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Ameresco completes two landfill gas-to-energy projects

Ameresco has designed/built more than 170 MWe of biogas facilities across the United States, partnering with both public and private enterprises to convert landfill gas from an environmental liability into an economic and environmental benefit while at the same time displacing fossil fuel normally used to produce this same amount of energy.

Microsoft procures its own clean energy

The procurement of renewable energy is part of Microsoft's goal of achieving and maintaining carbon neutrality and net zero emissions -- a commitment that Microsoft made beginning in its fiscal year 2013, which began on July 1, 2012, for its data centers, software development labs, offices and even employee air travel by increasing efficiency and purchasing renewable energy.

EPA approves SJGS plan revisions; PNM waiting on state regulators

PNM Resources' New Mexico electric utility, Public Service Co. of New Mexico, has filed with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) a proposal that, if approved, would settle PNM's request for approvals of changes at the San Juan Generating Station (SJGS), allowing PNM to implement a revised state plan that is beneficial to customers and complies with federal visibility regulations under the Clean Air Act.

Better Plants Partners shutting down carbon emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is recognizing 11 partner companies for meeting ambitious energy-efficiency goals. These manufacturers are part of those spread country-wide who spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants. Through the Better Plants Program, they commit to improve their energy intensity by at least 20 percent over 10 years.

DOE establishes 90.1-2013 as building energy-efficiency standard

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a ruling that establishes ASHRAE/IES's 2013 energy-efficiency standard as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. The move comes after preliminary analysis that the 2013 standard contains energy savings over the 2010 -- specifically, 8.5 percent source energy savings and 7.6 percent site energy savings.

Nuclear Matters warns about premature plant closings

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) recently released a report on the impact of Exelon's nuclear fleet on Illinois' economy, highlighting a number of economic benefits. Now, Nuclear Matters -- of which Exelon, among other utilities, is a member -- is weighing in, especially on the risks associated with closing nuclear plants prematurely.

States strengthening oil and gas regs for water protection

The Ground Water Protection Council has released an analysis of state regulations which reports that a growing number of oil and gas producing states have updated or created new rules and policies to better protect water sources. When compared to a similar analysis from 2009, a positive trend emerges among the 27 states, which produce more than 95 to 98 percent of nation's oil and gas, to tighten measures and increase oversight and regulations pertaining to oil and gas exploration and production that will minimize the risks of local groundwater contamination.

New ARPA-E programs highlight disruptive technology options

"These new programs highlight ARPA-E's commitment to transformational energy innovation," said ARPA-E Acting Director Dr. Cheryl Martin. "We are excited to bring together these technology and business communities to catalyze the disruptive technology options necessary to address the nation's top energy challenges."

$25M earmarked to improve efficiency, lower cost of solar

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made available $25 million in funding to advance concentrating solar power (CSP) system technologies' research and development, performance and efficiency, with the ultimate goal of lowering the cost of solar electricity and producing affordable, clean and renewable energy, even at night, by storing the heat generated by the sun.

ALEC making false claims about NRDC

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is not happy with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In fact, NRDC is demanding that ALEC immediately cease misrepresenting NRDC's position on renewable energy on the ALEC website -- calling it an "erroneous reference" -- and stop making other false claims.

PA Sustainable Energy Bond Program targets MUSH sector

As the result of a partnership between the Pennsylvania Treasury, the private sector, and leading nonprofits in the energy space, local governments, schools, universities, and hospitals that want to reduce energy consumption or use alternative energy sources have a new option for financing those improvements in the form of Pennsylvania's Sustainable Energy Bond Program.

WEC launches Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure project

The World Energy Council (WEC) has launched an initiative to help mobilize investments into the energy sector through an understanding of how the energy and finance sectors can work together and with other sectors to better comprehend the risk and uncertainty of energy infrastructure and thereby unlock the capital needed to accelerate the transition to a resilient global energy economy.

Research budgets favor nuclear; investments go to renewables

The nuclear renaissance has been stalled for years, while renewable energy continues to expand rapidly, although it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fueled power plants, according to Worldwatch Institute's (WWI) Vital Signs Online analysis by senior researcher Michael Renner.

Data center partners join Better Buildings Challenge

"As the Better Buildings Challenge expands, leading organizations are partnering with the Department to apply energy efficiency measures and energy management strategies that will shape the nation's next-generation of data centers," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a statement. "In fact, if all data centers were 20 percent more efficient, the nation could save more than 20 billion kWh of electricity by 2020, which would result in roughly $2 billion in cost savings."

Despite AB 2581 veto, there is still hope for CA consumer electronics efficiency

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed California Assembly Bill 2581, which would have improved the process by which the California Energy Commission (CEC) considers energy-efficiency requirements for electronics and other products and equipment by requiring it to take into consideration the most current data prior to rulemaking, among other things. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and others have advocated for the bill and are disappointed by the veto. 

Future of oil and gas driven by collaboration, innovation

The oil and gas industry in America, Europe and Asia is being driven by investments in five main areas -- improvements in safety and operational efficiencies, reducing overall costs, accessing new reserves, and increasing asset lifespan, according to research from Lloyd's Register Energy, a compliance, risk, and technical consultancy.

CVEC celebrates largest solar deployment in New England

Called Cape & Vineyard Solar One, the 22 MW portfolio of solar arrays located on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard will supply 45 percent of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard municipal electrical load.

MA clean energy sector reporting economic gains

Massachusetts' growth rate of 47 percent in this sector over the past four years, and its 10.5 percent growth in clean energy employment since 2013 are impressive achievements. Other states should consider developing similar reports so that they too can track the job-related impacts of their clean energy programs.

Nearly $13B in DOE loans to support advanced nuclear

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a draft solicitation to provide critical financing to help commercialize advanced nuclear energy technologies, representing the DOE's commitment to overcoming the financial barriers that stand in the way of the deployment of next generation nuclear technologies that can diversify the nation's clean energy portfolio.

Dominion gets FERC Cove Point LNG approval and major backlash

Initially, Cove Point helped the United States overcome what was then an energy shortage. Now that our nation is developing a burgeoning surplus of natural gas, Cove Point can help send a small portion of that surplus to allied nation's looking for stable supplies of clean energy, supporting economic development and replacing coal as a fuel.