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Washington carbon tax bill clears key fiscal committee

Phuong Le, Associated Press Summary A measure to tax carbon emissions from fossil fuels to fight climate change has cleared a key fiscal committee in Washington state. The state Senate Ways and Means Committee passed Senate Bill 6203 Thursday afternoon. The measure now awaits action by the...

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DOE Announces $10 Million for CHP Technology Research to Provide Cost-Effective Support to the Electric Grid

Press Release, Department of Energy Today, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced up to $10 million to conduct research and development activities to further the utilization of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) specifically designed to...


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UMN Energy Plant Wins Sustainable Minnesota Construction Association Award

School Construction News The new Main Energy Plant at UMN is 83 percent energy efficient — more than double the efficiency of a coal-fired power plant. Photo Credit (all): University of Minnesota Summary The University of Minnesota (UMN) in Minneapolis just completed a project so green...


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Boynton Beach has timetable for final downtown pitch

Alexandra Seltzer, Palm Beach Post Site plan for the incoming Town Square project in Boynton Beach. (Handout: City of Boynton) Summary Boynton Beach’s 16-acre Town Square redevelopment plan received another nod of approval from city commissioners, but not from all. Commissioner...


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ConEd's hybrid service model for large microgrid could become standard

Robert Walton, Utility Dive Summary It's not quite Burger King, but Consolidated Edison wants customers to have it their way. And driven by new technologies, economic development, and policies from the state, large projects in New York City may have increasing control over their electricity...


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Disney adding solar farm: Reedy Creek signs easement for 50MW facility

Paul Brinkmann, Orlando Sentinel Summary Disney World will soon be connected to a new solar farm along State Road 429, 10 times larger than the existing Hidden Mickey solar farm near Epcot. Reedy Creek Improvement District signed an agreement and easement with Miami-based Origis Energy to...


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FERC issues storage, reliability orders, calls conference on aggregated DERs

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday issued new orders on energy storage participation in wholesale power markets and frequency response services provided by generators. FERC directed regional grid operators to devise new tariffs for storage...


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Experts say electric system resiliency efforts should focus on customer impact

Bill Yingling, DailyEnergyInsider Summary WASHINGTON – Regulators traditionally evaluate investments in the electric grid for their impact on reliability, which generally means their value in helping to keep the lights on. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is asking if it needs to...


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ISO-NE presses FERC to approve capacity market reform

Gavin Bade, UtilityDive Summary ISO-NE unveiled its Competitive Auctions with Sponsored Policy Resources (CASPR) proposal in April 2017 after a series of stakeholder meetings over how to better integrate state energy policies into its wholesale market construct. The concern is...


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Cleveland sees clean energy as tool for climate change resiliency

Kathiann M. Kowalski, Energy NEws NEtwork PHOTO BY Jon Dawson / Creative Commons Summary Nicholas Rajkovich crisscrossed Cleveland on bicycle, tailed the entire time by what looked like a sideways glider rigged over his back wheel. As the urban planner pedaled, the contraption...

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