHP) and oil and gas applications in the Mid-Atlantic United States.

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Army and Department of Energy Partner to Save Energy at Army Industrial Facilities

Source: Company

Four years ago, the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DoE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together to enhance national energy security and demonstrate the Federal Government’s leadership in transitioning America towards low carbon economy. Under the 
framework of the MoU, the U.S. Army has successfully collaborated with the DoE’s Advance Manufacturing Office to improve the overall energy efficiency of the Army’s industrial base.

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Lend Lease and the White Roof Project Collaborate to Reduce Energy Consumption in New York City

Source: PR Newswire

Lend Lease, one of the world's largest property, infrastructure and construction management firms, proudly participates in a sustainable program focused on reducing energy consumption, with the not for profit organization, the White Roof Project in New York City.

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Lime Energy Announces Utility Program Wins

Source: Yahoo Finance

Lime Energy announced it has been awarded approximately $180 million of new utility program business.

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Army Adds Small Businesses to $7 Billion Renewable Energy Contract

Source: DOE

The Army awarded the final round of solar technology contracts that will support a $7 billion renewable and alternative energy power production for Department of Defense installations Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC).

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Energy Department Announces $11 Million for Carbon Fiber from Biomass

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced up to $11.3 million for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. Carbon fiber – a strong, lightweight material that can replace steel and other heavier metals – can lower the cost and improve performance of fuel-efficient vehicles and renewable energy components such as wind turbine blades. The two projects seek to demonstrate new biomass conversion technologies that enable the manufacturing of acrylonitrile – an essential feedstock for high performance carbon fiber – for less than $1 per pound.

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EIA mapping tool shows which U.S. energy facilities are at risk from flooding

Source: Company

The public now has a new online tool to help inform them about energy facilities' exposure to flooding caused by hurricanes, overflowing rivers, flash floods, and other wet-weather events. Developed by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Flood Vulnerability Assessment Map, shows which power plants, oil refineries, crude oil rail terminals, and other critical energy infrastructure are vulnerable to coastal and inland flooding.

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Aleddra Offers Upgrade Program

Source: PR Newswire

Aleddra announces a cost effective upgrade program featuring its latest Generation 3 EasiRetrofit double-ended LED T-8 Tube. With an available 10-year extended warranty, combined with a reduced price, facility managers will have the ability to affordably replace other manufacturers' low quality double-end tubes that are beginning to fail. 

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Pacific Energy Solutions Breaks Ground on $334.1 Million Solar Energy Contract

Source: PR Newswire

Pacific Energy Solutions (PES), an energy project development company specializing in renewable technologies, announced that on 11 July, 2014, they entered into a binding contract with the U.S. Navy to supply approximately 30,400 MWh of electricity annually to the Navy for use by Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force activities in the State of Hawaii. PES will supply this electricity to the Navy over a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement term.

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Siemens Industry, Inc., Building Technologies Names Sander Mechanical Service as New Partner

Source: Company

Sander Mechanical Service announced that it has been selected by Siemens Building Technologies to be an authorized Siemens Solution Partner. The agreement, entered into by the two companies earlier this year, enables the New Jersey-based mechanical contractor to offer the TALON® Building Control System and other Siemens technologies to its growing customer base.

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FuelCell Energy Announces Strategic Financing Agreements With NRG Energy

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 a broadening and deepening of the existing relationship with NRG Energy (NRG) including a $35.0 million investment in FuelCell Energy common stock by NRG Energy and the establishment of a new $40.0 million revolving construction and term loan facility by NRG Energy for FuelCell Energy to use for project development. NRG Energy now owns approximately 17.0 million shares of the Company's common stock, or 6.0 percent, including 2.4 million shares owned prior to this transaction.

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Energy Department Announces Distributed Wind Competitiveness Projects

Source: DOE

The Energy Department and the Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced funding for projects led by Pika Energy, Northern Power Systems, Endurance Wind Power, and Urban Green Energy that will help drive down the cost of small and medium-sized wind energy systems. Through the second round of the Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP), the teams will receive a total of $1.27 million between them. In support of the Energy Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, this funding aims to help U.S. manufacturers improve their turbine designs and manufacturing processes to reduce hardware costs, improve efficiency and eventually earn certification from accredited third-party certification bodies, which issue easy-to-understand labels showing a turbine has met performance and safety testing requirements set by the wind industry.

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Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

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UPS Doubles Carbon Intensity Goal for 2020

Source: PR Newswire

UPS® (NYSE: UPS) released its 12th annual Sustainability Report announcing that in addition to reducing overall carbon emissions in 2013, the company also met its 2016 goal of reducing its air and ground fleet's carbon intensity by 10 percent three years early.  Thus, the company has set a new goal to achieve a 20 percent reduction in carbon intensity from transportation by 2020.    

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Inovateus Solar, LLC Initiates Development of a 10.82 MW Ground Array at Maywood Solar Farm

Source: PR Newswire

 Inovateus Solar, LLC, a worldwide developer and installer of commercial and industrial solar power systems, has participated in the development of a ground-based solar array project installed on the newly operational Maywood Solar farm located on 43 acres near the Vertellus Specialties, Inc. headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. The land is owned by Vertellus Specialties, Inc. and supported by Indianapolis Power & Light's (IPL) Rate Renewable Energy Production (REP) Program. The 43-acre solar array is the first solar farm built on an existing Superfund Site with previous ground contamination.

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SC Johnson Recognized for Continued Commitment to Green Power

Source: PR Newswire

SC Johnson announced that it ranks on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) National Top 100 list of the largest green power users. Moving up 17 spots to No. 77, SC Johnson is currently using nearly 75 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 43 percent of the organization's electricity use in the United States.

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Amicus/LFC Capital Announce $50 Million Solar Program

Source: PR Newswire

Amicus Solar Cooperative, a purchasing cooperative that is 100% owned and democratically managed by its member companies, has obtained an initial allocation of $50 million for qualifying businesses desiring solar through LFC Capital's Solar Ownership Program.  This Amicus/LFC Capital collaboration represents the first round of a multi-stage rollout of program funds planned for future solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. 

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Zero Water Consulting to Help California Public Schools Save Millions of Gallons of Water

Source: PR Newswire

As the most severe drought in California's history blazes on, Zero Water Consulting, the official distributor of URIMAT waterless urinals in the U.S. announces that it has the ability to help California Public Schools (CPS) greatly reduce their water use with the installation of waterless urinals.

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2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners Announced!

Source: Company

FEMP would like to congratulate the winners of the 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards! The complete winner list is now available on FEMP's web site.

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ENERGY INDUSTRIES CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF BUSINESS IN HAWAII

Source: Company

Energy Industries Corporation (Energy Industries) Hawaii's leading energy efficiency company is celebrating 20 years of successfully helping Hawaii's businesses save money by saving energy.  

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NREL Uses Industry Best Practices to Add Partners

Source: Company

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is accelerating the availability of next-generation energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in the marketplace by making it easier for industry partners to work with the laboratory. 

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Walmart Expands Commitment to Plug Power Hydrogen Fuel Cells With GenKey Order

Source: Yahoo Finance

Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) confirms the company has received a follow-on GenKey purchase order from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to add an additional, seventh, GenKey site to the original six-site contract it announced in February 2014. This additional site in Sterling, IL consists of 286 GenDrive fuel cell units and is planned to deploy in the third quarter of 2014.

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Capstone Expands Footprint in Indonesia With Sale of a C800 at a Cement Factory

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 from Indonesia for a Capstone C800 system to power a cement factory in Balikpapan.

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Commercial Building Owners & Managers Will Invest Nearly $960 Billion in Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Source: Navigant Research
Because the existing building stock dwarfs the amount of building space that is added on an annual basis, retrofits are a critical pathway to greening the world’s commercial buildings. Regulations and policy measures, technological advances, and cost reductions are all driving increased investment in energy efficiency retrofits.

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Solar Industry Is Rebalanced by U.S. Pressure on China

Source: NY Times
Even as regulators continue to wrestle with the protracted trade conflict with China over solar panels, the case has already started to reshape the industry, lifting manufacturers based outside China while also raising prices of panels for developers.

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Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

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$4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Offered for Renewable, Energy Efficiency Projects

Source: DOE

In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation, making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. This solicitation represents the next step in the Department’s commitment to support the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies at commercial scale in the U.S.

 

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Energy Department Announces Up $31 Million for Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

Source: DOE

As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).  EGS are engineered reservoirs, created beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are safely created and their size and connectivity increased. These enhanced pathways allow fluid to circulate throughout the hot rock and carry heat to the surface to generate electricity.  In the long term, EGS may enable domestic access to a geographically diverse baseload, and carbon-free energy resource on the order of 100 gigawatts, or enough to power about 100 million homes.

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LED Recessed Ceiling 4 Inch Dimmable Can Lights Provide the Upside to Down Lighting

Source: Company

LEDtronics, Inc., with more than 30 years of leadership in innovative LED lighting solutions, announces the newest member to its series of high-brightness, energy-efficient retrofit LED Recessed Downlights. The RDL32-4-12W series are Energy Star and UL/cUL listed, dimmable ceiling can-style downlights ideal for indoor use in architectural/décor lighting and commercial applications: hospitals & medical facilities, hotels and resorts. They only use 12 Watts of energy and can replace halogen bulbs up to 75 watts — a tremendous energy savings of up to 80%. 

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Cylon Energy Inc. acquire American Auto-­Matrix

Source: Company

Cylon Energy Inc. announced its acquisition of American Auto-­-Matrix, an American-­-based Building Automation Systems Critical Environments Controls manufacturers located in Export, PA. This acquisition is part of Cylon’s continued expansion in the American building automation controls market.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Expanded Training For Clean-Energy Workforce Across The State

Source: Company

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that 14 regional workforce development organizations have been chosen to help deliver energy efficiency skills training needed by the clean-energy industry. By partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), more than 14,000 people across New York State are expected to receive the training during the next two-and-a-half years.

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80,000 Acres Offshore Maryland to be Auctioned for Wind Energy Development

Source: DOE

As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank announced that nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland will be offered for commercial wind energy development in an August 19, 2014 competitive lease sale. 

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Energy Department Awards $6 Million to Advance Cost-Competitive Biofuels

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $6 million for two projects to develop next generation biofuels that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass.  The research and development projects, located in California and North Carolina, will focus on lowering production costs by maximizing the renewable carbon and hydrogen from biomass that can be converted to fuels and improving the separation processes in bio-oil production to remove non-fuel components.  These projects are a part of the Energy Department’s continued effort to develop technologies that will enable the production of clean, renewable and cost-competitive drop-in biofuels at $3 per gallon by 2017.

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Direct Energy Teams with Nest to Bring Energy Savings As Part Of Initial Customer Offers in 5 States

Source: Company
Direct Energy, one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers, is teaming up with Nest, which reinvents unloved products in the home, to bring innovation to several key U.S. and Canadian retail markets with the launch of the Direct Energy Comfort and Control Plan. The new plan includes a Nest Learning Thermostat(TM) at no cost, a $249 value. Customers who sign up for the Direct Energy Comfort and Control Plan will receive a low fixed rate over a 24- or 36-month period, which provides them stability in price while experiencing the energy-saving benefits of the Nest thermostat.

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GM Adding 3 Acres of Solar Arrays in Michigan

Source: Company
General Motors is increasing its renewable energy use with 3 acres of new solar arrays at two Michigan facilities. The Flint Engine Plant and the Swartz Creek Processing Center will feature 150-kilowatt ground-mount solar arrays expected to produce a combined 400,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year to the facilities’ grids. That is equivalent to the annual energy use of 25 homes.

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Energy New England Enters into Strategic Partnership with Seldera

Source: BEPA
Energy New England, LLC, a leading provider of wholesale and retail energy services, declared today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Seldera, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, to launch an expanded version of the ECHOSM Analytics dashboard and create a new technology-based tool to provide low-cost energy savings by adapting the building consumption to occupant behaviors. With the roots of both organizations centered in the Commonwealth, the partnership and resulting products will further solidify the region as a center for technological solutions to energy efficiency and speaks to the depth of knowledge and experience in Massachusetts.

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Eaton Provides Industry-Leading Electrical Efficiency to Optimize Energy Harvest

Source: Company
Power management company Eaton announced that the California Energy Commission (CEC), the state's primary energy policy and planning agency, has certified Eaton's Power Xpert® Solar 1670-kilowatt (kW) inverter to operate at an industry-leading 98.5 percent efficiency. The certification demonstrates the inverter's ability to help the solar industry advance grid parity by optimizing energy harvest and reducing operating costs.

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GridPoint Named Among Top 10 Building Energy Management Systems

Source: Company
GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management solutions (EMS) that help customers maximize energy and operational savings, announced that it was named among the top 10 global vendors in the Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS). Navigant Research, a market research and consulting team for global clean technology markets, used its proprietary Leaderboard methodology to objectively profile and rank companies on 10 criteria including go-to-market strategy, technology and solution portfolio, breadth/depth of applications, technology openness and interoperability as well as scalability and staying power

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New ISO Energy Management Standards Will Drive Energy Performance Improvements

Source: DOE

Members of an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committee gathered in Santiago, Chile, on June 8-13 to discuss new energy auditing and management standards. The committee, TC 242, led the development of the ISO 50001 energy management standard, which the DOE Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program builds on to verify energy savings and establish additional improvement targets.  

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Energy Efficiency Solutions Showcased at the 2014 Better Buildings Summit

Source: DOE

The 2014 Better Buildings Summit drew more than 560 people to Washington, D.C., from May 7-9 to discuss energy efficiency best practices. The inaugural summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, brought together attendees and speakers from the commercial, industrial, multifamily, and public sectors. 180 presentations covered everything from emerging and high-impact technologies and energy data management success stories to employee engagement programs, mobilizing capital, and workforce training.

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Energi Backs 135 GWh of Lighting Retrofits for GM

Source: Company 
Energi, a leading provider of risk management and insurance programs for the energy industry, has partnered with New England Energy Management Inc. (NEEM), a Connecticut-based full-service energy service company, to backstop savings guarantees on NEEM’s lighting retrofit projects. Among the projects where NEEM has employed Energi’s Energy Savings Warranty are six lighting upgrade projects at General Motors Co. (GM) facilities totaling more than 135 GWh of energy savings.

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EV Infrastructure Part of ‘Charge NY’ Initiative led by NYPA and NYSERDA

Source: NYSERDA
Albany International Airport has six new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for airport traveler use, stemming from a collaboration by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the Albany County Airport Authority. The installations are part of a planned statewide network of up to 3,000 EV stations slated for various public and workplace locations across New York State.

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Nantucket Airport to be Country’s First Airport to Achieve Net-Zero Status

Source: Energy Manager
Governor Deval Patrick launched phase two of a project to make Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) the first airport in the country to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from its airport-controlled operations. The implementation phase includes the execution of energy-conservation measures and renewable energy installations that will reduce ACK’s reliance on external energy sources and eliminate nearly 1,000 metric tons of carbon emissions each year at the airport.

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REC Solar Begins Construction of 12MW Solar Array for Hawaiian Utility

Source: Company
REC Solar, a specialist in commercial solar electric system design and installation, has commenced construction on a 12MW AC (14.53MW DC) solar array for Hawaiian utility Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC). With 57,624 panels, REC reports that the utility solar project will be one of Hawaii's biggest systems upon completion and REC Solar's largest project to date.
 

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$2 Million in Savings: A Case Study You Can Trust

Source: Company
Energy efficiency is more than just company operations. At the Doe Run Company, it’s also about “protecting the workforce and neighbors”…to the tune of $2 million in savings!

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ARPA-E Awards $33 Million for New Fuel Cell Projects

Source: DOE

At New York Energy Week, ARPA-E Acting Director Dr. Cheryl Martin announced $33 million in funding for 13 new projects aimed at developing transformational fuel cell technologies for low-cost distributed power generation. The projects, which are funded through ARPA-E’s new Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, are focused on improving grid stability, balancing intermittent renewable technologies, and reducing CO2 emissions using electrochemical distributed power generation systems.

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Energy Department Awards $100 Million for Innovative Energy Research

Source: DOE

 U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the awarding of $100 million for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy.

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Wisconsin Energy to acquire Integrys Energy Group

Source: Company

Wisconsin Energy Corp. (NYSE: WEC) and Integrys Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: TEG) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Wisconsin Energy will acquire Integrys in a transaction valued at $9.1 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company will be named WEC Energy Group, Inc.

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Taming an Energy Hog with Efficiency Standards

Source: ACEEE

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards that will dramatically reduce the energy use of a little-known home energy hog. Furnace fans, which circulate heated and cooled air throughout a home, consume more than twice the electricity in a year as a typical new refrigerator. The new standards will cut the cost to power furnace fans by about 40% and also deliver improved comfort. 

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WattStopper brings time-saving ladder-free sensor configuration to warehouses

Source: Company

WattStopper has introduced time-saving remote functionality to warehouse lighting control with a game-changing new high/low bay sensor. The sensor is packed with features to simplify installation and maintenance, making it easier to manage energy effectively in applications where lighting is mounted as high as 40 feet.

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NREL and General Motors Announce R&D Partnership to Reduce Cost of Automotive Fuel Cells

Source: NREL
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and General Motors (GM) are partnering on a multiyear, multimillion dollar joint effort to accelerate the reduction of automotive fuel cell stack costs through fuel cell material and manufacturing research and development (R&D).

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Solar Powered LEDtronics LED Area Lights Offer Security to Mesa Residential Community

Source: Company

A modern-day urban retreat surrounded by the Sonoran Desert and with over 325 sun-drenched days a year, solar energy opportunities abound in Mesa — the third largest city in Arizona, some 15 miles east of Phoenix.  The city’s Energy Resources Department encouraged them to take advantage of its just-launched solar pilot program for customers in its electric service area. The Park Centre Casitas residents decided to accept the city's offer. 

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USDA Announces $14 Million in Funding for Bioenergy Research

Source: USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA's Rural Development (RD) announced it is accepting applications from companies seeking to offset the costs associated with converting fossil fuel systems to renewable biomass fuel systems, while USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $2.5 million in grants to enhance national energy security through the development of bio-based transportation fuels, biopower, and new bio-based products.

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Grid Reliability Receives More than $10 Million in Energy Department Support

Source: DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, the Energy Department announced more than $10 million for projects that will improve the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. electric grid and facilitate quick and effective response to grid conditions. This investment which includes six projects across five states- California, Hawaii, Missouri, North Carolina and Washington – will help further the deployment of   advanced software that works with synchrophasor technology to better detect quickly-changing grid conditions and improve day-to-day grid reliability.

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Energy Department Invests $20 Million to Advance Hydrogen Production

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $20 million for ten new research and development projects that will advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies.  Developing technologies that can economically produce and deliver hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, domestic, and renewable resources can enable substantial reductions in energy use and carbon emissions.  Advancing these technologies will be critical to the widespread commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles and other fuel cell technologies.

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Energy Department Boosts Efficient Lighting with $10 Million Funding

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced nine research and development projects that will receive funding to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research and product development. 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 energy costs for American families and businesses and ensure that the U.S. remains competitive globally. LEDs are intense sources of light consisting of inorganic materials, where OLEDs are diffuse light sources that consist of organic materials.

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Energy Department Boosts Efficient Lighting with $10 Million Funding

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced nine research and development projects that will receive funding to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research and product development. 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 energy costs for American families and businesses and ensure that the U.S. remains competitive globally. LEDs are intense sources of light consisting of inorganic materials, where OLEDs are diffuse light sources that consist of organic materials.

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ComEd Receives Approval to Accelerate Smart Meter Installation

Source: Company
ComEd announced that the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved its filing to accelerate smart meter installation plans. As a result, the installation of more than four million smart meters throughout ComEd's service territory will be complete by 2018, three years in advance of the originally scheduled 2021 completion date and will accelerate $170 million in customer savings. To date, nearly 300,000 smart meters have been installed in the Chicago area.

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NRG Energy and Boeing Completes Collaborative Solar Project to Sell Clean Energy to 2,200 CA Homes

Source: Company
NRG Energy, Inc. one of the nation's largest renewable energy developers, introduced the NRG Community 1 Solar Generating Facility. Through an innovative, community focused program - among the first of its kind in the United States - the project was developed by Sol Orchard in collaboration with the Center for Energy Sustainability at San Diego State University's (SDSU) Imperial Valley Campus.

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World Cup to Kick Off on Greener, Resource Efficient Grass

Source: Greenbiz.com
All eyes were on São Paulo where Brazil took on Croatia in the opening game of the World Cup. More than a billion people were expected to tune in to see the likes of Neymar, Oscar and Luka Modric kick off the world's biggest sporting event, but fans of sustainable sport should not get too distracted by the silky skills on display and instead take a moment to focus on the playing surface.

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Admirals Bank & SunPower Announce $200 Million Solar Loan Funding Program

Source: Company
SunPower Corp. and Admirals Bank announced a strategic relationship to provide a $200 million loan program for SunPower residential solar projects over the next two years.

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Ecova's Utility Division Delivers 90 TWh of Energy Savings

Source: Company
Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, today announced that in partnership with its utility clients it has delivered 90 terawatt hours (TWh) of energy savings over the last ten years equivalent to removing 54 million tons of CO(2) from the atmosphere or 30 medium-sized, coal-fired power plants for one year. In 2013, Ecova delivered 18 TWh of energy savings.

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USDA Announces Support for Renewable Biomass Energy

Source: DOE

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced support for agriculture producers and energy facilities working to turn renewable biomass materials into clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and will resume this summer.

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Colorado Takes Steps to Expand Geothermal Development

Source: DOE

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a geothermal bond bill May 30, providing $1.98 million in state funding and matching the Energy Department’s investment in geothermal energy exploration at Pagosa Springs.  The project, which demonstrates Colorado’s strong support for geothermal energy development, leverages a $3.8 million award from the Department for evaluating and exploring the geothermal resource potential at Pagosa Springs.

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Report: Global Renewable Energy Generation Capacity Jumps to Record Level

Source: DOE

The number of emerging economy nations with policies in place to support the expansion of renewable energy has surged more than six-fold in just eight years, from 15 developing countries in 2005 to 95 early this year.

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REI Retrofits Its Data Centers for Energy Efficiency with Help from CLEAResult

Source: Greenbiz.com
A recent data center retrofit undertaken by outdoor products retailer REI offers a vivid illustration of how an unplanned data center can exacerbate a company's power consumption.

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New Developments Shaping the Energy Field: Gateways to Innovation & Implementation Strategies at EMC

Source: AEE
The Pacific Northwest is at the forefront of implementing energy management strategies and renewable energy resources, thus serving as a model for other areas around the country. The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) along with host Puget Sound Energy and sponsors Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utility District, McKinstry, CLEAResult, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, and Tacoma Power are pleased to present the 32nd annual West Coast Energy Management Congress Conference and Expo (EMC).  EMC 2014 features a multi-track conference program and expo to be held at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, WA on June 25-26, 2014.

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U.S. Residential Solar PV Installations Exceeded Commercial Installations for First Time in Q1 2014

Source: AltEnergyMag
The U.S. installed 1,330 MW of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014 to total 14.8 GW installed capacity, enough to power 3 million homes. In another significant development, Q1 2014 was the largest quarter ever for concentrating solar power.

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GSA's 'Green Button' to Save Energy Costs Across the Federal Government

Source: DOE

The head of the General Services Administration, Dan Tangherlini, announced that GSA will use Green Button technology to save energy and shrink costs across the federal government. The agency launched this initiative in partnership with industry leaders following a 2013 Presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to strengthen efforts to use renewable energy and manage energy usage more efficiently and effectively.

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Energy Department Announces National Geothermal Data System

Source: DOE

In support of the Obama Administration's Open Data Policy to make data more accessible to the public and entrepreneurs, the Energy Department officially launched the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), an online open-source platform that facilitates the discovery and use of geothermal data, enabling researchers to speed geothermal energy development. This innovative online tool will allow academia and industry to access quantifiable, technical data in digital format, breaking down one of the geothermal energy industry’s greatest barriers to development and deployment of this promising clean energy source.

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WattStopper rolls out new retrofit solutions at 2014 LIGHTFAIR® International

Source: Company

WattStopper will be exhibiting innovative retrofit solutions at LIGHTFAIR. The solutions encompass stand-alone devices, such as optional neutral wall switch sensors and wireless occupancy sensors as well as systems solutions such as retrofit relay panels and exterior wireless devices. 

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Energy Efficiency Poised for Key Role in New Power Plant Rule

Source: ACEEE

In response to the Environmental Protection Agency's new proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), made the following statement:

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GDF SUEZ Energy Resources Supplies Renewable Energy Certificates for 5th Year to Globalcon

Source: Company
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA announced today that it will supply renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for the 2014 Globalcon Conference & Expo April 9-10 at the Atlantic City New Jersey Convention Center.

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Guide to Using Combined Heat and Power for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings

Source: Company
To assist State and local officials and others involved in the rebuilding process, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this guidance on CHP with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Its purpose is to provide practical information on CHP, including what factors must be considered when configuring a CHP system to operate independently of the electricity grid, and what steps are involved in a typical CHP project development process.

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Capstone Receives Orders for Approximately Four Megawatts From E-Finity for Oil and Gas Customers

Source: Company
Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it recently received multiple orders from E-Finity Distributed Generation for microturbines to be used for oil and gas operations in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions.

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Direct Replacement LED Lamps for GE ET5/6 Series Incandescent Panel-Mount Lamps

Source: Company
LEDtronics, Inc., adds a new Utilities LED Panel light to its PNL-1145 Series. These short thread body LED panel mount lamps only consume a half watt of power and replace incandescent high voltage panel indicators, such as GE ET5, ET6. They are designed to go in panels found in Transmission Station Control Panels, Control Rooms, Sub-Station control rooms of power plants and utilities

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REC to Collaborate with Fraunhofer ISE on the Development of High-Efficiency Solar Cells

Source: Company
REC, a leading global supplier of solar energy solutions, is teaming up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE to develop high-efficiency solar cells based on n-type monocrystalline wafers.

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Caribbean Islands Promised $1bn in Loans for Move to Clean Energy

Source: The Guardian
Caribbean islands that pay some of the highest electricity prices in the world are in line for more than $1bn of green energy loans to reduce bills following an agreement between governments, companies, energy experts and financiers.
 

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10 American Cities Will Lead the Nation on Energy Efficiency

Source: Huffington Post
In our cities, big buildings often run 24/7. Offices are continuously heated or cooled, elevators are running, lights, computers and equipment are on, continuously humming. Because they're constantly in operation -- you can't really unplug a building -- our buildings use enormous amounts of electricity, and are responsible for 40 percent of America's global warming pollution. In most cities, the proportion is even higher -- up to 50 or even 75 percent of carbon emissions come from buildings.

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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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Sol Systems Finances 227 kW Washington D.C. Solar Project at KIPP School

PR Newswire - Sol Systems is proud to announce that it has facilitated financing for a 227 kW solar energy system at the KIPP Charter School, a non-profit in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Volt Energy developed the project and Sol Systems structured the transaction and financed the project on behalf of its investment client, Washington Gas Energy Systems.
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New LED Canopy Lights By Access Fixtures Are True 150w Metal Halide Equivalents

Source: PR Newswire

Access Fixtures has expanded its extensive line of LED light fixtures to include updated LED garage lights and LED canopy lights that are true 150 watt metal halide equivalents. Garage lights are luminaires that are typically used to light parking garages. Canopy lights are the luminaires used under the canopy at gas or filling stations. Both types of luminaires are used twelve to twenty-four hours per day. The new LED garage lights and LED canopy lights achieve the same light output or more than typical 150w metal halide versions while using less than half the energy. (more)

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Is BP Too Big To Punish?  
BP was fined $4 billion for the 2010 Macondo Well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, pleading guilty to eleven felony counts of manslaughter, one count of felony obstruction and various misdemeanor charges under the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. This amount is trivial to BP. But will they get debarred, a much bigger punishment?

Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:35:19 GMT

The Weekly Oil And Gas Follies  
The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 60, September 1, 2014

Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:16:00 GMT

Do High Voltage Power Lines Cause Cancer?  
Many people think power lines, especially the high voltage ones, cause cancer. After years of study, the evidence doesn't support any link. But that doesn't stop internet companies from selling you useless EMF shielding devices to wear on your body or place around your home.

Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Why The Energy Markets May Be At A Turning Point  
The energy markets may be turning around after this summer's rout.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:29:00 GMT

Is BP Too Big To Punish?  
BP was fined $4 billion for the 2010 Macondo Well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, pleading guilty to eleven felony counts of manslaughter, one count of felony obstruction and various misdemeanor charges under the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. This amount is trivial to BP. But will they get debarred, a much bigger punishment?

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:55:00 GMT

Don't Drive To The Coast And Complain About Offshore Drilling  
After I filed my earlier post about hydraulic fracturing in Colorado, I spotted this piece by the Sierra Club's Dan Chu on the Huffington Post that hits on a similar theme. Chu is spending Labor Day weekend "exploring the wonderful beaches lining a small South Carolina coastal town." He notes that local residents are concerned about oil companies' plans to begin seismic surveys off the Atlantic coast, the first step toward possible offshore drilling.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:55:00 GMT

A Mountainous Reminder Of Fracking's Link To Cheap Gasoline  
I’m doing some driving in Colorado this weekend, and every gas station I pass is a reminder that gasoline prices this Labor Day weekend are at their lowest in four years. Prices were running just under$3.50 a gallon heading out of Denver, which was about the average based on the prices being reported on GasBuddy.com.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:16:00 GMT

A Split Is Possible Way Out Of Ukraine Crisis  
There might still be a way to solve the Ukraine crisis without escalating military action and the debilitating economic consequences of increased and lengthy sanctions, and that would be to give up the east of the country, just as the Crimea, and quickly join the rest to Europe, according to some analysts.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:08:06 GMT

Moroccan Shale Shows Potential, Just In Time  
San Leon Energy showed positive shale oil signs in Morocco, allowing some relief for an energy sector in need of good news.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:08:00 GMT

Oil And Gas Industry Fueling Jobs For Labor Day Weekend  
The energy industry is giving the economy the spark that it needs this Labor Day weekend -- an upsurge fueled by the increase in shale oil and shale gas production. The boost is creating jobs and economic openings, while keeping a lid on gas prices in turbulent times.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:00:00 GMT

A Split Is Possible Way Out Of Ukraine Crisis  
There might still be a way to solve the Ukraine crisis without escalating military action and the debilitating economic consequences of increased and lengthy sanctions, and that would be to give up the east of the country, just as the Crimea, and quickly join the rest to Europe, according to some analysts.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:52:00 GMT

Confidence -- What Does It Mean For Nuclear Waste?  
On Tuesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission made an incredibly important decision about nuclear waste that could finally get nuclear energy moving forward again. It is now confident that long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel, even over a hundred years, is safe and effective, and we don’t have to wait for a deep geologic repository to get our nuclear program going again.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:31:04 GMT

Walmart Extends Energy Efficiency Focus To Chinese Suppliers  
It's pretty common for big manufacturers and retailers to suggest that their supply chain partners improve energy efficiency, cut carbon emissions or reduce water consumption. Examples of initiatives that move beyond the power of suggestion into meaningful action are far rarer.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:50:00 GMT

Africa Corruption Risk Remains Despite White House Investment Push  
By Raymond Barrett

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:15:00 GMT

Central Asian Exploration on Firm Footing, Says Tethys Petroleum CFO  
The prospect of tapping Central Asia and the Caspian for hydrocarbons has excited oil and gas companies of all colors and stripes for better parts of three decades. Activity gained momentum after the break-up of the Soviet Union with newly liberated republics chalking out their independent policy paths and allowing private sector petrodollars to flow in.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:28:00 GMT

Betting On Russian Stocks? You Better Be Patient  
Russia's stock market has been reeling over its aggression in Ukraine, but it's ultra-cheap and investors with iron stomachs are placing their bets.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:12:00 GMT

Who Can Meet Egypt's Energy Needs?  
With shortages continuing to plague Egypt, slowing growth and straining tensions, Cairo is searching for solutions to its energy needs, but finding them is proving politically and financially difficult.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:59:00 GMT

Google Working On Drones Too  
The race to become the world’s most technically advanced delivery boy is heating up.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:11:00 GMT

Verizon To Double On-Site Solar Capacity  
The latest big company to opt for constructing "green energy" power options on its own rather than waiting around for local utility companies is Verizon, which will spend another $40 million to expand a program it started last year.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:30:00 GMT

EcoFactor Says It Beats Nest In Home Energy Management  
The air conditioners have spoken: EcoFactor looks like the winner.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:57:00 GMT

Will Public Private Partnerships Build The Future?  
In recent weeks, President Obama spoke in Delaware, highlighting the need to expand and improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure, embracing the growing trend of public-private partnerships. A P3, or 3P if you prefer, is actually not a new concept to transportation funding as some of the first roads in the country were built and maintained by private, not public authorities.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:35:00 GMT

Beating Our Enemies By Energy Independence  
It doesn't take an international studies scholar to realize that the chaos level in the world is surging upwards. Sectarian violence in Iraq is on the rise once again. Syria is still mired in a bloody civil war with no end in sight. Russia continues to inflame tensions in Ukraine, even after its annexation of Crimea. And Israel and Hamas are once again clashing in Gaza.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:25:00 GMT

China Thin-Film Solar Equipment Supplier Hanergy's Shares Gain On Profit Rise  
Hong Kong-traded shares in Hanergy, China’s solar-film industry leader led by billionaire Li Hejun, rose by 4.8% at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Tuesday after the company reported gains in sales and profit in the first half of the year.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:10:00 GMT

Different Recipes For Cooking Our Planet  
Contrary to the desires of many, global warming continues unabated. Although the mean global surface temperatures have risen only slightly over the last 17 years ago, other parts of the Earth have warmed dramatically, soaking up the heat preferentially over the lower atmosphere, tricking those who would prefer to believe everything’s just fine. These observations have nothing to do with the cause or any role that humans may have played. That's the only real debate.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:41:35 GMT

The Economist Sowing Even More Confusion About Renewable Energy  
On 5 August, I posted a commentary about economist Dr. Charles R. Frank, Jr.'s Brookings Institution working paper from May, which came to wide notice when it was featured on a full page of The Economist in late July. Dr. Frank's paper claimed, and The Economist's anonymous writer largely agreed, that new nuclear and gas-fired power plants can displace coal-fired plants and their carbon emissions far more cost-effectively than new wind and solar plants can. My commentary therefore summarized a detailed 12-page rebuttal posted 1 August. It described many serious flaws in Dr. Frank's data and methodology, and showed that updating nine of his outdated numerical assumptions to their modern empirical values would reverse his conclusions. (Among many problematic assumptions, those were the only ones I sensitivity-tested, as  more would be superfluous; but it's a fundamental precept of sound analysis that when a result depends on many assumptions, its sensitivity to each of them and to all of them together should be carefully tested. Few were actually tested, and none credibly.)

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:21:00 GMT

Oman's Potential Excites Frontier Resources FD  
The Sultanate of Oman’s oil and gas industry is undergoing a much needed revival. During the late 1990s, exploration and production (E&P) activity saw the country produce 950,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) on average. However, by 2007 production fell to an all time low of 714,000 boepd prodding Omani policymakers towards placing greater emphasis on fresh technological and capital investment to boost production.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:36:00 GMT

MIT Curse Part II: Lockheed Martin Scoops Up Sun Catalytix  
Sun Catalytix, a company spun out of MIT that once hoped to commercialize a process to economically and efficiently convert water into hydrogen fuel with sunlight and chemical catalysts, is going to be part of Lockheed Martin.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:53:00 GMT

Coal To Be Hardest Hit By Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign  
Much has been written in recent months about carbon-stranded assets – investments in fossil fuel projects that may turn out to be worth far less than investors or companies currently think they will because of measures to cut carbon emissions such as emissions trading schemes and regulation.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:32:00 GMT

Different Recipes For Cooking Our Planet  
Contrary to the desires of many, global warming continues unabated. Although the mean global surface temperatures have risen only slightly over the last 17 years ago, other parts of the Earth have warmed dramatically, soaking up the heat preferentially over the lower atmosphere, tricking those who would prefer to believe everything’s just fine. These observations have nothing to do with the cause or any role that humans may have played. That's the only real debate.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:40:00 GMT

Fortunes Of Indian Billionaires Hit After Court Rules Coal Block Allocations Illegal  
The fortunes of many Indian billionaires were hit after the Supreme Court of India, the country's highest court, ruled on Monday that all coal-mining licenses that were distributed since 1993 are illegal.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:16:00 GMT



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