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Turks and Caicos Joins Carbon War Room

Linda Hardesty

Turks & Caicos signed a memorandum of understanding to advance renewable energy by joining the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge. The Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Rocky Mountain Institute, will provide a range of technical, project management, communications, and business advisory support services to Turks & Caicos.   …Continue Reading

Solar PV Prices to Drop through 2016

Karen Henry

The Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative seeks to reduce solar PV prices in the United States by 75 percent between 2010 and 2020. Based on a new report from the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the nation appears to be on track to meet that goal. Distributed solar   …Continue Reading

FERC Accepts Pre-filing for PennEast Natural Gas Pipeline

Linda Hardesty

PennEast Pipeline says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved its request to initiate the pre-filing review process for an interstate natural gas pipeline. The proposed 108-mile, 36-inch natural gas pipeline will be designed to transport 1 Bcf/day. Current plans call for the pipeline to run from Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania to Transco’s   …Continue Reading

MA Explores Easier, Cost-Effective Way to Buy Electricity, Natural Gas

Shaun Pandit

The high cost and often-complex process of buying electricity and natural gas is a constant challenge for any industry, but perhaps none more so than manufacturers who deal with energy intensive operations on a daily basis. The best, most affordable market deals aren’t always easy to find, and that’s a large reason why the process   …Continue Reading

Honeywell, Constellation Expand Energy Contract, Thermostat Deal

Linda Hardesty

Honeywell and Constellation are teaming to offer electricity contracts to homeowners and small businesses across 23 states. By enrolling in the plan, customers can receive up to a $400 gift card from Constellation for buying any Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat. The plan builds on the companies’ regional efforts in Texas, where in July, Honeywell and StarTex   …Continue Reading

UK Small Businesses Get Tax Break for Onsite Solar

Linda Hardesty

Small and medium-sized businesses in the UK are encouraged to take advantage of their Annual Investment Allowance (AIA), a government incentive in which businesses can benefit from 100 percent tax relief until the end of 2015 on up to $798,000 spent on plant or machinery, including onsite renewable energy. Solar panel installer EvoEnergy says firms   …Continue Reading

Texas Battles EPA on Carbon Emissions Rules

Devon Bass

Representatives and officials from the state of Texas are pushing back against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new federal standards to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, saying that they will disproportionately affect the state and that the new guidelines might be out of compliance with previously-passed legislation. In an ongoing effort by the Obama administration   …Continue Reading

Knowing Demand Response Capability Improves Procurement Strategy

Linda Hardesty

During last winter’s polar vortex in the northeast, the price spike in the real time electricity market had an interesting impact on peoples’ decisions whether to buy energy in the day ahead or the real time market, said Steve Wemple, VP of Regulatory Affairs with Con Edison Solutions on a recent Energy Manager Today webinar,   …Continue Reading

New Natural Gas Power Plants Help Schools Save Money

Linda Hardesty

Florida’s Sarasota County School District has lowered its electric bills by about $2.4 million since 2009 due to energy efficiency measures and rate reductions, reports the Herald Tribune. Although the school district has added more square footage since 2009, its electricity rate has gone down more than 15 percent, says the newspaper. Florida Power &   …Continue Reading

Maine PUC Warns Businesses to Prepare for High Electric Prices

Linda Hardesty

State energy officials in Maine are encouraging businesses to prepare for a sharp rise in electricity prices this winter. According to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, these price increases will be most pronounced for medium-sized business customers on the standard offer, as well as for customers whose electricity price fluctuates with time of use. For   …Continue Reading

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