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New Energy System Will Save Stanford $420M

Karen Henry

Stanford University is building a new energy system that incorporates solar power with heat recovery. The new system, called the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI), will save the university $420 million in energy costs over 35 years, making Stanford one of the most energy-efficient research universities in the world. The university has also committed to providing   …Continue Reading


NY Offers $160M to Fund Clean Energy

Linda Hardesty

As part of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, $160 million in funding is being made available to support public-private sector partnerships in clean energy projects. Funding will be administered competitively. The funding will support significant private investment in renewable energy sources such as wind farms, fuel cells, biomass facilities, renewable biogas and   …Continue Reading


2G Cenergy Launches Hydrogen Fueled CHP System

Karen Henry

2G Cenergy has launched a dedicated hydrogen-fueled combined heat and power (CHP) system, Business Energy reports. The first two 2G Cenergy units have been deployed at an energy station within the Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport in Germany. Each unit is capable of an output of 500 kW. The hydrogen gas storage system at Brandt   …Continue Reading


Factors are Favorable for a Rise in Smaller CHP Plants

Karen Henry

While 86 percent of installed combined heat and power (CHP) capacity in the United States serves large industrial and manufacturing sites, the days of new CHP plant installations at large sites are slowing down, according to Cogeneration & Onsite Power Production. CHP plant installations were at an all-time high of 6-7 GW in 2001 and 2002,   …Continue Reading


NY’s First ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ Rule a Major Step in Transformation of US Power Sector

Vic Shao

A major mile-marker was set in US power markets last week as the New York Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) issued the first regulations under Governor Cuomo’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) strategic power market reform plan. New York State’s REV highlights the transformation under way in the US power industry and markets as state authorities   …Continue Reading


How CA Will Bring More Renewables to the Grid

Larissa Koehler

Not content with setting a Renewable Portfolio Standard that ends at 2020, California Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators are pushing for the Golden State to get 50% of its energy from renewable resources by 2030. To meet this ambitious target, California must build a system that is largely based on renewable electricity, like wind and   …Continue Reading


Total Energy Subsidies Decline, but Solar Soars

Karen Henry

While the total value of direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy markets decreased 23 percent from $38 billion to $29.3 billion between fiscal years 2010 and 2013, solar subsidies skyrocketed from $1.1 billion to $4.5 billion in 2013, according to an updated report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Declining solar costs   …Continue Reading


Can the EU Form an Energy Union?

Karen Henry

The European Commission has submitted various proposals to bring together the energy systems of member states into a single “energy union,” The Guardian reports. Among other benefits, an energy union could provide cost savings, greater energy efficiency and greater energy supply resilience in the face of threats and other emergencies. The technology to achieve an   …Continue Reading


Energy Agenda of the 114th Congress Pros & Cons

June DeHart

The 114th Congress convened January 3 with energy at the top of its agenda.  Both the House and the Senate kicked off the new session with approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  That was just the start.  Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the new Chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, has promised comprehensive energy legislation based   …Continue Reading


Report: How to Make Your Energy Retrofit Happen

Jennifer Hermes

Facilities managers and commercial property owners increasingly accept that they can save their company significant amounts of money through reduced energy use and lower plant operating costs. But engaging in energy efficiency projects and upgrades can be costly and companies don’t always have the funds to get started. Fortunately, funding options are available for companies that know   …Continue Reading