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Better Buildings Challenge has been busy

There's a lot happening with the Obama Administration's Better Buildings Challenge-- an effort to advance energy efficiency and combat the effects of climate change-- not the least of which is the recent revelation that Better Buildings Challenge partners have cut energy waste by 94 BTUs, saved a total of $480 million in energy costs, and avoided 6 million tons of carbon emissions, since its launch in 2011.

Google, Facebook, Apple take issue with NC clean energy bill

A number of big business players aren't too happy about some proposed changes to North Carolina's clean energy policies, specifically the provisions to change policies for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS)-- and are expressing their concerns in a letter to the NC Senate and NC House of Representatives.

Dominion rolling out innovations from employee inventors

Dominion is utilizing their talent, and developing new innovation through their IDeAS program (Innovations, Developments and Solutions), which was launched in 2013. According to the utility, the program was created to encourage, support, and protect innovations made my employees.

2014 renewable power generation hits highest share since 1930s

Renewable energy is growing, and it accounted for nearly 10 percent of total energy consumption in the United States in 2014, according to a report by the Energy Information Agency (EIA).

15 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2015

From reader nominations,  Smart Grid News  has narrowed its 2015 Smart Grid Companies to Watch winners to 15. Our selections this year are some of the most innovative and smart emerging companies in the smart grid industry-- and have made or have the potential to make significant contributions to the energy industry. Our winners are a melting pot of industry technology but all are riding the wave of emerging trends and opportunities in the Internet of Things, energy storage and distributed energy resources, the connected home, and home and building energy management, etc.

European Commission drafts rules for smart energy

The European Commission (EC) has launched their "smart specialization platform on energy," whose goal is to support regions and European Union (EU) member states to promote sustainable energy. The platform will help the states share their expertise in the deployment and investment of sustainable energy and low-carbon technologies.

UW installing high-powered dynamometers-- thanks to GM

University of Wisconsin- Madison (UW) will be installing three high-performance motor dynamometers at the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) and in UW's Engineering Hall. The dynamometers, or "dynos," measure the torque, speed, and power produced by rotating electric machines.

Data breaches costing companies more and more

Data breaches are getting more expensive, according to a new report by Ponemon Institute. The report,  Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, was also sponsored by IBM, and found that the average consolidated total cost of a data breach is $3.8 million-- a 23 percent increase from 2013.

DOE lab unveils new solar research center

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has opened their Solar Energy Research Center (SERC), thanks to $59 million in funding from various sources.

Report finds 7.7M renewable energy employees worldwide

Renewable energy is growing and a new report has found that there are more than 7.7 million renewable energy industry employees worldwide. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs- Annual Review 2015, was conducted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).