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Toyota to Build the World's First Megawatt-scale 100% Renewable Power & Hydrogen Generation Station

Source: Company

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) will build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. Announced today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Tri-Gen facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.
 

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Schneider Electric commits to 100% renewable electricity by 2030

Source: PR Newswire

 Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity and is throwing light on the doubling of its energy productivity.  

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Energy Department Recognizes Shari's Café & Pies and King County International Airport

Source: EE Online

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized two Seattle-area Better Buildings Challenge partners, King County and Shari's Café & Pies, for their successful energy-efficient upgrade achievements at the King County International Airport and the local Shari's in Lynnwood, Washington. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, these two partners committed to reducing energy use across their properties by at least 20% in 10 years.

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Toyota and Panasonic to Start Feasibility Study of Joint Automotive Prismatic Battery Business

Source: Panasonic

Toyota City, Japan, December 13, 2017-Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic) announce an agreement to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive prismatic battery business.

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GE Power Announces Global Headcount Reduction of 12,000 Jobs

Source: Company

GE Power announced that it plans to reduce its global headcount by approximately 12,000 positions, affecting both professional and production employees. 
 

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Plug Power CEO says business could triple in size in the next 5 years

Source: Albany Business Review

Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh says the Latham, New York, manufacturer could have more than 60,000 of its fuel cell units at more than 500 sites across the world by 2022.

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Mike Bloomberg and FSB Chair Mark Carney Announce Growing Support for the TCFD o

Source: Company 

Two hundred thirty-seven companies with a combined market capitalization of over $6.3 trillion have publicly committed to support the Task Force on Climaterelated Financial Disclosures (TCFD). This includes over 150 financial firms, responsible for assets of
over $81.7 trillion. The TCFD announced the growing support at the One Planet Summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron celebrating the two year anniversary of the Paris Agreement. 

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Los Angeles Announces First Zero Net Energy Multifamily Affordable Housing Development

Source: Energy Manager Today
Silver Star Apartments is the first Zero Net Energy multifamily affordable housing development in Los Angeles. Promise Energy designed and installed a Solar Photovoltaic system that covers both roofs on the project, and even incorporates vertical solar facades as a unique design element, visible from the project’s courtyard.

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Google to Buy Power From Wind Farms in United States

Source: energycentral.com
As part of Google's efforts to have its energy at 100 percent from renewables, it announced Thursday that it will buy a combined 536 megawatts (MW) of new wind capacity from four U.S. wind farms.

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Blockchain Electricity Project Unites S. Korean Ministry of Science, KEPCO

Source: Times of Zambia
South Koreas Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) have developed a blockchain-based system for neighborhood electricity trading and electric vehicle (EV) charging. The goal of the project is to provide relief to businesses or households that face heavy electricity bills.

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How California demand response has opened up to energy storage, virtual power plants

Source: Energy Storage News

Over the course of the past two years, staff at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in the U.S. have introduced novel customer engagement opportunities to participate in wholesale energy markets via the Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) program.

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Utilities’ energy efficiency programs meet goal, save equivalent of new power plant

Source: Company

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company proudly announced that, thanks to its customers who have embraced the utilities’ energy efficiency programs, they have been able to offset roughly the same amount of energy that equates to building a new power plant.

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Investing in Ontario’s clean tech industry will improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gases

Source: Government of Canada

Thanks to Government of Canada investments in the development of new clean technologies, Canadians could have greater access to less expensive energy-efficient solar power cells and innovative energy storage capability.

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Zero-emission electric buses on their way to North Carolina for the first time

Source: Intelligent Transport

Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) is moving ahead with the purchase of four electric buses from Proterra as part of a plan to significantly expand its zero-emission fleet over the next four years.

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Brown launches three-year, $24 million project to boost thermal efficiency

Source: Company

 As part of its continued work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels by 2020, Brown University will embark on a three-year, $24 million project to increase energy efficiency across campus by replacing its central heating system with one that will generate heat using hot water instead of steam.

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Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy—And Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing

Source: WIRED
Last week, the value of a single bitcoin broke the $10,000 barrier for the first time. Over the weekend, the price nearly hit $12,000. At the beginning of this year, it was less than $1,000. If you had bought $100 in bitcoin back in 2011, your investment would be worth nearly $4 million today

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $30 Million Investment in Advanced Nuclear Technology

Source: US DOE
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support development of advanced nuclear energy technology. The Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals for cost-shared projects to develop innovative, industry-driven reactor designs and accompanying technologies with high potential to advance nuclear power in the United States.

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Austin Just Scored an Incredible New Solar-Powered Sports Stadium

Source: timeout.com
The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)—a firm that has worked on both national and international projects like the Danish National Maritime Museum, the Grand Bay Miami and the Kimball Art Center expansion in Utah—has just announced plans for a massive complex at the site of Rodeo Austin and the Travis County Expo Center in East Austin. The stadium will include soccer, rodeo, rugby, hockey, basketball, shopping and dining facilities, including a 40,000-seat outdoor bowl and a 15,000-seat arena, both of which could also be used for live music concerts. In short, the place will be huge

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Schneider Electric Targets 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030 and Reporting on its Energy Journey

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity and is throwing light on the doubling of its energy productivity.  

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FuelCell Energy to Supply Renewable Hydrogen to Toyota

Source: Company
FuelCell Energy Inc. FCEL recently inked an agreement to sell renewable hydrogen to Toyota Motor Corp. TM. This tie-up, better known as hydrogen and power off-take agreement, is in line with FuelCell’s strategy to actively market its distributed hydrogen technology. This will offer a hydrogen fueling solution for fuel cell vehicles like that of Toyota and in turn expand FuelCell Energy’s business. Per the terms of the deal, FuelCell Energy will install a multi-megawatt SureSource fuel cell power plant at the Port of Long Beach in California. Once operational, this plant will produce 100% renewable hydrogen which will fuel Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) as well as Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 trucks (Project Portal).

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Duke Energy Assumes Full Ownership of California-Based REC Solar

Source: Company
Duke Energy, one of the largest energy companies in the country, announced it has acquired full ownership of California-based REC Solar, a provider of renewable energy solutions for commercial customers throughout the U.S. Duke Energy first acquired a majority interest in REC Solar in February of 2015.

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No More CRI? National Lighting Bureau Panel Discusses New Way to Specify Lighting-Color Impacts

Source: NLB
The way in which lighting designers specify the color-rendering properties of white light – and white light’s ability to alter humans’ perception of color – is about to change, thanks to the development of tunable white light and a near-revolutionary new way of specifying its color impacts, as “first-step-detailed” by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) in its Technical Memorandum-30 (TM-30). On the way out: The color-rendering index (CRI): Established in 1964, CRI categorizes white light only in terms of its warmness or coolness. 

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New Book Shows How to Cut a Building's Electric Rates by 20 Percent

Source: PR Newswire

 Managers of commercial, industrial and institutional facilities hate paying a bundle for their power. But they're wrong if they think the only way to shrink their utility bills is by cutting back their usage, buying new lighting or air conditioning equipment or putting solar panels on their roofs. Others have instead saved more – and spent far less in the process – by deploying tricks that cut their utility rates, without ever turning a screw.

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DOE Announces $25 Million for Combined Heat and Power Technologies

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $25 million for a selected eight organizations to further the installation of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. The use of CHP can support U.S. economic competitive advantage, promote economic development, instill resiliency in businesses and communities, create and maintain local energy-related jobs, and provide solutions for modernizing energy generation and delivery.

 

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Catherine Luthin Recognized as Winner of the 2017 Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards (WSLA)

Source: Company

We are pleased to announce that Luthin Associates' CEO, Catherine Luthin, is among the 10 winners of gb&d's fourth annual 2017 Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards (WSLA). All award recipients were recognized as being influential women at the forefront of sustainability. Catherine Luthin considers herself fortunate of the opportunity to be honored alongside such inspiring women who continue to break ground within the industry. For more information, please click the 'Learn More' link below to see an article from the current issue of gb&d magazine featuring the winners of the fourth annual Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards. 

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Ballard Delivers Fuel Cell Engine to ABB; Being Displayed at Royal Caribbean Event in NYC

Source: PR Newswire

Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) announced that a 100-kilowatt FCveloCity® fuel cell engine the Company has sold and delivered to ABB Marine & Ports Finland ("ABB"; www.abb.com/marine) is on display and also being utilized for onsite power at a Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. event ("Royal Caribbean"; www.rclcorporate.com) being held today and tomorrow at the Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn, New York (http://duggalgreenhouse.com).

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Get Weatherization Assistance in 3 Easy Steps

Source: www.energy.gov

Half of American households earn less than $59,039 a year. And, as the weather turns colder, many families are stretching those limited dollars to heat their homes, buy medicine and put food on the table.

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Alliance Launches New Initiative To Slash U.S. Transportation Energy Use By Half By 2050

Source: Company

The Alliance to Save Energy chartered a national commission of business, government and civil society leaders that will work together to develop a pathway and recommendations to reduce energy use in the U.S. transportation sector by 50 percent by 2050 while meeting future mobility needs.

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Proposed Bill Would Return Energy Star to DOE Control

Source: Door & Window Market Magazine
The House Energy and Commerce Sub-Committee held a discussion hearing today on possible legislation that could lead to major changes to the Energy Star program. The bill’s biggest proposal would transfer the program’s leadership from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department of Energy (DOE).

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

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

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National Grid Develops Innovative Solution for an Island Community's Unique Energy Challenges

Source: Company
National Grid, a leader in developing innovative energy solutions to meet customer and community needs, will install a 48 megawatt-hour battery energy storage system, or BESS, on the island of Nantucket, 30 miles off the Massachusetts coast, to help address some unique energy challenges.

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New Coalition Formed to Advance Zero Energy Buildings in Oregon

Source: nbi

A group of Oregon-based organizations is announcing the formation of a coalition to advance the rapid adoption of zero energy building standards in the state of Oregon. A zero energy home or commercial building generates as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year through renewable resources. The founding members of the Oregon Zero Energy Buildings Coalition are Earth Advantage, Climate Solutions, New Buildings Institute, NW Energy Coalition, International Living Future Institute, and the Zero Energy Project.

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Duke Energy's Plan to Strengthen South Carolina's Energy Grid to Create Jobs, Grow State's Economy

Source: Company
Duke Energy is investing $3 billion over roughly the next 10 years in South Carolina to strengthen the energy grid and provide a major boost to the state's economy for years to come.

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U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change

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

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Smart City Solutions & Services Expected to Grow From $40.1 Billion in 2017 to $94.2 Billion by2026

Source: Navigant Research
A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 16 smart city suppliers, with Cisco and Siemens in the lead. The drivers behind the smart city market include some of the most challenging global developments, including continued growth in urbanization, the need to reduce city emissions and better manage resource consumption, and growing economic and environmental pressure on cities. These developments are entangled with rapid technology development in complex ways that present many opportunities for suppliers and cities.

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Jordan Completes 21st CEM Training Course & Exam

Source: Company

The Jordan Energy Chapter EDAMA completed the 21st Certified Energy Manager training course and exam between September 24-28, 2017 in Amman Jordan.

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DELIVERY OF 5.2 MW U.S. PIPELINE PROJECT FUELS CAPSTONE’S PUSH TOWARDS ITS BREAK EVEN MILESTONE

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (NASDAQ:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received confirmation of the customer factory witness testing and shipment of a large 5.2 megawatt (MW) U.S. pipeline project from its current product backlog.

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What is Additive Manufacturing?

Source: www.energy.gov

In simplest terms, additive manufacturing is 3D printing.

This emerging manufacturing practice allows researchers to create physical, three-dimensional objects directly from a computer design file. It’s similar to how common desktop printers form images—but instead of ink, 3D printers use a wide variety of materials ranging from polymer composites, metals and ceramics to food, foams, gels, and even living tissue. 

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Sun Number Partnership with Zillow Brings Solar Potential Scores to Millions of Americans

Source: www.energy.gov

Millions of Americans looking to buy a home have a new resource to help them go solar in the process. Thanks to a partnership between Solar Energy Techonology Office (SETO) awardee Sun Number and real estate company Zillow, homeowners and prospective buyers across the country can now quickly and easily access detailed information about a property’s solar energy potential.

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Energy Department Announces $15 Million for Batteries & Electrification to Enable Fast Charging

Source: DOE
The Energy Department announced up to $15 million for research projects on batteries and vehicle electrification technologies to enable extreme fast charging. The Department's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) funds early-stage, high-risk research to generate knowledge upon which industry can develop and deploy innovative transportation energy technologies that improve efficiency, lower costs, and increase use of secure, domestic energy sources.

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Amazon Launches Biggest Wind Farm Yet, Project to Generate Enough Energy to Power Over 330,000 Homes

Source: Company
Amazon announced that its largest wind farm yet Amazon Wind Farm Texas is now up and running, adding more than 1,000,000 MWh of clean energy to the grid each year. Amazon has launched 18 wind and solar projects across the U.S., with over 35 more to come. Together, these projects will generate enough clean energy to power over 330,000 homes annually. These projects also support hundreds of jobs and provide tens of millions of dollars of investment in local communities across the country.

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Georgia Power Introduces New Community Solar program

Source: Company
Georgia Power introduces Community Solar, the newest way for residential customers to help support the growth and development of renewable energy in Georgia. Through the new program, now open for pre-enrollment at GeorgiaPower.com/CommunitySolar, residential customers can subscribe to receive a bill credit based on actual production at a solar facility. This new program was designed in coordination with and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

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Repealing Clean Power Plan Would Be A Step Backward, Sacrifice Energy Efficiency Benefits

Source: Company

The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement from President Kateri Callahan in response to the EPA’s announcement of a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan:

“The Clean Power Plan could harness the power of energy efficiency as the single most effective way to reduce emissions while driving improved energy productivity and economic prosperity. Undoing this plan would be a step backward for energy efficiency and the benefits it delivers for consumers and businesses alike.”

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Continental Control Systems has been acquired by SOCOMEC

Source: Company

SOCOMEC an independent, industrial group of 550M$ revenue, with a workforce of over 3200 people spread over 27 subsidiaries worldwide, recently announced the acquisition of Continental Control Systems, a Longmont-based manufacturing and engineering firm. A 22-year-old company, CCS is well known for their AC energy measurement meters (WattNode®) and current transformers (Accu-CT®). The acquisition of CCS fully aligns with SOCOMEC’s goals of expanding further into North America and Canada where CCS’s primary business resides.

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Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey: Interest and Investment in Energy Efficiency

Source: Company
The 2017 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey of more than 1,500 facility and management executives in the United States, Canada and 10 other countries indicates that 70 percent of organizations are paying more attention to energy efficiency than a year ago and 58 percent are expecting to increase investments next year.

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LEDtronics New Decorative LED Post Top Fixtures Bring Modern Design to Area Lighting

Source: Company

 LEDtronics'® all-new series of dimmable Decorative LED Post Top Fixtures will give your location a modern and attractive look, all while saving you money on energy and maintenance costs!

 

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Alfa Laval Wins SEK 50 Million Waste Heat Recovery Order

Source: PR Newswire

Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply a waste heat recovery system to a power plant in Southeast Asia. The order has a value of approximately SEK 50 million. It was booked in late September in the Boiler & Gas Systems unit of the Marine Division, with deliveries scheduled for 2018.

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Energy efficiency gains at risk of slowing down without renewed government focus

Source: IEA

The recent acceleration in global energy efficiency gains risks slowing down if governments do not maintain their focus on implementing new efficiency policies, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. 

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Ormat Commissions the First Geothermal Power Plant in Honduras

Source: Company
Ormat Technologies, Inc. announced that its 35 MW Platanares geothermal project in Honduras has commenced commercial operation.

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Triacta Power Solutions Introduces Triacta GATEWAY™, A New Multi-Point Sub-Metering Platform

Source: Company
Triacta Power Solutions Limited Partnership (“Triacta”) announced that it has introduced a new sub-metering platform, Triacta GATEWAY™. Combining highly accurate, easily deployable and best-in-class metrology with a powerful computing foundation and IoT networking techniques, the Triacta GATEWAY™ system can easily integrate with legacy building automation protocols or with an IoT-oriented network. It seamlessly delivers building information to multiple cloud-centric or server-based systems. It also makes advanced building controls and Measurement & Verification practical for the sub-50,000 square foot market, while paving the way for easy spot retrofits in larger legacy properties.

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U.S. Department of Energy Partners with Eaton to Advance Hydropower Generation

Source: Company
Power management company Eaton announced it is helping advance energy resiliency for the national power grid through a U.S. Department of Energy funded initiative to deploy new hydropower generation at existing non-powered dams and waterways. Under the second stage of the contract awarded in 2017, Eaton will manufacture and test new, low-cost integrated hydropower turbine and generator sets to help enhance the cost-effectiveness of new hydropower generation facilities.

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Duke Energy Plans North Carolina's Largest Battery Storage Projects As Part of Modernization Plan

Source: Company
As part of its continued commitment to building a smarter energy future, Duke Energy announced plans to install North Carolina's two largest battery energy storage systems - a $30 million investment as part of the company's Western Carolinas Modernization Plan.

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Secretary Perry Urges FERC to Take Swift Action to Address Threats to Grid Resiliency

Source: DOE
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry formally proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) take swift action to address threats to U.S. electrical grid resiliency.  Pursuant to his authority under Section 403 of the Department of Energy Organization Act, the Secretary urged the Commission to issue a final rule requiring its organized markets to develop and implement reforms that would fully price generation resources necessary to maintain the reliability and resiliency of our nation's grid.

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ENGIE Wins Concession Contracts for Two Hydropower Plants in Brazil

Source: Company
The concession contracts are signed for a 30-year period. They raise the installed capacity of ENGIE from 10,290 MW to 11,122 MW and reinforce ENGIE's position as the largest private energy producer in Brazil. "These contracts are a tremendous success that represent a great growth opportunity for ENGIE, in line with the Group ambition to develop low carbon power production. These two plants have a strategic location for ENGIE's growth as they are in the Southeast region where we already have other plants and activities", said ENGIE Brazil CEO, Maurício Bähr.

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Seattle City Light Announces $1 Million in Community Green Up Grants

Source: Company
Thanks to the generous contributions of Seattle City Light customers, seven local organizations will receive Green Up grants totaling nearly $1 million to support renewable energy projects and education. The seven organizations will use the grants to help install solar panels at 14 public school, affordable housing, and community-based locations.

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Toshiba Develops Next-Generation Lithium-ion Battery with New Anode Material

Source: Company
Toshiba Corporation, an industry leader in lithium-ion battery technology, announced the development of its next-generation SCiB , which uses a new material to double the capacity of the battery anode. The new battery offers high- energy density and the ultra-rapid recharging required for automotive applications, and will give a compact electric vehicle (EV)with a drive range of 320km*1 after only six minutes of ultra-rapid recharging three times the distance possible with current lithium-ion batteries.

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Procter & Gamble and Constellation Complete 50-Megawatt Renewable Energy Plant

Source: Company
The Procter & Gamble Company and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), announced the completion of a 50-megawatt biomass-fueled combined heat and power plant located at one of P&G's largest U.S. facilities. Constellation owns and operates the plant, which supplies steam to P&G's Albany, GA paper manufacturing facility and generates electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power.  Additionally, steam from the plant will be used to power an 8.5-megawatt steam-to-electricity generator at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, helping the base increase its energy security and utilize renewable sources to meet energy demands.

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A Baker's Dozen: Duke Energy Economic Development Honored by Site Selection Magazine

Source: Site Selection Magazine
For the 13th consecutive year, Duke Energy has been named to Site Selection magazine's annual list of "Top Utilities in Economic Development." The magazine credits Duke Energy's economic development team and its successful collaboration with state and local partners for delivering more than $4 billion in capital investments and more than 14,000 new jobs in 2016. Duke Energy has been featured on the list every year since 2005.

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Two Municipal Utilities Upgrade to Smart Grid Using Honeywell Energyaxis® Solution

Source: Company
Honeywell announced that it is providing Honeywell smart meters, software and communication networks that will enable two municipal utilities to upgrade from a traditional grid to smart grid infrastructure, allowing them to deliver enhanced reliability and service to their customers.

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Berkeley Lab Aims to Strengthen the Cybersecurity of the Grid

Source: Berkeley Lab
As the U.S. electricity grid continues to modernize, it will mean things like better reliability and resilience, lower environmental impacts, greater integration of renewable energy, as well as new computing and communications technologies to monitor and manage the increasing number of devices that connect to the grid. However, that enhanced connectivity for grid operators and consumers also opens the door to potential cyber intrusions.

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Capstone to Serve Large Italian Meat Company with Reliable Onsite Power and Steam

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for a C1000 Signature Series microturbine to provide combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) for a large cured meat company in Veneto, Italy.

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Better Plants Program Partners Save $4.2 Billion in Energy Costs

Source: DOE
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that partners in its Better Buildings, Better Plants Program have saved about $4.2 billion in cumulative energy costs across nearly 3,000 facilities that represent about 12 percent of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint. In addition, DOE is recognizing the achievements of nine partners who have met their energy or water savings goals this year and welcoming 12 new partners who have joined the program.

 

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Citi to be 100 Percent Powered by Renewable Energy by 2020

Source: Business Wire

Citigroup Inc. (“Citi”) announced that it will source renewable power for 100 percent of its global energy needs by 2020. This is an important next step in the bank’s continued commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and finance $100 billion in clean energy, infrastructure and technology projects that build a more sustainable economy.

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GM’s Ohio and Indiana Plants to Meet Electricity Needs with Wind

Source: Company

 All of GM’s Ohio and Indiana manufacturing facilities – including those that build the Chevrolet Cruze and Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickup trucks – will meet their electricity needs through 100 percent renewable energy. GM is buying a total of 200 megawatts of wind energy from Ohio and Illinois wind farms. Once the turbines come online by the end of 2018, renewable energy will power 20 percent of GM’s global electricity use.

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Power restored to 99 percent of Georgia Power customers impacted by Hurricane Irma

Source: Company
Georgia Power has restored power to 99 percent of customers, or 990,000 customers, impacted by Hurricane Irma. More than 8,000 personnel were mobilized as part of the company's restoration effort, including all of Georgia Power's resources, as well as assistance from other Southern Company operating companies and dozens of other companies and assisting utilities. While work is nearly complete and ahead of schedule, all personnel in the field remain focused on reconnecting the limited number of customers who remain without power in the state due to the hurricane.

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New Electric Vehicle Chargers Installed at Los Angeles Area State Parks

Source: LADWP
Local state parks received a total of six new electric vehicle (EV) chargers through a team effort by LADWP, Energy Commission and the CA Department of Parks & Recreation. The new chargers will help visitors and park employees alike enjoy the benefits of EVs such as reducing the city's carbon emissions, saving on fuel costs and helping integrate renewable energy into the power grid. Will Rogers State Historic Park received two chargers for public use and the LA State Historic Park near Chinatown received four public chargers for fleet and employees with three more scheduled for public use.

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Georgia Power introduces renewable energy program for commercial and industrial customers

Source: PR Newswire

Georgia Power has launched its latest program to help grow renewable energy in Georgia – C&I REDI. The program is available to commercial and industrial (C&I) customers under the Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI), which was developed in coordination with and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission in 2016. Through the voluntary program, participating customers will receive hourly credits matching actual production as well as the solar Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from up to 200 megawatts (MW) of renewable resources procured under REDI.

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CAPSTONE’S ENERGY FINANCING JOINT VENTURE EXECUTES FIRST AGREEMENT

Source: Company 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that its energy financing joint venture, Capstone Energy Finance, executed a five-year agreement with a large greenhouse operation in Colorado.

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CHP Installation Keeps Hospital Running During Hurricane Harvey

Source: www.energy.gov

With any major storm, energy reliability and security are major concerns for those in the storm’s path. While much of Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas, were faced with uncertainty as Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the Texas Medical Center – the largest medical center in the world – was able to sustain its air conditioning, refrigeration, heating, sterilization, laundry, and hot water needs throughout the storm thanks to the combined heat and power (CHP) installation operated by Thermal Energy Corp (TECO).

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Better Plants to Lead Multiple Sessions at the World Energy Engineering Congress – Sept 27-29

Source: www.energy.gov

Attending the World Energy Engineering Congress? The AMO’s Better Plants Program will lead a conference session (Track J) on topics such as energy management workforce, the 50001 Ready program, boosting innovation and competitiveness, and energy security. 

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Gas to Become World's Primary Energy Source by 2035

Source: Company
Oil and gas will be crucial components of the world's energy future, according to DNV GL's forecast of the energy transition. While renewable energy will grow its share of the energy mix, oil and gas will account for 44% of world energy supply in 2050, compared to 53% today. Gas will become the largest single source of energy from 2034.

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Washington, DC Named First LEED Platinum City in the World

Source: USGBC
Washington, DC was named the first LEED for Cities Platinum city in the world. Mayor Bowser was presented this honor by Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), at an event on the steps of Dunbar High School – the highest rated LEED-certified school in the United States. The Mayor and Ramanujam were joined by Mayor Bowser’s Chief Technology Officer, Archana Vemulapalli, and Jay Wilson, the District Department of Energy and Environment’s green building expert.

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Delta Americas Headquarters Recognized with Livable Buildings Award

Source: Company
Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, announces that its Delta Americas Headquarters located in Fremont, Calif., was honored by UC Berkley's Center for the Built Environment (CBE), earning an Honorable Mention in its 2017 Livable Buildings Award program. The superior sustainable design and high quality-of-life properties of Delta's US LEED Platinum-certified, net-zero-energy designed green building were instrumental in receiving the honor. Based on its calculated energy usage in 2016, its Energy Use Intensity (EUI) achieved 21.6, indicating the facility saved 90 percent energy than traditional buildings (Average EUI: 212)*1. In July of this year, the building achieved full net-zero operation, with its solar energy generation surpassing consumption.

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Georgia Power's Ash Pond Closure Methods Focus on Protecting Georgia's Water Quality

Source: Company
Georgia Power announced that efforts to dewater its ash ponds are well underway, marking the next step in the safe and permanent closure of 29 ash ponds at 11 active and retired power generation sites across the state. The company's comprehensive and customized dewatering process treats the water removed from the ash ponds to ensure that it meets the requirements of each plant's wastewater discharge permits approved by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and is protective of applicable water quality standards. 

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Schneider Electric Helps NJ Schools Achieve Financial Success Through Energy Efficiency

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced the signing of three energy savings improvement programs (ESIPs) with New Jersey school districts that will drive more than $1 million in annual energy savings.

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With Current, customers can use their energy where it counts most

Source: Company

And we're maximizing solutions to provide the very best to cities, commercial and industrial customers. We're helping them save money so they can put their energy back to where it belongs--investing in their own growth and innovation

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

Source: PECI



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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