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  • Representative Tom Reed receives NGWA Industry Champion Award for support of renewable energy

    Representative Tom Reed (R-New York), pictured at right, received the National Ground Water Association’s first-ever Industry Champion Award from NGWA CEO Kevin McCray, CAE, at a presentation in Washington, D.C., on March 21. The NGWA Industry Champion Award was created to honor leaders helping groundwater professionals. It complements the Groundwater Protector Award, which recognizes ...

  • Delivering Efficiency and Flexibility through Distributed Energy

    With distributed generation in the form of solar and small scale gas generation predicted to grow from just 2% last year to 12% by 2030, the cost of technology that allows customers to produce and store their own energy is steadily becoming more affordable. Centrica’s Distributed Energy & Power business is working to help customers to capitalise on this trend, bringing a variety of ...


    By ENER-G

  • FPL Selects Black & Veatch and Blattner Energy to Build New Solar Energy Centers in Florida

    Florida Power & Light Company recently announced that it has selected Blattner Energy and Black & Veatch - two leading providers of renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services - to build its new universal solar projects. Blattner Energy will be the EPC contractor for four 74.5-MW solar power plants targeted for Dec. 31, 2017, completion: FPL Coral Farms Solar ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Solar PV sets a record in 2016 and is top choice for new generating capacity

    The U.S. solar market—led by utility-scale projects—set a record in 2016, doubling its previous high and adding more generating capacity than wind or natural gas for the first time ever, according to a new report. A total of 14,762 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) came online in 2016 or 39 percent of all the new generating capacity for the year. In the next five years, the ...

  • SolSmart Designates Seven New Communities for Removing Barriers to Going Solar

    SolSmart is recognizing seven new communities as national leaders for cutting red tape and making solar energy more affordable and accessible. Two cities received the highest designation of SolSmart Gold: Louisville, Kentucky and New York, New York. Also, five communities were designated SolSmart Bronze: Maricopa County, ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • Cooperative Solar Skyrockets

    By the end of 2017, the total solar energy capacity of America's electric cooperatives will be five times what it was two years ago, according to data released today by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). This year, co-ops are on pace to add 480 megawatts of solar, which would bring their total capacity to 873 MW. This more than quadruples the 180 MW reached in 2015 and ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • GE & Caithness Announce Innovative Power Deal that Could Exceed $1B to Build Multiple HA Combined-Cycle Power Plants in US

    GE and Caithness Energy recently announced an exclusive agreement with the intent to pursue development of multiple new HA combined-cycle power plants in the United States. The equipment package that GE will deliver as part of the agreement has a total value that could exceed $1 billion. The package is configured to include up to six high-efficiency HA gas turbines, six steam turbines, six heat ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Mortenson to Build Largest Single-Phase Wind Project in North America

    Mortenson, a leading renewable energy contractor, has been selected to build what will be the largest single-phase wind farm ever built in North America. The 600-megawatt Rush Creek Wind Project, owned and operated by Xcel Energy, will be home to 300 turbines and an 83-mile transmission line near Limon, Colo. "We are pleased to be selected to ...


    By Xcel Energy

  • Kingspan Exhibiting its Solar Thermal Offering at ISH 2017, Frankfurt

    We are heading to Frankfurt in March, to exhibit at ISH, the world’s leading trade fair for the bathroom experience, building services, energy, air conditioning technology and renewable energy. We will be showcasing our global-leading solar thermal product range, Kingspan Thermomax evacuated tubes and Varisol systems. Thermomax  ...


    By Kingspan Environmental Ltd

  • First Nation Solar Highlights

    The students of the Amisk Community School will be learning from devices powered by the sun. The array is being installed in 2 separate phases in congruence with AISP funding. This groundbreaking First Nation solar project is one of the first to receive funding from the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program. It is a true ...


    By Kuby Renewable Energy Ltd

  • Public Service Enterprise Group Outlines Capital Investment Program

    Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) said that it plans to invest approximately $15 billion over the next five years upgrading its energy infrastructure. PSEG reaffirmed its 2017 earnings guidance of $2.80 to $3.00 per share. Speaking at the company's Annual Investor Conference in New York, Ralph Izzo, PSEG chairman, president and CEO, told the financial community that the company's strategy ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • FPL Accelerates Major Solar Energy Development Projects

    Florida Power & Light Company, the largest generator of solar energy in Florida, recently announced the expansion of its near-term plans for new universal solar generation. FPL now plans to build new universal solar power plants at eight locations by early 2018 - comprising more than 2.5 million solar panels. "We have been working hard to drive down the costs of adding solar so we can deliver ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • California Energy Commission Adopts 2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update

    The California Energy Commission recently approved a major report assessing energy trends and issues facing the state's electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel sectors. The 2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update highlights the state's recent slate of legislative ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • H&V Shortlisting Puts Vital Energi in 7th Heaven

    The University of St Andrews’ £20m Guardbridge Biomass Energy Centre has proven popular with awards judges in the energy sector recently and following on from its victory at the Scottish Green Energy Awards we are delighted to announce it has been named as a finalist at the H&V News Awards 2017. The project has seen Vital Energi working in partnership with the University since ...


    By Vital Energi

  • New Zealand can play leading role in smart energy systems, says new IEA report

    New Zealand has long been a global leader in developing effective energy markets, renewable energy and establishing robust policies for electricity security, linked to its unique natural resource base and geography. Over the past decade, New Zealand's growing energy needs have outpaced improvements in energy efficiency, mainly because of the country's expanding economy and growing ...


    By International Energy Agency

  • Richard Smith joins Inprova Energy as Director of Business Strategy

    Former Mitie director Richard Smith has been appointed Director of Business Strategy at independent energy consultancy Inprova Energy.   He joins Inprova from Mitie Technical Facilities Management, where he was Energy and Controls Director, responsible for driving energy management across the FM sector. Previously, he was Head of Multi-Site Development at Dalkia Technical ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • Green Finance Specialist degree to boost finance in green energies

    For many finance institutions renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies – as main drivers of the global climate mitigation efforts - are still a new business field to be tackled. The Green Finance Specialist, developed by the German company ...

  • Dominion Solar Investment In Virginia Approaches $1 Billion

    Dominion is investing more than $800 million in solar power in Virginia, with much of it being built at little or no cost to most customers, according to the company. Additional solar projects are now in the planning stages. "Our company has made a major commitment to develop significant blocks of solar generation to meet customers' energy needs going forward," said Paul Koonce, CEO of Power ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • GridBright to Leverage ARPA-E GRID DATA Repository to Support Integration of Solar

    GridBright, Inc. recently announced that it is part of three of the thirteen projects selected for award negotiations by the DOE SunShot Initiative ENERGISE; a $30M program to support integration of solar energy into the nation's electric grid, while diversifying the nation's electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid. The three projects represent ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • DNV GL Survey: Reduced Costs are the Top Driver for Energy Efficiency Investments by Utility Customers

    DNV GL's second Trade Ally Pulse Survey, which measures the challenges and opportunities key utility partners face in the marketplace, found that a reduction in operating and maintenance costs was the most effective means to sell energy efficiency, according to the contractors that work with utilities in demand-side management (DSM) programs. The survey findings reveal how these industry, ...


    By DNV GL - Software

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