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New Technology Venture Launched to Facilitate LEED Certification, Measure Performance and Benchmark Green Building...

A new technology company, Arc Skoru Inc., officially launched today by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This new venture will be the official host for Arc, a state-of-the-art digital platform available at arcskoru.com. Arc allows any project — whether a single building, a community or an entire city — to measure improvements and benchmark against itself and projects around it.

Environment America Launches Campaign to Block Attacks on Solar Power

With solar power on the rise around the country, a national network of fossil fuel and utility-backed organizations have joined forces to put the brakes on this fast growing pollution-free energy resource. Trade groups and think tanks backed by deep pocketed anti-clean energy ideologues and fossil interests are bankrolling campaigns, promoting model legislation and media campaigns to provide cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country, said a new report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center.

SEIA Welcomes Cypress Creek Renewables to its Board of Directors

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that Cypress Creek Renewables, a leading provider of local solar farms, has joined SEIA’s board of directors.

FTC and Department of Justice Submit Comment to FERC on Need for Careful Market...

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division have submitted a comment to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding market power in wholesale electricity markets. The comment responds to a FERC request for comments on how it assesses market power with respect to mergers and electricity sales at market-based rates, which it evaluates under the Federal Power Act (FPA).

This Giving Tuesday, AWEA will harness the Power of Wind to help veterans find...

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is putting out a call this #GivingTuesday to its grassroots network, Power of Wind, asking for support communicating the economic success of wind power while also aiding veterans transitioning back to the civilian workforce.

High Renewable Electricity Growth Continued in 2015

The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the data book illustrates U.S. and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends.
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Rutgers Business School Wins National Building Design Award

The new Rutgers Business School in Piscataway, N.J., has earned national recognition in the 2016 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2. In honor of this achievement, members of the project team will be presented with awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) during a ceremony to take place at the building on Tuesday, November 22, at 4 p.m.

Solar Industry Applauds Baker Administration’s Commitment to Solar in the Commonwealth

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commended the Baker Administration’s proposal to double solar energy development in Massachusetts today at a community solar project dedication hosted by Clean Energy Collective
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Pinewood Atlanta Studios Names Frank Patterson as President

Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the third-largest film studio in the United States, and the largest purpose-built film studio outside of Hollywood, has appointed Frank Patterson as its first president. Patterson will assume the newly created role on Jan. 1, 2017. He will report to the Pinewood Atlanta Studios board of directors
RESO Show N Tell Winners 2016

HomeSpotter, Agent Inbox and TrustFunds Win Top Tech Honors at RESO Show n Tell

Showcasing how real estate data distributed through innovative mobile apps and new advances in digitizing the real estate transaction, 20 top real estate technology firms competed in the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) “Show N Tell” recently in Nashville.

AquaHarmonics Wins the Energy Department’s Wave Energy Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced AquaHarmonics as the winner of the Wave Energy Prize – which comes with a $1.5 million grand prize. CalWave Power Technologies and Waveswing America were awarded second and third place, respectively, with $500,000 and $250,000 in cash prizes.
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NREL 2016 Standard Scenarios Outlook Shows Continued Growth in Renewables and Gas in the...

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2016 Standard Scenarios: A U.S. Electricity Sector Outlook. The outlook shows significant projected growth in natural gas and renewables through 2050 driven by abundant, low-cost natural gas and renewable energy cost declines and performance improvements. The Standard Scenarios are designed to capture a range of possible futures across a variety of factors that could impact power sector evolution.

Mahesh Ramanujam Named U.S. Green Building Council President & CEO

The USGBC Board of Directors announced today that Mahesh Ramanujam has completed the transition into his new role as president and CEO of USGBC, effective Nov. 4, 2016. He will also serve as president and CEO of USGBC’s sister organization, GBCI. Formerly USGBC’s COO, Ramanujam takes the reins from Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC’s founding chair, who had previously announced plans to leave the organization toward the end of 2016.

How to Expand Solar Development in the C&I Sector

The Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sector represents an extraordinary opportunity to deploy solar energy, but has experienced relatively slow growth due to a wide range of complexities in ownership structure, creditworthiness of the end-consumer, and other issues. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and an array of industry experts – convened as the SEIA Finance Initiative and its Commercial Real Estate working group – investigated the opportunity, associated barriers, and potential solutions of this underserved market.

NARUC Approves Final Distributed Energy Resources Manual

After the formal adoption of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) manual, Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation, the solar industry and advocates released the following responses:

Obama Administration Announces New Financing For Renewable Energy Projects And Actions To Spur Innovation...

President Obama’s leadership has catalyzed a global transition towards a clean energy economy. From 2010-2015 alone, the U.S. has invested in more than $11 billion in international clean energy finance – including grant-based assistance, development finance, and export credit – to support countries as they work to meet their growing energy needs, while improving development outcomes and reducing carbon emissions

JLL wins CoreNet Global’s 2016 Global Innovator’s Award

For the first time, JLL has been awarded CoreNet Global’s H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator’s Award for JLL’s Innovation & Product Development (IPD) platform. JLL’s IPD accepted the award honoring excellence and innovation in corporate real estate during CoreNet’s 2016 North American Summit this week in Philadelphia.

Solar Cells Get Boost with Integration of Water-Splitting Catalyst onto Semiconductor

Scientists have found a way to engineer the atomic-scale chemical properties of a water-splitting catalyst for integration with a solar cell, and the result is a big boost to the stability and efficiency of artificial photosynthesis.

NREL Technologies Honored at R&D 100 Awards Ceremony

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) last night received three R&D 100 Awards, an honor presented by R&D Magazine and considered to be the Oscars of innovation.

Obama Administration Announces New Actions To Accelerate The Deployment of Electrical Vehicles and Charging...

The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to combat climate change, increase access to clean energy technologies, and reduce our dependence on oil. Already, in the past eight years the number of plug-in electric vehicle models has increased from one to more than 20, battery costs have decreased 70 percent, and we have increased the number of electric vehicle charging stations from less than 500 in 2008 to more than 16,000 today – a 40 fold increase
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FBS Broker Agent Services Team to Offer AgentSquared

AgentSquared, the powerful all-in-one real estate marketing and website solution powered by Spark (created by Fargo real estate technology leader FBS) is now available directly from FBS Broker Agent Services Team.

Organizations Rally to Rebuild Storm-Strong Home after Superstorm Sandy

As the area reflects on the three-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, many homeowners are still trying to return to some kind of normal life. A coalition has formed to assist one of those families, and to build them a home able to withstand future storms or disasters

American wind power on the rise, with 20 gigawatts more on the way

American wind power gained tremendous momentum in the third quarter of 2016 as states, utilities and ratepayers from coast to coast increased their investment in the energy source America agrees on

Hundreds gather in Rhode Island as offshore wind power takes off in the U.S.

Over 600 of the top developers, supply chain companies, investors, policy makers, and clean energy advocates filled the halls of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition in Rhode Island today just as the nation’s first-ever offshore wind farm is on the verge of supplying enough clean electricity to power 17,000 American homes.

President Obama Called on to Power Federal Buildings With Solar

he Center for Biological Diversity this week urged President Obama to lead by example in the transition to a clean, just energy economy by installing solar panels on all federal government buildings

Administration Announces Additional Economic and Workforce Development Resources for Coal Communities through POWER Initiative

As part of President Obama’s continuing efforts to assist communities negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector, today the Administration is announcing the second round of grants awarded this year as part of the POWER Initiative’s “POWER 2016” funding opportunity that invests in economic revitalization and workforce training in coal communities across the country.

More than 18,000 Attendees and 531 Exhibitors Gathered at Greenbuild 2016

Informa Exhibitions and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the results of the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held Oct. 5–7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The weeklong event included an overall attendance of 18,079 and 531 exhibiting companies participating in 138,960 square feet of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor

Inland Empire Utilities Agency Launches Advanced Energy Storage System to take on Water-Energy Nexus

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) and Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) will host a dedication event for their landmark water-energy project on October 20 at 11:00 a.m. The project is the first-of-its-kind to integrate renewable resources and energy storage at a public water agency. The system uses Tesla battery technology to integrate solar, wind, biogas and grid resources in order to optimize renewable generation, reduce demand on the electric grid and lower energy costs.

Six Common City-Level Energy Policies Could Reduce Nationwide Carbon Emissions by up to 480...

The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently examined the carbon abatement potential of city actions in six policy areas as part of the DOE's Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project. The analysis uses new data on energy use in more than 23,400 U.S. cities and estimates the aggregate impact of city actions related to: building energy codes, public transit, building energy incentives, rooftop photovoltaics, smart growth, and municipal actions
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New Report Names Target the Top Corporate Solar Installer in the U.S.

Adding more solar this year than any other U.S. retailer, Target now has 147.5 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity. This is the first time Target has ranked No.1 in the report’s five-year history

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FTC and Department of Justice Submit Comment to FERC on Need...

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division have submitted a comment to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding market power in wholesale electricity markets. The comment responds to a FERC request for comments on how it assesses market power with respect to mergers and electricity sales at market-based rates, which it evaluates under the Federal Power Act (FPA).

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Consumer and Small Business Advocates Oppose OCC’s Plan to Offer Fintech...

Today, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced its intention to offer national charters to financial technology firms, which could severely undermine state oversight and state consumer protection laws that protect consumers and small business owners from abusive financial products and practices. The OCC is accepting comments on its framework until January 15, 2017.