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New York’s Energy Czar, Richard Kauffman, Receives SEIA Solar Champion Award

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) presented Richard Kauffman, New York’s chairman of energy and finance and NYSERDA Board chair, with the prestigious SEIA Solar Champion Award, an honor bestowed upon entities or individuals who have helped strengthen solar energy in America.

SEIA Forms New Committee to Expand Efforts in Midwest

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced the formation of the Midwest State Committee in an effort to expand its education and advocacy efforts in the region.

American Solar Job Force Hits New Record Growth, Now Stands at 260,000-Strong

Experiencing its biggest growth year yet, the solar industry in the United States now employs more than 260,000 Americans, according to The Solar Foundation's seventh annual National Solar Jobs Census released today.

Learn How to Use Layers in this Upcoming NCS Webinar

Industry professionals interested in learning how to use layers in the nation’s leading CAD standard should attend the upcoming webinar hosted by the developers of the United States National CAD Standard® (NCS)—The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

Maryland Legislature Successfully Overrides Clean Energy Veto

Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on today’s override by the Maryland Legislature of the veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act

Marketer of Water Filtration Systems Settles with FTC, Agrees to Drop Misleading ‘Made in...

A Georgia-based distributor of water filtration systems will stop making misleading unqualified claims that its products are made in the United States, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

Department of Energy Resources Extends Solar Program

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced today plans to extend the Commonwealth’s successful Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC 2) program further into 2017 along with a new proposal for a long-term replacement of the program. Since its inception, the SREC 2 program has led Massachusetts to more than 1,600 megawatts of solar development and supported thousands of local jobs, economic investments and a healthier environment for Bay State families and businesses.

Gulf Power Demand Charge Proposal Eliminates Choice for Floridian

Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on Gulf Power’s effort to impose demand charges on its customers

U.S. Green Building Council Releases Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Building

USGBC announced the Top 10 States for LEED, an annual ranking that highlights states throughout the United States that made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation over the past year. LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system

$5M Foundation Gift to Help Support US-China Energy Center at Berkeley Lab

In 2015, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley announced a partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing. They formed the Berkeley Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change, a center helping to develop scientifically based clean energy solutions and the next generation of leaders to champion those solutions

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Duke Energy Corporation for Violating Premerger Notification and Waiting...

The Department of Justice announced today a settlement with Duke Energy Corporation (Duke) for violating the reporting and waiting period requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act).  The settlement requires Duke to pay $600,000 in civil penalties to resolve the department’s charges that, after agreeing to purchase the Osprey Energy Center (Osprey) from Calpine Corporation, Duke took control of Osprey’s business before filing required HSR Act notifications and waiting for the expiration of the mandatory waiting period for antitrust review.
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KTGY Design Wins Platinum at Best In American Living Awards (BALA) for Best Senior...

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that Toll Brothers and KTGY received top honors at the Best In American Living™ Awards (BALA) gala held at the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) on January 11, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The Wakefield plan at Regency at Summerlinin Las Vegas received the highly-coveted Platinum Award for “Best Senior Housing, Single Family.”
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KTGY Designs Win Top Honors at 2017 NAHB Nationals Awards

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY’s designs were recognized at the National Sales and Marketing Awards gala (known as The Nationals?), one of the building industry’s most prestigious events. Hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Sales and Marketing Council, the gala took place on January 10, 2017, in Orlando, Florida, during the 2017 International Builders' Show (IBS). The Nationals? gala celebration draws more than 1,000 attendees who gather for this black-tie event at IBS.

NAHB Recognizes Leaders in Green and Sustainable Building

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today announced the winners of its Best in Green Awards at a ceremony during the International Builders’ Show. For the third year, these green awards have been incorporated into many of NAHB’s other honors, including the Best in American Living Awards, The Nationals, Best of 55+ Housing Awards, Pillars of the Industry Awards and Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence. Winners of any green or sustainable award in any of these programs were automatically entered for consideration for a Best in Green Award

U.S. Energy Secretary and Mexico Energy Minister Sign Bilateral Principles to Promote Electricity Reliability...

On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Mexico's Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, along with Federal Energy Regulatory Commision (FERC) Chairman Norman Bay, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) Chairman Guillermo Ignacio Garcia Alcocer and National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) Director Eduardo Meraz Ateca, together signed a non-binding foundational document that will support a continued effort by both countries to assure reliability of the increasingly interconnected American and Mexican electricity grids. U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson and President and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Gerry Cauley witnessed the signing

Abigail Ross Hopper Named as SEIA’s President and Chief Executive Officer

Abigail Ross Hopper has been named president and chief executive officer of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and will start Jan. 17. Ms. Hopper brings to the top post at SEIA extensive leadership experience overseeing federal and state agencies. She joins SEIA from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) within the Department of Interior where she weighed complex and sometimes conflicting factors to achieve balanced federal energy policy. Among her achievements were the leasing and permitting of oil, gas and renewable energy projects

EIA’s AEO2017 projects the United States as a net energy exporter in most cases

Annual Energy Outlook 2017 (AEO2017), released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2050 based on eight cases (Reference, Low and High Economic Growth, Low and High Oil Price, Low and High Oil and Gas Resource and Technology, No Clean Power Plan implementation). This is the first time that EIA is publishing projections through 2050 in the AEO tables.

Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Bill to Allow Energy Production in 1002 Area of Arctic Coastal...

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today introduced legislation that would allow limited oil and natural gas development within the non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Energy Department Launches New Manufacturing USA Institute Focused on Recycling and Reusing Materials

As part of the Manufacturing USA initiative, today the Energy Department announced its new Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, which will be headquartered in Rochester, New York and led by the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance.  REMADE will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding, subject to appropriations, and will be matched by $70 million in private cost-share commitments from over 100 partners

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Announces Charles Curtis as 2016 Recipient of Schlesinger Medal for...

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced Charles B. Curtis as the third recipient of the James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.  When the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) were established on October 1, 1977, Schlesinger and Curtis were appointed by President Carter as the first DOE Secretary and FERC Chairman, respectively.  Later, Mr. Curtis served as Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration.

Energy Department Offers Conditional Commitment for First Advanced Fossil Energy Loan Guarantee

The U.S. Department of Energy today offered a conditional commitment to guarantee loans of up to $2 billion to Lake Charles Methanol, LLC to construct the world’s first methanol production facility to employ carbon capture technology in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The captured carbon would be utilized for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in Texas.

Revitalizing That Old House

“McMasion” is a term that came into existence in the mid-1990s to describe certain types of housing. It was not, and is not, a term of endearment but rather derision. Most suburban areas have a development or two that exemplifies this type of house that share several commonalities. That being said, there was an appeal to the marketplace that included these features

Over 450 Groups, Officials and Academics Call on Congress to Back 100% Renewable Energy...

Over 450 organizations, local officials, academics, civic leaders and businesses called on Congress to support a shift to powering the nation entirely with renewable energy. In a letter delivered today, the signers urged support for H.Res. 540 introduced by Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and S.Res. 632 introduced by Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) which recommend a rapid, steady shift to 100 percent renewable energy

In its Largest Quarter Ever, U.S. Solar Market Saw Nearly 2 MW of PV...

The United States solar market just shattered all previous quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) installation records. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q4 2016 U.S. Solar Market Insight report, 4,143 megawatts (MW) of solar PV were installed in the U.S. in the third quarter of the year, a rate of one MW every 32 minutes. That pace is even faster today, as the fourth quarter will surpass this past quarter’s historic total.

BSSC Schedules 2017 Webinar Series on Construction Materials

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host, under the sponsorship of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a new 2017 webinar series focused on construction materials addressed in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) publications.

Experience Mars City at Building Innovation 2017

Take part in a special session to help build the future workforce during Building Innovation 2017—the National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference & Expo. On Day 1 of the Conference, Monday, January 9, 2017, at 3:30 pm, attendees can participate in a presentation of the Institute’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program and the Future Workforce Program to discover ways to inspire, engage, educate and employ the next generation of building industry professionals.

Last Chance to Get the Building Innovation 2017 Hotel Discount

If you plan to stay over in Washington, D.C., next month to attend Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expo, Collaborating for a High-Performing Future, January 9-12, 2017, at the Mandarin Oriental, today is your last day to reserve your room and guarantee the low rate and availability.

NAREE IS Going Green in Orlando and Colorado

NAREE’s New Year is blasting off with a burst of green. We’re going deep into what real sustainability means in a series of three meetings running January 9 and 10 in Orlando as reporters gather for IBS; and continuing June 14-16 in Denver at our own annual conference

New Report Finds Washington, D.C. Could Enhance Livability While Saving Billions of Dollars with...

Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington, D.C., a new report authored by Capital E, documents and quantifies the large-scale environmental, health and economic benefits that Washington, D.C. could gain from citywide adoption of smart surface technologies.

Preeminent Solar Finance & Tax Conference Coming to Washington D.C.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is hosting its popular Finance & Tax Seminar in Washington D.C. next week. The two-day event dedicated exclusively to the most impactful accounting, finance and tax issues facing the solar industry will cover the biggest issues of the day including the potential impact of the election on the solar industry.

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NAR Tech Edge Events Keep Realtors® Apprised of Latest Tools

Technology is transforming how Realtors® conduct business and communicate with clients. Now more than ever, Realtors® know the importance of staying up-to-date with the new and emerging technologies that are essential to the real estate business. To help Realtors® stay well informed of the latest business technology skills and trends changing the real estate industry, the National Association of Realtors® is continuing its one-day technology conference series, NAR Tech Edge.

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Phillips Edison Sells Five Shopping Centers Totaling 583,000 SF

Hanley Investment Group, a nationally-recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, announced today that in separate transactions Hanley Investment Group's Executive Vice President Eric Wohl served as advisor in bringing the buyer and seller together in the sale of five shopping centers owned by Cincinnati, Ohio-based firm Phillips Edison & Company, one of the nation’s largest owners and managers of grocery-anchored shopping centers. The buyer was Albanese Cormier Holdings, a commercial real estate investment company based in Beaumont, Texas