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
SEIA Releases

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

Exploring the Impact of Disruptive Technology, Co-working, Data Storytelling, Modern Design and Construction on...

As technology, the changing workforce and demand continue to evolve, over 200 commercial real estate executives from across North America will gather at O.CON: The Office Conference, November 1-2, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza in Los Angeles, to explore trends in current and future office buildings, the impact of technologies like self-parking cars, innovative construction materials, the demand for flex space and more. An exclusive keynote with Julien Smith, CEO of Breather, an on-demand office-sharing app, will explore how technology and workplace trends are driving the evolution of traditional office space.

New Report Calls for Increased Emphasis on Innovation and Clean Electric Power Generation

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) welcomed the release of a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on innovation for clean energy.

Affordable Green Neighborhoods 2016 Grant Recipients Announced

The U.S. Green Building Council, with the support of Bank of America Charitable Foundation grant program, awards funding and provides educational resources to developers of affordable housing

Five Members of Congress Receive Major Solar Accolades

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is honored to present Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) with the first-ever Lifetime Solar Pugilist Award. SEIA is also proud to announce the selection of four other Members of Congress to receive the prestigious SEIA Solar Champion Award, an honor bestowed upon entities or individuals who have helped strengthen solar power in America.

Nanoscale Confinement Leads to New All-inorganic Perovskite with Exceptional Solar Cell Properties

Scientists with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency.

GBCI and Environmental Defense Fund Establish Investor Confidence Project as Global Standard for Energy...

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced today a strategic vision to work together to develop, deliver and promote the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) as the premier global underwriting standard for energy efficiency projects. ICP will join GBCI’s portfolio of credentials and certifications, and the organizations will work together to accelerate investment in energy efficiency.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Appoints New Members to Clean Energy Industry Advisory...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the appointment of 34 members to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC). Initially established in 2010, the REEEAC is comprised of senior-level private-sector representatives that advise the Secretary of Commerce on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the export competitiveness of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services.

Alliance To Save Energy Names VP To Lead Communications

The Alliance to Save Energy is pleased to announce it has hired Ben Evans to its leadership team as Vice President of communications. Evans has nearly 20 years of experience in politics, including as a reporter. He comes to the Alliance from the U.S. biodiesel trade association, where he was director of public affairs. Previously he was a political reporter in the Washington bureau of The Associated Press and lead energy reporter at Congressional Quarterly

GBCI Announces New Technology Organization: arc

during the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) International Summit held at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced a new technology organization called arc.

USGBC Partners with Department of Energy on Better Communities Alliance

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been named a key strategic partner in the new Better Communities Alliance, which was announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House this week. The Better Communities Alliance (BCA) is designed to ignite clean energy action in cities and counties across the U.S. USGBC, through its sister organization, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), is utilizing PEER (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to advance the goals of the BCA.

GRID Alternatives begins installing solar projects on tribal lands using $1M in funding from...

GRID Alternatives, America’s largest nonprofit solar installer, today announced installation has begun on 92 solar installations in six tribal communities in California, Montana, and South Dakota with over $1 million in cost-shared grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to these individual tribes

Three NREL Technologies Named as Finalists for R&D 100 Awards

Two technologies developed by researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and a third developed through a collaboration between Wolfspeed, NREL, Toyota, and the University of Arkansas' National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, have been named finalists by R&D Magazine for the coveted 2016 R&D 100 Awards
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Nine Innovative Approaches That Utilities are Using to Plan for Increased Rooftop Solar

When an individual utility customer decides to add rooftop solar to their home or business, the utility needs to deliver less power to that customer from other sources. A small number of solar adopters may not have much of an impact, but rapid growth in rooftop solar in some parts of the country has the potential to significantly impact the need for generating resources and transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure.

Industry praises bipartisan Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition for seeking U.S. agencies’ help...

The U.S. wind energy industry today welcomed the support of a bipartisan group of 20 governors for further steps by federal agencies that could expedite siting of new wind farms, on land and offshore.

PUCN Approves Grandfathering Solar Policy

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) adopted regulations today that protect NV Energy customers who had installed a solar system, or submitted an interconnection request, prior to Dec. 31, 2015.  The new “grandfathering” rules will allow those existing NV Energy solar customers to operate under previous net metering rules.  Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, the vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

NREL to Lead New Consortium to Improve Reliability and Performance of Solar Modules

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will form a new consortium intended to accelerate the development of module materials for photovoltaics (PV) and lower the cost of electricity generated by solar power.

U.S. Wins Trade Case Against India

A World Trade Organization (WTO) appellate body issued a report today affirming the United States victory in the U.S. challenge to India’s “localization” rules, which discriminated against imported solar cells and modules under India’s National Solar Mission. Following is a statement from Christopher Mansour, vice president of federal affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the decision

Berkeley Lab Awarded DOE Grants for Greener Buildings

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has been awarded more than $4 million by the Department of Energy (DOE) to undertake three projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings, which account for more than 40 percent of the country’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

NREL to Lead One Exascale Computing Project, Support Three Others

Scientists at the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will lead an effort to model the complex and turbulent flow of wind through large wind plants as part of DOE's Exascale Computing Project (ECP), which is gearing up U.S. computational capabilities to prepare for the next generation of supercomputers. NREL will also provide support to three projects related to combustion science, urban systems, and power grid dynamics

CAP’s David J. Hayes on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Center for American Progress Senior Fellow David J. Hayes released the following statement today about the U.S. Department of the Interior’s release of the final Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, which will help balance renewable energy development and conservation on approximately 10 million acres of public lands in California

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After eight years of work, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) will effectively foreclose development of renewable energy resources on millions of acres of federally managed lands in Southern California, said a coalition of renewable energy and labor groups in response to the federal government’s release of the plan. The plan abandons the initial promise to balance renewable development with preservation of desert land.

Survey Reveals Projections for Lower Wind Energy Costs

The cost of producing electricity via wind power is expected to fall 24-30 percent by 2030 and 35-41 percent by 2050, according to a survey of the world's foremost wind power experts. Cost reductions are anticipated as a function of continued advancements in wind energy technology.
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KTGY Wins Top Honors at SoCal Awards

International award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY’s excellence in residential design and planning has been recognized by the Building Industry Association’s Greater Sales and Marketing Council’s 2016 SoCal Awards program. Eight KTGY-designed communities received either award wins or finalist honors for the architectural design of single-family detached and multifamily for-sale residential communities, home plan and best community feature at the SoCal Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 10th, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The SoCal Awards program honors the best in professional achievement, sales, marketing and design throughout the Southern California home building industry

U.S. Solar Market Adds More Than 2 GW in Q2 2016

Growing 43 percent year over year, the U.S. saw 2,051 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed in the second quarter of 2016. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report, this marks the eleventh consecutive quarter in which more than a gigawatt (GW) of PV was installed.

USGBC and Second Nature Announce 2016 Winners of Higher Education Climate Leaders Competition

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in partnership with Second Nature, announced that Arizona State University and Johnson County Community College have been selected to receive the seventh annual Climate Leadership Awards.

Consumers Energy Assisting U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Control Sea Lamprey, Protect Great...

Consumers Energy is assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on work taking place at Tippy Dam this week to protect salmon, lake trout and other fish species in the Great Lakes. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel are applying lampricides to the Manistee River at Tippy Dam to control sea lamprey larvae from the hydro facility downstream to Lake Michigan, a distance of 29 miles.
NREL’s 2016 Annual Technology Baseline

NREL Releases Updated Baseline of Cost and Performance Data for Electricity Generation Technologies

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2016 Annual Technology Baseline. In addition to updated data for utility-scale renewable and conventional energy technologies, this year's version includes cost and performance data for residential and commercial rooftop photovoltaics (PV) systems.


MISMO Launches New Collaboration Tool and Updated Website

MISMO® the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization recently launched MISMO Connect, a new tool that improves collaboration and communication across the MISMO community. MISMO Connect replaces the previous SharePoint and Listserv tools. MISMO Connect will be the official repository for MISMO documents and workgroup activities.


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Hanley Investment Group Lists Rare Five-Acre Fee-Simple Ground Lease on South...

Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a nationally-recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, announced today that the firm is marketing for sale a rare fee-simple ground-lease opportunity on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena, Calif. More...