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!!
On July 19, during the Alliance to Save Energy’s EE Noon webinar, we posed the following question: What if you could determine the efficiency capability of your building by measuring how it uses energy? Well, actually, you can: ASHRAE has created a building energy rating program – the Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ) – that can determine your building’s energy performance based on its potential and actual performance. The process involves an audit completed by an experienced practitioner using ASHRAE’s methodology.Information leads to actionObtaining information is the critical first step in reducing energy use and making necessary choices and changes. Making that information publicly available is also a powerful motivator, which is why ASHRAE is creating a label that communicates a structure’s Building Energy Quotient.Our industry has already experienced mandatory labeling in Europe and disclosure of a building’s energy performance becoming required by several states and local municipalities. ASHRAE is[…]
August 25, 2016DOE Seeks Projects to Advance Carbon Dioxide Utilization from Coal-Fired Power Plants The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced approximately $6.7 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects that will develop technologies that utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-fired power plants to produce useful products.
August 24, 2016Energy Department Announces Dates and New Contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado Student design competition, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive, will take place October 5 – 15, 2017, in Denver.
August 24, 2016Energy Department Invests $28 Million to Advance Cleaner Fossil Fuel–Based Power Generation The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of 14 research and development projects to advance energy systems that will enable cost-competitive, fossil fuel–based power generation with near-zero emissions. The new projects, which span 11 states, will accelerate the scale-up of coal-based advanced combustion power systems, advance coal gasification processes, and improve the cost, reliability, and endurance of solid oxide fuel cells. The total award value of the projects exceeds $36 million, which includes a federal investment of more than $28 million and recipient cost-sharing of $8.4 million.
Prime: primeSubtitle: The real problems with an out-of-date bathroom are beneath the surfaceImages: If your home is old enough for a bathroom renovation, you may want to go ahead and completely gut it. I remodeled my bathroom this year and began with a complete demolition. If I hadn't, a number of problems would have been unavailable for repair... or even undiscovered.Here's what I found when I opened up the walls and ceiling of my 1970 condo in the Atlanta, Georgia area. read more
August 23, 2016BETO Partner Makes the 2016 CNBC Disruptor Companies List Carbon recycling company LanzaTech is ranked #13 on CNBC’s fourth annual Disruptor 50 list, which recognizes forward-thinking start-up companies whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape. LanzaTech produces fuels and chemicals from industrial waste gases—capturing the gases before they are emitted into the atmosphere as greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
August 23, 2016Webinar August 30: International Hydrogen Infrastructure Update The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled "International Hydrogen Infrastructure Update" on Tuesday, August 30 from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). This webinar will discuss the status of international hydrogen infrastructure deployment and introduce the current status of the technology in several countries.
August 23, 2016FY17 SBIR Phase I Release 1 FOA Released: Includes Fuel Cell Catalysts and Hydrogen Delivery The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the 2017 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), including two subtopics focused on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The fuel cell subtopic includes novel, durable supports for low-platinum group metal catalysts for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. The hydrogen delivery subtopic focuses on metal hydride materials for compression.
August 23, 2016Aug. 31 Webinar to Focus on Project Regulatory Considerations The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, is hosting a free webinar on "Project Regulatory Considerations" Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.
US finalizes fuel economy standards for big trucks, Louisiana floods made more likely by global warming, Washington rolls out smart grid pilot projects, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.
August 22, 2016Energy Department Driving Clean Energy Development and Sustainable Solutions in 16 States The Energy Department today awarded $5 million to 16 states to advance innovative approaches for clean energy development that will reduce energy bills for American families and businesses, protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions, and increase our nation's energy security and resiliency.
August 22, 2016Energy Department Invests $3 Million to Train Future Energy Scientists The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it will invest a total of $3 million in nine projects selected under its University Training and Research (UTR) program, which awards research-based educational grants to U.S. universities and colleges in areas that promote Office of Fossil Energy goals.
August 22, 2016White House Announces Sept. 26 Tribal Nations Conference; Releases Progress Report President Obama will host the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference on Monday, Sept. 26, in Washington, D.C. The President’s final Tribal Nations Conference will continue to build on his Administration’s firm commitment to strengthening the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
August 22, 2016Southern Ute Indian Tribe to Begin Construction on Solar Project Construction on the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s 1.3-megawatt ground-mounted solar array in Ignacio, Colorado, will begin in early September, according to Namaste Solar, an employee-owned cooperative that will design, develop, and construct the solar array.
August 22, 2016Rochelle Blaustein Joins Office of Technology Transitions as Deputy Director Announcement from the Office of Technology Transitions, August 22, 2016.Washington, D.C. –The Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) is delighted to announce that that Rochelle Blaustein has joined the team as its Deputy Director.
In many parts of the United States, this summer has been hotter than average – and energy bills have been soaring as a result. With heating and cooling costs typically accounting for almost half of the average utility bill, homeowners and business owners would be wise to seek out energy-saving tactics for the remainder of the summer.From simple DIY tricks to energy-efficient appliances, there are dozens of adjustments that you can make to reduce your energy bills. Here are a few favorites to help you finish out the summer strong.1. Maintain your air conditionerIt’s important to consider how hard your air conditioner has to work to keep your house or business cool and comfortable. With older systems typically being less energy-efficient than their contemporaries, you should consider replacing your air conditioning unit if it’s over ten years old. Take some time to research ENERGY STAR® products and other energy-efficient models –[…]
August 19, 2016Bioenergy Technologies Office Allocates $1 Million for Round 2 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot Bioenergy Technologies Office Allocates $1 Million for Round 2 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot, which is part of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) National Laboratory Impact Initiative, in collaboration with national laboratories, supports small businesses to advance energy technology and help transform our biomass resources into commercially successful, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. To date, EERE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has provided a total of $1.6 million through two rounds of SBV awards. Round 1 occurred earlier in 2016, and Round 2 vouchers have just been awarded. In the most recent round, DOE is providing $1 million in vouchers to assist five companies.
August 19, 201615th Annual DOE Small Business Forum and Expo The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), was proud to present the 15th Annual DOE Small Business Forum & Expo at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA, May 23 - 25, 2016.
August 18, 2016Small Solar Businesses Earn Vouchers to Develop Next-Generation Solar Technologies The Department of Energy today announced 43 small businesses that will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot, two of which focus on solar energy. The two solar projects, which together will receive $204,000 in support from national laboratories, are working to improve solar energy storage solutions and reduce the costs and time associated with analyzing and testing solar arrays.
August 18, 2016Energy Department Awards 43 New Business-Laboratory Collaborations Under Small Business Vouchers Pilot Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department's national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.
August 18, 2016Energy Department Awards 43 new Business-Laboratory Collaborations under Small Business Vouchers Pilot Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department's national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.
This is the second installment in a blog series that will break down and explore the comprehensive energy bill being debated in Congress now. In the first post of the series, I discussed how building energy codes provisions – the codes that establish minimum efficiency standards for the buildings we live and work in – are playing a major role in the bill. In addition to the Senate building energy codes provisions, there are many other sections of the two energy bills worth noting for their potential to improve energy efficiency across sectors and boost U.S. energy productivity. Today, let us take a look at another element of the bills: the energy-water nexus. The “nexus” terminology is widely used to convey the idea that human water and energy consumption are inextricably linked. As with many other Alliance priorities, energy-water efficiency policies currently enjoy significant bipartisan support, which we think will[…]
A powerful new state energy policy resource The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) for Clean Energy is a first-of-its-kind database that enables users to quickly identify existing clean energy policies across states – and to “spot” policy gaps. This easy-to-use and free resource was developed by the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.How does the SPOT for Clean Energy work?CNEE started with a list of 38 clean energy policies, including several specific to energy efficiency – decoupling, cost/benefit tests, energy efficiency resource standards (EERS), building codes, lead by example programs, combined heat and power (CHP) and low-income weatherization. For each policy, we asked five questions pertaining to key policy components for each state. Fifty states, 38 policies and five key component questions per policy adds up to more than 9,500 individual pieces of data all sourced from within the public domain.These[…]
The Summer Olympics. An opportunity to kick back from the comfort of your couch every four years and watch the world’s most elite athletes go for the gold. Of course, we at the Alliance to Save Energy been watching plenty ourselves -- how about our gravity-defying gold-medal winning gymnastics team, and Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky’s continued dominance in the pool? -- but being efficiency nerds, we really wanted to know in what ways energy efficiency was being implemented at this year’s Olympics.We were happy to find that energy efficiency can be found throughout the operations of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro -- in fact, the word “efficient” was used 20 times in the Sustainability Management Plan set out by the 2016 Olympics organizing committee, signalling organizers’ understanding of the strong environmental benefits that efficiency can deliver.But the benefits are more than just environmental -- hundreds of thousands[…]
Building energy code provisions present clear choice between forward progress or rollback Energy policy has been a major issue of the 114th Congress. As you read this post, two competing energy bills – one passed by the House of Representatives, the other by the Senate – are being negotiated by leaders engaged in a conference committee. Conferees, and especially their top staff, are working hard to sort out the differences between the two. Both bills address energy efficiency – and for good reason: improving energy efficiency is the easiest, least expensive, most cost-effective and cleanest way to boost our productivity, create jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil.Building energy codes in the Senate billOne way the bills differ sharply also happens to be the biggest potential source of savings for homeowners, consumers and businesses: building energy codes. Building energy codes, important because they establish minimum efficiency standards for the buildings we[…]