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Department of Energy Announces $46 Million to Improve Resiliency of Solar Generation

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $46 million in research funding to advance holistic solutions that provide grid operators the situational awareness and mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats. With more and more solar generation coming online every day, grid operators need the tools and technologies to ensure that the electric grid is resilient and energy services are delivered to critical infrastructure. These projects will develop and validate control strategies, real-time system monitoring, robust communications and other technologies to make solar power at the bulk power and distribution levels more resilient.

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Egypt Could Meet More than 50% of its Electricity Demand with Renewable Energy

Source: IRENA
Egypt has the potential to generate up to 53 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Egypt Renewable Energy Outlook  report, released at a high-level conference in Cairo today (10/9) in the presence of Egyptian government officials and regional decision makers, finds that pursuing higher shares of renewable energy could reduce the country's energy bill by up to USD 900 million annually in 2030.

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New Jersey Prepares to Implement Zero-Emission Credit Law

Source: NEI
As New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities conducts public hearings to consider how to implement the zero-emission credit (ZEC) program that Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law earlier this year, NEI President and Chief Executive Officer Maria Korsnick congratulated New Jersey for being in a "vanguard of states" that have recognized the vital role that nuclear energy plays in a clean energy future.

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Federal Investment of over $23 Million for Programs That Will Support Energy Efficiency

Source: Government of Canada
Canadians need help in making their homes and businesses more energy efficient and investing in solutions that can help fight climate change. The Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories are working together to support residents and businesses in these efforts.

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Hurricane Michael Once Again Proves Nuclear Plants' Resilience

Source: Nuclear Energy Institute
In the wake of Hurricane Michael, nuclear power plant operators in the affected region continue working hard to keep their communities safe and powered. As the hurricane passed through Florida, Alabama and Georgia, operators implemented their well-rehearsed emergency response plans.

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Solar Access Soars In Boston

Source: Company
Eversource customers in Boston and the rest of eastern Massachusetts can now save money on their electric bill by subscribing to community solar farms in western Massachusetts. Ampion has launched an outreach campaign to help residents and businesses enroll for cleaner, more affordable power under the program.

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CHP-Funder web site Launched-Technology to match Funders with Qualified Cogeneration (CHP) Projects

Source: Company

Technology to match Funders with Qualified Cogeneration (CHP) Projects

CHP-Funder.com, a match-making web site for investors in cogeneration, was launched as an online investment intermediary fintech web property. The mission of CHP-Funder.com is to speed time-to-funding for viable CHP projects and to connect such projects to the broader venture capital market.

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Portland General Electric announces ambitious Smart Grid Test Bed

Source: PR Newswire

Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) announced plans to file a proposal for a Smart Grid Test Bed that will integrate smart grid technology on a scale never before attempted in the United States. Slated to begin next year, the project aims to accelerate PGE's vision for a clean energy future through partnering with customers to decarbonize the grid.

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Solar Wolf Energy Growing at Exponential Rate

Source: PR Newswire 

For some renewable energy companies, the "Solar Boom" is already dropping off or has ended completely, leading to businesses closing and employees losing jobs. Not so for Solar Wolf Energy.

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Schneider Electric Microgrid to Service Long Beach, California

Source: PR Newswire 

 Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced an agreement to design, engineer and build a new microgrid that will enable critical energy resilience at the Port of Long Beach in the city of Long Beach, California. Schneider Electric will create a microgrid technology demonstration which will include an integrated system of distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrid controls, enabling added resilience via long-term islanding at the port's critical response facility, the Joint Command and Control Center (JCCC), which functions as the port's hub for security.

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NYSERDA Chooses Faraday AI Platform To Reduce Customer Acquisition Costs

Source: PR Newswire 

 Faraday, Inc. has been chosen to provide its multichannel data-driven customer targeting tools and complementary consulting services to contractors participating in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) programs base on their unique artificial intelligence (AI) platform and experience in clean energy.

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Duke Energy to invest $500 million in battery storage in the Carolinas over the next 15 years

Source: PR Newswire 

Duke Energy's advancement of battery energy storage technologies in the Carolinas includes $500 million of projects in the company's 15-year forecast – continuing the company's industry-leading deployment of the technology.

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Sustainability Efforts Receive A Gust Of Wind Power

Source: PR Newswire 

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) announced it has signed an agreement with Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, for Southern Power's 200-megawatt (MW) Reading Wind Facility. This initiative, which will offset up to 12 percent of Royal Caribbean's emissions beginning in 2020, is the latest addition to the company's extensive sustainability efforts, which include programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through innovations at sea and in port.

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E.ON Develops Highly-Secure Smart and Efficient Connected Home Solution with Microsoft

Source: Company
The home of the future will be smart. It will lower energy bills and improve homeowners' carbon footprints, while allowing an increased level of freedom and considerably improving everyday life in general. This vision is now becoming a reality - and E.ON, in collaboration with Microsoft, is making that possible. The two companies have entered into a collaboration, centering around a software solution for a home that is setting new standards. E.ON is set to release the first version of this new product to market at the start of 2019.

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innogy Starts Construction of Australia's Largest Solar Power Plant

Source: Company
innogy SE is progressing in growing a value accretive solar business in Australia: Following the completion of the acquisition in mid-September, the company has taken the final investment decision for a solar power plant with an installed capacity of 349 megawatts peak (MWp). Limondale, Australia's largest solar project to date, is located near Balranald, New South Wales. Preparation works and pre-pilling tests are currently underway, with construction works expected to commence this October. Commissioning of the plant will take place progressively, with full commercial operation expected in mid-2020.

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Report: Obsession with Personal Electronics is Changing How British Columbians Use Power at Home

Source: Company
A new BC Hydro report finds British Columbians' addiction to personal electronics has resulted in a 150 per cent increase in electricity use from small electronics since 1990.

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Nevada Closer to Ensuring Electric Grid Better Integrates Distributed Energy Resources

Source: Company
The Silver State took another important step forward to adopt innovative and forward-thinking regulatory reforms that will enable more clean energy on the grid.

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DOE Applauds Vogtle Decision

Source: DOE
*On the record, attributed to DOE Spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes
"The Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased with today's vote to proceed with the construction of Vogtle 3&4. This historic project will be the first large scale nuclear utility project completed in the United States in over 30 years and will reaffirm America's international leadership in nuclear technology and provide a reliable, clean power source for decades to come. DOE hopes the successful completion of this project will mark the beginning of a nuclear renaissance in America."

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Department of Public Utilities Issues Order to Continue Solar Development

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In an effort to continue to expand the Commonwealth's clean energy economy while reducing energy rates, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an Order approving compensation for owners of new solar projects under the Commonwealth's Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. The program, administered by the Department of Energy Resources, will save ratepayers an estimated $4.7 billion over current programs, and promotes solar development in the Commonwealth through an incentive paid directly by the utility company to the solar generation owner. The approval is the final regulatory step in launching the program that is required by bi-partisan legislation signed by Governor Baker in 2016. With the additional 1,600 megawatts (MW) of installed solar to be supported as a result of the SMART program, approximately ten percent of the Commonwealth's annual electricity needs will be met by solar resources.

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National Grid Continues National Leadership In Energy Efficiency

Source: PR Newswire 

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard  yesterday, and once again, National Grid's  service area in three states — Mass., R.I., and N.Y.—all ranked among the top ten in energy efficiency.  Massachusetts ranked number one for the eighth year in a row, with R.I. ranked third, and N.Y. moving from seventh in 2017 to sixth this year. Additionally, in their most recent rankings, ACEEE named R.I. and Mass. as top states with utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies.

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TAS Announces Completion Of Solar Panel Installation As Part Of Sustainability Efforts

Source: PR Newswire 

As part of an ongoing sustainability effort, TAS is pleased to announce the completion of its new solar panel installation at its Cullen facility. The energy being produced can be stored in TAS' thermal energy storage tank associated with our Modular Solutions Lab which is used for R&D and houses a small colocation data center.  TAS' focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency has resulted in TAS investing in the 100kw solar installation to offset power consumption related to modular data center product manufacturing, integrate the solar power into TAS' onsite colocation data center, and use on-site solar to study DC powered data center solutions.

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CPS Energy Launches Solar Energy And Battery Storage Project

Source: PR Newswire 

CPS Energy has taken a major step in using new technology to produce emission-free renewable energy during high energy use days. This focus on reliability, environmental stewardship and innovation was announced today as Greater San Antonio's natural gas and electric provider broke ground on their first solar energy and battery storage project.

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GCL-SI and Solarpro Join Forces to Build One of the Largest Solar Projects in Hungary

Source: PR Newswire 

GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. (GCL-SI), the world's leading one-stop solutions provider for solar projects, and Solarpro Holding AD (Solarpro), one of the leading turn-key EPC players in the CEE and MENA PV sector, have successfully delivered 21 MW Poly Perc modules for the construction of MET Dunai Solar Park ("the Park") one of the largest photovoltaic power plants in Hungary.

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Portland-based Hopworks Urban Brewery Now Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Source: PR Newswire 

3 Phases Renewables (3PhasesRenewables.com), a leading clean energy supplier on the West Coast, has proudly partnered with Portland-based Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) (hopworksbeer.com) to supply their SE Portland brewery and restaurant with 100% renewable energy. In addition to "going green," purchasing clean energy from 3 Phases Renewables also helped HUB save money on its utility bill.

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APR Energy to Deliver Fast-Track Power to the Dominican Republic

Source: PR Newswire 

APR Energy, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, announced a newly signed contract with AES Andres DR, S.A. to provide 120MW of power in the Dominican Republic, beginning November 2018.

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Primus Green Energy to Finalize Its First US Methanol Plant

Source: PR Newswire 

 Primus Green Energy Inc., a gas monetization company that transforms any natural gas (including flare gas and natural gas entrained with C02) into methanol, gasoline, and diluent, today announced plans to finalize development and delivery of a modular 160MT/day methanol plant in the Marcellus shale region near New Martinsville, West Virginia.  Primus plans to partner with Jereh Oil and Gas Engineering Corporation (Jereh), an international, integrated oil and gas company specializing in Oil and Gas Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) services, oilfield technology services, and equipment manufacturing, to execute the project. Production from the plant is slated to begin in 2020.

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Nedap launches Luxon Switch App

Source: Company

Nedap officially presents the Luxon Switch App. This mobile app allows users of Nedap’s online light management platform to quickly adjust lighting to their individual needs. With the Luxon Switch app, it is easy to differ from pre-configured lighting behavior. 

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SCE Presents One of California’s Largest Rebates Based on Trane Energy Upgrades

Source: Company
Southern California Edison recently presented a $1.85 million check – one of its largest incentive rebates to date – to leaders at the TowerJazz plant in Newport Beach, Calif. TowerJazz collaborated with Trane® to complete energy-saving upgrades at the facility, which reduced peak energy demand at the circuit-manufacturing plant by more than 1.3 megawatts, saving about 12.5 million kilowatt hours annually. This is equivalent to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from 2,000 cars.

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CMS Energy Announces Operations for Northwest Ohio Wind

Source: PR Newswire 

CMS Energy celebrated Northwest Ohio Wind, a 105-megawatt wind project that will generate clean energy for General Motors for at least the next 15 years.

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On Energy Efficiency Day, SoCalGas Shares Ways to Save Money and Energy

Source: PR Newswire 

In recognition of the third annual Energy Efficiency Day, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) issued a reminder about smart thermostat and appliance rebates that give customers cash back while helping keep natural gas bills low. SoCalGas is among a growing network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities and others that will showcase the benefits of energy efficiency during the nationwide Energy Efficiency Day. SoCalGas also offered its customers tips about how to save energy and money during the upcoming home heating season.

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Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Real Estate Announces the Closing of a $10.5 million Property

Source: PR Newswire 

Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Real Estate (HASRE) – a previously announced strategic alliance of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. ("Hannon Armstrong,") (NYSE: HASI) and Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate, LLC (CSRE) – announced today that it has closed a $10.5 million, 25 year, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing for energy efficiency measures and seismic strengthening of a new Hyatt Centric Hotel in downtown Sacramento, California. 

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Advancing System Resilience at Milwaukee Regional Medical Center

Source: Ever-Green Energy

Beginning in 2012, the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (MRMC) team started down a path to modernize its thermal energy systems, ultimately selecting Ever-Green Energy as its energy systems partner. This complex project was taken on to accomplish big things for the health care campus, and at its core was a focus on reliability, cost efficiency, and long-term resilience.

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Capstone Unveils a New Product and Technology Development Roadmap

Source: Company
Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, unveiled an updated product development roadmap including a new C65 Signature Series similar to the successful C200 and C1000 family Signature Series product line and new products to better serve the growing microgrid market. Additionally, the company outlined a number of new technology development efforts including projects for expanded fuel flexibility, and continuing technology integration partnerships with national laboratories and universities.

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Grupo Bimbo is first company in Mexico and Latin America who joins RE100

Source: PR Newswire 

Grupo Bimbo, the largest baking company in the world, announced its commitment to use 100 percent renewable energy for its electricity throughout the world by 2025. The company is the first company in Mexico and Latin America to join RE100, a global, collaborative initiative of The Climate Group, together with CDP. RE100 brings together the most influential companies in the world who commit to the use of electric energy from 100 percent renewable sources.

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Electrify America Announces Second $200 Million Zero Emission Vehicle Investment Plan for California

Source: PR Newswire 

Electrify America announced its next $200 million investment in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure as well as education and awareness in California which is outlined in its Cycle 2 California ZEV Investment Plan submitted to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Cycle 2 is a 30-month investment period, which begins in July 2019.

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FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities Launch Request for Proposal for 2018 Solar and Renewable Energy Credits

Source: PR Newswire 

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) to purchase both Ohio-compliant Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for its Ohio utilities – Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating and Toledo Edison.  The purchases will help meet the utilities' 2018 renewable energy targets established under Ohio's alternative energy law.

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Georgia Power customers to see credit on October bills

Source: PR Newswire

The first of three refunds associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will be applied directly to Georgia Power customers' bills in October. These refunds are a result of the reduction in Georgia Power's federal corporate tax rate from 35% down to 21%. Customers will receive the refunds based upon energy consumption from January through August 2018. The typical residential customer using an average of 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month would receive a refund of nearly $28 on their Georgia Power October bill.

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NN, Inc. To Expand Manufacturing Capabilities In Massachusetts

Source: PR Newswire 

NN, Inc., (Nasdaq: NNBR) ("NN" or "the Company") a diversified industrial company, announced that its Power Solutions group will expand its manufacturing capabilities and presence in the northeast to meet growing demand in the Aerospace and Defense Markets. The 100,000-square-foot facility in Taunton, Massachusetts will be developed in the Myles Standish Industrial Park (MSIP) and encompass approximately 80,000-square-feet of manufacturing space and 20,000-square-feet of office space.

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Univar Releases its 2017 Sustainability Report

Source: PR Newswire 

Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) ("Univar"), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, announces the release of its 2017 Sustainability Report.  Now available through the Univar web site at www.univar.com, the report outlines the Company's 2021 sustainability goals while providing updates on the progress made since the previous report released last year.

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Access Fixtures Adds New HIIO LED High Bay Lights to Its Lineup

Source: PR Newswire 

 Access Fixtures is pleased to introduce HIIO high bay lights to its growing family of LED high bay lights. HIIO is a high quality LED high bay that offers unique and convenient features to fulfill commercial, industrial and gymnasium lighting needs. This luminaire is offered in three different wattages-- 100w, 150w, or 185w -- and provides a superior CRI at 70+. Long-lasting and efficient rated LM70 at 50,000 hours of life, these high bays will perform for years to come with little maintenance. HIIO also features two easy mounting options, ceiling hook or U-bracket.

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R.F. MacDonald Co. Recognized as One of the Bay Area's Largest Private Companies

Source: PR Newswire 

R.F. MacDonald Co., a leading provider of boiler and pump equipment for commercial and industrial solutions, announced that it has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area's largest family-owned businesses. The company has been previously recognized by the Times and other leading publications for achieving consistent, long-term revenue growth.

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Organic Valley Announces Next Phase of Community Solar Partnership

Source: PR Newswire 

Organic Valley, America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, today announced details of the first-of-its-kind community solar partnership launched last year. The project enables Organic Valley to share the benefits of solar energy with its rural neighbors and become the largest food company in the world to be 100 percent renewably powered.

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Duke Energy Florida Launches Park and Plug EV Charging Station Pilot

Source: Company
Duke Energy is installing up to 530 electric vehicle, or EV, charging stations within its Florida service area that will provide the necessary infrastructure network to promote and support the benefits of clean electric transportation.

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Peoples Gas Completes Installation of the First WATT Residential Fuel Cell in Western Pennsylvania

Source: PR Newswire

Peoples Gas ("Peoples"), in partnership with WATT Fuel Cell Corporation ("WATT" or the "Company"), installed the first Imperium™ Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system at a residence in Westmoreland County on Friday, September 28, 2018. This installation is part of the first field trial of a WATT fuel cell system by Peoples.

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Bank of the West Makes $1 Billion Commitment to Energy Transition

Source: PR Newswire 

Bank of the West is committing $1 billion to finance clean, efficient, and renewable energy as part of a new multi-year effort to support broader diversity and transition in the U.S., thereby expanding the Bank's efforts to support a sustainable energy future.

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All U.S. Power Outage Info in a Single Location

Source: PR Newswire 

Virtually every day, utility customers somewhere in the United States experience a power outage. Now consumers can see where they are occurring — and how severe they are — via Generac's Power Outage Central website (www.generac.com/poweroutagecentral).

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Top sustainable companies: Duke Energy makes it 13 years in a row

Source: PR Newswire 

Building on its long-running record of sustainability leadership, Duke Energy was recently named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for North America for the 13th consecutive year.

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SunPower Begins A New Chapter in American Solar Manufacturing

Source: PR Newswire 

 Following up on its commitment last spring to invest in American manufacturing, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) announced that it has completed its acquisition of certain assets of SolarWorld Americas, including its Hillsboro, Oregon facilities and its predominantly manufacturing workforce of more than 200 employees. SunPower has already begun to inject fresh capital into the factory as it executes plans to implement its leading-edge high efficiency P-Series solar panel manufacturing technology.

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Energy Department Recognizes Commercial Lighting Leaders in Interior Lighting Campaign

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Better Buildings Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) recently recognized 15 organizations for leading the way in upgrading their interior lighting and control systems. These partners, along with those recognized in the last two years, have newly installed or upgraded more than 2.8 million lighting fixtures and controls system - cutting energy use on average by 54% and saving $68 million on energy bills.

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CleanSpark Releases Best-in-Class Distributed Energy Modeling Tool

Source: PR Newswire 

 CleanSpark, Inc. (OTC :CLSK ), (The Company), a microgrid company with advanced engineering, patented software and controls for innovative distributed energy resource management systems, announced that it has released the advanced beta of version 2.0 of the company's proprietary mVSO system.

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PSE&G Follows State Policy For A New Era of Affordable, Clean, Reliable, Resilient and Safe Energy

Source: PR Newswire 

Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) on Wednesday proposed a Clean Energy Future program (CEF) with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to make critical investments in clean energy and advanced technology that would propel  New Jersey's role as a national leader in energy efficiency and jump-start other clean energy priorities.

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All 4 Of The Vogtle 3 & 4 Co-Owners Vote To Move Forward With Nuclear Expansion Project

Source: PR Newswire 

All four of the Vogtle 3 & 4 project co-owners (Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities) have voted to continue construction of the two new nuclear units near Waynesboro, Ga.

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DOE Announces Investment to Improve Resilience & Reliability of Nation's Energy Infrastructure

Source: DOE
The U.S. the Department of Energy (DOE) released a $5.8 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the research and development (R&D) of advanced tools and controls that will improve the resilience and reliability of the nation's power grid. Under this FOA, DOE's Office of Electricity (OE) Transmission Reliability Program will seek applications that explore the use of big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning technology and tools to derive more value from the vast amounts of sensor data already being gathered and used to monitor the health of the grid and support system operations.

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Emmi Roth adds 1,600 solar panels to Platteville, Wisconsin plant

Source: PR Newswire 

Emmi Roth, a leading producer of specialty cheese, announced the completion of a solar panel installation at their Platteville, Wisconsin, plant. Initiated by an ongoing sustainability goal, Emmi Roth implemented 1,602 JA 330 watt panels on the roof of their cheese production facility.

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Sempra Energy To Sell U.S. Solar Assets To Consolidated Edison

Source: PR Newswire 

 Sempra Energy (NYSE :SRE ) announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its U.S. non-utility operating solar assets, solar and battery storage development projects and one wind facility to Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE :ED ) for $1.54 billion in cash, subject to adjustments for working capital and pre-closing cash contributions. 

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Microgrid Energy Rebrands to Pivot Energy and Announces Expansion of Services

Source: PR Newswire 

After almost a decade as Microgrid Energy, the Denver-based solar energy company is changing its name to Pivot Energy. The new brand reflects the company's ambitious growth plans focused on commercial solar and community solar and a variety of new products and services it will begin offering to better serve the market.

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Construction Commences for 23.5 MW Solar Power Project at Six Flags

Source: PR Newswire

KDC Solar LLC, a leading developer, owner and operator of solar power facilities announced that it has begun construction on a 23.5-megawatt solar photovoltaic system in Jackson, New Jersey.  This system will supply Six Flags Great Adventure with clean renewable energy and virtually all its electrical load at the park.  When completed, the project will be the largest net metered solar installation in the State of New Jersey.

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WEEC Conference and Expo Comes to the Fastest Growing Energy Hub in the Southeast

Source: AEE
Extreme weather conditions, like those experienced with Hurricane Florence, reinforce the need for clean, stable energy infrastructure and energy resiliency. A recent survey of AEE members reveals that over 66% of respondents believe that there is a current shortage of energy professionals, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported positions within the alternative energy and renewables industries, such as solar and wind, will be among the top 5 fastest growing occupations for the U.S. from 2016-2026. Focusing on the rising demand for energy efficiency, green collar and renewable energy professionals, the World Energy Engineering Congress, WEEC, will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina for the first time this October 17-19, 2018.  North Carolina boasts a diversified energy and energy efficiency industry, with a 9.3% growth since 2010, making it the fastest growing energy cluster in the Southeast. With this booming energy market, the region is a top location to present this year's WEEC event.

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Yardi to Discuss Future of Artificial Intelligence at Energy and Facility Management Conferences

Source: Company
Yardi® will share its insight into the expanding applications of artificial intelligence at two major conferences in October: IFMA's World Workplace 2018 (IFMA WW18) occurring Oct. 3-5 and the World Energy Engineering Congress 2018 (WEEC 2018) taking place Oct. 17-19.

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Aetna Corp. Reveals New Service for Electric Vehicles

Source: Company
Aetna Corp., a commercial and industrial electrical contracting company with nearly a century of experience, has launched a newly-added service of installing and maintaining Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

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DNV GL Launches Revised Design Standard and New Certification Guideline for Floating Wind Turbines

Source: Company
DNV GL, the world's largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has published the revised standard for design of floating wind turbine structures DNV GL-ST-0119, and a new guideline for the certification of floating wind turbines, DNVGL-SE-0422.

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Significant Growth Forecast for Asia's Renewables: Solar Capacity to Triple & Five-Fold Wind

Source: Company
"The opportunity for clients, including power producers, is in implementing technologically advanced, cost competitive and bankable engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) solutions. Deploying time and motion studies and drones, for example, has the potential to cut project schedule and cost," said Mitesh Patel, the new director for Black & Veatch's renewable energy businesses in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Xcel Energy is the First U.S. Utility to Operate Drones beyond Line of Sight for Ongoing Inspections

Source: Company
In one of the most significant advancements of unmanned aircraft under development by a U.S. utility, Xcel Energy is operating drones beyond visual line of sight during ongoing inspections of transmission lines near Denver.

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Capstone Continues to Expand CHP Business

Source: Company 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq: CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it continues to expand into the combined heat and power (CHP) market with a project to provide thermal and electrical power at a private high school in Arizona. The order, secured by new distribution partner, Lone Star Power Solutions, is expected to be commissioned in early November 2018.

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TrueLight Energy Introduces New Price Verification Service

Source: PR Newswire 

TrueLight Energy announced the introduction of Price Verification Service designed to help retail energy suppliers verify the accuracy of their pricing models. 

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Tetra Pak to boost renewable energy use with new solar array at its US headquarters

Source: PR Newswire 

Tetra Pak is set to install a new photovoltaic (PV) panel array at its Denton, Texas campus. The move is part of the company's goal to use 100 percent renewable electricity in the U.S. by 2019 and worldwide by 2030. The Denton campus is Tetra Pak's North American headquarters and houses offices, a pilot-scale food production plant and a factory that produces packaging material for Tetra Pak cartons.

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Conti Solar Constructing the Largest Solar Project in Rhode Island

Source: PR Newswire 

Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage company, announced that it is providing full turnkey EPC services for the largest solar installation to date in Rhode Island. Developed by Southern Sky Renewable Energy, the 21.3 megawatt (MW), Gold Meadow Farms solar project is being constructed in Cranston, Rhode Island. When completed, this solar project will generate clean solar energy for the City of Providence, significantly reduce the capital city's energy costs and contribute to the state's Clean Energy Portfolio.

 

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SoCalGas to Offer Renewable Natural Gas at its Fueling Stations for the First Time

Source: PR Newswire 

 Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced it will soon begin using renewable natural gas for the first time at the 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle fueling stations across its service territory, as well as at six fueling stations in the San Diego area. Last month, the utility received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for a pilot program to purchase the renewable fuel and capture the additional environmental credits generated. It published a Request for Offer (RFO), and expects to complete gas purchase agreements in the near future. Photos of SoCalGas natural gas fueling stations are available here.

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Renewable Energy Developers Citrine Power and AC Power Partner with Borough of Hopatcong, NJ

Source: PR Newswire 

Renewable energy developers Citrine Power, LLC and AC Power, LLC have partnered with Borough of Hopatcong, New Jersey to develop and build a solar power plant on the Borough's capped solid waste landfill. Following a public request for proposal, the Borough entered into a long-term lease agreement with ACCP NJ Solar, LLC, a joint venture co-owned by AC Power and Citrine Power, to design, permit, interconnect, and build a solar installation on its capped municipal landfill. The solar system is expected to sell its power to Jersey Central Power and Light, which serves approximately 1.1 million customers in central and northern New Jersey.  The project is already under review at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to receive Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) through the New Jersey Solar Act which promotes development of solar facilities on closed landfills in the state.

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Sungrow supplied 80 MW of inverters for Wyoming's first utility-scale PV plant

Source: PR Newswire

Sungrow, a global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, announced recently that it is supplying 80 MW PV inverters for the first utility-scale solar project in Wyoming, which highlights Sungrow's high recognition and strong brand influence in the North American PV market.

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Building Energy Inaugurates the Largest Solar Photovoltaic Plant on a Landfill in the US

Source: PR Newswire 

 Building Energy S.p.A, multinational company operating as a globally integrated IPP in the renewable energy industry, and Building Energy Holding US, through its renewable energy subsidiary Annapolis Solar Park, announce the inauguration of its largest solar PV project built in North America. Built by EDF Renewables, the project is located on a closed landfill in the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

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Six startups from around the world showcase new energy technologies

Source: PR Newswire 

Entrepreneurs from six startups, who came to St. Louis this summer to participate in the 2018 Ameren Accelerator, will take part in today's Demo Day, hosted by Ameren Corporation (NYSE : AEE ) and its partners to showcase new energy technologies. 

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Constellation To Power Herman Miller's Spring Lake Manufacturing Locations

Source: PR Newswire 

Herman Miller (NASDAQ-NMS: MLHR) and Constellation, an Exelon company and leading retail energy supplier, announced a four-year agreement to power the furnishings manufacturer's Spring Lake, Mich., manufacturing locations with 100 percent renewable energy. The energy will come from the Harvest II wind project in Elkton, Mich., which is managed by Exelon Generation.

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Georgia Power and United Renewable Energy™ Expand Community Solar Program

Source: PR Newswire

United Renewable Energy™ (URE™) is proud to announce the completion of a 2-Megawatt AC solar facility as the first installment of Georgia Power's Community Solar program. This project is a win for all Georgia Power residential customers, as they are now able to source a portion of their energy use from a local, clean, renewable resource by participating in Georgia Power's Community Solar Program. This is also a win for the Comer community and the facility land owner.

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U.S. Microturbine CHP Market Share Grows to a Record 25%

Source: Company
Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that a recent ICF Inc. combined heat and power (CHP) study leveraging the U.S. Department of Energy CHP Installation Database indicates that the microturbine market share of U.S. CHP installations in the 100 kW to 5 MW has reached a record 25%.

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Senators Introduce Bill to Regain America's Nuclear Leadership

Source: Nuclear Energy Institute
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), a bill designed to help America recapture its lead in nuclear energy technology in the face of increasing global competition. The legislation includes a comprehensive proposal to fund research, development and accelerated deployment of advanced nuclear energy technologies.

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WSP to Provide Design-Build Project Management Services for the Downtown Redmond Link Extension

Source: Company
WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy, was selected by Sound Transit to perform design-build project management services for the Downtown Redmond Link Extension, a 3.4-mile, double-track elevated and at-grade light rail project in downtown Redmond. WSP’s preconstruction services will include assistance in preparing and reviewing the design-build contract request for proposals.

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Upgrades Underway at Duke Energy's Most Intriguing Plant

Source: Company
Inside a mountain beside South Carolina’s Lake Jocassee, Duke Energy’s largest hydro plant is growing. Workers at Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station began disassembling the plant in January to install new equipment, including massive spherical valves and three 700,000-pound. transformers. Their creative engineering will allow Bad Creek to power roughly 250,000 more homes without building a new plant.

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Schneider Electric Joins Renewable Energy Buyers; Commits to Increasing Access to Renewable

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced it joined the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, an initiative made up of 76 companies seeking to spur progress on renewable energy and achieve their sustainable energy goals. With this agreement, Schneider Electric further advances its progress toward its sustainability goals. In addition to joining the Buyer’s Principles, Schneider Electric previously committed to sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.

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DOE Recognizes 2018 Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achievers

Source: DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized 19 Better Buildings Challenge partners who achieved their energy productivity goals for 2018 and 26 partners who have set new Challenge goals after meeting their initial goals. Since the start of this voluntary program, Better Buildings Challenge partners together have saved $3.1 billion in energy-cost savings and 380 trillion British thermal units of energy.

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Predictive Building Analytics: The Future of HVAC Automation

Source: Company
Would you feel more confident in your building’s performance if technology could predict equipment failures before they happen? In the Internet of Things (IoT) age, this level of insight is possible and is known as predictive analytics. 

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Duke Energy Carolinas Customers Lead South Carolina in Private Solar Adoption

Source: Company
 Duke Energy Carolinas has achieved a major milestone in its support of solar energy as more than 5,000 of the company's South Carolina customers have installed solar panels on their homes and businesses, reaching a legislative goal for customer-owned solar capacity.

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Energy Department Announces $1.2 Million High Performance Computing

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), announced $1.2 million for four new projects to support American steel and aluminum manufacturers in improving energy efficiency, increasing productivity, and accelerating manufacturing innovation. 

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DOE Selects Seven Projects to Develop Combined Heat and Power Technologies

Source: www.energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of seven projects that will receive up to $10 million towards the research and development of technologies that enable small-to-midsized manufacturers to use combined heat and power (CHP) systems to provide services to the electric grid.

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Ameresco Acquires Chelsea Group

Source: twst.com

 Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company announced that it has acquired Chelsea Group Limited ('Chelsea Group') a Hawaii-based building science and design engineering consulting firm specializing in preserving and enhancing the mechanical infrastructure of commercial, institutional, retail and industrial facilities. With this acquisition, Ameresco further expands its addressable customer base and energy solutions offerings in Hawaii.

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GSA Emerging Building Technologies

Source: Company

We are pleased to share that the Federal Government Services Administration (GSA) recently highlighted our technology, the Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT), in their newsletter Emerging Building Technologies. The newsletter is below and on the GSA's website here. 

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Genie Energy Nears Completion of Strategic Transition to Retail Energy Business Model

Source: PR Newswire

 Genie Energy Ltd., (NYSE : GNE , GNEPRA) a leading independent retail energy provider, announced that it has substantially completed its strategic transition to a retail energy provider model with an investment in a domestic solar energy company and sale of a stake in its Israel-based drilling services subsidiary.

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Powin to Deliver 70MWh in Energy Storage Projects in North America and Italy

Source: PR Newswire

Energy storage system provider Powin Energy, Inc. (OTCQB: PWON) has installed or will deliver over 32.8MW/70MWh of energy storage projects by early 2019 as demand for its battery systems continues to rise.  The longer-term market is also strong as the Company has secured contracts to install an additional 94.7MW/411MWh between Q4 2019 and late 2021.  These successes are giving Powin strong momentum into 2019 while competitors continue to face critical material shortages.

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NextEra Energy establishes carbon dioxide emissions rate reduction target

Source: PR Newswire

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE : NEE ) announced that it has established a target for the reduction of the company's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rate. Since 2001, the company has reduced its CO2 emissions rate by 52 percent, and it plans to continue this commitment by establishing a target to reduce the rate more than 65 percent by 2021.

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Nissan and EVgo open 'I-95 Fast Charging ARC'

Source: Company
Nissan and EVgo have completed their plan to connect the cities of Boston and Washington D.C. with a series of nine electric vehicle fast charging stations.  The completion of the Northeast fast charging corridor provides a comprehensive charging infrastructure, giving electric vehicle (EV) owners peace of mind and convenience when travelling the 500 miles between the two cities.

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DOE Selects 13 Projects for High Performance Computing to Advance Applied Science

Source: Advanced Manufacturing Office

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, announced nearly $3 million for 13 projects to stimulate the use of high-performance supercomputers to advance U.S. manufacturing. Manufacturer-laboratory partnerships help the U.S. bring technologies to the market faster and gain a competitive advantage in the global economy.

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New CLTC Publication on Daylight Harvesting for Commercial Buildings

Source: Company

The CLTC is excited to announce a new publication in our Lighting Best Practices series, the Daylight Harvesting for Commercial Buildings Guide!  This publication provides guidance towards meeting and exceeding California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards for daylight harvesting. 

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New Dimmable LED Mini Wall Packs Reduce Cost of Perimeter Security Lighting

Source: Company
LEDtronics® introduces its series of sleek, dimmable LED Mini Wall Packs that put out a surprising amount of light for their compact size and low wattage. These DLC-listed, vertically-configured luminaires replace existing HID wall packs for wall washing and outdoor security lighting.

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CAPSTONE SECURES ORDER FOR TWO NEW C200 SIGNATURE SERIES UNITS

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq: CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has secured an order for two of its new C200 Signature Series units with Capstone integrated roof mounted heat recovery modules (HRM), that will allow for generating up to 300kW of hot water heat recovery (1.0 MMBtu/hr) in addition to the 200kW of electrical output. Horizon Power, one of Capstone’s longtime distribution partners in the U.S., secured the order.

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Duke Energy releases updated environmental, social and governance reporting template for investors

Source: PR Newswire

Duke Energy, a recognized leader in transparent environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting, is participating in an innovative industrywide approach to better communicate progress on ESG and sustainability issues.

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Solar FlexRack Mounting Solution Installed in Exyte Energy

Source: PR Newswire

 Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, announced that Exyte Energy (formerly M+W Energy, Inc.), one of America's largest providers of EPC and O&M services for solar photovoltaic systems, has selected and installed their mounting technology in a landfill solar project in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The dedication of local utilities, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company and Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations to work collaboratively with stakeholders ensured the 3.8 MW solar project was successfully completed. Solar FlexRack's Series B (ballasted) Pre-Cast solar mounting technology was selected for its unique design, meeting the stringent requirements of the highly regulated landfill segment of large-scale solar installations.

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Maxwell Technologies' CONDIS® Line of High Voltage Capacitor Products Selected

Source: PR Newswire

 Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq : MXWL ), a leading developer and  manufacturer of energy storage and power delivery solutions, announced its Switzerland-based product line will be delivering high voltage capacitors for DC circuit breaker and DC voltage divider applications to the major OEMs involved in a DC grid initiative called the ZhangBei Project. This project will secure power supply to Beijing from a variety of renewable sources including wind and solar power.

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JinkoSolar Signs Solar Module Supply Agreement

Source: PR Newswire

 JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE : JKS ), a global leader in the solar PV industry, announced that it has signed a 240MW solar module supply agreement with POWERCHINA Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited ("POWERCHINA HUADONG") for the second phase of the 420 MW Dau Tieng solar plant in Vietnam, which will become the largest solar power project in Southeast Asia when completed.

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Duke Energy Florida proposes more solar, grid improvements for 2019

Source: PR Newswire

 Duke Energy Florida (DEF) announced plans to bring more solar power to its system, as well as improvements to the grid that will enhance reliability, security and resilience in 2019. 

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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Keeping PACE in California

Source: PR Newswire

As a national leader in Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE), Ygrene's ability to successfully navigate regulatory changes and leverage its strengths while growing a presence across California has contributed substantially to the company's progress in the industry. Ygrene is more committed than ever to expanding its PACE program to help property owners meet their energy efficiency and resiliency goals.

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Schneider Electric Introduces New Sustainability Reporting Tools to Save Sweat Equity and Costs

Source: PR Newswire

 Energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric announced new external reporting features in the company's cloud-based enterprise software platform EcoStruxure™ Resource Advisor. The updates will enable organizations to turn sustainability disclosure into an ongoing process and better use data collected throughout the year, reducing the stress and associated expense of reporting season.

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Indiana utility regulators approve proposal from Duke Energy and consumer groups

Source: PR Newswire

Indiana utility regulators approved an agreement between Duke Energy and consumer groups to lower customer electric rates using savings from the new federal tax law. The move will mean a 5.6 percent average rate reduction for Duke Energy Indiana customers by 2020, with most of the savings beginning in 2018.

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New energy IoT industrial innovation center set up at Trina Solar

Source: PR Newswire

An industrial innovation center focusing on new energy Internet of Things (IoT) was established at Trina Solar's headquarters in Changzhou, China on August 17. The center will partner with leading companies and research institutes both in and outside of China to create an innovation platform for the research of new energy IoT through establishing innovation systems such as new energy power generation and storage technology, as well as the technology of smart terminals, energy management and energy cloud. Establishment of the new center represents a new milestone for Trina Solar's development strategy of becoming a leader in the global energy IoT market.

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CAPSTONE SECURES A 9-YEAR FOLLOW-ON FACTORY PROTECTION PLAN (FPP)

Source: Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq: CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has secured a significant Factory Protection Plan (FPP) aftermarket long-term service contract renewal from a key European customer. The 9-year FPP renewal is for fourteen C60 microturbines that have been operating for a cumulative of 392,000 hours since 2008.

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Schneider Electric Joins Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles

Source: PR Newswire

 Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced it joined the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles, an initiative made up of 76 companies seeking to spur progress on renewable energy and achieve their sustainable energy goals. With this agreement, Schneider Electric further advances its progress toward its sustainability goals. In addition to joining the Buyer's Principles, Schneider Electric previously committed to sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. 

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AECOM and Lockheed Martin to enhance energy resilience at Fort Carson

Source: PR Newswire

AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced that it has begun construction of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Fort Carson, Colorado, using Lockheed Martin's (NYSE : LMT ) GridStar® Lithium energy storage system. The 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh BESS is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project to reduce Fort Carson's energy costs and increase its energy resilience.

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GridBright Recognized as One of the Fastest-Growing Companies in America

Source: PR Newswire

GridBright announced that it has been named to the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest-growing companies, thanks to an impressive three-year revenue growth of 1600 percent.

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National Grid Smart Engages Aclara To Provide SMETS2 Smart Metering For Customers In The UK

Source: Company
Aclara, a leading supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) to electric, gas and water utilities, has been awarded a contract with National Grid Smart to provide the SMETS2 (smart metering equipment technical specifications: second version) smart electricity meter, the SGM1400, as well as CPA-certified gas meters to National Grid Smart's customers in the United Kingdom.

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CleanChoice Energy Launches Community Solar in Maryland

Source: PR Newswire

CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy company that provides wind and solar energy products to customers across the country, has launched CleanChoice Energy Community Solar in Maryland with 21.4 megawatts (MW) of proposed Community Solar capacity available. CleanChoice Energy Community Solar customers have the opportunity to save money on their utility bills with no upfront costs while supporting local solar projects. CleanChoice is initially accepting subscribers in the PEPCO and Baltimore Gas and Electric territories (BGE).

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Duke Energy selects six companies to receive Power Partner award

Source: PR Newswire

For the 25th consecutive year, Duke Energy has selected six outstanding organizations to receive the company's prestigious Power Partner award.

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DTE Energy breaks ground on Blue Water Energy Center

Source: PR Newswire

DTE Energy took a significant step toward its goal of reducing carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by breaking ground on a state-of-the-art, $1 billion natural gas-fueled plant. The Blue Water Energy Center will be the most efficient power plant in the state when it begins producing affordable and reliable low-emission electricity for 850,000 homes starting in 2022.

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FMI Advises Donnelly Mechanical Corporation in sale to ENGIE North America Inc.

Source: PR Newswire

FMI Capital Advisors, a subsidiary of FMI Corporation, is pleased to announce the sale of Donnelly Mechanical Corporation, a leading mechanical, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), and energy services contractor, to ENGIE North America Inc. Donnelly Mechanical Corporation was founded in 1989 and has more than 200 employees serving customers in a range of industries from healthcare, to data centers, to commercial real estate. FMI served as the exclusive financial advisor to Donnelly Mechanical in this transaction.

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Forest City earns LEED, Green Lease Leader and ENERGY STAR recognitions

Source: PR Newswire

Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE : FCEA ) today announced three significant sustainability recognitions from prominent organizations. Along with other real estate companies committed to green development and management, Forest City was named a:

LEED Power Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council
Green Lease Leader by The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and The DOE's Better Buildings Alliance
ENERGY STAR Charter Tenant Space recognition by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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National Grid Smart Engages Aclara To Provide SMETS2 Smart Metering For Customers In The UK

Source: PR Newswire

Aclara, a leading supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) to electric, gas and water utilities, has been awarded a contract with National Grid Smart to provide the SMETS2 (smart metering equipment technical specifications: second version) smart electricity meter, the SGM1400, as well as CPA-certified gas meters to National Grid Smart's customers in the United Kingdom.

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Small businesses get more Energy CHOICES and savings by using EnergyPriceChoice.com

Source: PR Newswire

Energy Deals LLC is now actively serving small businesses in states that have deregulated energy supply, with its product innovation, EnergyPriceChoice.com, an online energy marketplace where businesses can choose their electricity and natural gas supply.

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DTE Energy Breaks Ground on Blue Water Energy Center

Source: Company
DTE Energy took a significant step toward its goal of reducing carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by breaking ground on a state-of-the-art, $1 billion natural gas-fueled plant. The Blue Water Energy Center will be the most efficient power plant in the state when it begins producing affordable and reliable low-emission electricity for 850,000 homes starting in 2022.

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Schneider Electric Joins Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles; Commits to Increasing Access

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today (8/21) announced it joined the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles, an initiative made up of 76 companies seeking to spur progress on renewable energy and achieve their sustainable energy goals. With this agreement, Schneider Electric further advances its progress toward its sustainability goals. In addition to joining the Buyer's Principles, Schneider Electric previously committed to sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. 

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Energy Commission Recognizes Leadership of State in Energy, Climate Policy

Source: CA Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission voted to approve the first in a two-part report to the Governor and Legislature assessing major energy trends and issues facing the state's electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel sectors.

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Solar on Every Home? NREL Outlines Pathways to Ultra Low-Cost Residential Solar

Source: NREL
Since 2010, solar photovoltaics (PV) have seen dramatic cost reduction across the commercial, residential, and utility sectors. For example, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for residential PV has declined from 52 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh) to 15.1 ¢/kWh between 2010 – 2017PDF. In 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) established new cost reduction targets for PV, including a 5 ¢/kWh target for residential PV by 2030. Looking forward, NREL estimates that residential PV may reach 9 ¢/kWh by 2030, based on current cost reduction trajectories. As a result, innovative cost reduction strategies are likely necessary to achieve the 5 ¢/kWh DOE target.                    

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Bosch Forms Strategic Collaboration with Fuel-Cell Expert Ceres Power to Supply Cities and Industry

Source: Company
Bosch is pressing ahead with the development of fuel-cell technology for potential new power systems. Together with the technology specialist Ceres Power, based in Horsham, U.K., the company wants to develop the next stage of solid-oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) technology. Bosch also plans to take a 4 percent equity stake in Ceres Power. The two companies signed a collaboration and license agreement for the further development of technology, and establishment of small-volume production operations at Bosch, as well as a share purchase agreement.

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CleanChoice Energy Launches Community Solar in Maryland

Source: Company
CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy company that provides wind and solar energy products to customers across the country, has launched CleanChoice Energy Community Solar in Maryland with 21.4 megawatts (MW) of proposed Community Solar capacity available. CleanChoice Energy Community Solar customers have the opportunity to save money on their utility bills with no upfront costs while supporting local solar projects. CleanChoice is initially accepting subscribers in the PEPCO and Baltimore Gas and Electric territories (BGE).

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GridBright Recognized as One of the Fastest-Growing Companies in America

Source: Company
GridBright announced that it has been named to the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest-growing companies, thanks to an impressive three-year revenue growth of 1600 percent.

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Green Building Programs Essential to Sustainable Cities

Source: Company
In a recent article for the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), Jonathan Dickinson and Mark Bessoudo, leaders on the WSP Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change team, wrote about the need for greater awareness and action for the construction of energy-efficient buildings that reduce carbon emissions.

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

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.

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Valuation Finds Thermal Energy Storage up to 77 Percent More Impactful Than Previously Thought

Source: Company
According to a recent research project, Valuation of Thermal Energy Storage for Utility Grid Operators, conducted by the Western Cooling Efficiency Center at University of California-Davis (UC Davis), thermal energy storage can provide significantly greater benefits to utilities and electricity grid operators than previously thought.

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Capstone Secures Order for Multiple C65 Microturbines to be Installed at Four Locations in Germany

Source: Company
Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it secured an order for six C65 microturbines for four different facilities throughout Germany. E-Quad Power Systems GmbH, Capstone’s distributor in Germany, secured the order and the microturbines are expected to be commissioned over the next several months.

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World's Largest 3-D Printed Reef Installed at Summer Island Maldives

Source: PR Newswire

The world's largest 3-D printed reef was submerged on Saturday (11 August)  at Summer Island Maldives, in what is hoped could be a new technology-driven method to help coral reefs survive a warming climate.

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Kearsarge Energy Announces Its First Community Solar Farm in NY

Source: PR Newswire

Kearsarge Energy, the Northeast's leading renewable energy project developer and financier based in Boston, Massachusetts, announces its first New York Community Solar Farm. Located on 12 acres in Oppenheim, New York, the 1.94 MW project is developed, owned and operated by Kearsarge.

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Advanced IoT Solutions Expected to Serve Up Millions in Energy Savings for Pizza Hut Franchisee

Source: PR Newswire

The third largest Pizza Hut franchisee in the country, the American West Restaurant Group (AWRG), is on track to achieve a significant slice of energy savings thanks to an innovative IoT approach to energy management. EcoEnergy Insights developed a customized program for hundreds of AWRG's restaurants in California and Utah that integrates buildings across borders, exceeding expectations and allowing AWRG to save money and help the environment. This achievement comes as AWRG marks a major milestone – their 10th anniversary of operations. EcoEnergy Insights, a leading provider of Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics-driven business outcome services, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE : UTX ).

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Arcadia Power Secures $25 Million to Build the First Nationwide Digital Utility

Source: PR Newswire 

 Arcadia Power, developers of the first nationwide digital utility, announced the closing of a $25 million Series B funding round led by G2VP, with participation from ValueAct Spring Fund, McKnight Foundation, Energy Impact Partners, Cendana Capital, Wonder Ventures, BoxGroup, and existing investors. The company's direct-to-consumer platform integrates with more than 100 utilities, has two terawatt hours of annual energy demand under management, and has experienced 500 percent member growth over the last 12 months. The new funds will support Arcadia Power's rapid growth in all 50 states, the expansion of its data science and engineering teams, and an acceleration of new flexibility services for utilities and smart home technology companies.

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80% of Businesses Believe a Quarter of Energy Needs will be Generated Onsite by 2025

Source: PR Newswire

Most businesses will take control of their own energy use by generating a quarter of their electricity onsite by 2025, with 81% of U.S. businesses predicting this change will take place in just seven years.

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Duke Energy Boosts Economic Development and Job Growth with $275,000 in Urban Redevelopment Grants

Source: Company
Communities and residents across southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky continue to benefit from Duke Energy's Urban Revitalization program, which announced its 2018 grant recipients. Since its launch in 2011, the Urban Revitalization program has issued $2.2 million in grants to 65 projects – including $275,000 to nine projects in 2018.

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Indianapolis Public Schools Partners with Cenergistic to Implement Energy Conservation Program

Source: PR Newswire 

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), the largest school district in the state of Indiana, has announced its partnership with Cenergistic to implement an Energy Conservation Program in which IPS plans to reach a goal of over $7.5M in net savings over the five-year contract term.

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Software Motor Company Makes Key Hire in Its Quest to Change the Way the World Consumes Energy

Source: PR Newswire 

-Software Motor Company announced that it has hired Spencer Worley as Vice President of Engineering.

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Saudi Aramco, Air Products, and ACWA Power to Form Over $8 Billion Gasification/Power Joint Venture

Source: PR Newswire 

Saudi Aramco, Air Products (NYSE: APD), and ACWA Power announced the signing of a Term Sheet to form an over $8 billion Gasification/Power joint venture (JV) located at Jazan Economic City (JEC) in Saudi Arabia.

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Landis+Gyr Provides Utilities with Access to More Metering Data

Source: PR Newswire

 Landis+Gyr (SWISS: LAND.SW) announced the release of Command Center 7.3, which expands functionality for residential advanced meters to help utilities with reliability and planning operations.

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Aligned Energy's Hyperscale Infrastructure Offers Significant Competitive Advantage

Source: PR Newswire

 Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider, offers innovative and sustainable data centers composed of dynamic hyperscale infrastructure, scaling to support various IT densities specific to customer demand. With built-in power and patented cooling technology, Aligned Energy's hyperscale deployments are efficient, adaptable, and sustainable.

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PLUG POWER CEO ANDY MARSH NAMED TO U.S. DOE HYDROGEN AND FUEL CELL TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Source: Company

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leader in providing energy solutions that change the way the world moves, announced that its CEO, Andy Marsh, has been named to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC). The HTAC was established under Section 807 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary on the DOE’s hydrogen research and development goals, strategies, and activities.

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CAPSTONES SUCCESS CONTINUES IN BRAZIL WITH RENEWABLE BIOGAS ORDER FOR LARGE BREWING COMPANY

Source: Company 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq: CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it secured an order for one C65  and one C200R microturbine for an international brewing company located in South Brazil. Luming Inteligência Energética, Capstone’s National Account partner in Brazil, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of the calendar year.

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CAPSTONES SUCCESS CONTINUES IN BRAZIL WITH RENEWABLE BIOGAS ORDER FOR LARGE BREWING COMPANY

Source: Company 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq: CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it secured an order for one C65  and one C200R microturbine for an international brewing company located in South Brazil. Luming Inteligência Energética, Capstone’s National Account partner in Brazil, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of the calendar year.

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Pattern Energy and PSP Investments Acquire 147 MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind Facility in Québec

Source: PR Newswire 

 Pattern Energy Group Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX: PEGI) ("Pattern Energy" or the "Company") and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board ("PSP Investments") announced the acquisition of the 147 megawatt (MW) Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind power facility from Pattern Energy Group LP ("Pattern Development 1.0"). Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind is located approximately 50 kilometers south of Québec City, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region.

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Solar Industry and Illinois Farm Bureau Collaborate to Guarantee Tax Revenue for Rural Communities

Source: PR Newswire 

Governor Rauner has signed two bills that will help ensure solar development benefits farmers and rural communities in Illinois.  The state's solar industry worked with the Illinois Farm Bureau, local authorities and other stakeholders to shape SB 486, which creates a standard tax assessment value for solar farms in Illinois, and SB 2591, which sets standards for the construction and deconstruction of solar farms on agricultural land. The Illinois House and Senate passed both bills unanimously and Governor Rauner signed the final piece of legislation on August 10th.

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Conagra Brands Sustainable Development Award Winners Give Back To Their Communities

Source: PR Newswire 

Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) Sustainable Development Award winners have one more thing to celebrate! Each winning team has received a $5,000 grant from the Conagra Brands Foundation to be used in their communities for projects with a focus on sustainability.

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Indianapolis Public Schools Partners with Cenergistic to Implement Energy Conservation Program

Source: PR Newswire 

 Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), the largest school district in the state of Indiana, has announced its partnership with Cenergistic to implement an Energy Conservation Program in which IPS plans to reach a goal of over $7.5M in net savings over the five-year contract term.

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3 IN 1 ROOF - the Most Efficient Solar System Ever

Source: PR Newswire

 Black or blue silicone solar cells have average efficiency ratings of around 22 out of 100 percent. However, once solar cells are grouped, placed under glass, fitted with a polyurethane backsheet (a solar panel) and mounted over a traditional shingle, tile or aluminum roof, their efficiency rating falls between 15% - 17%. 

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UGE Awarded Five-Site Solar Portfolio, It's Largest US Project to Date

Source: PR Newswire

 UGE International Ltd. ("UGE") (TSX VENTURE: UGE, OTCQB: UGEIF), a global leader in solar energy solutions for the commercial and industrial sector, is proud to announce that it has been awarded a portfolio of solar projects with a confidential US client, with a total project value in excess of CAD$11 million.

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National Parks Conservation Association Teams Up with SunPower

Source: PR Newswire

For nearly 100 years, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has worked to protect and preserve America's most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. Through a new program with SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR), NPCA will provide opportunities for its members and supporters to go solar, thereby helping to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.

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Enhanced Incentives Available for JCP&L Customers to Purchase All-Electric Nissan LEAF

Source: PR Newswire 

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers can save $5,000 off the price of a 2018 all-electric Nissan LEAF – or receive zero percent financing for 72 months – simply by showing their electric bill and a copy of the official program flyer to a participating Nissan dealership.

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Software Motor Company Makes Key Hire in Its Quest to Change the Way the World Consumes Energy

Source: PR Newswire

Software Motor Company announced that it has hired Spencer Worley as Vice President of Engineering.

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe Spacecraft

Source: PR Newswire

 A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 on Aug. 12 at 3:31 a.m. EDT. NASA selected ULA's Delta IV Heavy for its unique ability to deliver the necessary energy to begin the Parker Solar Probe's journey to the sun.

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Breakthrough with 3D printed Gas Turbine Blades

Source: Siemens

Siemens has achieved a breakthrough in the 3D printing of gas turbine blades. For the first time, a team of experts has full-load tested gas turbine blades that were entirely produced using additive manufacturing.

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Sir Richard Branson and Jamaican Prime Minister Announce $1bn+Climate Smart Accelerator

Source: PR Newswire

26 countries and 40+ private sector partners create coalition to fast track climate action across the Caribbean 

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Peak Power to deploy 2350kW / 4700 kWh of energy storage systems with Starlight Investments

Source: PR Newswire

Peak Power Inc., a leading technology services provider for the distributed energy resources market, announced that it has signed an agreement to install up to 2350kW / 4700kWh of energy storage systems to target Ontario peak demand charges with Starlight Investments at Bloor Islington Place located at 3300 Bloor Street West in Toronto, Ontario.

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Capstone Continues Penetration in Asia-Pacific Region with 1.6 MW Signature Series Order

Source: Nasdaq

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it secured an order for a C1000 Signature Series microturbine and a C600 Signature Series microturbine for a luxury residential and commercial development in South Korea. The development will operate as a lifestyle solution which will include residential, hotel, commercial, and leisure facilities.

 

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Sempra Energy Forms North American Infrastructure Group

Source: PR Newswire

 Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) announced that it has formed a new operating group for its North American infrastructure businesses and named Carlos Ruiz Sacristán chairman and CEO of the group, Sempra North American Infrastructure. Ruiz has served as chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy's Mexican operating subsidiary, Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) (BMV: IENOVA) since 2012.

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Significant progress made on Vogtle 3 & 4 construction

Source: PR Newswire 

 Georgia Power announced that Southern Nuclear has made significant progress on construction of Vogtle 3 & 4 since assuming project management on behalf of the project co-owners (Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities) from Westinghouse following its bankruptcy in 2017. The company also announced that its revised capital and construction cost forecast for its share of the project has increased from $7.3 billion to $8.4 billion, based on a revised cost-to-complete estimate from Southern Nuclear. The new nuclear units are the first to be built in the United States in a generation and the only new units currently under construction in this country. With projected in-service dates still expected in November 2021 (Unit 3) and November 2022 (Unit 4), the new units will generate enough emission-free electricity to power approximately 500,000 homes and businesses.

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Milken Institute & CA State Treasurer highlight ways green bonds can help

Source: PR Newswire 

 The challenge of fixing America's deteriorating infrastructure and making it more resilient to the effects of extreme weather and climate change underscores the need for a more robust green bond market, according to a report released today by the Milken Institute and California State Treasurer John Chiang.

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Dalkia expands its energy services in the United States with the acquisition of Aegis Energy

Source: PR Newswire

Aegis Energy Services designs, installs and operates small-scale gas fired CHP systems in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States. It has a varied portfolio of customers in the hospitality, healthcare and multi-unit residential markets and has been developing its small-scale Combined Heat Power (CHP) offerings for more than 30 years.

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SoCalGas Presents $500,000 Equipment Incentive Check to SunSelect Produce

Source: PR Newswire

 Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) presented sustainable greenhouse grower, SunSelect Produce, Inc., with a $500,000 check to offset the cost of two newly installed energy-efficient cogeneration engines at the grower's facility in Tehachapi, California. The new combined heat and power system is designed to capture otherwise wasted carbon dioxide, heat, and water to improve its greenhouse tomato and bell pepper production. In addition, large natural gas-powered engines will produce enough electricity to power the full operation—plus an additional 2,300 homes. In total, the new cogeneration system will save SunSelect over 7,000 gallons of water per day and divert approximately 12,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions a year—the equivalent of taking 2,600 cars off the road—by converting the emissions into plant nutrients. Photos from today's check presentation event are available here.

 

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Blueprint Power raises $3.5 million to enable real estate owners to become clean energy suppliers

Source: PR Newswire

Blueprint Power, a real estate and energy tech company, announced that they have closed a $3.5 million Series A funding round led by Congruent Ventures, MetaProp Ventures, Fred Wilson, and Brad Burnham. Founding investors Lennar and Fifth Wall Ventures participated alongside other investors including 174 Power Global (a subsidiary of Hanwha Energy), Craig Robins (DACRA) and Urban.us and URBAN-X (BMW/MINI accelerator).

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ENGIE Resources Reaches Renewable Energy Credit Milestone

Source: PR Newswire

ENGIE Resources announced that it has now supplied enough Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to displace the estimated greenhouse gas emissions of more than 1 million passenger vehicles driven for a year.  A REC is created when one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity is generated and delivered to the electricity grid from a renewable energy resource.

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Taylor Farms Becomes Industry's First Fresh Food Company Awarded TRUE Platinum Certification

Source: PR Newswire

Taylor Farms, a leading producer of value-added healthy fresh foods, is the first in the fresh food industry to achieve TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Platinum certification. The TRUE Zero Waste certification system enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health. This certification showcases Taylor Farms' continued efforts of ingraining sustainable practices into their culture and reducing waste at all operating facilities.  

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ECSI 360 and Independence LED Lighting Align to Deliver American Energy Intelligence

Source: PR Newswire

ECSI 360 and Independence LED Lighting announce the formation of a strategic partnership to compliment the respective skill sets and products provided by each company. As the construction marketplace becomes increasingly complicated, these two companies help property owners and managers reduce operating cost waste, while simultaneously increasing safety and visibility into the electrical and mechanical operations of their facilities. The companies met through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program, which has helped over 7,300 entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services.

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Blockchain firm Soluna to build 900MW wind farm in Morocco

Source: Nasdaq

Blockchain company Soluna plans to build a 900-megawatt wind farm to power a computing center in Dakhla in the Morocco-administered Western Sahara, its chief executive John Belizaire said in an interview.

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Covanta to Assume Operations of Two Florida Energy-from-Waste Facilities

Source: PR Newswire

Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA), a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, announced its agreement to purchase a subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) with the operating and maintenance contracts for two Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities in Palm Beach County, Florida for $45 million. The facilities are owned by the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County and have a combined capacity of 1.7 million tons per year. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2018.

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SoCalGas Announces Settlement Agreement with Los Angeles City Attorney and County

Source: Yahoo Finance

 Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced the company has entered into a settlement agreement with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, the County of Los Angeles, the California Office of the Attorney General, and the California Air Resources Board to resolve all outstanding claims by those government bodies against the company related to the 2015-2016 natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. Under the terms of the $119.5 million settlement agreement, SoCalGas will, among other things, reimburse city, county and state governments for costs associated with their response to the leak; establish a program with the California Air Resources Board to mitigate the methane emissions from the leak; and fund local environmental benefit projects to be administered by the government parties.

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CLEAN JOBS MIDWEST IS A SURVEY OF CLEAN ENERGY EMPLOYMENT IN 12 MIDWESTERN STATES

Source: Company

Clean energy employment in the Midwest spans both traditional and emerging industries, shaping existing businesses and bringing new opportunities to the region.

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SDG&E Seeks To Install More Than 300 New Electric Vehicle Chargers At Schools, Parks, And Beaches

Source: PR Newswire

Some of the most frequented community facilities and destinations in the San Diego region, such as schools, parks, and beaches, would gain a new amenity – electric vehicle (EV) charging stations – under a program proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to help reduce range anxiety, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Loop Energy Fuel Cell Range-Extenders Chosen for FAST TRACK Project

Source: PR Newswire

Loop Energy announced that the company's heavy-duty fuel cell range extender will power two new zero-emission hybrid-electric Class 8 drayage trucks that will operate for a one-year period as part of a FAST TRACK Fuel Cell Truck Project in southern California.

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Europe's Largest Electric Public Bus Fleet in Dutch Cities

Source: PR Newswire

All 43 public buses in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond will be electrically powered, starting the 11th of December. Together they form the largest zero-emission bus fleet in public transport in Europe.

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Capstone Turbine Reports Q1 Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

Source: Company 

 Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq: CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2018.

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Arizona’s Energy Modernization Plan (ACC)

Source: Arizona Corporation Commission 

For nearly a century, Arizona has been a national leader in the development of clean energy resources to power our state’s rapidly growing economy, from the deployment of hydropower on the Salt and Verde Rivers in the 1920’s to the construction of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in the 1970’s. More recently, the state’s Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) has made Arizona a national leader in the adoption of renewable energy. It has been over a decade since the Arizona Corporation Commission passed the REST and the energy landscape in Arizona and across the country is drastically different today. For the past few years the Corporation Commission has convened multiple workshops related to modernizing Arizona’s energy policies. This includes workshops on energy technology innovation, battery storage, peak demand reduction, baseload security, biomass related energy, etc. From these workshops, I have concluded that Arizona’s energy policies need to be modernized to reflect the major changes occurring in the energy space and the information gathered from these workshops has helped guide the development of the policies in this plan with the aim of doing just that.

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Starwood Property Trust to Acquire Energy Project Finance Debt Business from GE Capital

Source: PR Newswire 

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: STWD) (the "Company") announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire GE Capital's Energy Financial Services' Project Finance Debt Business ("Energy Project Finance Debt Business") and loan portfolio (the "Loan Portfolio") for $2.56 billion, including $400 million of unfunded loan commitments. The acquired business will leverage the extensive experience of the Company's affiliate, Starwood Energy Group, which specializes in comparable energy infrastructure equity investments and has executed transactions with approximately $7 billion in asset value since its inception in 2005.

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Electrification project by Duke Energy and Golden State Foods to save fuel and lower emissions

Source: PR Newswire 

 A total of 32 electric power outlets will help trucks at the Golden State Foods (GSF) distribution center cut costs and lower air emissions as part of a Duke Energy electrification project.

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Washington's Oldest Bank First to be Powered by Solar Energy

Source: PR Newswire

 National Capital Bank (NCB) has completed the installation of 60 solar panels on its bank building located at 316 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. and is now ready to take advantage of renewable energy – making it the first bank in the District of Columbia to be powered by solar energy.

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Ball Corporation Publishes 2018 Sustainability Report

Source: PR Newswire

 Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) published its sixth biennial sustainability report, covering calendar years 2016 and 2017, which details how it addresses systemic challenges in the areas of circular economy, climate change, water stewardship and responsible sourcing, as well as its bold new science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction target.

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Georgia Power Seeks 100+ MW of New Solar Distributed Generation

Source: Company
Georgia Power is continuing to grow renewable energy in Georgia through the Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI), originally approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2016. The company is now accepting bids for new solar distributed generation (DG) projects through a Request for Proposal (RFP) for more than 100 megawatts (MW) as part of the REDI.

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Demand Strong for Duke Energy's North Carolina Solar Rebates

Source:Company
Duke Energy's North Carolina solar rebate program has attracted significant interest from customers, with more than 1,500 applying for the incentive to install private solar systems in the first few weeks of the program's launch.

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Johnstone Supply Leads TRC's 2nd Quarter Thermostat Recycling Tally

Source: PR Newswire 

 Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) released its second-quarter results of collection locations that have recycled thermostats between April 1 and June 30.

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EnSync Energy Announces Sale of Debut Solar PPA Project in California to Standard Solar

Source: PR Newswire 

 EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems ("EnSync Energy"), the leading provider of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs) and business models for residential, commercial and utility installations, announced the sale of a project under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to Standard Solar, a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide. The project marks EnSync Energy's entry into the California marketplace.

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Digital Realty Leveraging Scale and Expertise to Lower Customers' Energy Costs

Source: PR Newswire

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, is capitalizing on its scale, sophisticated procurement processes and investment-grade credit ratings to benefit customers by contracting electricity supply in bulk to achieve lower prices throughout the year, while simultaneously providing protection against escalating prices during seasonal spikes.  Digital Realty aggregates customer demand and collaborates with energy suppliers to negotiate discounted prices, which are then passed on to customers in the deregulated markets of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

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Four Megawatts of SunPower® Solar Panels Powering Arab Jordan Investment Bank

Source: PR Newswire 

SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) announced that the company supplied four megawatts of high efficiency SunPower® E-Series solar panels for a ground-mounted solar power system in Amman, Jordan. The system is generating power for Arab Jordan Investment Bank's (AJIB) headquarters, and branches in the Amman area. Designed and constructed by Wathba Energy, it was commissioned in July 2018 and is expected to generate seven gigawatt hours of electricity in the first year of operation.

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Brazil to power up investments in street lighting and energy efficiency

Source: The World Bank

Can you imagine how much money and natural resources could be saved if the world adopted energy efficiency as a priority in sectors such as public lighting or industry?

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Vivint Solar Teams Up with a Leading Homebuilder to Install Rooftop Solar on New Homes

Source: PR Newswire

 Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, announced it is working with one of the largest homebuilders in the nation to install its solar energy systems on the homebuilder's new homes in Southern California. The collaboration is an integral part of Vivint Solar's strategic plan to help homebuilders meet California's upcoming mandate for rooftop solar installations on new homes.

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CRU: Coal Demand Continues to Rise Despite China's Greener Drive

Source: PR Newswire

Despite its ambitions for a greener environment, China's growing demand for power means that coal will remain an important source of fuel for many years to come.  

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Trina Solar provides modules to Vietnam's largest private PV project

Source: PR Newswire

On July 31, Trina Solar Limited ("Trina Solar" or the "Company") announced that the photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer is providing 258MW monocrystalline PERC double glass modules to the largest private solar PV project in Vietnam. The power station, located in Phan Rang-Thap Cham, capital of Ninh Thuan Province, has received investment from leading Vietnamese investment firm Trung Nam Group. Construction is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2019.

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Chinese "son of the desert" dedicated to desert greening

Source: PR Newswire

Wang wenbiao, chairman of Chinese eco-company Elion resources group, was born and raised in China's 7th biggest desert -- Kubuqi, which is around 800km north of Beijing. He's well-known in China as "the son of the desert". The desert once made his life miserable, but now, it has made him and other locals rich.

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Valmont Acquires Majority Stake in Convert Italia SpA, a Leading Provider of Solar Tracker Solutions

Source: PR Newswire

Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure development and irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, announced that it has acquired a majority ownership stake in Convert Italia SpA, a designer and provider of engineered solar tracker solutions. The transaction was funded with cash on hand. The Company expects the acquisition to be slightly EPS accretive in fiscal 2018, and expects EPS accretion of approximately $0.10 in fiscal 2019.

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Apple, Akamai, Etsy and Swiss Re Collaborate to Accelerate Renewable Energy Development

Source: PR Newswire

Apple, Akamai, Etsy and Swiss Re announced an agreement to develop two new wind and solar energy farms in Illinois and Virginia. Spearheaded by Apple, the new projects will generate 290 megawatts to the PJM electric grid serving much of the Eastern United States, including areas of Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. The two new projects will provide enough power for 74,000 homes, and will support each of the companies' operations.

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Benchmarking: A First Step to Finding Savings

Source: Company

Benchmarking shows a building’s relative energy efficiency compared to its past usage, and to similar facilities in the same geographic area. Such comparisons may help a building manager grasp potential savings if energy system upgrades were applied. Thousands of buildings are now participating in voluntarily and mandatory benchmarking programs. Many have found the process useful, and some may find that it offers a few surprises.

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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: PACE Consumer Protections Set Standard for Home Improvement Financing

Source: PR Newswire

Last week, Clean PACE, a Florida-based non-profit created to independently review and assess Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) providers for consumer protections, announced Ygrene, a national leader in energy efficiency and resiliency financing in Florida, as the organization's first and only "Clean PACE Certified Partner."

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Solar for Huntley: ForeFront Power to develop 5.6 MW of solar across 3 school campuses

Source: PR Newswire

ForeFront Power and Huntley Community School District 158 ("Huntley") announce a partnership to install 5.6 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic capacity across 3 school campuses. The ground-mounted projects are expected to save the district $4.2 million over 20 years while offsetting 12.3 million pounds of carbon emissions annually.

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Alliant Energy reducing carbon emissions 80 percent and eliminating coal by 2050

Source: PR Newswire

 Alliant Energy released its Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) and announced its goal to cut carbon emissions 80 percent and eliminate all existing coal from its energy mix by 2050. The CSR can be accessed at alliantenergy.com/sustainability.  

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New Study Advises Policymakers to Consider Renewable Natural Gas for Low-Carbon Buildings Strategy

Source: PR Newswire

 Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) joined businesses, affordable housing advocates, scholars, and local government leaders to announce the results of a new study it commissioned by Navigant Consulting, Inc. that advises policymakers to consider renewable natural gas for California's low carbon building strategy as a pathway for California to achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. The analysis forecasts that replacing just 16 percent of the traditional natural gas supply with renewable gas (RNG) captured from sources like dairies, wastewater treatment plants, and landfills, can achieve GHG reductions equivalent to converting 100 percent of buildings to electric only energy by 2030. By using a mix of both in and out of state resources, the renewable natural gas strategy is 3 times more cost effective in reducing GHGs than an electrification pathway. Navigant's full analysis, including disclaimers and assumptions, may be found here.

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Envisioning Net-Zero Emission Energy Systems

Source: NREL

As global energy consumption continues to grow—by some projections, more than doubling by 2100—all sectors of the economy will need to find ways to drastically reduce their carbon dioxide emissions if average global temperatures are to be held under international climate targets. Two NREL authors contributed to a recently published article in Science that examined potential barriers and opportunities to decarbonizing certain energy systems that are essential to modern civilization but remain stubbornly reliant on carbon-emitting processes.

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Capstone Secures 1 MW Order for Remanufactured C1000R to Large Oil & Gas Customer in Northern Iraq

Source: Yahoo Finance 

 Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it secured an order for a remanufactured C1000R to an oil and gas production site in Northern Iraq. The remanufactured C1000R package guarantees like-new performance with the same quality, reliability, and durability expected from a Capstone system.

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Kona Brewing Company to Produce Sun-Powered Beer Through Solar-Plus-Battery Storage Project

Source: PR Newswire

EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, the leading provider of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs) and business models for residential, commercial and utility installations, and its subsidiary Holu Energy, a developer of DER projects in Hawaii, announced a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Kona Brewing Company to build a solar-plus-battery storage system at the beer company's new brewery, under construction in Kailua Kona

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Novartis announces US renewables agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Source: PR Newswire

 Novartis announced a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) in collaboration with Invenergy, North America's largest privately held renewable energy company. As part of the Novartis environmental strategy, the initiative aims to add 100 megawatts (MW) of wind power to the electrical grid.

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Greenworks Lending Partners With Mayfly Outdoors on Clean Energy Building

Source: PR Newswire

 Greenworks Lending, a national leader in Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, announced the successful closing with Mayfly Outdoors to support the construction of Mayfly's new headquarters and manufacturing center in Montrose. This marks one of the first ground-up new construction projects in Colorado to come through the state's C-PACE Program, which allows developers to use C-PACE funds for up to 20 percent of their construction budgets for property elements that meet or exceed the state's energy- and water-efficiency standards. It is also the second C-PACE investment in manufacturing for the state, and the second Montrose County project.

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Hoover Dam's Full Power Potential Unlocked With Cutting-Edge Solar Battery Project

Source: PR Newswire

 A $3 billion pipeline and pump station designed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will serve to take advantage of the unused renewable energy that's been generated by the Hoover Dam since its inception. Pep Solar is a leader in renewable energy and champions the further development and the production of hydro batteries that will be an asset to Arizona homeowners and the environment as a whole.

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TGI Enters into Agreement with EIB to Manage its Green Energy Developments

Source: PR Newswire

TGI SOLAR POWER GROUP INC. (OTCMarkets: TSPG) ("TGI"), a diversified technology company, announced that it has entered into Agreement with Energy in the Bank (EIB) to manage TGI's green sustainable energy developments.

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KUA Selects Landis+Gyr for Advanced Metering

Source: PR Newswire

Landis+Gyr (Swiss: LAND.SW) announced an agreement with Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) to supply advanced metering infrastructure and a meter data management system to support the Florida utility's 74,000 customers.

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Michigan Energy Office issues Combined Heat and Power report

Source: Michigan Agency for Energy

The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) issued a report that provides a roadmap for Michigan to make Combined Heat and Power (CHP) a significant part of its future energy mix.

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Duke Energy Progress proposes decrease to charges for programs saving energy and money

Source: PR Newswire

As the new year begins, customers of Duke Energy Progress in South Carolina will see savings in their monthly energy bills related to the costs of programs that help them save energy and money.

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DOE and SoCalGas Fund Project That Uses Microbes to Convert Carbon Dioxide to Renewable Natural Gas

Source: PR Newswire

 Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced grant funding has been awarded to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Stanford School of Engineering's Spormann Laboratory to conduct new power-to-gas research. The two entities will receive $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). SoCalGas will provide co-funding of $400,000 in addition to $125,000 of seed funding it provided in 2017. 

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EV Charger Pioneer Taps New Capital, Plans Major Expansion Into US, Canada

Source: PR Newswire

Garage Juice Bar, a pioneering manufacturer and distributor of electric vehicle charging stations, announced a strategic transaction with Oasis Charger Corporation to support a major expansion of its North American network.

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Construction begins on FPL's four newest solar power plants

Source: PR Newswire

Florida Power & Light Company announced the start of construction of its four newest solar power plants, continuing to build on the success of its affordable clean energy strategy that has helped Florida become a leader in clean energy while keeping customer bills among the lowest in America.

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Ameren Missouri customers to receive 6% rate cut starting Aug. 1

Source: PR Newswire

Ameren Missouri customers will see their electric rates decrease by 6 percent, thanks to legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly and swift action by the Missouri Public Service Commission.

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Capstone Continues to Diversify its Business as it Drives New Growth in the Middle East Region

Source: www.globenewswire.com

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it secured a new 3.4 megawatt (MW) order for a gas processing facility in Kuwait. The order includes a new C600 Signature Series microturbine, a new C800 Signature Series microturbine and two remanufactured C1000R microturbines, which will provide prime power for the facility. SPECTO International, Capstone’s distributor in Kuwait, secured the project, which is expected to be commissioned in late 2018.

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GrowLife, Inc. Reports Over 70% Electricity Savings Using Vertical Growing System

Source: Yahoo Finance

GrowLife, Inc. (PHOT), one of the nation’s most recognized indoor cultivation product and service providers, announced preliminary test results from a Proof-of-Concept (POC) study in Colorado with a licensed customer on its proprietary vertical grow room system. When compared to plants in a traditional grow room, results showed a 76% reduction in per-plant kilowatt usage with the 8’ x 8’ GrowLife cubical vertical grow system that would result in significant cost savings for cultivators.

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San Francisco's Historic Cable Cars Upgrade to LED Lights

Source: Company
Since 1873, the best lighting the historic San Francisco Municipal Cable Cars had was dim incandescent headlights that did not do anything for illumination. They were merely bright enough to serve as an indicator that a cable car was coming. After over 140 years, that finally changed with their upgrade to LED light bulbs from LEDtronics. 

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EIA's International Energy Outlook 2018 focuses on uncertainty in economic projections

Source EIA 

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released International Energy Outlook 2018 (IEO2018) which focuses on how different macroeconomic conditions and growth patterns might affect international energy markets in three key regions of the world: China, India, and Africa. EIA updated the Reference case from 2017 with new macroeconomic information and varied macroeconomic assumptions across China, India, and Africa to create the side cases that compose IEO2018.

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National Grid first to Drive Electric Vehicle Adoption with New Online EV Marketplace

Source: Company
In support of New York's comprehensive effort to reduce greenhouse gases by increasing the number of electric vehicles in its service territory, National Grid is the first energy provider in the U.S. to launch a data-driven consumer research platform to help car shoppers understand the benefits of electric vehicles when making their next car purchase.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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