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03/07 New $10 million Fund To Finance Energy Storage Projects in the U.S. Clean Edge News TIP Capital, a provider of equipment finance and asset management solutions, and Green Charge Networks (GCN), a power efficiency company, have announced a program to offer $0 down financing for GCN’s retail, municipal and industrial customers.
03/07 Green Investment Bank Launches $83 Million Energy Efficiency Fund With Societe General Business Green The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and Societe Generale Equipment Finance (SGEF) have jointly committed £50m to finance non-residential energy efficiency projects.
03/06 Solar Installations Drop in Arizona After Fee Introduced Sustainable Business Only 280 solar systems were added in January, down from 583 a year ago.
03/06 Americans Broadly Support Energy Efficiency Clean Edge News The poll, commissioned by McLaughlin & Associates, found that 9 in 10 likely voters support energy efficiency as a key part of the solution addressing our energy challenges.
03/05 US Solar Market Grew 41%, Had Record Year in 2013, Says GTM Greentech Media According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, photovoltaic installations continued to proliferate, increasing 41 percent over 2012 to reach 4,751 megawatts.
03/05 DTE Energy Expands Customer-Owned Solar PV Pilot Clean Edge News DTE Energy has selected 122 solar energy projects in the third offering of its expansion of the SolarCurrents customer-owned pilot program, which offers customers a more affordable way to install solar photovoltaic systems on their homes and businesses.
03/04 NREL Reveals How Solar Policy Affects U.S. Solar Market Clean Edge News The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with state demographics.
03/04 Renewables Accounted for Nearly a Third of Electricity Generation in U.K. in 2013 Business Green Low-carbon electricity accounted for nearly one third of all power generated last year thanks to a surge in wind power output, according to new figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
03/03 DOE’s Clean Energy Loan Program Will Soon Be Back in Action Greentech Media The Department of Energy is targeting from $1.5 billion to as much as $4 billion for a new renewable energy project loan guarantee program, one that could open the door to solicitations for a range of smaller-scale, distributed and grid-integrated projects by the end of this year.
03/03 Renewables Can Safely Reach 30% Penetration in World, Says IEA Clean Edge News A landmark study released by the International Energy Agency addresses these concerns and confirms that integrating high shares – i.e., 30 percent of annual electricity production or more – of wind and solar PV in power systems can come at little additional cost in the long term.
02/28 Panasonic and Suppliers May Invest $1 Billion in Tesla's U.S. Battery Plant Reuters Panasonic Corp is inviting a number of Japanese materials suppliers to join it in investing in a U.S. car battery plant that it plans to build with Tesla Motors Inc, with investment expected to reach more than 100 billion yen ($979 million), the Nikkei reported.
02/28 UK Claims World Leadership in Offshore Wind Energy Manager Today The UK Government has said that as of January 2014, it is the clear world leader in deployed offshore wind energy, with some 3.6 GW of installed operating capacity and a further 1.4 GW under construction.
02/27 State Approves Largest Renewable Energy Buy in New England by Massachusetts Utilities Clean Edge News The weighted average price from the contracts is less than eight cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).
02/27 Atlanta Top Region in U.S. for EV Growth Clean Edge News While the Los Angeles region has the largest number of EV sales in the fourth quarter (over 5,000) and the highest number of EVs total (27,411), Atlanta, with sales of over 3,000 in Q4, led the nation with a 52 percent increase, followed by Washington D.C. with a 21 percent growth.
02/26 DOE Advances Enhanced Geothermal Energy Manager Today The Energy Department is advancing enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) in the US by offering a $10 million funding opportunity for research and development.
02/26 RGGI Pegs Lifetime Energy Bill Savings at $2 Billion Clean Edge News The report, Regional Investment of RGGI CO2 Allowance Proceeds, 2012 estimates that RGGI proceed investments in energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy, and other strategic energy programs will return more than $2 billion in lifetime energy bill savings to more than 3 million participating households and more than 12,000 businesses in the region.
02/25 ARPA-E Projects Attract More Than $625 Million in Private Funding Clean Edge News To date, 22 ARPA-E projects have attracted more than $625 million in private-sector follow-on funding after ARPA-E’s investment of approximately $95 million.
02/25 U.S. Electricity Use Is Declining and Energy Efficiency May Be a Significant Factor Clean Edge News U.S. electricity sales peaked in 2007 and have been declining modestly since then, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
02/24 Renewables Were 99% of New Generation Capacity in January Clean Edge News According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) accounted for more than 99% of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed during January 2014 for a total of 324 MW.
02/24 China Outspent US in Smart Grid for First Time in 2013 Bloomberg New Energy Finance Global smart grid investment reached $14.9 billion in 2013, up from the $14.2 billion recorded in 2012, according to the latest figures from research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
02/21 Global Advanced Energy Economy Grew to $1.1 Trillion in 2013, Says Navigant Clean Edge News The study, conducted by Navigant Research, found that advanced energy in the United States was a $169 billion market in 2013.
02/21 Small-Scale Solar Accounts for More Than Half of PV Projects Under Construction Worldwide Clean Technica According to a report from NPD Solarbuzz, solar PV projects ranging in size from 250 kilowatts (kW) to 5 megawatts (MW) now account for almost half of the 4,300 projects currently under construction across leading PV countries. Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2014/02/19/small-scale-solar-projects-now-account-half-construction/#W7FpTeTSCA48Qybz.99
02/20 Financier Plans Big Ad Campaign on Climate Change The New York Times A billionaire retired investor is forging plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election, seeking to pressure federal and state officials to enact climate change measures through a hard-edge campaign of attack ads against governors and lawmakers.
02/20 Wave Energy Project To Float in Australian Energy Manager Today Lockheed Martin signed a contract with Victorian Wave Partners to begin developing a 62.5-MW peak power wave energy generation project, which will be built off the coast of Victoria, Australia.
02/20 Carbon Futures Climbing Environmental Leader Carbon surged 39 percent this year, the most among 80 commodities tracked by Bloomberg.
02/19 EIB Provides $480 Million for Largest Onshore Wind Farm in the Netherlands Global Energy World Once complete the 86 wind turbine scheme will be the largest wind farm in the Netherlands with a total power output of 195 Megawatts.
02/19 Hawaii Moves To Speed Up Energy Storage Race Clean Edge News The state, County of Hawai‘i, and Hawai‘i Electric Light Company have announced a strategic partnership to share resources and attract companies interested in testing and evaluating pre-commercial energy storage units at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park in Kailua-Kona, managed by the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA).
02/18 SolarWorld Wins Round in Fight To Expand Solar Duties Earth Techling The U.S. International Trade Commission voted to move ahead on a case brought by SolarWorld, which alleges that Chinese companies are skirting the duties imposed in 2012 by using solar cells made outside China – in Taiwan, namely – in their solar panels sent to America.
02/18 San Francisco Announces 0-50-100 Plan to Fight Climate Change Clean Edge News San Francisco has released its Climate Action Strategy to achieve zero waste, reduce the percentage of trips taken in personal vehicles, and to source all residential and 80% of commercial electricity from renewable sources.
02/17 Massive Solar Thermal Plant Debuts To Questions About the Technology's Future The New York Times Since the project began, the price of rival technologies has plummeted, incentives have begun to disappear and the appetite among investors for mammoth solar farms has waned.

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