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LEDtronics LED Ballast-Ready/Dual Mode Tube Lights Work with or without a Ballast

Source: Company 

LEDtronics® announces our brand new DLC-Listed LED T8 Ballast-Ready/Dual Mode Tube Lights! These unique “Dual Mode” tubes work with or without a ballast! 

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Lunera Releases New HID LED 360 Lamp

Source: Company 

Lunera Lighting, Inc. is proud to announce the Lunera HID LED 360 lamp for architectural post top fixtures, which are commonly used to illuminate walking pathways and building entryways found on a university or corporate campus, as well as at municipal parks and public venues.

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Canada, Mexico and the United States Show Progress on North American Energy Collaboration

Source: www.energy.gov

In support of the objectives of the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial in San Francisco, the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico’s Secretary of Energy, and Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States’ Secretary of Energy, reviewed their cooperative efforts underway to foster sustainable energy development, address climate change, and encourage economic growth.

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NREL Receives $1.38 Million from DOE to Help Commercialize Promising Clean Energy Technologies

Source: NREL

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be receiving $1.38 million from DOE to lead four projects for the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The funds will be used to advance promising renewable energy-related technologies with commercial potential and help strengthen the partnerships between the national labs and private-sector companies. Total value for the four projects including industry and NREL cost share is $2.78 million.

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EIA releases new data add-on tool for Google Sheets

Source: Company 

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released a free software tool that allows users to directly import into Google Sheets the energy data available through the agency's application programming interface (API). Similar to EIA's Microsoft Excel add-in, the new Google Sheets add-on enables users to browse EIA's energy API data categories or search keywords to find domestic and international energy data for the production, consumption, and price of different fuels, as well as EIA's short-term forecasts and long-term projections.

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Hopewell Valley Regional School District cuts energy consumption by over 32.1% in five years

Source: Company 

Project Scope

Haglid Engineering & Associates, Inc. began working with Hopewell Valley Regional School District in 2003 to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality in the district’s six schools. Using EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and energy performance rating system to benchmark and rate each school’s energy use, Haglid assisted Hopewell in making operational changes and upgrade decisions that yielded the greatest and most cost-effective energy reductions.

 

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The Top 10 Green Building Product Award Winner

Source: Company

Award-winning independent news source Sustainable Industries announced Building Performance Equipment Company, Inc® - Energy Recovery Ventilators as one of its 2010 Top 10 Green Building Products award winners. Sustainable Industries’ Top 10 Green Building Products guide is an annual publication profiling industry-leading green building products selected by a panel of expert judges and Sustainable Industries’ editorial team. 

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2012 Winner: The Reformed Gas Guzzler

Source: Company 

The building with the highest percentage of energy savings.

WHO LED THE  CHARGE

Klas Haglid, PE, RA Principal,  Haglid Engineering
& Associates

Klas has been instrumental in the design and analysis of the energy reduction measures installed at 145 Talmadge Road. Using  his experience in building energy modeling, Klas was able to recommend a range of successful retrofits for the facility.

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Top 10 Winners Packet

Source: Company

Hello!

Congratulations once again for being selected to be among our elite group of 2010 Top 10 Green Building Products award winners. After all this time waiting to release the news, you will soon be able to let the world know
about your win.    *We ask that you do not announce your inclusion in the **2010 Top 10 Green Building Products until after our webinar on June 22 from 10-11 AM PST*.

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FlexEnergy Announces Multiple Unit Order for New York Hospital

Source: PR Newswire

FlexEnergy Inc announced that it received an order for three GT333S natural gas microturbine generators for a New York Hospital. Quad Energy, FlexEnergy's distributor for New York secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in the fall, 2016.

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Energy Department Announces $22 Million for Development of Plug-In EVs

Source: www.energy.gov

The Energy Department (DOE) announced $22 million to support research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.

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Ohio State University Wins Second Year of EcoCAR 3 Competition

Source: Energy.gov 

 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors Co. (GM) crowned The Ohio State University this year’s winner of the EcoCAR 3 – Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition during an awards ceremony at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. This is the second stage of an ongoing 4-year competition that culminates in 2018. Ohio State took first place last year, and in the final year of EcoCAR 2, making this the third consecutive win for the team.

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City of (LED) lights: This Valley city installing 4,000 energy saving bulbs

Source: Phoenix Business Journal
The city of Tempe is installing 4,000 new energy-efficient, LED streetlights. They will replace traditional high-pressure sodium lights in the East Valley burg.The LED bulbs cost $233 each and installation is another $35 per street lamp, according to city officials. Brown Wholesale won the city contract to provide the LED bulbs. Fluoresco and city workers will be installing the 4,000 bulbs, according to city spokeswoman Amanda Nelson. Nelson said Tempe has 11,700 streetlights citywide. Tempe officials say the LED lights will offer plenty of savings.

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Daimler Establishes Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage Subsidiary

Source: Company
Daimler AG is continuing to expand its network of expertise in the field of lithium-ion battery applications. Within this innovative line of business, the newly established Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH is assuming the development and global sale of Mercedes-Benz brand stationary energy storage with immediate effect. Thus, Daimler is focusing even more on the growing market for stationary batteries. The production of the systems remains the core expertise of Daimler's other wholly owned subsidiary, Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE GmbH & Co. KG. "This now enables us to respond with even greater flexibility to our customers' requirements," said Harald Kröger, Head of Development Electrics/Electronics and E-Drive at Daimler AG.

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Chipotle Reduces Energy Usage and Optimizes Restaurants with GridPoint Energy Management

Source: Company
GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management systems (EMS) that enable customers to optimize energy savings, facility efficiency and sustainability efforts, today announced that its submetering, monitoring, and intelligent building control technology, combined with its cloud-based analytics software platform and service offerings has helped industry-leader Chipotle consistently reduce energy usage by over 13% during a multi-year period.    

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Ameresco Boosts Public Sector Offering with Framework Wins

Source: Company
Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that Ameresco UK has secured a place on four key frameworks after targeting the public sector as a major area for growth. The frameworks – which between them include procurement services for the whole UK public sector, including NHS trusts, central government, housing associations and local authorities – are: Re:Fit; The Carbon & Energy Fund (CEF); Scottish non-  Domestic Energy Efficiency Program (ScNDEE); Yorkshire Procurement Organisation (YPO) CHP Framework. The frameworks will use Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) to secure funding for investing in new and improved energy efficiency systems and technologies. Typically each contract through the framework will be looking at achieving between 15pc and 30pc in energy savings every year.

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Constellation Selected to Provide $10 Million in Energy Conservation Measures

Source: Company
Constellation will implement $10 million in energy efficiency upgrades throughout the 13-acre Philadelphia campus at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. Jefferson is expected to see a complete return on its investment in less than 5 years.

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Apple Files with FERC to Sell Wholesale Power at Market-Based Rates

Source: Energy Manager Today
Apple, through its wholly owned subsidiary Apple Energy filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) “for market-based rate authority to sell power at wholesale in the Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, Northeast, Central, and Southwest Power Pool regions.”

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AEE Welcomes Bright Power as Corporate Member

Source: Association of Energy Engineers

Bright Power provides strategic energy solutions to building owners and operators in New York and across the nation.

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Tecogen Announces Repeat Order from Stanley Black & Decker

Source: PR Newswire

Tecogen® Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN) is pleased to announce the sale of a second Tecochill® CH-400 chiller to Stanley Black & Decker for use in their manufacturing plant in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Providing natural gas powered space conditioning and process cooling to the approximately 4000 employee manufacturing facility, the Tecochill chillers offset electric demand from the facility, saving the plant owner money while freeing electrical capacity. This freed capacity may be repurposed for direct use in powering the plant's core manufacturing processes and equipment.

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Energy Department Partnership to Expand Visibility of Energy-Efficient Buildings

Source: Energy.gov
As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the America's buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative announced a partnership with CoStar Group, Inc., a provider of data and intelligence solutions to commercial real estate professionals, to expand the visibility of energy-efficient buildings in U.S. property markets and promote the benefits of energy efficiency for building owners and occupants.

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A Major Step in Energy Efficiency Lawmaking

Source: Eric Oliver, PE, CEM, LEEDAP, Lilker EMO Energy Solutions

Something major just happened in a relatively minor New York City bill.  On December 7, 2015, as a step towards the Cities 80x50 goal to reduce city wide carbon emissions 80% by the year 2050, the New York City Council passed bill 0609-A-2015 which will require all new city buildings or city owned buildings undergoing an HVAC retrofit to undergo a geothermal energy feasibility study.  So the mechanical designer must analyze multiple HVAC options on a life cycle cost (LCC) basis, and one option must be geothermal.  If geothermal is the lowest life cycle cost option, the geothermal design must be utilized. Mayor de Blasio signed the Bill on January 5, 2016.  That’s a good bill, especially for people in the geothermal industry, but that’s not the major news.

 

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Regatta Solutions is Proud to Announce the Commissioning of 2MW of Cogeneration

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Two California breweries have recently commissioned Regatta Solutions to install Capstone microturbines as a way to achieve their energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals. The microturbines will positively impact these businesses’ bottom line by generating electrical and thermal energy on site.

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Toyota Financial Services Supports Environmental Sustainability by Expanding Green Bond Program

Source: Company
Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to supporting the sale of green vehicles, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) issued its third Asset-Backed Green Bond in the amount of $1.6 billion.  TFS revolutionized the Green Bond market by introducing the auto industry's first-ever Asset-Backed Green Bond in 2014.   Green Bonds are an important component of TFS' broad-ranging funding program and serve to enhance Toyota's already extensive green commitment.

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Just Energy First Retail Energy Provider to Offer Compatibility with Amazon Alexa Voice Service

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Just Energy customers can now access their account and other services through Amazon's Alexa voice service capable devices. As the first energy retailer to embrace Alexa voice service, Just Energy is excited to offer its Texas customers this latest tool providing the ultimate in convenience and smart home energy management solutions. The functionality is available with Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Tap family of devices.

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State of Tennessee Selects EnergyCAP for Energy Software and Services

Source: Yahoo Finance 

The State of Tennessee has selected EnergyCAP, Inc. to provide utility bill management software and services to support the state's effort to reduce energy costs and consumption across state owned and managed buildings.

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Hawaii Energy Appoints New Executive Director

Source: www.mauinow.com

Hawaii Energy has appointed Brian Kealoha as its new executive director.

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Plug-and-Play LED Lamps from Lunera Lighting Used for GSA Green Proving Ground Program Report

Source: Company 

Citing energy savings between 40% - 50% with matching light levels and quality, a report published by the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Green Proving Ground (GPG) program recommended plug-and-play LED downlight lamps as a replacement for compact fluorescent lamps. Plug-and-play LED downlamps used for this evaluation were provided by Lunera® Lighting.  

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2C TECHNOLOGY Introduces The Worlds Most Efficient 190 Lumen Per Watt LED Floodlight

Source: PRWeb

2C Technology a US based engineering and technology company that designs and manufacturers LED lighting solutions, recently announced the introduction of their revolutionary Variable High Power LED Floodlight that operates at over 190 lumens per watt. Armed with the knowledge and expertise to provide economical solutions for virtually any lighting problem, the company recognized and addressed the need for a more efficient high powered flood light. This new (patent pending) floodlight is unique and available at a price point that provides immediate savings for customers. The light exceeds operational specifications of any floodlight fixture currently on the market. It is “future-proof™”, meaning a proprietary design that allows technological upgrades, maintenance and minor adjustments to be made without having to replace the entire fixture.

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New England Chapter of AEE announces Energy Efficiency Award Winners

Source: PRWeb

The New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE-NE) announced Energy Efficiency award winners during their Annual Awards Night held on May 4, 2016 in Waltham. The New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers is the largest and most active chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers in the United States. Awards were provided for three categories including: Comprehensive Energy Project, Most Innovative Energy Project and Energy Engineer of the Year.

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DOE Recognizes the Certified Energy Auditor® Certification

Source: PR Newswire

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Auditor® (CEA) program is recognized under the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG) program, making it the first energy auditor program to earn BBWG Recognition. The Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines are a national framework from which organizations can develop high-quality and nationally-recognized training and certification programs, helping to address consistency, quality, and scalability issues in the commercial energy efficiency workforce.

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Capstone to Supply Propane-Fueled C800 Microturbine at Large Caribbean Hotel

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 a C800 microturbine to power a large hotel in the Caribbean region.

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Energy Department Awards $9 Million to Clean Energy Small Businesses

Source: Energy.gov

In support of National Small Business Week, the Energy Department announced 61 new projects led by small businesses in 25 states to develop clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These award selections are for $150,000 each, totaling more than $9 million, and will help small businesses with promising ideas that could improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, increase transportation sustainability, and generate electricity from renewable sources.

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Toyota to Add Solar to Its San Antonio Campus

Source: San Antonio Business Journal
Taking advantage of a public program to boost clean energy consumption, Toyota's San Antonio campus will soon have two acres of solar panels at no cost to the automobile manufacturer. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc. announced that it will be installing two acres of fixed solar panels at its campus in south San Antonio.

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Trane Awarded $114M GSA Contract for New York Facilities

Source: Federal Times
GSA awarded Trane U.S. Inc. a contract on April 25 to implement energy conservation measures at 10 federal buildings in New York. The $114-million Energy savings performance contract will include mechanical replacements and other energy-saving initiatives for federal installations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains, N.Y., GSA officials said.

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These 10 States are Leading the US in Solar Energy

Source: Tech Insider
Some states are adopting solar energy with much more gusto than others. You may already have some assumptions about which states those might be (cough, cough, California). The entire US still only gets 0.65% of its electricity from solar, and 13% of the nation's electricity came from renewable sources overall in 2015.

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ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy, Inc. Pursue Novel Technology in Carbon Capture

Source: Company
Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) and FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL) announced an agreement to pursue novel technology in power plant carbon dioxide capture through a new application of carbonate fuel cells, which could substantially reduce costs and lead to a more economical pathway toward large-scale application globally.

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Energy Department Announces $25 Million Solar Energy Grid Integration

Source: Energy.gov

As part of the Energy Department’s ongoing efforts to modernize the nation’s grid through the Grid Modernization Initiative, the Energy Department announced $25 million in available funding through an effort called Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid.

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Current, Powered By GE, Acquires Daintree Networks To Transform Buildings From Idle To Intelligent

Source: Company 
Current, powered by GE, announced the acquisition of Daintree Networks, an Industrial Internet provider of building controls solutions for commercial facilities. This acquisition will enable Current to expand its building automation platform and its energy-as-a-service offering to small- and medium-size facilities through the deployment of Daintree's open, standards-based wireless control systems.

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Solano County landfill gas-to-energy project providing clean power to homes

Source: PR Newswire 

Potrero Hills Energy Producers, a partnership between DTE Biomass Energy Inc. and Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, recently started generating electricity from landfill gas.

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Capstone Receives 1.5MW Multi-Unit Order from New Chinese Distributor

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 an order for multiple microturbines from a new distributor, JiangSu Jin Tong Ling (JTL), in China.

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Oracle Buys Opower

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Opower (OPWR), the leading provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oracle (ORCL), for $10.30 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $532 million, net of Opower’s cash.

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Georgia Power recognizes Post Properties for commitment to electric vehicles

Source: PR Newswire

Leaders from Georgia Power and Post Properties joined together at a special event at Post's Atlanta headquarters. At the event, which also included electric vehicle (EV) test drives and sustainability focused activities including urban gardening, Georgia Power recognized the premier residential apartment company for its commitment to EVs. Following the installation of 75 EV charging stations at 15 Atlanta-area properties, Post received a rebate check for $71,500 from Georgia Power. Post's initiative is the single largest charging project undertaken by any multi-family housing organization in Atlanta to date.

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DOE Announces Major Expansion of Crowdsourcing Initiative for Building Technologies

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a major expansion of its distinctive online crowdsourcing community for building technologies. Seeking to draw on the creativity and technical expertise of the American public, citizens can now submit their ideas to six open calls for innovation, with the chance to partner with a DOE national laboratory and a leading private sector partner.

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ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) Releases Progress Report

Source: PR Newswire

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) announced the publication of a Progress Report detailing the standardization community's activity to advance recommendations outlined in the EESCC's Standardization Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment. Published in June 2014 to serve as a national framework for action and coordination, the roadmap identified gaps where standards and codes were needed to improve energy and water efficiency in the built environment.

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Exploring the Energy Future: Keynote Speakers from Amazon and Microsoft to Headline West Coast EMC

Source: AEE
The Western region is at the forefront for developing clean energy strategies and energy efficiency programs and standards, to that end the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) has teamed up with event host Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and sponsors Seattle City Light, Snohomish County PUD, Tacoma Power and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) to present the 34th West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC). The West Coast EMC is the premier energy conference and exposition held in the western U.S. detailing the latest policy and technological advances for the energy industry. EMC 2016 will be held May 25-26, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

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Georgia Power releases 2015 Citizenship Report

Source: PR Newswire 

Georgia Power has released the company's second annual Citizenship Report highlighting the breadth of community programs and volunteer efforts in 2015. The report, centered on the theme Citizenship Matters, outlines how and why the company is committed to improving every community in which it serves as well as spotlights the work of some of Georgia's leading community and charitable organizations.

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BreezoMeter and Current, powered by GE Illuminate the Environmental Potential of Smart Cities

Source: PR Newswire 

BreezoMeter, a big data analytics company that provides dynamic air quality data in real-time, announced a partnership with GE's energy startup Current, powered by GE to help cities understand traffic's impact on air quality, right down to a street level.

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Altus Power Interconnects 2.6 MW of Community Solar Projects in Warren, MA

Source: PR Newswire

Altus Power America, Inc. ("Altus Power") is proud to announce that it has started delivering solar net metering credits from its two community solar systems in Warren, Massachusetts. Energized in December of 2015, Altus Power's Warren projects are some of the first ground mounted community solar systems in Massachusetts to be fully subscribed and operational.  The systems provide energy savings, through solar net metering credits, to more than 190 households in Western Massachusetts as well as to UMass Memorial Health Care.  In addition to the systems in Warren, Altus Power has a large community solar system in Belchertown, MA that will become operational in late April 2016.  Altus Power is planning a community based ribbon cutting ceremony for the systems in late spring, together with local land owners, towns, communities and other beneficiaries of these community solar systems.

 

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Energy Department Announces $4 Million for Solar Energy Data Initiative

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced nearly $4 million for projects to increase access to solar data. Four partners will help launch the new Orange Button? initiative, which will increase solar market transparency and fair pricing by establishing data standards for the industry.

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ComEd To Install Smart-Ready LED Streetlights in More Than 50 Illinois Municipalities

Source: Yahoo Finance 

ComEd announced its plans to replace nearly 18,000 ComEd-owned streetlights with new smart-ready LED streetlights in more than 50 Illinois municipalities. The upgraded technology is provided through ComEd’s Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program at no costs to municipalities within ComEd’s service territory.

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Lunera Lighting Expands Plug and Play Helen Lamp Linear LED Tube Product Family

Source: Company

Lunera® Lighting, Inc., a leader in lighting innovations accelerating the transformation to advanced LED technology, announced the expansion of the Helen Lamp linear plug and play product family. Building owners and operators can upgrade their lighting infrastructure with four-foot T8 linear ballast-bypassed (120V-277V line driven) or four-foot and two-foot T8 linear ballast-driven LED lamps. For high-bay areas, the ballast-driven four-foot T5HO LED lamp is a high-lumen alternative to HIDs. These high performance linear LED lamps instantly lower energy cost by as much as 55 percent. 

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Energy Department Offers Funding for Small- and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Source: Energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $35 million in funding, subject to congressional appropriations, to assist small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers with increasing their energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness and to help address the shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy-related skills. The Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) program provides hands-on training and extensive education for undergraduate and graduate engineering students in manufacturing processes, energy assessment procedures, and energy management systems. 

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Working Together to Build a Sustainable Water Future

Source: Whitehouse.gov
Water challenges are facing communities and regions across the United States, impacting millions of lives and costing billions of dollars in damages. These challenges are particularly problematic in predominantly poor, minority, or rural communities, where water inequality can go hand-in-hand with socioeconomic inequality. Recent events, including record-breaking drought in the West, severe flooding in the Southeast, and the water-quality crisis in Flint, MI, have elevated a national dialogue on the state of our Nation’s water resources and infrastructure. This dialogue is increasingly important as a growing population and changing climate continue to exacerbate water challenges. Accordingly, we must work together to build a sustainable water future—one in which everyone has access to the safe, clean, and affordable water they need, when and where they need it.

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EPA & DOE Honor 2016 Energy Star Partners of the Year

Source: energy.gov
In 2014 alone, all Energy Star partners prevented 283 million metric tons of GHG emissions, providing $31.5 billion in economic benefits. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 149 businesses and organizations in 35 states for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Recipients of the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award include Beazer Homes, The Home Depot and Verizon.

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U.S. Building Rooftops Could Generate Close to 40% of National Electricity Sales

Source: NREL
Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used detailed light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data for 128 cities nationwide, along with improved data analysis methods and simulation tools, to update its estimate of total U.S. technical potential for rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems. The analysis reveals a technical potential of 1,118 gigawatts (GW) of capacity and 1,432 terawatt-hours (TWh) of annual energy generation, equivalent to 39 percent of the nation's electricity sales.

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Obama Administration Releases Scientific Assessment on Impact of Climate Change to Human Health

Source: Whitehouse.gov
Delivering on another commitment in the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration released a new final report called The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it. Developed over three years by approximately one hundred experts in climate-change science and public health – including representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) – the Climate and Health Assessment reinforces that climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people not just in the future but right now.

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Australia Could Be World Leader in Solar-Powered Electric Vehicles

Source: Renew Economy
The shift from petrol cars to electric vehicles appears to be more than a consumer-driven, Tesla-inspired phenomenon. The big utilities are also getting on board. Origin Energy, one of country’s big three utilities, says Australia could a market leader in solar-powered electric vehicles, given the right incentives and policies that could encourage the uptake of renewable energy and force the closure of the most polluting brown coal power stations.

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Nedap makes LED lighting even more cost-effective and truly sustainable

Source: Company 

Nedap will launch a new generation of dynamic light management systems at Lightfair International 2016, that takes place from 26. to 28. of April in San Diego, CA. Nedap Luxon dynamic light management suits every luminaire brand or type and combines optimized performance with maximum savings during the complete lifecycle of lighting systems.

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Capstone Secures 8MW of Orders for Multiple Projects in Indonesia and Malaysia

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 multiple orders totaling eight C1000 Signature Series microturbines for projects in Indonesia and Malaysia.

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New LED Wall Pack from TCP to Provide Up to Eighty Percent Energy Savings

Source: PR Newswire

 Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP), a leader in energy efficient lighting, is excited to announce its new WP40 and WP80 LED Wall Pack line. This new line of LED Wall Packs provides a powerful combination of long-life, energy savings and exceptional light output in a sleek housing design that provides an updated appearance for commercial buildings.

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Brookfield and Facebook to Enter Long-Term Renewable Energy Supply Agreement in Ireland

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners and Facebook Inc., announced a long-term renewable energy supply agreement. Brookfield Renewable will supply 100% renewable wind energy to Facebook's second European data center under construction in Clonee, County Meath, Ireland and to Facebook's international headquarters in Dublin.

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PECO Earns Coveted LEED Certification for Philadelphia Headquarters

Source: Yahoo Finance

PECO has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the company’s Philadelphia headquarters. This achievement culminates a multi-year, $15.3 million environmental initiative to improve the sustainability of PECO’s buildings and operations across southeastern Pennsylvania.

 

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Capstone Secures 6MW Order from Repeat Customer in Cartagena, Colombia

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for six of its new C1000 Signature Series microturbines for a repeat customer in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Capstone Secures 6MW Order from Repeat Customer in Cartagena, Colombia

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for six of its new C1000 Signature Series microturbines for a repeat customer in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Lunera Lighting Introduces SensAble Technology (ST) and ST Connect

Source: Company

Lunera® Lighting, Inc., a leader in lighting innovations accelerating the transformation to advanced LED technology, announced a new lighting and control technology platform called SensAble Technology™. This new platform integrates advanced Doppler radar occupancy sensors, IR daylight sensors, power usage monitoring and Zigbee wireless connectivity into Lunera's next generation commercial Helen Lamp Linear T8, Helen Lamp PL and Susan Lamp HID plug and play LED lamp families.

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Arby's Exceeds '15% By 2015' Energy Reduction Goal

Source: PR Newswire 

Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG), parent company of the franchisor of the Arby's® brand, announced that as of Dec. 31, 2015, it reached 15.2 percent total energy reduction per company-owned restaurant from a 2011 baseline, exceeding the "15 Percent By 2015" energy savings goal set by the Brand in 2012. 

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Energy Department Announces Participation in Clean Line’s Large-Scale Energy Transmission Project

Source: Energy.gov

Building on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) ongoing efforts to modernize the grid and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced that DOE will participate in the development of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Project (Clean Line), a major clean energy infrastructure project.

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City Light Building to Help Keep Pace with Seattle's Growing Energy Needs

Source: Company
Seattle City Light is constructing a new electrical substation (Denny Substation) and an underground distribution network (Denny Network) to accomplish a major electrical system upgrade for the city of Seattle.

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Sustainable Water’s Commitment to the White House Water Summit Initiative

Source: Company

The White House recently hosted the White House Water Summit to bring awareness to national water stresses and highlight innovation solutions across all sectors to build a secure water future. Sustainable Water is committing to deploy $500 million in capital to develop 50 eco-engineered decentralized water reclamation and reuse systems across governmental, institutional and commercial market sectors. This commitment is anticipated to save 7.5 billion gallons of potable water annually in the next 10 years.

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SunPower Reinvents Home Solar with All-in-One PV System Equinox™

Source: Company
SunPower introduces the SunPower Equinox™ system, now available to U.S. homeowners. It is the first residential solar solution in the nation in which every major component has been designed and engineered by one company to work seamlessly together, delivering unbeatable power, long-term performance and curb appeal. With a typical SunPower Equinox installation, only the solar panels and a Smart Energy management device are visible, reflecting SunPower’s minimalist architectural approach at the system level.

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Whole Foods Market and NRG to Plan Large Scale Commercial Solar Project Portfolio

Source: Company
Whole Foods Market, America's healthiest grocery store, in conjunction with NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), the country's leading integrated competitive power company, plans to install rooftop solar at up to 84 Whole Foods stores and distribution centers across 9 states to generate renewable energy onsite. When completed and determined by final negotiations and analysis, the portfolio of solar projects has the potential to generate up to 13.8 megawatts (MW) of solar power.

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Connecticut to Save Nearly $1 Billion Through 2015 Energy Efficiency Efforts

Source: Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB)
More than 987,000 Connecticut residents, businesses and municipalities took advantage of Energize Connecticut's home and business energy efficiency solutions in 2015. As a result, these consumers will collectively save nearly $1 billion in lifetime energy costs, according to a report recently released by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB).

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33 GW New Hydropower Capacity Commissioned Worldwide in 2015

Source: International Hydropower Association (IHA)
At the end of 2015, the world’s total installed hydropower capacity reached 1,211 GW, including 145 GW of pumped storage. Continuing the trend of recent years, the majority of new hydropower capacity was commissioned in China. In 2015, Chinese total hydropower capacity reached 320 GW, according to the China Electricity Council. This represents 19.4 GW of new installed capacity.

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Oregon Legislature Sets New Renewable Energy Standards

Source: Company
The Oregon Legislative Assembly approved a bill that will require Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) to increase the amount of energy it delivers to customers from qualifying renewable resources to 50 percent by 2040. The bill also sets firm timelines for PGE to eliminate coal-fired generation from its customers' energy mix no later than the end of 2035. Otherwise known as the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition plan, Senate Bill 1547-B (formerly House Bill 4036) received approval from the Oregon Senate after the Oregon House passed the bill.

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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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Lunera Lighting's Helen Lamp Product Family Adds Plug-and-Play LED Linear Fluorescent Replacement

Source: Company

Lunera® Lighting, Inc., a leader in lighting innovations accelerating the transformation to advanced LED technology, announces the addition of the Helen Lamp T8. Commercial building owners and managers can simply replace common 32-watt linear fluorescent lamps with Lunera's 14-watt plug and play LED T8 lamp. The replacement lamp reduces lighting energy consumption by over 50%, while consistently delivering superior light quality.

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Energy Department Announces $21 Million to Lower Solar Energy Deployment Barriers

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy announced $21 million in new funding to lower solar energy deployment barriers and expand access to solar energy to all Americans. The Department is making $13 million available to help states take advantage of falling solar prices and maximize the benefits of solar electricity through energy and economic strategic planning. This new program will offer technical and analytical support in the development and implementation of solar energy deployment plans. An additional $8 million under this funding opportunity will support research on solar energy innovation and technology adoption patterns in order to increase understanding of solar deployment barriers and other "soft costs."

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Onset Announces Industry's First Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Water Level Logger

Source: Company
Onset, a world leader in data loggers, announced the HOBO® MX2001, the industry’s first water level data logger designed for convenient wireless setup and download from mobile devices via Bluetooth Low Energy.

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National Grid's New Energy Efficiency Plan to Generate Even More Savings for Massachusetts Customers

Source: Company
The recent approval of National Grid’s energy efficiency programs by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities means even more opportunities for the company’s natural gas and electric customers to save money, lower energy use and help improve the environment. The company’s three-year plan is expected to generate $3.6 billion in Massachusetts customer benefits over the lifetime of the efficiency investments. To realize these benefits, over the next three years National Grid will work with customers to invest nearly $850 million in electric energy efficiency and more than $382 million in natural gas energy efficiency.

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China Now World’s Largest Solar PV Market, With 43.2 GW Of Installed Capacity

Source: Sustainovate
China now represents the largest market for solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in the world -- with a total installed capacity of 43.2 gigawatts (GW) -- according to the latest statistics from the National Energy Administration (NEA).

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2015 Was Record Year For UK Wind Energy Generation

Source: Cleantechnica
New official statistics have shown that 2015 was a record year for wind energy generation in the UK. According to official figures provided by National Grid, and analysed by the country’s wind and marine renewable energy trade body, RenewableUK, 2015 saw onshore and offshore wind farms supply their largest ever amounts of clean energy to UK homes, businesses, and factories.

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Total Corporate Funding in Solar Comes in at $25.3 Billion in 2015

Source: Solar Power World Online
Mercom Capital Group llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in 2015. Total global corporate funding in the solar sector, including venture capital/private equity (VC), debt financing, and public market financing, raised by public companies came to $25.3 billion, compared to $26.5 billion in 2014.

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Energy Department Awards Up to $9 Million for Cellulosic Bioenergy Systems

Source: Energy.Gov

The Energy Department announced up to $9 million for the design of sustainable bioenergy systems that maintain or enhance the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of cellulosic bioenergy through the improvement of feedstock production, logistics systems, and technology development. This funding supports the Department's efforts to promote the commercialization of environmentally sustainable advanced bioenergy that reduces carbon emissions and enhances national security. 

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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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Archived articles

Forbes - Energy . . . 

How Billionaire George Soros Profited From Brexit's 'Black Friday'  
Billionaire George Soros made a trading windfall from Brexit due to a $100 million bet against Deutsche Bank, a sizable put option bets against the S&P 500 Index, and a large holding in defensives Barrick Gold and the SPDR Gold Trust.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:09:00 GMT

North America Must Compete Globally  
Contrary to campaign rhetoric, the integration of North America over the past quarter century has successfully grown the continental economy and enabled it to compete in global markets. And, in North America this has been done without the centralized institutions that UK voters just rejected.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:29:00 GMT

Chemists Find New Method For Recycling Common Plastics As Fuel  
Researchers have discovered a cleaner, greener way to turn millions of tons of waste plastic into usable liquid fuel.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:30:00 GMT

Berkeley Lab: It Takes 70 Billion Kilowatt Hours A Year To Run The Internet  
Keeping the cloud humming requires more than twice the power generated by all the solar panels in America.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:23:00 GMT

How Much Energy Does Your iPhone (And Other Devices) Really Use?  


Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:23:00 GMT

Sick From Traffic? Congestion Pricing Could Be The Answer And Delhi Could Be The Model  
Daily gridlock traffic might seem like it’s draining the life out of you. For some, in cities throughout the world, it actually is. The main culprit: not the traffic itself, but the air pollution it creates. Strong, lasting and comprehensive transportation policies make the difference between traffic being a daily nuisance or a quiet killer.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:14:00 GMT

Uganda's Prime Minister On Investment, Oil, Russia, And Solar  
Anders: Your Excellency, thank you so much for joining me for this interview. It is a real honor. I see from your past work, including as a physician, that you have contributed greatly to your country’s well-being.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:19:00 GMT

Tesla Model X 75D To Launch In China In July  
The Tesla Model X 75D will be launched on the Chinese market on July 2, according to Chinese media. The 75D will cost around 85o,000 yuan or $128,000. It is powered by a 75kWh battery and has a range of 237 miles. The 75D will be the new base model of the Chinese Model X lineup, which furthermore consists of the 90D and the P90D. These were officially launched in China in May.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:49:00 GMT

SunPower's 24.1% Efficiency Record: Are We Near The Ceiling?  
SunPower leaped past the competition today by announcing that is has created a silicon solar module that can convert 24.1% of the sunlight that strikes it into electricity.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:01:00 GMT

Israel, Turkey Clear the Way for Natural Gas Projects with Diplomatic Thaw  
Clearing the way for a possible energy production and transport agreements, Turkey and Israel have announced plans for diplomatic reconciliation after several years of heightened tensions between the two countries.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:48:00 GMT

Business Improvement Districts - Ready Proving Ground for Sustainability Technology  
Green roofs, walkability, renewable energy, the minimization of waste and the maximization of resources – the typical components of sustainable cities are all things to love. However, when it comes to cities making the changes to get there, it's not that easy. As one might imagine, two of the major obstacles are the high cost of impactful large-scale strategies and the time it takes to figure out the web of local regulations necessary to implement them. One solution? Enter Business Improvement Districts, or BIDs.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:11:00 GMT

Brexit, Energy And The Wisdom Of 'Experts'  
Disdain for expert opinion shown by many voting in favor of Brexit partly represents a response to the many errors made by the apparent experts (and intellectual elites), including decision-making in energy.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:42:00 GMT

Bracing For Blockchain: Distributed Ledgers Poised To Drive Adoption Of Distributed Generation  
The distributed energy revolution is already underway. In 2008, New York City boasted a fleet of backup generators estimated at about 2 gigawatts, or roughly 20% of the annual coincident peak demand. Nearly 15% of homeowners in the United States own a backup generator, according to Generac, a manufacturer of generators based in Wisconsin. By contrast, the distributed generation revolution is only just beginning. In 2015, only about one million homes, or slightly less than 1% of all homes, had installed rooftop solar panels in the United States, according to the EnergySage.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:23:00 GMT

Rig Count Matters: Separating The Signal From The Noise in Oil Market Opinion  
Rig count matters. Saying that it doesn't is like a realtor saying that location doesn't matter.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:21:00 GMT

The Sun Is Setting On Fossil Fuels  
Things are getting a lot tougher for the embattled carbon fuels industry. That’s according to a new Bloomberg research piece predicting a slow, inevitable death for the widespread use of crude oil.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:17:00 GMT

A Guide To American DUCs (Drilled Uncompleted Wells)  
When Drillinginfo first started releasing counts of the Drilled but Uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the U.S., I immediately was questioned on how to interpret the results. Everyone had a different DUC well definition, depending on what they actually wanted to evaluate. So let me suggest some terminology to clarify what we are talking about...

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:45:00 GMT

Beijing And Moscow Fed Up With Washington, Time For A New Order  
This may come as a surprise to most Americans, given the trillions of dollars in debt added to the country’s balance sheet and the sacrifices made by the country’s armed forces fighting terrorism and radical Islam since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, but according to the Beijing-based Global Times newspaper, which often expresses the views of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the U.S. is the biggest source of global strategic risks. While discussing Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Beijing on Saturday, the Global Times said that China and Russia vowed to strengthen global strategic stability.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:41:00 GMT

The Largest Armed Forces In Asia  


Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:41:00 GMT

Oska Pulse: Relieving Minor Pains  
Waking up with a stiff neck yesterday morning, I pleaded with my wife for a quick upper back massage. That alleviated the pain for all of five minutes. And then I remembered the small, blue-lighted Oska Pulse device review unit I’ve recently had in my possession. This thing aims to be a minor miracle worker for pain relief.

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:36:00 GMT

European Union Needs A "Project Hope" After Brexit Vote  
Those people who care about the European Union should rally behind the European values and demonstrate the many advantages of the union. Politicians and parties should again be listening and discussing with the voters and come up with logical solutions that people can believe in. Hope and trust, instead of fear and hate.

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:08:00 GMT

Russia To Offer Oil Shares: What Are The Risks?  
Although some will be interested in acquiring shares of Russian oil company Bashneft, the political risk appears almost as high as ever and caution is warranted.

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:08:00 GMT

Being 'Good Neighbors' And Staying Out Of Print Motivates Companies To Be Environmental Stewards  
Next time you pull through your local Taco Bell, stop and ask the management there what it is doing to mitigate both its waste and its carbon emissions. As it turns out, it is doing a lot, beginning with building modern restaurants while measuring its emissions. And it’s not just the smaller retailers that want to be custodians of the environment. It’s also the multinationals, which are out front and which have said that such attention builds trust with their customers and the communities where they operate — initiatives that will continue no matter the outcomes of the U.S. elections. The steps they are taking? While the initial moves may have been prompted by regulations or consumer demands, many companies now want to ensure that everyone up-and-down the corporate chain of command is committed to the cause — from the chief executives to the folks on the shop floor. They have determined that they are not just getting environmental benefits but also financial returns, while creating goals for which team members can strive and attain. The cost of complacency can be quite high.    “More and more investors are starting to ask questions about non-financial issues,” says David Harpring, director of global sustainability and engineering for Yum Brands in Louisville, KY, who spoke at Environmental Leader’s conference in Denver last week. Yum owns about 43,000 Taco Bells, Kentucky Fried Chickens and Pizza Huts based in 140 countries, although many are franchised. 

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:01:00 GMT

Japan Could Go Nuclear 'Virtually Overnight' Joe Biden Tells Chinese President  
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, never one for a loss of words, told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Japan has the capacity to acquire nuclear weapons “virtually overnight.” Biden made his disclosure while giving a speech at a Public Broadcasting Service program aired on Monday. Biden said he had urged Xi to exert influence on North Korea so it will abandon its missile and nuclear weapons developments.

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:08:00 GMT

The Tesla And Solar City Merger Is Rooted In Battery Derangement Syndrome  
Whether successful or not, the Tesla Solar City merger offers a teaching opportunity about the scale problems with dreams to ‘green’ the highways and the grid using batteries.

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:47:00 GMT

Sustainable eHighways For Trucks Could Be The Answer To The Increase In Freight Transport  
The world's first public road project with electrified highway trucks is being conducted in Sweden, and will soon be replicated in California as well.

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:52:00 GMT

How Will Brexit Affect UK Nuclear Energy? Variety Of Views  
When the dust has had a chance to settle, effects of the UK voter decision to leave the EU on the UK nuclear energy and climate change mitigation programs will become evident. In the meantime, bloggers and other observers will continue to do what they do, which is to offer opinions in spite of enormous uncertainties.

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:09:00 GMT

China Ridicules U.K. For Brexit Vote  
The U.K. decision yesterday to leave the European Union stunned many , and has forced U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his resignation. The U.K is the first member to ever leave the 28-nation bloc, which will sever ties with the EU after 43 years.

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:19:00 GMT

Five "Best Mileage" Luxury SUVs for 2016  
You'll appreciate these five swank new SUVs whose mileage and looks have been called "on point" and "awesome."

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:00:00 GMT

World-Wide Risk From Radiation Very Small  
The Health Physics Society, the scientific society that includes radiation protection scientists, recently put out a revised position statement on Radiation Risk In Perspective. In it, they advise against estimating health risks to people from exposures to ionizing radiation that are anywhere near natural background levels because statistical uncertainties at these low levels are great. In other words, any health effects resulting from radiation levels below 10,000 mrem/yr (100 mSv/yr) are in the noise. It’s why the thousands of cancers and deaths predicted for Chernobyl and Fukushima never appeared, although the fear certainly did.

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:29:27 GMT

Brexit Will Boost Nuclear Energy In U.K.  
British voters have spoken; they want to leave the EU by a margin of 52% to 48%. The split should provide a boost for the UK's nuclear energy program. It should also improve its energy resiliency and improve the effectiveness of it effort to reduce CO2 emissions.

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:52:00 GMT



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