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80% of Businesses Believe a Quarter of Energy Needs will be Generated Onsite by 2025

Source: PR Newswire

Most businesses will take control of their own energy use by generating a quarter of their electricity onsite by 2025, with 81% of U.S. businesses predicting this change will take place in just seven years.

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Duke Energy boosts economic development and job growth with $275,000 in urban redevelopment grants

Source: PR Newswire 

Communities and residents across southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky continue to benefit from Duke Energy's Urban Revitalization program, which announced its 2018 grant recipients. Since its launch in 2011, the Urban Revitalization program has issued $2.2 million in grants to 65 projects – including $275,000 to nine projects in 2018.

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Indianapolis Public Schools Partners with Cenergistic to Implement Energy Conservation Program

Source: PR Newswire 

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), the largest school district in the state of Indiana, has announced its partnership with Cenergistic to implement an Energy Conservation Program in which IPS plans to reach a goal of over $7.5M in net savings over the five-year contract term.

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Software Motor Company Makes Key Hire in Its Quest to Change the Way the World Consumes Energy

Source: PR Newswire 

-Software Motor Company announced that it has hired Spencer Worley as Vice President of Engineering.

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Saudi Aramco, Air Products, and ACWA Power to Form Over $8 Billion Gasification/Power Joint Venture

Source: PR Newswire 

Saudi Aramco, Air Products (NYSE: APD), and ACWA Power announced the signing of a Term Sheet to form an over $8 billion Gasification/Power joint venture (JV) located at Jazan Economic City (JEC) in Saudi Arabia.

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Landis+Gyr Provides Utilities with Access to More Metering Data

Source: PR Newswire

 Landis+Gyr (SWISS: LAND.SW) announced the release of Command Center 7.3, which expands functionality for residential advanced meters to help utilities with reliability and planning operations.

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Aligned Energy's Hyperscale Infrastructure Offers Significant Competitive Advantage

Source: PR Newswire

 Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider, offers innovative and sustainable data centers composed of dynamic hyperscale infrastructure, scaling to support various IT densities specific to customer demand. With built-in power and patented cooling technology, Aligned Energy's hyperscale deployments are efficient, adaptable, and sustainable.

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PLUG POWER CEO ANDY MARSH NAMED TO U.S. DOE HYDROGEN AND FUEL CELL TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Source: Company

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leader in providing energy solutions that change the way the world moves, announced that its CEO, Andy Marsh, has been named to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC). The HTAC was established under Section 807 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary on the DOE’s hydrogen research and development goals, strategies, and activities.

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CAPSTONES SUCCESS CONTINUES IN BRAZIL WITH RENEWABLE BIOGAS ORDER FOR LARGE BREWING COMPANY

Source: Company 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq: CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it secured an order for one C65  and one C200R microturbine for an international brewing company located in South Brazil. Luming Inteligência Energética, Capstone’s National Account partner in Brazil, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of the calendar year.

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CAPSTONES SUCCESS CONTINUES IN BRAZIL WITH RENEWABLE BIOGAS ORDER FOR LARGE BREWING COMPANY

Source: Company 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq: CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it secured an order for one C65  and one C200R microturbine for an international brewing company located in South Brazil. Luming Inteligência Energética, Capstone’s National Account partner in Brazil, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of the calendar year.

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Pattern Energy and PSP Investments Acquire 147 MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind Facility in Québec

Source: PR Newswire 

 Pattern Energy Group Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX: PEGI) ("Pattern Energy" or the "Company") and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board ("PSP Investments") announced the acquisition of the 147 megawatt (MW) Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind power facility from Pattern Energy Group LP ("Pattern Development 1.0"). Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind is located approximately 50 kilometers south of Québec City, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region.

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Solar Industry and Illinois Farm Bureau Collaborate to Guarantee Tax Revenue for Rural Communities

Source: PR Newswire 

Governor Rauner has signed two bills that will help ensure solar development benefits farmers and rural communities in Illinois.  The state's solar industry worked with the Illinois Farm Bureau, local authorities and other stakeholders to shape SB 486, which creates a standard tax assessment value for solar farms in Illinois, and SB 2591, which sets standards for the construction and deconstruction of solar farms on agricultural land. The Illinois House and Senate passed both bills unanimously and Governor Rauner signed the final piece of legislation on August 10th.

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Conagra Brands Sustainable Development Award Winners Give Back To Their Communities

Source: PR Newswire 

Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) Sustainable Development Award winners have one more thing to celebrate! Each winning team has received a $5,000 grant from the Conagra Brands Foundation to be used in their communities for projects with a focus on sustainability.

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Indianapolis Public Schools Partners with Cenergistic to Implement Energy Conservation Program

Source: PR Newswire 

 Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), the largest school district in the state of Indiana, has announced its partnership with Cenergistic to implement an Energy Conservation Program in which IPS plans to reach a goal of over $7.5M in net savings over the five-year contract term.

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3 IN 1 ROOF - the Most Efficient Solar System Ever

Source: PR Newswire

 Black or blue silicone solar cells have average efficiency ratings of around 22 out of 100 percent. However, once solar cells are grouped, placed under glass, fitted with a polyurethane backsheet (a solar panel) and mounted over a traditional shingle, tile or aluminum roof, their efficiency rating falls between 15% - 17%. 

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UGE Awarded Five-Site Solar Portfolio, It's Largest US Project to Date

Source: PR Newswire

 UGE International Ltd. ("UGE") (TSX VENTURE: UGE, OTCQB: UGEIF), a global leader in solar energy solutions for the commercial and industrial sector, is proud to announce that it has been awarded a portfolio of solar projects with a confidential US client, with a total project value in excess of CAD$11 million.

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National Parks Conservation Association Teams Up with SunPower

Source: PR Newswire

For nearly 100 years, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has worked to protect and preserve America's most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. Through a new program with SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR), NPCA will provide opportunities for its members and supporters to go solar, thereby helping to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.

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Enhanced Incentives Available for JCP&L Customers to Purchase All-Electric Nissan LEAF

Source: PR Newswire 

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers can save $5,000 off the price of a 2018 all-electric Nissan LEAF – or receive zero percent financing for 72 months – simply by showing their electric bill and a copy of the official program flyer to a participating Nissan dealership.

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Software Motor Company Makes Key Hire in Its Quest to Change the Way the World Consumes Energy

Source: PR Newswire

Software Motor Company announced that it has hired Spencer Worley as Vice President of Engineering.

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe Spacecraft

Source: PR Newswire

 A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 on Aug. 12 at 3:31 a.m. EDT. NASA selected ULA's Delta IV Heavy for its unique ability to deliver the necessary energy to begin the Parker Solar Probe's journey to the sun.

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Breakthrough with 3D printed Gas Turbine Blades

Source: Siemens

Siemens has achieved a breakthrough in the 3D printing of gas turbine blades. For the first time, a team of experts has full-load tested gas turbine blades that were entirely produced using additive manufacturing.

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Sir Richard Branson and Jamaican Prime Minister Announce $1bn+Climate Smart Accelerator

Source: PR Newswire

26 countries and 40+ private sector partners create coalition to fast track climate action across the Caribbean 

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Peak Power to deploy 2350kW / 4700 kWh of energy storage systems with Starlight Investments

Source: PR Newswire

Peak Power Inc., a leading technology services provider for the distributed energy resources market, announced that it has signed an agreement to install up to 2350kW / 4700kWh of energy storage systems to target Ontario peak demand charges with Starlight Investments at Bloor Islington Place located at 3300 Bloor Street West in Toronto, Ontario.

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Capstone Continues Penetration in Asia-Pacific Region with 1.6 MW Signature Series Order

Source: Nasdaq

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it secured an order for a C1000 Signature Series microturbine and a C600 Signature Series microturbine for a luxury residential and commercial development in South Korea. The development will operate as a lifestyle solution which will include residential, hotel, commercial, and leisure facilities.

 

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Sempra Energy Forms North American Infrastructure Group

Source: PR Newswire

 Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) announced that it has formed a new operating group for its North American infrastructure businesses and named Carlos Ruiz Sacristán chairman and CEO of the group, Sempra North American Infrastructure. Ruiz has served as chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy's Mexican operating subsidiary, Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) (BMV: IENOVA) since 2012.

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Significant progress made on Vogtle 3 & 4 construction

Source: PR Newswire 

 Georgia Power announced that Southern Nuclear has made significant progress on construction of Vogtle 3 & 4 since assuming project management on behalf of the project co-owners (Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities) from Westinghouse following its bankruptcy in 2017. The company also announced that its revised capital and construction cost forecast for its share of the project has increased from $7.3 billion to $8.4 billion, based on a revised cost-to-complete estimate from Southern Nuclear. The new nuclear units are the first to be built in the United States in a generation and the only new units currently under construction in this country. With projected in-service dates still expected in November 2021 (Unit 3) and November 2022 (Unit 4), the new units will generate enough emission-free electricity to power approximately 500,000 homes and businesses.

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Milken Institute & CA State Treasurer highlight ways green bonds can help

Source: PR Newswire 

 The challenge of fixing America's deteriorating infrastructure and making it more resilient to the effects of extreme weather and climate change underscores the need for a more robust green bond market, according to a report released today by the Milken Institute and California State Treasurer John Chiang.

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Dalkia expands its energy services in the United States with the acquisition of Aegis Energy

Source: PR Newswire

Aegis Energy Services designs, installs and operates small-scale gas fired CHP systems in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States. It has a varied portfolio of customers in the hospitality, healthcare and multi-unit residential markets and has been developing its small-scale Combined Heat Power (CHP) offerings for more than 30 years.

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SoCalGas Presents $500,000 Equipment Incentive Check to SunSelect Produce

Source: PR Newswire

 Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) presented sustainable greenhouse grower, SunSelect Produce, Inc., with a $500,000 check to offset the cost of two newly installed energy-efficient cogeneration engines at the grower's facility in Tehachapi, California. The new combined heat and power system is designed to capture otherwise wasted carbon dioxide, heat, and water to improve its greenhouse tomato and bell pepper production. In addition, large natural gas-powered engines will produce enough electricity to power the full operation—plus an additional 2,300 homes. In total, the new cogeneration system will save SunSelect over 7,000 gallons of water per day and divert approximately 12,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions a year—the equivalent of taking 2,600 cars off the road—by converting the emissions into plant nutrients. Photos from today's check presentation event are available here.

 

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Blueprint Power raises $3.5 million to enable real estate owners to become clean energy suppliers

Source: PR Newswire

Blueprint Power, a real estate and energy tech company, announced that they have closed a $3.5 million Series A funding round led by Congruent Ventures, MetaProp Ventures, Fred Wilson, and Brad Burnham. Founding investors Lennar and Fifth Wall Ventures participated alongside other investors including 174 Power Global (a subsidiary of Hanwha Energy), Craig Robins (DACRA) and Urban.us and URBAN-X (BMW/MINI accelerator).

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ENGIE Resources Reaches Renewable Energy Credit Milestone

Source: PR Newswire

ENGIE Resources announced that it has now supplied enough Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to displace the estimated greenhouse gas emissions of more than 1 million passenger vehicles driven for a year.  A REC is created when one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity is generated and delivered to the electricity grid from a renewable energy resource.

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Taylor Farms Becomes Industry's First Fresh Food Company Awarded TRUE Platinum Certification

Source: PR Newswire

Taylor Farms, a leading producer of value-added healthy fresh foods, is the first in the fresh food industry to achieve TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Platinum certification. The TRUE Zero Waste certification system enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health. This certification showcases Taylor Farms' continued efforts of ingraining sustainable practices into their culture and reducing waste at all operating facilities.  

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ECSI 360 and Independence LED Lighting Align to Deliver American Energy Intelligence

Source: PR Newswire

ECSI 360 and Independence LED Lighting announce the formation of a strategic partnership to compliment the respective skill sets and products provided by each company. As the construction marketplace becomes increasingly complicated, these two companies help property owners and managers reduce operating cost waste, while simultaneously increasing safety and visibility into the electrical and mechanical operations of their facilities. The companies met through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program, which has helped over 7,300 entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services.

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Blockchain firm Soluna to build 900MW wind farm in Morocco

Source: Nasdaq

Blockchain company Soluna plans to build a 900-megawatt wind farm to power a computing center in Dakhla in the Morocco-administered Western Sahara, its chief executive John Belizaire said in an interview.

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Covanta to Assume Operations of Two Florida Energy-from-Waste Facilities

Source: PR Newswire

Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA), a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, announced its agreement to purchase a subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) with the operating and maintenance contracts for two Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities in Palm Beach County, Florida for $45 million. The facilities are owned by the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County and have a combined capacity of 1.7 million tons per year. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2018.

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SoCalGas Announces Settlement Agreement with Los Angeles City Attorney and County

Source: Yahoo Finance

 Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced the company has entered into a settlement agreement with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, the County of Los Angeles, the California Office of the Attorney General, and the California Air Resources Board to resolve all outstanding claims by those government bodies against the company related to the 2015-2016 natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. Under the terms of the $119.5 million settlement agreement, SoCalGas will, among other things, reimburse city, county and state governments for costs associated with their response to the leak; establish a program with the California Air Resources Board to mitigate the methane emissions from the leak; and fund local environmental benefit projects to be administered by the government parties.

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CLEAN JOBS MIDWEST IS A SURVEY OF CLEAN ENERGY EMPLOYMENT IN 12 MIDWESTERN STATES

Source: Company

Clean energy employment in the Midwest spans both traditional and emerging industries, shaping existing businesses and bringing new opportunities to the region.

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SDG&E Seeks To Install More Than 300 New Electric Vehicle Chargers At Schools, Parks, And Beaches

Source: PR Newswire

Some of the most frequented community facilities and destinations in the San Diego region, such as schools, parks, and beaches, would gain a new amenity – electric vehicle (EV) charging stations – under a program proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to help reduce range anxiety, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Loop Energy Fuel Cell Range-Extenders Chosen for FAST TRACK Project

Source: PR Newswire

Loop Energy announced that the company's heavy-duty fuel cell range extender will power two new zero-emission hybrid-electric Class 8 drayage trucks that will operate for a one-year period as part of a FAST TRACK Fuel Cell Truck Project in southern California.

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Europe's Largest Electric Public Bus Fleet in Dutch Cities

Source: PR Newswire

All 43 public buses in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond will be electrically powered, starting the 11th of December. Together they form the largest zero-emission bus fleet in public transport in Europe.

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Capstone Turbine Reports Q1 Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

Source: Company 

 Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq: CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2018.

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Arizona’s Energy Modernization Plan (ACC)

Source: Arizona Corporation Commission 

For nearly a century, Arizona has been a national leader in the development of clean energy resources to power our state’s rapidly growing economy, from the deployment of hydropower on the Salt and Verde Rivers in the 1920’s to the construction of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in the 1970’s. More recently, the state’s Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) has made Arizona a national leader in the adoption of renewable energy. It has been over a decade since the Arizona Corporation Commission passed the REST and the energy landscape in Arizona and across the country is drastically different today. For the past few years the Corporation Commission has convened multiple workshops related to modernizing Arizona’s energy policies. This includes workshops on energy technology innovation, battery storage, peak demand reduction, baseload security, biomass related energy, etc. From these workshops, I have concluded that Arizona’s energy policies need to be modernized to reflect the major changes occurring in the energy space and the information gathered from these workshops has helped guide the development of the policies in this plan with the aim of doing just that.

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Starwood Property Trust to Acquire Energy Project Finance Debt Business from GE Capital

Source: PR Newswire 

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: STWD) (the "Company") announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire GE Capital's Energy Financial Services' Project Finance Debt Business ("Energy Project Finance Debt Business") and loan portfolio (the "Loan Portfolio") for $2.56 billion, including $400 million of unfunded loan commitments. The acquired business will leverage the extensive experience of the Company's affiliate, Starwood Energy Group, which specializes in comparable energy infrastructure equity investments and has executed transactions with approximately $7 billion in asset value since its inception in 2005.

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Electrification project by Duke Energy and Golden State Foods to save fuel and lower emissions

Source: PR Newswire 

 A total of 32 electric power outlets will help trucks at the Golden State Foods (GSF) distribution center cut costs and lower air emissions as part of a Duke Energy electrification project.

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Washington's Oldest Bank First to be Powered by Solar Energy

Source: PR Newswire

 National Capital Bank (NCB) has completed the installation of 60 solar panels on its bank building located at 316 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. and is now ready to take advantage of renewable energy – making it the first bank in the District of Columbia to be powered by solar energy.

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Ball Corporation Publishes 2018 Sustainability Report

Source: PR Newswire

 Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) published its sixth biennial sustainability report, covering calendar years 2016 and 2017, which details how it addresses systemic challenges in the areas of circular economy, climate change, water stewardship and responsible sourcing, as well as its bold new science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction target.

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Georgia Power Seeks 100+ MW of New Solar Distributed Generation

Source: Company
Georgia Power is continuing to grow renewable energy in Georgia through the Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI), originally approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2016. The company is now accepting bids for new solar distributed generation (DG) projects through a Request for Proposal (RFP) for more than 100 megawatts (MW) as part of the REDI.

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Demand Strong for Duke Energy's North Carolina Solar Rebates

Source:Company
Duke Energy's North Carolina solar rebate program has attracted significant interest from customers, with more than 1,500 applying for the incentive to install private solar systems in the first few weeks of the program's launch.

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Johnstone Supply Leads TRC's 2nd Quarter Thermostat Recycling Tally

Source: PR Newswire 

 Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) released its second-quarter results of collection locations that have recycled thermostats between April 1 and June 30.

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EnSync Energy Announces Sale of Debut Solar PPA Project in California to Standard Solar

Source: PR Newswire 

 EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems ("EnSync Energy"), the leading provider of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs) and business models for residential, commercial and utility installations, announced the sale of a project under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to Standard Solar, a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide. The project marks EnSync Energy's entry into the California marketplace.

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Digital Realty Leveraging Scale and Expertise to Lower Customers' Energy Costs

Source: PR Newswire

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, is capitalizing on its scale, sophisticated procurement processes and investment-grade credit ratings to benefit customers by contracting electricity supply in bulk to achieve lower prices throughout the year, while simultaneously providing protection against escalating prices during seasonal spikes.  Digital Realty aggregates customer demand and collaborates with energy suppliers to negotiate discounted prices, which are then passed on to customers in the deregulated markets of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

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Four Megawatts of SunPower® Solar Panels Powering Arab Jordan Investment Bank

Source: PR Newswire 

SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) announced that the company supplied four megawatts of high efficiency SunPower® E-Series solar panels for a ground-mounted solar power system in Amman, Jordan. The system is generating power for Arab Jordan Investment Bank's (AJIB) headquarters, and branches in the Amman area. Designed and constructed by Wathba Energy, it was commissioned in July 2018 and is expected to generate seven gigawatt hours of electricity in the first year of operation.

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Brazil to power up investments in street lighting and energy efficiency

Source: The World Bank

Can you imagine how much money and natural resources could be saved if the world adopted energy efficiency as a priority in sectors such as public lighting or industry?

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Vivint Solar Teams Up with a Leading Homebuilder to Install Rooftop Solar on New Homes

Source: PR Newswire

 Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, announced it is working with one of the largest homebuilders in the nation to install its solar energy systems on the homebuilder's new homes in Southern California. The collaboration is an integral part of Vivint Solar's strategic plan to help homebuilders meet California's upcoming mandate for rooftop solar installations on new homes.

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CRU: Coal Demand Continues to Rise Despite China's Greener Drive

Source: PR Newswire

Despite its ambitions for a greener environment, China's growing demand for power means that coal will remain an important source of fuel for many years to come.  

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Trina Solar provides modules to Vietnam's largest private PV project

Source: PR Newswire

On July 31, Trina Solar Limited ("Trina Solar" or the "Company") announced that the photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer is providing 258MW monocrystalline PERC double glass modules to the largest private solar PV project in Vietnam. The power station, located in Phan Rang-Thap Cham, capital of Ninh Thuan Province, has received investment from leading Vietnamese investment firm Trung Nam Group. Construction is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2019.

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Chinese "son of the desert" dedicated to desert greening

Source: PR Newswire

Wang wenbiao, chairman of Chinese eco-company Elion resources group, was born and raised in China's 7th biggest desert -- Kubuqi, which is around 800km north of Beijing. He's well-known in China as "the son of the desert". The desert once made his life miserable, but now, it has made him and other locals rich.

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Valmont Acquires Majority Stake in Convert Italia SpA, a Leading Provider of Solar Tracker Solutions

Source: PR Newswire

Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure development and irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, announced that it has acquired a majority ownership stake in Convert Italia SpA, a designer and provider of engineered solar tracker solutions. The transaction was funded with cash on hand. The Company expects the acquisition to be slightly EPS accretive in fiscal 2018, and expects EPS accretion of approximately $0.10 in fiscal 2019.

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Apple, Akamai, Etsy and Swiss Re Collaborate to Accelerate Renewable Energy Development

Source: PR Newswire

Apple, Akamai, Etsy and Swiss Re announced an agreement to develop two new wind and solar energy farms in Illinois and Virginia. Spearheaded by Apple, the new projects will generate 290 megawatts to the PJM electric grid serving much of the Eastern United States, including areas of Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. The two new projects will provide enough power for 74,000 homes, and will support each of the companies' operations.

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Benchmarking: A First Step to Finding Savings

Source: Company

Benchmarking shows a building’s relative energy efficiency compared to its past usage, and to similar facilities in the same geographic area. Such comparisons may help a building manager grasp potential savings if energy system upgrades were applied. Thousands of buildings are now participating in voluntarily and mandatory benchmarking programs. Many have found the process useful, and some may find that it offers a few surprises.

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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: PACE Consumer Protections Set Standard for Home Improvement Financing

Source: PR Newswire

Last week, Clean PACE, a Florida-based non-profit created to independently review and assess Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) providers for consumer protections, announced Ygrene, a national leader in energy efficiency and resiliency financing in Florida, as the organization's first and only "Clean PACE Certified Partner."

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Solar for Huntley: ForeFront Power to develop 5.6 MW of solar across 3 school campuses

Source: PR Newswire

ForeFront Power and Huntley Community School District 158 ("Huntley") announce a partnership to install 5.6 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic capacity across 3 school campuses. The ground-mounted projects are expected to save the district $4.2 million over 20 years while offsetting 12.3 million pounds of carbon emissions annually.

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Alliant Energy reducing carbon emissions 80 percent and eliminating coal by 2050

Source: PR Newswire

 Alliant Energy released its Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) and announced its goal to cut carbon emissions 80 percent and eliminate all existing coal from its energy mix by 2050. The CSR can be accessed at alliantenergy.com/sustainability.  

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New Study Advises Policymakers to Consider Renewable Natural Gas for Low-Carbon Buildings Strategy

Source: PR Newswire

 Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) joined businesses, affordable housing advocates, scholars, and local government leaders to announce the results of a new study it commissioned by Navigant Consulting, Inc. that advises policymakers to consider renewable natural gas for California's low carbon building strategy as a pathway for California to achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. The analysis forecasts that replacing just 16 percent of the traditional natural gas supply with renewable gas (RNG) captured from sources like dairies, wastewater treatment plants, and landfills, can achieve GHG reductions equivalent to converting 100 percent of buildings to electric only energy by 2030. By using a mix of both in and out of state resources, the renewable natural gas strategy is 3 times more cost effective in reducing GHGs than an electrification pathway. Navigant's full analysis, including disclaimers and assumptions, may be found here.

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Envisioning Net-Zero Emission Energy Systems

Source: NREL

As global energy consumption continues to grow—by some projections, more than doubling by 2100—all sectors of the economy will need to find ways to drastically reduce their carbon dioxide emissions if average global temperatures are to be held under international climate targets. Two NREL authors contributed to a recently published article in Science that examined potential barriers and opportunities to decarbonizing certain energy systems that are essential to modern civilization but remain stubbornly reliant on carbon-emitting processes.

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Capstone Secures 1 MW Order for Remanufactured C1000R to Large Oil & Gas Customer in Northern Iraq

Source: Yahoo Finance 

 Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it secured an order for a remanufactured C1000R to an oil and gas production site in Northern Iraq. The remanufactured C1000R package guarantees like-new performance with the same quality, reliability, and durability expected from a Capstone system.

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Kona Brewing Company to Produce Sun-Powered Beer Through Solar-Plus-Battery Storage Project

Source: PR Newswire

EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, the leading provider of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs) and business models for residential, commercial and utility installations, and its subsidiary Holu Energy, a developer of DER projects in Hawaii, announced a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Kona Brewing Company to build a solar-plus-battery storage system at the beer company's new brewery, under construction in Kailua Kona

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Novartis announces US renewables agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Source: PR Newswire

 Novartis announced a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) in collaboration with Invenergy, North America's largest privately held renewable energy company. As part of the Novartis environmental strategy, the initiative aims to add 100 megawatts (MW) of wind power to the electrical grid.

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Greenworks Lending Partners With Mayfly Outdoors on Clean Energy Building

Source: PR Newswire

 Greenworks Lending, a national leader in Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, announced the successful closing with Mayfly Outdoors to support the construction of Mayfly's new headquarters and manufacturing center in Montrose. This marks one of the first ground-up new construction projects in Colorado to come through the state's C-PACE Program, which allows developers to use C-PACE funds for up to 20 percent of their construction budgets for property elements that meet or exceed the state's energy- and water-efficiency standards. It is also the second C-PACE investment in manufacturing for the state, and the second Montrose County project.

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Hoover Dam's Full Power Potential Unlocked With Cutting-Edge Solar Battery Project

Source: PR Newswire

 A $3 billion pipeline and pump station designed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will serve to take advantage of the unused renewable energy that's been generated by the Hoover Dam since its inception. Pep Solar is a leader in renewable energy and champions the further development and the production of hydro batteries that will be an asset to Arizona homeowners and the environment as a whole.

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TGI Enters into Agreement with EIB to Manage its Green Energy Developments

Source: PR Newswire

TGI SOLAR POWER GROUP INC. (OTCMarkets: TSPG) ("TGI"), a diversified technology company, announced that it has entered into Agreement with Energy in the Bank (EIB) to manage TGI's green sustainable energy developments.

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KUA Selects Landis+Gyr for Advanced Metering

Source: PR Newswire

Landis+Gyr (Swiss: LAND.SW) announced an agreement with Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) to supply advanced metering infrastructure and a meter data management system to support the Florida utility's 74,000 customers.

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Michigan Energy Office issues Combined Heat and Power report

Source: Michigan Agency for Energy

The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) issued a report that provides a roadmap for Michigan to make Combined Heat and Power (CHP) a significant part of its future energy mix.

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Duke Energy Progress proposes decrease to charges for programs saving energy and money

Source: PR Newswire

As the new year begins, customers of Duke Energy Progress in South Carolina will see savings in their monthly energy bills related to the costs of programs that help them save energy and money.

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DOE and SoCalGas Fund Project That Uses Microbes to Convert Carbon Dioxide to Renewable Natural Gas

Source: PR Newswire

 Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced grant funding has been awarded to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Stanford School of Engineering's Spormann Laboratory to conduct new power-to-gas research. The two entities will receive $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). SoCalGas will provide co-funding of $400,000 in addition to $125,000 of seed funding it provided in 2017. 

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EV Charger Pioneer Taps New Capital, Plans Major Expansion Into US, Canada

Source: PR Newswire

Garage Juice Bar, a pioneering manufacturer and distributor of electric vehicle charging stations, announced a strategic transaction with Oasis Charger Corporation to support a major expansion of its North American network.

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Construction begins on FPL's four newest solar power plants

Source: PR Newswire

Florida Power & Light Company announced the start of construction of its four newest solar power plants, continuing to build on the success of its affordable clean energy strategy that has helped Florida become a leader in clean energy while keeping customer bills among the lowest in America.

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Ameren Missouri customers to receive 6% rate cut starting Aug. 1

Source: PR Newswire

Ameren Missouri customers will see their electric rates decrease by 6 percent, thanks to legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly and swift action by the Missouri Public Service Commission.

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Capstone Continues to Diversify its Business as it Drives New Growth in the Middle East Region

Source: www.globenewswire.com

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it secured a new 3.4 megawatt (MW) order for a gas processing facility in Kuwait. The order includes a new C600 Signature Series microturbine, a new C800 Signature Series microturbine and two remanufactured C1000R microturbines, which will provide prime power for the facility. SPECTO International, Capstone’s distributor in Kuwait, secured the project, which is expected to be commissioned in late 2018.

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GrowLife, Inc. Reports Over 70% Electricity Savings Using Vertical Growing System

Source: Yahoo Finance

GrowLife, Inc. (PHOT), one of the nation’s most recognized indoor cultivation product and service providers, announced preliminary test results from a Proof-of-Concept (POC) study in Colorado with a licensed customer on its proprietary vertical grow room system. When compared to plants in a traditional grow room, results showed a 76% reduction in per-plant kilowatt usage with the 8’ x 8’ GrowLife cubical vertical grow system that would result in significant cost savings for cultivators.

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San Francisco's Historic Cable Cars Upgrade to LED Lights

Source: Company
Since 1873, the best lighting the historic San Francisco Municipal Cable Cars had was dim incandescent headlights that did not do anything for illumination. They were merely bright enough to serve as an indicator that a cable car was coming. After over 140 years, that finally changed with their upgrade to LED light bulbs from LEDtronics. 

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EIA's International Energy Outlook 2018 focuses on uncertainty in economic projections

Source EIA 

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released International Energy Outlook 2018 (IEO2018) which focuses on how different macroeconomic conditions and growth patterns might affect international energy markets in three key regions of the world: China, India, and Africa. EIA updated the Reference case from 2017 with new macroeconomic information and varied macroeconomic assumptions across China, India, and Africa to create the side cases that compose IEO2018.

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Eversource Solar Program Powers Through Another Milestone!

Source: Company
We knew it was a tremendous undertaking when we made the commitment to build 19 new solar facilities across the region, in every type of weather New England can throw at you, in about a year. Ultimately, our goal is to deliver almost eight times more solar power by next year than we did in 2017. 

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Colorado Community Solar Projects Awarded

Source: Company
Xcel Energy Colorado recently awarded 27 megawatts (MW) to 14 bidders from its recent Solar*Rewards Community request for proposal (RFP). Eight Colorado counties will have community solar gardens (CSG) developed, including 2 MW in Morgan County, which does not currently have a CSG. The awards also will give customers in Lake and Summit counties increased availability by more than doubling the current capacity online.

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Energy Department Announces $3.6 Million in Machine Learning for Geothermal Energy

Source: DOE
The Energy Department announced up to $3.6 million for 4-6 projects that will focus on early-stage R&D applications in machine learning to develop technology improvements in exploration and operational improvements for geothermal resources. The rapidly advancing field of machine learning offers substantial opportunities for technology advancement and cost reduction throughout the geothermal project lifecycle, from resource exploration to power plant operations.

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Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Sleet, Nor Hail… nothing stops GLOBALCON!

Source: www.wordpress.com

It was March -- it was Boston – and it was madness! That’s March Madness, aka the NCAA basketball tournament. Adding another level of excitement to Beantown was AEE’s 2018 Globalcon Conference, which included our CWEEL breakfast meeting. Mother Nature apparently wanted in on the action too – so she delivered a Nor’easter and, in doing so, almost kept CWEEL’s keynote speaker from making her appointed round.

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EMC CWEEL Breakfast in Seattle

Source: www.wordpress.com

CWEEL hosted the Women in Leadership Breakfast at the West Coast Energy Management Congress on Thursday June 21 in Seattle, WA. Keynote speaker Susan Wickwire, Executive Director of the Seattle 2030 District and Washington state native, presented her thoughts on creating successful partnerships between the public and private sectors, while weaving in anecdotes from her life story, prior work for the EPA and state department, and the things that have driven her throughout her public service.

 

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Apple Launches New Clean Energy Fund in China

Source: Company
Apple announced a new first-of-its-kind investment fund in China to connect suppliers with renewable energy sources. As part of Apple's commitment to address climate change and increase the use of renewable energy within its supply chain, 10 initial suppliers and Apple will jointly invest nearly $300 million over the next four years into the China Clean Energy Fund. The fund will invest in and develop clean energy projects totaling more than 1 gigawatt of renewable energy in China, the equivalent of powering nearly 1 million homes.

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Green Generation Solutions to Upgrade 3 GSA Facilities in Fort Worth to Reduce Energy Consumption

Source: Company
Green Generation Solutions, LLC (GreenGen) has been awarded a Task Order to design and install energy efficiency upgrades at three Fort Worth, Texas facilities that will reduce electricity consumption by 35 percent. The work will be done under an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) awarded to GreenGen, a DC region-based company experienced in engineering and implementing energy efficiency solutions, by the General Services Administration (GSA) Region 7 in Ft Worth, Texas.

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Duke Energy Carolinas Customers Lead South Carolina in Private Solar Adoption

Source: Company
Duke Energy Carolinas has achieved a major milestone in its support of solar energy as more than 5,000 of the company's South Carolina customers have installed solar panels on their homes and businesses, reaching a legislative goal for customer-owned solar capacity.

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Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation this Summer Expected to be Near Record High

Source: EIA
EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) expects natural gas-fired power plants to supply 37% of U.S. electricity generation this summer (June, July, and August), near the record-high natural gas-fired generation share in summer 2016. EIA forecasts the share of generation from coal-fired power plants will drop slightly to 30% in summer 2018, continuing a multi-year trend of lower coal-fired electricity generation.

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Eversource's Main Street Energy Efficiency Program: Delivers Big Savings to Chelsea's Small Business

Source: Company
For small business owners looking to make energy-saving improvements to their store or shop, it can sometimes be difficult due to the lack of time or available resources. That's why Eversource recently partnered with the City of Chelsea and its authorized contractor, AECOM, to bring its Main Street program to more than 80 small businesses downtown.

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GE Hitachi Selected by U.S. DOE to Lead Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Project

Source: Company
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to lead a team of industry experts for an advanced nuclear technology development project.

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BD Shares Progress towards Achieving 2020 Sustainability Goals

Source: PR Newswire 

-- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, issued its 2017 Sustainability Performance Update that focuses on four key strategic areas that support the company's 2020 Sustainability Goals.

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Landis+Gyr Releases New Street Light Controller

Source: PR Newswire

Landis+Gyr (Swiss: LAND.SW) announced commercial availability of the newest addition to its line of grid-edge intelligent devices, the Street Light Controller, a key component of its street light management solution that supports advanced monitoring and management of lighting to improve energy and operational efficiency.

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CellCube Installs Energy Storage System in New York

Source: PR Newswire

CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc. ("CellCube" or the "Company") (CSE: CUBE) (CSE: CUBE.CN) (OTCQB: CECBF) (Frankfurt: 01X) is pleased to announce that the first of two CellCube energy storage systems was installed at O'Connell Electric in Victor, New York. The battery will be part of a micro-grid solar plus storage system to maximize the use of energy and lower costs by 30-40%.

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California Trucking Company Cherokee Freight Lines Makes the Switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

Source: PR Newswire

Cherokee Freight Lines, a Northern California trucking company, has switched its entire fleet of more than 200 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel™.

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Solar Farm Market in Texas Dominated by One Companies 5.6GW Pipeline of Projects

Source: PR Newswire

The energy market in Texas consistently makes news.  The state's growing population and frequent record-breaking energy demands affirm the Texas power supply must also increase, and solar farms  succeed at providing relief.  Solar energy is finding its place at a rapid pace in the Lone Star state, with the Solar Energy Industries Association placing Texas within the top 10 states for installed solar capacity.  News from the energy sector confirms Utility-Scale Solar Farms are becoming standard resources for the Texas power grid.  Innovative Solar Systems, LLC (ISS) has a 7-year history of successfully developing Utility-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Farms and is the logical partner for helping Renewable Energy Investors break into the quickly-developing Texas solar market.  By managing a sustainable pipeline of solar farm sites, we can offer Solar Farm Investors an array of project portfolios, including 5.6GW of premium solar farm projects in Texas.

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Duke Energy provides major boost to solar in North Carolina as new programs roll out

Source: PR Newswire

Two major Duke Energy solar energy programs are rolling out this month in North Carolina, making solar more abundant and affordable for customers.

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BOSS and The City of Pittsburgh to Roll out Energy Savings as a Service

Source: Company

BOSS Controls announced that they have received the intent to award contract from the City of Pittsburgh to deploy the nation’s first fully integrated Energy Savings as a Service initiative across approximately 100 City buildings.

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Leading Solar Energy Provider Soltage Provides 3.2 MW of Solar Power

Source: PR Newswire

Soltage, a nationwide renewable-energy provider, announced the completion of three solar projects for the Grossmont Union High School District, totaling 3.2 MW. The three systems together will produce nearly 5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy per year.

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Shift to Electric Transit Buses Continues

Source: PR Newswire 

 Momentum Dynamics Corporation, the global leader in high-power wireless charging for electric vehicles, has commissioned a 200-kilowatt wireless charging system to support zero-emission electric transit buses in Chattanooga, TN. The system is installed inside the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) Shuttle Park and automatically charges while loading and unloading passengers.  Momentum's wireless charger is UL field certified and became operational on June 26, 2018.

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Duke Energy Renewables completes acquisition of Shoreham Solar Commons project from Invenergy

Source: PR Newswire

Duke Energy Renewables announced it has completed the acquisition of the 24.9-megawatt Shoreham Solar Commons project on Long Island from Invenergy.

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EnSync Energy Announces Sale of Power Purchase Agreements for Two Community Facilities in Hawaii

Source: PR Newswire

EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, a leading developer of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs), announced the selling of 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA) with the tourist destination Polynesian Cultural Center and the community organization Kohala Village HUB to undisclosed investors.

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Duke Energy helps North Carolina customers manage electricity costs

Source: PR Newswire
Hot weather can lead to higher energy bills as Duke Energy customers in North Carolina try to stay cool this summer. The company is offering free tools and tips to help customers manage those costs.

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Autani Installs Fully Networked TLED Installation Using EasySmart

Source: Company
Autani, a proven leader in building controls and IoT, has performed the first centrally networked TLED installation using the Philips InstantFit T8 tubes with EasySmart technology. 

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Duke Energy Renewables Completes Acquisition of Shoreham Solar Commons Project from Invenergy

Source: Company
Duke Energy Renewables announced it has completed the acquisition of the 24.9-megawatt Shoreham Solar Commons project on Long Island from Invenergy. Shoreham Solar Commons is located in Brookhaven, New York, about 60 miles east of Manhattan, on the site of the former Tallgrass Golf Course. It was placed into service in July, and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is purchasing the power under a 20-year agreement.

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National Grid, City of Schenectady Receive Approval For Smart City Streetlight Initiative

Source: Company
National Grid and the City of Schenectady have received approval from the New York Department of Public Service to proceed with a joint initiative that will transform the municipality into a "smart city" by deploying advance street lighting technology.

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The United States and Israel Establish Joint Center of Excellence in Energy

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy and the Israeli Energy Ministry signed the Implementation Agreement to establish the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology ("the Center").

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States Must Adopt Clean Energy Standards to Combat Climate Change

Source: Nuclear Energy Institute
A new joint report by two think tanks cites the importance of nuclear energy sources in combating climate change to urge U.S. states to adopt Clean Energy Standards (CES) which include nuclear power instead of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) that don't.

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Duke Energy Helps North Carolina Customers Manage Electricity Costs as Summer Heat Continues

Source: Company
Hot weather can lead to higher energy bills as Duke Energy customers in North Carolina try to stay cool this summer. The company is offering free tools and tips to help customers manage those costs.

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Four Communities Selected for Inaugural Georgia Smart Communities Challenge

Source: Company
Four Georgia communities developed and will implement smart design solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the state. The projects, which tackle housing, traffic congestion, sea level rise and shared autonomous vehicles, are supported through the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.

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Energy Efficiency Has Cut Regional Power Use By 25 Percent Since 1990

Source: NW Council
Since the Council published its first Power Plan in 1983, energy efficiency, also known as energy conservation, has been a primary resource to meet the electricity needs of the Northwest. In those 35 years, about 6,000 average megawatts of energy efficiency have been accomplished, reducing demand for power, saving consumers billions of dollars per year compared to the cost of building generating plants to produce that much power, and eliminating the emissions that would have come with new generating plants. Six thousand average megawatts expressed as power consumption would be roughly equivalent to the average annual power demand of five cities the size of Seattle.

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Department of Energy Selects 84 Scientists to Receive Early Career Research Program Funding

Source: DOE
The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 84 scientists from across the nation - including 30 from DOE's national laboratories and 54 from U.S. universities - to receive significant funding for research as part of the DOE Office of Science's Early Career Research Program. The effort, now in its ninth year, is designed to bolster the nation's scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

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Aggreko Signs Cost-Saving Next Generation Gas Generator Contract

Source: Company
Aggreko, the global provider of modular, mobile power, is pleased to announce a new contract on the island of St Croix, which will deliver 20MW of flexible, reliable power via a LPG-powered Next Generation Gas Generator in 60 Hz.

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National Grid first to Drive Electric Vehicle Adoption with New Online EV Marketplace

Source: Company
In support of New York's comprehensive effort to reduce greenhouse gases by increasing the number of electric vehicles in its service territory, National Grid is the first energy provider in the U.S. to launch a data-driven consumer research platform to help car shoppers understand the benefits of electric vehicles when making their next car purchase.

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Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative and Green Button Alliance Become Inaugural Members of DataGuard

Source: Company
Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) and Green Button Alliance (GBA) are the first organizations to join the DataGuard Energy Data Partnership Program. The DataGuard Partnership Program offers a formalized way for member-based organizations to indicate their support for the DataGuard consumer privacy concepts and principles.

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Duke Energy to Deliver More than $140 Million in Annual Savings to Customers from New Tax Law

Source: Company
Duke Energy's Indiana customers will receive approximately $142 million in annual savings on their electric bills from the new federal tax law if a proposed settlement with consumer groups is approved by state utility regulators. Duke Energy, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the Indiana Industrial Group and Nucor Steel submitted an agreement to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission outlining how to pass along the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which federal lawmakers passed in late 2017.

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Ygrene Delivers Over $25 Million in Energy Savings, $32 Million in Economic Impact for Community

Source: Company
Ygrene Energy Fund, the leading provider of PACE (property assessed clean energy) financing in Florida, announced it has saved Hillsborough County property owners over $25 million on their utility bills and generated $32 million in economic stimulus for the County since 2017, while maintaining the strongest consumer protections in the Florida home improvement financing industry.

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DOE Awards $100 Million for Energy Frontier Research Centers

Source: DOE
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced $100 million in funding for 42 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to strengthen U.S. economic leadership and energy security.

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Innovative Next-Generation Lithium-ion Technology Will Triumph in the Future Battery Market

Source: ADL
Arthur D. Little (ADL) released a new study, “Future of batteries: Winner takes all?” Based on extensive market analysis, the report examines the current enormous level of activity in the sector, which has seen existing and new players invest over $13.7 billion over the last two years. It predicts future trends that will meet growing needs in areas such as electric vehicles (EVs), renewable power solutions and consumer electronics. It aims to help players across the ecosystem build effective strategies that unlock value and market position.    

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Siemens to Deliver Digital Solutions for Distributed Energy Systems in Brazil

Source: Company
Siemens has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Athon Energia S.A., a Brazilian investment holding focused on distributed generation and renewable energy projects. The agreement foresees the provision of a full digital service package for smart energy management, including data management for digital billing, and operation and maintenance (O&M) solutions.

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NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY TO ESTABLISH AN ENERGY-WATER DESALINATION HUB

Source: Advanced Manufacturing Office

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001949
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Energy-Water Desalination Hub.”

 

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New Projects Aim to Advance Solar-Thermal Desalination Technologies

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $21 million for new projects to advance solar-thermal desalination technologies. These 14 projects are focused on reducing the cost of solar-thermal desalination and helping the technology to reach new markets, including to areas that are not connected to the electric grid.

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National Grid Releases Northeast 80x50 Pathway

Source: Company
National Grid, one of the nation's largest investor-owned utilities, released the "Northeast 80x50 Pathway," a blueprint for drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 ("80x50"). The Pathway is the first of its kind in the Northeast. National Grid's goal is consistent with the states they serve - New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The Northeast 80x50 Pathway includes in-depth modeling and analysis addressing the three most carbon-intensive sectors in the Northeast- heating, power generation, and transportation.

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Samsung Electronics to Expand Use of Renewable Energy

Source: Company
Samsung Electronics announced its commitment to build on its strong progress of energy efficiency and operational emissions reductions to expand the use of renewable energy in its operations. Samsung Electronics’ renewable energy goals are part of its ongoing efforts to demonstrate its commitment to environmental responsibility.

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Novel Genetic Method Improves Efficiency of Enzyme

Source: NREL

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Georgia developed a new genetic engineering technique to dramatically improve an enzyme’s ability to break down biomass.

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Department of Energy Announces $18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Research

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to administer an $18.5 million offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium. The consortium is a cooperative innovation hub that will bring together industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind plant technologies, develop innovative methods for wind resource and site characterization, and develop advanced technology solutions for installation, operation, maintenance, and supply chain. The overall goal of the consortium created by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S.

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AT&T Expands its Renewable Energy Program with NextEra Energy Resources

Source: Company
Celebrating Global Wind Day, AT&T* is expanding its renewable energy program with NextEra Energy Resources. Together, AT&T and subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources will help to deliver clean energy, create jobs, boost the local economy and support a low-carbon economy.

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ACORE Sets Investment Goal of $1 Trillion by 2030 for U.S. Renewables

Source: ACORE
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a national business group made up of companies that finance, develop, manufacture and use all forms of renewable energy, announced the launch of a new campaign that aims to reach $1 trillion in new U.S. private sector investment in renewable energy and enabling grid technologies by 2030.

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Baker Hughes, a GE company Wins Contract for Turbomachinery Equipment at LNG Facility

Source: Company
Baker Hughes, a GE company will supply turbomachinery equipment for the expansion of Cheniere's LNG facility in Corpus Christi, Texas. Cheniere announced a positive Final Investment Decision (FID) and the plan to issue a full notice to proceed to continue construction on the third liquefaction train at Cheniere's Corpus Christi liquefaction project (CCL Project). According to the company, this represents the first FID on new liquefaction capacity in the United States since 2015.

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DOE Selects University of Utah Site for $140 Million Geothermal Research & Development

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of Utah will receive up to $140 million in continued funding over the next five years for cutting-edge geothermal research and development. After three years of planning, site characterization, and competition, the proposed site outside of Milford, Utah, has been selected as the location of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) field laboratory. This new FORGE site is dedicated to research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), or manmade geothermal reservoirs.

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Consumers Energy Proposes Long-Term Plan, A Cleaner Energy Future for Michigan

Source: Company
Consumers Energy announced it is seizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape Michigan's energy future with a plan that embodies its Triple Bottom Line commitment to people, the planet and prosperity.

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Consumers Energy Proposes Long-Term Plan, A Cleaner Energy Future for Michigan

Source: PR Newswire

Consumers Energy announced it is seizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape Michigan's energy future with a plan that embodies its Triple Bottom Line commitment to people, the planet and prosperity.

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ACWA Power and Energy China Sign MoU for Power and Water Desalination Cooperation

Source: PR Newswire

ACWA Power, a leading developer, owner, and operator of power generation and water desalination plants signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited (ENERGY CHINA), a global leader in international engineering and EPC contracting, during a ceremony in Dubai.

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Hawaiian Electric Companies named 2018 Investor-Owned Utilities of the Year

Source: PR Newswire

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has named Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) subsidiaries Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawai?i Electric Light the 2018 SEPA Power Players Investor-Owned Utilities of the Year for their grid modernization efforts.

 

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AT&T Expands its Renewable Energy Program with NextEra Energy Resources

Source: PR Newswire

To celebrate today's Global Wind Day, AT&T* is expanding its renewable energy program with NextEra Energy Resources. Together, AT&T and subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources will help to deliver clean energy, create jobs, boost the local economy and support a low-carbon economy.

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The Shidler Group and Carbon Lighthouse Partner on Clean Energy Pilot

Source: PR Newswire

 Carbon Lighthouse, a clean energy services company, announced a partnership with The Shidler Group, one of the nation's most innovative commercial real estate investment organizations, to launch a two-month pilot focused on identifying energy efficiency initiatives at the historic Waterfront Plaza in downtown Honolulu. The pilot is expected to uncover significant Efficiency Reserves, the hidden and scattered energy inefficiencies found throughout commercial real estate properties, to increase the value of the property, improve tenant comfort and significantly reduce its carbon emissions footprint.

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Capstone Continues to Pursue Its Environmental, Social, and Governance Focus

Source: Company

 Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems is providing an update to shareholders on its focus on the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principals as part of its ongoing effort to improve transparency and corporate responsibility.

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GCL New Energy Signs PPA for 110MW Solar Project In Colorado

Source: PR Newswire

GCL New Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of the world's leading clean energy conglomerate GCL Group, has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA), a local power company, for its Pioneer 110MW greenfield project in Colorado.

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Candor Central School District is now one the only solar-powered school districts in the country

Source: PR Newswire

The Candor school district is now leveraging energy produced by its own solar power array, constructed with the help of BOCES, the state of New York and Renovus Solar. Due to the energy credits generated by the school's solar system, the district is on track to save more than $125,000 in electrical costs in 2018.

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Seraphim Wins 246MW Solar Project, Ukraine's Largest

Source: PR Newswire

Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Co., Ltd. ("Seraphim") announced that it won the supply agreement for a monumental 246MW Ukraine solar project, developed by Ukraine's largest energy group, DTEK. This installation will be Ukraine 's largest renewable energy power plant to date. CMEC is the EPC contractor and Seraphim is the sole module supplier.

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DOE Announces Prize Competition Winners to Bolster Onshore Manufacturing

Source: Advanced Manufacturing Office

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Daniel Simmons, announced the winners of the American Inventions Made Onshore (AIM Onshore) Prize Competition at the 2018 MForesight National Summit in Washington, D.C.

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LoRAWAN technology helps to tackle Energy Management challenges

Source: Company

Challenge:
BTC City Ljubljana is the largest business, shopping, entertainment, recreation and cultural centers in Slovenia. In a bid to reduce energy consumption and costs, BTC sought to implement an energy management (EM) system in line with the ISO 50001 standard. BTC turned to Solvera Lynx, the region’s leading provider of comprehensive energy management solutions, to monitor and reduce energy consumption.

 

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Report: DOE Basic Research Key to Modern Technologies

Source: DOE
Basic research and scientific facilities sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) have played a critical role over the past 40 years in the development of a wide range of present-day technologies according to a new report released by the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC).

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Constellation and United Renewable Energy Install 1.8 MW Solar Array at Georgia Cattle Farm

Source: Company
United Renewable Energy LLC (URE) and Constellation, an Exelon Company, announced the completion of a 1.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation project located at Hunter Farms, a 360-acre, family-owned cattle farm in Jakin, Georgia. The Hunter family, which established its company in 1937, will benefit from lease payments from a tracking solar array situated within marginal and over-used land.    

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Ballard and Audi Sign 3.5-Year Extension to Long-Term Program for Fuel Cell Passenger Cars

Source: PR Newswire 

Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) announced that the Company has signed a 3.5-year extension to its current Technology Solutions contract with AUDI AG, part of the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen AG, www.volkswagenag.com and AUDI AG, www.audi.com), extending the HyMotion program to August 2022. The aggregate value of the contract extension is expected to be C$80-to-130 million (US$62-100 million). The program will support Audi through its small series production launch.

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Alfa Laval Wins SEK 85 Million Energy Efficiency Order

Source: PR Newswire 

Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply Alfa Laval Packinox heat exchangers to a refinery in the US. The order has a value of approximately SEK 85 million. It is booked in the Welded Heat Exchanger unit of the Energy Division, with deliveries scheduled for 2019.

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JLM Energy partners with N.E.R.D. Power to install first post-beta residential storage projects

Source: PR Newswire 

After successfully completing beta testing, with 400 Phazr battery installations in APS and SRP territories, JLM Energy, an energy technology company, is partnering with N.E.R.D. Power on residential solar plus storage projects in Arizona. JLM's earlier installations focused on performance testing including successful performance in extreme summer heat.

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Schneider Electric Launches Innovative Medium Voltage Switchgear in the U.S.

Source: PR Newswire 

 Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation,announced CBGS-0, an industry-leading gas-insulated switchgear with solid dielectric busbar for applications up to 38 kilovolts, 2,000 A and 31.5kA. Schneider Electric's CBGS-0 is the latest addition to its portfolio of innovative medium voltage switchgear solutions.

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Constellation and United Renewable Energy Install 1.8 MW Solar Array at Georgia Cattle Farm

Source: PR Newswire

United Renewable Energy LLC (URE) and Constellation, an Exelon Company, announced today the completion of a 1.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation project located at Hunter Farms, a 360-acre, family-owned cattle farm in Jakin, Georgia. The Hunter family, which established its company in 1937, will benefit from lease payments from a tracking solar array — situated within marginal and over-used land.    

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Solar FlexRack Completes Shipments to 71 MW Solar Project in North Carolina

Source: PR Newswire

Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, has completed shipments of its G3-X fixed tilt racking system to Brantley solar farm, a large-scale solar project in North Carolina. The 71 MWdc project, which is about 30 miles east of Raleigh, was developed and is currently being built by Cypress Creek Renewables, a leading national solar developer, builder and operator.

 

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EPA recognizes commercial office tenants

Source: Company

EPA is happy to recognize nearly 50 recipients of the 2018 ENERGY STAR Charter Tenant Space recognition! These “Charter Tenants” helped to advance energy efficiency and environmental protection by meeting EPA’s energy design criteria for their office spaces.

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CAPSTONE SECURES ITS 14TH C1000 SIGNATURE SERIES UNIT FOR THE OIL & GAS MARKET

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it sold a C1000S, representing its fourteenth C1000 Signature Series unit, which includes the C1000S, C800S and C600S, into the oil and gas market since February 2018. The latest order is for a 1 megawatt (MW) unit to power a gas processing facility in Southern Texas. The unit will provide prime power at a remote gas processing facility. Horizon Power Systems secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in late 2018.

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Duke Energy Foundation boosts South Carolina students, teachers and workforce

Source: PR Newswire 

Duke Energy has been powering South Carolina for more than a century, and continues to empower the minds of its students and the workforce of the future by investing in innovative education programs and initiatives.

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Air Products to Install Energy Storage Systems at Three of Its Sites in Korea

Source: PR Newswire

Air Products (NYSE: APD) announced it will install energy storage systems at its industrial gas sites in Gumi City, as well as Onsan and Yongyeon of Ulsan City, South Korea. The adoption of the energy storage technology will enable the company to improve energy efficiency of its production facilities and support the Korean government's national plan to improve energy consumption.

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PSE&G Unveils Next Phase of "Energy Strong" Investments

Source: PR Newswire 

Building on the success of its Energy Strong program, Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) today proposed to invest an additional $2.5 billion during the next five years to further strengthen the utility's electric and gas systems to withstand storms, improve reliability and significantly enhance resiliency.

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New heat pump technology unveiled in Vermont

Source: Efficiency Vermont

More than 60 HVAC installers, designers, and distributors gathered Thursday night to learn more about the next wave of heat pump technology coming to Vermont, and how to bring this new technology to their Vermont customers.

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New Energy Efficiency Programs Will Reduce Cost of Doing Business in Vermont

Source: www.vermont.gov

Governor Phil Scott celebrated legislation on Friday that enhances businesses, particularly manufacturers, ability to be more energy efficient, while simultaneously helping the state meet its energy goals.

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More Than Half Of New Energy Jobs Last Year Were In Efficiency

Source: Alliance to Save Energy

How many people work in energy efficiency in the United States? It’s not an easy number to figure out, but a new report by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) gives us the latest and best calculation – and the numbers are impressive.

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Energy Web Atlas, ESRI Partner to Enhance Energy Data Offering

Source: PR Newswire

 Gulf Energy Information, a leading provider of market intelligence and technical information for the international energy industry, announced that the Energy Web Atlas has become an official partner of ESRI,  the leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analytics. The partnership will bring the Energy Web Atlas data—covering pipelines, gas processing facilities and LNG projects—to the ESRI community.

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CMS Energy Becomes First U.S. Company to Enter Sustainability-Linked Loan

Source: PR Newswire 

CMS Energy and its primary subsidiary, Consumers Energy (collectively "CMS"), announced they have entered the first syndicated sustainability-linked revolving credit facilities for a U.S. borrower.

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The City of Pratt, Kansas will be powering 10,000 homes with solar power

Source: PR Newswire

 Inovateus Solar, Kenyon Energy and the City of Pratt, Kansas announced the upcoming solar farm project (6MW) located on the North East Corner of town.  Half mile North of 54 highway on NW 20th Ave.

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New Missouri law cuts and caps electric rates

Source: PR Newswire

Electric rates are falling later this summer for Ameren Missouri customers, thanks to a new law updating century-old policies in the state.

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Schneider Electric to Improve Energy Security and Resiliency at Fort Huachuca

Source: PR Newswire

Energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric announced it is working on a $24 million project to improve energy security, resiliency and efficiency across Fort Huachuca's facilities. The project will reduce energy costs at the U.S. Army installation by 23 percent annually, generating nearly $63 million in savings over 23 years.

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FPL receives final approval to purchase the City of Vero Beach electric system

Source: PR Newswire

The Florida Public Service Commission today approved Florida Power & Light Company's proposed purchase of the City of Vero Beach's electric utility, marking the final step in a nearly decade-long process. With today's approval, FPL is on track to welcome the City's approximately 35,000 customers into its system on Oct. 1, 2018.

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Wynn Las Vegas Marks The Opening Of The Wynn Solar Facility

Source: PR Newswire

Wynn Las Vegas marks a new renewable energy milestone with the start of the commercial operation of the Wynn Solar Facility on Saturday, June 2. The new 160-acre facility is now offsetting up to seventy-five percent of the resort's current peak power requirements, the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas, and an industry first for a gaming operator in Nevada. The facility will eventually be used to power the resort's new meetings and conventions space expansion, set to open in March 2020, with 100 percent renewable energy, making it one of the most environmentally conscious planned developments in Las Vegas. 

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Duke Energy connects students and educators with STEM

Source: PR Newswire

Duke Energy is empowering students, educators and the workforce of the future by investing $2.5 million in 67 education and training initiatives across North Carolina.

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UL Announces First Certification to UL 880 Standard for Sustainability

Source: PR Newswire 

UL Environment, a division of UL, announced that Hexion Inc., a global leader in thermoset resins, is the first organization to certify to UL 880: Standard for Sustainability for Manufacturing Organizations. UL 880 is a comprehensive enterprise-level sustainability standard and certification program and helps companies measure their sustainability activities and assess how much their sustainability objectives and performance have become part of their overall enterprise goals, business, and functions.

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Deere Launches 2022 Sustainability Goals

Source: PR Newswire 

As World Environment Day is celebrated across the globe, Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is setting its sights on a robust set of sustainability goals that the company and its employees will work to achieve by the end of fiscal year 2022.

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Greenskies Energizes 2.46 MW Array for Erie County, NY

Source: PR Newswire

Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC ("Greenskies"), a Clean Focus Company, completed the installation of a solar array in Alden, New York comprised of 7,939 solar photovoltaic panels.  This project will provide clean, renewable energy for Erie County, located in western New York. 

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Consumers Energy Awards Future Energy Group and McLaren Health Care Project of the Year

Source: PR Newswire

Recently, Consumers Energy announced their Project of the Year award recipients. Future Energy Group and McLaren Health Care were recognized for this honor for Phase 1 of McLaren's system-wide intelligent LED lighting initiative, which saved McLaren an estimated 12 million kWh and estimated $1.6 million in energy cost savings annually. McLaren also received $230,106 worth of rebates from Consumers Energy. 

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JinkoSolar Signs 1.43 GW Supply Agreement with sPower in the U.S.

Source: PR Newswire

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company"), a global leader in the solar industry, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. has entered into a three-year agreement to supply 1.43GW of high efficiency modules to sPower, a leading renewable energy independent power producer.

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New Energy Storage Projects Will Support A Cleaner, More Reliable Power Grid

Source: PR Newswire

Energy storage is creating a cleaner, more reliable power grid in the San Diego region, and more storage is on the way.

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US Residential Customers Can Now Choose from Several Battery Storage Options

Source: PR Newswire

According to an industry survey of nearly 600 solar installers across the United States, 30 percent of home solar shoppers in 2017 were also interested in battery storage. Researchers like IHS Markit expect that interest to grow, estimating that the installed base of U.S. residential battery energy storage will increase fourfold from 2018 to 2022. To meet current and future customer demand, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) today announced that its all-in-one SunPower® Equinox™ home solar energy system is currently compatible with battery storage solutions from sonnen and Tesla through participating dealers.

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New Engine Helps Eliminate Methane's Growing Contribution to Global Warming

Source: PR Newswire

Freedom Motors has developed a version of its Rotapower® rotary engine that can use contaminated biogas to generate electricity. Biogas is a major source of man-made methane emissions which now appear to be driving climate change.

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MasTec Awarded $500 Million Power Restoration and Reconstruction Contract

Source: PR Newswire

MasTec, Inc. (NYSE: MTZ) announced that it has signed a master services agreement with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ("PREPA") to complete the restoration of the critical electrical transmission and distribution system components damaged as a result of Hurricane Maria as well as to support the initial phase of reconstruction and modernization of the electrical power system in Puerto Rico. The master services agreement award has an estimated value of $500 million. Services under this contract are expected to be completed over the upcoming 12 months, once MasTec completes the process of remobilizing crew and equipment resources to Puerto Rico.

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Customers save money and energy under progressive energy efficiency proposa

Source: PR Newswire

Ameren Missouri is laying out plans for the largest energy efficiency program in state history. The proposed group of programs, detailed in a filing with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC), focus on:

Saving customers money.
Providing customers with more control over their energy use.
Adding more ways for customers to participate.
Expanding programs to provide energy savings for customers most in need.

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BID Equity Acquires 100 Percent of Shares in eSight Energy Group Ltd

Source: PR Newswire

BID Equity announced its acquisition of the eSight Energy Group Ltd, a global energy management software developer and solutions provider (effective April 23, 2018).

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Industrial Assessment Centers Adapt to Aid Puerto Rico Recovery

Source: www.energy.gov

In September 2017, Puerto Rico’s manufacturing sector was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Maria. This was due in part to infrastructure damages, confined use of backup power, the distance between generation units and population and industrial centers, and the local government’s urgent need to supply power to hospitals.

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Upton 2 Solar Power Plant Achieves Commercial Operation

Source: PR Newswire

 Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) announced that its Upton 2 Solar Power Plant in West Texas has achieved commercial operations. At 180 megawatts, Upton 2 is Texas' largest operating solar facility. The company's power generating subsidiary, Luminant, is the plant's owner and serves as its qualified scheduling entity with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

 

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PPL Corporation acquires solar solutions provider Safari Energy LLC

Source: PR Newswire

PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) announced that it has acquired Safari Energy LLC, a leading provider of solar energy solutions for commercial customers in the U.S.

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NV Energy Announces Largest Clean Energy Investment in Nevada's History

Source: PR Newswire

NV Energy announced it has contracted for more than 1,000 megawatts of new renewable energy resources to be built in Nevada, and for the first time, is requesting approval to build 100 megawatts of battery energy capacity.  Three of the projects will be located in northern Nevada and three will be located in southern Nevada.  The company will file this resource plan with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) on June 1, 2018.

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NORESCO Implementing $97 Million Energy Savings Performance Contract

Source: PR Newswire 

 NORESCO, a national leader in energy efficiency and infrastructure solutions, is implementing $97 million in building system upgrades at the VA Great Lakes Health Care System, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Also known as Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12, the health care system provides services to more than 700,000 veterans in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Northwest Indiana. The guaranteed energy savings performance contract (ESPC) includes energy and water efficiency and facility improvements at six sites. NORESCO is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp

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University of Hawai‘i Maui College aims to be the first campus with 100% renewable energy

Source: Company

Recently, the University of Hawai‘i (UH) announced that its Maui College campus will soon be among the first in the nation to generate 100 percent of its energy from on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) systems coupled with battery storage. The project is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Pacific Current that will also allow four UH community college campuses on O’ahu to significantly reduce their fossil fuel consumption. 

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Carolinas' waterways get $1.2 million boost from Duke Energy

Source: PR Newswire

Sixteen organizations spanning 46 counties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will receive more than $1.2 million in new grants from Duke Energy's Water Resources Fund to support environmental and wildlife programs.

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Michelin's 2048 Ambitions: Michelin Tires will be Made Using 80 Percent Sustainable Materials

Source: PR Newswire

At Movin'On 2018, Michelin is announcing its ambitious plan to ensure that by 2048, all of its tires will be manufactured using 80 percent sustainable materials and 100 percent of all tires will be recycled.

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PowerOptions, SunPower Offer Cutting-Edge Solar-Plus-Storage Program

Source: PR Newswire

 PowerOptions and SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) announced an innovative program that will provide solar power and battery storage solutions to nonprofit and government institutions in New England, allowing them to maximize energy cost savings as well as store the electricity produced by solar and use it when it's needed most.

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PSEG Announces Major Infrastructure Investment Program

Source: PR Newswire

PSEG outlined a plan to invest $14 billion to $17 billion over the next five years.  

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’s CESMII SELECTS PROPOSALS FROM FIRST PROJECT CALL

Source: Advanced Manufacturing Office

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) recently announced nearly $10 million for ten projects to help advance its goals and enable U.S. manufacturers to develop and implement innovations that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability, and innovation.

 

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Amazon Launches Latest Rooftop Solar System on 813,000 Square Foot Fulfillment Center in Las Vegas

Source: Company
Amazon announced the launch of a 1.1 megawatt solar rooftop installation on its North Las Vegas fulfillment center, which brings the company one step closer to its long-term goal of powering its global operations footprint with 100% renewable energy. The project is Amazon's second in the state of Nevada, and its 17th rooftop solar installation over the past 14 months in the U.S. The company has a goal to install at least 50 rooftop solar systems globally by 2020.

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Report: Smart Cities Pose New Security Challenges and Opportunities

Source: ISACA
As smart cities integrate connected technologies to operate more efficiently and improve the quality of city services, new vulnerabilities arise that require diligent governance of municipal technology. New ISACA research on smart cities reveals several key areas of consideration when it comes to the security of these cities and the critical infrastructure systems they depend upon.

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Constellation, GE Team with The Home Depot to Install Largest Rooftop Solar Array in Washington, DC

Source: Company
Constellation, an Exelon company, and GE announced the completion of a 554 kilowatt (DC) solar generation project for The Home Depot's Washington, D.C., store. The solar project, now the largest single rooftop array in the District*, is expected to supply more than 9.9 million kilowatt hours of electricity to The Home Depot over a 15-year period, accounting for an anticipated 35-40 percent of the store's annual energy use. The Home Depot will purchase the electricity generated by the system through a 15-year power purchase agreement with Constellation. GE's Solar Development team designed the project, led the construction process and will be responsible for operations and maintenance over the duration of the contract.

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Executive Order 13800: Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks & Critical Infrastructure

Source: DOE
Statement from Secretary Perry: "This Administration recognizes the growing security risk of cyber threats and has prioritized overcoming these challenges facing our Nation, as outlined in Executive Order 13800. The Department of Energy (DOE) has taken an important step forward through the recent creation of the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), which will further strengthen DOE's ability to play a vital role protecting energy infrastructure from cyber threats, physical attacks, and natural disasters. As the Sector Specific Agency for the energy sector, DOE will continue to work with the Department of Homeland Security, our National Laboratories, public, and private sector partners to improve cybersecurity practices and develop next-generation tools and capabilities that can be leveraged to better understand and mitigate cyber vulnerabilities in the energy sector."

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President Signs Executive Order 13834: Efficient Federal Operations

Source: www.energy.gov

President Trump signed Executive Order 13834 Efficient Federal Operations, which establishes streamlined goals for federal energy and water efficiency, high performance buildings, renewable energy consumption, purchasing, and other aspects of managing agency operations. 

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Massachusetts Indoor Growing Company Orders Tecochill Chillers and Inverde e+ Cogeneration Equipment

Source: Yahoo Finance

 Tecogen Inc. (TGEN), a leading manufacturer of clean energy cogeneration products that, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer's carbon footprint, is pleased to announce that a major Massachusetts indoor growing operation has decided to purchase both Tecochill chillers and Inverde e+ cogeneration units for its high-tech greenhouse growing operation, as part of their first stage of development.

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PJM's Capacity Auction Attracts Diverse, Competitive Resources to Maintain a Reliable Grid

Source: PR Newswire

 PJM Interconnection released the results of its annual capacity auction, which successfully procured diverse and competitive power supplies for the 65 million people PJM serves.

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Panasonic and Pika Energy Upgrade Industry's Most Powerful and Efficient Smart Battery

Source: PR Newswire

 Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America and Pika Energy introduced a significant upgrade to the Harbor Smart Battery portfolio with the Harbor PlusTM Smart Battery, now the solar industry's most powerful and efficient smart battery with 17.1 kilowatt hours (kWh) of capacity and real power output of up to 10 kilowatts (kW). Additionally, the Harbor Plus Smart Battery now delivers 21 percent more energy and 30 percent more peak power than the next leading home smart-battery solution,1 enabling homeowners to extend solar power longevity, better manage energy around peak-rate periods and withstand off-grid scenarios at a more cost-effective price per kWh of storage.

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JLM Energy launches the Student Engaged Learning program with Community Colleges

Source: PR Newswire

JLM Energy launched its Student Engaged Learning program in conjunction with community colleges. JLM will install energy storage with guaranteed savings, at no out-of-pocket cost to the school. Students can learn about energy modeling software, battery/inverter technology, demand management created by energy storage, project economics, project management, city planning and utility interconnection approval process in a way that promotes student engagement.

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Capstone Sells Proprietary Air Bearing Kits to Fortune 500 Manufacturer

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced its first commercial order to sell air bearing assemblies to be used by a Fortune 500 industrial manufacturer of gas facility solutions for one of their commercial gas handling products.

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Department of Energy Announces $34 Million for Innovation Building Technologies R & D

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $34.5 million in funding to support building technology research and development (R&D). Buildings are the single largest energy-consuming sector in the U.S. economy, representing approximately 75% of the nation’s electricity use and 40% of its total energy demand, resulting in Americans spending nearly $400 billion each year to power homes, offices, schools, hospitals, and other commercial and residential buildings.

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Energy Department Celebrates Energy Efficiency Progress of Better Buildings Initiative Partners

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the progress made by more than 900 public and private-sector organizations that are driving energy efficiency in the U.S. economy through their participation in the Better Buildings Initiative. This includes 380 trillion Btus, or $3.1 billion in reported cumulative energy and cost savings from the set of market leaders that have stepped up to the Better Buildings Challenge. Moreover, partners across the Better Buildings Initiative are sharing their innovative approaches and successful strategies to accelerate the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices. The 2018 Better Buildings Progress Report released today highlights this progress in the commercial, industrial, residential and public sectors to improve energy productivity.  

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Space Exploration, Powered by Combined Heat and Power

Source: www.energy.gov

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas is a hub of human spaceflight activity. The Mission Control Center is home to International Space Station mission operations, future space developments, and training for NASA astronauts and space explorers. On May 15, Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, joined NASA leaders at a ribbon cutting for the launch of a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant that will support JSC and its critical operations by generating approximately 70% of the center’s electricity requirements. 

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Executive Order 13834: Efficient Federal Operations

Source: www.energy.gov

On May 17, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order 13834 Efficient Federal Operations, which establishes streamlined goals for federal energy and water efficiency, high performance buildings, renewable energy consumption, purchasing, and other aspects of managing agency operations. 

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UTC Climate, Controls & Security Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Taylor Company

Source: PR Newswire

UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has signed a definitive agreement to sell Taylor Company to The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD), a publicly traded company in the foodservice industry. The sale is expected to close early in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a leading provider of integrated building solutions, including heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, building controls and automation, and fire and security systems.

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Honeywell Control Room Technology Transforms Efficiency

Source: PR Newswire

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions (HPS) announced that Riikinvoima Oy, a leading Finnish provider of sustainable energy, has transformed the operational efficiency of its flagship waste incineration plant in Leppävirta, Finland, with Honeywell Experion® Orion control room technology.

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Xcel Energy Cuts Carbon Emissions 35 Percent

Source: Business Wire

Xcel Energy is a step closer to achieving one of the most aggressive carbon-reduction goals in the industry. The company announced it cut carbon emissions 35 percent, according to its newly released Corporate Responsibility Report. This puts Xcel Energy on track to reach or exceed its ambitious goal of reducing carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

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Enhanced Vehicle Simulation Tool Enables Wider Array of Analyses

Source: NREL

New and enhanced versions of NREL's Future Automotive Systems Technology Simulator (FASTSim) are now available for free download in Python and Microsoft Excel formats. 

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The 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report

Source: NASEO

The 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.5 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2017 by about 2 percent, adding 133,000 net new jobs, roughly 7% of all those created in the country.

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Capstone Secures Sizable 1.4 MW Order in the United Kingdom Commercial & Industrial Sector

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced a new 1.4 megawatt (MW) order in the United Kingdom commercial and industrial sector. The order consists of one C1000 Signature Series low-pressure microturbine and two traditional C200 low-pressure systems that will be installed and commissioned this summer. Pure World Energy, (PWE), Capstone’s distributor for the United Kingdom, secured the sizable order which is the first Capstone Signature Series C1000 configuration to be sold in the United Kingdom.

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Duke Energy energizes Ohio and Kentucky with nearly $600,000 in STEM

Source: PR Newswire

Duke Energy is expanding its investment in local students and workforce development by funding 36 education and training programs – totaling nearly $600,000 – in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

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Conti Solar Begins Construction of Largest Landfill Solar Project in Ohio

Source: PR Newswire

Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, has begun construction on the largest landfill solar project in Ohio. Located in Cuyahoga County, the 4 MW project is owned and operated by IGS Solar, a commercial and residential solar provider and an affiliate company of IGS Energy, one of the largest independent retail energy suppliers in the country. The solar project was developed by Enerlogics and McDonald Hopkins, and when complete, will provide over 5,000,000 kilowatt hours of clean solar electricity to county-owned facilities annually.

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NextEra Energy reaches definitive agreements to acquire Gulf Power, Florida City Gas and others

Source: PR Newswire

- Compelling all-cash transactions of attractive electric and natural-gas franchises complement NextEra Energy's existing operations within Florida

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$2.5 Million Available to Improve Agricultural Water Efficiency in California

Source: PR Newswire

The cronym>USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service cronym>(NRCS) in California, in partnership with DOI's Bureau of Reclamation cronym>(Reclamation), is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in portions of six water/irrigation districts in California. This partnership combines on-farm conservation enhancements, through NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program, with water-supply infrastructure upgrades, funded through Reclamation's WaterSmart program. Funding decisions for these on-farm conservation improvements will be made on June 22 and July 27, 2018.

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City of San Leandro Switches Its Municipal Vehicles to Run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel

Source: PR Newswire

The City of San Leandro, a suburban city in Alameda County, California, announced that it has switched all municipal vehicles from using petroleum diesel to only running on Neste MY Renewable Diesel™.

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NREL Releases 2017 Rankings for Top 10 Utility Green Pricing Programs

Source: NREL

Utility green pricing programs allow homes and businesses to procure green power through their electric utility. Since 2000, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has compiled data on these utility green pricing programs and released annual "Top 10" lists to recognize outstanding programs. Rankings for calendar year 2017 are now available at NREL's Voluntary Green Power page and are included below. This year's Top 10 programs sold more than 6.3 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of green power to more than 626,000 customers. NREL estimates green pricing programs nationwide sold more than 8 million MWh of green power to more than 800,000 customers.

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Exide Expands Motive Power Offering with Acquisition of Aker Wade Power Technologies

Source: PR Newswire

Exide Technologies (www.exide.com), a global provider of stored energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets, announced the acquisition of Aker Wade Power Technologies, LLC, which designs and manufactures advanced charging systems for industrial forklifts. The addition of Aker Wade chargers to Exide's GNB Industrial Power battery portfolio will provide best-in-class total power solutions to the motive power industry.

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Patriot Energy's Peak Notification Program Saves Money, Relieves Strain On Power Grid

Source: PR Newswire

Patriot Energy Group's money-saving Peak Demand Notification program, which kicks off annually June 1, is available for businesses to enroll in to maximize savings for their bottom-line.

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CAPSTONE SECURES 1 MW CHP ORDER FOR A LARGE CHEMICAL MANUFACTURER

Source: Company

 Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced an order for a C1000 Signature Series microturbine to provide combined heat and power (CHP) to a chemical manufacturer located in the Mid-Atlantic United States. E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone’s distributor for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, secured the order.

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PG&E Increases Energy Efficiency Options

Source: Business Wire

As part of its Respond, Rebuild, Resilience commitment to meeting the challenges of extreme weather resulting from climate change, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced it will double new construction energy efficiency incentives for residential and business customers who lost their homes or businesses in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. The enhanced incentives under the California Advanced Homes Program and Savings By Design program will be available for customers across Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yuba counties.

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Leading the Future of Energy at the 36th Annual West Coast Energy Management Congress

Source: AEE
When it comes to energy management and efficiency, the City of Seattle and Washington State lead the nation. Each year thousands of energy managers, VPs of operations and facility management professionals come to the annual West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) conference and trade show to network with their peers, share best practices, and learn about the latest industry developments. Hosted by Puget Sound Energy, EMC is in its 36th year - making it one of the longest-running events for business, industrial and institutional energy users in the Pacific Northwest. The local policies and programs in place are advancing an industry in which energy managers and engineers prosper. The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is committed to supporting this advancement by presenting EMC in Seattle, June 20-21, at the Washington State Convention Center.

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Capstone to Power Mid-Atlantic Area University with a 1 MW 80% Efficient Solution

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced an order for a C1000 Signature Series microturbine to provide combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) to a university in the mid-Atlantic area of the United States. E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone’s model distributor for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, secured the order.

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Ontario Launches Program to Expand Clean Energy Technology Across the Globe

Source: Ontario Government
Ontario has launched a pilot program to support local innovators that are ready to meet the demand for clean energy technologies in new international markets.

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Renewable Energy Jobs Reach 10.3 Million Worldwide in 2017

Source: IRENA
The renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally in 2017, a 5.3 per cent increase from 2016, according to the latest figures released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). According to the fifth edition of Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review, the total number of people employed in the sector (including large hydropower) now stands at 10.3 million globally, surpassing the 10 million figure for the first time.

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Mercer Island School District Awarded PSE Energy Efficiency Grant

Source: Company
Puget Sound Energy is recognizing Mercer Island School District with a grant worth $123,000 for energy conservation. The grant funded improvements and upgrades at two schools in the district, which will lead to a savings of an estimated $18,500 a year for the district.

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Duke Energy's Renewable Energy Portfolio Grew Almost 20 Percent in 2017, According to New Report

Source: Company
Duke Energy's renewable energy capacity grew by almost 20 percent in 2017, according to the company's newly posted Sustainability Report. One of the company's sustainability goals is to own, or have under contract, 8,000 megawatts (MW) of wind, solar and biomass capacity by 2020. Over the past year, the company has made strong progress toward that goal, growing its renewable energy capacity from 5,400 MW to more than 6,400 MW, which can power more than 1 million homes at peak production.

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BuildingIQ Partners with Cypress Envirosystems to Enable Digital Twinning of Older Buildings

Source: Company
BuildingIQ announces that it has partnered with Cypress Envirosystems, a company that provides electro-pneumatic thermostat solutions to retrofit existing commercial buildings and industrial facilities, to improve productivity and save energy. As a value-added reseller of Cypress Envirosystems, BuildingIQ is combining its market leading predictive optimization with Cypress Envirosystems' advanced thermostats. The two organizations will work to equip older buildings with AI-driven solutions to provide greater system insight and control, leading to improvements in tenant comfort and energy efficiency. On average, this collaboration will enable older buildings to reduce electrical energy usage by 30 percent, ultimately increasing the market value of these structures.

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Department of Energy Announces $14.5 Million to Advance Geothermal Drilling Technologies

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $14.5 million in new funding to advance geothermal energy development. The Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy (EDGE) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will focus on geothermal drilling in support of accelerating the research and development of innovative geothermal energy technologies in America.

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Large Corporations Are Leading America's Surge in Solar Deployment

Source: SEIA
America's top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association's brand new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users. This year's report contains data from over 4,000 companies, totaling more than 2.5 gigawatts of solar capacity across approximately 7,400 solar projects.

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Largest Ever Database of U.S. Wind Turbines Released

Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with public and private partners, has released the most comprehensive publicly available database yet of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics. The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) will allow unparalleled ability for government agencies and others to make planning decisions.

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Hawaiian Electric, U.S. Navy Break Ground on West Loch Solar Project

Source: Company
Hawaiian Electric Company and the Department of the Navy broke ground on a 20-megawatt solar facility at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam West Loch Annex. When completed in December, the West Loch project will produce the lowest-cost renewable energy in the state at less than 8 cents per kilowatt-hour. Hawaiian Electric will own and operate the 80,760-panel solar facility, which is being built by REC Solar.

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Duke Energy $62M Solar Rebate Program Approved for North Carolina Residential, Business & NonProfit

Source: Company
Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program - which will help North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property - was approved this month by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program - which will help North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property - was approved this month by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). The program is part of 2017's Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law - also known as House Bill 589 - which includes new Duke Energy programs to benefit customers.

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GridBright Helps Con Edison Reduce Subway Delays Caused by Power Outages

Source: Company
Con Edison, a regulated operating company of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED), with support of GridBright, has gone live with STORM (Support Tool for Outage Restoration Management), an innovative new software solution that will help New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reduce delays and improve quality of life to New York's 5.7 million daily subway riders.

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Trump Administration Proposes Sale for Wind Energy Off Massachusetts Coast

Source: Bureau of Ocean Management
In support of the President's "America-First Offshore Energy Strategy," U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the proposed lease sale for two additional areas offshore Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres.

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Siemens Sets Innovation Milestone with First 3D-Printed Parts for Industrial Steam Turbine

Source: Company
Siemens has reached yet another industry milestone in the area of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in the power generation industry with the company's first replacement parts 3D-printed from metal for an industrial steam turbine. The company is utilizing state-of-the-art AM technology to pave the way for greater agility in steam turbine component manufacturing and maintenance and to set new benchmarks for industrial power plant services.

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Ingersoll Rand Achieves 2020 Energy Efficiency Goal & Advances Climate Commitment with Renewable

Source: Company
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, announced that it has achieved a significant milestone in its global Climate Commitment ahead of schedule and is deepening its commitment with on-site and off-site renewable energy investments.

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Eversource Earns 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Source: Company
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Eversource has received their 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award in New Hampshire for continued leadership in energy efficiency and commitment to the ENERGY STAR program.

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Trump Administration Proposes Sale for Wind Energy Off Massachusetts Coast

Source: Dept. of the Interior
In support of the President's "America-First Offshore Energy Strategy," U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the proposed lease sale for two additional areas offshore Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres.

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Microsoft Adds 315MW of New Solar Power in Virginia in Largest Corporate Solar Agreement

Source: Company
Microsoft Corp. announced the purchase of 315 MW of energy from Pleinmont I and II, two new solar projects in the commonwealth of Virginia. This represents the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy ever in the United States. This will enable Microsoft to make significant progress toward its goal of reaching 60 percent by early 2020. The Pleinmont projects are part of a larger 500-MW solar development, owned and operated by sPower, an AES and AIMCo company.

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Connecticut's Energy Efficiency Programs Fuel Job Creation and Economic Growth

Source: Energize Connecticut
Every dollar invested in energy efficiency generates $7 back into Connecticut's economy, according to the 2017 Programs and Operations Report released by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB). The energy efficiency improvements made in 2017 will save Connecticut homeowners, renters, cities and towns, and businesses of all sizes more than $841 million over the life of those measures.

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Ameresco Delivers Energy Savings Projects to Four Colleges in Scotland

Source: Company
Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and provider of energy infrastructure solutions, announced that its UK operation was awarded and delivered a £3 million energy performance contract (EPC) across four colleges in Scotland. The Colleges include Edinburgh College, Borders College, Newbattle Abbey College, and West Lothian College.

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Data Book Shows Continued Growth of Renewable Electricity

Source: NREL
The Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 18.3 percent of total installed capacity and 15.6 percent of total electricity generation in 2016. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Renewable Energy Data Book presents U.S. and global energy statistics compiled from numerous data sources, and includes renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data.

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Sparks Dynamics Closes $2 Million in Series A Investment Round

Source: Company
Sparks Dynamics, a leader in data acquisition, analytics, and optimization of industrial compressed air and chilled water systems recently secured $2 million in Series A funding led by a large angel investor with extensive corporate C-suite experience in large publicly traded companies within the industrial equipment sector.

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Smart Buildings Save Energy and Improve Occupant Comfort

Source: ACEEE
Smart technologies can reduce a building’s energy use by nearly a fifth and yield additional benefits, such as increased worker productivity, according to our new report, Smart Buildings: a Deeper Dive into Market Segments. This report documents how many types of buildings — not just the biggest and ritziest — can benefit from the latest interconnected technologies, from simple occupancy sensors to complex energy management and information systems. It builds on our report from early 2017, Smart Buildings: Using Smart Technology to Save Energy in Existing Buildings.

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Alabama Public Service Commission Approves Walmart Contract with Solar Facility in East Alabama

Source: AL Newscenter
A new solar energy generating facility to be built in east Alabama will help the world’s largest retailer move a step closer to meeting its renewable energy goals.

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Department of Energy to Invest $30 Million to Boost Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Recovery

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of six projects to receive approximately $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development in unconventional oil and natural gas recovery.

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Duke Energy Announces 2017 Power Partner Award Winners

Source: Company
The familiar phrase "Cream rises to the top" precisely describes each of the six organizations receiving the 2017 Duke Energy Power Partner award.

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The New Year Brings Better Quality Lighting Choices to California

Source: California Energy Commision
Giving consumers the choice of better quality light bulbs, three new energy efficiency standards go into effect January 1, 2018. The standards cover general service light bulbs; general purpose light-emitting diodes - commonly called LEDs - used to replace typical existing home lighting; and small-diameter directional lamps, often used in commercial sites for track lighting.

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Siemens Gamesa Signs Contracts Covering 23 Turbines

Source: Company
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has received orders for two new onshore wind projects in southern Italy: the company is set to deliver 13 SWT-3.0-113 direct-drive units to European Energy's 39 MW project in Tolve and 10 G97-2.0 MW turbines to a further 20 MW project near Capoiazzo. Both wind farms are located in the Basilicata Region in the south of Italy. The orders include long term service agreements including advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics.

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Duke Energy Assumes Full Ownership of California-Based REC Solar

Source: Company
Duke Energy, one of the largest energy companies in the country, announced it has acquired full ownership of California-based REC Solar, a provider of renewable energy solutions for commercial customers throughout the U.S. Duke Energy first acquired a majority interest in REC Solar in February of 2015.

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National Grid Develops Innovative Solution for an Island Community's Unique Energy Challenges

Source: Company
National Grid, a leader in developing innovative energy solutions to meet customer and community needs, will install a 48 megawatt-hour battery energy storage system, or BESS, on the island of Nantucket, 30 miles off the Massachusetts coast, to help address some unique energy challenges.

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Duke Energy's Plan to Strengthen South Carolina's Energy Grid to Create Jobs, Grow State's Economy

Source: Company
Duke Energy is investing $3 billion over roughly the next 10 years in South Carolina to strengthen the energy grid and provide a major boost to the state's economy for years to come.

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Smart City Solutions & Services Expected to Grow From $40.1 Billion in 2017 to $94.2 Billion by2026

Source: Navigant Research
A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 16 smart city suppliers, with Cisco and Siemens in the lead. The drivers behind the smart city market include some of the most challenging global developments, including continued growth in urbanization, the need to reduce city emissions and better manage resource consumption, and growing economic and environmental pressure on cities. These developments are entangled with rapid technology development in complex ways that present many opportunities for suppliers and cities.

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Toshiba Develops Next-Generation Lithium-ion Battery with New Anode Material

Source: Company
Toshiba Corporation, an industry leader in lithium-ion battery technology, announced the development of its next-generation SCiB , which uses a new material to double the capacity of the battery anode. The new battery offers high- energy density and the ultra-rapid recharging required for automotive applications, and will give a compact electric vehicle (EV)with a drive range of 320km*1 after only six minutes of ultra-rapid recharging three times the distance possible with current lithium-ion batteries.

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

Source: Company

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

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

Source: PECI



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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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