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NREL and Hawaiian Electric Navigate Uncharted Waters of Energy Transformation

Source: NREL

As you read in Part 1 of this story, NREL helped the Hawaiian Electric Companies respond to new stability challenges associated with the rapid addition of solar power and other renewables to Hawaii's six isolated island grids. Now, the utility is working proactively to modernize those grids. Hawaiian Electric senior vice president of planning and technology Colton Ching says, "We're finally to a point where we're able to look over the horizon, to break through the near-term barriers and start looking further into the future." And NREL is still on board.

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Department of Energy Announces $14.5 Million to Advance Geothermal Drilling Technologies

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $14.5 million in new funding to advance geothermal energy development. The Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy (EDGE) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will focus on geothermal drilling in support of accelerating the research and development of innovative geothermal energy technologies in America.

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Large Corporations Are Leading America's Surge in Solar Deployment

Source: SEIA
America's top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association's brand new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users. This year's report contains data from over 4,000 companies, totaling more than 2.5 gigawatts of solar capacity across approximately 7,400 solar projects.

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Largest Ever Database of U.S. Wind Turbines Released

Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with public and private partners, has released the most comprehensive publicly available database yet of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics. The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) will allow unparalleled ability for government agencies and others to make planning decisions.

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Hawaiian Electric, U.S. Navy Break Ground on West Loch Solar Project

Source: Company
Hawaiian Electric Company and the Department of the Navy broke ground on a 20-megawatt solar facility at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam West Loch Annex. When completed in December, the West Loch project will produce the lowest-cost renewable energy in the state at less than 8 cents per kilowatt-hour. Hawaiian Electric will own and operate the 80,760-panel solar facility, which is being built by REC Solar.

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Duke Energy $62M Solar Rebate Program Approved for North Carolina Residential, Business & NonProfit

Source: Company
Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program - which will help North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property - was approved this month by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program - which will help North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property - was approved this month by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). The program is part of 2017's Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law - also known as House Bill 589 - which includes new Duke Energy programs to benefit customers.

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GridBright Helps Con Edison Reduce Subway Delays Caused by Power Outages

Source: Company
Con Edison, a regulated operating company of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED), with support of GridBright, has gone live with STORM (Support Tool for Outage Restoration Management), an innovative new software solution that will help New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reduce delays and improve quality of life to New York's 5.7 million daily subway riders.

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Trump Administration Proposes Sale for Wind Energy Off Massachusetts Coast

Source: Bureau of Ocean Management
In support of the President's "America-First Offshore Energy Strategy," U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the proposed lease sale for two additional areas offshore Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres.

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Siemens Sets Innovation Milestone with First 3D-Printed Parts for Industrial Steam Turbine

Source: Company
Siemens has reached yet another industry milestone in the area of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in the power generation industry with the company's first replacement parts 3D-printed from metal for an industrial steam turbine. The company is utilizing state-of-the-art AM technology to pave the way for greater agility in steam turbine component manufacturing and maintenance and to set new benchmarks for industrial power plant services.

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Ingersoll Rand Achieves 2020 Energy Efficiency Goal & Advances Climate Commitment with Renewable

Source: Company
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, announced that it has achieved a significant milestone in its global Climate Commitment ahead of schedule and is deepening its commitment with on-site and off-site renewable energy investments.

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Alpine Branch Library - Brummitt Energy Associates

Source: Company

The new 13,500-square-foot Alpine Library, which opened in May 2016, is the first Zero Net Energy building built by a local government entity. Through thoughtful design, the library’s projected energy consumption was cut nearly in half, while construction costs stayed within the project’s 10-million-dollar budget. The Alpine Library was a design-build (D-BE) project in which the architect and general contractor performed as a single entity.

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2018 GLOBALCON Pictures Available

Source: Company

The 2018 GLOBALCON Conference & Expo was held March 21-22, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. Here are photos from the event! For more information about this event, visit www.globalconevent.com Networking Reception Conference Sessions Opening Session.

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U.S. DOE & National Assoc. of Manufacturers Announce Sustainability in Manufacturing Partnership

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced the Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership. Through this partnership fostered by DOE’s Better Plants program, DOE and the NAM will work together to help U.S. manufacturers drive energy productivity improvements and accelerate adoption of energy efficient technologies.

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Capstone Secures First Signature Series Order in Portugal for Textile Mill CHP Project

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced an order for a C600 Signature Series microturbine to provide combined heat and power (CHP) to a Portuguese textile mill. Micropower Europe, Capstone’s distributor for Portugal and Spain, secured the order.

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New Solar PV Tool Calculates Degradation Rates, Saving Money & Guiding Business Decisions

Source: NREL

How long a product can be expected to perform at a high level is a fundamental indication of quality and durability. In the solar industry, accurately predicting the longevity of photovoltaic (PV) panels is essential to increase energy production, lower costs, and raise investor and consumer confidence. A new software package developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and industry partners SunPower and kWh Analytics is making the measurement of PV system expected lifetime performance more reliable, consistent, and accurate.

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Capstone Secures Follow-On 2.4 MW FPP Long-Term Service Contracts with Key Oil & Gas Producer

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has secured multiple significant Factory Protection Plan (FPP) aftermarket long-term service contracts as follow-on orders to the 6.9 megawatt (MW) multimillion-dollar contract signed back in early January 2018.

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Apple Now Globally Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Source: Newsroom
As part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment, Apple announced its global facilities are powered with 100 percent clean energy. This achievement includes retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India. The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $1.8 Billion Initiative for New Supercomputers

Source: DOE
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry tannounced a Request for Proposal (RFP), potentially worth up to $1.8 billion, for the development of at least two new exascale supercomputers to be deployed at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories in the 2021-2023 timeframe

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Seattle City Light Recovers $1.5M Using the ELITEpro XC & RoCoil Current Transformer

Source: Company
A team of four Seattle City Light (SCL) employees have recovered $1.5 million in just two years using equipment purchased from DENT Instruments. Large-scale construction is booming in Seattle and has been for many years, but Seattle City Light was unable to efficiently capture electrical usage and bill accordingly as multi-unit skyscrapers were taking shape — that is, until the initial purchase of 12 ELITEpro XC meters from DENT Instruments in 2014.

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Eversource Earns 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Source: Company
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Eversource has received their 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award in New Hampshire for continued leadership in energy efficiency and commitment to the ENERGY STAR program.

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Trump Administration Proposes Sale for Wind Energy Off Massachusetts Coast

Source: Dept. of the Interior
In support of the President's "America-First Offshore Energy Strategy," U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the proposed lease sale for two additional areas offshore Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres.

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Capstone Expands its Presence in North American Healthcare Market with New CHP Projects

Source: Business Insider
Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced its continued expansion into the healthcare market with new combined heat and power (CHP) projects at two North American hospitals. In addition, a third high profile North American hospital, that had previously purchased Capstone microturbines, will be commissioning its new CHP system in May and will be a regional showcase installation.

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Connecticut's 195 CHURCH offices' window retrofit increases energy efficiency

Source: Company

Located on the New Haven Green, 195 CHURCH is undergoing a $6 million energy-efficient window and lighting retrofit. Implementing recommendations from Globelé Energy and Apogee Enterprises, Inc.'s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, the property's tenants already are experiencing more comfortable workspaces. The building owners, 195 Church Street Associates, LLC, are also noticing significant annual energy savings; it is on track to earn an estimated $589,000 rebate from utility provider United Illuminating through the EnergizeCT initiative.

 

 

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Daikin Names Harrison Energy Partners as Service Alliance Provider

Source: Chiller & Cooling Best Practices

In 2017, Daikin announced its new relationship with Harrison Energy Partners (HEP), the largest commercial and industrial HVAC firm in Arkansas, as the authorized manufacturer’s representative in central, northwest and western Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City. Effective immediately, Daikin Applied is pleased to extend that relationship, making HEP the Service Alliance Provider in Oklahoma City and the surrounding region. As a Service Alliance Provider, HEP is now authorized and responsible for responding to customers’ Daikin Applied equipment service, operation and maintenance needs.

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TAQATI Dubai Launches an Integrated Energy Efficiency Training Program

Source: Albawaba Business

TAQATI, the dedicated Program Management Office for the Dubai Demand Side Management (DSM) strategy and which is set up under Etihad Energy Service Company (Etihad ESCO), entered into a partnership with the British University in Dubai (BUiD) for the Dubai Energy Efficiency Training Program as part of its mandate. Etihad ESCO CEO Ali Al Jassim signed the agreement with BUiD Vice Chancellor Prof. Abdullah Al Shamsi during a ceremony organized at Etihad ESCO’s headquarters on 18 March 2018 to formally seal the deal.  

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USAID continues support for optimising energy management in Jamaica

Source: Loop

The United States Agency for International Development, through its Caribbean Clean Energy Program, awarded scholarships to 25 professionals from 13 institutions to undertake a 6-week energy management training course.

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CAPSTONE RECEIVES C1000 SIGNATURE SERIES ORDER FOR ANOTHER FLARE GAS-TO-ENERGY PROJECT

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced an order for a C1000 Signature Series unit to be deployed on another flare gas-to-energy project in Los Angeles, California.

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Introduction to Wireless Lighting Controls

Source: The Lighting Controls Authority

Typical automatic lighting control applications involve an input device, such as a photosensor, interacting with a power controller, such as a switch. Though these components may be integrated into the same device (e.g., wall-box occupancy sensor), often they are installed separately. To interact, the input device must send a control signal to a controller, which then controls the load. The predominant traditional approach is to send a control signal along dedicated low-voltage wiring (typically called “hardwired”). A more recent approach rapidly gaining in popularity is to communicate using radio waves that travel through the air, eliminating the need for dedicated control wiring.

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Duke Energy's New Climate Report Details the Company's Ability to Adapt to a Low-Carbon Future

Source: Company
Duke Energy outlined steps it is taking to provide safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy to its customers while embracing the transformation underway in the utility industry. The report details the company's strategy and ongoing efforts to mitigate risks from climate change, reduce emissions, navigate policy uncertainty and plan future investments to deliver value for customers and investors.

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Microsoft Adds 315MW of New Solar Power in Virginia in Largest Corporate Solar Agreement

Source: Company
Microsoft Corp. announced the purchase of 315 MW of energy from Pleinmont I and II, two new solar projects in the commonwealth of Virginia. This represents the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy ever in the United States. This will enable Microsoft to make significant progress toward its goal of reaching 60 percent by early 2020. The Pleinmont projects are part of a larger 500-MW solar development, owned and operated by sPower, an AES and AIMCo company.

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Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 5,750 Electric Car Rebates Approved in First Year of Drive Clean

Source: ny.gov
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that more than 5,750 consumers have received rebates to buy electric cars in New York since the State's Drive Clean Rebate was launched one year ago. The initiative provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new electric car from participating dealers. The rebate program supports Governor Cuomo's ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

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Fairbanks Morse Delivers PoweReliability-as-a-ServiceTM Solution in Puerto Rico

Source: Company

Fairbanks Morse - an EnPro Industries company (NYSE: NPO) and leading provider of solutions that are powering the world forward - announced today that it has delivered its PoweReliability-as-a-Service platform to a Fortune 500 company in Puerto Rico. The installation provides a dual fuel combined heat and power (CHP) microgrid with approximately 10 megawatts of capacity. The PoweReliability-as-a-Service offering will be installed with advanced software and condition-based maintenance support so power generation can be monitored in real time to deliver on specified fuel and reliability guarantees. As an open platform, it can be customized to include the additional integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) including renewable baseloads like solar, wind, or energy storage in the future.

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Chain Reaction Innovations Entrepreneur Wins Top NASA Innovation Award

Source DOE

Felipe Gomez del Campo, CEO of FGC Plasma Solutions, traveled to NASA headquarters to receive the 2018 NASA iTech award for X-Factor Innovation.

 

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Capstone to Power Commercial Facility in the U.K. with Bundled Cogeneration Solution

Source: Globe Newswire

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), a world leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced recently an order for a C200S integrated combined heat and power (iCHP) microturbine for a commercial facility in the United Kingdom. The order was placed under Capstone’s new “Sell-to-Win”bundled solutions program and includes a Capstone supplied integrated roof mounted heat recovery module (HRM) and a prepaid 5-year factory protection plan (FPP). Pure World Energy, Capstone’s distributor for the United Kingdom, secured the order.

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More Than a Pretty Fan

Source: MacroAir

In the latest issue of Green Building and Design Magazine, MacroAir fans contributed an informative article discussing how MacroAir’s big commercial ceiling fans aid in human wellness, create sustainability and are the perfect fit for a new student hub facility.

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Electroindustry Briefs Congress on Smart Energy Infrastructure for the Modern Grid

Source: NEMA
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) co-sponsored a congressional briefing with GridWise Alliance in conjunction with the Grid Innovation Caucus to discuss the importance of modern electrical systems for American infrastructure. "Now is the time to invest in modern electrical and energy systems to make our nation's energy infrastructure safer, more reliable, and highly efficient. By incorporating the latest innovations such as energy storage, smart meters, microgrids, and advanced transmission technologies, we can modernize our grid while simultaneously creating valuable manufacturing jobs," said NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff.

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Connecticut's Energy Efficiency Programs Fuel Job Creation and Economic Growth

Source: Energize Connecticut
Every dollar invested in energy efficiency generates $7 back into Connecticut's economy, according to the 2017 Programs and Operations Report released by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB). The energy efficiency improvements made in 2017 will save Connecticut homeowners, renters, cities and towns, and businesses of all sizes more than $841 million over the life of those measures.

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Capstone Secures Sizable 5.2MW Order for Multiple Oil and Gas Sites in South America

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has received a sizable new order for 5.2MW of clean and green microturbines to power multiple oil and gas sites in South America. Supernova Energy Services, a South American distributor for Capstone, secured the project.

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Energy Consumers and Utilities Come Together at the 2018 GLOBALCON Event

Source: AEE
Each year thousands of energy managers, VPs of operations and facility team professionals come to the Northeast for the annual GLOBALCON conference and trade show to network with their peers, share best practices, and learn about the latest industry developments. Presented by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and Energy Company Partner, National Grid, GLOBALCON is in its 29th year - making it one of the longest running events for business, industrial and institutional energy users. This year the event is scheduled for March 21-22, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

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DOE Announces $10M for CHP Research to Support the Electric Grid

Source: AMO

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced up to $10 million to conduct research and development activities to further the utilization of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) specifically designed to provide support to the electric grid.

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Southern Co Subsidiaries Alabama Power & Georgia Power Deploy Smart Neighborhoods

Source: Company
Southern Company and its Alabama Power and Georgia Power subsidiaries have officially announced Smart Neighborhood™ initiatives that will provide customers with state-of-the-art home construction, distributed energy resources – including solar and battery energy storage – and smart home appliances and technologies.

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Ameresco Delivers Energy Savings Projects to Four Colleges in Scotland

Source: Company
Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and provider of energy infrastructure solutions, announced that its UK operation was awarded and delivered a £3 million energy performance contract (EPC) across four colleges in Scotland. The Colleges include Edinburgh College, Borders College, Newbattle Abbey College, and West Lothian College.

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University of Maryland Secures $18.3 Million for Energy Conservation Projects

Source: Company

The University of Maryland has successfully secured $18.3 million from the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) for the development of a $21.5 million energy efficiency project to support the implementation of various energy conservation measures. The project will impact eight on-campus buildings, such as J.M. Patterson Hall and  Hornbake Library. 

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AT&T Announces One of the Largest Corporate Renewable Energy Purchases

Source: Company

AT&T* will purchase 520 megawatts (MW) of wind power through 2 agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest operator of renewable energy projects. Together, these deals constitute one of the largest corporate renewable energy purchases in the U.S.1 It’s also a key component of our goal to develop and leverage technology solutions that enable carbon savings 10 times the footprint of our operations by 2025.

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Robust Energy Production Growth & Flat US Demand Support Net Energy Exports

Source EIA

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018), which includes its Reference case and a number of sensitivity cases. The AEO2018 Reference case shows continued development of the U.S. shale and tight oil and gas resources paired with modest energy consumption growth, leading to the transition of the United States from a net energy importer to a net energy exporter across most cases examined in AEO2018. "The United States energy system continues to undergo an incredible transformation," said EIA Administrator Linda Capuano. "This is most obvious when one considers that the AEO shows the United States becoming a net exporter of energy during the projection period in the Reference case and in most of the sensitivity cases as well-a very different set of expectations than we imagined even five or ten years ago."

 

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Connectivity Modernizes Grid Communication in North America Boosting Market to $1 Billion by 2023

Source: Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan's new analysis, North American Digital Grid Communication Infrastructure, Forecast to 2023, provides an assessment of disruptive trends and technologies, market share, and competitive analysis of key players such as ABB, Siemens, Landis & Gyr, Elster, and Itron. The research finds that the market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent from 2016 to 2023, reaching an estimated $1 billion by 2023 in North America.

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Data Book Shows Continued Growth of Renewable Electricity

Source: NREL
The Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 18.3 percent of total installed capacity and 15.6 percent of total electricity generation in 2016. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Renewable Energy Data Book presents U.S. and global energy statistics compiled from numerous data sources, and includes renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data.

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Mayor Durkan Opens Seattle City Light's First Curbside Fast-Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

Source: Company
Saying Seattle will continue to lead in the fight to address climate change and in clean energy innovation, in Beacon Hill Mayor Jenny A. Durkan put into service Seattle City Light's (SCL) first two fast-charging stations for electric vehicles. Mayor Durkan also said City will install up to 18 more charging stations at 1-15 sites in Seattle by year's end.

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GE and Arenko to Build One of the World's Largest Energy Storage Facilities in the UK

Source: Company
GE and Arenko Group are delighted to announce a strategic alliance to build grid scale energy storage systems in the UK. The companies will seek to leverage the advantages of combining GE's battery technology solution, power electronics and advanced controls with Arenko's leadership in operating batteries in the UK market and proprietary energy trading software platform.

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New Batteries for Hawaiian Wind Farm

Source: Company
Younicos has signed an agreement with TerraForm Power to install and commission a 10 MW battery-based energy storage system upgrade at the site of the Kaheawa wind farm, one of the largest wind farms on the island of Hawaii. The batteries will be primarily used to provide ramping services to smooth out wind variability. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018.

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DOE Announces $35 Million for Emerging Research Projects to Address Manufacturing Challenges

Source: AMO

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million for 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing. These projects were selected under an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office funding opportunity, focused on advanced materials, advanced processes, and modeling and analysis tools for materials and manufacturing.

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Energy-efficient renovations transform Clatsop Community College's historic Patriot Hall

Source: The Business Journals

Clatsop Community College anticipates Patriot Hall saving more than $25,000 a year in energy costs compared to similar buildings. 

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Charlotte's Duke Energy renews contract for wood and poultry-waste biomass plant

Source: The Business Journals

Craven County Wood Energy plans to upgrade its 50-megawatt biomass plant to burn up to 30% poultry waste. The principal fuel used at the 25-year old plant is wood. 

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Hyundai Showcases World's First Self-driven Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

Source: PR Newswire

A fleet of Hyundai Motor Company's next generation fuel cell electric cars have succeeded in completing a self-driven 190 kilometers journey from Seoul to Pyeongchang. This is the first time in the world that level 4 autonomous driving has been achieved with fuel cell electric cars, the ultimate eco-friendly vehicles.

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Simple tips to save during winter weather

Source: PR Newswire

Colder weather can mean higher energy bills and, as the low temperatures continue this winter, Georgia Power offers customers a variety of free tools and resources to help them stay warm while saving money and energy. The company reminds customers that making small changes today can deliver big savings throughout the winter and year-round.

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PSEG Energy Solutions Gains License To Operate In Maryland

Source: PR Newswire

PSEG Energy Solutions announced that it has received approval to operate as a retail electricity supplier in the state of Maryland. PSEG Energy Solutions currently offers competitive electric supply to commercial and industrial customers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The company plans to continue to expand throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

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Virtual Power Systems Joins SAP and Schneider Electric

Source: PR Newswire

 Virtual Power Systems, creators of Software-Defined Power®, is working with SAP's Multi-Cloud Computing team and the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley to validate the use of VPS' Intelligent Control of Energy® (ICE) platform for optimizing power delivery. With VPS ICE, SAP will test the ability to track, monitor and manage power usage within the data center while automatically reallocating power distribution based on capacity and availability demands.

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Carrier Commercial Equipment Upgrade Saves California School District More than $200,000

Source: PR Newswire

The Fontana Unified School District is saving thousands of dollars in energy costs annually and has improved the classroom environment thanks to Carrier's installation of 201 high-efficiency WeatherExpert™ 48/50LC roof top units (RTUs) at four different schools. With the project currently at the midway point, the district is saving approximately $210,000 in energy costs – an amount that's expected to double when another 200 rooftop systems are installed next summer. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. 

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(UHS) is one of the 1st Organizations to take advantage of the RENEW It Now NY program

Source: PR Newswire

RENEW Energy Partners, a company committed to addressing the challenges of climate change by accelerating the adoption of energy-efficiency and clean energy solutions, announced United Health Services, Inc. (UHS) will be one of the first projects with RENEW It Now NY, an initiative focused on speeding the implementation of energy-efficiency retrofits and clean energy upgrades throughout New York State.  RENEW It Now NY won participation in NYSERDA's Emerging Technologies and Accelerated Commercialization program which supports innovative projects and project approaches by providing participants with special incentives, additional measurement and verification of project performance, and showcasing of projects.

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NV Energy to Serve Nevada Customers With More Low-Cost Renewable Energy

Source: PR Newswire

NV Energy issued a request for proposals that could add up to 330-megawatts of new renewable energy projects to be built in Nevada.  This additional commitment to renewable energy, which includes the potential integration of battery energy storage systems, will provide enough carbon-free electricity to power approximately 200,000 Nevada homes. 

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Talisen Launches Enterprise Energy Management Software in Dubai

Source: PR Newswire

In October of 2017, Talisen entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) of Dubai to license Talisen's Enterprise Sustainability Platform (ESP) solution for the Dubai building retrofit market. What makes this market so unique for Talisen is that Government of Dubai has set strategic targets to reduce electricity and water consumption by 30% by the year 2030.

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Notice of Intent to Issue a Funding Opportunity for Research Enabling Technologies

Source: www.energy.gov

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Flexible Combined Heat and Power for Grid Reliability and Resiliency”. CHP is a suite of predominately gas-fired distributed generation technologies that produce both electricity and thermal energy onsite, thereby providing the user with more efficient and lower cost electricity while at the same time increasing site reliability and energy security. CHP can also reduce line losses and strain on grid infrastructure.

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DOE Announces $3 Million for High Performance Computing

Source: AMO

The Advanced Manufacturing Office, in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, announced up to $3 million in available funding for the next round of the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program. 

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Energy Department Announces $3 Million for High Performance Computing Collaborations

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding for 10 projects to help American manufacturers leverage the national laboratories' high performance computing (HPC) capabilities to address manufacturing challenges through state-of-the-art modeling, simulation, and data analysis. This funding will support collaboration between manufacturers and the national labs that will aid in decision-making, innovate in processes and design, improve quality, predict performance and failure, quicken or eliminate testing, and/or shorten the time of adoption of new technologies.

 

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Energy Department Announces $3 Million for High Performance Computing Collaborations

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding for 10 projects to help American manufacturers leverage the national laboratories' high performance computing (HPC) capabilities to address manufacturing challenges through state-of-the-art modeling, simulation, and data analysis. This funding will support collaboration between manufacturers and the national labs that will aid in decision-making, innovate in processes and design, improve quality, predict performance and failure, quicken or eliminate testing, and/or shorten the time of adoption of new technologies.

 

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2016 Data Book Shows Continued Growth of Renewable Electricity

Source: NREL

The 2016 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 18.3 percent of total installed capacity and 15.6 percent of total electricity generation in 2016. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Renewable Energy Data Book presents U.S. and global energy statistics compiled from numerous data sources, and includes renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data.

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Magenta Goes Green: T-Mobile Commits to 100% Renewable Energy

Source: Yahoo Finance

T-Mobile (TMUS) announced it will move to 100% renewable electricity by 2021, and the Un-carrier has joined RE100, a collaborative, global initiative uniting more than 100 influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. T-Mobile also took a big step toward their clean energy commitment, unveiling a 2nd wind farm project backed by the Un-carrier.

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LevelTen Energy Launches Dynamic Two-Sided Marketplace for Renewable Energy Procurement

Source: Company

 LevelTen Energy announced the launch of their data-driven marketplace, a first-of-its-kind offering built to scale, simplify and standardize renewable energy procurement. LevelTen’s marketplace reduces the cost, complexity and risk of renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) through an online platform that offers to both buyers and sellers advanced analytics, standard documentation and process best practices.

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Schneider Electric to Design and Build Advanced Microgrid in Milford, Connecticut

Source: PR Newswire

 Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced an agreement to design and build a microgrid within critical buildings in the City of Milford, Connecticut. The technology will offer power resiliency during inclement weather, at a time when the US Department of Energy's 2017 Grid Reliability Study includes microgrids as a way to provide necessary resilience.

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Hawaiian Electric accelerates the connection of new distributed energy resources with GridUnity

Source: PR Newswire

 GridUnity, a pioneer in distributed energy analytics software-as-a-service, announces Hawaiian Electric's rapid expansion of its software to help the three electric utilities efficiently and reliably connect new distributed energy resources (DER) to the grid.

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SAS and Trilliant Join Forces to Tackle IoT and Energy Management Challenges

Source: PR Newswire

With the advent of systems that connect everything from a city's utility grid to its transportation and parking systems, cities are getting smarter every day for the citizens' benefit. One area that is especially hot today is smart street lighting that helps keep citizens safer. Trilliant, a global provider of secure, enterprise-wide smart energy communication systems, and analytics leader SAS have signed an agreement that enables data-driven decisions for optimizing connected grid devices in these systems.

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Tecogen Wins 800 kW of Cogeneration Sales to Six NYC Apartments in Under 45 Days

Source: Company
Tecogen® Inc., a clean energy company providing ultra-efficient, clean, natural gas powered on-site power, heating and cooling equipment, is pleased to announce that within the last 45 days it has entered into contracts to sell InVerde e+ cogeneration units to six apartment buildings in Manhattan, NY. The units will have a total capacity of 800 kW and will generate revenue totaling $4.1 million, which includes the cost of installation and all related accessories. The bulk of the revenue will be recognized across the first half of 2018. Each deal comes with a long-term service contract, which is billed separately and not included in this number, and all but one includes turnkey installation.

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Research from Schneider Electric Reveals Companies Unprepared for New Energy Economy

Source: Company
While global business leaders are gathering at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos this week to talk about energy and environmental challenges, a new study released by Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy and carbon management, and automation, reveals that most organizations feel prepared for a decentralized, decarbonized and digitized future, but many are not taking the necessary steps to integrate and advance their energy and sustainability programs.

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ENGIE Brand Expands in North America

Source: Company
ENGIE announced the rebranding of three subsidiaries in North America. The rebrand of Ecova Inc., Green Charge Networks, LLC, and OpTerra Energy Services Inc. is designed to amplify ENGIE's voice in the North American market and make it clearer for customers and other key stakeholders the range of energy supply and service options that ENGIE provides.

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Duke Energy named one of Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies"

Source: Company
Duke Energy has been named to Fortune magazine's 2018 list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Duke Energy was ranked 5th among gas and electric utilities, up from 9th last year. "We are pleased and humbled to receive this recognition on behalf of our talented team of more than 29,000 employees who work every day delivering a smarter and cleaner energy future for our customers," said Lynn Good, Duke Energy's chairman, president and CEO. "We plan to continue to improve in all areas of our business and deliver even greater value to our customers in the years ahead."

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Walmart Continues Retail Energy Efficiency Leadership with 1.5 Million LED Fixtures Installed Global

Source: Company
Walmart, the world's largest retailer, announced results of an extensive lighting program with Current, powered by GE at the National Retail Federation's Big Show. As part of an ongoing commitment to energy efficiency, Walmart has now installed more than 1.5 million LED (light emitting diode) fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centers and corporate offices in ten countries.

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Canada Supports Next Wave of Emerging Renewable Power

Source: Natural Resources Canada
Investments in innovative emerging renewable technology will contribute to diversifying Canada's energy sources and ensure we retain our position as a world leader in the development of the next wave of renewable energy. They will also create good jobs for Canadians and ensure our communities are healthy and productive places to live.

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Sparks Dynamics Closes $2 Million in Series A Investment Round

Source: Company
Sparks Dynamics, a leader in data acquisition, analytics, and optimization of industrial compressed air and chilled water systems recently secured $2 million in Series A funding led by a large angel investor with extensive corporate C-suite experience in large publicly traded companies within the industrial equipment sector.

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Smart Buildings Save Energy and Improve Occupant Comfort

Source: ACEEE
Smart technologies can reduce a building’s energy use by nearly a fifth and yield additional benefits, such as increased worker productivity, according to our new report, Smart Buildings: a Deeper Dive into Market Segments. This report documents how many types of buildings — not just the biggest and ritziest — can benefit from the latest interconnected technologies, from simple occupancy sensors to complex energy management and information systems. It builds on our report from early 2017, Smart Buildings: Using Smart Technology to Save Energy in Existing Buildings.

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Alabama Public Service Commission Approves Walmart Contract with Solar Facility in East Alabama

Source: AL Newscenter
A new solar energy generating facility to be built in east Alabama will help the world’s largest retailer move a step closer to meeting its renewable energy goals.

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Department of Energy to Invest $30 Million to Boost Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Recovery

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of six projects to receive approximately $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development in unconventional oil and natural gas recovery.

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Duke Energy Announces 2017 Power Partner Award Winners

Source: Company
The familiar phrase "Cream rises to the top" precisely describes each of the six organizations receiving the 2017 Duke Energy Power Partner award.

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The New Year Brings Better Quality Lighting Choices to California

Source: California Energy Commision
Giving consumers the choice of better quality light bulbs, three new energy efficiency standards go into effect January 1, 2018. The standards cover general service light bulbs; general purpose light-emitting diodes - commonly called LEDs - used to replace typical existing home lighting; and small-diameter directional lamps, often used in commercial sites for track lighting.

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Siemens Gamesa Signs Contracts Covering 23 Turbines

Source: Company
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has received orders for two new onshore wind projects in southern Italy: the company is set to deliver 13 SWT-3.0-113 direct-drive units to European Energy's 39 MW project in Tolve and 10 G97-2.0 MW turbines to a further 20 MW project near Capoiazzo. Both wind farms are located in the Basilicata Region in the south of Italy. The orders include long term service agreements including advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics.

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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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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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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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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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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



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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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