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Climate Declaration Means Opportunities for GM

William Opalka

General Motors remains the only automaker among 750 signatories of the Climate Declaration, organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition. GM’s investments are reducing its energy costs by at least $170 million. For the second consecutive year, the EPA recognized GM with a 2014 Energy Star Partner   …Continue Reading

Berkeley Lab Troubleshoots Vehicle-to-Grid Scenarios

Linda Hardesty

As the number of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) increases, a potentially valuable energy storage resource is also growing – the battery packs of these vehicles, according to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. When PEVs are plugged in, they can contribute electricity to the grid during peak times, provide extra storage capacity when the grid is generating   …Continue Reading

LPL Financial Opens Net-Zero Office Tower

Linda Hardesty

LPL Financial, an independent broker-dealer, opened its new San Diego headquarters, Tower II at La Jolla Commons, which it believes to be the largest net-zero energy commercial office building in the United States. The 13-story, 415,000-sq-foot office tower utilizes three fuel cells to convert biogas into carbon-neutral electricity that will allow the building to achieve   …Continue Reading

Michigan Building Retrofits with PACE

Linda Hardesty

A privately-financed Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) project in Michigan will involve over $1 million of improvements to the 1-800-Law-Firm building in Southfield. Over $500,000 will be financed through PACE, a tool that allows any business to use a property tax assessment to obtain much longer term financing than is otherwise available in the capital   …Continue Reading

GE, PowerStream Launch Ontario Microgrid Demonstration Project

Linda Hardesty

General Electric and PowerStream have launched a joint microgrid demonstration project at PowerStream’s headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario. For the project, GE provided its Grid IQ Microgrid Control System (MCS), as well as the engineering design services, to help PowerStream build a microgrid, which uses renewable energy resources (wind, solar), a natural-gas generator and energy storage   …Continue Reading

Energy Storage, EV Charging Save Museum $3,200 Per Year

Linda Hardesty

The City of Lancaster, Calif., has hired Green Charge Networks to install an energy storage system and electric vehicle charging station at the Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH). The project is funded by a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant at no cost to the City and will generate about $3,200 annually in cost   …Continue Reading

Energy Department Awards Innovation Grants

William Opalka

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awarded $17 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects to help small businesses in 13 states. The grants are intended to develop technologies to improve manufacturing energy efficiency, reduce the cost of installing clean energy projects and generate electricity from renewable energy sources. Wind   …Continue Reading

Fuel Cells Power Cameras for Daytona 500

Linda Hardesty

Four hydrogen fuel cell generators will power broadcast cameras around the track at this weekend’s FOX broadcast of the Daytona 500. The technology was beta-tested during the IMSA Rolex 24 race last month with two cameras. The fuel cells produce electrical power and operate on conventional fuels like natural gas and propane, while reducing fuel   …Continue Reading

Helping EVs from Overloading Grid

Linda Hardesty

To prevent electric vehicles from overloading power grids while charging, German-based Fraunhofer is developing underlying communication methods for a uniform energy management system. The charging station serves as an interoperable node between the electric vehicle and the network control center using the ISO/IEC 15118 and IEC 61850 standards. The requirement for EU-wide communication technologies led   …Continue Reading

Alternative Fuels Market in CA Sees Major Progress, Says Report

Energy Manager Today Staff

After months of surveys, analysis and preparation, the California Energy Commission’s draft 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) is out – and it shows that dramatic progress is underway in the state’s transportation fuels market.  Not only has the state made measured progress towards a more diversified fuel market through targeted investments, the growth of   …Continue Reading

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