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Presented below are several combined news-feeds from around the globe. News is continually updated on a regular basis so check back often and read the latest happenings in green energy, solar PV, building efficiency, water conservation plus more!!


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  • Report Analyzes the Use of Biogas-Derived Electricity To Power Electric Vehicles

    Feb 23, 2017 | 07:54 am

    February 23, 2017Report Analyzes the Use of Biogas-Derived Electricity To Power Electric Vehicles With joint funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Strategic Programs, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Vehicle Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) published a report titled Analyzing the Impacts of a Biogas-to-Electricity Purchase Incentive on Electric Vehicle Deployment with the MA3T Vehicle Choice Model. Using a vehicle consumer choice model, MA3T, which ORNL developed, the report provides an independent analysis of the potential implications of establishing an electric vehicle (EV) purchase incentive with renewable fuel credits under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’S) Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).

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  • Building Enclosure Commissioning

    Feb 23, 2017 | 03:57 am

    Building Enclosure Commissioning Subtitle: What I learned from a University of Wisconsin course called “Commissioning Building Enclosure Assemblies and Systems”Images:  I have been advising architects and builders on high-performance design, materials, and construction — particularly for residential buildings — for many years. But to do this work on commercial buildings, a building science training and credentialing program seemed really important (yet elusive).This past November I bit the bullet and spent three days in class, a half day in exams, and several thousand dollars, and fulfilled the requirements for these two certifications:Building Enclosure CommissioningProcess of testing a home after a construction or renovation project to ensure that all of the home's systems are operating correctly and at maximum efficiency. Process Provider (BECxP) read more

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  • Department of Energy Invests $5.9 Million in Projects to Advance Novel CO2 Utilization Strategies

    Feb 22, 2017 | 06:22 am

    February 22, 2017Department of Energy Invests $5.9 Million in Projects to Advance Novel CO2 Utilization Strategies The U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected seven projects to receive $5.9 million to focus on novel ways to use carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from coal-fired power plants.  In addition to federal funding, each project will also include non-federal cost share of at least 20 percent.Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a commodity chemical used in many commercial applications, such as enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and production of chemicals, fuels, and other products.

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  • This Radiative Cooling Material Could Supplant Traditional Air Conditioners

    Feb 22, 2017 | 03:53 am

    This Radiative Cooling Material Could Supplant Traditional Air Conditioners Prime: primeSubtitle: A new study shows a breakthrough in the cooling effect of a material that’s easy to manufactureImages:  When it's hot out, we want cold. At night, we like to be able to turn on the lights. During the daytime, it can be hard to find the darkness.All these things — hot and cold, day and night, light and dark — can seem like opposites. Chinese philosophy suggests, however, that these opposing forces, known collectively as the yin and the yang, aren't separate. And science has proved it. Let me tell you about the latest yin and yang science and how it could revolutionize air conditioning. read more

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  • Wind power rises in South; Pruitt takes over at EPA

    Feb 21, 2017 | 19:30 pm

    Oroville Dam survives critical week, US solar installations nearly double in 2016, Toshiba chairman resigns over $6 billion in nuclear construction losses, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.

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  • 6 Ways to Make a Vacation Home Energy-Efficient

    Feb 21, 2017 | 13:45 pm

    Whether it’s located on the beach or in the mountains, having a vacation home can be a dream—and a budget-buster. One easy way to cut back on costs and feel more at peace when you’re away from your vacation home is to improve its energy efficiency.1. Bring an Air Filter the Next Time You VisitClogged or dirty air filters not only agitate allergies and contaminate air quality, they also reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency, requiring your units to work harder. In an occupied home, it’s recommended to replace your air filters every three months; in a vacation home, just aim for every five to six months.While reusable filters are a little more eco-friendly, stocking up on a disposable version ensures you don’t spend your vacation time cleaning a filter. It’s also a good idea to set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget about the filter in the[…]

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  • BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges

    Feb 21, 2017 | 13:27 pm

    February 21, 2017BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Made up of seven DOE national laboratories, ChemCatBio will bring new catalytic materials to commercial bioenergy applications at least two times faster and at half the cost, enabling an enduring bioenergy technologies industry.

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  • ASHRAE Announces Topics for New Building Performance Analysis Conference

    Feb 21, 2017 | 10:26 am

    ATLANTA - ASHRAE has announced the topics and a call for presenters for its new Building Performance Analysis Conference, formerly known as the ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference.

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  • User's Manual for 2016 IAQ Standard Published by ASHRAE

    Feb 21, 2017 | 10:25 am

    ATLANTA - A manual to help users navigate the changes in ASHRAE's 2016 ventilation standard is now available.

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  • 2016 Versions of ASHRAE Refrigerant Standards Published

    Feb 21, 2017 | 10:24 am

    ATLANTA - The 2016 editions of ASHRAE's major refrigerants-related standards have been published as a package with 30 new refrigerants and refrigerant blends added.

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  • Preliminary Energy Savings Announced for ASHRAE/IES 2016 Energy Standard

    Feb 21, 2017 | 10:23 am

    ATLANTA - More than 30 percent energy savings can be achieved using the 2016 version of Standard 90.1, according to recent analysis conducted by ...

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  • ASHRAE Seeks Practitioners and Designers for 2017 Building Performance Conference Activities

    Feb 21, 2017 | 10:21 am

    ATLANTA - ASHRAE is seeking presenters for its new Building Performance Analysis Conference as well as teams for its annual LowDown Showdown modeling competition.

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  • ASHRAE Announces Delhi, India as Site for 2017 Developing Economies Conference

    Feb 21, 2017 | 10:20 am

    ATLANTA - ASHRAE has announced that its second Developing Economies Conference will take place Nov. 10 and 11, 2017, in Delhi, India. 

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  • ASHRAE Celebrates 35 Years of Technology Awards

    Feb 21, 2017 | 10:19 am

    ATLANTA - For 35 years, the ASHRAE Technology Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in the innovative designs of buildings in the areas of ...

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  • ASHRAE Recognizes Members for Outstanding Industry and Society Achievements

    Feb 21, 2017 | 10:18 am

    ATLANTA - Fifty-five people were recognized for their contributions to ASHRAE and the industry at the Society's 2017 Winter Conference, Jan. 28-Feb. 1, in Las Vegas, Nev.

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  • Las Vegas Proves Big Winner for ASHRAE, AHR Expo and Industry

    Feb 21, 2017 | 10:17 am

    ATLANTA - The 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference and the AHR Expo saw record attendance with industry collaboration a strong focus of the events.

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  • Notice of Sale of Crude Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Announced Today

    Feb 21, 2017 | 07:14 am

    February 21, 2017Notice of Sale of Crude Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Announced Today The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy today announced a Notice of Sale of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).Under Section 5010 of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255), signed on December 13, 2016, the Secretary of Energy is directed to drawdown and sell 25 million barrels of SPR crude oil over three consecutive years, commencing with 10 million barrels this fiscal year.

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  • Detroit Diesel Saves $815,000 per year with Platinum SEP Certification and Only a 2 Month Payback Period

    Feb 15, 2017 | 11:56 am

    February 15, 2017Detroit Diesel Saves $815,000 per year with Platinum SEP Certification and Only a 2 Month Payback Period A recently published case study demonstrates the value that Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) offers large, mature facilities manufacturing sector, and the significant monetary savings that can accompany SEP. The case study features Daimler’s Detroit Diesel Corporation facility in Detroit, MI.

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  • Buried Ducts Allowed in 2018 Energy Code

    Feb 15, 2017 | 04:40 am

    Buried Ducts Allowed in 2018 Energy Code Prime: primeSubtitle: The keys are duct leakage, R-values, and the vapor barrierImages:  Water vapor from the air condenses on air conditioning ducts in humid climates. It's as normal as poorly insulated bonus rooms making occupants uncomfortable or cigarettes causing lung cancer†. Condensation on ducts is most common in crawl spaces and basements, where the air is more likely to have a higher dew point. read more

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  • DOE’s 2017 Tribal Energy Development Webinar Series Kicks Off February 22

    Feb 14, 2017 | 13:20 pm

    February 14, 2017DOE’s 2017 Tribal Energy Development Webinar Series Kicks Off February 22 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with the Western Area Power Administration, is continuing its monthly tribal webinar series in 2017.

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  • 2017 R&D Workshop Presentations Posted

    Feb 14, 2017 | 07:15 am

    February 14, 20172017 R&D Workshop Presentations Posted Around 250 attendees participated in the 14th annual DOE Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop, held January 31–February 2 in Long Beach, CA. The workshop combined plenary and LED/OLED breakout sessions, with presentations from 60 experts addressing such diverse lighting topics as LEDs in agriculture; lighting integration and connected lighting; core R&D challenges such as materials, down-conversion, and light extraction; manufacturing methods and challenges; and human physiological responses to light.

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  • A Way Forward for Carbon Taxes

    Feb 14, 2017 | 05:35 am

    Here we cross-post my article published in The Nation magazine this morning, under the headline, Progressives Need to Get Over Themselves and Support This GOP-Backed Carbon-Tax Plan. Except for a few extra links below, the two versions are the same. To stay up to date on carbon tax policy, politics and economics, join our email list, […]

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  • Solar power now cheaper than coal at Indian auction

    Feb 13, 2017 | 19:15 pm

    Australia, Arctic, and Oklahoma bake in heat waves, Sioux tribes sue over pipeline construction, US wind capacity now exceeds hydropower, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.

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  • Four Ways NY Metro Area is Boosting Efficiency

    Feb 13, 2017 | 10:55 am

    New York is known around the world for its vibrant culture and thriving economy. But did you know that the state is also known for being among the top five energy-efficient states in the country?The Alliance to Save Energy is excited to host a field trip to New York and another efficiency leader, New Jersey, on February 22-24 to show just how they’re doing it. We will take a bipartisan group of Congressional staff to visit innovative initiatives that are taking energy efficiency to a new level in both states.  You are invited to join us for part of the event! We will host a public forum entitled “Policy Perspectives: Energy Efficiency Leadership in the New York Metro Area” on Feb. 22 in Jersey City. The event will be a roundtable-style briefing featuring speakers from state and local government, regional organizations, and local business leaders, including Consolidated Edison, Panasonic, American[…]

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  • Q&A: How the 2017 Unsung Hero Award Winners are Advancing Energy Efficiency

    Feb 9, 2017 | 13:50 pm

    Q&A: How the 2017 Unsung Hero Award Winners are Advancing Energy Efficiency (From left to right: Alliance President Kateri Callahan, Unsung Heroes Mark Fowler, Maria Vargas and Chester Carson, and Alliance Chairman and New York Power Authority President & CEO Gil Quiniones. See the full photo gallery) Since the Alliance was created 40 years ago, we’ve witnessed great strides in energy efficiency, and much of it can be attributed to champions of the cause working in every corner of government, business and industry.On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the Alliance celebrated three professionals who played a major role in these accomplishments (full photo gallery here), but have not received recognition commensurate to their contributions to the field. They are the 2017Unsung Heroes of Energy Efficiency!Chester Carson, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural ResourcesAs a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Carson focuses his work on energy efficiency, building codes, appliance standards, climate change, biomass, wind, solar, and rural[…]

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  • Upcoming Webinar February 14: Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST) Model Summary and Demonstration

    Feb 9, 2017 | 12:51 pm

    February 9, 2017Upcoming Webinar February 14: Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST) Model Summary and Demonstration The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar titled "Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST) Model Summary and Demonstration" on Tuesday, February 14, from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In this webinar, the National Renewable Energy Lab will detail how H2FAST's financial model is used for evaluating business cases and risk of investments in hydrogen infrastructure.

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  • ORNL, Chattanooga Electric Power Board Test the Role of Sensors in Grid Innovation

    Feb 8, 2017 | 13:49 pm

    ORNL, Chattanooga Electric Power Board Test the Role of Sensors in Grid Innovation February 8, 2017ORNL, Chattanooga Electric Power Board Test the Role of Sensors in Grid Innovation With a fiber-optic network that provides Chattanooga residents and businesses with exceptional high-speed communications, the city’s Electric Power Board (EPB) provides the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with an ideal testbed for smart grid research. This effort was launched in 2014 to advance the state of the power grid in Tennessee and is being supported by DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

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  • U.S. District Court Ruling Allows Continued Excellence in Development ofPublic Health and Safety Standards

    Feb 8, 2017 | 12:10 pm

    Washington, D.C. - The United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Hon. Tanya S. Chutkan) has issued a ruling that ...

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  • DOE Plans Mandated Sale of Crude Oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    Feb 8, 2017 | 11:27 am

    February 8, 2017 DOE Plans Mandated Sale of Crude Oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy announced today that DOE will commence a sale of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in late February, 2017.

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  • Carbon Tax Center Backs Climate Leadership Council’s Carbon Tax Proposal

    Feb 8, 2017 | 06:25 am

    February 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. • For Immediate Release The Carbon Tax Center voiced strong support this morning for a proposal by the Climate Leadership Council to enact a comprehensive nationwide carbon tax starting at $40 per ton of carbon dioxide and rising over time. The Council is scheduled to release its proposal, “The Conservative […]

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