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PSEG Trumpets Customer Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
PSEG Long Island
Date: 2020-01-08
PSEG Long Island is reporting its energy efficiency initiatives and energy efficiency improvements have saved its business and residential customers an estimated $280 million on their energy bills in the last six years. According to the utility, energy savings are the result of upgraded lighting, appliances, heating and cooling systems, and other energy-efficiency modifications that resulted in $265 million in rebates, in addition to the $280 million in estimated energy savings.

The utility claims the effort saved 1.6 billion kilowatt hours of energy since Jan. 1, 2014, the equivalent of powering 191,530 homes for one year. Business customers saved money in the past six years by completing 20,000 energy efficiency projects, which earned them a collective $161 million in rebates and incentives, according to PSEG Long Island. The installed energy conservation measures are expected to save 633 million kWh in annual energy savings. (Source: PSEG, PR, Long Island Bus. News, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: PSEG Long Island, , Michael Voltz, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables, www.psegliny.com

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China leads the way as wind energy sees another year of stable growth
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2019-11-29
The wind power energy industry installed 51.3 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity last year, a 3.6 percent fall when compared to 2017‘s growth, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said Tuesday. Despite this reduction, the international trade association said that the growth of the worldwide wind energy market had “been stable” since 2014, with more than 50 GW of new capacity installed each year. Total installed capacity stood at 591 GW at the end of 2018, which represents an increase of 9.6 percent compared to the end of 2017, the GWEC added. Installed capacity relates to how much energy can be produced at maximum output, not what is currently being generated. GWEC CEO Ben Backwell said that China had led “both onshore and offshore growth,” adding that “huge growth” was expected in Asia “through the coming decade and beyond.” Breaking the figures down, the onshore sector was responsible for 46.8 GW of new capacity in 2018, while the offshore wind market added 4.49 GW. In the onshore sector, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa were responsible for 10 percent of new installations last year. China led the way in offshore, installing 1.8 GW, while the U.K. and Germany installed 1.3 GW and 0.9 GW, respectively.

another industry body, WindEurope, said that 12 countries in the EU had failed to install “a single wind turbine” last year. onshore wind fell by more than half in Germany last year and “collapsed in the U.K.,” stating that, in the EU, 2018 was “the worst year for new wind energy installations since 2011.” (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, reve, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact: WEC, Ben Blackwell, CEO

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Carbon Tracker Recommends Complete Coal Phase-Out by 2030 (Int'l.)
Carbon Tracker
Date: 2019-10-28
According to Apocoalypse Now, a new report from the European think-tank Carbon Tracker, 80 pct of Europe's often inefficient and polluting coal-fired power plants can't compete with renewable energy and are operating at a loss -- €6.6 billion ($7.3bn) this year alone even with substantial subsidies.

The report finds the combination of strict air pollution regulations, falling renewable prices and rising carbon prices is making coal energy more and more unpalatable. In 2017, 46 pct of EU coal capacity was running at a loss. But now, the fraction has increased to 79 pct.

Carbon Tracker -- which is funded by various European and US foundations -- argues that governments should loan money to fund the closure of coal-fired power plants, on the condition that utilities use those funds to build renewables and in turn repay the debt from future power sales. Based on its findings, the report recommends coal should be fully phased out by 2030. (Source: Carbon Tracker, Al Jazeera News, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Carbon Tracker, Matt Gray, Report Co-Author, Head of Power & Utilities at Carbon Tracker, www.carbontracker.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tracker,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


Notable Quote -- PSEG CEO Talks Energy Efficiency
PSEG
Date: 2019-09-16
"Compared with wind and solar energy efficiency is both faster and cheaper to access because it doesn't have to be built. It also doesn't require the extensive use of land that wind and solar do, and has much shorter payback periods than renewable resources." -- Ralph Izzo, Pres & Ceo, Public Service Enterprise Group, Sept., 2019) Contact: PSEG 2018 Sustainablity Report

More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG,  Energy Efficiency,  


Stony Brook Scores $79Mn for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
Stony Brook University ,New York Power Authority
Date: 2019-08-23
Stony Brook University, part of the SUNY system, is reporting receipt of $79 million in comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades funding from New York State.

The improvements, part of an initiative by SUNY and the New York Power Authority, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28,000 tpy and save the university roughly $6 million per year in energy and maintenance costs, according to a release.

Funded energy efficiency upgrades include: lighting, HVAC, and building management systems in various campus buildings such as residence halls, science buildings and hospital.

The university previously received more than $500,000 in energy efficiency rebates from PSEG Long Island, according to the statment. (Source: Stoney Brook Univ., Long Island Business News, Aug., 2019) Contact: Stoney Brook University, www.stoneybrook.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stony Brook University ,  SUNY,  New York Power Authority,  


PSEG Plans Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
PSEG
Date: 2019-07-26
In the Garden State, Newark-based Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG), which claims one of the lowest carbon emissions rates among the largest U.S. power producers, reports it expects to cut its power fleet's carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2046, from 2005 levels, and attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, assuming advances in technology and public policy. PSEG also notes it has no plans to build or acquire new fossil-fueled power plants and is committed to reporting annually on sustainability and climate using the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework, starting in 2020.

PSEG claims a long history of addressing climate change as an embedded part of its business and culture including:

  • PSEG's emission rate in 2017 was 461 lb/MWh, below the International Energy Agency's (IEA) "Beyond 2C Scenario" 2030 projected CO2 emission rate for the U.S. electric sector of 510 lb/MWh. PSEG's projected emission rate upon the completion of our coal exit strategy will be 334 lb/MWh.

  • PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants supply more than 90 pct of the Garden State's emissions-free power.

  • By 2021, PSEG will have retired or exited through sales more than 2,400 MW of coal-fired generation, thus nearing completion of its coal exit strategy. In June 2019, PSEG announced an agreement to sell its interest in the Keystone and Conemaugh coal plants in western Pennsylvania.

  • PSE&G energy efficiency programs are currently saving participants $242 million a year in energy costs and avoided emissions equal to removing 37,000 cars from the road for one year.

  • Looking forward, PSE&G's $2.5 billion Clean Energy Future investment proposal for 22 energy efficiency programs would allow participating customers to save $5.9 billion on their bills by helping them use less energy and reduce carbon emissions.

  • PSEG is also a leading developer of solar energy resources having invested approximately $1.8 billion in 674 MW of solar, including 262 MW in New Jersey and 412 MW in 13 other states. PSEG also supports New Jersey's efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

    PSEG is a publicly traded diversified energy company with approximately 13,000 employees. Headquartered in with operating subsidiaries -- Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), PSEG Power and PSEG Long Island. (Source: PSEG, PR, 25 July, 2019) Contact: PSEG, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, www.corporate.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG,  Carbon Emissions ,  


  • REGI Shuttering New Boston, Texas Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2019-07-26
    Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group (REGI) reports it is mothballing its New Boston, Texas biorefinery due to challenging business conditions and continued federal policy uncertainty -- the long-lapsed federal biodiesel tax credit, the company said. The 15-million gpy biodiesel plant near Texarkana, Texas, is capable of running both high and low free fatty acid feedstocks and has truck and rail access.

    REGI operates 14 biorefineries in the US and Europe. In 2018, the company produced 502 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering over 4 million metric tons of carbon reduction. (Source: REGI, PR, 25 July, 2019) Contact: REGI, Cynthia J. Warner, President and CEO, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group ,  Biodiesel,  


    UK Parliamentarians Call for B10 Ethanol Blend Rate (Int'l)
    All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol
    Date: 2019-07-22
    In London, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol has suggested increasing the ethanol-petroleum blend rate be increased fro the present 5 pct to 10 pct (E10). The parliamentarians suggest the increase would protect the jobs of the 6,000 or so people currently working to grow feed stock crops used to produce ethanol an thus help keep the country's struggling bioethanol industry afloat.

    According to the APPG, "The British bioethanol industry is in a state of collapse, and ministers can not allow the fog of Brexit to distract them any longer from saving a £1 billion industry that will not only make our cars cleaner and greener, but provide thousands of green jobs in the North and prove that the government is serious about championing the green economy."

    (Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, GIZMODO, 18 July, 2019)Contact: All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, Nic Dakin, Chairman, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News B10,  Ethanol,  UK Ethanol,  All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol,  


    Albany Adds $55Mn to Long Island Energy Storage Push (Funding)
    NYSERDA,PSEG-LI
    Date: 2019-07-08
    In the Empire State, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo having previously committing $400 million for energy-storage technologies, the Governor has added $55 million over the next five years in support of cutting-edge energy-storage efforts specifically on Long Island.

    The funding -- essentially, a collaboration between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and PSEG-LI -- is intended to promote the deployment of "solar-plus-storage" technologies while also supporting the governor's comprehensive energy plan which includes statewide storage of 3,000 MW -- enough to power 40 pct of statewide residences -- by 2030.

    The first $15 million tranche is now available to residential and commercial customers who install standalone energy-storage systems or systems paired with solar power technologies.

    For commercial customers, the funds will support new grid-connected energy-storage systems holding up to 5 MW. Eligible energy-storage systems include chemical, thermal or mechanical systems, to be compensated under a PSEG-LI tariff or load-relief program, according to the release. (Source: NYSERDA, 8 July, 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo; PSEG-LI, www.psegliny.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG-LI,  Energy Storage,  NYSERDA,  Cuomo,  


    PSEG Claims Among Lowest Power Producer CO2 Emissions (Ind Report)
    Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the Garden State, Newark-based power producer Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is touting its record as having one of the lowest carbon emissions rates of the nation's largest power producers, according to Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States , a recently released report by M.J. Bradley & Associates, Bank of America, CERES, Entergy, Exelon and NRDC. According to the report:
  • In 1993, PSEG became the first electric utility in the U.S. to volunteer to participate in the Climate Challenge Program; PSEG successfully met this goal and stabilized carbon dioxide emissions from its New Jersey plants to 1990 levels by 2000.

  • In 2002, PSEG joined EPA's Climate Leaders program to reduce the six greenhouse gases covered under the Kyoto Protocol. Under this program, PSEG committed to reduce its CO2-equivalent GHG emissions on a pound-per-mWh basis by 18 pct from 2000 levels by Dec. 31, 2008. PSEG surpassed this goal by achieving a 31 pct reduction, due primarily to the fact that more than half our power comes from nuclear generation.

  • In 2009, PSEG established a new goal of reducing company-wide GHG emissions by 25 pct from 2005 levels by 2025. PSEG met this goal 14 years ahead of schedule. PSEG achieved this goal through implementation of energy efficiency programs, deployment of renewable energy, increasing nuclear output and building clean, efficient natural gas generation.

  • Since 2010, PSEG has invested approximately $400 million in energy efficiency initiatives that reduce emissions in hospitals, multifamily housing and buildings occupied by nonprofits and government agencies.

  • In 2018, PSEG announced its new goal of eliminating 13 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent by 2030 from 2005 levels. The new goal expands upon previous reduction goals, including efficiency upgrades of existing combined-cycle natural gas fleets and the retirement of the company's New Jersey and Connecticut coal plants.

  • PSEG has invested $1.7 Billion in 625 MWs of solar, including 211 MWs in New Jersey and 23 projects in 14 states totaling 414 MWs. PSEG is New Jersey's leading developer of solar energy resources and is an active supporter of efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

  • Supplying more than 90 pct of the state's emissions-free power, PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants play a key role in supporting New Jersey's clean energy goals.

    Download the Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States report HERE. (Source: PSEG, CSRWire 28 June, 2019) Contact: PSEG, PSE&G, PSEGPower, www/investor.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG),  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Permafrost Collapses 70 Yrs Early (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-06-24
    "Climate scientists have been warning about the dangers of global warming for decades. Now, it's happening, in spades. It should be noted that America's politicians are guilty of ignoring warnings by their own scientists. Those warnings officially started 31 years ago when Dr. James Hansen, then head of NASA Institute for Space Studies, testified before the Senate[ in 1988: 'If the current pace of the buildup of these gases (GHG) continues, the effect is likely to be a warming of 3 to 9 degrees F from the year 2025 to 2050, according to these projections. This rise in temperature is not expected to be uniform around the globe but to be greater in the higher latitudes.'

    "Global warming is prominent throughout the North. Ergo, climate news doesn't get much worse (well, actually, it could, and will) than the collapse of permafrost in the Canadian High Arctic's extreme coldest region (where): 'Observed maximum thaw depths at our sites are already exceeding those projected to occur by 2090. The aforementioned study, from 2003-2016, found permafrost melt up to 240 pct more than previous years. In geological terms, that's like winning the Indy 500, hands down. That permafrost had been frozen solid for 'thousands of years.' Accordingly, scientists predicted the permafrost 'wouldn't melt for another 70 years.' Yet, the landscape has already collapsed by up to three feet.

    "Bottom line, the top 25 pct of the Northern Hemisphere, where permafrost is ubiquitous, is coming apart at the seams, and climate scientists are behind the eight ball while America's politicians deny the legitimacy of science and openly spit on the underlying thesis of anthropogenic global warming. In point of fact, Farquharson's '70-yr too early permafrost collapse' makes the onset of RGW look like a dead-ringer, but when?

    "There's no getting around the fact that ecosystems are collapsing. The evidence is too palpable to ignore. It's serious; it's deadly, and it could be too late to do much to stop it, other than a last-ditch WWII Marshall Plan Worldwide Consortium dedicated to converting the world to renewable energy, and forcing removal of CO2 from the atmosphere, yet, those solutions take years and years of planning, setup, construction, and billions upon billions of funding. It's not happening.

    Meanwhile, carbon that has been trapped in and under permafrost over eons readies to escape to turbo-charge an already over-saturated turbo-charged climate. It's literally happening right now. The waiting room is already full. Farquharson's study proves it, and Alaska's permafrost carbon emissions that compete with U.S. commercial CO2 emissions prove it, as sled dogs wade through it." (Source: Dissident Voice, Robert Hunziker, 21 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


    Siemens Gamesa Claims EDF 126 Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
    Siemens Gamesa,EDF Renewables
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports receipt of three new contracts that include service and maintainence from EDF Renewables for its new 4.5-MW turbine which will be manufacture in Hutchinson.

    The most recent award was the 232 MW Milligan project, located in Milligan County, Neb. For the project, Siemens will build 30 SG 4.5-145 and 36 SG 2.7-129 wind turbines. The 4.5-145 features a 71 meter or 233-foot long blade. With these recent orders, Siemens Gamesa eclipsed the 1-gigawatt mark for its SG 4.5-145 turbines sold worldwide. The other new projects are the 241 MW Coyote wind project in Texas, and 246 MW Oso Grande wind project in New Mexico. Coyote, located in Scurry County, Texas, will feature 48 SG 4.5-145 and 11 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Project completion is targeted for the summer of 2020.

    The Oso Grande wind project will also utilize 48 SG 4.5-145 and 13 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Located about 43 miles southeast of Roswell, N.M., commissioning of this wind farm is slated for Q4, 2020.

    The SG 4.5-145 offers a flexible power rating, from 4.2 to 4.8 MW, depending on site conditions, the company stated in a release. It is optimized for medium wind onshore locations to maximize energy production with low noise emission levels. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Dodge City Daily Globe, 4 June, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, Pres. & CEO, Sandi Briner, (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int/products-and-services

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind Turbines,  Siemens Gamesa,  


    Congress Lobbied to Reinstate Alt-Fuel Tax Credit (Reg & Leg)
    Alternative Fuels
    Date: 2019-02-15
    More than 700 transportation fuel related industry organizations representing users, retailers, customers, fleet managers, utilities, and producers of clean alternative transportation fuels submitted the following Chairmen Grassley and Neal, and Ranking Members Wyden and Brady:

    "We ask your support for including a reinstatement of the $0.50/gallon alternative fuels tax credit (AFTC) in a fiscal year 2019 government spending package. The AFTC is a credit of $0.50 per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) of certain transportation fuels, including natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, P Series Fuels, liquefied hydrogen and others.

    " Extending the AFTC retroactively for 2018 and prospectively for 2019 will allow businesses and customers to continue to deploy cleaner alternative fuel technologies. A full five-year extension of the AFTC would provide business certainty along with a significant contribution to our nation's economic growth.

    "Unfortunately, the credit has currently lapsed as of December 31, 2017 and many fleets, businesses, and manufacturers are unable to plan future investments as they manage current uncertainty. Immediately reinstating the AFTC for 2018 and 2019 is necessary to encouraging further deployment of new, clean transportation technology.

    " Extending the AFTC will bring significant environmental benefits, improved air quality, and enhance our energy independence by lowering our dependence on foreign oil. Renewal of the AFTC also promotes increased private sector investment in infrastructure and equipment, which leads to more jobs and economic output." (Source: NGT News, Various Other Media, 15 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Alternative Fuel Tax Credit,  


    Long Island's Second Iargest Solar Array Online (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy,PSEG,Invenergy
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Duke Energy subsidiary PSEG is reporting the official launch of the 150-acre, 24.9-MW Shoreham Solar Commons solar array in Shoreham, New York.

    Shoreham Solar Commons was developed by Invenergy and sold to Duke in 2017. The project generates sufficient energy for 3,500 homes while costing ratepayers about $177 million during its 20-year contract with LIPA. The project has been producing power since July.

    Duke Energy Renewables presently has wind and solar projects in 22 states amounting to about 3,000 MW. MW. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PSEG, NewsDay, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Jim Parmalee, Dir. Power Resources, Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com/renewable; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Solar,  Duke Energy Renewables,  ,  PSEG,  


    German Consultancy Exploring Iranian Energy Efficiency Market (Int'l)
    DIW Econ
    Date: 2018-11-30
    In Tehran, DIW Econ, a Berlin-based subsidiary consultancy company of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), reports it has been investigating possible low carbon economy and energy efficiency projects in PSEEZ in Assaluyeh and have developed business and financing plans for at least two projects designed for Iran's existing infrastructure and compliant with energy consumption and industry regulations.

    The company also developed bankable pre-feasibility studies for energy efficiency projects and for the derived market for energy and environment and elaboration of financing concepts for these projects. The German company is also planning similar projects in the southwestern Iranian city of Bushehr. (Source: DIW Econ, Tehran Times, 25 Nov., 2018)Contact: DIW Econ, +49 30-20 60 972-0, www.diw-econ.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    NBB Supports Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Proposal (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2018-11-28
    In Washington, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, is reported to have proposed a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit at its current rate of $1.00 per gallon for 2018 through 2021 but gradually reduce it to $0.33 per gallon by 2024, and then allow it to expire

    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) welcomes Brady's proposal: "The biodiesel industry has long advocated for a long-term tax extension to provide certainty and predictably for producers and feedstock providers. Too often, the credit has been allowed to lapse and then reinstated retroactively, which does not provide the certainty businesses need to plan, invest, and create jobs. We (MBB) appreciate the recognition that the biodiesel industry is integral to our domestic energy needs through this long-term extension. We look forward to working with our supporters on Capitol Hill to ensure that consumers, producers and marketers benefit from a long-term, forward-looking pro-growth tax policy," according to NBB VP for Federal Affairs, Kurt Kovarik. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, Ohio AG, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit ,  


    T-Mobile Joins Puget Sound Energ Green Direct Program (Ind. Report)
    T-Mobile, Puget Sound Energy
    Date: 2018-10-24
    In Washington State, wireless network operator T-Mobile US, Inc. reports it has joined Puget Sound Energy's Green Direct program, giving the company access to a blend of local solar and wind renewable energy sources, which will be used to power its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington by 2021.

    The Green Direct program will enable T-Mobile to purchase clean energy from dedicated local solar and wind energy farms in Washington state, further pushing it towards its strong commitment to renewables. (Source: T-Mobile, ALGOESONLINE, 20 Oct., 2018) Contact: T-Mobile, (425) 378-4000, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/tmobile-usa-inc; Puget Sound Energy, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Puget Sound Energy,  


    CPS Energy, SwRI Partner on TX Solar, Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    CPS Energy,Southwest Research Institute
    Date: 2018-10-10
    In the Lone Star State, San Antonio electric and natural gas utility CPS Energy reports it has broken ground on their first solar energy and battery storage project.

    For the project, CPS partnered with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) which will provide nearly 50 acres in San Antonio on which the solar facility and battery storage system will be constructed. SwRI aims to gain valuable insight into the efficiencies of both solar production and battery energy storage which it will share with CPS.

    The $16.3 million project, which will be constructed by RES Americas, will consist of a 5 MW solar power facility and a 10 MW battery storage system. (Source: CPS Energy, PR, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: CPS Energy, Paula Gold-Williams, Pres., CEO, www.cpsenergy.com; Southwest Research Institute, Klas Brun, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CPS Energy,  Solar,  Battery Energy Storage,  Southwest Research Institute ,  


    PSE&G Promoting NJ Clean Energy, Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    PSE&G
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Further to our June 4th coverage, Newark-based Public Service Electric and Gas Co (PSE&G) reports it has submitted a proposal for a Clean Energy Future (CEF) program with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. If approved and implemented, the program is expected to save customers $7.4 billion in energy costs and cut carbon emissions by 36 million tonnes.

    The CEF includes a plan to implement an advanced technology platform, called the "energy cloud" which would modernize the way the utility serves its customers. When fully implemented, the energy cloud is expected to save customers another $1.7 billion over 20 years.

    The proposal is intended to help New Jersey meet its energy storage goals set forth in the state's clean energy legislation requiring utilities to cut customers' annual electric and gas consumption by 2 pct and 0.75 pct respectively.

    To that end, the CEF program would invest in clean energy and advanced technology that would advance the state as a national leader in energy efficiency and jump-start other clean energy priorities.

    The $2.8 billion energy efficiency plan includes $2.5 billion of investment and $283 million in other program costs. The program will allow customers to: use upfront rebates and other financial incentives to purchase more efficient appliances, smart thermostats and other equipment; get free and affordable energy audits, reports and system design advice; get free and low-cost energy efficiency kits, tools and installations; and seed funding for new energy-saving techniques. (Source: PSE&G, Smart Cities World News, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, Michael Voltz, Energy Efficiency Dir., (6310 844-3819, michael.voltz@pseg.com, www.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PSE&G,  Clean Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    PSE&G Announces $4Bn Clean Energy, Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
    PSE&G
    Date: 2018-09-28
    New Jersey's largest regulated utility, PSE&G, is reporting a $4 billion plan to make the Garden State greener and advance the state's bid to become a clean energy leader. The six-year, Clean Energy Future Plan aims to reduce the state's energy consumption and carbon emissions while driving down electric power costs.

    $2.8 billion of the total $4 billion investment would be earmarked for energy efficiency programs and would underwrite rebates and incentives for energy-efficient appliances and equipment, as well as funding to adopt energy-saving techniques and "smart" electric meters. PSE&G would also offer free or low-cost consulting, tools and installations to residences, businesses and local governments. (Source: PSE&G, CNBC, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: PSE&G, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, www.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  PSE&G,  


    £3.5Mn Welsh Energy Storage Initiative Wins EU Support (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-08-08
    The University of South Wale reports European Union funding will help launch the £3.5 million Smart Energy Storage Solutions Hub (SESS) low-carbon technologies and energy-storage products, pilot project. The scheme, led by the University of South Wales (USW), will work with businesses to drive innovation and develop new products, technologies and processes for the commercial market.

    The hub, based at the university's state-of-the-art Centre for Automotive and Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE), will benefit from £2.3 million of EU funding to collaborate with businesses in sectors such as low carbon, energy and environment, advanced manufacturing and ICT. The remainder of the funding will come from the university and industrial partners involved in the project. (Source: University of South Wales, South Wales Argus, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of South Wales, +44 0 3455 76 01 01, www.southwales.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    Biomass Eclipsed by Solar as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Agency
    Date: 2018-07-11
    According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

    EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

    Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA, infoctr@eia.gov, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Solar,  US Energy Information Agency,  


    Little RI Takes On the Oil Giants over Climate Change (Reg & Leg)
    Care2
    Date: 2018-07-09
    The office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin reports the nation's smallest state is suing the country's oils giants in the first-of-its-kind suit over direct harms to the state from man-made climate change.

    The state alleges that 21 energy companies -- including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips -- knew about the impact fossil fuels were having on the environment but failed to mitigate that risk and the "manifest real-world harms of the companies' actions or failures to act."

    The lawsuit specifically alleges the energy companies refuted scientific knowledge and actively pushed pseudo-scientific theories about climate change, and that for nearly a half century the oil companies knew that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate. It also claims the oil companies used public messaging to dissuade consumers from accepting the climate change consensus which, the state says, meant the public did not realize the harms fossil fuels were doing to the world and therefore did not see the need to reduce their climate impact. The suit also alleges that the actions have the companies have directly contributed to climate change which has in turn created sea level rise and a number of other issues that the state is now having to spend money dealing with. (Source: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Care2, July, 2018) Contact: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, (401) 274-4400, www.riag.ri.gov

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    SaskPower Adding 10-MW Utility-Scale Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower, Saturn Power
    Date: 2018-06-25
    Baden, Ontario based Saturn Power Inc. reports it has inked a 20-year agreement with SaskPower to build and maintain the first utility-scale solar power plant near Swift Current in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The facility is expected to be operational as early as the end of 2019.

    The project is estimated to provide 10 MW of power, enough to power roughly 2,000 homes. SaskPower reportedly aims to have 60 MW of solar generation online by 2021. (Source: Saturn Energy, SaskPower, pvbuzz, 21 June, 2018) Contact: SaskPower, Doug Opseth, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com; Saturn Power, (519) 804-9163, www.saturnpower.com

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    PSEG Plans Major Energy Efficiency, Storage Investments (Ind. Report)
    PSEG
    Date: 2018-06-04
    Newark, New Jersey-headquartered Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) has released a plan to invest $14 billion to $17 billion over the next five years.

    The program, if approved, would include a significant increase in the utility's energy efficiency investments and provide an opportunity for annual growth of 8 pct to 10 pct in PSE&G's rate base. The proposal includes:

  • $2.5 billion for energy efficiency to reduce bills and lower energy use, which will decrease air pollution, including emissions that accelerate climate change;
  • $300 million for building a "smart" electric vehicle infrastructure; and
  • $100 million for utility-scale energy storage systems that will enable greater development of renewable resources and enhance resiliency.

    PSEG estimates that the energy efficiency program will over the six-year life of the program, reduce CO2 emissions by 24 million tons and reduce energy use by 40 million MWh of electricity and 675 million therms of natural gas.

    PSEG expects to file its clean energy plan with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities later this year. (Source: PSEG, PR, 31 May, 2018)Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, www.pseg.com

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  • UK Climate Campaigners Call for "Rigged" Clean Energy Investments (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2018-05-21
    In London, the Financial Times is reporting UK Members of Parliament "are warning of a 'dramatic and worrying collapse' of clean energy investments in Great Britain in the last three years." The paper notes that While the UK's share of low-carbon energy roughly doubled in the last decade, the government's annual investment in clean energy dropped 10 pct in 2016 and an additional 50 percent in 2017" leaving some MP's concerned that the drop is threatening the country's ability to meet its climate change targets.

    According to the Financial Times article, unless government rigs the market in favor of clean energy investments it cannot meet its legally binding climate change targets.

    But, as the Guardian recently noted, to boost clean energy's market share government must also penalize or ban fossil fuel investments. Such penalties can come in many forms, not only the obvious ones like carbon taxes and cap-and-trade, but also interminable environmental reviews and permitting delays.

    The UK Department for Business, Investment and Industrial Strategy recently published a proposal to weaken the grip of "under-performing local planning authorities that repeatedly fail to determine oil and gas applications within statutory time frames." The Department seeks to expedite environmental reviews of onshore hydraulic fracturing projects.

    Thanks in part to offshore natural gas production, which is now declining, the UK has "had competitively-priced energy since 1990 whilst reducing carbon emissions across the economy by 49 pct." (Source: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy Competative Enterprize Institute, 20 May, 2018)Contact: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Tax,  


    Tendril Tapped for PSEG Customer Engagement, Behavioral Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    PSEG Long Island ,Tendril
    Date: 2018-05-18
    Boulder, Colorado-based demand side management (DSM) analytics platform provider Tendril reports it has been selected by PSEG Long Island as its Behavioral Energy Efficiency (BEE) and customer engagement partner.

    Tendril's suite of behavioral energy efficiency and demand management products include: home energy reports, customer engagement portals, high usage alerts, assessments that can be completed by the homeowner or facilitated by an auditor to collect information on appliance type and electricity usage across a range of areas.

    PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority's (LIPA) transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated , a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion. (Source: Tendril, PR, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Tendril, Adrian Tuck, CEO, www.tendrilinc.com; Long Island Power Authority, Tom Falcone, CEO, (631) 755-6900, www.lipower.org; PSEG Long Island, Michael Voltz, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Dan Eichhorn, VP Customer Services, www.psegliny.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Long Island Power Authority,  PSEG Long Island ,  Tendril,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Alta Devices Launches New Generation Solar Cells (New Prod & Tech)
    Alta Devices
    Date: 2018-05-02
    Sunnyvale, California-headquartered Alta Devices, a Hanergy Company, the world-record holder for single junction solar cell efficiency, is reporting the launch of its fourth-generation solar cell technology (Gen4) which weighs less than the previous generation technology (Gen3) and offers an improved power-to-weight ratio of 160 pct.

    Alta's solar technology easily integrates into the surface of the aircraft or vehicle without upsetting aerodynamics, and provides a weight reduction of 40 pct or a power-to-weight improvement of 160 pct over the earlier Gen3 version. Alta Devices Gen4 solar cells can be used to power everything; UAVs, automobiles, sensors and others. (Source: Alta Devices, PR, AP, 1 May, 2018) Contact: Alta Devices, Jian Ding, CEO, Rich Kapusta, Marketing, (408) 585-2050, info@altadevices.com, www.altadevices.com

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    NBB Calling for Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Further to our December 22nd, 2017 coverage, in a letter to legislators, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 of its member organizations is calling on Congress to extend the biodiesel tax credit.

    "The uncertainty created by the lapse of the tax credit is curtailing investments in new plants and capital projects to maintain, improve and expand existing plants. We believe that if the tax credit is extended through at least 2018, the biodiesel industry would experience substantial growth in the near term, which would create significant new employment opportunities.

    "The noise of uncertainty is detrimental to the future of the industry. We've seen biodiesel and renewable diesel production grow from 25 million gallons before the tax credit to nearly 3 billion gallons. Imagine how much farther we could be as an industry if this federal policy mechanism hadn't lapsed so many times," the letter said. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  


    PSE Awards Solar Grants To Community Groups (Ind. Report)
    Puget Sound Energy
    Date: 2018-01-12
    In Washington State, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reports it giving five organizations in its service area free renewable "green" energy.

    Specifically, PSE is donating $350,000 to install solar panels at Northwest Harvest in Kent, Community Action of Skagit County, Island Senior Resources, Salvation Army Bremerton and the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center. All five projects will be installed by June. According to PSE, the grants will allow each organization to meet at least 10 pct of their load with solar energy. These organizations will receive not only energy savings, but also eight years of renewable energy production incentive payments from the state. (Source: Puget Sound Energy, Jan., 2018) Contact: Puget Sound Energy, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Puget Sound Energy ,  Solar,  


    CGE Energy Touts WIND-e20 Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
    CGE Energy
    Date: 2017-11-22
    Brighton, Michigan-based CGE Energy is touting their patented flagship WIND-e20, a 105-foot vertical-axis wind turbine that can be installed, maintained and removed without a crane. The turbine is quiet, safe for birds, and its blades even collapse in storms -- all feats that help clear barriers for sustainable energy, according to the company.

    CGE Energy says it makes it easy for businesses, local governments, and non-profits to receive the benefits of sustainable energy projects with no upfront cost. CGE selects the best facilities to partner with and turns their wasted energy into immediate and continuous savings by uniquely selling sustainability-as-a-service. CGE's proprietary Sustain business model delivers an exclusive combination of today's best energy efficiency and sustainable energy generation technologies, according to the company's release. (Source: CGE Energy, Nov., 2017) Contact: CGE Energy, Paul Schneider, (248) 445-1344, pschneider@cgeenergy.com, www.cgeenergy.com

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    Grassley Urges Trump to "Keep Biodiesel Promise" (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-10-13
    Speaking earlier this week at Renewable Energy Group's (REGI) biorefinery in Newton, Iowa, Senator Chuck Grassley (R - Iowa) didn't pull his punches when he said President Trump "should keep his promise and not just protect, but grow biodiesel volumes." Grassley was joined by biodiesel producers, soybean and corn farmers and other biodiesel related industries to discuss the EPA's proposal reducing minimum volumes for biomass-based diesel for 2018 as well as further reductions to the proposed 2019 volumes that are favored by the petroleum industry.

    Grassley also spoke about his American Renewable Fuel and Job Creation Act of 2017 and continuing effort to re-instate the federal biodiesel tax credit, which lapsed at the end of 2016, and reform the incentive to focus it strictly on domestically produced biodiesel. "A credit for domestic production will ensure we're incentivizing the domestic industry, rather than subsidizing imported biodiesel. We should not provide a U.S. taxpayer benefit to imported biofuels. A producer credit will do what Congress intended -- incentivize investment in U.S. biodiesel production," the Senator said. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Globe NewsWire, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: REGI, Brad Albin, VP Manufacturing, Anthony Hulen, Corporate Affairs, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.rwegi.com; Senator Chuck Grassley, 202) 224-3744, www.grassley.senate.gov/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassley,  Renewable Energy Group,  Biodiesel,  RFS,  


    EU MEPs Considering UK's Post-Brexit EU ETS Status (Int'l)
    EU ETS,Brexit
    Date: 2017-09-13
    Reuters is reporting that European Union Parliamentarians(EU MEPs) will today to protect the EU carbon market -- EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) from collapse brought about by the UK's withdrawal -- Breixt -- from the EU. It is feared that the EU ETS scheme of carbon prices and credit trading could crash if the Brexit negations prove slow and the UK fails to reach at least a transitional trade deal with the EU before its complete withdrawal from the 28 member trading bloc less than two years from now. EU lawmakers will vote on a proposal to void all emissions permits issued by a country exiting the EU.

    The UK is the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Europe and its utilities are among the largest purchasers of EU ETS permits. (Source: EU, Reuters, Others, 11 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Brexit,  Carbon Emissions,  European Union,  


    PSE&G Investing $69Mn in Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2017-08-25
    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has given the green light Public Service Electric and Gas Company's (PSE&G) proposed extension of three existing energy efficiency programs and the implementation of two new programs.

    PSE&G will invest a total of $69 million to continue its Hospital Efficiency Program, Residential Multifamily Housing Efficiency Program and Direct Install Program and to begin a Smart Thermostat Program and Residential Data Analytics Program. The two new programs will help residential customers save money on their home energy bills by encouraging the purchase of smart thermostats and by providing selected customers with personalized energy reports. (Source: PSEG, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, www.pseg.com; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, (609) 777-3300, www.state.nj.us/bpu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  


    Top NJ Utilities Deliver Poor Energy Efficiency Savings, says ACEEE Report (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE,Jersey Central Power & Ligh
    Date: 2017-06-21
    In evaluating 51 of the nation's largest electric utilities on their delivery of energy efficiency services the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated two New Jersey utilities -- Jersey Central Power & Light and Public Service Electric & Gas -- near the bottom of the heap at 41st and 42nd respectively.

    The ACEEE report examined energy efficiency programs undertaken in the utility's service territory under the oversight of state regulatory authorities, but excluded a company's individual programs.

    The ACEEE rated Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts at the other end of the spectrum. Both utilities saved their customers more than 3 pct of their total retail sales, while PSE&G and JCP&L save customers 0.52 pct and 0.47 pct of retail sales. The high-ranking Massachusetts utilities have the most diverse energy-efficiency programs and technologies such as smart thermostats. The top-ranked utilities also invested a higher percentage of their total revenue in energy efficiency programs, according to the report. (Source: ACEEE, NJSpotlight, 19 June, 2017) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org; Jersey Central Power & Light, www.firstenergycorp.com; Public Service Electric & Gas, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, (973) 430-7000, www.pseg.com

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    NZE Townhouse Complex Underway in Scottsdale (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-05-29
    In Scottsdale, Arizona Real estate investment firm Caliber and Phoenix-based Net Zero Energy (NZE) developers, MODUS Development, report they have begun construction on their second environmentally sustainable townhouse community development, the Eclipse.

    The $9.1 million, 20-unit NZE townhouse project is designed with Zero Energy Star® certification for maximum energy efficiency. The projects features virtual assistants, energy management, security, locks, cameras, smoke detectors, electrical control, and other smartphone applications. (Source: Caliber, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Caliber, Chris Loeffler, CEO, www.eclipsescottsdale.com, www.CaliberCo.com, MUDUS, www.MODUScompanies.com

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    PSE&G Wants Rates to Encourage Energy Conservation (Ind. Report)
    Public Service Electric & Gas
    Date: 2017-05-26
    In New Jersey, the state's largest utility Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) CEO Ralph Izzo is calling on the N.J. Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to create financial incentives for utilities to help customers reduce home energy use, as well as expand access to renewable energy and new energy-saving technologies. He is also calling for ways to encourage energy efficiency, which is frequently the least expensive way to reduce consumption.

    In March, PSE&G requested a rate increase to raise $74 million for energy-efficiency programs, including extending previous programs for hospitals, multifamily dwellings, and government agencies, nonprofits, and small businesses in urban enterprise zones. It was PSE&G's fourth energy-efficiency filing in a decade. (Source: PSE&G, Philly.com, Others, 24 May, 2017) Contact: PSE&G, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, (973) 430-7000, https://pseg.com

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    PSE&G Direct Install Program Could Save School $48,000 in Annual Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Public Service Electric and Gas
    Date: 2017-05-05
    Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and Ben Porat Yosef Yeshiva day school in Bergen, New Jersey, are reporting the completion of $300,000 in energy efficiency improvements as part of the PSE&G Direct Install Program. The improvements included high efficiency lighting and HVAC improvements throughout.

    The improvements are expected to save 225,000 kWh of electricity annually -- equivalent to the usage of more than 30 average size homes. The school will also save almost 14,000 therms of natural gas annually, which is equal to the yearly use of 14 typical New Jersey homes, as well as nearly $48,000 annually in energy costs. (Source: PSE&G, Ben Porat Yosef, PR, 4 May, 2017) Contact: Public Service Electric, Susanna Chiu, Director of Energy Efficiency Programs, (973) 430-7000, https://pseg.com; Ben Porat Yosef School, https://benporatyosef.org

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    Bellevue Joins PSE's "Green Direct" Renewables Plan (Ind. Report)
    Puget Sound Energy,Bellevue Washington
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In Washington State, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reports the City of Bellevue is joining the utility's new "Green Direct" renewable energy program. The initiative allows local governments and major commercial customers to reduce their carbon footprint by by-passing the utility and purchasing energy directly from renewables sources. Bellevue plans to purchase 10.3 million kWh, or half of its total energy usage through the program, beginning in 2019.

    Other cities and entities joining the program include Anacortes, Snoqualmie and Mercer Island. King County, Western Washington University and Sound Transit also committing to the project. Major private customers include Target, Starbucks and REI. (Source: City of Bellevue, Bellvue Patch, 26 April, 2017) Contact: City of Bellevue, http://www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/environmental.htm; Puget Sound Energy, Kimberly Harris, President & CEO, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

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    Sun Setting on Sungevity with Chap. 11 Filing (Ind. Report)
    Sungevity
    Date: 2017-03-15
    Oakland, California-headquartered solar energy major Sungevity, Inc. is reporting its filing for Chapt. 11 protection and the decimation of its remaining workforce after the January collapse of an expected merger that would have added approximately $200 million to the company's empty coffers. Several investors, led by Northern Pacific Group, have reportedly agreed to take control of Sungevity's assets in exchange for $20 million in financing to keep the company's operations going. Those assets will then be sold off in a court-supervised auction, according to Sungevity.

    Sungevity specialized in a software platform that connected homeowners interested in going solar with installers who could perform the work, supplying instant online quotes. Although executives touted their asset-light model and aggressively expanded both in the United States and Europe, Sungevity's share of the residential solar market remained well behind such competitors as SolarCity and Sunrun. (Source: Sungevity, GTM, SF Gate, 13 Mar., 2017)Contact: Sungevity, Alec Guettel, Co-Founder, Andrew Birch, CEO, (510) 496-5500, www.sungevity.com

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    CPS Energy Offers "Save Now" Energy Assessments (Ind. Report)
    CPS Energy
    Date: 2017-03-10
    In the Lone Star State, San Antonio electric and natural gas utility CPS Energy is touting its new "Save Now" energy efficiency program. Under the program, a CPS technician surveys a home's energy efficiency and recommends improvements to reduce energy consumption and cut utility bills.

    The no-cost home efficiency survey takes about 45-to-90 minutes to complete and saves the average homeowner about 10 pct on their total energy bill. (Source: CPS Energy, News4SA, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: CPS Energy 'Save Now' program, www.cpsenergy.com/savenow; CPS Energy, www.cpsenergy.com

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    PJM Investing $1.5Bn to Improve Electric Transmission Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
    PJM Interconnection
    Date: 2017-02-22
    Audubon, Penna-headquartered regional transmission organization (RTO) PJM Interconnection reports Board approval of a $1.5 billion budget to improve electric transmission infrastructure in its 13-state and Washington, D.C., coverage area. The project includes reconstruction and upgrading of existing lines in the service areas of Metropolitan Edison, PP&L, PSE&G, American Electric Power, Dominion, and Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky. PJM operates the power transmission system in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. (Source: PJM Interconnection, Kallnish Energy, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: PJM Interconnection, Andrew Ott, CEO, (866) 756-6397 - Media), www.pjm.com

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