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02/17 White House Pledges $1 Billion To Prepare for Climate Change Reuters President Barack Obama has unveiled a $1 billion fund in his 2015 budget to help communities across the United States prepare for the impact of climate change.
02/14 EEI/NRDC Agreement Supports Policies To Benefit Electricity Consumers and the Environment Clean Edge News The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have announced a joint agreement to advance support for utility policies that enhance the electric power grid for the benefit of all electricity customers and the environment.
02/14 U.S. Utility-Scale Solar 60% Towards Cost-Competition Goal Clean Edge News To help continue this progress, the Energy Department also announced $25 million in funding to strengthen U.S. solar manufacturing for photovoltaic and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies and to maintain a strong domestic solar industry – supporting the Department’s broader Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.
02/13 Opower Has Quietly Filed for its Long-Awaited IPO, Says WSJ GigaOm Stealth IPOs are becoming the norm following the Jumpstart Our Business Startups law, which says companies with less than $1 billion in revenue can start the IPO process confidentially.
02/13 Cost of Zero-Carbon Home Construction Has Dropped Nearly 60% Since 2011 in U.K. Clean Edge News The drop is driven by dramatic reductions in the cost of solar PV, which make a major contribution to cutting the cost of building a ‘Zero Carbon’ semi-detached home by 57% compared to its 2011 estimates.
02/12 Global Wind Capacity Up 12.4% in 2013 Reuters Capacity rose from around 283 GW at the end of 2012, data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) showed.
02/12 New York Opens $1 Billion Green Bank Clean Edge News An initial capitalization of $210 million was made for the NY Green Bank, including $165 million redirected from other clean-energy programs by the New York State Public Service Commission and $45 million from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative--first steps toward a planned $1 billion capitalization.
02/11 Green Home Building Valued at $36 Billion in 2013 Clean Edge News Green homes comprised 23% of the overall residential construction market in 2013 and are expected to grow to between 26% and 33% of the market by 2016, according to McGraw Hill Construction's Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study.
02/11 World's Largest Solar Bridge Finished in London Clean Edge News London’s longest array provides up to half of Blackfriars station’s energy, reducing its CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tons per year – equivalent approximately to 89,000 (average) car journeys.
02/10 US Wind Power Activity Shot Up in the Fourth Quarter Clean Edge News The U.S. wind power industry didn’t put a whole lot of new generating capacity into operation in 2013, but it laid the groundwork, beginning construction on a whopping 10,900 megawatts in the fourth quarter, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
02/10 Arizona Regulators To Revisit Rules on Solar Installations Arizona Republic With Arizona Public Service Co. exceeding the state requirement that a small percent of its power come from rooftop solar, regulators have supported giving the company a waiver of the requirement while they figure out a way to count solar installations.
02/07 DOE To Fund Improvements for Grid Resilience Clean Edge News The Energy Department today announced up to $7 million to advance the design of technologies that will help communities become more adaptive and prepared for power outages caused by severe weather and other events.
02/07 Japan's Fukushima Commits to 100% Renewable Energy Sustainable Business Three years after Japan's nuclear meltdown, Fukushima Prefecture announced it will transition to 100% renewable energy by 2040.
02/06 White House Announces Seven Regional Climate Hubs The New York Times The Obama administration has announced the creation of seven regional “climate hubs” to help farmers and rural communities respond to the risks of climate change, including drought, invasive pests, fires and floods.
02/06 REC Solar To Focus Exclusively on Commercial Market Clean Edge News The company will focus solely on bringing commercial-scale solar projects to businesses, federal agencies and utilities nationwide.
02/05 Sunrun Acquires REC Solar’s Residential Division, AEE Solar and SnapNrack Clean Edge News The companies represent Mainstream Energy’s residential solar sales, design and installation; wholesale distribution; and mounting systems and hardware businesses, respectively.
02/05 Primus Power Adds $20 Million in VC To Move Energy Storage to Utility Scale Clean Edge News Primus has logged $35 million in total venture capital, along with significant funding over the years from DOE, ARPA-E, and the CEC.
02/04 California Carbon Prices Will Remain Low, Says Reuters Reuters A glut of excess permits will keep California carbon prices low through 2020, reducing the revenue the state will raise from the sale of permits to its largest carbon-emitting businesses, according to Thomson Reuters Point Carbon.
02/04 “Insane” GHG Savings From Workplace EV Charging, According To NASA Clean Technica The program points to an effective way to achieve significant cuts without incurring significant costs, which would apply to just about any kind of large facility with employees who commute by car.
02/03 Washington Is Top Electric Car State, Says Edmunds Edmunds.com Nestled in a story about Tesla registrations, Edmunds listed the top and bottom states for EV registrations.
02/03 Softbank To Enter Japanese Commercial Electricity Retail Market PV Tech Japanese mobile telecommunications company Softbank will enter the Japanese commercial energy retail market through subsidiaries, selling electricity generated from renewable sources including solar and wind power.
01/31 SunPower Lands $220 Million in Solar Lease Financing Clean Edge News SunPower Corp. (SPWR) has announced a new program with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Merrill) that will provide financing to support approximately $220 million of residential solar lease projects.
01/31 Texas Gets Nearly 10% of its Electricity From Wind Sustainable Business Grid operator ERCOT says wind provided 9.9% of Texan electricity last year, up from 9.2% in 2012 and 4.9% in 2008 - that's a doubling in just five years.
01/30 Wind Energy Can Boost Grid Reliability, Says NREL Clean Edge News The study, “Active Power Controls from Wind Power: Bridging the GapsPDF”, finds that wind power can support the power system by adjusting its power output to enhance system reliability.
01/30 Cities Pledge Carbon Emissions Cuts from Buildings Environmental Leader Mayors from 10 major US cities pledged to boost the energy efficiency in their buildings as part of an initiative to cut a combined 5 to 7 million tons of carbon emissions annually.
01/29 End Fossil Fuel Tax Breaks, Invest in ‘Fuels of the Future’, Says Obama Environmental Leader President Barack Obama highlighted natural gas and other “fuels of the future” in his State of the Union address last night during which he pledged to set new efficiency standards for trucks and “cut red tape” to help businesses build factories that use natural gas.
01/29 U.S. Solar Jobs Grew 20% Last Year Clean Edge News The U.S. solar industry employed 142,698 Americans in 2013, according to The Solar Foundation.
01/28 Renewables Provided 37 Percent of All New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity in 2013 Renewable Energy World According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for 37.16 percent of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed during calendar-year 2013 for a total of 5,279 MW.
01/28 2.1 Gw Of Renewable Energy For U.S. Military, On Track For 3 Clean Technica Pew's Power Surge Power Surge also estimated that there were 384 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity at Department of Defense facilities by mid-2013.
01/27 17 Million North American Consumers Now in Competitive Electricity Markets Clean Edge News Seventeen million residential consumers have exercised their right to choose along with numerous business consumers, according to the Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS), a report released by Distributed Energy Financial Group LLC (DEFG).

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