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Air Force Tests First All-Electric Vehicle Fleet in California

Source: U.S. DOE

Air Force officials unveiled the Department of Defense’s first non-tactical vehicle fleet composed entirely of plug-in electric vehicles, Nov. 14, at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

 

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NREL Compares State Solar Policies to Determine Market Success

Source U.S. DOE 

Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used statistical analyses and detailed case studies to better understand why solar market policies in certain states are more successful. Their findings indicate that while no standard formula for solar implementation exists, a combination of foundational policies and localized strategies can increase solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in any state. 

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Medical Center saves 1.3 million dollars in annual energy costs while improving patient comfort

Source: Analytika

This Medical Center (MC)* is a 500 bed academic medical center providing pediatrics, primary and advanced medical care. MC is a large provider of trauma care and is affiliated with a local university. The medical center has almost 1 million outpatient visits per year and the medical center campus includes over 2.5 million square feet.

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Saint Paul RiverCentre And Xcel Energy Center Complex First In The World To Be LEED, Green Globes

Today's Facility Manager
The Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center, home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild, have been certified to three international sustainability standards—LEED, Green Globes, and APEX/ASTM—making it the first complex in the world to receive those three designations. Together, these certifications signify that the venues have a high-performance operation that actively works to minimize its environmental impact.

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Ameresco Partners with Oregon’s South Lane School District for Comprehensive ESPC Project

Source: Company
Ameresco, a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and the South Lane School District announced today they are partnering on a comprehensive $2.1 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to improve eight schools and five support buildings and enhance overall energy efficiency. As part of the guaranteed savings project, Ameresco conducted a technical energy audit on nearly 480,000 square feet of building space and identified comprehensive energy efficiency, water management and related capital improvement measures that it will design, construct, commission, and verify. In addition, Ameresco assisted with identifying and securing utility rebates.

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Capstone Turbine Secures Substantial Order for Mexican Pipeline Project

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 six C800 microturbines and sixteen C30 microturbines for the second phase of the Los Ramones pipeline project in Eastern Mexico.

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Duke Energy joins other stakeholders in solar net metering agreement in South Carolina

Source: Yahoo Finance

The Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) filed a comprehensive agreement Thursday with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) that spells out a balanced path for solar net metering in the state.

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Delta Electronics Foundation Announces Taiwan's First 'Net-zero' Energy Campus at UN Climate Meeting

Source: PR Newswire

The Delta Electronics Foundation, at the United Nations climate meeting in Lima, Peru, announced that the Namasia Elementary School, which they helped rebuild after typhoon Morakot in 2009, will achieve 'net-zero' energy consumption for the whole campus by the middle of next year. It will be the first of its kind in Taiwan, a green building that functions both as a school and as a disaster shelter for the indigenous community of 300 people for up to a week.

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Energy Department Announces Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners

Source: Energy.Gov

The Energy Department recognized 25 winners across the federal government as recipients of the 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards highlight exceptional federal agency efforts for improving the nation’s energy, water, aviation and vehicle fleets.  Each winner deployed cutting-edge practices that will significantly cut carbon pollution, protect the environment and strengthen national security.

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Energy Department Expands Support of Alaska Native Clean Energy

Source: DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities across the country enhance their energy security, build a sustainable energy future, and combat climate change, the Department of Energy announced the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, a competitive technical assistance program that assists Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects.

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Energy Department Announces Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners

Source: DOE

The Energy Department recognized 25 winners across the federal government as recipients of the 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards highlight exceptional federal agency efforts for improving the nation’s energy, water, aviation and vehicle fleets.  Each winner deployed cutting-edge practices that will significantly cut carbon pollution, protect the environment and strengthen national security.

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Energy Department Awards $7 Million to Advance Bioenergy Feedstocks

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced up to $7 million for two projects aimed at developing and demonstrating ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. Examples of bioenergy feedstocks include corn stover, switchgrass, and woody biomass. By investing in this type of research, development, and demonstration, the Energy Department is supporting the production of renewable and cost-competitive biofuels. The projects, located in New York and Tennessee, will focus on developing advanced machinery for efficient and low-cost harvesting, collection, and transportation of high-quality bioenergy feedstocks.

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The Annual Installed Capacity of Distributed Generation is Expected to Double by 2023

Source: Navigant Research
According to a recent report from Navigant Research, the worldwide installed capacity of distributed generation is expected to more than double in the next 9 years, growing from 87,300 megawatts annually in 2014 to more than 165,000 megawatts in 2023. Driven by cost reductions, government incentives, and rising interest in replacing fossil-fuel sources of energy, the global market for distributed electricity generation is expanding at a rapid pace. One of the most important trends in the energy industry today, the dramatic growth of DG is threatening utility business models and giving customers new levels of control over the energy they consume.

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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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Wind Farms Do Not Affect Property Values, Study Finds

Source: University of Guelph
Wind turbine developments have no effect on property values of nearby homes and farms, according to new research from the University of Guelph. Published in a recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, the study is believed the first peer-reviewed study on this issue in Canada. It was conducted by Richard Vyn, a professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Ryan McCullough, a former U of G graduate student and now a policy analyst for Health Canada.

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Washington Gas Energy Systems to Evaluate Battery Storage System for Solar Energy in Cedartown, GA

Source: Company
Washington Gas Energy Systems announced an agreement with Southern Company and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to test and evaluate a battery storage system at a 1-megawatt (MW) solar array in Cedartown, Ga. The project will analyze a 1-MW/2-MWh lithium ion battery energy storage system to establish a technical and economic foundation for future grid deployments, with a specific focus on renewable integration.

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Capstone Turbine Secures 3MW Order to Upgrade State-of-the-Art Glasshouse in South Australia

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 Optimal Group for three C1000 microturbines to upgrade D'VineRipe's 27 hectare glasshouse located at Two Wells in South Australia.

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EnerNOC Acquires Leading Customer Engagement Software Provider for Utilities

Source: Company
EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS), and Pulse Energy, a leader in customer engagement software for the utility industry, announced that EnerNOC has acquired Pulse Energy to help utilities better engage all of their commercial and industrial customers, from small businesses to the largest enterprises.

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First-of-Its-Kind Training Program for Military Veterans Maintain Growing Solar & EV Infrastructure

Source: Electric Energy
A first-of-its-kind training program to certify military veterans and other qualified applicants to meet the growing need for electrical field service technicians (EFSTs) that maintain the country's fast-growing solar power and electric vehicle infrastructure has been launched by Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.

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Maine Ski Area Installs Solar Array

Source: US DOE

When looking for role models in the ski-resort industry, tiny Mt. Abram in Greenwood, Maine, may not be the first place that comes to mind. This 1,150-foot, 560-skiable-acre hill, however, is helping lead the charge when it comes to environmental sustainability initiatives. Most recently, Mt. Abram completed an 803-panel solar array capable of producing 280,000 kwh of energy annually—enough to supply 70 percent of Abram’s power usage.

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Hawaii's Cyanotech Adds 2,280 Solar Panels

Source: US DOE

Cyanotech Corporation (Nasdaq Capital Market: CYAN), a global producer of effective, natural microalgae nutritional supplements, announced the installation of its new solar array by Neighborhood Power Company (NPC). The 2,280 panel array sits on 1.3 acres of Cyanotech’s 90-acre microalgae farm, and will produce 1,147,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, which Cyanotech will purchase under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The energy production is sufficient to power the entire farm’s production during daylight hours, and will reduce Cyanotech’s electricity costs by 10 percent. 

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Amazon's Seattle Campus To Be Heated With Recycled Energy

Source: US DOE

Partnering with other companies, Amazon will use waste heat from a data center in a Seattle skyscraper to warm its soaring new Denny Triangle campus across the street.

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Kentucky Electric Co-Op to Build 5-MW Solar Array

Source: US DOE

Fort Campbell will soon be home to Kentucky’s largest photovoltaic solar array east of the Mississippi. Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC), the United States Army (USA) at Fort Campbell and the Cabinet are partnering to develop a 5 megawatt (MW) solar array. Pennyrile RECC will be financing approximately 500 kilowatts of the array and Fort Campbell will be entering into a power purchase agreement for the remainder. The Cabinet awarded Pennyrile RECC a $3.1 million grant to fund 1.3 megawatts (MW) of the 5 MW array. The total project represents an investment of more than $19.5 million. 

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TVA Expands Renewable Energy Program

Source: US DOE

The Tennessee Valley Authority, as part of its commitment to low-cost and cleaner energy, will offer a total of 130 megawatts of renewable energy capacity in 2015 through a variety of power-purchasing programs for home, business, industrial and wholesale installations, bringing the total amount of renewable energy TVA has offered or interconnected since 2011 to more than 500 megawatts.

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Community Solar Park Begins Producing Power In Delaware

Source: US DOE

McKees Park is a 3.91-acre brownfield site off East Cleveland Avenue in Newark, Delaware being redeveloped for the purpose of a 230-kilowatt solar farm.  This behind-the-meter renewable power source will serve all residents by reducing the City’s peak power demand, lowering the wholesale cost of power, generating solar renewable energy credits, bringing locally produced green energy to the City’s electric users, and reducing the City’s carbon footprint.  The 900-panel array will produce enough electricity to power approximately 26 to 36 homes, depending on the season.  Commercial operation is anticipated before the end of summer 2014.  Questions about the McKees Solar Park can be directed to the City of Newark at (302) 366-7085.

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Walmart and Kohl's Top List of U.S. Commercial Solar Customers

Source: US DOE

Solar energy makes financial sense. That’s why business leaders in America’s brightest, most competitive companies are increasingly choosing to install solar energy systems at their facilities. For the third year in a row, not only are more businesses choosing solar, but those that have used solar in the past are doing so again and again on rooftops across America. Walmart, Kohl’s, Costco, Apple, IKEA and more have all embraced solar energy. Collectively, the 25 companies with the most solar capacity in the U.S. now have 1,110 systems totaling 569 megawatts (MW), generating enough electricity to power more than 115,000 homes. And these companies are installing even more.

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San Diego Navy Residences to Install 20 MW of PV

Source: US DOE

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Oct. 29 that Navy and Marine Corps housing units in the San Diego area will receive rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through a purchase power agreement between Lincoln Military Housing and SolarCity. 

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IKEA Makes Its Largest Wind Investment

Source: US DOE

The IKEA Group announced that it has purchased its second wind farm in the United States from Apex Clean Energy: a 165-megawatt wind farm in Cameron County, Texas. This represents the single largest renewable energy investment made by the IKEA Group globally to date. The wind farm will contribute significantly to the IKEA Group 2020 goal of producing as much renewable energy as the total energy the company consumes globally. The Cameron Wind farm is expected to be fully operational in late 2015.

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Plug Power Signs Multi-Year ReliOn Fuel Cell Contract

Source: Yahoo Finance

Plug Power Inc. (PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, announced that it has executed a multi-year contract for its ReliOn integrated fuel cell solution and GenFuel hydrogen services to be used with a major North American telecommunications provider.

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Boulder Recognized for Solar Initiatives

Source: DailyCamera
Boulder has received the highest designation from the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association for its efforts to make solar power more accessible.
 

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Energy Efficiency to Save DC $100M

Source: Fierce Energy
Energy efficiency and renewable energy investments totaling in excess of $18 million made by the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) during Fiscal Year 2014 will result in more than $100 million in lifetime energy savings for District residents and businesses, according to the DCSEU's 2014 Annual Report.

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NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids

Source: NREL
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The project is funded in part through an Energy Department solar cost-share program.

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Duke Energy announces 2014 Power Partners

Source: Company
Local governments, major national retailers, a school system and two healthcare systems are among the organizations honored by Duke Energy as 2014 Power Partners. The winners were chosen based on their commitment to responsible energy use and to creating lasting value for their organizations and the communities they serve.

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BlueRock Energy Services Equips Businesses with Advanced Energy Efficiency Solutions

Source: PR Newswire

 BlueRock Energy Services, a new company dedicated to helping customers optimize energy efficiency officially opened its doors to provide businesses with total energy solutions packages that meet energy needs while keeping costs down. The company was created by BlueRock Energy Holdings, the premier provider of energy solutions including electricity, natural gas and green energy to businesses and homes in New York State.

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Missouri's Largest Investor-Owned Utility Scale Solar Energy Center Goes Into Service

Source: PR Newswire

For the first time in company history, solar energy is part of the energy mix being delivered to Ameren Missouri's 1.2 million electric customers. Following more than a month of successful testing, the O'Fallon Renewable Energy Center, Ameren Missouri's first solar center and the largest investor-owned utility scale solar facility in Missouri, is online.

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EPA Names 2014 Green Power Leaders

Source: US DOE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 19 Green Power Partners and four suppliers across the country—including the cities of Philadelphia and Las Vegas, Apple, Kohl’s, and Trek Bicycle Corporation--for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions fueling climate change.

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Energy Department Announces $4.4 Million to Advance Hydropower Manufacturing

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department announced a total of $4.4 million for two projects in Michigan and Pennsylvania to support the use of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques in the development of new “low-head” hydropower technologies. The United States has major opportunities across the country to add new hydropower generating capabilities at low-head sites, which operate with a change in elevation between 2 and 20 meters, including waterways at existing non-powered dams, canals, and conduits. According to Energy Department assessments, there is a technical resource potential of more than 50 gigawatts of potential capacity at these low-head sites.

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Energy Department Offers $9 Million to Boost Solar Energy Systems

Source: US DOE

Supporting the Administration’s effort to make solar energy more affordable and accessible for all Americans, the Energy Department announced more than $9 million in funding for breakthrough research and development projects that will advance the reliability and durability of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. This funding opportunity will support projects aimed at improving product testing and increasing module quality and performance by providing the solar energy community and investors with access to improved predictive models, relevant accelerated testing techniques, and more reliable photovoltaic modules that will ultimately increase PV system investments.

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Oil Futures Rebound From Five-Year Low After OPEC Slump

Source: Bloomberg
Crude oil rebounded from the lowest level in more than five years as the market selloff prompted by OPEC’s failure to curb production took a pause. Futures in New York advanced as much as 4.2 percent while Brent in London jumped 3.5 percent. Both grades had their biggest monthly loss in November in almost six years after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries signaled it will leave it to the market to reduce a global glut. Current prices are no guarantee of a significant decline in U.S. shale output, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said in a interview.

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DOI to Auction 742,000 Acres Offshore Massachusetts for Wind Energy

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, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank announced that more than 742,000 acres offshore Massachusetts will be offered for commercial wind energy development in a January 29, 2015, competitive lease sale.

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Ecoplexus Completes Construction of Three Solar Projects in Colorado Totaling 4.5 MWs

Source: Company
Ecoplexus, Inc.  announced it has completed the construction of three solar projects providing affordable clean energy totaling 4.5 megawatts. Two of the three projects were brought online as a part of Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Communities program and have signed long-term Renewable Energy Credit contracts with Xcel Energy as well as power purchase agreements with various state and municipal agencies, and local schools.

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SunEdison and Renova to develop 1 GW of solar power in Brazil

Source: Penn Energy
SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE) and Renova Energia S.A. (RNEW11.SA) have created an exclusive joint venture to develop, own, and operate 1 gigawatt of utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy which will supply the Brazilian Regulated Electricity Market. Renova and SunEdison will each own a 50% stake in the joint venture. The venture plans to build and operate four utility scale solar power plants in Bahia State, Brazil, by 2017.

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Christie Administration Approves $1.3 Million Energy Efficiency Incentives for New Prudential Tower

Source: NJ Business Magazine
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approves energy efficiency incentives totaling over $1.3 million for installation of energy conservation technologies at the New Prudential Tower in Newark, NJ. The measures are expected to result in energy savings of $646,898 annually.

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10 Percent Solar Within Reach For The USA

Source: EnergyMatters
According to a new report from the Environment America Research Policy Institute, solar capacity is growing so fast in the United States that the nation could potentially generate 10 per cent of its electricity with solar power by 2030.

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New Report Shows North Carolina Can Achieve 20 Percent Solar by 2030

Source: Indy Week
A report released by Environment North Carolina’s Research and Policy Center shows that solar power is growing quickly in the state. So quickly, in fact, that solar power could generate 20 percent of North Carolina’s electricity within 15 years, a goal that was once considered improbable.
 

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NORESCO Selected for $43 Million Energy Infrastructure Project at U.S. Army's Fort Jackson Training

Source: Company
NORESCO, a national leader in energy efficiency and energy infrastructure solutions, has won a $43 million energy savings performance contract for work at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, the U.S. Army's largest and most active basic combat training center. NORESCO specializes in the development, design, construction, financing and operation of energy- and environmental-efficiency projects and is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

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42 Cities and Counties Launch HERO PACE Program to Help California Conserve Energy and Wa

Source: Electric Energy Online
Forty-two cities and counties across California officially launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, which enables homeowners and commercial property owners to pay off energy- and water-efficiency improvements through their property tax bill.

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Georgia Power Launches EV Charger Rebate Program for Businesses

Source: Company
Georgia Power announced the launch of its new electric vehicle (EV) charger rebate program for business customers. The two-year program, informed by feedback from Georgia businesses, offers business customers a $500 rebate for installing 240-volt Level 2 (L2) chargers. The business customer program is part of a larger electric transportation pilot initiative which includes promoting public education, supporting community charging stations for public use, enhancing charging options at select Georgia Power facilities and offering rebates for residential customers who install EV chargers at their homes.

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California Approves $13.5 Million in Loans for Energy-Efficient Upgrades to Schools

Source: AltEnergyMag.com
The California Energy Commission approved $13.5 million for energy efficiency measures to 14 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin County and Orange County during its monthly business meeting today. The Energy Commission also approved grants to four entities to develop and research alternative and renewable fuel projects.

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2G CENERGY® to Supply a CHP Cogeneration System for PlanET’s First Biogas Plant in the US

Source: Company
This plant project is located in Homer, New York at the New Hope View Farm. The anaerobic digester will be designed and constructed by PlanET Biogas, one of the TOP 5 biogas plant builders in the world. After constructing more than 350 advanced biogas plants and highly efficient anaerobic digesters, as well as building many successful biogas plants in Canada also equipped with 2G® technology, PlanET decided to expand into the U.S. market. 2G CENERGY® was selected to supply a 2G® patruus® 370kW CHP with a yearly capacity of 3,071 MWh electrical output along with 1.6 mBTUh of thermal energy generation. This is PlanET‘s first biogas plant project in the United States.

 

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Spirax Sarco releases November 2014 issue of SteamNews Magazine

Source: Company
Spirax Sarco’s November 2014 digital issue of Steam News is now available and is packed with exciting educational information about control valves – sizing and selection, maintenance and operation, and getting ready for upcoming plant shutdowns.

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NORESCO Selected for $43 Million Energy Infrastructure Project

Source: PR Newswire

NORESCO, a national leader in energy efficiency and energy infrastructure solutions, has won a $43 million energy savings performance contract for work at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, the U.S. Army's largest and most active basic combat training center. NORESCO specializes in the development, design, construction, financing and operation of energy- and environmental-efficiency projects and is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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Data Center Interest in Renewable Energy on the Rise

Source: PR Newswire

 Renewable energy is among the top emerging technologies being considered by data center owners to help address power and cooling costs, according to a Mortenson survey of corporate data center executives, data center developers and operators, and information technology providers at the 2014 Data Center World conference.  Eighty-four percent of respondents feel there is a need to consider renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar, to manage future needs, according to the survey. 

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2G CENERGY® CHP System enables Waste Water Treatment Plant to be more Efficient

Source: Company

The interest in on-site cogeneration systems for wastewater treatment plants has been growing steadily during the last couple of years and is expected to grow further. Some of the factors fueling this interest include the need for standby power (to provide reliability during utility power outages and shortages), availability of free fuel to be converted into energy (instead of high and ever increasing electricity prices), the interest in green or bio-energy from renewable resources and last but not least significant pressure by state and federal governments to reduce air pollution. Advanced reciprocating IC engines are the most common and proven technology for WWTP’s using low methane biogas fuel. 2G® developed a CHP product portfolio (64kW to 3000kW) best suited for such projects. 

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EIA launches new tool for crude oil import analysis

Source: Company

EIA released a new U.S. Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool that allows policymakers, analysts, and the public to more easily track trends in crude oil imports. Users can sort and display crude oil imports by month or year, by crude type (i.e., light, medium, heavy), country source, port of entry, processing company, processing refinery, and more. The tool features graphing and mapping capabilities and a built-in help function.

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Ivy League University saves $315,000 in annual energy costs

Source: Analytika

This University (ILU)* is composed of more than 150 buildings.  The campus includes classrooms, dormitories, laboratories, libraries, museums, arenas, and administrative offices.  More than 7,000 students are currently enrolled.

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Market Research Suggests High Degree of Confidence with LED Lighting and Controls

Source: Lighting Controls Association

Given current adoption of commercial building energy codes, conventional wisdom indicates that LED lighting is frequently specified with automatic lighting controls. However, there is little public data available concerning market penetration of LED lighting, how often it is specified as controllable and with lighting controls, owner preferences, and how satisfied specifiers and installers are with these technologies.

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CHP in the State Scorecard: On the books and on the ground

Source: ACEEE

ACEEE's State Energy Efficiency Scorecard was released last month. You may have seen the rankings, but did you know that combined heat and power (CHP) has its own chapter? We've been publishing the Scorecard since 2007. Each year, we've seen the policy landscape change, and we've refined the metrics to quantify state progress in each policy area to make sure they keep pace with current trends. The CHP chapter is no exception. In 2012, we gave the CHP scoring metrics a significant facelift (see this white paper for more details), but even with the flood of input from states and regional organizations, assessing state friendliness to CHP is an inexact science. Many informed experts have different thoughts on the appropriate methodology. This is made clear to us every year from the volume and thoroughness of CHP-related comments we receive for the Scorecard.

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NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids

Source: Company

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The project is funded in part through an Energy Department solar cost-share program.

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New York Announces $206 Million in Awards for New Renewable Energy Projects

Source: DOE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $206 million in awards to four Upstate large-scale clean energy projects that will help the State create a more diverse renewable energy portfolio to address energy and environmental challenges. The awardees include two large wind farms, one in Western New York and the other in the North County, a large new hydroelectric project in the Mohawk Valley and a small hydroelectric upgrade to an existing dam in the Hudson Valley. All four projects will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the resiliency of New York’s energy infrastructure. 

 

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Energy Department Awards $425 Million for Next-Generation Supercomputing

Source: DOE

 U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security. 

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Introducing Fluke’s First HD Infrared Camera

Source: Company
Fluke Corporation launches its highest resolution infrared camera ever: the Fluke® TiX Series Infrared Cameras. The TiX1000 (with 1024 x 768 resolution), TiX660, and TiX640 (both 640 x 480) feature up to ten times the on-camera pixels as are available on standard 320 x 240 cameras and a large 5.6-inch articulating display to help quickly identify issues while still in the field. The TiX Expert Series delivers highly detailed image quality, the most advanced focusing options available on one infrared camera, and the versatility to capture accurate measurements from targets that are challenging, dangerous, or moving too fast.

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World's First 3D Printed Car Shows Additive Manufacturing Has Come of Age

Source: US DOE

The world’s first 3D printed car came to Washington, DC, for the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit on September 17, 2014. The AMO-funded project was a collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL's) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), Cincinnati Incorporated, and Local Motors. The car weighs about 1,200 pounds and can reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour. The Strati, the design name for the car, represents a team effort in innovation, as it melded the crowd sourcing design capability of Local Motors, the additive manufacturing expertise of MDF, and the 115-year old manufacturing machine building skills of Cincinnati Incorporated.

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Energy Department Recognizes Cummins for Deep Energy Retrofit

Source: US DOE

As a part of the Administration’s effort to increase energy efficiency nationwide through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, the Energy Department recognized Cummins Inc., for demonstrating leadership in reducing energy use and costs at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, New York. Through the Better Plants Challenge, Cummins committed to a 25 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2016 across 104 facilities, including 19 plants covering more than eight million square feet. Cummins has already achieved its goal with a cumulative energy intensity reduction of 34 percent, and the company’s efforts in Jamestown are expected to reduce the plant’s energy intensity by a third – resulting in energy savings of approximately 250 billion British thermal units and also saving the company nearly $1.4 million in energy bills.

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Energy Department and EPA Release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide

Source: US DOE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with a valuable resource to identify and choose the most fuel efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. The 2014 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in a variety of classes and sizes, ensuring a wide variety of choices available for consumers.

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Mass Megawatts Announces Plan to Use Frankenstein Solar Tracker to Slash Hot Water Cost

Source: Yahoo Finance

Mass Megawatts Wind Power, Inc. announces plans to use the Frankenstein Solar-Power Tracking System (STS) to significantly reduce the cost associated with hot water heating for commercial applications. Businesses that use a substantial hot water load, including laundries, car washes, restaurants, hospitals, and health clubs, will realize an excellent return with the company's solar hot water system. The patent-pending, solar tracking system delivers a low-cost framework to improve heating efficiency and to lower costs.

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PSEG Essex Solar Energy Center Goes Into Service

Source: Yahoo Finance

 PSEG Solar Source announced that completion of the PSEG Essex Solar Energy Center. The facility is located roughly four miles northeast of Burlington, Vermont, and has a capacity of 3.6 MW-dc. The solar farm was developed and constructed by juwi solar Inc. (JSI).  It has a 25-year power purchase agreement with Vermont Electric Power Producers, Inc. (VEPP), as part of the Vermont Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development (SPEED) program.

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Light Corp Unveils New Ultra-Smart LED High Bay Light Fixtures

Source: PR Newswire

Light Corporation, the leader in intelligent lighting energy management systems, introduces a new line of ultra-intelligent LED high bay lighting systems called DayStar. The product is designed, manufactured, and assembled from Light Corp operations facility in Grand Haven, Michigan, USA. Lighting industry experts project the DayStar to enable the reduction of an entire facility's lighting energy usage by up to 95%.

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PLUG POWER STRUCTURES RELION AS STATIONARY POWER PRODUCT BRAND

Source: Company

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy products, has restructured its’ brands, presenting the ReliOn division, a Plug Power company, under the larger powerhouse umbrella of Plug Power Inc.  Plug Power acquired the Spokane, WA, corporation in April 2014, adding a talented employee base, valuable fuel cell stack technology and a stationary power fuel cell product offering to its portfolio. 

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Closing School Budget Gaps by Taking the Long-View on Existing Buildings

Source: Company
Breaking the Cycle on Deferred-Maintenance, Run-to-Fail, and Emergency Repairs in our Schools
As schools across the region finalize their budgets, the outlook remains grim. Revenues continue to fall short of expenses creating budget gaps. Citing increased retirement, health-care, utility, and related operating costs, for many schools FY14-15 will require further cuts to core programs and curriculum.

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Constellation Completes Acquisition of Integrys Energy Services

Source: Business Wire

Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, and Integrys Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), announced that Constellation has completed its acquisition of Integrys Energy Services, 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.

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New ACEEE Study: Massachusetts Tops California as Most Energy-Efficient State

Source: NAESCO

Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states' energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Obama Administration Releases Federal Agency Climate Plans

Source: DOE

As a part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy released plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, severe weather and temperature extremes. These Sustainability Plans and Climate Change Adaptation Plans coincide with the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance, which set aggressive energy, climate and environmental targets for agencies, and detail how the Energy Department’s actions have already contributed to reducing the Federal Government’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 17 percent since 2008.

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Energy Department Offers $15 Million to Integrate Solar Energy into the Grid

Source: DOE 

Supporting the goals of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced $15 million in available funding to help integrate distributed, on-site solar energy systems into the nation’s electrical grid. With more solar power installed in the United States in the last 18 months than in 30 years prior, solar is shattering records. Since President Obama took office, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S. has increased more than thirteen fold – from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to an estimated 15.9 GW today – enough to power the equivalent of 3.2 million average American homes. As more solar comes online, the Energy Department is working to address the challenges of solar power, such as the variability of available sunshine during the day, and developing solutions to better integrate solar photovoltaics (PV) with electric power systems throughout the grid.

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Hertz Completes Solar Installations at Denver and St. Louis International Airport Locations

Source: PR Newswire

Hertz (NYSE: HTZ), the world's largest airport car rental brand, and Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company (Panasonic) announce the completion of two solar power installations at Hertz Rent-a-Car facilities at Denver International and St. Louis International Airports. Additionally, solar installations are underway at Hertz's Newark Liberty International Airport, to be completed later this year, and construction at Hertz's John F. Kennedy Airport location is planned to start in 2015. Once completed, the total installed solar capacity at the four Hertz airport locations will reach 1 megawatt of clean energy which will used to power Hertz customer service areas and other nearby Hertz buildings.

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ACEEE Study: Massachusetts Tops California as Most Energy-Efficient State

Source: DOE

Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states’ energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Energy Department Offers $9 Million for Commercial Building Energy Efficiency

Source: DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to double energy productivity by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions in commercial buildings, the Energy Department announced $9 million to encourage investments in energy-saving technologies that can be tested and deployed in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and other types of commercial buildings. The funding will facilitate the implementation of market-ready solutions across the U.S. to improve commercial building energy efficiency, with a goal of demonstrating 20 percent savings or more across a variety of approaches.

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Eaton to Provide MGM Resorts with Power Management Solutions for Largest Rooftop Solar Project

Source: Company
Power management company Eaton announced a contract to provide electrical distribution equipment for a 6.4-megawatt (MW) DC solar installation at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center in Las Vegas. The MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) project is the world’s largest rooftop solar array on a convention center, and is predicted to generate enough energy to power up to the equivalent of 1,000 homes per year.
 

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NREL and Army Validate Energy Savings for Net Zero Energy Installations

Source: NREL

The U.S. Army (Army) has partnered with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to increase energy security through improved energy efficiency and optimized renewable energy strategies at nine installations in the Army's portfolio. If all nine of the Army Net Zero Energy Installation (NZEI) pilot sites achieve net zero energy, they will replace approximately 8 percent of the Army's current total installation energy use with renewable energy. In fact, if all Army installations worldwide were to achieve a 25 percent reduction in energy consumption, as the NZEI pilot sites can, the Army would save approximately 20 trillion BTUs and up to $300 million in annual energy costs.

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Seattle Mariners Install Solar at Arizona Training Facility

Source: Solar Novus
Healthy Planet Partners, LLC, a Clean Energy Solutions Fund that finances, implements and maintains distributed energy and energy efficiency projects that optimize performance in commercial buildings, and Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced the completion of a solar rooftop and carport system at the Seattle Mariners Spring Training facility in Peoria, Arizona (US). 

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Hawaii Energy Gives $70k Incentive Check to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai for Energy-Efficiency Proj.

source: Pacific Business News
Hawaii Energy presented the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai with a $70,655 incentive check for energy-efficiency upgrades at the 243-room oceanfront resort on the Kona coast of the Big Island.

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Philadelphia Joins Energy-Efficient-Building Race

Source: Philly.com

Mayor Nutter, flanked by federal energy and environmental officials, announced that Philadelphia also was joining a U.S. better-buildings challenge and launched an energy race among the city's biggest buildings. As in weight reduction, the biggest losers win. The challenge is to reduce energy use 5 percent by Sept. 30, 2015. But building operators are encouraged to do more.

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Energy Systems Group Wins $34.6M Contract

Source: Energy Manager Today

Energy Systems Group (ESG) signed a $34.6 million contract for professional design, construction and consultant services with the State of Michigan for the implementation of energy conservation measures at the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Ionia Complex.

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Energy Efficiency Saves Ohio School District $500K

Source: Energy Manager Today

The Medina City School District in Ohio has saved more than $500,000 so far this year—or 43 percent over last year—due to its energy conservation program, Cleveland.com reports. The school district took advantage of Ohio House Bill 264, which allows school districts to borrow a limited amount of money for energy efficiency improvements without having to pass a ballot issue. The school district will use its cost savings to repay the loan.

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Noribachi Completes Lighting Retrofit for TSA

Source: Energy Manager Today

Noribachi completed one of the largest LED retrofit projects of an existing building in the US for the 29-year-old Transportation Security Administration (TSA) headquarters.

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

Source: PECI

After a successful behavior based energy efficiency pilot with Starbucks in 2012, we set out last year to see if other small commercial buildings could achieve the same energy savings. Of course, calling Starbucks “small commercial” is a bit of a misnomer. Clearly, Starbucks has different challenges and opportunities than many other occupants of small commercial buildings. So, to show that the programmatic behavior based energy efficiency (BBEE) approach we’ve been developing with Snohomish PUD is scalable, first required demonstrating that it was transferrable to other small commercial building occupants. Our hypothesis was that it would be more challenging to engage and recruit a variety of businesses with different owners to participate in a single competition, but that once engaged they would find large energy saving opportunities due to their local authority and control over operations. 

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

Source: PECI



An Energy Efficiency Registry

Source: The Climate Registry

Last month, TCR released its newest white paper, An Energy Efficiency Registry; a Flexible and Transparent way to Track and Report Energy Efficiency under the Clean Power Plan. The paper proposes a framework for tracking, managing and reporting the impacts of energy efficiency, which U.S. EPA identified as one of the building blocks that states can utilize to achieve their GHG reduction targets under the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

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Nineteen California Organizations Receive Cool Planet Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency & C

Source: The Climate Registry

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Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Innovative Lighting

Source: DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department announced $10 million to support research, development and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies across the country. This funding will accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products with the potential to reduce lighting energy use for American families and businesses by one half and enhance U.S. global competitiveness.

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Energy Department Awards $5 Million to Spur Local Clean Energy Development

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced approximately $5 million in funding to 13 states to advance innovative approaches for local clean energy development that will reduce energy bills for American families and businesses, protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions and increase our nation’s energy security. In support of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, each state will design and deploy innovative programs to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy, ranging from programs targeting specific areas for advancement to more comprehensive plans that consider economic development along with resiliency and energy supply issues.

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Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene Converts Its Heat Source from Fuel Oil to CNG

Source: Company

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is the latest NG Advantage customer to change its heat source from fuel oil to compressed natural gas (CNG). The Medical Center joins a growing number of large institutions and industrial sites not located on a gas pipeline in New England and northern New York State. These sites are referred to as “stranded properties” by the gas industry.

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First Partnership between a LDC and a “Virtual Pipeline” Provider to Bring CNG to Customers

Source: Company

For the first time in the nation, a local natural gas distribution company (LDC) and a “virtual pipeline” provider have partnered to provide natural gas to new customers - in advance of a pipeline extension. 

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Solar Energy Prices See Double-digit Declines in 2013; Trend Expected to Continue

Source: NREL

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 - 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3 - 12 percent, depending on system location and market segment. Industry analysts expect this trend to continue over the next couple of years, keeping the nation on track to meet the DOE SunShot Initiative's 2020 targets.

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SCE Unveils Largest Battery Energy Storage Project in North America

Source: Company

For Southern California Edison (SCE), building a smarter grid started many years ago with smart meters and upgrades in distribution equipment. The company takes another leap forward with the opening of the largest battery energy storage project in North America — the Tehachapi Energy Storage Project — to modernize the grid to integrate more clean energy.

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The University of Toronto Selects Cypress Envirosystems for their 2014 Green Ribbon Award

Source: Company

Cypress Envirosystems announced that it has been selected by the University of Toronto for its prestigious Green Ribbon Award highlighting extensive work in improving the efficiency of buildings throughout its campus with the Wireless 
Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT). The University recognizes outstanding achievements in campus sustainability annually by awarding the Green Ribbon to only one external partner, in addition to students, faculty and staff. The University of Toronto’s Green Ribbon is the latest in a series of key customer and industry awards that Cypress Envirosystems has received. Cypress Envirosystems and its products have also been awarded the Building Operating Management’s 
(BOM) Top Products Award, Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (ACHR) News Gold Award, Association of Energy Engineers’ (AEE) Best Emerging Technology Award, Building Green’s Top-10 Products Award, and many others.
 

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GSU goes for LEED Silver with new Law Building

Source:
Over the course of its 91-year history, Georgia State University has been constantly updating and expanding its facilities.  The university is currently executing a multi-phase strategic plan that extends out to 2021.

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Washington Gas Energy Services and Sterling Planet Present More Than $11,000 to PA Energy Council

Source: Company
Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES), Sterling Planet and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) will celebrate their partnership at the first Pennsylvania tree planting event held at the Abington Friends School. Students, community members and WGES employees will plant more than 300 native trees and shrubs on the banks of Jenkintown Creek, and a contribution to the PA Carbon Reduction Fund will be presented, with $9,125 donated by WGES and $2,500 by Sterling Planet.

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Smart Cities are Driving Change Across the Energy Sector

Source: Navigant Research
According to a new white paper from Navigant Research, the spread of smart city technologies and policies, developed in response to the rapid growth and change happening in cities around the world, is helping to drive sweeping and fundamental changes in the energy landscape. Cities are a focal point for some of the most profound economic, environmental, social, and technological issues facing the world today. There is increasing demand to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the demands of an urban population that will expand by 2.4 billion people during the next 35 years.

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Reliable Controls Releases RC-GrafxSet®

Source: Company

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the release of the MACH-Pro1 and MACH-Pro2, fully programmable, Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the release of RC-GrafxSet, graphical images and services software that allows users to quickly generate professional, 3D system graphics for RC-Studio and RC-WebView using an agile, online graphic developer subscription library. 

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Energy Department Recognizes Better Buildings Challenge Participants

Source: US DOE

 As a part of the Administration’s effort to support greater energy efficiency through the Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department recognized the cities of Beaverton and Hillsboro, as well as the Portland Public School District for their leadership in reducing energy use. As Better Buildings Challenge partners, they have committed to reduce the energy use of ten million square feet of building space, including libraries, schools and other public facilities, by 20 percent over the next decade, and to showcasing their innovations and successful strategies for other state and local government and school district leaders to follow.           

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Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturer saves $152,173 in annual energy costs

Source: Company

This Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturer (GPM)* is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
 

 

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Capstone Turbine Secures Order to Upgrade South Korean Residential High-Rise

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it recently received a one megawatt order for a new residential high-rise building in Masan, South Korea.

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Energy Department Issues Green Building Certification System

Source: Energy.gov

Supporting the Obama Administration’s goal to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, the Energy Department is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen federal energy management through increased focus on measurement of energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design.  Principal among the efforts is the Department’s issuance of a final rule that requires verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are certified by private sector green building certification systems. 

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SunEnergy1 begins installation of JinkoSolar panels

Source: Yahoo Finance

SunEnergy1 has begun installing JinkoSolar panels at the Duke Energy Renewables-owned Capital Partners Solar Project in eastern North Carolina.

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Honeywell And Constellation Deliver Value And Comfort With Smart Wi-Fi Thermostats

Source: PR Newswire

Honeywell and power provider Constellation introduced an energy-saving service plan available to millions of homeowners and small businesses across 23 states. By enrolling in the plan to meet their gas and electricity needs, customers can lock in competitive prices and receive up to a $200 gift card from Constellation for buying any Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat, including the new Lyric™. These modern, app-driven thermostats provide comfort, convenience and an opportunity to reduce energy consumption every day through easy programming and remote connectivity.

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Energy Managers Need to Be Good Communicators, Says Bill Clinton

Source: Energy Manager Today

Former President Bill Clinton said at the recent World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) that he believes renewable energy is at a tipping point, similar to the time when cell phones were about to displace land lines.

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New York Invests $94 Million for Solar Projects Across the State

Source: DOE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced NY-Sun awards for large solar electric projects that will increase the solar capacity in New York State by more than 214 megawatts, a 68 percent increase over the amount of solar installed and in the pipeline at the end of 2013. The competitive awards further advance the scale-up of solar and move the State closer to a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry.

 

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Energy Department Announces $25 Million to Lower Cost of Concentrating Solar Power

Source: DOE

Building on the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced $25 million in funding to advance concentrating solar power (CSP) system technologies. This investment will fund research and development (R&D) projects to improve the performance and increase the efficiency of all components of CSP plants, ultimately lowering the cost of solar electricity and producing affordable, clean and renewable energy, even at night, by storing the heat generated by the sun.

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WattStopper’s retrofit panel solution leverages existing building control investments

Source: Company

WattStopper’s new relay panel retrofit solution enables high performance control capabilities while eliminating costly installation and wiring requirements for building owners and property managers. Offering all the capabilities of the innovative Digital Lighting Management (DLM) technology platform, which now includes wireless building-to-building connectivity, the solution also preserves existing infrastructure investments. 

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IPKeys to Provide Energy Demand Response

Source: IPKeys

IPKeys, announced its formal entry into the Energy Demand Aggregation Market with the establishment of the wholly owned subsidiary, IPKeys Power Partners, and the consummation of the acquisition of U.S.-based North America Power Partners (NAPP). The acquisition will enable the deployment of IPKeys’ advanced energy technology solutions to a broad range of utility customers. IPKeys Power Partners was also accepted as a member of PJM Interconnection, assuming NAPP’s procured capacity in PJM and NAPP’s demand response (DR) contracts in Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric territories. 

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Air National Guard Receives $500,000 Federal Grant For Solar Panels

Source: Southampton Press
Solar panels will be installed at the Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton. The project, which is estimated to cost $500,000, will be federally funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program. The funds were secured by U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with Representative Tim Bishop.
 

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Sandia Software Helps Secure Energy Savings

Source: Albuquergue Journal
Sandia National Laboratories’ Institutional Transformation (IX) model helps the federal laboratory reduce its energy consumption and could help other large institutions do the same.

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Energy leaders recognized at World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, DC

Source: AEE
The Association of Energy Engineers is proud to recognize its 2014 award winners. Through its Awards Program, the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a nonprofit professional association of over 16,000 members, recognizes the important work being done in the energy industry by individuals, organizations, agencies, and corporations. Award winners from around the world attended as AEE presented its international, regional, and chapter awards at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) held in Washington, DC.

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Energy Department Recognizes 11 Manufacturers for Energy Efficiency Achievements

Source: Company

Building on the Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity and help American businesses save money by saving energy, the Energy Department recognized 11 companies that have met ambitious energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. Across the country, manufacturers spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants. Through the Energy Department’s Better Plants Program, American manufacturers commit to improve their energy intensity by 25 percent over ten years, or an equally ambitious level for their sector.

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Capstone Penetrates Slovenian Industrial Market With Combined Heat & Power Project

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, continues to penetrate new geographies around the globe with the announcement of the sale of a Capstone C1000 microturbine to upgrade a large plastics manufacturing facility in the Republic of Slovenia.

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FuelCell Energy Awarded a Contract to Evaluate New Potential Applications

Source: Company

FuelCell Energy, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, secured a contract award that will evaluate the potential integration of Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plants with combustion-based natural gas fueled processes. A global energy company awarded the contract.

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Energy Department Announces Indoor Lighting Winners

Source: DOE
As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce energy waste in U.S. buildings and help save Americans money by saving energy, the Energy Department announced the winners of the sixth annual Next Generation LuminairesTM (NGL) design competition for indoor lighting at the LED Show in Los Angeles.

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Ed Pink Racing Engines Shop Sees Green with Energy Savings

Source: Company
The company’s existing lighting system consisted of 17 high-output T12 and T8 fixtures of 4 tubes, each consuming 115 watts; with ballasts using 30W per fixture, the setup demanded over 8330 watts of energy to operate.

 

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Pepco Holdings Stockholders Vote to Merge with Exelon

Source: Company
Pepco Holdings Inc. has announced that PHI stockholders at a special meeting voted to approve the merger agreement with Exelon Corporation.

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PSE&G Begins Work To Build Solar Farm On Parklands Landfill

Source: Company
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) marked the start of construction on a 10.14-megawatt-dc (MW-dc) solar farm on the capped Parklands Landfill. The project, part of PSE&G's Solar 4 All program, will transform 40 acres of landfill space into a clean energy producing solar farm, capable of powering nearly 2,000 average-size homes annually.  The Parklands Landfill ceased operations in 1989.

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Energy Department Recognizes 11 Manufacturers for Energy Efficiency Achievements

Source: DOE
Building on the Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity and help American businesses save money by saving energy, the Energy Department recognized 11 companies at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), that have met ambitious energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. Across the country, manufacturers spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants. Through the Energy Department’s Better Plants Program, American manufacturers commit to improve their energy intensity by 25 percent over ten years, or an equally ambitious level for their sector.

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AEE Announces 2014 Award Winners at WEEC

Source: AEE
The Association of Energy Engineers is proud to recognize its 2014 award winners. Through its Awards Program, the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a nonprofit professional association of over 16,000 members, recognizes the important work being done in the energy industry by individuals, organizations, agencies, and corporations. Award winners from around the world attended as AEE presented its international, regional, and chapter awards at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) held in Washington, DC.

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President Bill Clinton to Speak at the 37th World Energy Engineering Congress

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is proud to announce that Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States and Founder of the Clinton Foundation, will be the keynote speaker for the Opening Session of the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) on October 1st, 2014.

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Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bills to Boost Purchases of Electric Cars

Source: LA Times
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills boosting the state's market for electric cars, including a measure to make such vehicles more affordable for low-income residents. That bill, the Charge Ahead California Initiative by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), sets a goal of placing at least 1 million zero-emission vehicles and near-zero-emission vehicles on the road in California by Jan. 1, 2023.

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Ingersoll Rand to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2020; Invests $500M in Energy Efficiency

Source: Company
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, stands on the global stage as part of the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting and United Nations Climate Summit to declare the importance of, and the company's commitment to, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Ingersoll Rand's Commitment to Action will avoid the same amount of CO2 emissions that can result from powering nearly 2 million homes for one year.

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Black Oak Wind Farm Opens Equity Offering the Opportunity to Invest Directly in Wind Energy

Source: Company
Black Oak Wind Farm, LLC (Black Oak) has just opened a new equity investment round for New York residents and companies, to join the existing investors in owning a group of GE turbines on a ridge in the Finger Lakes region. Black Oak has the goal of building a 7-turbine wind farm in the Town of Enfield, in Tompkins County, NY.

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Duke Energy supplies additional details on solar projects as part of $500 million commitment

Source: Company
 Duke Energy announced a number of partner companies it will use to build three previously announced solar projects in North Carolina by the end of 2015.

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What’s New in ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013

Source: Lighting Controls Association (LCA)

ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 provides a model commercial building energy code that can be adopted by states and other jurisdictions. The Department of Energy recognizes the 2010 version as the national energy reference standard. The International Energy Conservation Code recognizes 90.1 as an alternate compliance standard.

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Eaton Helps PacifiCorp Reduce Utah Electrical Power Demand and Increase Grid Reliability

Source: Business Wire

Power management company Eaton announced its Cooper Power Systems business delivered two-way demand response equipment and software as part of a turnkey project to PacifiCorp, a leading utility in the Western United States. Eaton’s technology supports PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power Cool Keeper demand response program, a voluntary initiative that intelligently manages approximately 100 megawatts of power with participation of more than 95,000 Utah residences and businesses.

 

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World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) to Highlight the Impact of New Technologies & Energy Policy

Source: AEE
Recent years have witnessed the emergence of climate change and energy policy as major topics of debate in the political arena. A 2014 survey of energy professionals conducted by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) shows that while experts are divided on President Obama’s “All of the Above” energy strategy with 48% of them responding that they are unsure about the plan, the President’s plan to boost domestic energy production, in contrast,  is very popular as 67% of respondents were in favor of increased domestic drilling for oil, and 65% were in favor of hydraulic fracking. In addition, 63% of respondents were in favor of stricter carbon emissions standards. These varied responses among experts working in the field demonstrate the complexity of the climate change and energy policy issues being discussed on a national level. AEE seeks to further explore these complexities at its World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC).

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Ameresco and GSA Join to Recognize Deep Energy Retrofit Project

Source: Company
Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, participated in a ceremonial event with senior officials from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the White House Council on Environmental Quality to recognize the deep energy retrofit project Ameresco is currently constructing for the GSA in the National Capital Region. The $45 million comprehensive Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) serves two federal buildings just outside of Washington, D.C. and was awarded through the GSA’s National Deep Energy Retrofit Challenge.

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Joule and Scatec Solar ASA to Align for Photovoltaic-Powered Solar Fuel Production

Source: Company
Joule, the pioneer of the direct, solar conversion of CO2 into liquid fuels, announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Scatec Solar ASA, a leading, independent solar power producer. In the MoU the parties have agreed to initiate a process to reach specific terms for a partnership, to support the roll-out of Joule production plants featuring photovoltaic power.

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Energy Department Announces $8 Million to Improve Resiliency of the Grid

Source: Energy.gov
In support of President Obama's Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s commitment to improve national power grid resiliency, the Energy Department announced more than $8 million for microgrid projects to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and other potential electricity disruptions.  This investment – which includes seven awardees in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Washington – supports the development of advanced technologies, allowing communities across the country to become more resilient and adaptive.

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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

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Oil Price Forecast: 2015-2016  

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The sharp drop in oil prices in the past few weeks confirms the oil price forecast that I published back in May 2013, when West Texas crude sold for $94.50:
“Oil prices are headed down, and I mean down at least $20 a barrel. The key reason is that


Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:30:44 GMT

U.S. Should Save Nuclear Industry From Fracking Peril: IEA  
The United States needs to develop clear policies to support its ailing nuclear industry—which is prone to seeing old reactors close rather than new reactors open, largely because of the impact on energy prices of cheap natural gas from fracking, the International Energy Agency said in a report released today.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:11:25 GMT

Three Ways Renewables Could Benefit From Low Oil Prices  
Low oil prices don't have to mean a resurgence in the consumption of fossil fuels at the expense of clean alternatives, the leaders of the top U.S. and international energy agencies said today.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:29:00 GMT

IEA Scolds U.S. For Waffling On Wind Tax Credit  
During a largely positive review of U.S. energy policy, the International Energy Agency nonetheless scolded the federal government for failing to provide consistent long-term policy support for forms of energy that do not produce greenhouse-gas emissions, notably nuclear power and renewables.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:27:00 GMT

New York Says No To Fracking Jobs And Any Fracking Money  
Politics and Energy are hardly strange or unusual bedfellows. We know they’ve been under the covers with each other for a very long time, which is why when politicians act as though they didn’t know it really is irritating.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:39:00 GMT

Oil Price Forecast: 2015-2016  
The sharp drop in oil prices in the past few weeks confirms the oil price forecast that I published back in May 2013, when West Texas crude sold for $94.50:

“Oil prices are headed down, and I mean down at least $20 a barrel. The key reason is that prices have been high. It’s not a paradox, but a result of the long time lags in oil production.”
Before going into the forecast, it’s worth mentioning that price can change faster than the fundamentals of supply and demand. In a recent 30-day period the price of oil fell by 20 percent. There was no change in the demand or supply over that month to justify such a large change. What happened is that commodity traders look at expected future prices, based on long-term supply and long-term demand. When the traders’ expectations change, they buy or sell and the price changes. Traders’ expectations can change due to moods, “animal spirits,” fear, greed, drugs, family strife or lack of coffee. Or too much coffee. Thus, short-term price changes can happen quickly. My own guess is that hundreds of very influential traders suddenly slapped their foreheads and said, “That Bill Conerly is right.” Which triggered a large drop in oil prices.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:14:00 GMT

U.S. Should Save Nuclear Industry From Fracking Peril: IEA  
The United States needs to develop clear policies to support its ailing nuclear industry—which is prone to seeing old reactors close rather than new reactors open, largely because of the impact on energy prices of cheap natural gas from fracking, the International Energy Agency said in a report released today.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:54:00 GMT

The Top 5 Energy and Climate Stories of 2014  
2014 was a remarkable year for energy and climate issues. Oil prices are plummeting, the United States and China made a major joint climate announcement, and renewable energy reached price parity with coal in a growing number of markets.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:13:00 GMT

The New York Fracking Ban: Politics Trump Science  
After hemming and hawing for five years, the state of New York decided to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing of shale to extract petroleum. Apparently, the state health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker believes "We lack the necessary data." This is a copout used all too often (including in bizarre

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:07:22 GMT

New York's Fracking Ban May Spawn Litigation -- Or Maybe Just Despair  
New York's fracking ban might give landowners and leaseholders an opportunity to sue over the property they've lost.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:43 GMT

New York Decision To Ban Shale Gas Fracking Contradicts Other State Policies  
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing has been heard around the world. It’s a choice that separates that state from others that are considered just as blue and just as green. In most other states around the country, the debate over whether to allow such fracking, as

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:26:12 GMT

New York Decision To Ban Shale Gas Fracking Contradicts Other State Policies  
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing has been heard around the world. It’s a choice that separates that state from others that are considered just as blue and just as green.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:02:00 GMT

New York's Fracking Ban May Spawn Litigation -- Or Maybe Just Despair  
New York's fracking ban might give landowners and leaseholders an opportunity to sue over the property they've lost.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:41:00 GMT

Oil Prices And The Russian Economy: How Worried Should Investors Be?  
Oil is perhaps the world’s most “fungible” commodity… one which modern economies cannot live without.  With this in mind, many would believe oil prices to be rather stable.  However, commodity pricing is driven not by total supply and demand, but by marginal supply and demand.  The market is normally in balance.  A rather small change in demand or supply can have an outsized impact on pricing.  Perception of increases in supply and demand can also, over the short term, affect pricing.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:10:00 GMT

Biggest Energy Myths Busted  
What you didn't know about heating your home that could hurt your pocketbook.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:35:00 GMT

Andrew Cuomo's Drilling Ban In New York Is The Height Of Hypocrisy. Here's Why.  
When I visit New York City, I often get a headache from the pollution. I notice that the governor hasn’t banned the use of cars. In fact, of all the things that cause pollution in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has chosen to ban hydraulic fracturing, the process used to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock deep in the earth.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:35:00 GMT

The New York Fracking Ban: Politics Trump Science  
After hemming and hawing for five years, the state of New York decided to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing of shale to extract petroleum. Apparently, the state health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker believes "We lack the necessary data." This is a copout used all too often (including in bizarre cases like justifying opposition to gay marriage), and is especially odd given the increasing number of studies that have supported fracking if well regulated.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:31:00 GMT

Oil Producers Must Accept Darwinian Logic  
Futures and options contracts of major oil benchmarks for the first month 2015 are now open with the trading community confronting the reality of a supply glut head on. Both Brent, considered the global proxy benchmark, and WTI are trading below $60 per barrel; a level deemed as the floor below which investment in the sector is likely to suffer.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:51:00 GMT

Grid security is one of our greatest national vulnerabilities: An interview with James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency  
An EMP attack on the U.S. would be relatively simple, and totally devastating.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:48:00 GMT

Pipeline And Nuclear Shortages Send New England's Utility Bills Soaring  
Consumers in New England got a shock in their utility bills this month. A 40% increase over the previous month. It was their choice to throw all-in for natural gas and renewables in a land of harsh winters. But they’ve refused to build new gas pipelines. And they’re shutting a nuclear plant that has 20 years of cheap reliable energy left on it.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:46:08 GMT

You Can Now Buy 100% Nuclear Energy -- In Germany!  
Germans can now go to a company called MAXATOMSTROM to purchase electricity that was produced completely from nuclear energy. Timed to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru last week, the new power plan consists solely of nuclear power which leaves the smallest carbon footprint of any mix of sources, including renewables. It seems to be popular. 3,000 customers signed up in its first week.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:35:16 GMT

Top 15 Trends for 2015  
Every year, my team of futurists at Frost & Sullivan puts their heads together to come up with the top trends for the upcoming year.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:55:00 GMT

Pipeline And Nuclear Shortages Send New England's Utility Bills Soaring  
Consumers in New England got a shock in their utility bills this month. A 40% increase over the previous month. It was their choice to throw all-in for natural gas and renewables in a land of harsh winters. But they’ve refused to build new gas pipelines. And they’re shutting a nuclear plant that has 20 years of cheap reliable energy left on it.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:16:00 GMT

Fire In The Hole: The Imminent Implosion of Venezuelan Chavismo  
Venezuela is on the verge of a political collapse, exacerbated by falling oil prices, but caused by a growing rift within the Chavista regime and its opposing factions.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:44:35 GMT

The Sky Is Not Falling....Your Energy Costs Are!  
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know the financial markets are in near panic at the continued fall in crude oil prices.   Many analysts are selling a scenario that many investors are buying at the moment that involves an oil sell-off means economic collapse.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:30:00 GMT

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:15:00 GMT

Fire In The Hole: The Imminent Implosion of Venezuelan Chavismo  
Venezuela is on the verge of a political collapse, exacerbated by falling oil prices, but caused by a growing rift within the Chavista regime and its opposing factions.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:15:00 GMT

Roller Coaster Ride Ahead: Business Predictions For 2015  
Michael Evans shares his predictions for the coming year's business landscape, foreseeing changes in the areas of interest rates, energy costs, social media, wearable tech, consumer business models, and more.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:09:00 GMT

Coal Ash Decision To Cloud The Lines Between EPA And Conservative Congress  
With all the dissension between the Obama administration and the coal industry, you’d think that finding any common ground would be troublesome. But the two sides are likely to agree on whether to label coal ash as a solid waste or as a hazardous waste.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:01:00 GMT

Russian Ruble Rout No Reason For Cheer  
The Russian central bank has raised interest rates to 17 per cent in a bid to stop a plunge in the ruble caused by the low oil price and western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. While it shows the combined sanctions have an effect and might prompt Russia to make concessions, the end game could also turn nasty.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:33:00 GMT



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