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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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Siemens Signs Two Long-Term Wind Service Agreements in the U.S.

Source: Company
Siemens has signed two long-term wind service and maintenance agreements covering 132 SWT-2.3 turbines at two wind projects in Washington State, USA.
 

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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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2 Million, 50-Acre Solar Project Proposed in Central Idaho; Company Hopes to Lease State Land

Source: Fox Business
An alternative energy company has applied for a 50-year state lease to build a $2 million, 50-acre solar project in central Idaho. Ketchum-based Sagebrush Solar wants to install about 3,600 solar panels on 6 acres in Ohio Gulch north of Hailey. The company says the project would produce about 1.1 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 160 homes.

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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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Schneider Electric Signs 3.9 Million Energy Savings Performance Contract

Source: BEPA
Schneider Electric has signed a $3.9 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with the City of Riverbank, Calif. The city pursued the project after recognizing its existing facultative lagoon system may not comply with anticipated future treatment standards for the state of California.
 

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Solar System Will Power New Dropbox Office

Source: TriplePundit
Dropbox provides a handy and free service that allows you to share documents, videos and photos with people. Founded in 2007, the site has over 300 million users globally. Its new San Francisco office, which is LEED Platinum certified, will feature a solar energy system designed by UGE, a global distributed renewable energy company. The 25.2 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system will supply enough energy to offset the electricity used in the six-story building designed by William McDonough Partners. The PV system will feature 84 300-watt solar panels.

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Microgrid Solar Selected as Installer for “Solar Chicago” Group Purchase Program

Source: Company
Microgrid Solar of St. Louis was recently selected as the lead solar contractor for the City of Chicago’s solar program - called “Solar Chicago” - that enables homeowners in the Chicago area to purchase solar at a group-discounted rate. The Chicago program is half over, and is expected to double the original target of 750 registrants.

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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 Expands CHP Footprint in Russian Manufacturing Sector

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced it has expanded its presence in Russia's manufacturing sector with two ultra-high efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) projects. Capstone continues to grow its business in Russia despite geopolitical tensions and the latest round of U.S. and Russian sanctions.

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DTE Energy selects SolarCurrents projects

Source: PR Newswire

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) selected 84 new solar energy projects for inclusion in Phase 2 of DTE's SolarCurrents customer-owned pilot program.

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Capstone Receives 9MW Factory Protection Plan Contract

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has signed a Factory Protection Plan (FPP) contract for nine C1000s increasing the total contract backlog for Capstone FPPs to a record of over $55 million. This $55 million in service backlog is in addition to the record $175 million product backlog as of June 30, 2014.

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Tesla Model S60 Raffle to Benefit Illinois Solar Energy Association

Source: Yahoo Finance

The Illinois Solar Energy Association is raffling off a Tesla Model S and Bosch home charger! Net drawing proceeds will fully benefit ISEA's work in advancing renewable energy development throughout the State. You can buy tickets to win this smooth ride until September 27th, 2014.

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CEQ Releases Annual Energy and Sustainability Performance Update

Source: Company

As part of the Obama Administration’s initiative to reduce energy use, pollution and waste and save money in Federal operations, Federal agencies today released annual updates that show significant progress toward aggressive energy and sustainability goals set by the President in 2009. 

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Radiance Solar Expands O&M Services Division

Source: Company

Radiance Solar announced the formal launch of Radiance O&M Services with the hire of industry veteran Jordan Shechter as Director of Operations & Maintenance.

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Capstone Secures Follow-On Order for Six C600s From Top Shale Producer

Source: Yahoo Finance

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced a follow-on order for an additional six C600s totaling 3.6 megawatts from an independent exploration and production company operating in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.

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Plug Power Announces 2014 Second Quarter Results; Record Revenues Achieved

Source: Yahoo Finance

 Plug Power Inc. (PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, reports its 2014 second quarter results.

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Exelon's Constellation Business Acquiring Integrys Energy Services

Source: Company

Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) and Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG) announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Exelon to purchase Integrys Energy Services Inc., 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. Integrys Energy Services will become part of Exelon’s Constellation business unit, strengthening Constellation’s retail power and gas business, serving approximately 2.5 million residential and business customers across the continental United States.

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Energy Department Increases Access to Energy-Department-Funded Scientific Research

Source: DOE

 The U.S. Department of Energy is introducing new measures to increase access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from Department-funded research.

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New Jersey Offshore Wind Firm Highlights Energy Department Grant

Source: DOE

At the end of Steel Pier, with the ocean as a backdrop, Fishermen’s Energy, US Senator Robert Menendez, State Senator Jim Whelan, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Jose Zayas, US Department of Energy (“DOE”) Director of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office and numerous officials, memorialized the $46.7 million of grant funding over four years to accelerate the commercialization of innovative offshore wind technologies in the United States. 

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LEDtronics LED Lighting Helps Florida Town Protect Sea Turtle Nesting App Story

Source: Company

The City of Fernandina Beach, Florida, has completed modifications and upgrades to the lights at its Main Beach Park using LED turtle-friendly high power lighting that will protect sea turtle nesting without compromising the public’s safety at night.

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Association of Energy Engineers New England Chapter 2014-2015 Program Year Kick off Meeting Septembe

Source: PRWeb

The New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE-NE) 2014/2015 program year kicks off on Wednesday September 10th at the Embassy Suites hotel in Waltham, MA with a discussion on the state of the solar industry in Massachusetts. Networking with industry professionals starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. “We are extremely excited about our lineup of meetings and speakers this year” said Sam Nutter AEE-NE’s incoming president. “Last year we had record breaking attendance and expect to continue this trend with relevant topics such as the rapid growth of the solar industry in Massachusetts” added Sam. AEE-NE suggests you register early as space is limited. To sign up for the event please follow the link to register at https://aeenewengland.org/meet-reg1.php?id=28.

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Eaton Helps East Norwalk, CT, Modernize Infrastructure to Improve Electrical Grid Resiliency

Source: Company
Power management company Eaton announced it provided the Third Taxing District of East Norwalk, Connecticut, with electrical engineering services and power distribution equipment for the construction of a new electrical substation facility. Located at 6 Fitch St., the substation will help the district lower the cost of electricity while enhancing grid stability and meeting growing demand from residents and businesses.

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Capstone Receives Orders for Twenty-Five C65s from E-Finity Distributed Generation

Source: Company

 Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced the receipt of orders for 25 Capstone C65 microturbines, totaling 1.6MW, for use in various commercial industrial combined heat and power (CHP) and oil and gas applications in the Mid-Atlantic United States.

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Army and Department of Energy Partner to Save Energy at Army Industrial Facilities

Source: Company

Four years ago, the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DoE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together to enhance national energy security and demonstrate the Federal Government’s leadership in transitioning America towards low carbon economy. Under the 
framework of the MoU, the U.S. Army has successfully collaborated with the DoE’s Advance Manufacturing Office to improve the overall energy efficiency of the Army’s industrial base.

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Lend Lease and the White Roof Project Collaborate to Reduce Energy Consumption in New York City

Source: PR Newswire

Lend Lease, one of the world's largest property, infrastructure and construction management firms, proudly participates in a sustainable program focused on reducing energy consumption, with the not for profit organization, the White Roof Project in New York City.

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Lime Energy Announces Utility Program Wins

Source: Yahoo Finance

Lime Energy announced it has been awarded approximately $180 million of new utility program business.

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Army Adds Small Businesses to $7 Billion Renewable Energy Contract

Source: DOE

The Army awarded the final round of solar technology contracts that will support a $7 billion renewable and alternative energy power production for Department of Defense installations Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC).

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Energy Department Announces $11 Million for Carbon Fiber from Biomass

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced up to $11.3 million for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. Carbon fiber – a strong, lightweight material that can replace steel and other heavier metals – can lower the cost and improve performance of fuel-efficient vehicles and renewable energy components such as wind turbine blades. The two projects seek to demonstrate new biomass conversion technologies that enable the manufacturing of acrylonitrile – an essential feedstock for high performance carbon fiber – for less than $1 per pound.

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EIA mapping tool shows which U.S. energy facilities are at risk from flooding

Source: Company

The public now has a new online tool to help inform them about energy facilities' exposure to flooding caused by hurricanes, overflowing rivers, flash floods, and other wet-weather events. Developed by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Flood Vulnerability Assessment Map, shows which power plants, oil refineries, crude oil rail terminals, and other critical energy infrastructure are vulnerable to coastal and inland flooding.

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Aleddra Offers Upgrade Program

Source: PR Newswire

Aleddra announces a cost effective upgrade program featuring its latest Generation 3 EasiRetrofit double-ended LED T-8 Tube. With an available 10-year extended warranty, combined with a reduced price, facility managers will have the ability to affordably replace other manufacturers' low quality double-end tubes that are beginning to fail. 

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Pacific Energy Solutions Breaks Ground on $334.1 Million Solar Energy Contract

Source: PR Newswire

Pacific Energy Solutions (PES), an energy project development company specializing in renewable technologies, announced that on 11 July, 2014, they entered into a binding contract with the U.S. Navy to supply approximately 30,400 MWh of electricity annually to the Navy for use by Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force activities in the State of Hawaii. PES will supply this electricity to the Navy over a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement term.

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Siemens Industry, Inc., Building Technologies Names Sander Mechanical Service as New Partner

Source: Company

Sander Mechanical Service announced that it has been selected by Siemens Building Technologies to be an authorized Siemens Solution Partner. The agreement, entered into by the two companies earlier this year, enables the New Jersey-based mechanical contractor to offer the TALON® Building Control System and other Siemens technologies to its growing customer base.

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FuelCell Energy Announces Strategic Financing Agreements With NRG Energy

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, announced a broadening and deepening of the existing relationship with NRG Energy (NRG) including a $35.0 million investment in FuelCell Energy common stock by NRG Energy and the establishment of a new $40.0 million revolving construction and term loan facility by NRG Energy for FuelCell Energy to use for project development. NRG Energy now owns approximately 17.0 million shares of the Company's common stock, or 6.0 percent, including 2.4 million shares owned prior to this transaction.

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Energy Department Announces Distributed Wind Competitiveness Projects

Source: DOE

The Energy Department and the Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced funding for projects led by Pika Energy, Northern Power Systems, Endurance Wind Power, and Urban Green Energy that will help drive down the cost of small and medium-sized wind energy systems. Through the second round of the Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP), the teams will receive a total of $1.27 million between them. In support of the Energy Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, this funding aims to help U.S. manufacturers improve their turbine designs and manufacturing processes to reduce hardware costs, improve efficiency and eventually earn certification from accredited third-party certification bodies, which issue easy-to-understand labels showing a turbine has met performance and safety testing requirements set by the wind industry.

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Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

Source: DOE

The Energy Department announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

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UPS Doubles Carbon Intensity Goal for 2020

Source: PR Newswire

UPS® (NYSE: UPS) released its 12th annual Sustainability Report announcing that in addition to reducing overall carbon emissions in 2013, the company also met its 2016 goal of reducing its air and ground fleet's carbon intensity by 10 percent three years early.  Thus, the company has set a new goal to achieve a 20 percent reduction in carbon intensity from transportation by 2020.    

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Inovateus Solar, LLC Initiates Development of a 10.82 MW Ground Array at Maywood Solar Farm

Source: PR Newswire

 Inovateus Solar, LLC, a worldwide developer and installer of commercial and industrial solar power systems, has participated in the development of a ground-based solar array project installed on the newly operational Maywood Solar farm located on 43 acres near the Vertellus Specialties, Inc. headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. The land is owned by Vertellus Specialties, Inc. and supported by Indianapolis Power & Light's (IPL) Rate Renewable Energy Production (REP) Program. The 43-acre solar array is the first solar farm built on an existing Superfund Site with previous ground contamination.

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SC Johnson Recognized for Continued Commitment to Green Power

Source: PR Newswire

SC Johnson announced that it ranks on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) National Top 100 list of the largest green power users. Moving up 17 spots to No. 77, SC Johnson is currently using nearly 75 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 43 percent of the organization's electricity use in the United States.

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Amicus/LFC Capital Announce $50 Million Solar Program

Source: PR Newswire

Amicus Solar Cooperative, a purchasing cooperative that is 100% owned and democratically managed by its member companies, has obtained an initial allocation of $50 million for qualifying businesses desiring solar through LFC Capital's Solar Ownership Program.  This Amicus/LFC Capital collaboration represents the first round of a multi-stage rollout of program funds planned for future solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. 

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Zero Water Consulting to Help California Public Schools Save Millions of Gallons of Water

Source: PR Newswire

As the most severe drought in California's history blazes on, Zero Water Consulting, the official distributor of URIMAT waterless urinals in the U.S. announces that it has the ability to help California Public Schools (CPS) greatly reduce their water use with the installation of waterless urinals.

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2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners Announced!

Source: Company

FEMP would like to congratulate the winners of the 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards! The complete winner list is now available on FEMP's web site.

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ENERGY INDUSTRIES CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF BUSINESS IN HAWAII

Source: Company

Energy Industries Corporation (Energy Industries) Hawaii's leading energy efficiency company is celebrating 20 years of successfully helping Hawaii's businesses save money by saving energy.  

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NREL Uses Industry Best Practices to Add Partners

Source: Company

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is accelerating the availability of next-generation energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in the marketplace by making it easier for industry partners to work with the laboratory. 

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Walmart Expands Commitment to Plug Power Hydrogen Fuel Cells With GenKey Order

Source: Yahoo Finance

Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) confirms the company has received a follow-on GenKey purchase order from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to add an additional, seventh, GenKey site to the original six-site contract it announced in February 2014. This additional site in Sterling, IL consists of 286 GenDrive fuel cell units and is planned to deploy in the third quarter of 2014.

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Capstone Expands Footprint in Indonesia With Sale of a C800 at a Cement Factory

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 from Indonesia for a Capstone C800 system to power a cement factory in Balikpapan.

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Solar Industry Is Rebalanced by U.S. Pressure on China

Source: NY Times
Even as regulators continue to wrestle with the protracted trade conflict with China over solar panels, the case has already started to reshape the industry, lifting manufacturers based outside China while also raising prices of panels for developers.

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Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

Source: Energy.gov

The Energy Department announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

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$4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Offered for Renewable, Energy Efficiency Projects

Source: DOE

In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation, making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. This solicitation represents the next step in the Department’s commitment to support the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies at commercial scale in the U.S.

 

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Energy Department Announces Up $31 Million for Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

Source: DOE

As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).  EGS are engineered reservoirs, created beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are safely created and their size and connectivity increased. These enhanced pathways allow fluid to circulate throughout the hot rock and carry heat to the surface to generate electricity.  In the long term, EGS may enable domestic access to a geographically diverse baseload, and carbon-free energy resource on the order of 100 gigawatts, or enough to power about 100 million homes.

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GM Adding 3 Acres of Solar Arrays in Michigan

Source: Company
General Motors is increasing its renewable energy use with 3 acres of new solar arrays at two Michigan facilities. The Flint Engine Plant and the Swartz Creek Processing Center will feature 150-kilowatt ground-mount solar arrays expected to produce a combined 400,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year to the facilities’ grids. That is equivalent to the annual energy use of 25 homes.

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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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New LED Canopy Lights By Access Fixtures Are True 150w Metal Halide Equivalents

Source: PR Newswire

Access Fixtures has expanded its extensive line of LED light fixtures to include updated LED garage lights and LED canopy lights that are true 150 watt metal halide equivalents. Garage lights are luminaires that are typically used to light parking garages. Canopy lights are the luminaires used under the canopy at gas or filling stations. Both types of luminaires are used twelve to twenty-four hours per day. The new LED garage lights and LED canopy lights achieve the same light output or more than typical 150w metal halide versions while using less than half the energy. (more)

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Can The Clintons Help Carry Coal Country?  
When Bob Dylan’s song The Times They Are a-Changin was released in January 1964, it was intended to usher in a new era -- one that would lay to rest Father Knows Best and clear the pathway to free-spirited thinking.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:48:00 GMT

So You Think We're Reducing The Use Of Coal? -- Think Again  
If you think we?ve been doing a reasonable job of curbing fossil fuel use in our electricity production you are sadly mistaken. Growth in coal use shows no sign of slowing at all, and natural gas has kicked into high gear most everywhere. Just the growth in fossil fuel over the last five years has dwarfed the growth in renewables over the same time period. This results from the ease with which coal can be set up relative to other sources.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:31:25 GMT

Have Energy Stocks Hit Bottom? Guinness Atkinson Manager Says Yes.  
"A brilliant entry point" for energy stocks, says Tim Atkinson of the Guinness Atkinson Global Energy fund.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:22:00 GMT

So You Think We're Reducing The Use Of Coal? -- Think Again  
If you think we?ve been doing a reasonable job of curbing fossil fuel use in our electricity production you are sadly mistaken. Growth in coal use shows no sign of slowing at all, and natural gas has kicked into high gear most everywhere. Just the growth in fossil fuel over the last five years has dwarfed the growth in renewables over the same time period. This results from the ease with which coal can be set up relative to other sources.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:33:00 GMT

This Startup Gets DOE Grant To Create A Solar FICO Score Card  
A solar analytics startup is set to receive a $500,000 federal grant to create a rating system that will help investors make solar power project investment decisions.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:42:00 GMT

Water: The Old but New Piece of the Energy Puzzle  
Water and energy are inextricably linked. Water is required for the extraction, refinement, and production of energy resources and is essential for electric power generation—either as “fuel” in a hydropower system or for cooling purposes. Energy is necessary for the extraction, treatment, and transportation of water. Today, 15% of water withdrawals globally are for energy production. Population growth and increased income levels in many countries are increasing the demand for both water and energy. The United Nations has predicted that energy consumption will increase by 35% by 2035, increasing water withdrawals by 20% and water consumption by 85%. A study by the OECD estimates that global fresh water demand will increase by 55% between 2000 and 2050. Predictions in other studies vary as to the magnitude of the increases in energy consumption and water demand, but they all point in the same direction: both are going up, up, up. Water constraints are already affecting the energy industry in various locations, including in the U.S. and Europe, where low water flows have forced temporary power plant closures or reductions in capacity.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:14:00 GMT

Partial NRC Report On Yucca Mt A Win For Science  
Last week, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) essentially said that the proposed Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada would probably be OK for storing our Nation?s high-level nuclear waste for a million years. But the NRC report wasn?t a surprise and doesn?t really change anything.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:43:48 GMT

Change Of The Seasons - And The Markets - What Normally Follows A Weak October?  
Change is in the air.  In the Midwest, the days are getting shorter, the nights cooler and the leaves on the trees are changing color.  It is beautiful and the Kansas City Royals are in the World Series for the first time since 1985.  It is a great time to be in Kansas City.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:30:00 GMT

Statoil 'Finds' Oil At Well Abandoned In 1992  
I read a great piece by Andy Tull over at OilPrice.com yesterday about Statoil’s “discovery” of crude oil at a previously abandoned well in the North Sea.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:19:00 GMT

Dow Chemical Profit Jumps 44%  
Dow Chemical has beat Wall Street estimates four quarters in a row. The latest booking Wednesday morning has sent the stock higher.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:47:00 GMT

Energy Storage Is Preventing Blackouts But Its High Cost Is Impeding Progress  

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Now that Duke Energy Corp. has successfully tested its wind-integrated energy storage project in Texas, what does that mean for the future of the technology? The ?Notrees Energy Storage Project? is not what the average person might envision -- a battery that soaks up the grid?s electrons at night and then

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:19:38 GMT

Rival Aussie Billionaires Circle Apache's Australian Oil Interests  
Houston-based petroleum producer, Apache Corporation, might get a better-than-expected price from the sale of its Australian oil and gas assets after two Aussie billionaires reportedly expressed interest in joining the bidding despite the recent fall in the oil price.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:52:00 GMT

Christophe de Margerie Passes On: Will Total Retrench?  
The sad death of Total CEO Christophe de Margerie in a Moscow airplane accident raises issues about the future of the French oil company, which has been one of the most aggressive in the industry. De Margarie fell into the pattern of Italian ENI CEO Enrico Mattei, pushing his company into new areas and taking the role of diplomat to do so.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:46:00 GMT

Energy Storage Is Preventing Blackouts But Its High Cost Is Impeding Progress  
Now that Duke Energy Corp. has successfully tested its wind-integrated energy storage project in Texas, what does that mean for the future of the technology?

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Total CEO, Oil Buccaneer, Dies In Moscow Plane Crash  
Christophe de Margerie, chairman and chief executive of French oil major Total SA, died in a plane crash near Moscow. A fine strategist, seeking reward at the edge of technical possibilities and at the limit of legality, De Margerie was a very outspoken businessman and a bugbear for many non-governmental organizations.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:35:00 GMT

Total's CEO De Margerie Dies In Plane Crash; Moustachioed Dealmaker Predicted Peak Oil  
He leaves Total in an excellent position, with a slate of big projects set to boost oil production.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT

Why Harold Hamm Isn't Worried About Plunging Oil Prices  
Saudi jawboning isn't going to work. "The market is not in glut," says Hamm. "It's a case of the emperor has no clothes."

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:22:02 GMT

Why Harold Hamm Isn't Worried About Plunging Oil Prices  
Saudi jawboning isn't going to work. "The market is not in glut," says Hamm. "It's a case of the emperor has no clothes."

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:45:00 GMT

Energy Storage Fuels Pick-up In Fuel Cell Sales  
Shipments of fuel cell technology from the likes of Plug Power, Bloom Energy and myriad other players should reach 1.5 million annually by 2023, according to new projections from Navigant Research.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:03:00 GMT

Chinese Multinationals: Ambitious Challengers Taking High Stakes  
Many Chinese businesses want to become global players. Their rapid outward investment is generating great opportunities, but it is much too early to evaluate its success.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:31:00 GMT

Replace Oil With Renewables In Chemistry? It Won't Be Easy  
Moscow—If we want to get rid of acrylic, we’re going to need more sheep.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:52:00 GMT

Time to Protect the US Shale Revolution?  
Are falling oil prices going to impact the US shale oil economy? What might the future hold if oil stays at such lows?

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:53:00 GMT

Kansas City Southern Touts Solid Growth, But Stock Slips Further Behind Rivals  
Despite strong earnings growth driven by a robust U.S. economy, the stock of Kansas City Southern Railway took a hit Wednesday morning.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:49:00 GMT

A Working Nuclear Fusion Reactor In Three Years? Really?  
Lockheed Martin claimed a design breakthrough in nuclear fusion reactors that will revolutionize energy production on planet Earth and fit in my garage. I hope so.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:00:59 GMT

Can Norway's 'Mr Oil' Find BG Group's Mojo?  
Last twelve months have been pretty troubling for BG Group, the UK’s third-largest oil and gas producer after Shell and BP. Since January, the FTSE 100 company has seen profit downgrades, tepid prospects, troubled projects, geopolitical impediments and the departure of CEO Chris Finlayson merely 18 months into his post.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:54:00 GMT

Excited About Lockheed Martin's Fusion Announcement? Let's Wait Until The Dust Settles  
Lockheed Martin's announcement this week concerning progress in nuclear fusion is exciting. But there are many questions to be answered before we pop the champagne.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:43:00 GMT

A Working Nuclear Fusion Reactor In Three Years? Really?  
Lockheed Martin claimed a design breakthrough in nuclear fusion reactors that will revolutionize energy production on planet Earth and fit in my garage. I hope so.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:39:00 GMT

Job Opening: Political Scapegoat For New England's Out Of Control Energy Prices  
On Wednesday, more than a dozen federal lawmakers from Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to undertake "a fundamental re-examination of capacity market rules” in New England and “consider alternatives that are less costly to ratepayers, drive investment, and produce competitive price outcomes.”

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:18:00 GMT

Thanks To Solar Power, Georgia Utilities Find There's Life After Coal  
Life after coal is providing a sunny option in Georgia. That’s where Georgia Power just said it is buying 515 megawatts of utility-scale solar power from other providers and through power purchase agreements.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Shale Rail Means Cheaper Gas for California; the Lack of a Natural Gas Pipeline Means Higher Winter Heating Prices in New England  
Last week there was an article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) describing how shale rail – oil produced by “fracking” shale rock – is finally moving to California.  Crude oil is worthless if it can not be transported to refineries.  Shale rail had been moving crude to refineries on the Gulf and East Coasts, but not to California.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:32:00 GMT



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