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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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Constellation and Henderson-Hopkins Complete Construction of 178-Kilowatt Solar Generation Project

Source: Company
Constellation and Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School (Henderson-Hopkins), a K-8 Baltimore City public school operated by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, announced the completion of a 178-kilowatt (DC) solar generation project The project is the second and largest solar generation project to be unveiled at a Baltimore City school.

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Ecova Invests in TROVE, a Next-Generation Predictive Data Science Company

Source: Company
Ecova, the total energy and sustainability management company, has made an investment in TROVE Predictive Data Science, a next-generation data analytics company. Ecova will leverage TROVE's data fusion technology to manage resources and assets, with the objective to ultimately save money for over 700,000 sites in its North American client portfolio starting as early as 2016. TROVE technology enables analytical solutions that continuously learn to deliver data-driven insights for companies interested in better managing data and assets, and reducing energy and resource consumption.

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GLOBALCON, NE Energy Conference, to Discuss Changing Market Forces & Strategic Technologies

Source: AEE
Energy managers, VPs of operations and facility teams need to address future energy challenges, including the pressure to reduce energy consumption, improve corporate sustainability and enhance their organization's position in the new marketplace. The 27th GLOBALCON Conference & Expo, to be held March 9-10 at the Hynes Convention Center, is the one place where decision makers from business, industry, and government can meet to get up to speed on energy and facilities management, HVAC and smart building systems, lighting efficiency, integrated energy solutions, renewable energy and onsite generation.

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Forbes Names Big Ass Solutions Among Nation’s Best Small Companies

Source: Company
Forbes has named Big Ass Solutions® to its list of America’s Best Small Companies. The list recognizes small companies that are considered outstanding in their industry.

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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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Lockheed Martin and Duke Energy Sign 17-Year Renewable Energy Pact

Source: Company
Lockheed Martin has entered into a 17-year power purchase agreement for solar-generated electricity produced by Duke Energy Renewables. The renewable power purchase, which is expected to produce 30 megawatts (approximately 72,000 megawatt hours per year) of solar energy for the U.S. national grid, will provide clean energy across all Lockheed Martin domestic business segments.

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State Energy Officials Announce $250,000 in Support for Early-Stage Clean Energy Companies

Source: MassCEC
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Interim CEO Stephen Pike announced $250,000 in funding for five early-stage clean energy companies. Under MassCEC’s new AccelerateMass program, the funds will help new graduates of business accelerator programs develop new technologies and business plans and attract additional sources of funding.

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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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Dominion Virginia Power, SunEnergy1 to Install Largest Solar Facility in Hampton Roads

Source: PR Newswire

Dominion Virginia Power will soon add more solar power to its generation portfolio.  The company is partnering with SunEnergy1 to install 91,803 solar panels at a new solar farm in Chesapeake– enough to power 5,000 homes. SunEnergy1, a North Carolina-based company, will lease the 250 acre site, located off Ballahack Road and U.S. Highway 17. Dominion will purchase the output of the facility, including energy, capacity and renewable energy credits, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

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Tecogen® Optimizes CHP Fleet with GE's Real-Time Monitoring System

Source: Market Wired 

Improving its equipment monitoring capabilities and bringing its service offering to the forefront of today's available technologies, Tecogen® Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN) will be installing GE's (NYSE: GE) Equipment Insight solution to new equipment sold in 2016 as part of a pilot deployment program. In addition, it has started to roll out the solution on selective deployments across its existing installed base of combined heat and power (CHP) units. With GE's technology, Tecogen will be able to collect, analyze and manage valuable asset data continuously and in real time, providing improved insight into the functionality of its CHP units.

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2012 International Energy Conservation Code Training

Source: AEE Middle Tennessee Chapter

The Middle TN Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers together with co-sponsors Porter & Fitchwater Mechanical Engineers and Piedmont Natural Gas will host the International Code Council (ICC) at an important training event in Nashville, TN on April 1, 2016.  

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NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

Source: Energy.gov

The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists.

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Energy Department Invests in Clean Energy at Federal Facilities

Source: Energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $2.85 million in funding for four projects that will advance the development of renewable energy technologies at facilities across the federal government. As the nation's largest single user of energy, the federal government is leading by example and these projects will reduce carbon emissions, while strengthening America's economic, energy, and environmental security. This award announcement follows on the heels of the President's State of the Union address where he discussed how clean energy technologies such as solar are providing real-world solutions. Not only do they reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change, but they are increasingly becoming more cost-competitive with existing technologies, even without accounting for the climate benefits.

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Energy-Efficient PECO Customers Save Half A Billion Dollars

Source: Yahoo Finance

PECO customers have saved more than half a billion dollars in energy, incentives and rebates with PECO Smart Ideas. Based on total energy savings, PECO Smart Ideas is the most successful suite of utility run energy efficiency programs in Pennsylvania.

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Energy Department Announces $58 Million to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies

Source: Energy.gov

 U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more than $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements and released a report highlighting the successes of DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program while touring the newest vehicle technologies at the Washington Auto Show today.

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Energy Department Announces $58 Million to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies

Source: Energy.gov

 U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more than $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements and released a report highlighting the successes of DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program while touring the newest vehicle technologies at the Washington Auto Show today.

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Capstone Receives Additional Follow-on Order for Australian Coal Seam Gas Company

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 additional follow-on order for a large Australian coal seam gas company.

 

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Johnson Controls sets a new standard in chiller technology

Source: PR Newswire

Johnson Controls enhances its portfolio of commercial and residential HVAC/R products with the expansion to 1,000 tons of cooling (3,500 kW) for its successful magnetic-bearing centrifugal chiller line, the YORK YMC2. The larger cooling capacity units address the need for reduced sound, high efficiency and low maintenance while advancing the future of chillers through magnetic bearing and oil free technology.

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Energy Department Announces $220 Million in Grid Modernization Funding

Source: Energy.gov

 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) built on its Grid Modernization Initiative – an ongoing effort that reflects the Obama Administration’s commitment to improving the resiliency, reliability, and security of the nation’s electricity delivery system. During his visit to a utility control center in Miami, FL today, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the release of DOE’s comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan, a blueprint for modernizing the grid. The Secretary also announced the award of up to $220 million over three years, subject to congressional appropriations, to DOE’s National Labs and partners to support critical research and development in advanced storage systems, clean energy integration, standards and test procedures, and a number of other key grid modernization areas. Additional programs, initiatives, and funding opportunity announcements related to the Grid Modernization Initiative will be announced in the coming days.

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USDA Awards $46 Million to Boost Energy Efficiency in Vermont

Source: Energy.gov

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded $46 million in assistance to the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) to support energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in rural areas across the state.

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State RPS Yielded $7.4 Billion in Benefits in 2013

Source: Energy.gov

A new study estimates that $2.2 billion in benefits came from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and $5.2 billion from reductions in other air pollution for state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies operating in 2013. The report also shows national water withdrawals and consumption were reduced by 830 billion gallons and 27 billion gallons in 2013, respectively. The report, entitled A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards, was conducted by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and evaluates the benefits and other impacts of RPS policies.

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Siemens Receives Major U.S. Order for 280-megawatt Wind Project

Source: Company
Siemens has been awarded an order from Westar Energy, Inc. to supply, support install and provide service for 122 wind turbines for the Western Plains Wind Farm project to be located near Spearville, Kansas, approximately 100 miles west of Hutchinson. Installation of the wind turbines is scheduled to begin in early summer 2016, with the start of operations expected by early 2017. The service and maintenance provided by Siemens will include the company's advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics.

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Environmentalists Question Bill Designed to Cut Business Energy Costs

Source: Bangor Daily News
A bill meant to help reduce the cost of electricity for Maine businesses received a mixed review Thursday before the Legislature’s Energy Committee. The legislation, LD 1398, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon, would change the way funds from the state’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Trust Fund are distributed to electricity ratepayers starting in 2017. About 15 percent of the trust fund, estimated to grow in value to $20 million by 2017, is returned as rebates to business ratepayers. Mason’s bill would increase the rebate amount to 55 percent.

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Energy Efficiency Gets a Boost Under Obama

Source: The Denver Post
For a taste of the energy legacy that President Barack Obama is about to leave behind, check the fridge. Yes, literally. Since 2009, his administration has created 43 rules that will deliver the biggest energy savings of any president in history, eliminating demand in 2030 equal to the electricity produced by 96 power plants, based on a consumer group's estimates. And among the most effective is one that has the family refrigerator running on less power than it takes to light a 50-watt bulb.

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Duke Energy offers a free energy efficiency program to income-eligible residents in the Orlando area

Source: Company
More than 1,700 income-eligible customers in the East Orlando communities of Bithlo, Union Park and Azalea Park will soon receive a jolt of positive energy from Duke Energy Florida. Through the innovative Neighborhood Energy Saver program, Duke Energy will give qualified customers a complimentary energy makeover for their house or apartment.

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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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Coal production and prices decline in 2015

Source: EIA
Since reaching a high point in 2008, coal production in the United States has continued to decline. U.S. coal production in 2015 is expected to be about 900 million short tons (MMst), 10% lower than in 2014 and the lowest level since 1986. Regionally, production from the Appalachian Basin has fallen the most. Low natural gas prices, lower international coal demand, and environmental regulations have contributed to declining U.S. coal production.

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Capstone Secures Orders for 3.2MW of New Signature Series Microturbine Packages

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 multiple C1000 Signature Series microturbine packages totaling 3.2 Megawatts.

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Legrand Brands WattStopper and Vantage Controls Collaborate

Source: Yahoo Finance 

 Legrand, North America introduced its Lighting Control and Automation Panel (LCAP) series, an architectural dimming and integration platform designed to provide enhanced end-user experiences, comply with the latest energy codes and standards, and simplify design for future space requirements. This powerful system was developed by Legrand brands WattStopper and Vantage Controls, leaders in application expertise and scalable, effortless lighting and control solutions.

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Energy Department Announces Largest Energy Efficiency Standard in History

Source: Energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy announced historic new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. Developed with industry, utilities, and environmental groups, these standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date. Over the lifetime of the products, businesses will save $167 billion on their utility bills and carbon pollution will be reduced by 885 million metric tons.

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Energy Department Awards $10.5 Million for Next-Generation Marine Energy Systems

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced six organizations selected to receive up to $10.5 million to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems through survivability and reliability-related improvements. As part of its MHK technology research and development efforts, the Energy Department is working to harness the largely untapped renewable energy in waves, tidal, ocean, and river currents that could provide clean, affordable energy to homes and businesses across the country's coastal regions. The improvements supported by this funding will help these devices last longer, cost less to maintain and capture even more sustainable energy from the enormous potential of the nation's oceans and rivers.

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Capstone Receives 4.6MW Order from Horizon Power Systems for Flare Gas Project

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announcedthat it received an order for three C800 systems and two C1000 systems for a total of 4.6 Megawatts for a large flare gas energy project in North America from Horizon Power Systems. 

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“Fitbit® For Buildings”

Source: The Mc Gowan Group, Jack Mc Gowan

Getting smart about Analytics and Big Data will be the top trend for 2016, and I believe becoming educated about this topic is a complimentary need.  In 2015 I contributed to serving the education need by publishing a new book called; “Energy and Analytics: Big Data and Building Technology Integration” on The Fairmont Press, www.fairmontpress.com/hardcopy-books/energy-and-analytics-big-data-and-building-technology-integration. Big Data and Building Technology IntegrationIn the book I talk about four drivers for Analytics; energy, fault diagnostics and detection, managing to key performance metrics / requirements and vendor management, with a major emphasis on energy. The evolving discipline of Analytics and the marketplace developing around a diverse and valuable array of products in this space could not come at a better time.  Utilizing these powerful software and hardware products enables truly optimal building management.

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Pepco and Exelon Highlight Real and Substantial Benefits of Merger to the District as Record Closes

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Pepco Holdings Inc. (POM) and Exelon Corporation (EXC) are emphasizing the tangible affordability, reliability and sustainability benefits their merger will provide residents and others in the District as the Dec. 23 closing of the record nears in proceedings before the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSC).

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Eversource Delivers Significant Reliability Improvements to Customers

Source: Yahoo Finance

As 2015 comes to a close, Eversource is pleased its customers are seeing an increase in reliability. Significant investments in the Massachusetts electric grid are proving their worth, with outages happening less frequently and lasting less time when they do occur. In Massachusetts, Eversource is investing $800 million this year alone in its system to ensure safe and reliable service to its customers.

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ComEd and Technology Start-Up MeterGenius Join Forces to Help Customers Save Energy and Money

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Nearly 6,500 randomly selected ComEd customers with smart meters are participating in a six-month pilot that will help them efficiently manage and reduce their energy use and save money. The pilot is part of a partnership with Chicago-based electric utility ComEd, and MeterGenius, a start-up company focused on customer engagement solutions for energy providers. The partnership itself is an outcome of ComEd’s SmartGridExchange? forum that connects the utility with local universities and start-ups to explore and design new innovative products and services that help customers benefit from smart grid technology.

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Federal Government Awards Multi-Agency Solar Power Purchase in California, Nevada

Source: Energy.gov

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Forest Service, awarded a contract for the federal government’s first-ever joint solar power procurement in California and Nevada. Solar developer SolarCity Corp. of San Mateo, California, was awarded a power purchase agreement (PPA) as part of the Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement Pilot (FASPP) – a strategic sourcing project that combines several small to mid-size photovoltaic (PV) installation opportunities within northern California and northern Nevada into a single procurement.

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Seven Teams Win Big at Catalyst Energy Innovation Demo Day

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced the seven winners of the second round of the Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize Demo Day, which were chosen out of 19 finalist startups. Each of the contestants faced a diverse panel of judges and an audience of nearly 100 local and regional innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors as they demonstrated their energy software solutions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 10th. Winners will receive up to $100,000 each to help advance their early-stage solutions toward commercialization.

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Energy Department Offers $35 Million for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies that will reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cut harmful carbon emissions. As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, this funding will accelerate American innovation in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by supporting research and development, early market deployments, and domestic manufacturing. The Department also aims to develop collaborative consortia for fuel cell performance and durability and advanced hydrogen storage materials research to leverage the capabilities of national lab core teams.

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FuelCell Energy Announces Project Finance Facility with PNC Energy Capital

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 $30 million project financing facility with PNC Energy Capital, LLC, a full service capital provider to the renewable energy and demand side management segments of the energy industry. This facility provides long term financing for projects that the Company is developing under power purchase agreements (PPA).

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Constellation and the Archdiocese of Baltimore Announce Construction of 5.4 Megawatt Solar Project

Source: Yahoo Finance

Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and a leading competitive retail energy supplier, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore today announced the construction of a 5.4-megawatt (DC) aggregate solar generation project. The solar power system, located at Perryman Station in Harford County, Md., is expected to generate enough electricity to meet approximately 20 percent of the Archdiocese’s electricity needs

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How We Solve Climate Change

Source: Energy.gov

World leaders are gathering in Paris this week for the 21st United Nations climate conference, known as COP21. Our mission: Secure an ambitious global agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and minimize climate change.

 

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Capstone and MultiChill Announce Strategic Partnership

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced a strategic partnership with MultiChill Technologies, Inc. ("MultiChill"). The partnership will allow Capstone to deliver air-cooled absorption chillers and water making systems to end users in conjunction with its flagship C30 and C65 microturbines.

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EnerNOC and SunPower Enhance Energy Intelligence of Commercial and Industrial Customers

Source: Company
EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS), and SunPower Corp, a leading global provider of solar solutions, announced a strategic agreement that will enable SunPower's customers to verify the impact of their solar energy investments and drive optimum energy savings with EnerNOC's world-class energy intelligence platform. Under the three-year agreement, EnerNOC will exclusively offer SunPower solar solutions to its enterprise customer base, and SunPower will exclusively offer EnerNOC's energy intelligence software to its commercial and industrial solar customers in the U.S. and Canada . As part of the agreement, SunPower will start deploying EnerNOC's SaaS (software as a service) solution bundled with solar to its existing enterprise and institutional customers.

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Energy Efficiency Efforts Face Obstacles in New Buildings and Retrofits

Source: Energy Manager Today
Research shows that energy efficiency is important – but not paramount – to building owners and operators and that implementation of measures to cut energy use are inconsistent in both existing structures and new building design.

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UC Davis Obtains Largest Solar Power Plant on a U.S. College Campus

Source: The California Aggie
UC Davis and renewable energy company SunPower Corporation announced the completion of a 16.3-megawatt solar power plant. The project, which started in fall 2014, will provide 14 percent of the campus’ electrical needs and is the largest solar power plant on a U.S. college campus.

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Energy Use By Federal Agencies Continues to Decline

Source: US EIA
According to the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), energy consumption by the U.S. federal government fell to 0.94 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in fiscal year (FY) 2014, the lowest level since data collection began in FY 1975. Declines in jet fuel consumption by the U.S. Department of Defense accounted for most of the decrease in federal energy use.

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Electric Rates and Plans in 77065 (Houston) are Most Searched for Nationwide

Source: electricchoice.com
Homeowners and businesses do more searches on the pricing and details of retail electric plans in Houston – zip code 77065 – than in any other deregulated city in the United States, according to ElectricChoice.com. The site allows residential and business consumers in deregulated areas of the country to shop for electric rates and plans.  Consumers can enter in their zip code and be shown rates and plans from local, trusted retail energy providers instantly.

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Mark Zuckerberg And Bill Gates Join Forces To Invest In Clean Energy Technology

Source: TechCrunch
The founders of Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up to solve climate change. Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition with Bill Gates to invest in zero-carbon energy technology around the world. The organization’s membership roster includes some of the most prolific names in technology, including Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, and Masayoshi Son.

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President Obama Announces “Mission Innovation” an Accelerated Global Clean Energy Initiative

Source: whitehouse.gov
President Obama and French President Hollande, along with a wide range of other top global leaders, will announce “Mission Innovation,” an initiative to dramatically accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation to address global climate change, provide affordable clean energy to consumers, including in the developing world, and create additional commercial opportunities in clean energy

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Energy Department Awards $125 Million for 41 Energy Technology Projects

Source: Energy.gov

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced $125 million across 41 cutting-edge energy technologies awarded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). These new projects are funded under ARPA-E’s OPEN 2015 program and come in advance of the COP21 U.N. Climate Negotiations in Paris next week. The announcement was made at D.C. technology incubator 1776 at an event that focused on leveraging America’s top innovators to find technological solutions to combat climate change, enhance security and solve pressing energy challenges around the globe.

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Energy Department Projects Win 33 R&D 100 Awards for 2015

Source: Energy.gov

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) researchers have won 33 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. The R&D 100 awards, sometimes called the “Oscars of Innovation,” are given annually in recognition of exceptional new products or processes that were developed and introduced into the marketplace during the previous year.  The awards were presented at a gala reception in Las Vegas on the evening of Friday, November 13th. 

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NORESCO Provides Services for Eli Lilly Project Named NJ's AEE's Energy Project of the Year

Source: PR Newswire

The New Jersey Association of Energy Engineers (NJAEE) selected energy and infrastructure improvements at Eli Lilly and Company's Branchburg campus as the 2014 Energy Project of the Year. NORESCO, a national leader in energy efficiency and energy infrastructure solutions, provided energy audit services for the project, which was recently recognized at the NJAEE's annual awards gala in Woodbridge, New Jersey. NORESCO specializes in the development, design, construction, financing and operation of energy- and environmental-efficiency projects and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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EIA now provides monthly state-level estimates of small-scale solar PV capacity and generation

Source: Company

With the release of Electric Power Monthly (EPM), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) begins regular reporting monthly estimates of small-scale distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation and capacity by state and sector. Until now, EIA had provided monthly state-level data only for utility-scale generation sources, including solar, but only annual national-level generation and capacity estimates for small-scale solar PV.

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EIA expands monthly reporting of crude oil production with new data by API gravity

Source: Company

New data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that for the first nine months of 2015, the majority of crude oil produced in the Lower 48 states was light oil. As categorized by API gravity, a measure of the density of oil, the largest share of production was in the 40.1 to 45 degree API gravity range.

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Humana Recognized As Leader In Climate Change Accountability

Source: Yahoo Finance

Humana Inc. (HUM) has been identified as a U.S. leader for the quality of climate change-related information that it has disclosed to investors and the global marketplace through CDP, the international not-for-profit that drives sustainable economies. This distinction awards Humana a position on the S&P Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), released today in the S&P edition of CDP’s annual global climate change report.

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FuelCell Energy Commences Expansion of North American Manufacturing Facility

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 the commencement of the previously disclosed North American manufacturing facility expansion, and closing on an Assistance Agreement with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held earlier today to highlight the expansion project, which will increase the size of the facility by approximately 102,000 square feet to approximately 167,000 square feet in total. The project will enhance and streamline logistics functions and manufacturing processes and prepare for subsequent manufacturing capacity expansion.

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Capstone Announces Launch of Capstone Energy Finance Joint Venture

Source: Yahoo Finance

 Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced the launch of Capstone Energy Finance(TM), a joint venture to provide financing options for the purchase of Capstone microturbines.

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Energy Department Report: U.S. Clean Energy Technologies Accelerating

Source: Energy.gov

 Ahead of the International Energy Agency’s Ministerial in Paris, which serves as a lead-up to the COP21 UN Climate Negotiations, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released the 2015 Revolution…Now report, which details the state of several clean energy technologies in the U.S. that provide technology solutions to climate change. 

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Energy Department Report: U.S. Clean Energy Technologies Accelerating

Source: Energy.gov

 Ahead of the International Energy Agency’s Ministerial in Paris, which serves as a lead-up to the COP21 UN Climate Negotiations, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released the 2015 Revolution…Now report, which details the state of several clean energy technologies in the U.S. that provide technology solutions to climate change. 

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Will Solar Energy Plummet if the Investment Tax Credit Fades Away?

Source: Wallstreet Journal
What’s going to happen when a huge incentive to invest in solar power shrinks or vanishes? Many solar supporters say the loss or reduction of the credit will be a ‘cliff’ for the industry. But others say the credit’s impact is overstated and solar will continue to grow. At the end of next year, the 30% investment tax credit for solar and other renewable power is set to expire for residential systems and plunge to 10% for commercial installations. Boosters are calling for Congress to extend the credit in its current form.

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Burlington Vermont Public Schools Go a Little Greener With Solar Projects

Source: Company
groSolar provided EPC services for this solar PV project for the Burlington, Vermont School District. The system was paid for largely in part by grants from Vermont’s Renewable Energy Resource Center and Federal Treasury Grant 1603. The investment will produce enough solar electricity in the first five years of operation to pay for itself and was built through by way of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Burlington schools will purchase the solar electricity generated by the system, but the system itself is owned by third party developer, Encore Redevelopment. 

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Calculating the Number of Homes Powered by Solar Energy

Source: SEIA.org
The U.S. solar industry is growing at an unprecedented rate. There were 6,199 megawatts of direct current (MWdc) flat plate photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed in 2014, 30% more than installation levels in 2013. With over 21,293 MW of cumulative solar electric capacity, solar energy generates enough clean electricity to power over 4.3 million average American homes.

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Invenergy to Provide Clean Power to Equinix

Source: PR Newswire

Invenergy announced that it has signed a 100 MW wind power purchase agreement (PPA) with Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) to provide the global interconnection and data center company with renewable energy to help support all of its data centers across North America. 

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Capstone Secures 2MW Order From Hungarian Distributor Regale Energy Zrt

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 to provide combined heat and power ("CHP") in Hungary.

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Washington Sate New Hotbed of Energy Innovation

Source: PNNL
The U.S. Department of Energy is matching a $2.25 million Clean Energy Fund grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to research, develop and demonstrate the technologies needed to create "smart" buildings, campuses and cities to better manage energy usage. Once buildings and devices are smarter — managing energy resources optimally on their own — they can also be more responsive to the needs of the power grid.

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Best Strategy for Eliminating Water Vapor in Compressed Air

Source: thecompressedairblog.com
Water in compressed air systems is one of the leading causes of failure. Pneumatic systems, regardless of their purpose, are not designed to operate with water present. Air is comprised primarily of oxygen and nitrogen with trace amounts of other ambient gases. Dalton’s Law of Partial Pressures tells us that water vapor is present in an inverse partial pressure to the amount of oxygen and nitrogen present in any given sample of air. In normal atmospheric conditions, water vapor is always present to some degree and usually dictated by ambient temperature.

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MovinCool Launches Climate Pro 12 Portable Heat Pump

Source: Company
MovinCool®, a brand of DENSO Corp., the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial spot air conditioners, announces the Climate Pro 12, a new portable heat pump that offers unmatched cooling and heating performance in a single, self-contained unit. Compact and versatile, the Climate Pro 12 provides cooling and heating relief in a variety of environments, ranging from offices and schools to warehouses and assembly lines.

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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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SCOTUS Chickens Out On Plan To Reduce Carbon Emissions  
Just weeks after the Obama Administration scored a victory in its Clean Power Plan, the Supreme Court on Tuesday pushed back by temporarily blocking implementation of the Plan until lower court rulings are complete, which may take years. In a 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court did not actually kill the Plan, whose goal was to cut emissions over the next 15 years from existing power plants by a third, relative to 2005. The Court just stopped its implementation until after an appeals court rules on a challenge to the Plan by 27 states and dozens of corporations and industry groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. But this historic vote bodes ill for the Plan if it should ever reach the High Court.

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:21:12 GMT

Good Policy Gone Bad: How Nevada Killed Jobs And Clean Energy Competition  
If you want a good example how bad government can kill good jobs and clean energy innovation, take a look at what’s happening in Nevada, where a decision by Governor Brian Sandoval’s appointees, pushed by NV Energy Inc., essentially killed the thriving local solar energy industry.

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:36:00 GMT

Deepwater Exploration Cutbacks May Come Back To Haunt Oil Drillers  
Operators are delaying multibillion-dollar final investment decisions on the next generation of deepwater projects while oil prices are low and costs remain high. Given the development lead times, the impact of these delays on production will be felt in three to six years. The grindingly slow pace of exploration over the next couple of years will hurt production levels in 10 to 15 years. But the impact will be felt much sooner in the industry in many ways. If it is to continue as a key growth mechanism, exploration needs to get back on track – and quickly.

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:17:00 GMT

Renew Financial Raises $70 Million As Building Efficiency Surges Again  
Buildings are back.

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:33:00 GMT

Ghosn Hints At Very Low Cost EVs: "People Want Them To Be Cheap."  
The western world may be fascinated by electrified luxury cars carrying the marques of Tesla, BMW, Audi and a number of exotic upstarts, but the true EV revolution seems to be finally happening in the developing markets of Asia, where zero emission vehicles are needed the most.

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:26:00 GMT

SCOTUS Chickens Out On Plan To Reduce Carbon Emissions  
Just weeks after the Obama Administration scored a victory in its Clean Power Plan, the Supreme Court on Tuesday pushed back by temporarily blocking implementation of the Plan until lower court rulings are complete, which may take years. In a 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court did not actually kill the Plan, whose goal was to cut emissions over the next 15 years from existing power plants by a third, relative to 2005. The Court just stopped its implementation until after an appeals court rules on a challenge to the Plan by 27 states and dozens of corporations and industry groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. But this historic vote bodes ill for the Plan if it should ever reach the High Court.

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:00:00 GMT

Tesla's Battery Business Profits In Its First Quarter, Elon Musk Says  
The battery division of Tesla Motors Co. turned a profit in its first quarter shipping Powerwall and Powerpack batteries from the company's Nevada Gigafactory, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said today. Competitor AES counters with global expansion.

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:10:00 GMT

Utility Industry Begins Big Experiment With Augmented Reality  
Utilities are among the first group of businesses that are trying to figure out how to make use of AR.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:35:00 GMT

Taxing Oil Production? No Thanks. We've Been There Before  
President Obama’s budget proposal for a unilateral tax of $10.25 a barrel on all oil consumed for transportation in the United States will be, in effect, a direct tax on gasoline and diesel that will be passed through to the consumer at the pump.  The White House’s statement that the tax will be paid by “oil companies” is disingenuous.  But this “dead on arrival” consumer tax proposal masks the larger issue for the industry that is also in the proposed budget: the elimination of long-standing subsidies and tax credits that will make U.S. producers less competitive in the world market.  This elimination of subsidies and credits is an expropriation akin to the Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax of 1980.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:21:00 GMT

Russia To Sell Minority Stakes In SOEs To Plug Fiscal Gap  
By Anna Walker & Emily Ferris

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:42:00 GMT

OPEC Production Cut Unlikely Until U.S. Oil Output Falls Another Million Barrels Per Day  
There is a psychological conflict among energy investors. The reality is that the world is oversupplied with oil. The irrational hope is that prices will increase without resolving that fundamental problem. An OPEC production cut would fulfill that hope. Deus ex machina. But OPEC is not behind the rise in global oil supplies, over-production by the U.S. and other non-OPEC countries is. Until non-OPEC production decreases, there is little that OPEC can do to remedy low prices.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:23:00 GMT

Ukraine Risks Alienating Allies With Political Instability And Corruption  
One may start to wonder whether Ukraine is worth fighting for now that the ruling coalition is falling over each other with recriminations of corruption and nepotism that echo exactly those ills of a newly democratic state that provoked the street protests and the downfall of the Russia-backed previous president.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:04:00 GMT

Coal States Score On A 'Hail Mary' Pass To Temporarily Block Clean Power Plan  
In what could be described as nothing less than a “Hail Mary” attempt to block the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, the coal states have scored. In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to delay the carbon reduction plan’s implementation until it can be heard in court.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 03:51:00 GMT

A Skeptical Supreme Court Suspends Obama's Clean Power Plan  
The Supreme Court blocks Obama's Clean Power Plan, signalling trouble for a rule critics call overreach.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:38:00 GMT

What Next For Pemex?  
Its new leader, José Antonio Gonzalez, the former head of the Mexican social security institute, is an effective technocrat who has a solid track record. He is seen as being close to Luis Videgaray, the Finance Minister, which should smooth communication and coordination. In terms of the tasks ahead, the restructuring of the firm will continue. But it is imperative that the company not only moves ahead on that front and on corruption issues, but also tackles three additional major tasks.

Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:41:00 GMT

Keeping Hope Alive: WPX Energy Scores $900M In Sale Of Nat Gas Assets  
The Bakken and Permian operator is a great takeover candidate.

Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:08:00 GMT

With Fuel Prices Low, President Obama Floats $10 Per Barrel Tax On Oil  
With fuel prices low, President Obama has proposed a tax on oil which would be used for infrastructure and clean energy projects. The proposal has little chance of advancing in the Congress and here's why.

Tue, 9 Feb 2016 13:50:00 GMT

Statistical Known 'Known': How To Treat Data On India's Growth Outpacing China's  
Economists and statisticians have been chatting about India’s growth possibly outpacing that of China for months on end. Some even predicted it as early as 2014. That statistical known ‘known’ was finally confirmed on 8 February, that’s if you believe the statistic.

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 21:37:00 GMT

The New Diesel Liar - Carmakers Fighting Emissions Rules Have Lost The Trust Of Their Customers  
When news first broke that Volkswagen had fitted “defeat devices” to millions of diesel cars to make them appear cleaner than they actually were, the reaction was swift and savage.

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:49:00 GMT

Chesapeake High Yield Bonds Crater, Default Protection Cost Widens On Restructuring Scare  
Chesapeake Energy 3.25% notes due next month crashed as trading got underway this morning following a report late Friday afternoon that the company hired restructuring advisors. The paper was the top-traded issue today, with trades reported at 74, from just short of par, trade data show.

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:18:00 GMT

The New Flight To Safety: Foreign Money Pours Into U.S. Real Assets  
Citizens of the very countries into which Americans have long been told to invest are now pushing capital out of those countries and investing in the United States. A major portion this historic capital migration is eschewing Wall Street products and going directly into assets like real estate, using brokers and other Main Street like intermediaries.

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:51:00 GMT

The Next Generation Of Oil Fortunes  
Age demographics do not care about the price of oil. Whether oil is at $100/barrel or at $30/barrel, babies get born, people age and pass away, and when they do, their assets get passed on to their families, dear friends, favorite charities, or alma maters.

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:30:00 GMT

Chesapeake Energy Plunges On Bankruptcy Fears  
Shares are collapsing. Bonds selling off. Brace for the wave of oil bankruptcies to come.

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:42:00 GMT

2016 30 Under 30: Energy  


Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:42:00 GMT

China Scores Big Win In Solar Trade Battle As REC Silicon Shutters US Polysilicon Production  
You can add REC Silicon to the list of corporate casualties in the battle between the United States and China over solar panels.

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:50:00 GMT

As New Hampshire Votes, Obama Will Ask Congress To Double The Investment In Clean Tech  
While New Hampshire’s voters are going to the polls on Tuesday, President Obama will be submitting his 2017 budget, which calls for a 15 percent annual increase in the funding over five years that would go toward clean energy investments. It’s all part of the commitment that the president gave to the global community during the COP21 climate conference.

Sun, 7 Feb 2016 13:37:00 GMT

Dividend-Cut Risk Of The 6 Oil Super Majors  
Oil prices have collapsed from highs of ~$120 per barrel to lows of ~$30 per barrel.

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:04:00 GMT

Three Things To Watch In Microsoft's Underwater Data Center  
Microsoft Research earlier this month unveiled Project Natick: an ambitious experiment to plant a data center in sea water. The 38,000 pound chamber vessel only contains enough space for around 300 PCs, but full-fledged commercially deployed vessels would invariably contain more room.

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:43:00 GMT

Pre-Export Financing To Remain Tsar In Russian Loan Market In 2016  
By Davide Barbuscia

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:15:00 GMT

The Consensus Has Ruled: Data Is Energy  
Information is power, it turns out.

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:58:00 GMT



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