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04/17 DOE Issues $4 Billion Solicitation for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans Clean Edge News When finalized, the solicitation is expected to make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available to help commercialize technologies that may be unable to obtain full commercial financing.
04/17 Biogas Plants Spreading Rapidly in the U.S. Sustainable Business Biogas is spreading rapidly in the US, used at 1500 wastewater treatment plants and about 200 at dairy and pig farms.
04/16 Twelve States Produced 80% of U.S. Wind Power in 2013 Clean Edge News In 2013, 12 states accounted for 80% of U.S. wind-generated electricity, according to preliminary generation data released in EIA's March Electric Power Monthly report.
04/16 Brookings Proposes State and Local Clean Energy Bonds Clean Edge News The paper identifies states and communities that have successfully applied this approach while also exploring barriers to widespread adoption of bond finance and strategies to overcome them.
04/15 Carbon Capture and Storage Projects Mapped Worldwide Clean Edge News The map contains information on over 200 CCS projects, ranging from small to large-scale and across the CCS chain.
04/15 Russia Seeks Renewables Boost Through Investment Auctions Renewable Energy World Russia’s current renewable energy generation satisfies only 0.8 percent of the country’s power needs, but the country hope to hike the share to 2.5 percent.
04/14 Colorado PUC Takes Up Net Metering Denver Business Journal Colorado regulators taking up the fight over the “true” value of rooftop solar power systems in the state are wading into a battle that’s underway in several other states around the country.
04/14 Indonesia To Get World's First Net-Zero Energy Skyscraper Sustainable Business When it's finished in 2019, it will be 99 stories high and ironically, serve as the headquarters of Pertamina, the national energy company.
04/11 Ikea's Wind Farm To Produce More Energy Than Company's Total U.S. Footprint Sustainable Business It will produce 165% of the electricity consumed by all of IKEA US - 38 stores, five distribution centers, two service centers and one factory.
04/11 Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Top Energy Star Building Ranking Energy Manager Today In addition to listing the top cities with the most Energy Star buildings, this year’s data revealed that more than 23,000 buildings across America earned Energy Star certification by the end of last year--saving more than $3.1 billion on utility bills.
04/10 Sungevity Solar Raises $70 Million The San Francisco Chronicle E.ON, one of the world’s biggest investor-owned utility companies, joined the round, which pushed Sungevity’s total funding above $200 million.
04/09 Wind Achieves Grid Parity with Gas Worldwide, Says Bloomberg Bloomberg Average onshore wind power now costs the same as gas worldwide, at about $84 per megawatt hour. That’s without subsidies.
04/09 U.S. Spending $225 Million On Hybrid Electric Trains Climate Progress The Illinois Department of Transportation signed a contract to bring a total of 32 hybrid electric-diesel trains to the United States in March.
04/08 Global Clean Energy Investment Fell in 2013, Says Pew Clean Edge News Global clean energy investment fell 11 percent to $254 billion, and renewable power generating capacity additions declined by 1 percent in 2013, according to research released by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
04/08 Plug Power Acquires Fuel Cell Firm ReliOn Clean Edge News Plug Power paid approximately $4 million in Plug Power common stock for ReliOn’s assets and will add key ReliOn personnel, primarily in sales and engineering.
04/07 Opower Shares Up More than 30% in IPO Recode Opower shares soared on the energy software company’s first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, opening more than 30 percent above their offering price.
04/07 SolarCity’s New $70 Million Securitized Rooftop Solar Portfolio Greentech Media SolarCity is offering another $70.2 million in asset-backed notes.
04/07 DOE Updates Program To Release $16 Billion for Green Cars GigaOm The U.S. government’s stalled and controversial green car loan program is getting a makeover, which could unleash its remaining $16 billion in allocated funds.
04/04 California To Require Smart Thermostats Starting This Summer Greentech Media Starting this summer, the state will start requiring every new or retrofit thermostat, HVAC system, networked lighting controller and building automation system to come ready for two-way, automated utility-to-customer energy management.
04/04 NRG Energy Acquires Roof Diagnostics Solar Clean Edge News Roof Diagnostics began operations in 2011. The 475-employee company is prominent in the Northeast and is now expanding into California and other areas.
04/03 Florida's Top Solar Provider Proposes Community Solar Partnerships Clean Edge News During the next three years, FPL projects that the program could support the construction of as many as 25 commercial-scale, distributed solar arrays – each roughly 10 to 15 times larger than a typical residential rooftop installation – for an estimated total of up to 2,400 kilowatts (2.4 megawatts), depending on customer participation.
04/03 Age of Renewables Has Begun, Says Citigroup Renew Economy In a major new analysis, Citi says the big decision makers within the US power industry are focused on securing low cost power, fuel diversity and stable cash flows, and this is drawing them increasingly to the “economics” of solar and wind, and how they compare with other technologies.
04/02 U.N. Climate Change Report Emphasizes Series of Multiplying Risks Sustainable Business Before issuing the report - the first update since 2007 - nearly 500 government officials (115 countries) and scientists huddled in Yokohama, Japan, obsessing over every word.
04/02 Americans Confused About Water-Energy Nexus, Says Study Clean Edge News Many Americans are confused about the best ways to conserve water and have a slippery grasp on how much water different activities use, according to a national online survey conducted by an Indiana University researcher.
04/01 LED Efficiency Expected To Continue Improving as Cost Declines Clean Edge News By 2020, EIA projects LEDs to produce more than 150 lumens per Watt.
04/01 U.K. Green Investment Bank Backing Offshore Wind with $767 Million Renewable Energy World The U.K. Green Investment Bank placed 461 million pounds ($767 million) into two wind farms off the British coast to help the developers recycle their cash back into new projects.
03/31 California Approves Net Metering for Next 20 Years Southern California Public Radio California says current solar owners can cash in off their excess power for 20 years.
03/31 Wind Power Generation Up, Coal and Gas Down in the U.K. in 2013 Clean Edge News Renewable energy generation in the UK increased to a record 15% of power in 2013, leading the amount of coal and gas needed to drop by 3% and 1% respectively.
03/28 Sunrun and Sungevity Partner To Sign Residential Customers The San Francisco Chronicle In a deal that unites two of the nation's largest solar companies, Sunrun and Sungevity have formed an alliance to sign up at least 10,000 new residential customers through 2016.
03/27 Energy Efficiency Costs Utilities 2 to 3 Times Less Than Traditional Power Sources, Says ACEEE Clean Edge News According to a new report released by ACEEE, energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing Americans with electricity. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about three cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more.

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