U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced an "enhanced strategic partnership" between the United States and India during India Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the 5th U.S.-India Energy Partnership Summit at Madison Square Garden, organized by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Yale University. The partnership marks a major milestone in the collaboration between the two countries in energy and sustainable development.
"We provide a critical service to our customers and rely on a highly skilled and tech-savvy workforce to do so. The demands for talent will be even greater in the future as our industry transforms and, as a result, we are devoting a great deal of effort to identifying and developing the next generation of workers," said Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO, ComEd. "To attract and empower the future energy trailblazers and innovators, we support a number of initiatives that promote education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and career opportunities in the energy industry."
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) research and development, along with experts from SMUD's Savings by Design program are helping environmental services and information technology company Synectics to realize 80 percent savings on their energy bills. Synectics and SMUD are collaborating on a new approach to more efficiently manage climate control in the office-- a warehouse Synectics is repurposing for use as office space.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), utilities, regional transmission organizations, and auto manufacturers are demonstrating an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies for two-way communication that would allow PEVs with varying technologies to work with power grids. The system will enable the utilities to send a message directly to the vehicle, asking it to stop charging temporarily as a way of helping a grid that is becoming overloaded.
Exelon Generation is taking part in a first-of-a-kind demonstration power plant that will validate a new natural gas power system that produces zero atmospheric emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2) developed by NET Power, LLC. The 50 MWt demonstration plant will validate the world's first natural gas power generation system that produces no air emissions and includes full CO2 capture without requiring expensive, efficiency-reducing carbon capture equipment.
Many industry organizations have been involved with shaping the first phase of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). As significant shifts are underway in the American energy landscape, recommendations focus on several areas that will provide for the long-term strength, flexibility and resilience of the nation's energy system. The optimization of these existing assets will be essential to ensure the delivery of clean, reliable and affordable energy.
Webster Groves, Missouri is the latest city to have been officially designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Green Power Community (GPC). To become a GPC, the city, including local government, businesses and residents must collectively use enough green power to meet or exceed EPA's Green Power Community purchase requirements.
This year, the Environmental Defense Fund's EDF Climate Corps of fellows has uncovered $130 million in potential energy savings. Since 2008, when the program began, more than 300 organizations have worked with EDF Climate Corps fellows to uncover energy savings in their own operations, including utilities and energy providers like Pacific Gas and Electric, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, New Jersey Resources, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, Southwestern Energy, TXU Energy, and Washington Gas.
A joint venture between affiliates of EQT Corporation and NextEra Energy, Inc., Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, has secured 2 Bcf per day of firm capacity commitments through its current open season at 20-year terms for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. In order to accommodate continued shipper interest, the binding open season was extended until today.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation along with municipal water providers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada are implementing a landmark Colorado River System Conservation program, as they are faced with the increasing probability of water shortage on the Colorado River. Central Arizona Project, Denver Water, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern Nevada Water Authority, and the Bureau of Reclamation are providing up to $11 million to fund new Colorado River water conservation projects intended to demonstrate the viability of cooperative, voluntary projects to reduce demand for Colorado River water.