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Delaware Biotechnology Institute-Improving IAQ with UVC

Source: Steril-Aire

It is a well-known fact that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is harmful to build¬ing occupants, but in a biotech lab it can also compromise sensitive research and laboratory experiments. To provide its people and processes with the best protection, the University of Delaware’s Delaware Biotech¬nology Institute (DBI) decided to equip the air-handling units in its six-year-old 72,000-sq.-ft. facility with high-output ultraviolet-C (UVC) devices. While optimizing the air quality with germicidal UVC, DBI has discovered an unexpected fringe benefit: The condensate from the coils is now so clean that they can collect and pump it into the cooling tower as make-up water, achieving substantial savings in water usage. 

 

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McDonald’s Study Explores Idea of a Net Zero Energy Quick Service Restaurant

Source: Fisher Nickel, Inc. / New Buildings Institute

Through a recently completed study, McDonald’s Corporation seeks to better understand whether it would be feasible to develop a net zero energyi (NZE) quick service restaurant. Exploring net zero energy continues McDonald’s tradition of energy efficiency efforts, and helps to prepare McDonald’s for future energy codes. The study’s findings, including research, technical analyses, and detailed recommendations, form a roadmap for McDonald’s to pursue future net zero energy restaurants, as well as select energy efficiency solutions for existing restaurants.
 

 

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How Steril-Aire UVC Can Cut Energy and Operational Costs

Source: Steril-Aire

What if there was an investment that paid measureable, almost immediate benefits by reducing energy and maintenance costs? What if you could restore your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system to as-built design and keep it in a clean state without harmful chemicals or pressure washing? Imagine what facility engineers could do with the time lost to logging, managing and troubleshooting thermal comfort complaints. What if the payback to achieve all of these was less than 2 years?

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Tecogen Announces Sale of Multi Unit Cogeneration System to Major Research University in Worcester

Source: PR Newswire

Tecogen® Inc. announced the sale and posted a video on the Company's website describing the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance program of two Tecogen Ultra CM-75® combined heat and power (CHP) units at Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Gateway and Life Sciences Building and Campus Center.

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DOI Approves Southwest Transmission Line to Modernize Grid

Source: DOE

On the heels of the President’s State of the Union speech where he underscored his Administration’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials to announce the approval of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a major infrastructure project for the American West.

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NREL Releases the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book

Source: DOE

The newly released 2013 Renewable Energy Data BookPDF illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends. The Data Book is produced and published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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Energy Department Announces $55 Million to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Source: DOE

Following the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20 in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced more than $55 million to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy. These technologies will play a key role in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, and support the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to make plug-in electric vehicles as affordable to own and operate as today's gasoline-powered vehicles by 2022.     

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Lighting and Control Aspects of ASHRAE 189.1-2014 Green Building Standard

Source: Lighting Controls Association

In November 2014, ASHRAE published ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

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Evluma Announces DLC Qualification of Improved Outdoor Area Light

Source: Company
LED lighting manufacturer Evluma announces that the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) has listed its upgraded AreaMax outdoor area security light product. The recent upgrades include integrated photocontrol and anti-corrosion coastal materials options, and a new sleeker, lighter housing that increases the product’s overall architectural appeal and ease of installation.

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Third Volvo Facility Certified to Superior Energy Performance

Source: DOE

Volvo Group Trucks marked the end of 2014 with an impressive achievement: its powertrain facility located in Hagerstown, Maryland became the third facility within the Volvo Group to be certified to the Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program and to ISO 50001.

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Updated Energy Performance Tracking Tool Can Help Users Improve Energy Management

Source: DOE

Keeping up with an organization’s energy consumption and savings can be challenging for even the most capable energy manager. To help address this challenge, AMO has updated the Energy Performance Indicator (EnPI) tool to support users interested in tracking progress and moving toward a standardized, certified energy management system. 

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Onset Announces HOBOmobile® Compatibility with Android™ Devices

Source: Company
Onset, a world leader in data loggers, announced that the company’s HOBOmobile data logging app is now compatible with Android devices. The free app, which enables users to graph and analyze environmental data collected with Onset HOBO® MX Series data loggers, brings the power and convenience of Bluetooth® Smart data logging to a greater number of mobile users. Right from their Android devices, building managers, energy managers and others can wirelessly configure HOBO MX1101 loggers, view data in graphs, check logger status, and share data in Excel and other applications.

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FPL announces plans to install more than 1 million solar panels at three additional solar power plan

Source: PR Newswire

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced details about its plans to build substantially more solar energy capacity as part of its ongoing strategy of advancing clean energy while keeping electricity affordable for customers.

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Delta Introduces High-efficiency EC Fan Series for Industrial and Commercial Applications

Source: PR Newswire

Delta Electronics, the leading global provider of power and thermal management solutions, will introduce its new energy-efficient electronically commutated (EC)  fan series for industrial and commercial use at AHR 2015 in Chicago. Delta's EC fan series achieves 30%-50% energy savings compared to traditional AC-motor fans.

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TOGGLED Licenses Philips to TLED Patent Portfolio

Source: PR Newswire

TOGGLED, developer and producer of next-generation solid-state lighting technology, reported that Koninklijke Philips N.V. (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) is now a licensee to its patent portfolio of over 60 patents primarily related to LED replacements for fluorescent tubes, commonly referred to as TLEDs.  The license agreement resolves all patent litigation between TOGGLED and Philips.

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TOGGLED Licenses Philips to TLED Patent Portfolio

Source: PR Newswire

TOGGLED, developer and producer of next-generation solid-state lighting technology, reported that Koninklijke Philips N.V. (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) is now a licensee to its patent portfolio of over 60 patents primarily related to LED replacements for fluorescent tubes, commonly referred to as TLEDs.  The license agreement resolves all patent litigation between TOGGLED and Philips.

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Capstone Turbine Secures Order to Upgrade Building in Sydney Central Business District

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it recently received an order for a C600 microturbine and a C800 microturbine to upgrade a major building in the Sydney Central Business District (CBD).

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Solar Foundation Report: Solar Energy Jobs Surged in 2014

Source: US DOE

Secretary Ernest Moniz issued the following statement today on the 2014 National Solar Jobs Census:

“Solar power is a key component of our all-of-the-above approach to American energy, creating good-paying American jobs that support our growing clean energy economy. According to a new report released by the Solar Foundation today, the solar industry is continuing its rapid growth, with more than 170,000 Americans employed throughout the U.S. solar supply chain. In the last year alone, the industry added more than 31,000 jobs – accounting for one out of every 78 new jobs created in the U.S. This diverse and vibrant workforce is vital to achieving the President’s goal of doubling electricity generation from renewable sources yet again by 2020."

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Energy Department Offers $3.6 Million Hydroelectric Production Incentive

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department announced an incentive program for developers adding hydroelectric power generating capabilities to existing non-powered dams throughout the United States.

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Global Pharmaceutical saves $233,000 in annual energy costs while improving sustainability

Source: Analytika

This Global Pharmaceutical company (GP)* is a leader in the discovery and the advancement in the treatment of some of the most difficult to treat diseases. GP employs more than 20,000 people globally, and its products are sold in more than 100 countries.

* Due to confidentiality agreements, we are not able to provide the client name. We will refer to the organization as GP throughout this case study.

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SunEdison Successfully Raises Funds For First Wind Acquisition

Source: Company
SunEdison, Inc., a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced that it had raised a total of $590 million dollars to fund the acquisition of First Wind.

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Solar Power Purchase for U.S. Department of Energy Laboratories

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced it has finalized the license agreement with Whitethorn Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Juwi Solar Inc. (Juwi), for a solar electrical generation system onsite at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  When completed, the power generated by this system will represent the DOE/NNSA's largest purchase of solar power from an onsite facility and the first in its western region.

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First Solar Marks New Milestone with 10 Gigawatts of Installed PV Capacity

Source: Electric Energy
First Solar, Inc. announced that it has achieved 10 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic (PV) solar capacity installed globally, making it the first thin film PV module manufacturer in the world to achieve this milestone. The announcement was made at the start of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, where First Solar is showcasing a comprehensive range of solar energy solutions.

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Starwood and NRG Energy Bring Sustainable Luxury to The Phoenician

Source: Company
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) in partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), through its wholly-owned subsidiary NRG Renew, today unveiled its first project to integrate clean sustainable energy at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection resort. Featuring approximately 2,000 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, the 568 kilowatt (kWdc) solar installation will offset a portion of The Phoenician resort’s energy demand – an amount equivalent to the energy needs of approximately 90 homes

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Freeman Achieves LEED Silver Certification

Source: Company
The Freeman Company, the leading global partner for integrated marketing solutions for live engagements, today announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED® Silver Certification in the Building Design and Construction rating system for New Construction to the Freeman Chicago Facility. Freeman is the first general contractor in the event industry to achieve this status for new construction using sustainable design and construction methods.

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Proton OnSite Introduces World's First PEM Megawatt Electrolyzer

Source: Company

Proton OnSite, the world leader in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) water electrolyzer technology, announced the commercial launch of the 1 and 2 Megawatt (MW) M Series PEM Hydrogen Generation systems. At the 2 MW level, the new M Series provides a 13x increase in hydrogen production compared to other commercial PEM systems. In combination with greater production capacity, the M Series reduces the capital cost per kW of producing hydrogen by over 50%.

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Tecogen Sells Efficient Gas Chiller to Mandell Jewish Community Center

Source: PR Newswire

Tecogen® Inc. announced the sale of a Tecochill® CH-200x natural gas-powered chiller to the Mandell Jewish Community Center in West Hartford, CT.  The new chiller is replacing one of the facility's two electric chillers and it will provide two-thirds of the Center's air conditioning.

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Cleantech Solutions International Introduces Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient Air-Fluid

Source: PR Newswire

Cleantech Solutions International, Inc. ("Cleantech Solutions" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: CLNT), a manufacturer of metal components and assemblies used in in various manufacturing industries, including clean technology, textile dyeing and finishing machines, today announced that its operating company, Wuxi Huayang Dyeing Machinery Co., Ltd. ("Huayang Dyeing"), a variable interest entity, received a purchase order in January for its newly developed air-fluid, dual-use dyeing machine from a leading weaving and dyeing enterprise based in Shaoxing, China.

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2014 Another Record Setting Year for Wind Energy in Canada

Source: PR Newswire

For the second consecutive year, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to announce that Canada has set a record for the installation of new wind energy capacity. A total of 1,871 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in five provinces in Canada in 2014, with most growth centred in Ontario (850 MW), Quebec (439 MW) and Alberta (350 MW). Canada ended 2014 with nearly 9,700 MW of installed wind energy capacity, producing enough electricity to meet the needs of over 3,000,000 million average Canadian homes every year.

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Solar Energy Incentive Program Opens for Minnesota Property Owners

Source: PR Newswire

Minnesota property owners can now increase the value of the sunlight that shines on their rooftops through the state's Made in Minnesota ("MiM") Solar Incentive Program. The Made in Minnesota incentive pays a property owner for the solar energy produced over 10 years at a rate that provides a rapid payback on the owner's investment or payoff of financing, and then free solar energy for years to come.

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GM Unveils New Plug-in EV Chevy Concept Car

Source: US DOE

Chevrolet made a significant statement on its commitment to electrification with the introduction of the Bolt EV concept – a vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000.

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Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Improve Wind Forecasting

Source US DOE

The Energy Department announced $2.5 million for a new project to research the atmospheric processes that generate wind in mountain-valley regions. This in-depth research, conducted by Vaisala of Louisville, Colorado, will be used to improve the wind industry's weather models for short-term wind forecasts, especially for those issued less than 15 hours in advance. With access to better forecasts, wind energy plant operators and industry professionals can ensure wind turbines operate closer to maximum capacity, leading to lower energy costs for consumers.

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LEED and Green Globes – Which to Use?

Source: Jennifer Turchin, Principal with Coda Group , NCARB, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System has garnered serious market share in green building certification in the last 15 years, but it isn’t the only certification program on the market. There is officially a new kid on the block – called Green Globes. When Jerry Yudelson, a LEED Fellow and well known member of the green building industry became president of the Green Building Initiative (GBI) in January 2104, there was a notable shift in the marketplace for alternative rating systems. GBI owns and manages the Green Globes certification system. Like LEED, Green Globes is an assessment and certification program that identifies green building objectives with categories and points that can be selected from to pursue different levels of certification – called “Globes” in Green Globes. For example, a project that attains LEED Silver certification would be most similar to a Green Globes project attaining a two Globe certification.

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$3.2 Million Clean Energy Infrastructure Project at Philadelphia Senior Living Facility

Source: Business Energy Magazine

Cathedral Village, a Philadelphia based continuing care retirement community, has appointed New Jersey based energy management and combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G Rudox Inc., in conjunction with clean energy specialists, Blue Sky Power, MCFA Global, and Ray Angelini Inc. to design, engineer, construct, and finance a sustainable makeover of its facility. 

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What's Next for Pennsylvania After the Year of Green Energy?

Source: Market Wired
The following is a statement by John Tough, Vice President of Operations and Business Development at Choose Energy: Renewably sourced electricity, particularly solar energy, is proving to be an important part of our future. In fact, 2014 was a banner year for renewable energy sources.

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Almost 4000 US Schools Are Running On Solar

Source: SustainableBusiness.com
Few places benefit more from solar than our public schools, where the energy savings can literally make the difference in being able to pay teacher salaries and buy textbooks.
 

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AMO's New Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation will Focus on Reducing Energy U

Source: Energy.gov

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation is a public-private consortium of 122 leading U.S. manufacturers, universities, and non-profits that will focus on advanced composites—materials that are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals. These advanced materials have the potential to transform products ranging from wind turbines to automobiles. This new Innovation Institute, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and led by the University of Tennessee, will receive $70 million in federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office.

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SunEdison Signs Supply Agreements Which Enable Addition of 1.6 Gigawatts of Wind Energy Projects

Source: PR Newswire

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, and TerraForm Power, Inc. (Nasdaq: TERP), a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants, announced that SunEdison had purchased new turbines that will enable SunEdison to develop up to 1.6 gigawatts (GW) of incremental wind energy projects which qualify for the U.S. federal production tax credit (PTC). TerraForm will purchase the projects from SunEdison once they achieve commercial operation.

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LEDs Saved Businesses Big Money in 2014

Source: Energy Manager Today
LED Source’s top three energy saving lighting retrofit projects for 2014 include a painting studio, a beverage distributor and a hotel.

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Tokyo Aims to Quadruple Solar Power Generation Capacity by 2024

Source: Manichi
The Tokyo metropolitan government has set a goal of quadrupling solar power generation capacity in the capital to 1 million kilowatts by 2024, installing solar panels on the rooftops of buildings including houses and schools, said officials.

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NC Ranks Third in the Nation in Solar-Power Installations

Source: Winston Salem Journal
If you need hard proof that North Carolina is in the Sun Belt, take a look at numbers released by the solar-energy industry’s trade association: North Carolina ranked No. 3 in the United States for solar power capacity installed in 2013.

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Google Backs Utah’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Google is backing another renewable energy project, this time with Norwegian power company Scatec Solar. The two have teamed up to build Utah’s largest solar power plant. Google and Scatec, along with Prudential Capital Group, are investing about $188 million in the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park. When up and running at the end of 2015, the plant will generate roughly 210 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, enough for approximately 18,500 homes.

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CES Producer CEA Donates a Total of $100,000 to Three Las Vegas Green Projects

Source: Company
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, owner and producer of the International CES®, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, announced a total of $100,000 in green donations for sustainability projects in Las Vegas, the host city of CES. This marks the seventh consecutive year CEA has made a green donation to a Las Vegas-based organization.

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Californians on Way to State's New Energy Goals

Source: ABC News
Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, said industry experts and state officials.

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Industry Reports Rapid U.S. Solar Capacity Growth in Q3 of 2014

Source: US DOE

Continuing its strong growth, the United States installed 1,354 megawatts (MW)[i] of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Q3 2014, up 41 percent over the same period last year. The numbers come from the latest edition of GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, released today. According to the report, Q3 was the nation's second largest quarter ever for PV installations and brings the country's cumulative solar PV capacity to 16.1 gigawatts (GW), with another 1.4 GW of concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity.

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New York Offers $14 Million for Efficiency to Reduce Power Plant Emissions

Source: US DOE

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is making available $14.5 million for replicable projects that demonstrate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at power plants through the use of market-ready technologies.

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ARPA-E Funds New Localized Thermal Management Systems

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $60 million in funding for 22 innovative new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings. The projects are funded through ARPA-E’s two newest programs: Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) and Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities (DELTA).

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New Energy Efficiency Standards Save Money, Cut Carbon Pollution

Source: US DOE

 In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced two new energy efficiency standards. The new standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and automatic commercial ice makers (ACIMs) are the ninth and tenth standards to be finalized in 2014. Altogether, the ten standards finalized this year will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 435 million metric tons and save American families and businesses $78 billion in electricity bills through 2030.

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Capstone Microturbines Power Poultry Farm in Russian Region of Yakutia

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that the Yakutsk Poultry Farm, the largest supplier of poultry products in the Russian region of Yakutia, has installed ten Capstone C65 microturbines.

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PLUG POWER IDENTIFIES SOUTHERNLINC WIRELESS AS MULTI-YEAR RELION FUEL CELL CUSTOMER

Source: Company

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, announced that it has executed a multi-year contract with SouthernLINC Wireless, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company, for its ReliOn integrated fuel cell solution and GenFuel hydrogen services.

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UTC Named Corporate Partner of the Year by Penn State University

Source: Yahoo Finance

United Technologies Corp. (UTX) was recognized on Friday, Nov. 14 by Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) as its 2014 Corporate Partner of the Year. This award, presented annually by Penn State, recognizes corporations that have demonstrated extraordinary generosity in promotion and support of the university.

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TCP Introduces the DirecT8™ Series of LED T8 Replacement Tubes

Source: PR Newswire

 Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP) introduces the DirecT8 series of LED replacements for 32 watt fluorescent T8 tubes used with an instant start ballast.  DirecT8 LED T8 tubes provide up to 40 percent energy savings over existing fluorescent lamps, a 50,000 hour rated life and are Design Lights Consortium (DLC) qualified product, which allows commercial applications to immediately take advantage of energy and maintenance savings  while maximizing utility rebates. 

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Illinois Building Energy Code Takes Another Leap Forward in 2015

Source: PR Newswire

Illinois became one of the best states in the U.S. to buy a home when the state adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code in 2013. In the coming year, the benefit to homeowners will improve further with the auto-adoption of the best building energy code in the country, which only a handful of states will have adopted.

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SunEdison and TerraForm Power Secure $175 Million Financing For Renewable Energy Projects

Source: PR Newswire

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced an agreement with  JPM Capital Corporation (JPM Capital) whereby they will invest up to $75 million in a $175 million solar energy development fund. TerraForm Power, Inc (Nasdaq: TERP) will use the financing to purchase up to 60 megawatts of solar power projects that SunEdison will develop and construct in 2014 and 2015.  This funding enables SunEdison to continue to offer advantageous pricing and financing to customers, and grows TerraForm Power's already robust project pipeline.

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Royal Caribbean Steaming Ahead Toward Global Emissions Standards

Source: PR Newswire

 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL) will retrofit 19 of its ships with advanced emissions purification (AEP) systems, underscoring its commitment to meet or exceed important environmental standards. These systems, also known as scrubbers, will remove more than 97% of the sulfur dioxide emissions generated by the ships' diesel engines.  

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90 Seconds to Understand "Carbon Neutrality": Paper, Wood Products Manufacturers Create New Video

Source: PR Newswire

"What does 'carbon neutral' mean?" It's a great question, and today the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and American Wood Council (AWC) have launched a new web video explaining the concept – from a biomass energy users' perspective – in only 90 seconds.

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CGE Energy Saves Golling Automotive Group $1.4M In Energy Costs

Source: PR Newswire

CGE Energy (CGE) is saving Golling Automotive Group (Golling) $1.4 million in energy costs over the next 10 years by upgrading lighting at four southeast Michigan dealership locations. This is a savings of nearly 80 percent in total energy costs. The project was just completed by CGE's install team, and Golling will see a return on their investment in less than 14 months.

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Air Force Tests First All-Electric Vehicle Fleet in California

Source: U.S. DOE

Air Force officials unveiled the Department of Defense’s first non-tactical vehicle fleet composed entirely of plug-in electric vehicles, Nov. 14, at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

 

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NREL Compares State Solar Policies to Determine Market Success

Source U.S. DOE 

Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used statistical analyses and detailed case studies to better understand why solar market policies in certain states are more successful. Their findings indicate that while no standard formula for solar implementation exists, a combination of foundational policies and localized strategies can increase solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in any state. 

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Medical Center saves 1.3 million dollars in annual energy costs while improving patient comfort

Source: Analytika

This Medical Center (MC)* is a 500 bed academic medical center providing pediatrics, primary and advanced medical care. MC is a large provider of trauma care and is affiliated with a local university. The medical center has almost 1 million outpatient visits per year and the medical center campus includes over 2.5 million square feet.

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Saint Paul RiverCentre And Xcel Energy Center Complex First In The World To Be LEED, Green Globes

Today's Facility Manager
The Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center, home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild, have been certified to three international sustainability standards—LEED, Green Globes, and APEX/ASTM—making it the first complex in the world to receive those three designations. Together, these certifications signify that the venues have a high-performance operation that actively works to minimize its environmental impact.

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Ameresco Partners with Oregon’s South Lane School District for Comprehensive ESPC Project

Source: Company
Ameresco, a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and the South Lane School District announced today they are partnering on a comprehensive $2.1 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to improve eight schools and five support buildings and enhance overall energy efficiency. As part of the guaranteed savings project, Ameresco conducted a technical energy audit on nearly 480,000 square feet of building space and identified comprehensive energy efficiency, water management and related capital improvement measures that it will design, construct, commission, and verify. In addition, Ameresco assisted with identifying and securing utility rebates.

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Capstone Turbine Secures Substantial Order for Mexican Pipeline Project

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 C800 microturbines and sixteen C30 microturbines for the second phase of the Los Ramones pipeline project in Eastern Mexico.

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Duke Energy joins other stakeholders in solar net metering agreement in South Carolina

Source: Yahoo Finance

The Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) filed a comprehensive agreement Thursday with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) that spells out a balanced path for solar net metering in the state.

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Delta Electronics Foundation Announces Taiwan's First 'Net-zero' Energy Campus at UN Climate Meeting

Source: PR Newswire

The Delta Electronics Foundation, at the United Nations climate meeting in Lima, Peru, announced that the Namasia Elementary School, which they helped rebuild after typhoon Morakot in 2009, will achieve 'net-zero' energy consumption for the whole campus by the middle of next year. It will be the first of its kind in Taiwan, a green building that functions both as a school and as a disaster shelter for the indigenous community of 300 people for up to a week.

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Energy Department Announces Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners

Source: Energy.Gov

The Energy Department recognized 25 winners across the federal government as recipients of the 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards highlight exceptional federal agency efforts for improving the nation’s energy, water, aviation and vehicle fleets.  Each winner deployed cutting-edge practices that will significantly cut carbon pollution, protect the environment and strengthen national security.

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Energy Department Expands Support of Alaska Native Clean Energy

Source: DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities across the country enhance their energy security, build a sustainable energy future, and combat climate change, the Department of Energy announced the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, a competitive technical assistance program that assists Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects.

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Energy Department Awards $7 Million to Advance Bioenergy Feedstocks

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced up to $7 million for two projects aimed at developing and demonstrating ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. Examples of bioenergy feedstocks include corn stover, switchgrass, and woody biomass. By investing in this type of research, development, and demonstration, the Energy Department is supporting the production of renewable and cost-competitive biofuels. The projects, located in New York and Tennessee, will focus on developing advanced machinery for efficient and low-cost harvesting, collection, and transportation of high-quality bioenergy feedstocks.

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The Annual Installed Capacity of Distributed Generation is Expected to Double by 2023

Source: Navigant Research
According to a recent report from Navigant Research, the worldwide installed capacity of distributed generation is expected to more than double in the next 9 years, growing from 87,300 megawatts annually in 2014 to more than 165,000 megawatts in 2023. Driven by cost reductions, government incentives, and rising interest in replacing fossil-fuel sources of energy, the global market for distributed electricity generation is expanding at a rapid pace.

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ICF International Awarded $6 Million Energy Efficiency Contract with Major U.S. Southern Utility

Source: Company
ICF International, a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has been awarded a new contract to support an innovative energy efficiency program for a major U.S. utility. The contract has a value of approximately $6 million and a term of 30 months.

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Wind Farms Do Not Affect Property Values, Study Finds

Source: University of Guelph
Wind turbine developments have no effect on property values of nearby homes and farms, according to new research from the University of Guelph. Published in a recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, the study is believed the first peer-reviewed study on this issue in Canada. It was conducted by Richard Vyn, a professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Ryan McCullough, a former U of G graduate student and now a policy analyst for Health Canada.

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Washington Gas Energy Systems to Evaluate Battery Storage System for Solar Energy in Cedartown, GA

Source: Company
Washington Gas Energy Systems announced an agreement with Southern Company and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to test and evaluate a battery storage system at a 1-megawatt (MW) solar array in Cedartown, Ga. The project will analyze a 1-MW/2-MWh lithium ion battery energy storage system to establish a technical and economic foundation for future grid deployments, with a specific focus on renewable integration.

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Capstone Turbine Secures 3MW Order to Upgrade State-of-the-Art Glasshouse in South Australia

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order from Optimal Group for three C1000 microturbines to upgrade D'VineRipe's 27 hectare glasshouse located at Two Wells in South Australia.

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EnerNOC Acquires Leading Customer Engagement Software Provider for Utilities

Source: Company
EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS), and Pulse Energy, a leader in customer engagement software for the utility industry, announced that EnerNOC has acquired Pulse Energy to help utilities better engage all of their commercial and industrial customers, from small businesses to the largest enterprises.

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First-of-Its-Kind Training Program for Military Veterans Maintain Growing Solar & EV Infrastructure

Source: Electric Energy
A first-of-its-kind training program to certify military veterans and other qualified applicants to meet the growing need for electrical field service technicians (EFSTs) that maintain the country's fast-growing solar power and electric vehicle infrastructure has been launched by Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.

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Maine Ski Area Installs Solar Array

Source: US DOE

When looking for role models in the ski-resort industry, tiny Mt. Abram in Greenwood, Maine, may not be the first place that comes to mind. This 1,150-foot, 560-skiable-acre hill, however, is helping lead the charge when it comes to environmental sustainability initiatives. Most recently, Mt. Abram completed an 803-panel solar array capable of producing 280,000 kwh of energy annually—enough to supply 70 percent of Abram’s power usage.

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Hawaii's Cyanotech Adds 2,280 Solar Panels

Source: US DOE

Cyanotech Corporation (Nasdaq Capital Market: CYAN), a global producer of effective, natural microalgae nutritional supplements, announced the installation of its new solar array by Neighborhood Power Company (NPC). The 2,280 panel array sits on 1.3 acres of Cyanotech’s 90-acre microalgae farm, and will produce 1,147,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, which Cyanotech will purchase under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The energy production is sufficient to power the entire farm’s production during daylight hours, and will reduce Cyanotech’s electricity costs by 10 percent. 

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Amazon's Seattle Campus To Be Heated With Recycled Energy

Source: US DOE

Partnering with other companies, Amazon will use waste heat from a data center in a Seattle skyscraper to warm its soaring new Denny Triangle campus across the street.

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Kentucky Electric Co-Op to Build 5-MW Solar Array

Source: US DOE

Fort Campbell will soon be home to Kentucky’s largest photovoltaic solar array east of the Mississippi. Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC), the United States Army (USA) at Fort Campbell and the Cabinet are partnering to develop a 5 megawatt (MW) solar array. Pennyrile RECC will be financing approximately 500 kilowatts of the array and Fort Campbell will be entering into a power purchase agreement for the remainder. The Cabinet awarded Pennyrile RECC a $3.1 million grant to fund 1.3 megawatts (MW) of the 5 MW array. The total project represents an investment of more than $19.5 million. 

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TVA Expands Renewable Energy Program

Source: US DOE

The Tennessee Valley Authority, as part of its commitment to low-cost and cleaner energy, will offer a total of 130 megawatts of renewable energy capacity in 2015 through a variety of power-purchasing programs for home, business, industrial and wholesale installations, bringing the total amount of renewable energy TVA has offered or interconnected since 2011 to more than 500 megawatts.

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Community Solar Park Begins Producing Power In Delaware

Source: US DOE

McKees Park is a 3.91-acre brownfield site off East Cleveland Avenue in Newark, Delaware being redeveloped for the purpose of a 230-kilowatt solar farm.  This behind-the-meter renewable power source will serve all residents by reducing the City’s peak power demand, lowering the wholesale cost of power, generating solar renewable energy credits, bringing locally produced green energy to the City’s electric users, and reducing the City’s carbon footprint.  The 900-panel array will produce enough electricity to power approximately 26 to 36 homes, depending on the season.  Commercial operation is anticipated before the end of summer 2014.  Questions about the McKees Solar Park can be directed to the City of Newark at (302) 366-7085.

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Walmart and Kohl's Top List of U.S. Commercial Solar Customers

Source: US DOE

Solar energy makes financial sense. That’s why business leaders in America’s brightest, most competitive companies are increasingly choosing to install solar energy systems at their facilities. For the third year in a row, not only are more businesses choosing solar, but those that have used solar in the past are doing so again and again on rooftops across America. Walmart, Kohl’s, Costco, Apple, IKEA and more have all embraced solar energy. Collectively, the 25 companies with the most solar capacity in the U.S. now have 1,110 systems totaling 569 megawatts (MW), generating enough electricity to power more than 115,000 homes. And these companies are installing even more.

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San Diego Navy Residences to Install 20 MW of PV

Source: US DOE

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Oct. 29 that Navy and Marine Corps housing units in the San Diego area will receive rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through a purchase power agreement between Lincoln Military Housing and SolarCity. 

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IKEA Makes Its Largest Wind Investment

Source: US DOE

The IKEA Group announced that it has purchased its second wind farm in the United States from Apex Clean Energy: a 165-megawatt wind farm in Cameron County, Texas. This represents the single largest renewable energy investment made by the IKEA Group globally to date. The wind farm will contribute significantly to the IKEA Group 2020 goal of producing as much renewable energy as the total energy the company consumes globally. The Cameron Wind farm is expected to be fully operational in late 2015.

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Plug Power Signs Multi-Year ReliOn Fuel Cell Contract

Source: Yahoo Finance

Plug Power Inc. (PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, announced that it has executed a multi-year contract for its ReliOn integrated fuel cell solution and GenFuel hydrogen services to be used with a major North American telecommunications provider.

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Boulder Recognized for Solar Initiatives

Source: DailyCamera
Boulder has received the highest designation from the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association for its efforts to make solar power more accessible.
 

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Energy Efficiency to Save DC $100M

Source: Fierce Energy
Energy efficiency and renewable energy investments totaling in excess of $18 million made by the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) during Fiscal Year 2014 will result in more than $100 million in lifetime energy savings for District residents and businesses, according to the DCSEU's 2014 Annual Report.

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NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids

Source: NREL
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The project is funded in part through an Energy Department solar cost-share program.

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Duke Energy announces 2014 Power Partners

Source: Company
Local governments, major national retailers, a school system and two healthcare systems are among the organizations honored by Duke Energy as 2014 Power Partners. The winners were chosen based on their commitment to responsible energy use and to creating lasting value for their organizations and the communities they serve.

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BlueRock Energy Services Equips Businesses with Advanced Energy Efficiency Solutions

Source: PR Newswire

 BlueRock Energy Services, a new company dedicated to helping customers optimize energy efficiency officially opened its doors to provide businesses with total energy solutions packages that meet energy needs while keeping costs down. The company was created by BlueRock Energy Holdings, the premier provider of energy solutions including electricity, natural gas and green energy to businesses and homes in New York State.

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Missouri's Largest Investor-Owned Utility Scale Solar Energy Center Goes Into Service

Source: PR Newswire

For the first time in company history, solar energy is part of the energy mix being delivered to Ameren Missouri's 1.2 million electric customers. Following more than a month of successful testing, the O'Fallon Renewable Energy Center, Ameren Missouri's first solar center and the largest investor-owned utility scale solar facility in Missouri, is online.

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EPA Names 2014 Green Power Leaders

Source: US DOE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 19 Green Power Partners and four suppliers across the country—including the cities of Philadelphia and Las Vegas, Apple, Kohl’s, and Trek Bicycle Corporation--for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions fueling climate change.

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Energy Department Announces $4.4 Million to Advance Hydropower Manufacturing

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department announced a total of $4.4 million for two projects in Michigan and Pennsylvania to support the use of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques in the development of new “low-head” hydropower technologies. The United States has major opportunities across the country to add new hydropower generating capabilities at low-head sites, which operate with a change in elevation between 2 and 20 meters, including waterways at existing non-powered dams, canals, and conduits. According to Energy Department assessments, there is a technical resource potential of more than 50 gigawatts of potential capacity at these low-head sites.

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Energy Department Offers $9 Million to Boost Solar Energy Systems

Source: US DOE

Supporting the Administration’s effort to make solar energy more affordable and accessible for all Americans, the Energy Department announced more than $9 million in funding for breakthrough research and development projects that will advance the reliability and durability of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. This funding opportunity will support projects aimed at improving product testing and increasing module quality and performance by providing the solar energy community and investors with access to improved predictive models, relevant accelerated testing techniques, and more reliable photovoltaic modules that will ultimately increase PV system investments.

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Oil Futures Rebound From Five-Year Low After OPEC Slump

Source: Bloomberg
Crude oil rebounded from the lowest level in more than five years as the market selloff prompted by OPEC’s failure to curb production took a pause. Futures in New York advanced as much as 4.2 percent while Brent in London jumped 3.5 percent. Both grades had their biggest monthly loss in November in almost six years after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries signaled it will leave it to the market to reduce a global glut. Current prices are no guarantee of a significant decline in U.S. shale output, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said in a interview.

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DOI to Auction 742,000 Acres Offshore Massachusetts for Wind Energy

Source: DOE

As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank announced that more than 742,000 acres offshore Massachusetts will be offered for commercial wind energy development in a January 29, 2015, competitive lease sale.

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Ecoplexus Completes Construction of Three Solar Projects in Colorado Totaling 4.5 MWs

Source: Company
Ecoplexus, Inc.  announced it has completed the construction of three solar projects providing affordable clean energy totaling 4.5 megawatts. Two of the three projects were brought online as a part of Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Communities program and have signed long-term Renewable Energy Credit contracts with Xcel Energy as well as power purchase agreements with various state and municipal agencies, and local schools.

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SunEdison and Renova to develop 1 GW of solar power in Brazil

Source: Penn Energy
SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE) and Renova Energia S.A. (RNEW11.SA) have created an exclusive joint venture to develop, own, and operate 1 gigawatt of utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy which will supply the Brazilian Regulated Electricity Market. Renova and SunEdison will each own a 50% stake in the joint venture. The venture plans to build and operate four utility scale solar power plants in Bahia State, Brazil, by 2017.

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Christie Administration Approves $1.3 Million Energy Efficiency Incentives for New Prudential Tower

Source: NJ Business Magazine
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approves energy efficiency incentives totaling over $1.3 million for installation of energy conservation technologies at the New Prudential Tower in Newark, NJ. The measures are expected to result in energy savings of $646,898 annually.

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10 Percent Solar Within Reach For The USA

Source: EnergyMatters
According to a new report from the Environment America Research Policy Institute, solar capacity is growing so fast in the United States that the nation could potentially generate 10 per cent of its electricity with solar power by 2030.

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NORESCO Selected for $43 Million Energy Infrastructure Project at U.S. Army's Fort Jackson Training

Source: Company
NORESCO, a national leader in energy efficiency and energy infrastructure solutions, has won a $43 million energy savings performance contract for work at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, the U.S. Army's largest and most active basic combat training center. NORESCO specializes in the development, design, construction, financing and operation of energy- and environmental-efficiency projects and is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

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NORESCO Selected for $43 Million Energy Infrastructure Project

Source: PR Newswire

NORESCO, a national leader in energy efficiency and energy infrastructure solutions, has won a $43 million energy savings performance contract for work at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, the U.S. Army's largest and most active basic combat training center. NORESCO specializes in the development, design, construction, financing and operation of energy- and environmental-efficiency projects and is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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Data Center Interest in Renewable Energy on the Rise

Source: PR Newswire

 Renewable energy is among the top emerging technologies being considered by data center owners to help address power and cooling costs, according to a Mortenson survey of corporate data center executives, data center developers and operators, and information technology providers at the 2014 Data Center World conference.  Eighty-four percent of respondents feel there is a need to consider renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar, to manage future needs, according to the survey. 

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2G CENERGY® CHP System enables Waste Water Treatment Plant to be more Efficient

Source: Company

The interest in on-site cogeneration systems for wastewater treatment plants has been growing steadily during the last couple of years and is expected to grow further. Some of the factors fueling this interest include the need for standby power (to provide reliability during utility power outages and shortages), availability of free fuel to be converted into energy (instead of high and ever increasing electricity prices), the interest in green or bio-energy from renewable resources and last but not least significant pressure by state and federal governments to reduce air pollution. Advanced reciprocating IC engines are the most common and proven technology for WWTP’s using low methane biogas fuel. 2G® developed a CHP product portfolio (64kW to 3000kW) best suited for such projects. 

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EIA launches new tool for crude oil import analysis

Source: Company

EIA released a new U.S. Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool that allows policymakers, analysts, and the public to more easily track trends in crude oil imports. Users can sort and display crude oil imports by month or year, by crude type (i.e., light, medium, heavy), country source, port of entry, processing company, processing refinery, and more. The tool features graphing and mapping capabilities and a built-in help function.

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Ivy League University saves $315,000 in annual energy costs

Source: Analytika

This University (ILU)* is composed of more than 150 buildings.  The campus includes classrooms, dormitories, laboratories, libraries, museums, arenas, and administrative offices.  More than 7,000 students are currently enrolled.

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Market Research Suggests High Degree of Confidence with LED Lighting and Controls

Source: Lighting Controls Association

Given current adoption of commercial building energy codes, conventional wisdom indicates that LED lighting is frequently specified with automatic lighting controls. However, there is little public data available concerning market penetration of LED lighting, how often it is specified as controllable and with lighting controls, owner preferences, and how satisfied specifiers and installers are with these technologies.

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CHP in the State Scorecard: On the books and on the ground

Source: ACEEE

ACEEE's State Energy Efficiency Scorecard was released last month. You may have seen the rankings, but did you know that combined heat and power (CHP) has its own chapter? We've been publishing the Scorecard since 2007. Each year, we've seen the policy landscape change, and we've refined the metrics to quantify state progress in each policy area to make sure they keep pace with current trends. The CHP chapter is no exception. In 2012, we gave the CHP scoring metrics a significant facelift (see this white paper for more details), but even with the flood of input from states and regional organizations, assessing state friendliness to CHP is an inexact science. Many informed experts have different thoughts on the appropriate methodology. This is made clear to us every year from the volume and thoroughness of CHP-related comments we receive for the Scorecard.

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NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids

Source: Company

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The project is funded in part through an Energy Department solar cost-share program.

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New York Announces $206 Million in Awards for New Renewable Energy Projects

Source: DOE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $206 million in awards to four Upstate large-scale clean energy projects that will help the State create a more diverse renewable energy portfolio to address energy and environmental challenges. The awardees include two large wind farms, one in Western New York and the other in the North County, a large new hydroelectric project in the Mohawk Valley and a small hydroelectric upgrade to an existing dam in the Hudson Valley. All four projects will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the resiliency of New York’s energy infrastructure. 

 

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Energy Department Awards $425 Million for Next-Generation Supercomputing

Source: DOE

 U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security. 

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World's First 3D Printed Car Shows Additive Manufacturing Has Come of Age

Source: US DOE

The world’s first 3D printed car came to Washington, DC, for the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit on September 17, 2014. The AMO-funded project was a collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL's) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), Cincinnati Incorporated, and Local Motors. The car weighs about 1,200 pounds and can reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour. The Strati, the design name for the car, represents a team effort in innovation, as it melded the crowd sourcing design capability of Local Motors, the additive manufacturing expertise of MDF, and the 115-year old manufacturing machine building skills of Cincinnati Incorporated.

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Energy Department Recognizes Cummins for Deep Energy Retrofit

Source: US DOE

As a part of the Administration’s effort to increase energy efficiency nationwide through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, the Energy Department recognized Cummins Inc., for demonstrating leadership in reducing energy use and costs at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, New York. Through the Better Plants Challenge, Cummins committed to a 25 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2016 across 104 facilities, including 19 plants covering more than eight million square feet. Cummins has already achieved its goal with a cumulative energy intensity reduction of 34 percent, and the company’s efforts in Jamestown are expected to reduce the plant’s energy intensity by a third – resulting in energy savings of approximately 250 billion British thermal units and also saving the company nearly $1.4 million in energy bills.

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Energy Department and EPA Release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide

Source: US DOE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with a valuable resource to identify and choose the most fuel efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. The 2014 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in a variety of classes and sizes, ensuring a wide variety of choices available for consumers.

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Mass Megawatts Announces Plan to Use Frankenstein Solar Tracker to Slash Hot Water Cost

Source: Yahoo Finance

Mass Megawatts Wind Power, Inc. announces plans to use the Frankenstein Solar-Power Tracking System (STS) to significantly reduce the cost associated with hot water heating for commercial applications. Businesses that use a substantial hot water load, including laundries, car washes, restaurants, hospitals, and health clubs, will realize an excellent return with the company's solar hot water system. The patent-pending, solar tracking system delivers a low-cost framework to improve heating efficiency and to lower costs.

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PSEG Essex Solar Energy Center Goes Into Service

Source: Yahoo Finance

 PSEG Solar Source announced that completion of the PSEG Essex Solar Energy Center. The facility is located roughly four miles northeast of Burlington, Vermont, and has a capacity of 3.6 MW-dc. The solar farm was developed and constructed by juwi solar Inc. (JSI).  It has a 25-year power purchase agreement with Vermont Electric Power Producers, Inc. (VEPP), as part of the Vermont Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development (SPEED) program.

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Light Corp Unveils New Ultra-Smart LED High Bay Light Fixtures

Source: PR Newswire

Light Corporation, the leader in intelligent lighting energy management systems, introduces a new line of ultra-intelligent LED high bay lighting systems called DayStar. The product is designed, manufactured, and assembled from Light Corp operations facility in Grand Haven, Michigan, USA. Lighting industry experts project the DayStar to enable the reduction of an entire facility's lighting energy usage by up to 95%.

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PLUG POWER STRUCTURES RELION AS STATIONARY POWER PRODUCT BRAND

Source: Company

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy products, has restructured its’ brands, presenting the ReliOn division, a Plug Power company, under the larger powerhouse umbrella of Plug Power Inc.  Plug Power acquired the Spokane, WA, corporation in April 2014, adding a talented employee base, valuable fuel cell stack technology and a stationary power fuel cell product offering to its portfolio. 

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Closing School Budget Gaps by Taking the Long-View on Existing Buildings

Source: Company
Breaking the Cycle on Deferred-Maintenance, Run-to-Fail, and Emergency Repairs in our Schools
As schools across the region finalize their budgets, the outlook remains grim. Revenues continue to fall short of expenses creating budget gaps. Citing increased retirement, health-care, utility, and related operating costs, for many schools FY14-15 will require further cuts to core programs and curriculum.

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Constellation Completes Acquisition of Integrys Energy Services

Source: Business Wire

Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, and Integrys Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), announced that Constellation has completed its acquisition of Integrys Energy Services, a competitive retail electricity and natural gas subsidiary serving approximately 1.2 million commercial, industrial, public sector and residential customers across 22 Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states and the District of Columbia.

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New ACEEE Study: Massachusetts Tops California as Most Energy-Efficient State

Source: NAESCO

Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states' energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Obama Administration Releases Federal Agency Climate Plans

Source: DOE

As a part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy released plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, severe weather and temperature extremes. These Sustainability Plans and Climate Change Adaptation Plans coincide with the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance, which set aggressive energy, climate and environmental targets for agencies, and detail how the Energy Department’s actions have already contributed to reducing the Federal Government’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 17 percent since 2008.

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Energy Department Offers $15 Million to Integrate Solar Energy into the Grid

Source: DOE 

Supporting the goals of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced $15 million in available funding to help integrate distributed, on-site solar energy systems into the nation’s electrical grid. With more solar power installed in the United States in the last 18 months than in 30 years prior, solar is shattering records. Since President Obama took office, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S. has increased more than thirteen fold – from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to an estimated 15.9 GW today – enough to power the equivalent of 3.2 million average American homes. As more solar comes online, the Energy Department is working to address the challenges of solar power, such as the variability of available sunshine during the day, and developing solutions to better integrate solar photovoltaics (PV) with electric power systems throughout the grid.

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Seattle Mariners Install Solar at Arizona Training Facility

Source: Solar Novus
Healthy Planet Partners, LLC, a Clean Energy Solutions Fund that finances, implements and maintains distributed energy and energy efficiency projects that optimize performance in commercial buildings, and Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced the completion of a solar rooftop and carport system at the Seattle Mariners Spring Training facility in Peoria, Arizona (US). 

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Philadelphia Joins Energy-Efficient-Building Race

Source: Philly.com

Mayor Nutter, flanked by federal energy and environmental officials, announced that Philadelphia also was joining a U.S. better-buildings challenge and launched an energy race among the city's biggest buildings. As in weight reduction, the biggest losers win. The challenge is to reduce energy use 5 percent by Sept. 30, 2015. But building operators are encouraged to do more.

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

Source: PECI



Capstone Test 2

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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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2015 30 Under 30: Energy  
These young stars will transform our energy future.

Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:54:00 GMT

An LED Lighting Platform In The Cloud  
There's been a lot of talk about the advent and maturity of the smart home. According to Statista, by 2020 the smart home market revenue in America is projected to grow to $22.4 billion, up from $7.19 billion U.S. dollars in 2013.

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:36:00 GMT

Can Turkey Slow An Energy Boom In Cyprus?  
As Cyprus moves to solidify production partnerships for its offshore gas future, Turkey is hoping to pump the breaks on the endeavour until a possible reunification deal is in the works. But will Cyrus wait?

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:33:00 GMT

Is Algeria's Shale Revolution Faltering?  
Despite four years of defending a lack of energy sector reforms with a promise to boost its natural gas output with the next shale revolution, Algeria now appears poised to pump the breaks on the unconventionals.

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:03:00 GMT

Facebook, Arby's Energize Energy Efficiency Efforts  
Certain elements of the corporate world may be pushing for more fossil fuels consumption, but more than 20 new organizations officially committed this week to slashing power consumption by 20% across their building portfolios over the next decade.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:10:00 GMT

Will Obama Negotiate On Keystone XL?  
After six years of kicking the can down the road, the President will finally have the out he needs to approve the Keystone pipeline. The question is, will he?

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:07:00 GMT

Super Bowl XLIX -- A Huge Energy Source For America  
Americans will consume a lot of food and beer during this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots - 3 billion bottles of beer, 70 million pounds of avocados, 30 million pounds of chips, 6 million pizzas, 5 million pounds of pretzels, 4 million pounds of popcorn, 3 million pounds of nuts, and 50 million pounds of “other”. The amount of chemical energy that will be released by passage of this mass of foodstuffs through a hundred and ten million intestinal tracks will equal to the total output of America’s 100 nuclear power plants during the game.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:06:26 GMT

Department of Energy CIO Says Digital Drive Must Not Be Stunted By Cyber Threats  
Wary of the cybersecurity threat, with everything from refineries to the power grid and much else in between regarded as strategic infrastructure, the energy sector as a whole is often seen to be behind the IT investment curve.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:46:00 GMT

What Is At Stake For Hawaii In NextEra Energy - HECO Merger  
NextEra Energy, the holding company based in Juno Beach, FL, wants to buy all three of Hawaii’s electric utilities.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:47:00 GMT

What Is Community Solar? It's Coming To California  
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. just received regulatory approval to offer its customers an option to buy enough solar energy to account for 100% of their electricity needs. It's part of a statewide effort to provide clean energy to Californians who aren't able to own or lease their own rooftop solar panels.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:34:00 GMT

What Do Falling Oil Prices Mean For Real Estate Markets?  
Just five years ago, Williston, North Dakota, was a smallish town of 15,000 on the plains of western North Dakota. Then the oil boom came to town. Newly drilled shale oil wells brought a new influx of workers that pushed the town's population up by more than a third. Tent cities sprang up overnight, and shipping containers were used as housing. By July 2014, Williston had the highest average wages in the US and was the most expensive to rent new housing -- even more extreme than San Francisco or Manhattan.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:18:00 GMT

The 10 Fastest-Growing U.S. States  


Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:31:00 GMT

No Quick Fix For Commodities As Falling Currency And Fuel Costs Encourage Over Production  
Investors looking for bargains in the hard-hit commodity sector could be in for an unpleasant surprise if they're expecting a quick price recovery caused by supply cuts because they're not happening.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:30:00 GMT

Egypt Receives Relief from Global Oil Drop  
Long thought of as political suicide in Egypt, energy subsidy reform is getting a boost from the sharp decline in global oil prices and it could not be coming at a better time.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:48:00 GMT

Fresh, Explosive Trouble For India's Congress Party  
After huge losses in national elections last year, India's Congress party was dealt another blow on Friday when senior Congress party leader and former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan quit the party and launched a scathing attack on party vice president Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of influencing her decisions.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:41:00 GMT

A New Approach To Airborne Laser Weapons?  
The top brass in the U.S. Air Force wants to put laser weapons on ground-attack aircraft.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:53:00 GMT

MillerCoors Brewery Lights Up Solar Array  
You can brew tea with the sun, why not beer? Brewing company MillerCoors has constructed a 3.2-megawatt (capacity) solar array at its brewery in Irwindale, California. It’s the largest one installed (to date) at any U.S. brewery, according to the proud new landlord.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:21:00 GMT

What Syriza's Victory Means For Greece's Energy Aspirations  
With new leadership in place and promises of sweeping change made, can Greece still reach its energy production and transport goals?

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:20:00 GMT

Hanergy Investors Shrug Off Skeptical Report; CEO Sees More Third-Party Business, Solar Gains  
Investors in China's Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, or HTF,  shrugged off a report in the Financial Times yesterday that questioned “unconventional practices” by parent Hanergy Group, particularly sales ties between the parent and Hong Kong-listed subsidiary HTF.  HTF's shares rose by 1.1% today, and gained after China solar industry suppliers Trina and Yingli fell in U.S. stock trading overnight on a day of concern about falling oil prices.  HTF’s stock price has more than doubled in Hong Kong since November.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:33:00 GMT

The Mind-Boggling Statistics Around Wasted Natural Gas  
Oil drillers and landfill operators regularly admit that they know the natural gas they discover in oil deposits or generate as part of their operations has tremendous value. The problem has been a paucity of economical options to exploit it.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:14:00 GMT

Dow Chemical Shares Pop On Earnings Beat  
The fourth quarter was eventful for Dow Chemical.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:14:00 GMT

Stem Well Positioned In On-Site Energy Storage Market  
As the energy storage industry continues its growth trajectory, Stem stakes out a claim to on-site storage in a few key markets.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:39:00 GMT

Shell Shaves $15B Off Three-Year Spending Plans  
The oil market slump has forced Royal Dutch Shell to cut investment by £9.9 billion ($15 billion) over the next three years.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:26:00 GMT

Pioneering Explorers: The Unsung Heroes Of Energy Innovation [Infographic]  
Exploration and innovation are two fundamental facets of the energy industry – from Earth Systems Modelling that allows geologists to ‘rewind’ the geographic make-up and predict where economically viable petroleum currently lies, to subsea wells 3,000 metres beneath the surface and LNG powered ships changing the face of transportation – the industry is forever changing, challenging itself, updating practices, and finding better and more efficient ways to going further and deeper than ever before.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT

Can We Harvest Lightning For The Power Grid?  
By New Scientist, An Energy Realities Partner

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:30:00 GMT

Why Enterprises Waste Billions on Energy, and How They Can Stop  
Technology has done an amazing job boosting productivity across enterprises. These days software seems to track everything, analyzing data, forecasting trends, sharpening that competitive edge.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:22:00 GMT

5 Reasons The Future Of Clean Energy Investing Looks Stronger Than Ever  
By Peter Sopher

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:55:00 GMT

Why Obama's Drilling Plan Ignores America's Changing Energy Role  
A few years ago, President Obama outlined an “all-the-above” energy strategy. These days, his strategy seems to be “do no harm.” The plan outlined today, which would open parts of the eastern seaboard to offshore drilling while pulling back on new drilling in Alaska, seems more geared toward avoiding difficult political choices than laying down a coherent energy strategy for the nation’s future.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:38:00 GMT

The Most Energy-Efficient States In America  
Massachusetts tops perennial efficiency king California on the strength of a robust program to get utilities to make improvements.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:38:00 GMT

Cliffs Natural Resources Scraps Dividend, Puts Quebec Mine Into Bankrutpcy  
Cliffs Natural Resources is scrapping its dividend as the struggling iron ore miner works to pay down debt and refocus its operations amid tumbling commodity prices. Separately, Cliffs also said it has put its Bloom Lake mine into formal restructuring after the company failed to find equity partners for the money-losing Quebec-based mine in November, and halted its development.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:30:00 GMT



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