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Renew 179D Tax Deduction, Says Energy Management Association

Linda Hardesty

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02), along with 16 other members of Congress, introduced HR 5559, the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014. The bill would: -Extend the Production Tax Credit for wind energy through 2016. -Offer wind investors parity with solar investors, giving investors in each technology similar tax   …Continue Reading


Fed Publishes Resources to Assist Solar Growth

Linda Hardesty

The White House announced several new resources – from websites to reports – to promote solar energy as follows: The Department of Energy is launching Solar Powering America to provide access to a wide range of federal resources to drive solar deployment. The website will also be used to highlight and track private sector commitments to   …Continue Reading


3M, Cisco, Kimberly-Clark Offer Employees Discounts on Solar

Linda Hardesty

A number of businesses, low-income housing authorities, and communities have made the following commitments to increase onsite solar generation, according to a White House announcement. Cisco Systems commits to increase its onsite solar capacity to 2.7 MW worldwide by 2015. Becton, Dickinson and Company commits to add a 630 kW solar installation at its Cayey,   …Continue Reading


Veolia Manages College’s Central Cogeneration Plant

Linda Hardesty

Veolia North America was awarded a 5-year contract with the South Orange County Community College District to provide operation and maintenance of its central cogeneration plant at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. Following a competitive bid process, Veolia was selected to operate and maintain the central plant, including power generation equipment, the chilled and   …Continue Reading


Biogas CHP System Powers Brewery

Linda Hardesty

Yuengling Brewery based in Pottsville, Penn., is operating a 2G CENERGY 400ekW/h CHP cogeneration power plant, serving about 20 percent of Yuengling’s total electricity needs at the brewery. Methane gas is generated at the Yuengling Brewery wastewater treatment plant and at an anaerobic digester designed by Environmental Management Group.  2G CENERGY’s system cleans the raw biogas and turns this fuel   …Continue Reading


Vortisand Helps NOLO’s District Energy Center Clean Up Its Water

Karen Henry

Enwave’s District Energy Center in New Orleans provides more than 33,000 tons of chilled water and air conditioning to more than 12 million square feet of commercial property that encompasses 15 square city blocks, including the New Orleans Regional Medical Center. After Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005, all of Enwave’s cooling water systems   …Continue Reading


Availon Launches Wind Energy Management Business

Linda Hardesty

Availon established a new subsidiary Availon Energy Management (AEM) to complement the parent company’s technical services to wind farm operators. AEM will offer customer-specific energy management, wind performance forecasts, direct marketing support and contract management. The complementary AEM services are aimed at both large and small wind farm operators, managers, energy suppliers, public services, investors   …Continue Reading


Microgrids Create Safe Alternative Power Option with Energy Storage on Alcatraz

Jennifer Hermes

Recent events like Hurricane Sandy and others have shown that the electrical grid is not resilient under all circumstances and that electrical power distribution can fail for larger periods of time. It is therefore of vital importance to provide solutions for emergency power generation and power distribution to at least sections of the electrical grid   …Continue Reading


‘Snap Together’ Solar System Increases Output from Roofs

Linda Hardesty

SolarCity unveiled a flat roof solar mounting system – ZS Peak – that it says is twice as fast to install and can generate significantly more solar electricity from commercial rooftops. Like SolarCity’s Zep residential solar systems, ZS Peak provides a snap-together system to simplify and accelerate installation. SolarCity estimates that ZS Peak can increase   …Continue Reading


Floating Power Plant Supplies Energy for Resort

Linda Hardesty

Vancouver-based Water Wall Turbine has selected The Switch to provide a 500 kW full-power converter for its floating power plant, which extracts potential and kinetic energy from large, fast moving water currents for conversion into electricity. The Switch will supply its first 500 kW converter in October 2014 for Water Wall Turbine’s prototype project, which   …Continue Reading


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