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ComEd Expands Opower Program to Give Customers Insights on Energy Use

Source: Yahoo Finance

Opower (OPWR), the global leader in cloud-based software for the utility industry, announced the successful deployment of its upgraded demand-side management (DSM) program with Chicago-based electric utility Commonwealth Edison (ComEd).

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Duke Energy announces inaugural Water Resources Fund grants to benefit regional waterways

Source: Yahoo Finance

Fifteen organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are the first to receive $1 million in grants from the Water Resources Fund to improve local water quality.

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SunEdison Partners With The City Of Long Beach To Provide 2.5 Megawatts Of Solar Power

Source: Company

 SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, announced an agreement to develop and install four solar power plants for the City of Long Beach, delivering a combined 2.5 megawatts of solar energy. SunEdison has added the plants to the call right list of TerraForm Power, Inc. (Nasdaq: TERP), a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants.

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EPA Announces 70 Top Performing ENERGY STAR-Certified Manufacturing Plants

Source: U.S. DOE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households. From implementing corporate energy management programs to implementing energy efficiency projects, there are many ways plants can save energy with EPA’s Energy Star program.

 

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Energy Department Announces $20 Million to Develop Advanced Electric Motors

Source: U.S. DOE

The Energy Department announced up to $20 million in available funding to spur the development of high speed industrial motors and drives, using high power-density designs and integrated power electronics to increase efficiency. The industrial sector consumes over a quarter of the electricity produced in the United States and is projected to increase its use by approximately 30% by 2040. Replacing less efficient systems that have fixed-speed motors and gearboxes with variable-speed direct-drive motor systems and incorporating recent power electronics advances, such as wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, could help industry save on energy costs and improve their competitiveness. WBG components—which control or convert electrical energy into usable power—can operate at higher temperatures, voltages, and frequencies, and are more durable and reliable than silicon-based counterparts. In fact, widely deploying these WBG system electronics could save 2% to 4% in industry's electricity consumption and billions of dollars.

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U.S. Army Selects Eaton to Help Automate, Optimize and Secure Global Power Delivery Systems

Source: Company
Power management company Eaton announced it was contracted by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to help upgrade utility monitoring and control systems at U.S. government-operated facilities around the world. Eaton is one of 13 companies to receive the $2.5 billion shared capacity multiple award task order contract.

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New Funding Opportunity to Develop Larger Wind Turbine Blades

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced $1.8 million in funding for the development of larger wind turbine blades that will help capture more power from wind resources and increase the efficiency of wind energy systems. This funding will support the research and development of technological innovations to improve the manufacturing, transportation, and assembly of wind turbine blades longer than 60 meters. Larger blades that can be installed on wind turbines with taller hub heights will help facilitate the deployment of the next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbines.

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New Executive Order Announced: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

Source: energy.gov

On March 19th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order, titled Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, that will cut the federal government’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40 percent over the next decade from 2008 levels — saving taxpayers up to $18 billion in avoided energy costs — and increase the share of electricity the federal government consumes from renewable sources to 30 percent.
 

 

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Colorado Convention Center in full control of its lighting thanks to Nedap

Source: Company

The Colorado Convention Center (CCC) is a multi-purpose convention center located in downtown Denver with 584,000 square feet of exhibit space, 100,000 square feet of meeting rooms, and 85,000 square feet of ballroom space. Since the
opening in June 1990 the center hosts over 400 events per year. The Colorado Convention Center is owned by the City and County of Denver but has been privately managed by SMG since 1994.

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Wolf: Let's make PA 'fertile ground' for energy biz

Source: Philly.com
Pennsylvania's new governor pitched the state to the energy industry Tuesday morning during a conference at the Convention Center.

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City of Arlington to Save $14MM through Landmark Energy Program Featuring LED Streetlights

Source: PR Newswire

On March 11th, the City of Arlington, Texas, announced the beginning of a comprehensive energy program partnership with OpTerra Energy Services. The program will save $14MM in energy costs over the next 15 years. All of the energy efficiency improvements will be made while working within the City's existing budget and OpTerra Energy Services will guarantee the annual energy savings. 

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Ygrene Florida Acquires Lykes' Ownership Interest in PACE in Florida

Source: PR Newswire

Ygrene Energy Fund Florida, Florida's leading developer and administrator of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs, and a joint venture between Ygrene Florida (a subsidiary of Ygrene Energy Fund, Inc.) and EcoAsset Energy Solutions (a subsidiary of Lykes Bros, Inc.), announced that Ygrene Florida will acquire Lykes' ownership interest in the venture.

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Virginia Tech Selected to Continue Development of Innovative Building Automation System

Source: U.S. DOE

The Energy Department has awarded the Virginia Polytechnic and State University Advanced Research Institute nearly $2 million to continue research and development of its Building Energy Management Open Source Software (BEMOSS) for small and medium-sized commercial buildings. Currently, small and medium buildings make up over 95% of the floor space and about 50% of the energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S. each year.

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Energy Department Announces $6 Million to Accelerate Alternative Fuel Vehicle Market Growth

Source: U.S. DOE

The Energy Department announced $6 million for 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles, supporting training, and integrating alternative fuels into emergency planning. By removing barriers to market growth, these projects will expand Americans’ transportation options, minimize fuel costs, reduce carbon pollution, and increase the nation’s energy security.

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enerlinc Announces Partnership with CRF

Source: Company

enerlinc, the Energy Finance Division of Hale Industries announced its partnership with Community Reinvestment Fund USA (“CRF”).  

 

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Yonkers Chosen for State’s $35M Cities Energy Plan

Source: Westfair Communications
State officials have unveiled a plan to cut energy consumption and emissions in Yonkers and four other cities throughout New York. The Five Cities Energy Plans program enlists the most populous cities outside of New York City — Yonkers, Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester — as participants in a five-year, $35 million initiative supported by the New York Power Authority to drastically minimize energy costs and waste in both the public and private sectors. The project is an expansion of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY initiative that aims to increase energy efficiency in city buildings by 20 percent by 2020.

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GDF SUEZ Energy Resources Powers Globalcon Conference & Expo with Renewable Energy Certificates

Source: Company
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, a leader in U.S. retail energy, is continuing its support of the Association of Energy Engineers' (AEE) commitment to sustainable development by supplying renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the 2015 Globalcon Conference & Expo.  The event will be held on March 17-18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. 

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Small Battery Systems Can Offer Attractive Return on Investment

Source: NREL
The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has used the Battery Lifetime Analysis and Simulation Tool (BLAST) to confirm that energy storage for demand-charge management can deliver attractive economic benefits. The analysis paired recent utility rate structures with historic data on solar photovoltaic electricity generation and commercial facility loads to evaluate 6,860 unique scenarios. The results revealed that, in the absence of incentives, small battery systems reducing peak demand by 2.5 percent offer the most attractive return on investment.    

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Casino saves $1,883,210 in annual energy costs while providing unsurpassed comfort

Source: Analytika

This casino (CAS)* is one of the largest in the United States with over 300,000 square feet of gaming space, an arena, a cabaret theatre, meeting and function rooms, retail shopping, and over 1,000 guest rooms.

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

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InsideIQ Member Enables Pennsylvania School to Reduce Energy Costs

Source: PR Newswire

The Sinking Springs Elementary School in York, Pa., part of the Central York School District, is saving $170,000 annually after completing energy efficiency upgrades. InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance member NRG Controls, Inc., of Harrisburg, an EPA Energy Star service and product provider, partnered with the district to benchmark the utility costs at Sinking Springs Elementary and implement the upgrades. NRG serves commercial and public sector clients in central Pennsylvania and is a longstanding member of InsideIQ, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors.

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Source: US DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities nationwide enhance their energy security and build a sustainable energy future, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the third round of Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance, which provides federally recognized tribal governments and other tribal entities with on-the-ground support to accelerate clean energy project deployment.

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Energy Department Announces $35 Million for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and enable early adoption of fuel cell applications, such as light duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).  This funding opportunity will accelerate American innovation in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by supporting research and development advancements in demonstration and deployments of early fuel cell markets.

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$128 Million Will Be Spent in 2015 in the Potomac Edison Service Area to Strengthen Electric System

Source: PR Newswire

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) expects to invest about $128 million in 2015 on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects to enhance service reliability in Potomac Edison's service area in western Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. 

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PSE&G Unveils 5-Year Proposal to Continue to Replace Aging Gas Infrastructure

Source: Yahoo Finance

 Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey's largest utility, announced a proposal to invest $1.6 billion over the next 5 years to proactively modernize its gas systems – supporting a safe, clean, reliable gas system well into the future.  The utility requested the funding, about $320 million per year, in a filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

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FuelCell Energy Completes Sale of University Micro-grid Project to NRG Yield

Source: Yahoo Finance

 FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL), a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, today reported the closing of its previously announced definitive agreement to sell a 1.4 megawatt fuel cell power plant project at the University of Bridgeport to NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG). Concurrent with the closing, a subsidiary of NRG, NRG Yield, Inc. (NYLD), acquired the project; the first-ever fuel cell project placed into any yieldco. The University of Bridgeport will buy the electricity and heat produced by the fuel cell power plant under a multi-year power purchase agreement (PPA). FuelCell Energy developed the project and is in the process of completing the installation of the power plant. FuelCell Energy will perform operation and maintenance services for the installation over the multi-year term of NRG Yield's PPA with the University. The power plant construction is mechanically complete and commercial operation is expected in March 2015.

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SunEdison and GRID Alternatives Announce $5 Million Workforce Initiative

Source: US DOE

 SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, and the SunEdison Foundation, announced a $5 million contribution to their philanthropic partnership with GRID Alternatives, the nation's largest non-profit solar installer. Together, the organizations are launching a two-year initiative called RISE to connect the industry's growing demand for skilled workers with communities that need jobs, and to build a more inclusive solar workforce. Building on the successful 2014 SunEdison and GRID Alternatives partnership to bring more women into the solar industry, the RISE initiative will provide underserved communities with solar job training and job placement through GRID Alternatives' workforce development program. The $5 million contribution is both financial and in the form of solar panels.

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Report: Wind Generates 10% of Texas Electricity in 2014

Source: US DOE
In 2014, more than 10% of the electricity used in the grid covering most of Texas came from wind generation, according to the grid's operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Wind's share of the ERCOT generation mix grew from 6.2% in 2009 to 10.6% in 2014 as total electricity generation increased over the same period by 11.3%. The growth in wind generation is a result of new wind plants coming online and grid expansions that have allowed more wind power to flow through the system to consumers.

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Regatta Solutions Acquires Wedge Consulting Energy Management

Source: Yahoo Finance

Regatta Solutions, Inc. the West Coast distributor of Capstone Turbine, announced that it has acquired Wedge Consulting, the Costa Mesa-based energy efficiency and strategic sustainability firm. The acquisition brings several services in-house to the clean technology company, including bench marking, retro-commissioning, and energy analysis for complex buildings such as laboratories and data centers.

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Trio Electric Guarantees LED Pay Back

Source: PR Newswire

Trio Electric (http://www.trioltd.com), a Houston based full-service electrical contractor, recently completed a lighting retrofit of nine locations for Star Furniture, converting the retailer's showrooms to LED lighting to increase energy efficiency and light quality. The new energy-efficient LED technology has delivered on Trio's promise of savings and financial return on the cost of the retrofit. In fact, Star realized a 100% return on investment within one year of installation of the new LED lamps. Trio was instrumental in guiding Star through the process of applying for utility rebates and incentive programs that covered a significant portion of the retrofit costs.

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Tecogen Sells Tri-Generation Energy System to 1912 Landmark Building in Manhattan

Source: PR Newswire

Tecogen® Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN) announced the sale of a tri-generation energy system to a Beaux Art-style bank building located in Manhattan's Lower East Side.  The NYC Landmark building is undergoing an extensive restoration and conversion to an upscale hotel.

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Green Charge Networks to Deploy More Than 1,500 kWhs of Intelligent Energy Storage

Source: PR Newswire

Green Charge Networks announced that Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District (Santa Clara County), Oak Park Unified School District (Ventura County), Butte Community College (Butte County), Peralta Community College District (Alameda County) and California State University, Fullerton (Orange County) have contracted with Green Charge Networks under a Power Efficiency AgreementSM (PEA). The installation of over 1,500 kWhs of intelligent energy storage capacity will be used to reduce the ongoing costs of demand charges on their electricity bill. These schools and colleges can expect to save up to 50 percent off their demand charges. As an added benefit, Green Charge has coupled electric vehicle charging stations with each of these systems to mitigate increased demand charges while promoting the use of electric vehicles with students, faculty, and staff.

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Federal Bureau of Prisons Selects Constellation for $45 Million Energy Efficiency and Solar Project

Source: Company
Constellation announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to implement $45 million in water and energy conservation measures and install a 2-megawatt (DC) solar generation project at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla., (FCC Coleman).

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Exelon: EPA's Carbon Rule for Existing Power Plants Can Be Implemented Reliably

Source: Finance Yahoo

The electric industry can achieve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s goal to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants on schedule and at a minimal cost to consumers without harming grid reliability or compromising the efficiency of existing energy markets, Exelon said.

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FPL funds $42,000 in grants to 46 teacher energy projects

Source: PR Newswire

Grants worth $42,000 have been awarded for classroom energy and engineering projects from Florida Power & Light Company's (FPL) Teacher Grant Program. The 46 grants will go to Florida educators teaching students about energy and engineering.

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Exelon and Pepco Holdings Enhance Proposed Package of Merger Benefits in District of Columbia

Source: Yahoo Finance

Exelon Corporation (EXC) and Pepco Holdings Inc. (POM) have enhanced their proposed package of merger benefits in the District of Columbia to provide even greater benefits to Pepco customers, their communities and the District. The improved package of benefits was outlined in testimony filed with the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSC) and aligns with settlements achieved in New Jersey and Delaware.

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Reliant Launches Integrated Home Security, Automation Solutions

Source: Yahoo Finance

The smart home is more accessible than ever with the launch of Reliant’s new suite of home security packages and automation tools. These solutions help customers connect anywhere, anytime, to what is often their largest investment – their home.

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NV Energy's mPowered Program Powered by EcoFactor Wins National Award

Source: PR Newswire

EcoFactor, Inc., the leader in cloud-based home energy management services, is honored to announce that NV Energy's mPowered Home Energy Management Program has received the 2015 award for outstanding achievement in pricing and demand response from the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP). The award honors individuals, teams or organizations that represent excellence in designing and implementing an energy services program.

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Three Military Bases Partner with Energy Department to Train Veterans for Solar Jobs

Source: U.S. DOE

The first class of Marine trainees at Camp Pendleton will graduate from the Energy Department’s solar job training pilot program, which is aimed at preparing service members for careers in the solar industry as solar photovoltaic system installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related opportunities. Camp Pendleton is one of three military bases partnering with the Department’s SunShot Initiative to train 200 transitioning military service members during the pilot period for employment opportunities in the rapidly growing U.S. solar energy industry. Training courses will also begin at Fort Carson and Naval Station Norfolk this spring.

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Report: Energy Department's Loan Guarantees Launched Utility-scale PV Solar

Source: U.S. DOE

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on February 9 formally “flipped the switch” on the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, the nation’s largest solar energy project on public lands. Desert Sunlight is located on about 4,100 acres managed by DOI's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Riverside County, about 70 miles east of Palm Springs and six miles north of the rural community of Desert Center.

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PSEG Solar Source Dedicates Its 10th Facility

Source: PR Newswire

PSEG Solar Source joined with El Paso Electric (EPE) and juwi solar, Inc. (JSI) to formally dedicate the PSEG El Paso Solar Center. The 13-megawatt (MWdc) facility is El Paso's largest.

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SDG&E Receives $5 Million Grant To Expand Borrego Springs Microgrid

Source: Yahoo Finance

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently awarded San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) a nearly $5 million grant to expand the innovative Borrego Springs Microgrid. The grant will allow the Microgrid to use the nearby 26-megawatt (MW) Borrego Solar facility to power the entire community, making this one of the nation's largest microgrids that can operate solely on renewable energy. In addition to bringing in more clean power, the funding will be used to increase the size of the Microgrid to service all of Borrego Springs, further enhancing local reliability and reducing the duration of power outages.

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Greenlots Supports Southern California Edison's Deployment of 80 Level 2 Chargers

Source: PR Newswire

 Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicles, and its partner EVSE LLC, a leading electric vehicle charging manufacturer, announced that they are supporting a California Public Utility Commission-approved workplace EV charging pilot for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation's largest electric utilities.

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Investing in Energy Efficiency Pays Off

Source: The New York Times

A junior and senior economist are walking down the street. The junior one spots a $20 bill on the ground and says, “Hey, look, 20 dollars! Should I pick it up?” The senior economist replies: “Don’t bother. It can’t be real. If it were, someone would have taken it already.”

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Capstone Turbine Secures Follow-On Order for Additional Sections of the Los Ramones Pipeline

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 a follow-on order for five C800 microturbines for another phase of the Los Ramones pipeline project in Northeastern Mexico.

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Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii

Source: NREL

Inverter load rejection overvoltage (LRO) tests completed by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of a cooperative research agreement with SolarCity have proven so successful that a testing partner, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), has proposed to double its hosting capacity for solar energy. 

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New Incubator Launches Network to Help Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories.

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DOI 'Flips the Switch' on California Solar Farm

Source: US DOE

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the Bureau of Land Management Neil Kornze joined California state and industry leaders to “flip the switch” on the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, the nation’s largest solar project on public lands that is now delivering clean, renewable energy to American consumers. 
 

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Energy Department Announces $13 Million to Help Communities Go Solar

Source: US DOE

The Energy Department announced $13 million in funding to help communities across the country reduce market and policy barriers to solar deployment and recognize communities for taking the initiative to go solar. This investment will make it faster, cheaper, and easier for Americans to install affordable solar energy systems and spur solar deployment nationwide by decreasing costs and supporting communities' efforts to transform solar energy markets.

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New E-Finity Product Offering

Source: Company

The ability to listen to customer needs and respond in a way that meets the demand of the industry is key to a company’s success.  This ability can most recently be seen in E-Finity Distributed Generation’s innovative, new product offering. 

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FIRST SOLAR AND APPLE STRIKE INDUSTRY'S LARGEST COMMERCIAL POWER DEAL

Source: Company

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced that Apple has committed $848 million for clean energy from First Solar's California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County, Calif. Apple will receive electricity from 130 megawatts (MW)AC of the solar project under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), the largest agreement in the industry to provide clean energy to a commercial end user.

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Duke Energy proposes innovative solar programs for South Carolina

Source: Yahoo Finance

Duke Energy proposed several solar power programs to the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) that will greatly expand options for customers to use renewable energy.

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Ballard Inks US$80M+ Deal With Volkswagen

Source: Company

 Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) announced that the Company has entered into a Technology Solutions transaction with Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen AG, www.volkswagenag.com and Audi AG, www.audi.com) for an aggregate amount of approximately US$80 million for the transfer of certain automotive-related fuel cell intellectual property (IP) and a two-year extension of an engineering services contract. 

 

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SunEdison Announces Agreement With PermaCity To Develop And Operate 22 Megawatts Of Rooftop Solar

Source: Yahoo Finance

 SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE),  the world's largest renewable energy company, announced an agreement with Los Angeles -based solar developer PermaCity to develop, build and operate 22 megawatts of rooftop solar as part of the Beacon Bundled Solar contract that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) awarded to SunEdison in July 2014 .

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BASF starts Open Innovation contest on energy storage

Source: PR Newswire

The Open Innovation Contest BASF is starting and it aims to find ideas to store energy from renewable energy sources. The context calls for sustainable technologies which are capable of storing power from the grid and feeding it back into it. Together with companies, scientists, start-ups and inventors, BASF is looking for efficient solutions to store electricity on a long-term basis, which are financially viable, for example through lower investment costs. Innovative chemistry should play a central role in the submitted proposals.

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New White Paper Explores "Daylighting and Flooring: Don't Overlook the Issue of Reflectivity"

Source: PR Newswire

 A new white paper, "Daylighting and Flooring: Don't Overlook the Issue of Reflectivity," issued by Armstrong Commercial Flooring, provides insight on leveraging the reflectivity of flooring for architects and administrators who are seeking opportunities to reduce energy consumption in commercial structures.

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Atlas Copco Ranked Top Sustainable Machinery Company

Source: Company
The list, presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, ranks companies that prove they are increasing productivity while using less resources. Atlas Copco is ranked 23rd overall, up from 46th last year, and is number one in the machinery industry. It was the ninth time Atlas Copco appeared on the list.

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Energy Performance Agreements

Source: Company
“Energy Efficiency" offers big return$ for investors by lowering utility bills and heightening building performance and productivity. It also shows the companys' commitment to "Green Alternatives" that the companys' employees, customers and community will all appreciate. As more and more businesses prioritize the search for new energy solutions, innovative financing is often required to make the vision of energy efficiency a reality. Energy Performance Agreements (EPA) puts energy efficiency within the reach of organizations of any size.

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EPA Recognizes Melink Intelli-Hood® with 2015 ENERGY STAR® Emerging Technology Award

Source: PR Newswire

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Melink Corporation's Intelli-Hood® Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) System with the 2015 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for its ability to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Intelli-Hood®'s accomplishments will be publically recognized at The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) Show in Anaheim, CA on February 19-21, 2015.

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Duke Energy and REC Solar Team to Make Distributed Solar More Affordable

Source: Company
Duke Energy, the nation's largest electric utility, announced the acquisition of a majority interest in REC Solar, a provider of comprehensive commercial solar and energy solutions nationwide.

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Building Automation Controls System of the Year

Source: Company

Delta Controls won Building Automation System of the Year at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards held at AHR in Chicago on January 26th, 2015!  We are proud of this award because it was given by an online community of controls professionals, 100s of installers and engineers who really know the products from in-field experience.  
 

 

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Georgia Power helps Georgia's K-12 schools reduce energy costs

Source: Finance Yahoo

Georgia Power announced that it has awarded $2.5 million in rebates to K-12 schools across the state for making energy-efficient improvements as part of the company's Commercial Energy Efficiency program. The program, which began in 2011, encourages customers to make energy-efficient improvements, including upgrading interior lighting, installing high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and installing high-efficiency cooking equipment.  Nearly 400 schools have taken advantage of the program since its start and, combined, have reduced their energy use by more than 52 million kilowatt-hours. 

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PECO to Advance Modernization of its Natural Gas Distribution System

Source: Company
PECO has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) for approval to accelerate the modernization of the company’s natural gas distribution system. PECO’s plan would increase the company’s Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan from $34 million per year to $61 million per year.

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Two New PSE&G Landfill Solar Farms in Service

Source: PR Newswire

PSE&G recently put two new landfill solar farms in service as part of the utility's Solar 4 All program.  The 10.14 megawatt-dc (MW-dc) Parklands Solar Farm in Bordentown, NJ and the 11.18 MW-dc Kinsley Solar Farm in Deptford, NJ were brought online in late-December 2014 and will supply enough grid-connected solar electricity to power about 3,500 average-size homes annually.

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Twenty New Partners Join the Better Buildings Challenge

Source: US DOE

 Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced that more than 20 new partners have committed to improving energy efficiency across their respective building portfolios by 20 percent over the next ten years. These new partners, including the 6 multifamily partners announced by the White House earlier today, bring with them fresh perspective and leadership in newly represented sectors, spanning over 70 million square feet of fast-food, restaurant, manufacturing, university, and government facilities. As leaders in energy efficiency, partners will work with the Department to share their successful efficiency strategies and help pave the way for other organizations to follow.

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Super Bowl Draws on Renewable Energy to Light the Field with LEDs

Source: US DOE

Salt River Project, on behalf of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, is partnering with the NFL Environmental Program to provide green energy for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

 

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Energy Department to Make $59 Million Investment in Solar Energy

Source: US DOE

 In support of the Administration’s effort to double renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department announced more than $59 million in funding to support solar energy innovation. The Department is making $45 million in funding available to quickly move innovative solar manufacturing technologies to market, and is also awarding more than $14 million for 15 new projects to help communities develop multi-year solar deployment plans to install solar electricity in homes, businesses, and communities. As more communities look to solar energy as a source of clean, renewable electricity, the funding announced today will help lower the cost of going solar and enable businesses to develop solutions for overcoming technical, regulatory, and financial challenges, further unleashing cost-competitive solar energy.

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McDonald's Eyeing Net Zero Energy Restaurants

Source: Fierce Energy
With the help of Rocky Mountain Institute, McDonald's Corporation is investigating the feasibility of developing net zero energy (NZE) fast food restaurants. Net zero energy means that in a year, an energy efficient building and the site on which it sits produces as much renewable energy as it consumes.

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Solar Panels Coming to Washington County Landfills

Source: Your4State.com
Washington County has partnered with EPG Solar to lease over 100 acres of land at the Forty West landfill and other sites across the county. The public-private partnership will generate revenue and savings for the county. “The county will receive $375,000 in rent and other revenues from the project," said Julie Pippel, director of environmental management. "Additionally, the county will see savings in our electrical costs that can result up to $100,000 a year."
 

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Miami HEAT, NRG Energy Launch Business and Clean Energy Partnership

Source: Company
The Miami HEAT and NRG announced a business and clean energy partnership that brings the Miami HEAT a powerful new sponsor while transforming the existing East Plaza at the AmericanAirlines Arena into an elegant solar pavilion. For NRG, the partnership also brings access to millions of fans and Miami visitors and showcases its clean energy products and services. The partnership will provide the HEAT with a long-term advisor on sustainable energy solutions for the well-known venue.

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Schneider Electric, Autodesk Partner to Make Buildings More Energy Efficient

Source: BEPA
Schneider Electric and Autodesk Inc. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which the two companies will collaborate to enhance current practices for building lifecycle management based on Building Information Modeling (BIM).
 

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New Incubator Network to Help Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

Source: NREL

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories. 

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The Green SBA 504 Loan

Source: Company
When you Go Green" with SBA 504 Financing there is no limit to the the size or number of Green Projects that you can finance (even if your SBA size limit is met). Plus you have the added bonus of reducing your business' energy and operating costs.

 

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Energy Office Has Training Funds Available for Energy Manager Certification

Source: Virgin Islands Energy Office


The Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) has federal funds to reimburse eligible residents for reference materials and testing fee for Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification/designation. 

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GLOBALCON: Strategies to Meet the Next Generation of Energy Challenges

Source: AEE
Energy and facility managers need to address future energy challenges, including the pressure to reduce energy consumption stemming from climate change initiatives, the impact electrical rates have had on energy project planning, and the shift to low-cost natural gas, as well as new opportunities for the energy industry. The 26th GLOBALCON Conference & Expo, to be held March 17-18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is the one place where decision makers from business, industry, and government can get up to speed on policy and program updates, energy incentives and financing, along with understanding new integrated energy solutions.

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GE LED lighting technology advances California dealership

Source: GE Lighting North America

As a large dealership in California—selling an estimated 400 cars monthly—the organization chose to work with GE Lighting to make sure each car was shown in its best light. 

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Amerlux® Upgrades Hornet High Power A-14 LED Light Engine

Source: PR Newswire

Amerlux® never stops in researching and delivering continuous improvements in all of its products.  The latest improvement is the upgrade in performance of the Hornet HP A14 LED Engine that delivers outstanding reliability and guaranteed efficiency in energy and maintenance.

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Geronimo Energy Brings Solar Savings to Saint Paul Public Housing with Community Solar Garden

Source: PR Newswire

Geronimo Energy ("Geronimo") is teaming up with St. Paul Public Housing ("SPPHA") to bring solar to their residents under Xcel Energy's Community Solar Garden Program. Residents of multi-unit housing have not traditionally been able to enjoy the benefits of solar energy. However, with the introduction of the Community Solar Garden Program, the barriers to solar power have been removed for SPPHA residents.

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Delaware Biotechnology Institute-Improving IAQ with UVC

Source: Steril-Aire

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

 

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

Source: Fisher Nickel, Inc. / New Buildings Institute

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

 

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How Steril-Aire UVC Can Cut Energy and Operational Costs

Source: Steril-Aire

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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DOI Approves Southwest Transmission Line to Modernize Grid

Source: DOE

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

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NREL Releases the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book

Source: DOE

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

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

Source: DOE

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

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

Source: Lighting Controls Association

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

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Evluma Announces DLC Qualification of Improved Outdoor Area Light

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

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Third Volvo Facility Certified to Superior Energy Performance

Source: DOE

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

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Updated Energy Performance Tracking Tool Can Help Users Improve Energy Management

Source: DOE

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

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Onset Announces HOBOmobile® Compatibility with Android™ Devices

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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TOGGLED Licenses Philips to TLED Patent Portfolio

Source: PR Newswire

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

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TOGGLED Licenses Philips to TLED Patent Portfolio

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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Solar Foundation Report: Solar Energy Jobs Surged in 2014

Source: US DOE

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

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

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Energy Department Offers $3.6 Million Hydroelectric Production Incentive

Source: US DOE

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

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

Source: Analytika

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

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

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SunEdison Successfully Raises Funds For First Wind Acquisition

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

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

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

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Starwood and NRG Energy Bring Sustainable Luxury to The Phoenician

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

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Freeman Achieves LEED Silver Certification

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

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Proton OnSite Introduces World's First PEM Megawatt Electrolyzer

Source: Company

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

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Tecogen Sells Efficient Gas Chiller to Mandell Jewish Community Center

Source: PR Newswire

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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2014 Another Record Setting Year for Wind Energy in Canada

Source: PR Newswire

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

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Solar Energy Incentive Program Opens for Minnesota Property Owners

Source: PR Newswire

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

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GM Unveils New Plug-in EV Chevy Concept Car

Source: US DOE

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

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Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Improve Wind Forecasting

Source US DOE

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

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LEED and Green Globes – Which to Use?

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

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

Source: Business Energy Magazine

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

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

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

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Almost 4000 US Schools Are Running On Solar

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

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

Source: Energy.gov

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

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

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LEDs Saved Businesses Big Money in 2014

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

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Tokyo Aims to Quadruple Solar Power Generation Capacity by 2024

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

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NC Ranks Third in the Nation in Solar-Power Installations

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

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Google Backs Utah’s Largest Solar Power Plant

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

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

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

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Californians on Way to State's New Energy Goals

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

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

Source: US DOE

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

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

Source: US DOE

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

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ARPA-E Funds New Localized Thermal Management Systems

Source: US DOE

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

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New Energy Efficiency Standards Save Money, Cut Carbon Pollution

Source: US DOE

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

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Capstone Microturbines Power Poultry Farm in Russian Region of Yakutia

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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

Source: Company

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

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UTC Named Corporate Partner of the Year by Penn State University

Source: Yahoo Finance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: PECI



Capstone Test 2

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

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Capstone Turbine Expands Marine Market Product

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

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The World's Biggest Oil And Gas Companies - 2015  


Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:48:00 GMT

Exelon Subsidiary Denied Tax Breaks On Three Mile Island Purchase  
Remember Three Mile Island?  That was a really long time ago.  In 1979 the movie China Syndrome, starring Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas playing a television reporter and cameraman who secretly film an accident at a nuclear power plant, was released

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:58:00 GMT

Ted Cruz Uses The Galileo Gambit To Deny Global Warming  
Sen. Ted Cruz launched his presidential campaign this week with two in-your-face attacks on science. In one, he denied global warming, based on his own inexpert analysis. In a second, he endorsed the Creationist views of fundamentalist Christians by announcing his campaign at Liberty University.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:00:00 GMT

America's Shale Fields Offer A Chance For A New Oil Doctrine To "Reset" Geopolitics  
With the unraveling of the Middle East, now is the propitious moment to reset American oil doctrine towards exports, something made possible for the first time in decades because of America’s astoundingly productive shale fields.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:30:00 GMT

Finally! We Can Get Moving On Disposing Of Our Nuclear Waste  
Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz announced what we’ve been wanting for decades – a separate deep geologic nuclear waste repository for our defense-generated high-level nuclear waste (HLW), separate from one for our spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from commercial power reactors. It would be cheaper, faster and easier that our present broken nuclear waste program.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:00:00 GMT

What Will Come First: The Sharing Or Circular Economy?  
Should economies be “sharing” or “circular?” The first term describes how the distributive power of the internet is helping people to rent and sell assets and abilities that that were previously virtually unmarketable.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:53:00 GMT

Carbon Tax Economics Revisited  
I recently wrote a post laying out how carbon taxes could potentially lead to worse global warming. Like I said in the post, this is just something I think people aren’t worrying enough about rather than a conclusive case against a carbon tax. But I’m not an environmental economist or engineer, and I’m interested to hear feedback from actual experts. So I was glad to see a reply from actual environmental economist John Whitehead. Unfortunately, I think John's criticisms are off the mark, but he is a talented economist so I take responsibility for the misunderstanding and chalk it up to an unclear explanation on my part. Let me try to lay out a more thorough and I hope clearer version of the economics at hand. First John argues that I’m wrong to say maybe a subsidy for solar would work better than a tax on coal, because they basically work the same. However, in my post I am specifically referring to subsidizing innovation, not production. I say it may be “better for the U.S. to just subsidize solar innovation”, and refer to “subsidies of clean tech innovation”.  This is the difference between the government offering specific prizes or grants for research breakthroughs versus subsidizing consumer or business purchases of solar installations. I should have been clearer about what I meant here, as the economic effects are very different. Innovation prizes incentivize greater productivity of solar and lower costs, whereas purchase subsidies incentivize current production. Second, John is confused by my reasoning for why how solar having a larger share of the market reduces the incentive for innovation. He argues:

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:04:00 GMT

China Oilfield Equipment Billionaire Sun Weijie's Jereh To Buy Stake In UK's Plexus  
Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services Group, the Chinese oilfield equipment supplier chaired by Chinese billionaire Sun Weijie, has reached an agreement with Plexus Holdings, the London-listed oil and gas engineering and services company, to buy new shares representing a 5% stake at 180 pence a share, Jereh said in a statement on Friday.

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:24:00 GMT

Why Oil Could Be Facing A 20-Year Bear Market  
Our analysis of financial history is that when there is such a commodity bust, it usually lasts for a long, long time, sometimes 20 years. And money managers, who for years and decades have used oil as the permanent investment, can’t change their habits.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:29:00 GMT

FT500 Webranking Highlights 'Failings' By European Companies Managing Stakeholder Expectations  
It’s a challenging and competitive business environment out there. But just how well are the largest listed companies doing to meet the growing expectations of stakeholders - including the capital markets - as regards transparency and dialogue via digital channels? The latest Webranking of FT500 European companies by Swedish strategic communications consultancy Comprend reveals a quarter are failing and not up to the mark.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:55:00 GMT

An Energy App Startup's Unusual Bid To Make Money From California's Wholesale Electricity Market  
There's no shortage of apps and smart thermostats out there to help you figure out your energy use and cut wasteful consumption. But what if you can do that and raise money for a good cause?

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:49:00 GMT

Blenheim: Forging Knife Passion Into Viable Business  
Blenheim Forge was a passion project started by a few friends with an interest in metallurgy and Japanese kitchen knives. Can they turn it into a viable business?

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:32:00 GMT

Will $5B Sale Of Dow Chemical's Chlorine Business Silence Its Critics?  
The complicated transaction is CEO Andrew Liveris' biggest step yet to move Dow out of the low-value commodity chemicals business, but the stake it's gaining in Olin will allow it to benefit from any efficiencies that the smaller company can wring out of the chlorine business.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:45:00 GMT

Why A Better Job Market Won't Jumpstart U.S. Growth In 2015  
Some days, the statistical reports seem to show a U.S. economy that is finally getting on track for faster growth. Other days, we seem stuck in the anemic “new normal” that has plagued the economy the last few years. Although we rarely get an unambiguous picture from economic statistics, recent reports have proven especially confusing. With the Federal Reserve now poised to begin tightening monetary policy, there is also a lot riding on what those reports reveal. While a closer look at reports does not eliminate all of the confusion, it does provide some additional context and insight on the economy’s current strengths and weaknesses. As we shall see, there has been solid progress in some areas but the growth restraints of the last few years have clearly not been fully resolved.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:22:00 GMT

SolarEdge Shines in IPO  
SolarEdge priced at the high range for its IPO and kept on climbing today.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:46:00 GMT

Middle-East Conflict Leads To Oil Spike  
The conflict in Yemen has led to a rise in the price of oil. Why? How long could it last? Learn more about Yemen and its strategic importance in the transportation of oil in this article.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:47:00 GMT

Hydropower Equipment Supplier Joins Ranks Of China Billionaires  
Sun Yi, chairman of Zhefu Holding Group, has joined the ranks of the world’s billionaires following gains in the share price of his two Shenzhen-listed companies.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:29:00 GMT

IKEA Fuels Up With Bloom Energy  
Home furnishing retailer IKEA has invested in numerous on-site renewable energy projects—almost 90% of its U.S. stores use solar technology, for example, plus it is experimenting with geothermal and wind.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:35:00 GMT

Controversial Government Loan Program Seeks Shot At Redemption In Auto Industry  
Cue up the partisan-politics pundits after today's announcement that a Department of Energy loan stimulus program - once the whipping boy for big-government critics from all corners - is back in business.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:34:00 GMT

Presidential Politics And Climate Change: How Will Voters Assess Candidates?  

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If Senator Ted Cruz doesn’t take climate change seriously, should the American electorate give his 2016 presidential bid any credence? Whereas the history among those who doubt the science had, generally, been flat-out denial, the trend now is to say that they lack the science background to make such determinations. Not

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:53:22 GMT

Vulnerable Oil Producers Tap Restructuring Advisors To Negotiate With Lenders  
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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:24:00 GMT

Presidential Politics And Climate Change: How Will Voters Assess Candidates?  
If Senator Ted Cruz doesn’t take climate change seriously, should the American electorate give his 2016 presidential bid any credence? Whereas the history among those who doubt the science had, generally, been flat-out denial, the trend now is to say that they lack the science background to make such determinations.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:19:00 GMT

We Need To Get This Iranian Nuclear Deal Done  
The nuclear deal being worked out with Iran is just what we all hoped for in the nuclear community. It’s a “don’t trust, just verify” approach, and is the first step to bringing Iran into the world’s nuclear community as a partner instead of an adversary, making Iran a compliant signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. It would also diffuse a nuclear weapons race in the Middle East at a time when the region seems to be disintegrating into sectarian chaos.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:12:26 GMT

Iceland's GreenQloud To Kill Its Public Cloud, Support Others Instead  
GreenQloud, the Iceland-based provider of an environmentally friendly public cloud solution, announces that it's to shut its own public cloud offerings, focusing attention on delivering software to help companies run their own public, private, or (more often) hybrid cloud solutions.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:23:00 GMT

World's Biggest Oil Companies - 2015  


Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:21:00 GMT

We Need To Get This Iranian Nuclear Deal Done  
The nuclear deal being worked out with Iran is just what we all hoped for in the nuclear community. It’s a “don’t trust, just verify” approach, and is the first step to bringing Iran into the world’s nuclear community as a partner instead of an adversary, making Iran a compliant signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. It would also diffuse a nuclear weapons race in the Middle East at a time when the region seems to be disintegrating into sectarian chaos.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:01:00 GMT

EPA Showdown Before Supreme Court May Hinge On Two Ambiguous Words  
An important involving the EPA's power to limit pollutant emissions by the utility industry revolves around the meaning of a brief statutory passage of a multi-hundred page law: the term "appropriate and necessary."

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:57:00 GMT

SunEdison: Solving The Rural Electrification Puzzle  
SunEdison has made it clear that India is one of its most important markets — it's building a $4 billion solar panel assembly plant there and announced gigawatts of solar generation projects in recent months. One of its ambitious projects there also involves bringing electricity to rural areas that have poor or no connection to the electric grid. The company said today that it will buy 1,000 batteries from Imergy, in which it's an investor, for that effort.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:18:00 GMT

China And Corporates Drive Green Bond Market To New Heights  
Green bonds – debt instruments exclusively for projects that address environmental issues – were one of the success stories of last year and they are predicted to go from strength to strength in 2015.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:17:00 GMT

Totally Cool: Iceotope Founder On Solving Multi-Billion Dollar Question Of Overheating Datacentres  
A nervous 18 year old Peter Hopton is queuing for coffee at a store near a Washington DC airbase where his father has recently been posted, going through the presentation he is about to give to his summer-job employer, a local private high school. A larger than life local man taps him on the shoulder and asks him what he is doing there. When Peter explains, the stranger holds his coffee cup aloft and declares: “My boy, there ain’t no presentation without caffeination!”

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:59:00 GMT



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