End-Use Customers Ink 23% of Wind Contracts in 2014

The American Wind Energy Association reported that retail and other non-utility buyers signed 23 percent of the wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) inked in 2014. This represents over 1,770 MW of generation. Other renewable energy customers mentioned in the article include leading technology firms like … Read more…

DOD Solar Plant Saves $500,000 Annually

A 16.4 MW photovoltaic solar power plant has been completed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona. The plant is the largest solar energy facility at any US Department of Defense installation and is expected to reduce the Air Force’s utility costs by $500,000 … Read more…

Tucson Electric Power Increases Rates, Stutters on Energy Efficiency

Tucson Electric Power Increases Rates, Stutters on Energy Efficiency

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has approved rate increases for Tucson Electric Power (TEP) customers that will take effect July 1. This is TEP’s first base rate increase since 2008. TEP filed a request for new rates in July 2012. Earlier this year, TEP and ACC … Read more…

Federal Mandates Boost Energy-Services Firms’ Business

Federal Mandates Boost Energy-Services Firms’ Business

Honeywell International, Johnson Controls, Ameresco and other energy-services firms are among the companies to likely benefit from President Obama’s focus on climate-change issues, Reuters reports.

The president, in his second inaugural address, made preventing climate change his most prominent policy vow.

The news agency says this is good news for companies that can perform heating and cooling system upgrades, lighting retrofits and other energy-efficiency measures to help federal agencies meet a mandate to cut energy use by the end of this year.

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