Monthly Archives: April 2014

SJC upholds EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

The U.S. Supreme Judicial Court has upheld EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR),  marking a legal win for the administration’s agenda of reducing pollution from sources like coal-burning power plants. The 6-2 decision overturns a lower court’s judgment that the … Continue reading

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New York launches major regulatory reform for utilities

Katherine Tweed reports in GreenTech Grid: California issued a storage mandate and settled its net metering debate last year. Texas is in the process of overhauling its ancillary services market. Minnesota has set a value-of-solar tariff. But all of that … Continue reading

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Wood Group GTS awarded $12M O&M contract for utility scale compressed air energy storage

Wood Group GTS (just renamed EthosEnergy) and Apex Bethel Energy Center, LLC (“Apex”) have signed a three-year operations & maintenance (O&M) agreement for the Bethel Energy Center. Under the $12 million contract, Wood Group GTS will be responsible for care, … Continue reading

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Qatar Cool awarded by Tarsheed for energy conservation

Qatar District Cooling Company also known as Qatar Cool, a major district cooling company in the region, was recognized for industrial buildings energy conservation by Kahramaa’s ‘Tarsheed’, a national campaign to improve water and energy efficiency, during an awards ceremony … Continue reading

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It’s time we painted a new picture for the future of our energy systems

In recent months, during frequent discus­sions with policy makers, regulators, utility officials, agency heads and real estate developers, I have often been reminded of the quote in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray: “Nowadays, people know the price of … Continue reading

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SW U.S.: Improved utility energy efficiency could realize $20 billion savings by 2020

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has issued a report concluding that every dollar invested in utility energy efficiency programs returns more than two dollars in savings on business and household utility bills, with potential to create an economic windfall … Continue reading

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Local leaders push for climate action

Evan Lehmann reports in ClimateWire that city mayors across the U.S. are proactively moving forward on climate action plans. Climate action in Seattle aims to make the city carbon-neutral in less than 40 years. In Bridgeport, Conn., a former landfill … Continue reading

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Burlington, Vermont (again) eyes a harvest of district heat from McNeil biomass power plant

Joel Banner Baird reports in the Burlington Free Press on potential development of a district heating system that utilizes heat now wasted in flue exhaust of the 50MWe McNeil biomass power plant. This spring, some of Burlington’s most forward-looking energy … Continue reading

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California PUC: “Microgrids—A regulatory perspective”

Elisa Wood reports in EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com on the position paper just published by the California Public Utilities Commission. If you’d like to develop a microgrid for your business, campus or community, but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. In … Continue reading

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Seattle Steam increases efficiency, decreases emissions with flue gas heat-recovery system

Latest Plant Project Cuts Energy Use, Lowers CO2 Emissions Most people (at least non-engineers) may not find flue gas heat-recovery systems all that exciting. But they may change their minds when they find out Seattle Steam’s engineers have used the … Continue reading

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