National Wind Technology Center Awards Energy Storage Test to RES

National Wind Technology Center Awards Energy Storage Test to RES

The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) awarded a 1-MW/1-MWh energy storage test project to Renewable Energy Systems, the UK-based firm with offices in Broomfield, Colorado, announced on February 22.

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs by 20% with Brownfield Solar Project

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs by 20% with Brownfield Solar Project

In Massachusetts, four schools districts and one town are drawing energy from a 3.68-MW ground-mounted solar project on a brownfield site in Billerica, 20 miles north of Boston that went online on February 23, utility scale developer Soltage has announced.

Sea Change: Microsoft Plans to Submerge Data Centers

Sea Change: Microsoft Plans to Submerge Data Centers

Microsoft engineer Sean James – who honed his skills working on-board a U.S. Navy submarine before joining the tech giant – came up with a “watershed idea” several years ago: He said that submerging the company’s data centers could solve several problems by introducing a new power source, greatly reducing cooling costs, and closing the distance to connected populations.

Whisker Labs Receives MIPS Grant to Advance Demand Response

Whisker Labs Receives MIPS Grant to Advance Demand Response

The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program has awarded a joint grant to Whisker Labs, a division of Earth Networks, to study the potential economic benefit of shifting customers’ electricity loads through the use of its Connected Savings energy management platform, the recipient announced on February 22.

GE Renewable to Equip First Commercial U.S. Solar+Wind Hybrid Project

Paris-based GE Renewable Energy announced on February 22 that it had been selected to supply equipment for the first commercial, integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation project in the industry

New Maine Legislation Would Cap Retail Pricing

New Maine Legislation Would Cap Retail Pricing

In the Maine State Legislature, An Act to Limit Rates Charge by Competitive Electricity Providers (HP 192) has been sponsored by State Representative Norman Higgins (R-District 120) and referred to the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology.

Average U.S. Hospital Pays $3/Square Foot for Energy

Average U.S. Hospital Pays $3/Square Foot for Energy

Grumman/Butkus Associates, a Chicago based, energy efficiency consultancy, released the latest edition of its annual Hospital Energy and Water Benchmarking Survey earlier this month – including usage and costs for fossil fuels and electricity. Since the survey was first conducted more than 20 years ago, the overall fossil fuel usage in healthcare facilities has trended downward, but the consumption of electricity has not decreased significantly, according to survey findings.

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