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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: PR Newswire

 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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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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National Grid Recommends Key Actions to Improve Resiliency of the U.S. Bulk Power Grid

Source: Company
In a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, National Grid recommended a series of actions to improve the resiliency of the U.S. bulk transmission grid - the backbone of the nation's energy system. The comments were submitted in response to a request by the Commission for interested parties to make recommendations by May 9 in its docket entitled, Grid Resilience in Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators.

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Energy Commission Adopts Standards Requiring Solar Systems for New Homes, First in Nation

Source: CA Energy Commission
Moving to cut energy use in new homes by more than 50 percent, the California Energy Commission today adopted building standards that require solar photovoltaic systems starting in 2020. The building energy efficiency standards, which are the first in the nation to require solar, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 115,000 fossil fuel cars off the road.

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AMO’s RAPID Manufacturing Institute Releases First Annual Report

Source: Company 

AMO’s Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Institutereleased its first annual report, “Working Together to Grow Stronger,” to recap its inaugural year of operation.

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Air Force Issues Request for Information for Power Purchase Agreement

Source: Company

The U.S. Air Force has released a Request for Information (RFI), solicitation number W912DY-18-T-PPA1, to conduct market research and determine the feasibility of implementing various energy generation technologies to improve resilience at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) in New Jersey. 

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Energy Department’s Cyclotron Road Selects 13 New Innovators

Source: Advanced Manufacturing Office

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the fourth cohort of Cyclotron Road, a DOE Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program created to provide an institutional home for innovative postdoctoral researchers to build their research into products and train to be entrepreneurs. Cyclotron Road, based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, selected thirteen fellows with a diversity of experience and expertise from more than 175 innovators from around the world.

 

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Commissioning Pre Qualification for various DGS Public Works Projects

Source: Company

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) has issued an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) for Commissioning (Cx) services for various DGS Public Works Projects. 
 

 

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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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NREL Releases Major Update to Wind Energy Dataset

Source: Company

A massive amount of wind data was recently made accessible online, greatly expanding the amount of information available on wind flow across the continental United States.

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Centralized Compressor Controls Save Tremendous Amounts of Energy

Source: Compressed Air Best Practices Magazine

It has been my experience that more than 50% of industrial air users don’t control their air compressor resources effectively. As a result, a tremendous amount of energy is wasted. When my firm does audits of plant energy consumption, it’s not unusual for us to encounter installations with large numbers of independently-controlled compressors that are all running at different pressure settings and different loads. We also encounter compressors that are left running when the factory work cells they power are shut down. When we plot the total energy consumption over a monitoring period for our clients, we can demonstrate the magnitude of the waste, and the picture is often not pretty.

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Capstone Secures Nine-Year FPP Service Contract for a C1000S at a High-Tech Distribution Center

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has secured a nine-year Factory Protection Plan (FPP) service contract at a new 650,000 square foot state-of-the-art warehouse and shipping center for a leading food retailer in the New York area.

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Cummins Seymour: Superior Energy Performance Supports Cummins’ 40 x 2020 Energy Pledge

Source: www.energy.gov

Cummins Seymour Engine Plant and Technical Center in Seymour, Indiana, is the latest in a series of Cummins sites to earn certification to both the global ISO 50001 energy management standard and the Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP) program run by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In the process, Cummins Seymour cut its annual energy expenditures by 15.3% over two years, saving $2.75 million, and put in place a system to continuously build on those savings. These achievements highlight the savings and other ongoing benefits a global corporation can attain by using rigorous energy management systems to pursue ambitious energy goals.

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CoolSys Acquires Axiom Energy Solutions

Source: Company

CoolSys™, a parent of market-leading refrigeration and HVAC companies nationwide, announced it has acquired Axiom Energy Solutions as the newest member of the CoolSys family of companies. With this acquisition, CoolSys will integrate the resources and capabilities of Axiom as a leading provider of energy efficiency solutions with CoolSys Energy Solutions to serve energy optimization (EO) customers nationwide. Both companies are widely known for their expertise and services within the retail grocery sector.

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Pakistan Industry Gets Its First Batch Of Certified Energy Managers Trained

Source: Urdupoint United National Industrial Development Organization, after successfully holding the first ever training program of Certified Energy Auditors (CEA), has now concluded another highly regarded Certified Energy Manager (CEM) course in major cities of Pakistan, under its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project. (more)

AEE Welcomes New Corporate Member R3 Retail Development

Source: Company

R3 Retail Development is an end-to-end solutions provider, helping supermarkets, food processing and distribution centers, light industrial and commercial properties of all types maximize efficiency to unlock hidden profits in the areas of Energy Management, Building Controls, 

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Capstone Announces Cal Microturbine as its Exclusive Capstone Distributor for California

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced the expansion of Cal Microturbine’s exclusive territory to include all market verticals in the state of California.

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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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Pacific Business News: Close to 200 people attend Hawaii Energy’s inaugural Innovation Symposium

Source: Company

Hawaii Energy attracted almost 200 attendees and more than 20 exhibitors for its inaugural Innovation Symposium at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel on Thursday.

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SCE named No. 1 energy storage utility and No. 2 solar utility in the U.S.

Source: Company
Ninety-five degrees. That's the temperature that registered on thermometers across Rosemead on April 9. According to the National Weather Service, cities across Southern California Edison's service territory experienced similar record-breaking heat.

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Headlights vs. Highlights: Season Four of Better Buildings SWAP Showcases General Motors and L'Oréal

Source: energy.gov
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled the fourth installment of the "Better Buildings Challenge SWAP," featuring General Motors and L'Oréal USA. In this online video series, the companies swap energy management teams to gain new insights, save money and improve the energy performance of their industrial facilities. The result is an informative, behind the scenes look at what it takes to improve manufacturing competitiveness through energy efficiency.

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FERC Looking at Ways to Compensate Plants for Their Resiliency

Source: Nuclear Energy Institute
As several states most recently New Jersey have taken concrete action to properly compensate nuclear power's zero-carbon attributes, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) told congressional lawmakers this week they are investigating ways for electricity markets to value reliability, while distancing themselves from immediate reform 

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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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NREL and Hawaiian Electric Navigate Uncharted Waters of Energy Transformation

Source: NREL

As you read in Part 1 of this story, NREL helped the Hawaiian Electric Companies respond to new stability challenges associated with the rapid addition of solar power and other renewables to Hawaii's six isolated island grids. Now, the utility is working proactively to modernize those grids. Hawaiian Electric senior vice president of planning and technology Colton Ching says, "We're finally to a point where we're able to look over the horizon, to break through the near-term barriers and start looking further into the future." And NREL is still on board.

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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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Alpine Branch Library - Brummitt Energy Associates

Source: Company

The new 13,500-square-foot Alpine Library, which opened in May 2016, is the first Zero Net Energy building built by a local government entity. Through thoughtful design, the library’s projected energy consumption was cut nearly in half, while construction costs stayed within the project’s 10-million-dollar budget. The Alpine Library was a design-build (D-BE) project in which the architect and general contractor performed as a single entity.

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2018 GLOBALCON Pictures Available

Source: Company

The 2018 GLOBALCON Conference & Expo was held March 21-22, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. Here are photos from the event! For more information about this event, visit www.globalconevent.com Networking Reception Conference Sessions Opening Session.

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U.S. DOE & National Assoc. of Manufacturers Announce Sustainability in Manufacturing Partnership

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced the Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership. Through this partnership fostered by DOE’s Better Plants program, DOE and the NAM will work together to help U.S. manufacturers drive energy productivity improvements and accelerate adoption of energy efficient technologies.

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Capstone Secures First Signature Series Order in Portugal for Textile Mill CHP Project

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 C600 Signature Series microturbine to provide combined heat and power (CHP) to a Portuguese textile mill. Micropower Europe, Capstone’s distributor for Portugal and Spain, secured the order.

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New Solar PV Tool Calculates Degradation Rates, Saving Money & Guiding Business Decisions

Source: NREL

How long a product can be expected to perform at a high level is a fundamental indication of quality and durability. In the solar industry, accurately predicting the longevity of photovoltaic (PV) panels is essential to increase energy production, lower costs, and raise investor and consumer confidence. A new software package developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and industry partners SunPower and kWh Analytics is making the measurement of PV system expected lifetime performance more reliable, consistent, and accurate.

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Capstone Secures Follow-On 2.4 MW FPP Long-Term Service Contracts with Key Oil & Gas Producer

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has secured multiple significant Factory Protection Plan (FPP) aftermarket long-term service contracts as follow-on orders to the 6.9 megawatt (MW) multimillion-dollar contract signed back in early January 2018.

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Apple Now Globally Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Source: Newsroom
As part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment, Apple announced its global facilities are powered with 100 percent clean energy. This achievement includes retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India. The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $1.8 Billion Initiative for New Supercomputers

Source: DOE
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry tannounced a Request for Proposal (RFP), potentially worth up to $1.8 billion, for the development of at least two new exascale supercomputers to be deployed at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories in the 2021-2023 timeframe

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Seattle City Light Recovers $1.5M Using the ELITEpro XC & RoCoil Current Transformer

Source: Company
A team of four Seattle City Light (SCL) employees have recovered $1.5 million in just two years using equipment purchased from DENT Instruments. Large-scale construction is booming in Seattle and has been for many years, but Seattle City Light was unable to efficiently capture electrical usage and bill accordingly as multi-unit skyscrapers were taking shape — that is, until the initial purchase of 12 ELITEpro XC meters from DENT Instruments in 2014.

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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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Capstone Expands its Presence in North American Healthcare Market with New CHP Projects

Source: Business Insider
Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced its continued expansion into the healthcare market with new combined heat and power (CHP) projects at two North American hospitals. In addition, a third high profile North American hospital, that had previously purchased Capstone microturbines, will be commissioning its new CHP system in May and will be a regional showcase installation.

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Connecticut's 195 CHURCH offices' window retrofit increases energy efficiency

Source: Company

Located on the New Haven Green, 195 CHURCH is undergoing a $6 million energy-efficient window and lighting retrofit. Implementing recommendations from Globelé Energy and Apogee Enterprises, Inc.'s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, the property's tenants already are experiencing more comfortable workspaces. The building owners, 195 Church Street Associates, LLC, are also noticing significant annual energy savings; it is on track to earn an estimated $589,000 rebate from utility provider United Illuminating through the EnergizeCT initiative.

 

 

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Daikin Names Harrison Energy Partners as Service Alliance Provider

Source: Chiller & Cooling Best Practices

In 2017, Daikin announced its new relationship with Harrison Energy Partners (HEP), the largest commercial and industrial HVAC firm in Arkansas, as the authorized manufacturer’s representative in central, northwest and western Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City. Effective immediately, Daikin Applied is pleased to extend that relationship, making HEP the Service Alliance Provider in Oklahoma City and the surrounding region. As a Service Alliance Provider, HEP is now authorized and responsible for responding to customers’ Daikin Applied equipment service, operation and maintenance needs.

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TAQATI Dubai Launches an Integrated Energy Efficiency Training Program

Source: Albawaba Business

TAQATI, the dedicated Program Management Office for the Dubai Demand Side Management (DSM) strategy and which is set up under Etihad Energy Service Company (Etihad ESCO), entered into a partnership with the British University in Dubai (BUiD) for the Dubai Energy Efficiency Training Program as part of its mandate. Etihad ESCO CEO Ali Al Jassim signed the agreement with BUiD Vice Chancellor Prof. Abdullah Al Shamsi during a ceremony organized at Etihad ESCO’s headquarters on 18 March 2018 to formally seal the deal.  

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USAID continues support for optimising energy management in Jamaica

Source: Loop

The United States Agency for International Development, through its Caribbean Clean Energy Program, awarded scholarships to 25 professionals from 13 institutions to undertake a 6-week energy management training course.

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CAPSTONE RECEIVES C1000 SIGNATURE SERIES ORDER FOR ANOTHER FLARE GAS-TO-ENERGY PROJECT

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 unit to be deployed on another flare gas-to-energy project in Los Angeles, California.

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Introduction to Wireless Lighting Controls

Source: The Lighting Controls Authority

Typical automatic lighting control applications involve an input device, such as a photosensor, interacting with a power controller, such as a switch. Though these components may be integrated into the same device (e.g., wall-box occupancy sensor), often they are installed separately. To interact, the input device must send a control signal to a controller, which then controls the load. The predominant traditional approach is to send a control signal along dedicated low-voltage wiring (typically called “hardwired”). A more recent approach rapidly gaining in popularity is to communicate using radio waves that travel through the air, eliminating the need for dedicated control wiring.

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Duke Energy's New Climate Report Details the Company's Ability to Adapt to a Low-Carbon Future

Source: Company
Duke Energy outlined steps it is taking to provide safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy to its customers while embracing the transformation underway in the utility industry. The report details the company's strategy and ongoing efforts to mitigate risks from climate change, reduce emissions, navigate policy uncertainty and plan future investments to deliver value for customers and investors.

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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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Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 5,750 Electric Car Rebates Approved in First Year of Drive Clean

Source: ny.gov
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that more than 5,750 consumers have received rebates to buy electric cars in New York since the State's Drive Clean Rebate was launched one year ago. The initiative provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new electric car from participating dealers. The rebate program supports Governor Cuomo's ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

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Fairbanks Morse Delivers PoweReliability-as-a-ServiceTM Solution in Puerto Rico

Source: Company

Fairbanks Morse - an EnPro Industries company (NYSE: NPO) and leading provider of solutions that are powering the world forward - announced today that it has delivered its PoweReliability-as-a-Service platform to a Fortune 500 company in Puerto Rico. The installation provides a dual fuel combined heat and power (CHP) microgrid with approximately 10 megawatts of capacity. The PoweReliability-as-a-Service offering will be installed with advanced software and condition-based maintenance support so power generation can be monitored in real time to deliver on specified fuel and reliability guarantees. As an open platform, it can be customized to include the additional integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) including renewable baseloads like solar, wind, or energy storage in the future.

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Chain Reaction Innovations Entrepreneur Wins Top NASA Innovation Award

Source DOE

Felipe Gomez del Campo, CEO of FGC Plasma Solutions, traveled to NASA headquarters to receive the 2018 NASA iTech award for X-Factor Innovation.

 

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Capstone to Power Commercial Facility in the U.K. with Bundled Cogeneration Solution

Source: Globe Newswire

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), a world leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced recently an order for a C200S integrated combined heat and power (iCHP) microturbine for a commercial facility in the United Kingdom. The order was placed under Capstone’s new “Sell-to-Win”bundled solutions program and includes a Capstone supplied integrated roof mounted heat recovery module (HRM) and a prepaid 5-year factory protection plan (FPP). Pure World Energy, Capstone’s distributor for the United Kingdom, secured the order.

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More Than a Pretty Fan

Source: MacroAir

In the latest issue of Green Building and Design Magazine, MacroAir fans contributed an informative article discussing how MacroAir’s big commercial ceiling fans aid in human wellness, create sustainability and are the perfect fit for a new student hub facility.

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Electroindustry Briefs Congress on Smart Energy Infrastructure for the Modern Grid

Source: NEMA
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) co-sponsored a congressional briefing with GridWise Alliance in conjunction with the Grid Innovation Caucus to discuss the importance of modern electrical systems for American infrastructure. "Now is the time to invest in modern electrical and energy systems to make our nation's energy infrastructure safer, more reliable, and highly efficient. By incorporating the latest innovations such as energy storage, smart meters, microgrids, and advanced transmission technologies, we can modernize our grid while simultaneously creating valuable manufacturing jobs," said NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff.

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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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Capstone Secures Sizable 5.2MW Order for Multiple Oil and Gas Sites in South America

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has received a sizable new order for 5.2MW of clean and green microturbines to power multiple oil and gas sites in South America. Supernova Energy Services, a South American distributor for Capstone, secured the project.

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Energy Consumers and Utilities Come Together at the 2018 GLOBALCON Event

Source: AEE
Each year thousands of energy managers, VPs of operations and facility team professionals come to the Northeast for the annual GLOBALCON conference and trade show to network with their peers, share best practices, and learn about the latest industry developments. Presented by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and Energy Company Partner, National Grid, GLOBALCON is in its 29th year - making it one of the longest running events for business, industrial and institutional energy users. This year the event is scheduled for March 21-22, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

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DOE Announces $10M for CHP Research to Support the Electric Grid

Source: AMO

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced up to $10 million to conduct research and development activities to further the utilization of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) specifically designed to provide support to the electric grid.

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Southern Co Subsidiaries Alabama Power & Georgia Power Deploy Smart Neighborhoods

Source: Company
Southern Company and its Alabama Power and Georgia Power subsidiaries have officially announced Smart Neighborhood™ initiatives that will provide customers with state-of-the-art home construction, distributed energy resources – including solar and battery energy storage – and smart home appliances and technologies.

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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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Connectivity Modernizes Grid Communication in North America Boosting Market to $1 Billion by 2023

Source: Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan's new analysis, North American Digital Grid Communication Infrastructure, Forecast to 2023, provides an assessment of disruptive trends and technologies, market share, and competitive analysis of key players such as ABB, Siemens, Landis & Gyr, Elster, and Itron. The research finds that the market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent from 2016 to 2023, reaching an estimated $1 billion by 2023 in North America.

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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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New Batteries for Hawaiian Wind Farm

Source: Company
Younicos has signed an agreement with TerraForm Power to install and commission a 10 MW battery-based energy storage system upgrade at the site of the Kaheawa wind farm, one of the largest wind farms on the island of Hawaii. The batteries will be primarily used to provide ramping services to smooth out wind variability. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018.

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Tecogen Wins 800 kW of Cogeneration Sales to Six NYC Apartments in Under 45 Days

Source: Company
Tecogen® Inc., a clean energy company providing ultra-efficient, clean, natural gas powered on-site power, heating and cooling equipment, is pleased to announce that within the last 45 days it has entered into contracts to sell InVerde e+ cogeneration units to six apartment buildings in Manhattan, NY. The units will have a total capacity of 800 kW and will generate revenue totaling $4.1 million, which includes the cost of installation and all related accessories. The bulk of the revenue will be recognized across the first half of 2018. Each deal comes with a long-term service contract, which is billed separately and not included in this number, and all but one includes turnkey installation.

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Walmart Continues Retail Energy Efficiency Leadership with 1.5 Million LED Fixtures Installed Global

Source: Company
Walmart, the world's largest retailer, announced results of an extensive lighting program with Current, powered by GE at the National Retail Federation's Big Show. As part of an ongoing commitment to energy efficiency, Walmart has now installed more than 1.5 million LED (light emitting diode) fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centers and corporate offices in ten countries.

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Canada Supports Next Wave of Emerging Renewable Power

Source: Natural Resources Canada
Investments in innovative emerging renewable technology will contribute to diversifying Canada's energy sources and ensure we retain our position as a world leader in the development of the next wave of renewable energy. They will also create good jobs for Canadians and ensure our communities are healthy and productive places to live.

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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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Emerson to Install Gas Turbine Controls at ENGIE Combined-Cycle Power Plant in France

Source: Company
ENGIE has awarded Emerson a contract to replace legacy combustion turbine controls with Ovation turbine control technology at its DK6 800-MW combined-cycle power plant in Dunkirk, France. Existing controls on the plant's two Alstom GT13 combustion turbines are obsolete and no longer supported by the vendor.

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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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U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change

Source: NY Times
The Climate Science Special Report, unveiled by 13 federal agencies, is an exhaustive scientific report that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization. Over the past 115 years global average temperatures have increased 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to record-breaking weather events and temperature extremes, the report says. The global, long-term warming trend is “unambiguous,” it says, and there is “no convincing alternative explanation” that anything other than humans — the cars we drive, the power plants we operate, the forests we destroy — are to blame.

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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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