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

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

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Tesla to Build Gigafactory Battery Plant in Nevada

Source: Company
Tesla Motors will build its massive $5 billion electric vehicle battery plant, dubbed the Gigafactory, near Reno, the company and the state’s governor have announced. “Tesla will build the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory in Nevada which means nearly one hundred billion dollars in economic impact to the Silver State over the next twenty years. I am grateful that (Tesla Chairman and CEO) Elon Musk and Tesla saw the promise in Nevada,” stated Governor Brian Sandoval.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$8 Billion Green Energy Initiative Proposed for LA; First Initiative of its Kind in US

Source: Company

Four companies jointly proposed a first-in-the-U.S., $8-billion green energy initiative that would bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023. The project would require construction of one of America’s largest wind farms in Wyoming, one of the world’s biggest energy storage facilities in Utah, and a 525-mile electric transmission line connecting the two sites. “This project would be the 21st century’s Hoover Dam – a landmark of the clean energy revolution,” said Jeff Meyer, managing partner of Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, one of the four companies involved in the initiative.

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

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

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What’s New in ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013

Source: Lighting Controls Association (LCA)

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

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

Source: Business Wire

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

 

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Nevada Selected As Official Site for Tesla Battery Factory

Source: DOE

Governor Brian Sandoval and Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors, announced that Nevada has been selected as the official site for the Tesla Gigafactory.

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Energy Department Recognizes University of Utah in Better Buildings Challenge

Source: DOE

 As part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department recognized the University of Utah for its leadership in energy efficiency and for reducing energy use by 40 percent in a historic campus building, saving the University $57,000 a year.

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Capstone Turbine Increases Presence in African Oil and Gas Market

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for two C1000 microturbines for an offshore oil and gas platform in Africa.

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

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

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Mars Chocolate Site In Topeka Achieves Prestigious LEED® Gold Certification

Source: PR Newswire

Mars Chocolate North America announced that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED® Gold certification —an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing and operating green buildings—from the U.S. Green Building Council. The roughly 500,000-square-foot facility, which opened in March, produces M&M'S® Brand Candies and SNICKERS® Bars. This accolade represents an additional LEED® Gold award for Mars, Incorporated, joining the Mars Chocolate North America corporate headquarters in Hackettstown, N.J., and Mars Petcare's pet food manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Ark.

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Verizon Investing $13.8M in New Solar Projects in N.J. This Year

Source: PR Newswire

Building upon the successful launch of its on-site green energy program in 2013, Verizon this year is investing more than $13 million to expand the program at three company locations across New Jersey. This year, Verizon will install 3.5 megawatts of new solar power systems at facilities in Carteret, Freehold and Piscataway. Installation of the systems is taking place over the next two months, with completion scheduled by year-end.

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Pace Global Announces New Vice President

Source: Company

Pace Global, A Siemens Business, has named Charles V. Maglione as Vice President, Sales and Account Management. Mr. Maglione, who will be located in Pace Global's Fairfax, VA office, has over 20 years of experience in professional service organizations as a business development executive and industry leader, consultant and global account executive. His expertise includes leading and managing business development teams, developing and implementing sales operations, account leadership, client relationship management, business development skills training, assessing new business opportunities, and forming partnerships and joint ventures.

 

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Joule Assets to Offer Project Financing With 10 Energy Efficiency Contractors

Source: Company
Joule Assets Inc., the leading finance provider for the energy efficiency and demand response industries, announced strategic financing partnerships for 10 U.S.-based energy efficiency contracting firms, with a total pipeline that is projected at $270M, of which Joule Assets will target an initial $90M deployment. In a given year, a typical energy efficiency contractor may see $2-3M worth of projects stall due to a customer’s budget constraints for upgrades. The project financing from Joule Assets enables these small-to-mid-sized contractors to offer in-house financing, significantly shortening sales cycles and extending their project pipelines.

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Schneider Electric to Move US Headquarters to Andover, Massachusetts

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, an international energy management giant, is set to relocate its US headquarters from Illinois to Andover, Massachusetts on Wednesday, a move designed to improve its access to the engineering talent coming out of Boston-area universities. The company had previously announced that a multimillion-dollar glass-clad building near interstates 93 and 495 would function as its North American research-and-development hub, absorbing employees from smaller offices nearby. But, the decision to move its headquarters there, too, came more recently, part of an effort to emphasize Schneider's shift from a maker of traditional electrical gear to a technology outfit that manufactures sophisticated computerized electrical and environmental systems used in data centers and other buildings.

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Ameresco and GSA Join to Recognize Deep Energy Retrofit Project

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

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Reliable Controls Releases 902 MHz Versions of SSE & SSEA Wireless Products

Source: Company

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the release of 902 MHz versions of the SPACE-SensorTM EnOcean (SSE) and SMART-SensorTM EnOcean Accesspoint (SSEA) products. This frequency communicates on the 902 MHz band for the North American market; the new versions of these products increase the effective radio frequency range and offer enhanced resistance to interference.

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Energy Department Awards $4.5 Million for Wind Power Projects

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $4.5 million for four projects to help increase deployment of innovative wind power technologies by optimizing the operation, boosting efficiency, and improving the environmental performance of wind energy systems. The research and development (R&D) projects, located in Maine, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Texas, contribute to the Energy Department’s effort to advance innovative technologies that reduce carbon emissions and support the President’s goal to double renewable energy again by 2020. These projects will pursue R&D not significantly represented in our current portfolio as a way to support and explore innovative new approaches for integration into our future program plans.

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

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

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World liquid fuels use projected to rise 38% by 2040, spurred by growth in Asia and Middle East

Source: Company

World petroleum and other liquid fuels consumption will increase 38% by 2040, spurred by increased demand in the developing Asia and Middle East, according to projections in International Energy Outlook 2014 (IEO2014), released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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Efficient High-rise Changes Corporate Landscape with ‘Urban Genius’ Concept

Source: Company

A new 20-story, multi-tenant office building in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh is giving companies around the world an opportunity to become part of the evolution of Urban Genius design. Developed for two signature tenants in one distinctive building, 350 Fifth Avenue is pursuing LEED® Silver Certification and features wide-open floor plans that allow for utilization of almost 100 percent of floor space.  

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SCE to Make Major Infrastructure Improvements in Manhattan Beach

Source: Company
To ensure continued reliable electric service, Southern California Edison (SCE) will invest more than $6.2 million beginning this month in the first phase of a series of projects to upgrade distribution circuits that serve parts of Manhattan Beach. The work will continue through mid-2015. Subsequent phases will begin later this year.SCE will install 154 new transformers, replace about 660 poles and upgrade other key distribution equipment to improve reliability. During the project, some customers may experience maintenance outages. SCE will communicate with affected customers well in advance so they can make appropriate arrangements.

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

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

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The GWCC Expects to Become the World's Largest LEED Certified Convention Center

Source: Exhibitor Online
Georgia World Congress Center's Sustainability Committee is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as a measurement tool for the sustainable operations and maintenance of the building. 
 

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Grainger Announces World's First Data Center Certified by New LEED Standards

Source: Company
This data center features an advanced cooling system.  The energy used for cooling the facility is controlled by strictly managing the air flow, using outside air to cool the facility. As a result, Grainger expects the new data center to consume up to 50 percent less energy for cooling than similar data centers.

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Capstone Turbine Announces Two-Megawatt CHP Order From Regatta Solutions

Source: Company
Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order for two C1000 microturbines to upgrade a technology innovation firm in Southern California.

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Global Energy Efficiency Ranks #99 in Inc. 500 2014 List of Fastest Growing Companies

Source: PR Newswire

Global Energy Efficiency, one of New York City's leading providers of energy efficient solutions for commercial businesses, has positioned number 99 in the 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.  Additionally, the company was recognized as 8th on the Top Energy Companies as well as 8th on the Top New York Companies lists.

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PNC Arena First U.S. NHL Venue to Feature New LED Lighting System

Source: Company

For the first time in the history of the National Hockey League, a U.S. arena will feature LED lighting, when PNC Arena—home to the Carolina Hurricanes—unveils the new, cutting-edge system for the preseason opener this fall. Dave Olsen, Executive Vice President and General Manager of PNC Arena, announced today that the Centennial Authority has partnered with Musco, which will install its innovative Show-Light Green™ LED system in the coming weeks.

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Energy Systems Group to Implement Energy Savings Program

Source: Yahoo Finance

Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC), has been awarded a $7.8 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to implement an energy savings program at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). The VAPAHCS maintains one of the top three research programs in the VA, and operates nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary, all of which serve more than 85,000 enrolled Veterans.

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District Streamlines Lighting Systems For Savings

Source: AirCycle Corporation

Before moving forward with energy-efficient lighting retrofits in May 2012, Harford County (Md.) Public Schools first needed to take a step back. The district had been expanding, constructing new buildings and renovating others to meet growing enrollment.

 

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Children's Hospital saves $83,760 in annual energy costs

Source: Company

This Children's Hospital* located in the South Atlantic United States is one of the largest non-profit public systems in the United States. They specialize in pediatric medicine. The purpose of SAH is to provide top quality medical care to children without the need to travel far from home. SAH's goals are to reduce energy consumption and decrease emissions while continuing to deliver excellent medical care for its patients.

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Reliable Controls Releases Workhorse Controllers: MACH-Pro1TM & MACH-Pro2 TM

Source: Company

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the release of the MACH-Pro1 and MACH-Pro2, fully programmable, BACnet® building controllers (B-BC) designed to be the new workhorse controllers of the industry.

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DENT Instruments Launches All-New PowerScout 3037 Power Meter

Source: Company
DENT Instruments, a global leader in the design and manufacture of power and energy measurement instruments, announced the introduction of the all-new PowerScout 3037 Revenue-Grade Networked Power Meter. The PowerScout 3037, which replaces all models of the PowerScout 3 Plus, monitors voltage, current, power, energy, and many other electrical parameters on single and three-phase systems. 

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Hawaii Energy Offers State's First-Ever Energy Efficiency Auction

Source: DOE

Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, is launching the "Hawaii Energy Efficiency Auction" to find out just how innovative and cost-effective the market can be when it comes to helping residents and businesses save energy.

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California-Nevada Bikeway Wins EPA Green Transportation Award

Source: DOE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region announced that the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway has won the environmental award for Green Transportation. The award recognizes significant contributions made in the past year to protect the environment and support communities. 

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Schneider Electric Signs 3.9 Million Energy Savings Performance Contract

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

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Solar System Will Power New Dropbox Office

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

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

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

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

Source: Company

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

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

Source: DOE

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

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MIT Study: Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Pay for Itself

Source: DOE

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

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Energy Department Announces $17 Million to Advance Highway Transportation Technologies

Source: DOE

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

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Capstone Expands CHP Footprint in Russian Manufacturing Sector

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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DTE Energy selects SolarCurrents projects

Source: PR Newswire

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

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Capstone Receives 9MW Factory Protection Plan Contract

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Tesla Model S60 Raffle to Benefit Illinois Solar Energy Association

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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CEQ Releases Annual Energy and Sustainability Performance Update

Source: Company

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

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Radiance Solar Expands O&M Services Division

Source: Company

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Plug Power Announces 2014 Second Quarter Results; Record Revenues Achieved

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Exelon's Constellation Business Acquiring Integrys Energy Services

Source: Company

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

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

Source: DOE

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

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New Jersey Offshore Wind Firm Highlights Energy Department Grant

Source: DOE

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

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

Source: Company

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

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

Source: PRWeb

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Company

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

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

Source: Company

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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Lime Energy Announces Utility Program Wins

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Army Adds Small Businesses to $7 Billion Renewable Energy Contract

Source: DOE

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

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Energy Department Announces $11 Million for Carbon Fiber from Biomass

Source: DOE

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

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

Source: Company

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

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Aleddra Offers Upgrade Program

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: Company

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

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FuelCell Energy Announces Strategic Financing Agreements With NRG Energy

Source: Yahoo Finance

 FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL), a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, announced a broadening and deepening of the existing relationship with NRG Energy (NRG) including a $35.0 million investment in FuelCell Energy common stock by NRG Energy and the establishment of a new $40.0 million revolving construction and term loan facility by NRG Energy for FuelCell Energy to use for project development. NRG Energy now owns approximately 17.0 million shares of the Company's common stock, or 6.0 percent, including 2.4 million shares owned prior to this transaction.

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Energy Department Announces Distributed Wind Competitiveness Projects

Source: DOE

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

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Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

Source: DOE

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

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UPS Doubles Carbon Intensity Goal for 2020

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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SC Johnson Recognized for Continued Commitment to Green Power

Source: PR Newswire

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

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Amicus/LFC Capital Announce $50 Million Solar Program

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners Announced!

Source: Company

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

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ENERGY INDUSTRIES CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF BUSINESS IN HAWAII

Source: Company

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

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NREL Uses Industry Best Practices to Add Partners

Source: Company

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order from Indonesia for a Capstone C800 system to power a cement factory in Balikpapan.

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

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

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Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

Source: Energy.gov

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

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

Source: DOE

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

 

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

Source: DOE

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

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

Source: Company

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

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Cylon Energy Inc. acquire American Auto-­Matrix

Source: Company

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

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

Source: Company

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

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

Source: DOE

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

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

Source: DOE

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

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GM Adding 3 Acres of Solar Arrays in Michigan

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

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Energy New England Enters into Strategic Partnership with Seldera

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

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Eaton Provides Industry-Leading Electrical Efficiency to Optimize Energy Harvest

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

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GridPoint Named Among Top 10 Building Energy Management Systems

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

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New ISO Energy Management Standards Will Drive Energy Performance Improvements

Source: DOE

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

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Energy Efficiency Solutions Showcased at the 2014 Better Buildings Summit

Source: DOE

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

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

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

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

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

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Capstone Test 2

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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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In Colorado, a New Solar Model Takes Root  
A few years ago the Yampa Valley Electric Association, the rural cooperative that serves communities across northwest Colorado, including the Steamboat Springs ski resort, signed an agreement with a company called Clean Energy Collective to build a community solar garden in the valley.

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:07:00 GMT

The World's Biggest Oil Companies  


Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:02:00 GMT

Economist: To Protect Frackers, U.S. Should Restrict Oil Imports  
Oil prices are close to falling below marginal costs of production. There's no time like boom times to start worrying about the bust.

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:02:00 GMT

Vivint Solar Prices Shares For IPO  
Vivint Solar, a residential solar installer, has set its initial public offering at $16 per share, and trading is expected to begin tomorrow on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "VSLR."

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:52:00 GMT

Tesla Breaks into Japan  
Earlier this month Tesla opened its Japan sales operation with Elon Musk handing over nine keys to the first Model S owners in the country.  The event is significant because foreign automakers, especially U.S. ones, sell very few vehicles in Japan.  Although the country’s vehicle market officially opened to limited foreign participation in the 1970s, despite extensive automotive trade negotiations between the United States and Japan, the country has effectively remained closed.  Nearly 96% of all vehicle sales in the country come from Japanese companies, while the remaining 4% come from German automakers, with a barely visible blip of around 1,000 vehicles coming from GM.  This has been frustrating for foreign automakers – but it’s also hindering Japan’s plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market.

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:02:00 GMT

4 Things You Should Know About Energy Storage  
We don't fawn over battery technology like we do over shiny gadgets and smart apps, but know this: it's set to play an important role in our attempt to use more low-carbon energy like solar and wind.

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:08:00 GMT

It's All In The Fracking Regulations  
It might be impossible to find an eight-lettered word that provokes a more emotional response than the word, Fracking.  Not content with the simple eight letters, opponents have expanded their options and go for word play with declarations of NoFrackingWay! or FrackNo!

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:26:00 GMT

Global Shale Exploration Needs Pragmatism Not Bravado  
Of late, there has been a change in the mood of global shale oil and gas enthusiasts. While the enthusiasm has not dimmed, exaggerated claims about potential reserves are fading and there is a new found sense of pragmatism from Poland to China.

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:48:00 GMT

Energy Markets Are Attempting Another Rebound  
U.S. oil and natural gas are attempting to rally again after their false breakout in late-August.

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:32:00 GMT

Reports: A Guide To Boosting Solar Energy Demand  
How can solar become the largest source of electricity in the world one day? The International Energy Agency released two reports on Monday to tell you how. The two reports outline the technology improvements and policies needed to make solar a big part of the world's energy production by 2050. While equipment and installation costs have come down significantly in the past 5 years, their continual decline is a must to get to that 2050 milestone, the IEA said. The group also advocates for consistent policies, which is always helpful for building a market for new technologies.

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:44:00 GMT

Algerian Shale's Water Problem  
As Algeria continues its push for a shale future, the arid country’s access to water remains a looming challenge.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:01:00 GMT

Closing Vermont Nuclear Bad Business For Everyone  
Vermont’s choice to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant for no good reason has reversed the state’s progress on reducing carbon, and punished rate-payers in their neighboring States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire with up to 50% rate increases. But I’m sure they didn’t mean that to happen.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:51:14 GMT

XPRIZE Creator Peter Diamandis Speaks On Access To Electricity As Potential Key Driver For Lifting People Out Of Poverty  
I had the pleasure of recently speaking with Peter Diamandis, the visionary, serial entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author. He shared his ideas on sustainability and the challenges of keeping up with energy demand in our growing world.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:40:00 GMT

Another Way To Look At The Utility Death Spiral  
There’s no getting around it: the utility death spiral sounds ominous.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:11:00 GMT

Michael Dell  


Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:34:00 GMT

Forbes 400: The Richest People In Texas, 2014  
This year the Lone Star state boasts 39 slots on the Forbes 400.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:34:00 GMT

Eni Looks Past Uncertainty in Egypt  
As a number of foreign firms weigh their options on Egyptian oil and gas productions, Italy’s Eni announced plans to expand their region footprint with three new explorations licenses.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:14:00 GMT

FERC's Meddling In New England's Power Market May Prolong Pain From High Prices  
The Federal Electric Regulatory Commission (FERC) should let the market do its work.

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:13:00 GMT

Climate Marchers' Conundrum: Whether To Embrace Shale Gas?  

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President Obama, Ban Ki-moon and 300,000 others showed up in New York City this week to support the use of modern technologies and cleaner fuels. But at least four notable heads-of-state stayed home, each of whom is just as important in the battle against global warming. Missing: China, India, Russia

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 01:22:25 GMT

The Nuclear Weapons States - Who Has Them And How Many  
Presently, there are nine nuclear weapons states with about 10,000 weapons, all made from nuclear weapons programs, not commercial nuclear energy programs. There are two paths to the bomb. Iran tried one but will not succeed. North Korea took the other and succeeded.

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:52:10 GMT

Fracking Sand Among The Best Pure Shale Plays  
Total U.S. crude oil production averaged an estimated 8.6 million barrels per day in August, the highest monthly production since July 1986, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Just a few years ago investors were contemplating the supply constraints facing the petroleum industry, but with the disruptive technology in shale oil and gas in the U.S., we could now be looking at decades of drilling ahead.

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:41:00 GMT

Going Short on Brent Futures Needs No Excuse  
The global geopolitical landscape couldn’t be more complicated than it already is. There is a war in the Middle East engulfing Iraq. An international US-led coalition including Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia is hammering Islamic State, a terrorist outfit with wider ambitions of establishing a regional caliphate.

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:35:00 GMT

We Need A Climate Miracle. Could 'New Nuclear' Provide It?  
“The only thing that will change China’s plans quickly is an energy miracle," argues Joe Lassiter.

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:13:41 GMT

The Future Promise And Challenge Of Applying Used EV Batteries As A Grid Storage Resource  
Within ten years, used electric vehicle batteries may represent a significant potential source of energy storage. However, there will be hurdles that should be addressed now in order to fully exploit and deploy this resource.

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:28:00 GMT

On The RiskMap Radar: Modi Visits DC, Russia's Oligarchs Bristle and Brazil Votes  
LONDON – Longtime watchers of US diplomacy know that the White House typically discourages world leaders from taking a swing through Washington DC on the heels of the UN General Assembly session in New York each September. It speaks volumes that President Obama extended just such a rare invitation to India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi. The heads of the world’s largest democracies share plenty of interests, both economic and strategic. But in affirming Delhi’s ties with Washington, Modi will be cautious not to take steps that would cause India to be viewed as a US proxy in South Asia, explains Control Risks Managing Director Michael Moran in a new podcast.

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:22:00 GMT

Fracking And Chemicals Used In Drilling: A Supply Chain In Need Of Improvement  
In producing oil through fracking, and other types of oil production as well, chemicals are injected into the ground to increase flow. The industry argues these chemicals are safe, environmental activists the opposite. Regardless of which position you take, there is a supply chain associated with delivering these chemicals to oil fields. A better supply chain means lower costs and better safety.

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:20:00 GMT

Andy Hall: Long And Wrong In The Oil Market  
Andy Hall believes the U.S. shale energy boom is coming to an end. But his predictions fail to take into account technology innovation that will enable viable shale oil extraction, on a global scale, for many years to come

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:52:00 GMT

Climate Marchers' Conundrum: Whether To Embrace Shale Gas?  
President Obama, Ban Ki-moon and 300,000 others showed up in New York City this week to support the use of modern technologies and cleaner fuels. But at least four notable heads-of-state stayed home, each of whom is just as important in the battle against global warming. Missing: China, India, Russia and Canada.

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Egypt's Natural Gas Looks For Stability  
As exports fade from view and domestic demand continuing to grow, the future of Egypt’s natural gas future remains unclear.

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:22:00 GMT

Climate Change Protests Sense And Nonsense, Mostly Nonsense  

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Not surprisingly, the Climate Change Week events in New York sees a huge number of activists come out of the woodwork to promote their favorite issues, along with many interesting and amusing costumes–which seem silly, but get attention, which is the point. Unfortunately, many of those involved seem to have

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:36:59 GMT



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