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

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

 

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42 Cities and Counties launch HERO PACE program to help California homeowners conserve energy and wa

Source: Electric Energy Online
Forty-two cities and counties across California officially launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, which enables homeowners and commercial property owners to pay off energy- and water-efficiency improvements through their property tax bill.

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Georgia Power Launches EV Charger Rebate Program for Businesses

Source: Company
Georgia Power announced the launch of its new electric vehicle (EV) charger rebate program for business customers. The two-year program, informed by feedback from Georgia businesses, offers business customers a $500 rebate for installing 240-volt Level 2 (L2) chargers. The business customer program is part of a larger electric transportation pilot initiative which includes promoting public education, supporting community charging stations for public use, enhancing charging options at select Georgia Power facilities and offering rebates for residential customers who install EV chargers at their homes.

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California Approves $13.5 Million in Loans for Energy-Efficient Upgrades to Schools

Source: AltEnergyMag.com
The California Energy Commission approved $13.5 million for energy efficiency measures to 14 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin County and Orange County during its monthly business meeting today. The Energy Commission also approved grants to four entities to develop and research alternative and renewable fuel projects.

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2G CENERGY® to Supply a CHP Cogeneration System for PlanET’s First Biogas Plant in the US

Source: Company
This plant project is located in Homer, New York at the New Hope View Farm. The anaerobic digester will be designed and constructed by PlanET Biogas, one of the TOP 5 biogas plant builders in the world. After constructing more than 350 advanced biogas plants and highly efficient anaerobic digesters, as well as building many successful biogas plants in Canada also equipped with 2G® technology, PlanET decided to expand into the U.S. market. 2G CENERGY® was selected to supply a 2G® patruus® 370kW CHP with a yearly capacity of 3,071 MWh electrical output along with 1.6 mBTUh of thermal energy generation. This is PlanET‘s first biogas plant project in the United States.

 

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Spirax Sarco releases November 2014 issue of SteamNews Magazine

Source: Company
Spirax Sarco’s November 2014 digital issue of Steam News is now available and is packed with exciting educational information about control valves – sizing and selection, maintenance and operation, and getting ready for upcoming plant shutdowns.

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NORESCO Selected for $43 Million Energy Infrastructure Project

Source: PR Newswire

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

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Data Center Interest in Renewable Energy on the Rise

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: Company

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

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EIA launches new tool for crude oil import analysis

Source: Company

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

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

Source: Analytika

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

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

Source: Lighting Controls Association

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

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

Source: ACEEE

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

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NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids

Source: Company

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

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

Source: DOE

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

 

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Energy Department Awards $425 Million for Next-Generation Supercomputing

Source: DOE

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

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Introducing Fluke’s First HD Infrared Camera

Source: Company
Fluke Corporation launches its highest resolution infrared camera ever: the Fluke® TiX Series Infrared Cameras. The TiX1000 (with 1024 x 768 resolution), TiX660, and TiX640 (both 640 x 480) feature up to ten times the on-camera pixels as are available on standard 320 x 240 cameras and a large 5.6-inch articulating display to help quickly identify issues while still in the field. The TiX Expert Series delivers highly detailed image quality, the most advanced focusing options available on one infrared camera, and the versatility to capture accurate measurements from targets that are challenging, dangerous, or moving too fast.

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Introducing Fluke’s First HD Infrared Camera

Source: Company
Fluke Corporation launches its highest resolution infrared camera ever: the Fluke® TiX Series Infrared Cameras. The TiX1000 (with 1024 x 768 resolution), TiX660, and TiX640 (both 640 x 480) feature up to ten times the on-camera pixels as are available on standard 320 x 240 cameras and a large 5.6-inch articulating display to help quickly identify issues while still in the field. The TiX Expert Series delivers highly detailed image quality, the most advanced focusing options available on one infrared camera, and the versatility to capture accurate measurements from targets that are challenging, dangerous, or moving too fast.

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

Source: US DOE

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

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Energy Department Recognizes Cummins for Deep Energy Retrofit

Source: US DOE

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

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Energy Department and EPA Release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide

Source: US DOE

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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PSEG Essex Solar Energy Center Goes Into Service

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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PLUG POWER STRUCTURES RELION AS STATIONARY POWER PRODUCT BRAND

Source: Company

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

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

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

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Constellation Completes Acquisition of Integrys Energy Services

Source: Business Wire

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

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

Source: NAESCO

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

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Obama Administration Releases Federal Agency Climate Plans

Source: DOE

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

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

Source: DOE 

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

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Hertz Completes Solar Installations at Denver and St. Louis International Airport Locations

Source: PR Newswire

Hertz (NYSE: HTZ), the world's largest airport car rental brand, and Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company (Panasonic) announce the completion of two solar power installations at Hertz Rent-a-Car facilities at Denver International and St. Louis International Airports. Additionally, solar installations are underway at Hertz's Newark Liberty International Airport, to be completed later this year, and construction at Hertz's John F. Kennedy Airport location is planned to start in 2015. Once completed, the total installed solar capacity at the four Hertz airport locations will reach 1 megawatt of clean energy which will used to power Hertz customer service areas and other nearby Hertz buildings.

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

Source: DOE

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

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Energy Department Offers $9 Million for Commercial Building Energy Efficiency

Source: DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to double energy productivity by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions in commercial buildings, the Energy Department announced $9 million to encourage investments in energy-saving technologies that can be tested and deployed in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and other types of commercial buildings. The funding will facilitate the implementation of market-ready solutions across the U.S. to improve commercial building energy efficiency, with a goal of demonstrating 20 percent savings or more across a variety of approaches.

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Missouri Western State University Launches Significant Energy Efficiency Initiative

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, is partnering with Missouri Western State University to help the institution save nearly $400,000 in energy cost savings annually over 15 years. The university anticipates an additional $400,000 in utility incentives to offset campus-wide upgrades across its building, lighting, water and mechanical systems.

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Eaton to Provide MGM Resorts with Power Management Solutions for Largest Rooftop Solar Project

Source: Company
Power management company Eaton announced a contract to provide electrical distribution equipment for a 6.4-megawatt (MW) DC solar installation at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center in Las Vegas. The MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) project is the world’s largest rooftop solar array on a convention center, and is predicted to generate enough energy to power up to the equivalent of 1,000 homes per year.
 

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NREL and Army Validate Energy Savings for Net Zero Energy Installations

Source: NREL

The U.S. Army (Army) has partnered with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to increase energy security through improved energy efficiency and optimized renewable energy strategies at nine installations in the Army's portfolio. If all nine of the Army Net Zero Energy Installation (NZEI) pilot sites achieve net zero energy, they will replace approximately 8 percent of the Army's current total installation energy use with renewable energy. In fact, if all Army installations worldwide were to achieve a 25 percent reduction in energy consumption, as the NZEI pilot sites can, the Army would save approximately 20 trillion BTUs and up to $300 million in annual energy costs.

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Seattle Mariners Install Solar at Arizona Training Facility

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

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Hawaii Energy Gives $70k Incentive Check to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai for Energy-Efficiency Proj.

source: Pacific Business News
Hawaii Energy presented the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai with a $70,655 incentive check for energy-efficiency upgrades at the 243-room oceanfront resort on the Kona coast of the Big Island.

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Philadelphia Joins Energy-Efficient-Building Race

Source: Philly.com

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

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Energy Systems Group Wins $34.6M Contract

Source: Energy Manager Today

Energy Systems Group (ESG) signed a $34.6 million contract for professional design, construction and consultant services with the State of Michigan for the implementation of energy conservation measures at the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Ionia Complex.

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Energy Efficiency Saves Ohio School District $500K

Source: Energy Manager Today

The Medina City School District in Ohio has saved more than $500,000 so far this year—or 43 percent over last year—due to its energy conservation program, Cleveland.com reports. The school district took advantage of Ohio House Bill 264, which allows school districts to borrow a limited amount of money for energy efficiency improvements without having to pass a ballot issue. The school district will use its cost savings to repay the loan.

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Noribachi Completes Lighting Retrofit for TSA

Source: Energy Manager Today

Noribachi completed one of the largest LED retrofit projects of an existing building in the US for the 29-year-old Transportation Security Administration (TSA) headquarters.

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

Source: PECI

After a successful behavior based energy efficiency pilot with Starbucks in 2012, we set out last year to see if other small commercial buildings could achieve the same energy savings. Of course, calling Starbucks “small commercial” is a bit of a misnomer. Clearly, Starbucks has different challenges and opportunities than many other occupants of small commercial buildings. So, to show that the programmatic behavior based energy efficiency (BBEE) approach we’ve been developing with Snohomish PUD is scalable, first required demonstrating that it was transferrable to other small commercial building occupants. Our hypothesis was that it would be more challenging to engage and recruit a variety of businesses with different owners to participate in a single competition, but that once engaged they would find large energy saving opportunities due to their local authority and control over operations. 

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

Source: PECI



An Energy Efficiency Registry

Source: The Climate Registry

Last month, TCR released its newest white paper, An Energy Efficiency Registry; a Flexible and Transparent way to Track and Report Energy Efficiency under the Clean Power Plan. The paper proposes a framework for tracking, managing and reporting the impacts of energy efficiency, which U.S. EPA identified as one of the building blocks that states can utilize to achieve their GHG reduction targets under the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

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Nineteen California Organizations Receive Cool Planet Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency & C

Source: The Climate Registry

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Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Innovative Lighting

Source: DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department announced $10 million to support research, development and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies across the country. This funding will accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products with the potential to reduce lighting energy use for American families and businesses by one half and enhance U.S. global competitiveness.

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Energy Department Awards $5 Million to Spur Local Clean Energy Development

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced approximately $5 million in funding to 13 states to advance innovative approaches for local clean energy development that will reduce energy bills for American families and businesses, protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions and increase our nation’s energy security. In support of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, each state will design and deploy innovative programs to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy, ranging from programs targeting specific areas for advancement to more comprehensive plans that consider economic development along with resiliency and energy supply issues.

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Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene Converts Its Heat Source from Fuel Oil to CNG

Source: Company

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is the latest NG Advantage customer to change its heat source from fuel oil to compressed natural gas (CNG). The Medical Center joins a growing number of large institutions and industrial sites not located on a gas pipeline in New England and northern New York State. These sites are referred to as “stranded properties” by the gas industry.

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First Partnership between a LDC and a “Virtual Pipeline” Provider to Bring CNG to Customers

Source: Company

For the first time in the nation, a local natural gas distribution company (LDC) and a “virtual pipeline” provider have partnered to provide natural gas to new customers - in advance of a pipeline extension. 

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Solar Energy Prices See Double-digit Declines in 2013; Trend Expected to Continue

Source: NREL

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 - 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3 - 12 percent, depending on system location and market segment. Industry analysts expect this trend to continue over the next couple of years, keeping the nation on track to meet the DOE SunShot Initiative's 2020 targets.

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SCE Unveils Largest Battery Energy Storage Project in North America

Source: Company

For Southern California Edison (SCE), building a smarter grid started many years ago with smart meters and upgrades in distribution equipment. The company takes another leap forward with the opening of the largest battery energy storage project in North America — the Tehachapi Energy Storage Project — to modernize the grid to integrate more clean energy.

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The University of Toronto Selects Cypress Envirosystems for their 2014 Green Ribbon Award

Source: Company

Cypress Envirosystems announced that it has been selected by the University of Toronto for its prestigious Green Ribbon Award highlighting extensive work in improving the efficiency of buildings throughout its campus with the Wireless 
Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT). The University recognizes outstanding achievements in campus sustainability annually by awarding the Green Ribbon to only one external partner, in addition to students, faculty and staff. The University of Toronto’s Green Ribbon is the latest in a series of key customer and industry awards that Cypress Envirosystems has received. Cypress Envirosystems and its products have also been awarded the Building Operating Management’s 
(BOM) Top Products Award, Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (ACHR) News Gold Award, Association of Energy Engineers’ (AEE) Best Emerging Technology Award, Building Green’s Top-10 Products Award, and many others.
 

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GSU goes for LEED Silver with new Law Building

Source:
Over the course of its 91-year history, Georgia State University has been constantly updating and expanding its facilities.  The university is currently executing a multi-phase strategic plan that extends out to 2021.

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Washington Gas Energy Services and Sterling Planet Present More Than $11,000 to PA Energy Council

Source: Company
Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES), Sterling Planet and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) will celebrate their partnership at the first Pennsylvania tree planting event held at the Abington Friends School. Students, community members and WGES employees will plant more than 300 native trees and shrubs on the banks of Jenkintown Creek, and a contribution to the PA Carbon Reduction Fund will be presented, with $9,125 donated by WGES and $2,500 by Sterling Planet.

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Smart Cities are Driving Change Across the Energy Sector

Source: Navigant Research
According to a new white paper from Navigant Research, the spread of smart city technologies and policies, developed in response to the rapid growth and change happening in cities around the world, is helping to drive sweeping and fundamental changes in the energy landscape. Cities are a focal point for some of the most profound economic, environmental, social, and technological issues facing the world today. There is increasing demand to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the demands of an urban population that will expand by 2.4 billion people during the next 35 years.

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Energy Department Issues Green Building Certification System Final Rule to Support Increased Energy

Source: EIN
Supporting the Obama Administration’s goal to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, the Energy Department is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen federal energy management through increased focus on measurement of energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design.  Principal among the efforts is the Department’s issuance of a final rule that requires verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are certified by private sector green building certification systems. 

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Going Green: UGA Improving Energy Output on Campus

Source: BEPA news
The University of Georgia has set in motion a plan to replace its old coal-fired boiler with a more efficient electricity-powered unit by November 2015, the latest in a series of moves toward improving energy efficiency on campus.
 

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Reliable Controls Releases RC-GrafxSet®

Source: Company

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the release of the MACH-Pro1 and MACH-Pro2, fully programmable, Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the release of RC-GrafxSet, graphical images and services software that allows users to quickly generate professional, 3D system graphics for RC-Studio and RC-WebView using an agile, online graphic developer subscription library. 

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SunTrac, KMC Form Joint Venture for Solar HVAC

SunTrac Solar and KMC Controls announced a joint venture in which KMC will be the exclusive manufacturer of private-label equipment controls for SunTrac.

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Comverge and Constellation Agree to Combine Commercial and Industrial Demand Response Businesses

Comverge and Constellation have signed an agreement to combine their demand response businesses serving commercial and industrial (“C&I”) customers. The combined business will be operated as a new standalone company independent from Comverge and Constellation and will focus on delivering a full spectrum of demand response offerings to C&I customers across the United States. The merged enterprise will become one of the largest demand response companies in the industry. H.I.G. Capital will hold a majority ownership interest in the new company, and Constellation will retain a minority ownership interest.

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Energy Department Recognizes Better Buildings Challenge Participants

Source: US DOE

 As a part of the Administration’s effort to support greater energy efficiency through the Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department recognized the cities of Beaverton and Hillsboro, as well as the Portland Public School District for their leadership in reducing energy use. As Better Buildings Challenge partners, they have committed to reduce the energy use of ten million square feet of building space, including libraries, schools and other public facilities, by 20 percent over the next decade, and to showcasing their innovations and successful strategies for other state and local government and school district leaders to follow.           

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Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturer saves $152,173 in annual energy costs

Source: Company

This Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturer (GPM)* is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
 

 

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Capstone Turbine Secures Order to Upgrade South Korean Residential High-Rise

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it recently received a one megawatt order for a new residential high-rise building in Masan, South Korea.

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Energy Department Issues Green Building Certification System

Source: Energy.gov

Supporting the Obama Administration’s goal to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, the Energy Department is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen federal energy management through increased focus on measurement of energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design.  Principal among the efforts is the Department’s issuance of a final rule that requires verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are certified by private sector green building certification systems. 

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SunEnergy1 begins installation of JinkoSolar panels

Source: Yahoo Finance

SunEnergy1 has begun installing JinkoSolar panels at the Duke Energy Renewables-owned Capital Partners Solar Project in eastern North Carolina.

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Honeywell And Constellation Deliver Value And Comfort With Smart Wi-Fi Thermostats

Source: PR Newswire

Honeywell and power provider Constellation introduced an energy-saving service plan available to millions of homeowners and small businesses across 23 states. By enrolling in the plan to meet their gas and electricity needs, customers can lock in competitive prices and receive up to a $200 gift card from Constellation for buying any Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat, including the new Lyric™. These modern, app-driven thermostats provide comfort, convenience and an opportunity to reduce energy consumption every day through easy programming and remote connectivity.

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Energy Managers Need to Be Good Communicators, Says Bill Clinton

Source: Energy Manager Today

Former President Bill Clinton said at the recent World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) that he believes renewable energy is at a tipping point, similar to the time when cell phones were about to displace land lines.

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New York Invests $94 Million for Solar Projects Across the State

Source: DOE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced NY-Sun awards for large solar electric projects that will increase the solar capacity in New York State by more than 214 megawatts, a 68 percent increase over the amount of solar installed and in the pipeline at the end of 2013. The competitive awards further advance the scale-up of solar and move the State closer to a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry.

 

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Energy Department Announces $25 Million to Lower Cost of Concentrating Solar Power

Source: DOE

Building on the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced $25 million in funding to advance concentrating solar power (CSP) system technologies. This investment will fund research and development (R&D) projects to improve the performance and increase the efficiency of all components of CSP plants, ultimately lowering the cost of solar electricity and producing affordable, clean and renewable energy, even at night, by storing the heat generated by the sun.

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WattStopper’s retrofit panel solution leverages existing building control investments

Source: Company

WattStopper’s new relay panel retrofit solution enables high performance control capabilities while eliminating costly installation and wiring requirements for building owners and property managers. Offering all the capabilities of the innovative Digital Lighting Management (DLM) technology platform, which now includes wireless building-to-building connectivity, the solution also preserves existing infrastructure investments. 

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IPKeys to Provide Energy Demand Response

Source: IPKeys

IPKeys, announced its formal entry into the Energy Demand Aggregation Market with the establishment of the wholly owned subsidiary, IPKeys Power Partners, and the consummation of the acquisition of U.S.-based North America Power Partners (NAPP). The acquisition will enable the deployment of IPKeys’ advanced energy technology solutions to a broad range of utility customers. IPKeys Power Partners was also accepted as a member of PJM Interconnection, assuming NAPP’s procured capacity in PJM and NAPP’s demand response (DR) contracts in Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric territories. 

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Air National Guard Receives $500,000 Federal Grant For Solar Panels

Source: Southampton Press
Solar panels will be installed at the Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton. The project, which is estimated to cost $500,000, will be federally funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program. The funds were secured by U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with Representative Tim Bishop.
 

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Sandia Software Helps Secure Energy Savings

Source: Albuquergue Journal
Sandia National Laboratories’ Institutional Transformation (IX) model helps the federal laboratory reduce its energy consumption and could help other large institutions do the same.

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Energy leaders recognized at World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, DC

Source: AEE
The Association of Energy Engineers is proud to recognize its 2014 award winners. Through its Awards Program, the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a nonprofit professional association of over 16,000 members, recognizes the important work being done in the energy industry by individuals, organizations, agencies, and corporations. Award winners from around the world attended as AEE presented its international, regional, and chapter awards at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) held in Washington, DC.

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Energy Department Recognizes 11 Manufacturers for Energy Efficiency Achievements

Source: Company

Building on the Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity and help American businesses save money by saving energy, the Energy Department recognized 11 companies that have met ambitious energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. Across the country, manufacturers spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants. Through the Energy Department’s Better Plants Program, American manufacturers commit to improve their energy intensity by 25 percent over ten years, or an equally ambitious level for their sector.

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Capstone Penetrates Slovenian Industrial Market With Combined Heat & Power Project

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, continues to penetrate new geographies around the globe with the announcement of the sale of a Capstone C1000 microturbine to upgrade a large plastics manufacturing facility in the Republic of Slovenia.

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FuelCell Energy Awarded a Contract to Evaluate New Potential Applications

Source: Company

FuelCell Energy, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, secured a contract award that will evaluate the potential integration of Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plants with combustion-based natural gas fueled processes. A global energy company awarded the contract.

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Energy Department Announces Indoor Lighting Winners

Source: DOE
As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce energy waste in U.S. buildings and help save Americans money by saving energy, the Energy Department announced the winners of the sixth annual Next Generation LuminairesTM (NGL) design competition for indoor lighting at the LED Show in Los Angeles.

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Ed Pink Racing Engines Shop Sees Green with Energy Savings

Source: Company
The company’s existing lighting system consisted of 17 high-output T12 and T8 fixtures of 4 tubes, each consuming 115 watts; with ballasts using 30W per fixture, the setup demanded over 8330 watts of energy to operate.

 

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Pepco Holdings Stockholders Vote to Merge with Exelon

Source: Company
Pepco Holdings Inc. has announced that PHI stockholders at a special meeting voted to approve the merger agreement with Exelon Corporation.

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PSE&G Begins Work To Build Solar Farm On Parklands Landfill

Source: Company
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) marked the start of construction on a 10.14-megawatt-dc (MW-dc) solar farm on the capped Parklands Landfill. The project, part of PSE&G's Solar 4 All program, will transform 40 acres of landfill space into a clean energy producing solar farm, capable of powering nearly 2,000 average-size homes annually.  The Parklands Landfill ceased operations in 1989.

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Energy Department Recognizes 11 Manufacturers for Energy Efficiency Achievements

Source: DOE
Building on the Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity and help American businesses save money by saving energy, the Energy Department recognized 11 companies at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), that have met ambitious energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. Across the country, manufacturers spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants. Through the Energy Department’s Better Plants Program, American manufacturers commit to improve their energy intensity by 25 percent over ten years, or an equally ambitious level for their sector.

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AEE Announces 2014 Award Winners at WEEC

Source: AEE
The Association of Energy Engineers is proud to recognize its 2014 award winners. Through its Awards Program, the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a nonprofit professional association of over 16,000 members, recognizes the important work being done in the energy industry by individuals, organizations, agencies, and corporations. Award winners from around the world attended as AEE presented its international, regional, and chapter awards at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) held in Washington, DC.

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President Bill Clinton to Speak at the 37th World Energy Engineering Congress

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is proud to announce that Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States and Founder of the Clinton Foundation, will be the keynote speaker for the Opening Session of the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) on October 1st, 2014.

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Tesla to Build Gigafactory Battery Plant in Nevada

Source: Company
Tesla Motors will build its massive $5 billion electric vehicle battery plant, dubbed the Gigafactory, near Reno, the company and the state’s governor have announced. “Tesla will build the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory in Nevada which means nearly one hundred billion dollars in economic impact to the Silver State over the next twenty years. I am grateful that (Tesla Chairman and CEO) Elon Musk and Tesla saw the promise in Nevada,” stated Governor Brian Sandoval.

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Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bills to Boost Purchases of Electric Cars

Source: LA Times
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills boosting the state's market for electric cars, including a measure to make such vehicles more affordable for low-income residents. That bill, the Charge Ahead California Initiative by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), sets a goal of placing at least 1 million zero-emission vehicles and near-zero-emission vehicles on the road in California by Jan. 1, 2023.

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Ingersoll Rand to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2020; Invests $500M in Energy Efficiency

Source: Company
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, stands on the global stage as part of the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting and United Nations Climate Summit to declare the importance of, and the company's commitment to, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Ingersoll Rand's Commitment to Action will avoid the same amount of CO2 emissions that can result from powering nearly 2 million homes for one year.

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Black Oak Wind Farm Opens Equity Offering the Opportunity to Invest Directly in Wind Energy

Source: Company
Black Oak Wind Farm, LLC (Black Oak) has just opened a new equity investment round for New York residents and companies, to join the existing investors in owning a group of GE turbines on a ridge in the Finger Lakes region. Black Oak has the goal of building a 7-turbine wind farm in the Town of Enfield, in Tompkins County, NY.

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$8 Billion Green Energy Initiative Proposed for LA; First Initiative of its Kind in US

Source: Company

Four companies jointly proposed a first-in-the-U.S., $8-billion green energy initiative that would bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023. The project would require construction of one of America’s largest wind farms in Wyoming, one of the world’s biggest energy storage facilities in Utah, and a 525-mile electric transmission line connecting the two sites. “This project would be the 21st century’s Hoover Dam – a landmark of the clean energy revolution,” said Jeff Meyer, managing partner of Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, one of the four companies involved in the initiative.

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Duke Energy supplies additional details on solar projects as part of $500 million commitment

Source: Company
 Duke Energy announced a number of partner companies it will use to build three previously announced solar projects in North Carolina by the end of 2015.

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What’s New in ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013

Source: Lighting Controls Association (LCA)

ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 provides a model commercial building energy code that can be adopted by states and other jurisdictions. The Department of Energy recognizes the 2010 version as the national energy reference standard. The International Energy Conservation Code recognizes 90.1 as an alternate compliance standard.

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Eaton Helps PacifiCorp Reduce Utah Electrical Power Demand and Increase Grid Reliability

Source: Business Wire

Power management company Eaton announced its Cooper Power Systems business delivered two-way demand response equipment and software as part of a turnkey project to PacifiCorp, a leading utility in the Western United States. Eaton’s technology supports PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power Cool Keeper demand response program, a voluntary initiative that intelligently manages approximately 100 megawatts of power with participation of more than 95,000 Utah residences and businesses.

 

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Nevada Selected As Official Site for Tesla Battery Factory

Source: DOE

Governor Brian Sandoval and Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors, announced that Nevada has been selected as the official site for the Tesla Gigafactory.

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Energy Department Recognizes University of Utah in Better Buildings Challenge

Source: DOE

 As part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department recognized the University of Utah for its leadership in energy efficiency and for reducing energy use by 40 percent in a historic campus building, saving the University $57,000 a year.

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Capstone Turbine Increases Presence in African Oil and Gas Market

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it received an order for two C1000 microturbines for an offshore oil and gas platform in Africa.

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World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) to Highlight the Impact of New Technologies & Energy Policy

Source: AEE
Recent years have witnessed the emergence of climate change and energy policy as major topics of debate in the political arena. A 2014 survey of energy professionals conducted by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) shows that while experts are divided on President Obama’s “All of the Above” energy strategy with 48% of them responding that they are unsure about the plan, the President’s plan to boost domestic energy production, in contrast,  is very popular as 67% of respondents were in favor of increased domestic drilling for oil, and 65% were in favor of hydraulic fracking. In addition, 63% of respondents were in favor of stricter carbon emissions standards. These varied responses among experts working in the field demonstrate the complexity of the climate change and energy policy issues being discussed on a national level. AEE seeks to further explore these complexities at its World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC).

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Mars Chocolate Site In Topeka Achieves Prestigious LEED® Gold Certification

Source: PR Newswire

Mars Chocolate North America announced that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED® Gold certification —an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing and operating green buildings—from the U.S. Green Building Council. The roughly 500,000-square-foot facility, which opened in March, produces M&M'S® Brand Candies and SNICKERS® Bars. This accolade represents an additional LEED® Gold award for Mars, Incorporated, joining the Mars Chocolate North America corporate headquarters in Hackettstown, N.J., and Mars Petcare's pet food manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Ark.

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Verizon Investing $13.8M in New Solar Projects in N.J. This Year

Source: PR Newswire

Building upon the successful launch of its on-site green energy program in 2013, Verizon this year is investing more than $13 million to expand the program at three company locations across New Jersey. This year, Verizon will install 3.5 megawatts of new solar power systems at facilities in Carteret, Freehold and Piscataway. Installation of the systems is taking place over the next two months, with completion scheduled by year-end.

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Pace Global Announces New Vice President

Source: Company

Pace Global, A Siemens Business, has named Charles V. Maglione as Vice President, Sales and Account Management. Mr. Maglione, who will be located in Pace Global's Fairfax, VA office, has over 20 years of experience in professional service organizations as a business development executive and industry leader, consultant and global account executive. His expertise includes leading and managing business development teams, developing and implementing sales operations, account leadership, client relationship management, business development skills training, assessing new business opportunities, and forming partnerships and joint ventures.

 

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Joule Assets to Offer Project Financing With 10 Energy Efficiency Contractors

Source: Company
Joule Assets Inc., the leading finance provider for the energy efficiency and demand response industries, announced strategic financing partnerships for 10 U.S.-based energy efficiency contracting firms, with a total pipeline that is projected at $270M, of which Joule Assets will target an initial $90M deployment. In a given year, a typical energy efficiency contractor may see $2-3M worth of projects stall due to a customer’s budget constraints for upgrades. The project financing from Joule Assets enables these small-to-mid-sized contractors to offer in-house financing, significantly shortening sales cycles and extending their project pipelines.

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Schneider Electric to Move US Headquarters to Andover, Massachusetts

Source: Company
Schneider Electric, an international energy management giant, is set to relocate its US headquarters from Illinois to Andover, Massachusetts on Wednesday, a move designed to improve its access to the engineering talent coming out of Boston-area universities. The company had previously announced that a multimillion-dollar glass-clad building near interstates 93 and 495 would function as its North American research-and-development hub, absorbing employees from smaller offices nearby. But, the decision to move its headquarters there, too, came more recently, part of an effort to emphasize Schneider's shift from a maker of traditional electrical gear to a technology outfit that manufactures sophisticated computerized electrical and environmental systems used in data centers and other buildings.

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Ameresco and GSA Join to Recognize Deep Energy Retrofit Project

Source: Company
Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, participated in a ceremonial event with senior officials from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the White House Council on Environmental Quality to recognize the deep energy retrofit project Ameresco is currently constructing for the GSA in the National Capital Region. The $45 million comprehensive Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) serves two federal buildings just outside of Washington, D.C. and was awarded through the GSA’s National Deep Energy Retrofit Challenge.

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Reliable Controls Releases 902 MHz Versions of SSE & SSEA Wireless Products

Source: Company

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the release of 902 MHz versions of the SPACE-SensorTM EnOcean (SSE) and SMART-SensorTM EnOcean Accesspoint (SSEA) products. This frequency communicates on the 902 MHz band for the North American market; the new versions of these products increase the effective radio frequency range and offer enhanced resistance to interference.

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Energy Department Awards $4.5 Million for Wind Power Projects

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $4.5 million for four projects to help increase deployment of innovative wind power technologies by optimizing the operation, boosting efficiency, and improving the environmental performance of wind energy systems. The research and development (R&D) projects, located in Maine, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Texas, contribute to the Energy Department’s effort to advance innovative technologies that reduce carbon emissions and support the President’s goal to double renewable energy again by 2020. These projects will pursue R&D not significantly represented in our current portfolio as a way to support and explore innovative new approaches for integration into our future program plans.

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Joule and Scatec Solar ASA to Align for Photovoltaic-Powered Solar Fuel Production

Source: Company
Joule, the pioneer of the direct, solar conversion of CO2 into liquid fuels, announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Scatec Solar ASA, a leading, independent solar power producer. In the MoU the parties have agreed to initiate a process to reach specific terms for a partnership, to support the roll-out of Joule production plants featuring photovoltaic power.

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World liquid fuels use projected to rise 38% by 2040, spurred by growth in Asia and Middle East

Source: Company

World petroleum and other liquid fuels consumption will increase 38% by 2040, spurred by increased demand in the developing Asia and Middle East, according to projections in International Energy Outlook 2014 (IEO2014), released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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Efficient High-rise Changes Corporate Landscape with ‘Urban Genius’ Concept

Source: Company

A new 20-story, multi-tenant office building in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh is giving companies around the world an opportunity to become part of the evolution of Urban Genius design. Developed for two signature tenants in one distinctive building, 350 Fifth Avenue is pursuing LEED® Silver Certification and features wide-open floor plans that allow for utilization of almost 100 percent of floor space.  

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SCE to Make Major Infrastructure Improvements in Manhattan Beach

Source: Company
To ensure continued reliable electric service, Southern California Edison (SCE) will invest more than $6.2 million beginning this month in the first phase of a series of projects to upgrade distribution circuits that serve parts of Manhattan Beach. The work will continue through mid-2015. Subsequent phases will begin later this year.SCE will install 154 new transformers, replace about 660 poles and upgrade other key distribution equipment to improve reliability. During the project, some customers may experience maintenance outages. SCE will communicate with affected customers well in advance so they can make appropriate arrangements.

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Energy Department Announces $8 Million to Improve Resiliency of the Grid

Source: Energy.gov
In support of President Obama's Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s commitment to improve national power grid resiliency, the Energy Department announced more than $8 million for microgrid projects to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and other potential electricity disruptions.  This investment – which includes seven awardees in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Washington – supports the development of advanced technologies, allowing communities across the country to become more resilient and adaptive.

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The GWCC Expects to Become the World's Largest LEED Certified Convention Center

Source: Exhibitor Online
Georgia World Congress Center's Sustainability Committee is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as a measurement tool for the sustainable operations and maintenance of the building. 
 

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Capstone Turbine Announces Two-Megawatt CHP Order From Regatta Solutions

Source: Company
Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order for two C1000 microturbines to upgrade a technology innovation firm in Southern California.

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Global Energy Efficiency Ranks #99 in Inc. 500 2014 List of Fastest Growing Companies

Source: PR Newswire

Global Energy Efficiency, one of New York City's leading providers of energy efficient solutions for commercial businesses, has positioned number 99 in the 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.  Additionally, the company was recognized as 8th on the Top Energy Companies as well as 8th on the Top New York Companies lists.

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PNC Arena First U.S. NHL Venue to Feature New LED Lighting System

Source: Company

For the first time in the history of the National Hockey League, a U.S. arena will feature LED lighting, when PNC Arena—home to the Carolina Hurricanes—unveils the new, cutting-edge system for the preseason opener this fall. Dave Olsen, Executive Vice President and General Manager of PNC Arena, announced today that the Centennial Authority has partnered with Musco, which will install its innovative Show-Light Green™ LED system in the coming weeks.

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Energy Systems Group to Implement Energy Savings Program

Source: Yahoo Finance

Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC), has been awarded a $7.8 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to implement an energy savings program at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). The VAPAHCS maintains one of the top three research programs in the VA, and operates nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary, all of which serve more than 85,000 enrolled Veterans.

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District Streamlines Lighting Systems For Savings

Source: AirCycle Corporation

Before moving forward with energy-efficient lighting retrofits in May 2012, Harford County (Md.) Public Schools first needed to take a step back. The district had been expanding, constructing new buildings and renovating others to meet growing enrollment.

 

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Children's Hospital saves $83,760 in annual energy costs

Source: Company

This Children's Hospital* located in the South Atlantic United States is one of the largest non-profit public systems in the United States. They specialize in pediatric medicine. The purpose of SAH is to provide top quality medical care to children without the need to travel far from home. SAH's goals are to reduce energy consumption and decrease emissions while continuing to deliver excellent medical care for its patients.

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Reliable Controls Releases Workhorse Controllers: MACH-Pro1TM & MACH-Pro2 TM

Source: Company

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the release of the MACH-Pro1 and MACH-Pro2, fully programmable, BACnet® building controllers (B-BC) designed to be the new workhorse controllers of the industry.

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DENT Instruments Launches All-New PowerScout 3037 Power Meter

Source: Company
DENT Instruments, a global leader in the design and manufacture of power and energy measurement instruments, announced the introduction of the all-new PowerScout 3037 Revenue-Grade Networked Power Meter. The PowerScout 3037, which replaces all models of the PowerScout 3 Plus, monitors voltage, current, power, energy, and many other electrical parameters on single and three-phase systems. 

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Hawaii Energy Offers State's First-Ever Energy Efficiency Auction

Source: DOE

Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, is launching the "Hawaii Energy Efficiency Auction" to find out just how innovative and cost-effective the market can be when it comes to helping residents and businesses save energy.

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California-Nevada Bikeway Wins EPA Green Transportation Award

Source: DOE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region announced that the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway has won the environmental award for Green Transportation. The award recognizes significant contributions made in the past year to protect the environment and support communities. 

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Illumetric, West Hollywood’s "Art on the Outside" Program, Illuminated with LEDtronics LED T8 Tube L

Source: Company

The City of West Hollywood, through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, presents Illumetric—a triptych of massive diamond, cube and rectangle-shaped sculptures brought to the city by Shana Mabari. 

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DOI Auctions 80,000 Acres Offshore Maryland for Wind Energy Development

Source: DOE

As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held the nation’s third competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, which offered nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland for potential wind energy development. 

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MIT Study: Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Pay for Itself

Source: DOE

Lower rates of asthma and other health problems are frequently cited as benefits of policies aimed at cutting carbon emissions from sources like power plants and vehicles, because these policies also lead to reductions in other harmful types of air pollution. 

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Energy Department Announces $17 Million to Advance Highway Transportation Technologies

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $17.6 million for 14 cooperative agreements with small businesses and institutions of higher education to develop and deploy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States. The funding will go towards projects that pursue breakthrough approaches to providing Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

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Capstone Test 2

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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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Sol Systems Finances 227 kW Washington D.C. Solar Project at KIPP School

PR Newswire - Sol Systems is proud to announce that it has facilitated financing for a 227 kW solar energy system at the KIPP Charter School, a non-profit in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Volt Energy developed the project and Sol Systems structured the transaction and financed the project on behalf of its investment client, Washington Gas Energy Systems.
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Random Thoughts On OPEC Meeting  
Venezuela is trying to herd the cats towards production cuts, while Saudi Arabia is herding them towards status quo. $100 oil is a tasty cat treat, but Saudi Arabia is the big dog of the organization.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:46:00 GMT

Water & Power—And Human Rights—In China  
Activist Shi Lihong on the film she helped make, “Waking the Green Tiger,” and the pressures to dam rivers.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:56:17 GMT

Turkey Widens Its Energy Reach By Inking Algeria Deal  
Algeria and Turkey agreed this past week to a wide-ranging exploration and production agreement that could broaden the countries' energy footprint at a time when both need a boost.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:38:00 GMT

Enviro Board Is Revolutionizing Home Building  
The idea of the private sector promoting the triple bottom line concept of the three P’s -- people, planet and profit -- in an emerging market is all too rare. However, the U.S. company Enviro Board is leading a paradigm shift in social business with its innovative technology in Guatemala. This ambitious project is being led by Mildred Espinoza, CEO and President of Enviro Board Latin America and a two-time Emmy-Award winning journalist who made a career change after 34 years of living in the United States.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:00:00 GMT

OPEC Meets As Its Control Of Oil Slips Away  
Eight weeks ago, when the oil price was around $92 a barrel, I asked whether the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries could survive much longer. Today, with oil at $74/bbl, the answer seems to be no. OPEC really is approaching its expiry date.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:48:00 GMT

How China Is Expanding Its Influence In Global Solar Market  
China, the world's largest carbon polluter, also is becoming an even bigger player in the solar energy business as it expands its control of the solar equipment manufacturing worldwide.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:48:00 GMT

10 Hybrids That Save You Money  
Hybrids are losing their cost edge over conventional gasoline-powered vehicles due to improvements in fuel economy and the declining price of oil, but the 10 hybrids on our list still make financial sense.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:59:00 GMT

Cut Through The Hybrid Hype: Here Are The Ones That Can Actually Save You Money  
Hybrids are losing their cost edge over conventional gasoline-powered vehicles due to improvements in fuel economy and the declining price of oil, but the 10 hybrids on our list still make financial sense.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:59:00 GMT

Biden Goes To Bat For Eastern Mediterranean Energy, Again  
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reiterated his support for an increased energy role for the Eastern Mediterranean, but as always, obstacles are everywhere.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:44:00 GMT

Atmospheric Trust Litigation -- Can We Sue Ourselves Over Climate Change?  
An interesting take on climate change activism has grown in the State of Oregon and is spreading throughout the world. Atmospheric Trust Litigation reasons that a government elected by the people has a duty to protect the natural systems required for their survival. And since the founding of this nation, courts have affirmed that government is a trustee of the natural resources that we depend on. But does a public trust doctrine apply to a nebulous entity like climate?

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:39:30 GMT

Crisis Communications: What Leaders Need to Know  
In more than four decades as a journalist, I’ve covered a lot of crises –from civil wars to terrorist attacks to plane cashes, oil spills, and stock market melt-downs. And so I’ve seen a lot of leaders try to communicate during crises. To borrow a line from Anna Karenina, “Good crisis communications teams (like happy families) are all alike.”

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:35:00 GMT

Revenge of The Physical Crude Oil Traders  
In any logical scenario, supply and demand permutations should drive the price of a commodity up or down as the case may be. However, predicting the price of oil has caught many cold over the years, not least actual physical traders of the crude stuff.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:40:00 GMT

The Truth About The Keystone XL Pipeline  
The Keystone Pipeline has garnered a great deal of media coverage which has fostered strong feelings on both sides of the argument. Should it be approved or should it be stopped? That is the subject of this article. If you don't fully understand the facts, you'll want to read this so you can form an educated opinion.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:18:00 GMT

Vienna: One Good Stalemate (Iran) Leads To Another (OPEC)  
The lengthy and still unresolved negotiations with Iran should serve as a template for this week’s OPEC meeting, a confluence of countries with different objectives trying to put the best face on the failure to reach a meaningful agreement. On the other hand, the latter meeting will be much less important for the long-term though not necessarily the short-term.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:21:00 GMT

Atmospheric Trust Litigation -- Can We Sue Ourselves Over Climate Change?  
An interesting take on climate change activism has grown in the State of Oregon and is spreading throughout the world. Atmospheric Trust Litigation reasons that a government elected by the people has a duty to protect the natural systems required for their survival. And since the founding of this nation, courts have affirmed that government is a trustee of the natural resources that we depend on. But does a public trust doctrine apply to a nebulous entity like climate?

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:42:00 GMT

Rompetrol CIO Chalks Corporate Transformation Pathway  
Refineries are always considered strategic assets whether under public or private ownership. In a market riddled with cyclical volatility of the sort that is only too obvious at the moment, refinery operators face substantial challenges.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:47:00 GMT

Solar Ran A $40 Billion Surplus In 2013: Here's What It Means  
The Climate Policy Initiative came out with one of the more interesting reports in a long while on funding for renewable projects this week. The report stated that funding for renewable projects declined $28 billion in 2013, skidding from $359 billion to $331 billion in 2013.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:35:00 GMT

On The RiskMap Radar: Looming Business Challenges In Russia and China  
WASHINGTON, DC – The twin stressors of sharply lower oil prices and Western sanctions have placed considerable stress on the Russian economy. Companies doing businesses in Russia now face issues around financing, questions around whether they can continue operating as they had in the new sanctions environment and concerns over flagging consumer demand.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:25:00 GMT

Clean Energy And Job Creation Go Hand-In-Hand In San Antonio  
While many are prophesizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) as doomsday for the electricity sector, Texas utilities are telling a different story. The CPP will limit – for the first time ever – carbon emissions from existing power plants. One utility in particular, CPS Energy in San Antonio, “has already embraced a low-carbon strategy that anticipates this rule,” making it the most well-positioned utility in the state, if not country.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:24:00 GMT

Intuit's Check Ramps Up Utility Partnerships And Integrations  
As more and more consumers manage many of their daily tasks on mobile devices, there are increasing opportunities for existing suppliers to consumers to leverage mobile payments. Check, an Intuit-owned company, helps large organizations integrate mobile payments into their broader applications. Founded in 2008, it reports that its application powers 11 million consumers’ bill-paying. The company is extending its reach by partnering with utility providers to deliver mobile payments.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:51:00 GMT

Gas Prices Rise and Rise  
Volatile fuel prices are causing pain at the pump at home and abroad, causing protests and other measures.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:42:00 GMT

Plunging Oil Prices Thwart Capital Raises By Fledgling Energy Companies  
By Sam Goldfarb

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:42:00 GMT

ViZn's Zinc Iron Redox Flow Battery: Another Storage Company In The Game  
ViZn, a redox flow battery company, has entered the storage game is intent in capturing its fair share of future markets.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:45:00 GMT

Time To Sell Solazyme  
At the end of August, I wrote about Solazyme (NASDAQ:SZYM) as a company with the potential to double in two years. Since then, the stock has dropped 68%. I'll tell you why and what you can do as a shareholder.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:41:00 GMT

The Evil That Is OPEC: Wait, What?  
On a recent cable news program, T. Boone Pickens talked about defeating OPEC, and pointed out that oil money going to the Middle East supported terrorism, a level of belligerence that seems largely limited to Texas oil men these days. In the 1970s, when oil prices soared, there was a great perception of OPEC as the enemy of the "West" and a unique and disastrous cartel. If only we had free markets, many opined, including several US Energy Secretaries, then prices would be stable and, presumably, low.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:55:00 GMT

There Could Be Jobs Offshore in Oil & Natural Gas Development  
I am well aware that some of you who read this blog do so because you are on fossil fuel alert watch. Fire up the flare guns because I’m about to go all fossil fuel crazy.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:27:00 GMT

Activist Hedge Fund's Plan For Cliffs Natural Resources Destined For The Scrap Heap  
Cliffs CEO Laurenco Goncalves has mostly been cast aside a turnaround plan proposed by activist hedge fund Casablanca Capital.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:47:00 GMT

A Way Forward On The Keystone XL Dilemma  
U.S. energy policy is stuck in what could become a perpetual stalemate.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:48:00 GMT

3 Reasons Why Brazil's State-Controlled Oil Giant Petrobras Should Be Privatized  
The proud of many Brazilians would be better hands if run by private hands.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Airlines, China, U.S. Consumers Among Biggest Beneficiaries Of Cheaper Oil  
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil for December delivery is currently priced at $75 per barrel, Brent for January delivery at $78 per barrel. Oil has slipped 30% since July, but the only place in the world where retail gasoline has fallen as much is Iran. In most countries, gas is down between 10 and 15 percent. Here in the U.S., ground zero of the recent energy boom, the national average has fallen close to 20 percent.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:45:00 GMT



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