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NYC embarks on cogeneration project

A New York City energy agency is providing $6.3 million for construction of a cogeneration project to be located at a new manufacturing facility on Staten Island. By using cogeneration, the plant is expected to cut its electricity consumption by 34 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent.

Major growth forecast for wireless sensor market

An ever-growing number of technological developments has provided an array of applications that have wireless sensors very valuable to a variety of industries and uses. Their value is enough that the global market for wireless sensor networks is forecast to jump from $1.4 billion as of 2014 to $3.26 billion in 2020, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.

Why wave energy is a good idea and why it has yet to arrive

Marine energy, particularly wave energy, has been a frustrating dream for the people who are convinced it could provide a wealth of clean, sustainable power that would be less expensive than coal, natural gas and wind power. While research has shown that belief is true, there are a number of reasons-- and examples-- for why wave energy has yet to emerge from the very earliest stages of development.

Jamaica wind farm to get $90M boost from U.S. and others

Jamaica, a country rich in renewable energy resources but paying high prices for imported fossil fuels for power, is getting some help to transform its energy sector into one that is sustainable and much less expensive. That help is coming from a U.S. group committed to organizing renewable energy financing, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Canada.

Plans announced for largest U.S. utility EV charging network

Missouri's Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) has become one of the latest electric utilities to become actively involved in the electric vehicle charging business. On Monday the utility said it would install and manage over 1,000 EV charging stations, which would rank it as the largest utility-owned and operated network in the country.

Some insurers offer discounts for smart home gear

Homeowners and renters who buy smart home devices typically do so because they are looking for more ways to save money on their electric bills or simply want the convenience offered by their capabilities. Some of those buyers are getting something most are not: breaks on their insurance rates.

Many business execs not concerned about IoT device security (think smart meters)

A new survey of executives in the energy, retail and financial services industries on how they regarded security issues with Internet of Things (IoT) devices shared some interesting results-- and some surprisingly lax attitudes.  

Obama pledges more money for India solar growth

India has long been anxious to upgrade its electric grid and energy infrastructure, but change has been slow in coming-- in large part because the money and outside investment have not kept pace with the government's ambitions. That could change for the better as a result of President Obama's pledge to offer financial support.

NJ community college partners with utility on tech degree program

There may be room for some optimism amid the utility industry's frantic search for ways to find and train the skilled technicians they need to replace an aging workforce that is rapidly retiring as well as the entry level employees they need. Utilities have tried a variety of innovative approaches and now more and more universities and community colleges are initiating training programs to help them meet that need, and they are often doing it in partnerships.

DOE announces $90M for cutting-edge vehicle tech

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $55 million in funding to develop and deploy cutting edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy. This comes just days after President Obama's State of the Union Address in which he highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and strong growth in the auto industry.