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SunEdison and GRID Alternatives Announce $5 Million Workforce Initiative

Source: US DOE

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

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Report: Wind Generates 10% of Texas Electricity in 2014

Source: US DOE

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

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Regatta Solutions Acquires Wedge Consulting Energy Management

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Trio Electric Guarantees LED Pay Back

Source: PR Newswire

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

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Tecogen Sells Tri-Generation Energy System to 1912 Landmark Building in Manhattan

Source: PR Newswire

Tecogen® Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN) announced the sale of a tri-generation energy system to a Beaux Art-style bank building located in Manhattan's Lower East Side.  The NYC Landmark building is undergoing an extensive restoration and conversion to an upscale hotel.

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Green Charge Networks to Deploy More Than 1,500 kWhs of Intelligent Energy Storage

Source: PR Newswire

Green Charge Networks announced that Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District (Santa Clara County), Oak Park Unified School District (Ventura County), Butte Community College (Butte County), Peralta Community College District (Alameda County) and California State University, Fullerton (Orange County) have contracted with Green Charge Networks under a Power Efficiency AgreementSM (PEA). The installation of over 1,500 kWhs of intelligent energy storage capacity will be used to reduce the ongoing costs of demand charges on their electricity bill. These schools and colleges can expect to save up to 50 percent off their demand charges. As an added benefit, Green Charge has coupled electric vehicle charging stations with each of these systems to mitigate increased demand charges while promoting the use of electric vehicles with students, faculty, and staff.

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Federal Bureau of Prisons Selects Constellation for $45 Million Energy Efficiency and Solar Project

Source: Yahoo Finance

Constellation announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to implement $45 million in water and energy conservation measures and install a 2-megawatt (DC) solar generation project at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla., (FCC Coleman).

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Exelon: EPA's Carbon Rule for Existing Power Plants Can Be Implemented Reliably

Source: Finance Yahoo

The electric industry can achieve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s goal to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants on schedule and at a minimal cost to consumers without harming grid reliability or compromising the efficiency of existing energy markets, Exelon said.

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FPL funds $42,000 in grants to 46 teacher energy projects

Source: PR Newswire

Grants worth $42,000 have been awarded for classroom energy and engineering projects from Florida Power & Light Company's (FPL) Teacher Grant Program. The 46 grants will go to Florida educators teaching students about energy and engineering.

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Exelon and Pepco Holdings Enhance Proposed Package of Merger Benefits in District of Columbia

Source: Yahoo Finance

Exelon Corporation (EXC) and Pepco Holdings Inc. (POM) have enhanced their proposed package of merger benefits in the District of Columbia to provide even greater benefits to Pepco customers, their communities and the District. The improved package of benefits was outlined in testimony filed with the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSC) and aligns with settlements achieved in New Jersey and Delaware.

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Reliant Launches Integrated Home Security, Automation Solutions

Source: Yahoo Finance

The smart home is more accessible than ever with the launch of Reliant’s new suite of home security packages and automation tools. These solutions help customers connect anywhere, anytime, to what is often their largest investment – their home.

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NV Energy's mPowered Program Powered by EcoFactor Wins National Award

Source: PR Newswire

EcoFactor, Inc., the leader in cloud-based home energy management services, is honored to announce that NV Energy's mPowered Home Energy Management Program has received the 2015 award for outstanding achievement in pricing and demand response from the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP). The award honors individuals, teams or organizations that represent excellence in designing and implementing an energy services program.

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Three Military Bases Partner with Energy Department to Train Veterans for Solar Jobs

Source: U.S. DOE

The first class of Marine trainees at Camp Pendleton will graduate from the Energy Department’s solar job training pilot program, which is aimed at preparing service members for careers in the solar industry as solar photovoltaic system installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related opportunities. Camp Pendleton is one of three military bases partnering with the Department’s SunShot Initiative to train 200 transitioning military service members during the pilot period for employment opportunities in the rapidly growing U.S. solar energy industry. Training courses will also begin at Fort Carson and Naval Station Norfolk this spring.

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Report: Energy Department's Loan Guarantees Launched Utility-scale PV Solar

Source: U.S. DOE

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on February 9 formally “flipped the switch” on the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, the nation’s largest solar energy project on public lands. Desert Sunlight is located on about 4,100 acres managed by DOI's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Riverside County, about 70 miles east of Palm Springs and six miles north of the rural community of Desert Center.

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PSEG Solar Source Dedicates Its 10th Facility

Source: PR Newswire

PSEG Solar Source joined with El Paso Electric (EPE) and juwi solar, Inc. (JSI) to formally dedicate the PSEG El Paso Solar Center. The 13-megawatt (MWdc) facility is El Paso's largest.

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SDG&E Receives $5 Million Grant To Expand Borrego Springs Microgrid

Source: Yahoo Finance

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently awarded San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) a nearly $5 million grant to expand the innovative Borrego Springs Microgrid. The grant will allow the Microgrid to use the nearby 26-megawatt (MW) Borrego Solar facility to power the entire community, making this one of the nation's largest microgrids that can operate solely on renewable energy. In addition to bringing in more clean power, the funding will be used to increase the size of the Microgrid to service all of Borrego Springs, further enhancing local reliability and reducing the duration of power outages.

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Greenlots Supports Southern California Edison's Deployment of 80 Level 2 Chargers

Source: PR Newswire

 Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicles, and its partner EVSE LLC, a leading electric vehicle charging manufacturer, announced that they are supporting a California Public Utility Commission-approved workplace EV charging pilot for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation's largest electric utilities.

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Investing in Energy Efficiency Pays Off

Source: The New York Times

A junior and senior economist are walking down the street. The junior one spots a $20 bill on the ground and says, “Hey, look, 20 dollars! Should I pick it up?” The senior economist replies: “Don’t bother. It can’t be real. If it were, someone would have taken it already.”

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Capstone Turbine Secures Follow-On Order for Additional Sections of the Los Ramones Pipeline

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 a follow-on order for five C800 microturbines for another phase of the Los Ramones pipeline project in Northeastern Mexico.

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Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii

Source: NREL

Inverter load rejection overvoltage (LRO) tests completed by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of a cooperative research agreement with SolarCity have proven so successful that a testing partner, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), has proposed to double its hosting capacity for solar energy. 

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New Incubator Launches Network to Help Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories.

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DOI 'Flips the Switch' on California Solar Farm

Source: US DOE

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the Bureau of Land Management Neil Kornze joined California state and industry leaders to “flip the switch” on the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, the nation’s largest solar project on public lands that is now delivering clean, renewable energy to American consumers. 
 

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Energy Department Announces $13 Million to Help Communities Go Solar

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department announced $13 million in funding to help communities across the country reduce market and policy barriers to solar deployment and recognize communities for taking the initiative to go solar. This investment will make it faster, cheaper, and easier for Americans to install affordable solar energy systems and spur solar deployment nationwide by decreasing costs and supporting communities' efforts to transform solar energy markets.

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New E-Finity Product Offering

Source: Company

The ability to listen to customer needs and respond in a way that meets the demand of the industry is key to a company’s success.  This ability can most recently be seen in E-Finity Distributed Generation’s innovative, new product offering. 

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FIRST SOLAR AND APPLE STRIKE INDUSTRY'S LARGEST COMMERCIAL POWER DEAL

Source: Company

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced that Apple has committed $848 million for clean energy from First Solar's California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County, Calif. Apple will receive electricity from 130 megawatts (MW)AC of the solar project under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), the largest agreement in the industry to provide clean energy to a commercial end user.

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Duke Energy proposes innovative solar programs for South Carolina

Source: Yahoo Finance

Duke Energy proposed several solar power programs to the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) that will greatly expand options for customers to use renewable energy.

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Ballard Inks US$80M+ Deal With Volkswagen

Source: Company

 Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) announced that the Company has entered into a Technology Solutions transaction with Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen AG, www.volkswagenag.com and Audi AG, www.audi.com) for an aggregate amount of approximately US$80 million for the transfer of certain automotive-related fuel cell intellectual property (IP) and a two-year extension of an engineering services contract. 

 

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SunEdison Announces Agreement With PermaCity To Develop And Operate 22 Megawatts Of Rooftop Solar

Source: Yahoo Finance

 SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE),  the world's largest renewable energy company, announced an agreement with Los Angeles -based solar developer PermaCity to develop, build and operate 22 megawatts of rooftop solar as part of the Beacon Bundled Solar contract that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) awarded to SunEdison in July 2014 .

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BASF starts Open Innovation contest on energy storage

Source: PR Newswire

The Open Innovation Contest BASF is starting and it aims to find ideas to store energy from renewable energy sources. The context calls for sustainable technologies which are capable of storing power from the grid and feeding it back into it. Together with companies, scientists, start-ups and inventors, BASF is looking for efficient solutions to store electricity on a long-term basis, which are financially viable, for example through lower investment costs. Innovative chemistry should play a central role in the submitted proposals.

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New White Paper Explores "Daylighting and Flooring: Don't Overlook the Issue of Reflectivity"

Source: PR Newswire

 A new white paper, "Daylighting and Flooring: Don't Overlook the Issue of Reflectivity," issued by Armstrong Commercial Flooring, provides insight on leveraging the reflectivity of flooring for architects and administrators who are seeking opportunities to reduce energy consumption in commercial structures.

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Atlas Copco Ranked Top Sustainable Machinery Company

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

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Energy Performance Agreements

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

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EPA Recognizes Melink Intelli-Hood® with 2015 ENERGY STAR® Emerging Technology Award

Source: PR Newswire

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Melink Corporation's Intelli-Hood® Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) System with the 2015 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for its ability to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Intelli-Hood®'s accomplishments will be publically recognized at The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) Show in Anaheim, CA on February 19-21, 2015.

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Duke Energy and REC Solar Team to Make Distributed Solar More Affordable

Source: Company
Duke Energy, the nation's largest electric utility, announced the acquisition of a majority interest in REC Solar, a provider of comprehensive commercial solar and energy solutions nationwide.

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Building Automation Controls System of the Year

Source: Company

Delta Controls won Building Automation System of the Year at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards held at AHR in Chicago on January 26th, 2015!  We are proud of this award because it was given by an online community of controls professionals, 100s of installers and engineers who really know the products from in-field experience.  
 

 

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Georgia Power helps Georgia's K-12 schools reduce energy costs

Source: Finance Yahoo

Georgia Power announced that it has awarded $2.5 million in rebates to K-12 schools across the state for making energy-efficient improvements as part of the company's Commercial Energy Efficiency program. The program, which began in 2011, encourages customers to make energy-efficient improvements, including upgrading interior lighting, installing high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and installing high-efficiency cooking equipment.  Nearly 400 schools have taken advantage of the program since its start and, combined, have reduced their energy use by more than 52 million kilowatt-hours. 

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PECO to Advance Modernization of its Natural Gas Distribution System

Source: Company
PECO has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) for approval to accelerate the modernization of the company’s natural gas distribution system. PECO’s plan would increase the company’s Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan from $34 million per year to $61 million per year.

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Two New PSE&G Landfill Solar Farms in Service

Source: PR Newswire

PSE&G recently put two new landfill solar farms in service as part of the utility's Solar 4 All program.  The 10.14 megawatt-dc (MW-dc) Parklands Solar Farm in Bordentown, NJ and the 11.18 MW-dc Kinsley Solar Farm in Deptford, NJ were brought online in late-December 2014 and will supply enough grid-connected solar electricity to power about 3,500 average-size homes annually.

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Twenty New Partners Join the Better Buildings Challenge

Source: US DOE

 Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced that more than 20 new partners have committed to improving energy efficiency across their respective building portfolios by 20 percent over the next ten years. These new partners, including the 6 multifamily partners announced by the White House earlier today, bring with them fresh perspective and leadership in newly represented sectors, spanning over 70 million square feet of fast-food, restaurant, manufacturing, university, and government facilities. As leaders in energy efficiency, partners will work with the Department to share their successful efficiency strategies and help pave the way for other organizations to follow.

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Super Bowl Draws on Renewable Energy to Light the Field with LEDs

Source: US DOE

Salt River Project, on behalf of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, is partnering with the NFL Environmental Program to provide green energy for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

 

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Energy Department to Make $59 Million Investment in Solar Energy

Source: US DOE

 In support of the Administration’s effort to double renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department announced more than $59 million in funding to support solar energy innovation. The Department is making $45 million in funding available to quickly move innovative solar manufacturing technologies to market, and is also awarding more than $14 million for 15 new projects to help communities develop multi-year solar deployment plans to install solar electricity in homes, businesses, and communities. As more communities look to solar energy as a source of clean, renewable electricity, the funding announced today will help lower the cost of going solar and enable businesses to develop solutions for overcoming technical, regulatory, and financial challenges, further unleashing cost-competitive solar energy.

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McDonald's Eyeing Net Zero Energy Restaurants

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

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Solar Panels Coming to Washington County Landfills

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

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Miami HEAT, NRG Energy Launch Business and Clean Energy Partnership

Source: Company
The Miami HEAT and NRG announced a business and clean energy partnership that brings the Miami HEAT a powerful new sponsor while transforming the existing East Plaza at the AmericanAirlines Arena into an elegant solar pavilion. For NRG, the partnership also brings access to millions of fans and Miami visitors and showcases its clean energy products and services. The partnership will provide the HEAT with a long-term advisor on sustainable energy solutions for the well-known venue.

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Schneider Electric, Autodesk Partner to Make Buildings More Energy Efficient

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

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New Incubator Network to Help Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

Source: NREL

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories. 

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The Green SBA 504 Loan

Source: Company
When you Go Green" with SBA 504 Financing there is no limit to the the size or number of Green Projects that you can finance (even if your SBA size limit is met). Plus you have the added bonus of reducing your business' energy and operating costs.

 

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Energy Office Has Training Funds Available for Energy Manager Certification

Source: Virgin Islands Energy Office


The Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) has federal funds to reimburse eligible residents for reference materials and testing fee for Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification/designation. 

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GLOBALCON: Strategies to Meet the Next Generation of Energy Challenges

Source: AEE
Energy and facility managers need to address future energy challenges, including the pressure to reduce energy consumption stemming from climate change initiatives, the impact electrical rates have had on energy project planning, and the shift to low-cost natural gas, as well as new opportunities for the energy industry. The 26th GLOBALCON Conference & Expo, to be held March 17-18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is the one place where decision makers from business, industry, and government can get up to speed on policy and program updates, energy incentives and financing, along with understanding new integrated energy solutions.

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GE LED lighting technology advances California dealership

Source: GE Lighting North America

As a large dealership in California—selling an estimated 400 cars monthly—the organization chose to work with GE Lighting to make sure each car was shown in its best light. 

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Amerlux® Upgrades Hornet High Power A-14 LED Light Engine

Source: PR Newswire

Amerlux® never stops in researching and delivering continuous improvements in all of its products.  The latest improvement is the upgrade in performance of the Hornet HP A14 LED Engine that delivers outstanding reliability and guaranteed efficiency in energy and maintenance.

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Geronimo Energy Brings Solar Savings to Saint Paul Public Housing with Community Solar Garden

Source: PR Newswire

Geronimo Energy ("Geronimo") is teaming up with St. Paul Public Housing ("SPPHA") to bring solar to their residents under Xcel Energy's Community Solar Garden Program. Residents of multi-unit housing have not traditionally been able to enjoy the benefits of solar energy. However, with the introduction of the Community Solar Garden Program, the barriers to solar power have been removed for SPPHA residents.

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Delaware Biotechnology Institute-Improving IAQ with UVC

Source: Steril-Aire

It is a well-known fact that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is harmful to build¬ing occupants, but in a biotech lab it can also compromise sensitive research and laboratory experiments. To provide its people and processes with the best protection, the University of Delaware’s Delaware Biotech¬nology Institute (DBI) decided to equip the air-handling units in its six-year-old 72,000-sq.-ft. facility with high-output ultraviolet-C (UVC) devices. While optimizing the air quality with germicidal UVC, DBI has discovered an unexpected fringe benefit: The condensate from the coils is now so clean that they can collect and pump it into the cooling tower as make-up water, achieving substantial savings in water usage. 

 

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McDonald’s Study Explores Idea of a Net Zero Energy Quick Service Restaurant

Source: Fisher Nickel, Inc. / New Buildings Institute

Through a recently completed study, McDonald’s Corporation seeks to better understand whether it would be feasible to develop a net zero energyi (NZE) quick service restaurant. Exploring net zero energy continues McDonald’s tradition of energy efficiency efforts, and helps to prepare McDonald’s for future energy codes. The study’s findings, including research, technical analyses, and detailed recommendations, form a roadmap for McDonald’s to pursue future net zero energy restaurants, as well as select energy efficiency solutions for existing restaurants.
 

 

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How Steril-Aire UVC Can Cut Energy and Operational Costs

Source: Steril-Aire

What if there was an investment that paid measureable, almost immediate benefits by reducing energy and maintenance costs? What if you could restore your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system to as-built design and keep it in a clean state without harmful chemicals or pressure washing? Imagine what facility engineers could do with the time lost to logging, managing and troubleshooting thermal comfort complaints. What if the payback to achieve all of these was less than 2 years?

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Tecogen Announces Sale of Multi Unit Cogeneration System to Major Research University in Worcester

Source: PR Newswire

Tecogen® Inc. announced the sale and posted a video on the Company's website describing the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance program of two Tecogen Ultra CM-75® combined heat and power (CHP) units at Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Gateway and Life Sciences Building and Campus Center.

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DOI Approves Southwest Transmission Line to Modernize Grid

Source: DOE

On the heels of the President’s State of the Union speech where he underscored his Administration’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials to announce the approval of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a major infrastructure project for the American West.

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NREL Releases the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book

Source: DOE

The newly released 2013 Renewable Energy Data BookPDF illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends. The Data Book is produced and published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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Energy Department Announces $55 Million to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Source: DOE

Following the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20 in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced more than $55 million to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy. These technologies will play a key role in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, and support the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to make plug-in electric vehicles as affordable to own and operate as today's gasoline-powered vehicles by 2022.     

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Lighting and Control Aspects of ASHRAE 189.1-2014 Green Building Standard

Source: Lighting Controls Association

In November 2014, ASHRAE published ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

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Evluma Announces DLC Qualification of Improved Outdoor Area Light

Source: Company
LED lighting manufacturer Evluma announces that the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) has listed its upgraded AreaMax outdoor area security light product. The recent upgrades include integrated photocontrol and anti-corrosion coastal materials options, and a new sleeker, lighter housing that increases the product’s overall architectural appeal and ease of installation.

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Third Volvo Facility Certified to Superior Energy Performance

Source: DOE

Volvo Group Trucks marked the end of 2014 with an impressive achievement: its powertrain facility located in Hagerstown, Maryland became the third facility within the Volvo Group to be certified to the Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program and to ISO 50001.

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Updated Energy Performance Tracking Tool Can Help Users Improve Energy Management

Source: DOE

Keeping up with an organization’s energy consumption and savings can be challenging for even the most capable energy manager. To help address this challenge, AMO has updated the Energy Performance Indicator (EnPI) tool to support users interested in tracking progress and moving toward a standardized, certified energy management system. 

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Onset Announces HOBOmobile® Compatibility with Android™ Devices

Source: Company
Onset, a world leader in data loggers, announced that the company’s HOBOmobile data logging app is now compatible with Android devices. The free app, which enables users to graph and analyze environmental data collected with Onset HOBO® MX Series data loggers, brings the power and convenience of Bluetooth® Smart data logging to a greater number of mobile users. Right from their Android devices, building managers, energy managers and others can wirelessly configure HOBO MX1101 loggers, view data in graphs, check logger status, and share data in Excel and other applications.

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FPL announces plans to install more than 1 million solar panels at three additional solar power plan

Source: PR Newswire

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced details about its plans to build substantially more solar energy capacity as part of its ongoing strategy of advancing clean energy while keeping electricity affordable for customers.

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Delta Introduces High-efficiency EC Fan Series for Industrial and Commercial Applications

Source: PR Newswire

Delta Electronics, the leading global provider of power and thermal management solutions, will introduce its new energy-efficient electronically commutated (EC)  fan series for industrial and commercial use at AHR 2015 in Chicago. Delta's EC fan series achieves 30%-50% energy savings compared to traditional AC-motor fans.

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TOGGLED Licenses Philips to TLED Patent Portfolio

Source: PR Newswire

TOGGLED, developer and producer of next-generation solid-state lighting technology, reported that Koninklijke Philips N.V. (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) is now a licensee to its patent portfolio of over 60 patents primarily related to LED replacements for fluorescent tubes, commonly referred to as TLEDs.  The license agreement resolves all patent litigation between TOGGLED and Philips.

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TOGGLED Licenses Philips to TLED Patent Portfolio

Source: PR Newswire

TOGGLED, developer and producer of next-generation solid-state lighting technology, reported that Koninklijke Philips N.V. (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) is now a licensee to its patent portfolio of over 60 patents primarily related to LED replacements for fluorescent tubes, commonly referred to as TLEDs.  The license agreement resolves all patent litigation between TOGGLED and Philips.

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Capstone Turbine Secures Order to Upgrade Building in Sydney Central Business District

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it recently received an order for a C600 microturbine and a C800 microturbine to upgrade a major building in the Sydney Central Business District (CBD).

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Solar Foundation Report: Solar Energy Jobs Surged in 2014

Source: US DOE

Secretary Ernest Moniz issued the following statement today on the 2014 National Solar Jobs Census:

“Solar power is a key component of our all-of-the-above approach to American energy, creating good-paying American jobs that support our growing clean energy economy. According to a new report released by the Solar Foundation today, the solar industry is continuing its rapid growth, with more than 170,000 Americans employed throughout the U.S. solar supply chain. In the last year alone, the industry added more than 31,000 jobs – accounting for one out of every 78 new jobs created in the U.S. This diverse and vibrant workforce is vital to achieving the President’s goal of doubling electricity generation from renewable sources yet again by 2020."

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Energy Department Offers $3.6 Million Hydroelectric Production Incentive

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department announced an incentive program for developers adding hydroelectric power generating capabilities to existing non-powered dams throughout the United States.

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Global Pharmaceutical saves $233,000 in annual energy costs while improving sustainability

Source: Analytika

This Global Pharmaceutical company (GP)* is a leader in the discovery and the advancement in the treatment of some of the most difficult to treat diseases. GP employs more than 20,000 people globally, and its products are sold in more than 100 countries.

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

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SunEdison Successfully Raises Funds For First Wind Acquisition

Source: Company
SunEdison, Inc., a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced that it had raised a total of $590 million dollars to fund the acquisition of First Wind.

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Solar Power Purchase for U.S. Department of Energy Laboratories

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced it has finalized the license agreement with Whitethorn Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Juwi Solar Inc. (Juwi), for a solar electrical generation system onsite at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  When completed, the power generated by this system will represent the DOE/NNSA's largest purchase of solar power from an onsite facility and the first in its western region.

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Starwood and NRG Energy Bring Sustainable Luxury to The Phoenician

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

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Freeman Achieves LEED Silver Certification

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

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Proton OnSite Introduces World's First PEM Megawatt Electrolyzer

Source: Company

Proton OnSite, the world leader in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) water electrolyzer technology, announced the commercial launch of the 1 and 2 Megawatt (MW) M Series PEM Hydrogen Generation systems. At the 2 MW level, the new M Series provides a 13x increase in hydrogen production compared to other commercial PEM systems. In combination with greater production capacity, the M Series reduces the capital cost per kW of producing hydrogen by over 50%.

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Tecogen Sells Efficient Gas Chiller to Mandell Jewish Community Center

Source: PR Newswire

Tecogen® Inc. announced the sale of a Tecochill® CH-200x natural gas-powered chiller to the Mandell Jewish Community Center in West Hartford, CT.  The new chiller is replacing one of the facility's two electric chillers and it will provide two-thirds of the Center's air conditioning.

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Cleantech Solutions International Introduces Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient Air-Fluid

Source: PR Newswire

Cleantech Solutions International, Inc. ("Cleantech Solutions" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: CLNT), a manufacturer of metal components and assemblies used in in various manufacturing industries, including clean technology, textile dyeing and finishing machines, today announced that its operating company, Wuxi Huayang Dyeing Machinery Co., Ltd. ("Huayang Dyeing"), a variable interest entity, received a purchase order in January for its newly developed air-fluid, dual-use dyeing machine from a leading weaving and dyeing enterprise based in Shaoxing, China.

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2014 Another Record Setting Year for Wind Energy in Canada

Source: PR Newswire

For the second consecutive year, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to announce that Canada has set a record for the installation of new wind energy capacity. A total of 1,871 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in five provinces in Canada in 2014, with most growth centred in Ontario (850 MW), Quebec (439 MW) and Alberta (350 MW). Canada ended 2014 with nearly 9,700 MW of installed wind energy capacity, producing enough electricity to meet the needs of over 3,000,000 million average Canadian homes every year.

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Solar Energy Incentive Program Opens for Minnesota Property Owners

Source: PR Newswire

Minnesota property owners can now increase the value of the sunlight that shines on their rooftops through the state's Made in Minnesota ("MiM") Solar Incentive Program. The Made in Minnesota incentive pays a property owner for the solar energy produced over 10 years at a rate that provides a rapid payback on the owner's investment or payoff of financing, and then free solar energy for years to come.

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GM Unveils New Plug-in EV Chevy Concept Car

Source: US DOE

Chevrolet made a significant statement on its commitment to electrification with the introduction of the Bolt EV concept – a vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000.

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Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Improve Wind Forecasting

Source US DOE

The Energy Department announced $2.5 million for a new project to research the atmospheric processes that generate wind in mountain-valley regions. This in-depth research, conducted by Vaisala of Louisville, Colorado, will be used to improve the wind industry's weather models for short-term wind forecasts, especially for those issued less than 15 hours in advance. With access to better forecasts, wind energy plant operators and industry professionals can ensure wind turbines operate closer to maximum capacity, leading to lower energy costs for consumers.

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LEED and Green Globes – Which to Use?

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

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$3.2 Million Clean Energy Infrastructure Project at Philadelphia Senior Living Facility

Source: Business Energy Magazine

Cathedral Village, a Philadelphia based continuing care retirement community, has appointed New Jersey based energy management and combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G Rudox Inc., in conjunction with clean energy specialists, Blue Sky Power, MCFA Global, and Ray Angelini Inc. to design, engineer, construct, and finance a sustainable makeover of its facility. 

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What's Next for Pennsylvania After the Year of Green Energy?

Source: Market Wired
The following is a statement by John Tough, Vice President of Operations and Business Development at Choose Energy: Renewably sourced electricity, particularly solar energy, is proving to be an important part of our future. In fact, 2014 was a banner year for renewable energy sources.

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Almost 4000 US Schools Are Running On Solar

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

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AMO's New Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation will Focus on Reducing Energy U

Source: Energy.gov

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation is a public-private consortium of 122 leading U.S. manufacturers, universities, and non-profits that will focus on advanced composites—materials that are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals. These advanced materials have the potential to transform products ranging from wind turbines to automobiles. This new Innovation Institute, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and led by the University of Tennessee, will receive $70 million in federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office.

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SunEdison Signs Supply Agreements Which Enable Addition of 1.6 Gigawatts of Wind Energy Projects

Source: PR Newswire

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, and TerraForm Power, Inc. (Nasdaq: TERP), a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants, announced that SunEdison had purchased new turbines that will enable SunEdison to develop up to 1.6 gigawatts (GW) of incremental wind energy projects which qualify for the U.S. federal production tax credit (PTC). TerraForm will purchase the projects from SunEdison once they achieve commercial operation.

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LEDs Saved Businesses Big Money in 2014

Source: Energy Manager Today
LED Source’s top three energy saving lighting retrofit projects for 2014 include a painting studio, a beverage distributor and a hotel.

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Tokyo Aims to Quadruple Solar Power Generation Capacity by 2024

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

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NC Ranks Third in the Nation in Solar-Power Installations

Source: Winston Salem Journal
If you need hard proof that North Carolina is in the Sun Belt, take a look at numbers released by the solar-energy industry’s trade association: North Carolina ranked No. 3 in the United States for solar power capacity installed in 2013.

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Google Backs Utah’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Google is backing another renewable energy project, this time with Norwegian power company Scatec Solar. The two have teamed up to build Utah’s largest solar power plant. Google and Scatec, along with Prudential Capital Group, are investing about $188 million in the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park. When up and running at the end of 2015, the plant will generate roughly 210 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, enough for approximately 18,500 homes.

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

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

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Californians on Way to State's New Energy Goals

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

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Industry Reports Rapid U.S. Solar Capacity Growth in Q3 of 2014

Source: US DOE

Continuing its strong growth, the United States installed 1,354 megawatts (MW)[i] of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Q3 2014, up 41 percent over the same period last year. The numbers come from the latest edition of GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, released today. According to the report, Q3 was the nation's second largest quarter ever for PV installations and brings the country's cumulative solar PV capacity to 16.1 gigawatts (GW), with another 1.4 GW of concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity.

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New York Offers $14 Million for Efficiency to Reduce Power Plant Emissions

Source: US DOE

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is making available $14.5 million for replicable projects that demonstrate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at power plants through the use of market-ready technologies.

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ARPA-E Funds New Localized Thermal Management Systems

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $60 million in funding for 22 innovative new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings. The projects are funded through ARPA-E’s two newest programs: Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) and Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities (DELTA).

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New Energy Efficiency Standards Save Money, Cut Carbon Pollution

Source: US DOE

 In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced two new energy efficiency standards. The new standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and automatic commercial ice makers (ACIMs) are the ninth and tenth standards to be finalized in 2014. Altogether, the ten standards finalized this year will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 435 million metric tons and save American families and businesses $78 billion in electricity bills through 2030.

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Capstone Microturbines Power Poultry Farm in Russian Region of Yakutia

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that the Yakutsk Poultry Farm, the largest supplier of poultry products in the Russian region of Yakutia, has installed ten Capstone C65 microturbines.

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PLUG POWER IDENTIFIES SOUTHERNLINC WIRELESS AS MULTI-YEAR RELION FUEL CELL CUSTOMER

Source: Company

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, announced that it has executed a multi-year contract with SouthernLINC Wireless, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company, for its ReliOn integrated fuel cell solution and GenFuel hydrogen services.

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UTC Named Corporate Partner of the Year by Penn State University

Source: Yahoo Finance

United Technologies Corp. (UTX) was recognized on Friday, Nov. 14 by Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) as its 2014 Corporate Partner of the Year. This award, presented annually by Penn State, recognizes corporations that have demonstrated extraordinary generosity in promotion and support of the university.

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TCP Introduces the DirecT8™ Series of LED T8 Replacement Tubes

Source: PR Newswire

 Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP) introduces the DirecT8 series of LED replacements for 32 watt fluorescent T8 tubes used with an instant start ballast.  DirecT8 LED T8 tubes provide up to 40 percent energy savings over existing fluorescent lamps, a 50,000 hour rated life and are Design Lights Consortium (DLC) qualified product, which allows commercial applications to immediately take advantage of energy and maintenance savings  while maximizing utility rebates. 

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Illinois Building Energy Code Takes Another Leap Forward in 2015

Source: PR Newswire

Illinois became one of the best states in the U.S. to buy a home when the state adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code in 2013. In the coming year, the benefit to homeowners will improve further with the auto-adoption of the best building energy code in the country, which only a handful of states will have adopted.

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SunEdison and TerraForm Power Secure $175 Million Financing For Renewable Energy Projects

Source: PR Newswire

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced an agreement with  JPM Capital Corporation (JPM Capital) whereby they will invest up to $75 million in a $175 million solar energy development fund. TerraForm Power, Inc (Nasdaq: TERP) will use the financing to purchase up to 60 megawatts of solar power projects that SunEdison will develop and construct in 2014 and 2015.  This funding enables SunEdison to continue to offer advantageous pricing and financing to customers, and grows TerraForm Power's already robust project pipeline.

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Royal Caribbean Steaming Ahead Toward Global Emissions Standards

Source: PR Newswire

 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL) will retrofit 19 of its ships with advanced emissions purification (AEP) systems, underscoring its commitment to meet or exceed important environmental standards. These systems, also known as scrubbers, will remove more than 97% of the sulfur dioxide emissions generated by the ships' diesel engines.  

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90 Seconds to Understand "Carbon Neutrality": Paper, Wood Products Manufacturers Create New Video

Source: PR Newswire

"What does 'carbon neutral' mean?" It's a great question, and today the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and American Wood Council (AWC) have launched a new web video explaining the concept – from a biomass energy users' perspective – in only 90 seconds.

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CGE Energy Saves Golling Automotive Group $1.4M In Energy Costs

Source: PR Newswire

CGE Energy (CGE) is saving Golling Automotive Group (Golling) $1.4 million in energy costs over the next 10 years by upgrading lighting at four southeast Michigan dealership locations. This is a savings of nearly 80 percent in total energy costs. The project was just completed by CGE's install team, and Golling will see a return on their investment in less than 14 months.

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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 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.

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

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

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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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Where Is Oil Heading From Here?  
Watch these key levels to know when oil is likely to make its next major move.

Sun, 1 Mar 2015 02:03:00 GMT

Weighting Down UK-Listed Oil and Gas Shares  
Using Brent as a global proxy benchmark, we find that the oil price continues to skate around $60 per barrel. That’s a far cry from $115 we saw last summer. So after two months into the not so New Year, and having received the latest financial data from many UK-listed oil and gas companies, it is worth revisiting or rather re-weighting their share target price.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:45:00 GMT

India Nabs Low-Tech Espionage Ring Targeting Energy Industry  
Law enforcement officials in India shut down a corporate espionage ring that had pilfered high-value information and data from government energy agencies.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:49:00 GMT

Spain's Slim Energy Options Grow Dimmer  
With Repsol?s offshore aspirations in the Canary Islands now off the table, Spain?s domestic potential looks increasingly dire, leaving its modest shale efforts as one of its only remaining hopes.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:48:00 GMT

Surprise! CO2 Directly Linked To Global Warming  
For the first time, a team of researchers led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory directly measured the contribution of increasing atmospheric CO2 to heating of the Earth by 0.2 ± 0.07 Watts per square meter per decade. The researchers presented ?observationally based evidence of clear-sky CO2 surface radiative forcing [heating] that is directly attributable to the increase, between 2000 and 2010, of 22 parts per million atmospheric CO2?.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:09:36 GMT

Egypt Aims for LNG Import Independence by 2020  
In another step towards energy recovery, Egypt have announced plans to be free from costly LNG imports by 2020.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:36:00 GMT

Whoa Momma! Did You See That Railroad Train Blow By?  
Faster than a speeding bullet America’s love affair with the train may be on the verge of a revival. Should you have any doubt how deep that love once ran, drop by this Wikipedia page and scroll through the hundreds and hundreds of songs about trains.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:28:00 GMT

Most in OPEC are Nervy But Saudis Aren't  
As Brent slid back below $60 per barrel this week before recovering, non-Arab members of OPEC began their latest round of whining about the oil price accompanied by customary calls for an “extraordinary meeting of ministers”. That’s an unscheduled kerfuffle to haggle over the cartel’s production quota to the wider oil market, just in case you are not up to speed on OPEC-speak.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:46:00 GMT

High Yield Bond Volume Hits $6.75B As Energy Issuers Return To Market  
High yield bond issuance in the U.S. totaled $6.75 billion this week, which was interrupted by a widely populated leveraged finance conference courtesy J.P. Morgan. With the recent activity, year-to-date high yield issuance totals $53 billion, more than 20% ahead of volume seen at this point in 2014.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:22:00 GMT

The European Commission Unveils Its Energy Union Plan  
Europe may be on its way to finding long-term relief from dependence on Russian energy. The European Commission on Feb. 25 released its Energy Union Package of proposals designed to continue developing the bloc's energy market and energy security. The proposals, meant to establish a European Energy Union, are more a continuation of EU energy policies than a radical departure from them. The proposals will not substantially decrease the energy supplies flowing from Russia to Europe, but they will continue to erode Moscow's ability to dictate prices in European markets — a tool Russia often uses to achieve political ends. Some of the broader initiatives, such as the greater harmonization of energy markets, will conflict with some member states' core national interests, weakening progress on these fronts.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:21:00 GMT

The Best Cities For Manufacturing Jobs  
Houston, Milwaukee and Seattle top our list of the fastest-growing metro areas in manufacturing.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:09:00 GMT

Welcome To Houston, Texas - Still America's Economic Miracle  
Who needs $100 oil? Texas still has more jobs, more manufacturing, lots of high tech, light regulation, no state income tax - and lots of room to spread out.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:09:00 GMT

The Renewable Fuels Standard Is Antiquated, But Don't Abandon It  
It’s time to start building a smarter energy policy. It’s decades past time, actually, but since we once again find ourselves awash in cheap oil, we have an opportunity to be smarter about creating a more sustainable energy future for the U.S. and the world. The Renewable Fuels Standard is a good place to start.  With all the political bickering over the Keystone XL pipeline, the 2007 law that mandates levels of ethanol that refiners must blend with gasoline hasn’t gotten much attention lately. Now, two senators — Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Diane Feinstein, D-Calif. — are pushing a bill that would repeal the law. Clearly, the RFS is woefully out of date. Adopted in 2007, it reflects an economic rationale that has been upended by the hydraulic fracturing boom. The RFS called for blending 36 billion gallons of ethanol into gasoline by 2022, up from less than 5 billion gallons in 2007. About 15 billion gallons of that was supposed to be corn-based ethanol and another 16 billion gallons was to be cellulosic ethanol, which is produced from wood or inedible plant parts. The rest was supposed to come from biodiesel and “advanced biofuels” — next generation fuels produced from sustainable feedstock. The details of these “ABFs” would be worked out as we went along. At the time, Congress and the Bush administration believed that mandating ethanol use would help shield the economy from oil price shocks brought on by tight global supplies. Keep in mind, this was the same year that oil prices soared to more than $145 a barrel. The cost of the standard was basically insurance against our dependence on oil imports and the economic and national security threats it posed. The RFS was also touted an important step in reducing greenhouse gasses and addressing climate change. Its cost would essentially function as an indirect tax on carbon. Ultimately, though, it was based on the concern that the future viability of the U.S. was too dependent on a depleting resource, and the standard would help develop sustainable energy alternatives that would ensure America’s competitive advantage in the future. The oil crunch of 2007 began to ease with the global recession a year later, and since then fracking has created an abundance of supply, making the RFS an antiquated piece of legislation. Our oil imports have been reduced significantly thanks to surging domestic production, which has eased concerns about supply shocks and national security threats.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:06:00 GMT

America's Fading Love Affair with the Automobile  
What vehicles owners and driving trends means for future growth? Data graphics illustrating the history of U.S. vehicles, personal income and typical driving habits of typical U.S. vehicle owners.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:06:00 GMT

What China's Growing Appetite For Pork Means For The Environment  
China has an astounding appetite for pork. By some estimates, the country is home to 723 million hogs, about 60 percent of the world’s total.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:59:00 GMT

Morocco Continues Energy Diversification Push with LNG Roadshow  
Morocco moves on energy diversification with LNG effort that could bring in up to 7 billion cubic meter of gas by 2021, according to Energy Minister Abdelkader Amara.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:22:00 GMT

Is Algae The Next Sustainable Biofuel?  
By New Scientist, An Energy Realities Partner

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:00:00 GMT

Shale Opponents Keep Up Pressure in Algeria  
Algeria's hopes for a shale revolution continue have become increasingly elusive as local opposition continues to grow.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:50:00 GMT

It's Time To Hurry Up And Beat A Solar Tax Credit Deadline?  
Google is putting in $300 million in to a $750 million fund for SolarCity to install solar panels on 25,000 residential roofs this year, the two companies announced today. The fact that Google is backing solar or residential solar installations or SolarCity's projects in particular isn't new.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:44:00 GMT

Simple Energy Helps Utilities Hyper-Personalize Consumer Offers  
As platforms and technologies arise which make it easier for organizations to hyper-personalize services for consumers, we see a huge growth in individual offers being made to individual consumers. But while generic platforms exist to combine machine learning with customer engagement, sometimes specific vertical offerings are appreciated - after all, if you're busy running a manufacturing, retail or utility business, building a machine learning platform isn't exactly your core business. Utilities, in particular, seem poor adopters of new approaches to commerce. Some stats: Utilities lag behind retail, communications and the government in the adoption of digital technologies. Barley 11% of social media users reported using social media to communicate with their utilities, and only 26% of utilities even had a mobile application. – Booz Allen More than 30% of gas & electric utility customers feel no loyalty toward their providers and would no recommend them to others. Accenture 58% of customers want their utility to provide recommendations on energy-saving goods, such as home appliances. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: ACEEE. Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: In Practice. (PDF). Retrieved from: Fewer than 7% of people apply for available rebates that give money back for purchasing energy-efficient products - Who Participates in Residential Energy Efficiency Programs?, Cooperative Research Network, 2013

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:51:00 GMT

The Natural Gas Myth  
By Slate, An Energy Realities Partner

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:50:00 GMT

The Storage Industry Learns From Solar: Third Party Financing A Growing Trend  
ViZn Energy Systems announces leasing options for solar/storage combinations. Expect to see more solar/storage hybrids and more financing for storage.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:03:00 GMT

Clean Energy is Just Smart Business for Leaders like Apple, Google  
By Peter Sopher

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:49:00 GMT

What OPEC Earns  
From Saudi Arabia to Equador, a rundown of oil export revenues what within the cartel.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:38:00 GMT

Why Wind Subsidies Are More Than Just Political Hot Air  
As a taxpayer, it’s easy to get upset about energy subsidies. After all, the government invests billions in energy technology that may never be able to stand on its own, and that often results in high-profile failures such as the 2011 bankruptcy of solar company Solyndra. Earlier this week, Randy Simmons and Jordan Lofthouse brought this sense of outrage to the issue of wind subsidies on The Hill’s E2 blog:

For the past 23 years, the federal government has subsidized wind power with tens of billions of taxpayer dollars through the Production Tax Credit (PTC). What do we have to show for it? Wind energy only supplied 1.6 percent of total U.S. energy in 2014. Now the Department of Energy wants to reach a ridiculous goal of 20 percent wind energy by 2030. The fledgling wind industry has no hope of reaching that goal on its own, and the government wants to stick the American taxpayer with the bill to sustain an industry that can't sustain itself.
A few years ago, we were asking similar questions about solar power. The government has provided tax credits and other subsidies (such as loan guarantees like the ones provided to Solyndra) for decades. Until recently, there wasn’t much to show for that, either. And there still isn’t in terms of total U.S. energy production.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:38:00 GMT

Has The San Bruno Tragedy Become A Green Energy Bargaining Chip?  
In his inaugural address on January 5, California Gov. Jerry Brown set hugely ambitious goals for cutting carbon emissions and expanding renewable energy over the next five years.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:47:00 GMT

Obama Vetoes Keystone Bill, But The Saga Is Not Quite Over  
President Barack Obama was swift to veto a Republican-led bill that would have greenlighted the contentious Keystone XL pipeline, nixing the legislation within hours of it being sent to his desk Tuesday morning. But the president still must make a decision on whether or not to approve the project himself, and opponents and supporters alike are working overtime to make their final arguments.

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:41:00 GMT

Pump It Up! The Rise of Inventory & Demand  
The general point of any market, excluding some option strategy, is to buy low and sell high. You don’t make money buying high and selling low.

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:20:00 GMT

'Demand Response' Is How The Smart Grid Will Save Us Billions  
Instead of building more power plants and wind farms to meet rising electricity demand, how about moving that demand around during the day so that it?s more evenly distributed and we won?t have to build more plants. That?s known as Demand Response, and Energy Northwest, a public non-profit energy company in Washington State devoted to non-fossil fuel energy, just demonstrated how easily that can be done.

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:10:53 GMT

Twelve Of Today's Most Impressive Young Entrepreneurs  
As a Kairos mentor, I have observed that Kairos has literally been superbrokering ventures that are started and run by some of the cream-of-the-crop entrepreneurs, mostly in their early-to-mid twenties. I?ve been delighted to see Kairos 50 ventures and Fellows seriously attempt to solve real-world problems, enhance people?s lives, ease people and organizations? pains, and add value to their target markets.

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:07:00 GMT



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