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European Commission Proposes 30 Percent Energy-Savings Target for 2030

Karen Henry

The European Commission has proposed a three-pronged energy and climate strategy for European Union (EU) nations. Under the proposed strategy, EU nations would adopt goals to increase energy savings by 30 percent by 2030, reduce greenhouse gases by 40 percent and increase the amount of renewable energy consumption to 27 percent, Bloomberg reports. The proposal   …Continue Reading


Alcatraz Powered by Microgrid

Linda Hardesty

Alcatraz Island off San Francisco is being powered by a commercial scale microgrid system, reducing much of the diesel fuel costs required to power systems on the National Park Service property. The microgrid system is comprised of a 350 kW PV array, Princeton Power Systems inverters, a Princeton Power Systems site controller, two diesel generators,   …Continue Reading


DOE Announces $31 Million for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). EGS are engineered reservoirs created beneath the Earth’s surface where there is hot rock but limited pathways   …Continue Reading


UK Makes Investment in Energy Infrastructure Easier

Karen Henry

The UK energy sector saw $77 billion of investment between January 2010 and December 2013, with a $14.5 billion investment in renewable technologies in 2013 alone, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC’s) first report on energy investment in the UK, “Delivering UK Energy Investment 2014.” This investment tackles a legacy of underinvestment   …Continue Reading


ConEdison Solutions Helps Obtain 179D Benefits

Linda Hardesty

Miami-Dade County received $1.135 million from ConEdison Solutions, resulting from the federal 179D allocation associated with improvements to the county’s downtown chilled water system, which serves 12 major facilities. The increased energy efficiency of the chilled water system resulted in a 585,000 kWh annual electric savings. The 179D tax benefit was established through the 2005   …Continue Reading


China to Invest $600B to Modernize Energy Infrastructure

Karen Henry

China is expected to invest $600 billion to modernize its energy infrastructure over the next decade, according to a blog post from the GE Power Conversion in China business group. The Chinese government plans to develop 27 GW of wind power capacity in 2015. As of 2011, China’s National Energy Administration had approved wind projects   …Continue Reading


Energy Storage Projects Integrate Renewable Energy, Improve Power Grid

Karen Henry

Three Washington state utilities have been awarded $14.3 million in matching grants from the state’s new Clean Energy Fund to lead energy storage projects with ties to federally funded research at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Avista Utilities of Spokane, Wash., was awarded $3.2 million to install a UniEnergy Technolgies   …Continue Reading


Mammoth Cave National Park Powered with Propane

Karen Henry

To help Mammoth Cave National Park (MCNP) in Kentucky reduce its energy consumption, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has donated propane-powered off-road and stationary equipment to fuel park operations. Worth more than $62,000, the propane-powered equipment includes three John Deere zero-turn mowers, two Generac portable generators, and a CleanFuel USA propane dispenser featuring   …Continue Reading


US Puts Forward Legislation to Support Power Africa Initiative

Karen Henry

As of 2010, 68 percent of the sub-Saharan Africa population did not have access to power. For the majority of people who do have access to power, services are highly unreliable and remain at least twice as expensive compared to other emerging regions. In June 2013, President Obama announced Power Africa—an initiative to double the   …Continue Reading


PsomasFMG and Constellation to Develop 50 MW of Solar for Calif. Schools

Karen Henry

Solar firm PsomasFMG and Constellation announced an agreement to develop up to 50 MW of solar distributed generation projects for California-area schools and municipalities through the end of 2015. The agreement calls for Constellation to provide financing to build, own and operate the solar power systems and sell the electricity generated by the systems to   …Continue Reading


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