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NextEnergy: Developing Charging and Power Systems for Tomorrow’s Cars, Homes, and Businesses

In addition to the networking technologies that NextEnergy is developing with its partners, NextEnergy is also developing vehicle charging and power systems that look to trim energy bills for both homes and businesses....more

USDA Invests $68 Million In 540 Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Projects

On September 18, 2014, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide. This is the most recent in a series of USDA actions designed to help...more

Combined Heat and Power Poised for Big Growth

Combined Heat and Power, also referred to as CHP or cogeneration, represents a fantastic opportunity to gain energy efficiency, reduce emissions, promote resiliency, and further a host of sustainability initiatives. In the...more

Wake County Justice Center- a LEED Silver Project done right!

Yesterday evening, I had the privilege of attending the Triangle USGBC’s “Talk & Walk” at the Wake County Justice Center. The 576,996 square foot Justice Center was completed 6 months early and over 30 million under budget....more

DOE And EPA Announce Updated SEE Action Website

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and EPA State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) website has been redesigned. The website provides information on successful efforts to advance energy efficiency across...more

Can Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Make "MPGs" for Homes Mainstream?

I was at a presentation by the Department of Energy on Wednesday (hosted by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships) where they reviewed the status of their Home Energy Score program. Like the fuel economy stickers on...more

Overriding Interest

In This Issue: - Islamic Real Estate Finance: Getting The Deal Done - Announcements & Events - Government Consultation on Energy Efficiency Improvements to the Private Rented Sector - K&L Gates...more

New Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Deadline Extended for Certain Buildings

The deadline for owners of nonresidential buildings that are between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet to comply with the Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program has been extended from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2016....more

Feds Announce New Loan Guarantees for Clean Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new loan guarantee program in July to facilitate the financing of energy projects in the U.S. that employ innovative and renewable or efficient energy technologies that avoid,...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. government has big bucks to help jumpstart renewable energy innovation: Renewable Energy World - Jul 7: In an effort to seek out and give financial help to innovative technologies that...more

New Report Ranks Power Utilities by Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

In a first-of-its-kind report announced this morning, Ceres and Clean Edge ranked the nation's largest electric utilities and local subsidiaries on their renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings. The report...more

The Clean Power Plan: State Implementation Plans Building Block 2 – The Re-dispatch Option

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced proposed regulations (the “Clean Power Plan” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”)) to limit greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from existing...more

Department of Energy Loan Guaranties for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

On July 3, 2014 the United States Department of Energy (DOE) issued its latest solicitation under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 for applications to obtain loan guarantees to finance innovative...more

Department of Energy Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee Solicitation Alert

On July 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) issued the final version of its Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation. As discussed in our previous WSGR Alert regarding...more

More Questions than Answers after Official Roll-out of “Clean Power Plan”

As discussed earlier in this blog, on June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a prepublication copy of its “Clean Power Plan,” or proposed rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from certain...more

Energy Technology Connections - June 2014

Leaders in the News - The XL3 Hybrid Drive from XL Hybrids, a developer of hybrid electric powertrains for commercial vans and trucks, was recently selected by Inc.’s Best In Class judging panel as one of the seven...more

Construction Ahead: How Our Construction Industry is Fueled by the Energy Environment

In 2007, Global Business Network (“GBN”) released the report, “Energy Strategy for the Road Ahead.” The goal of the report was to “understand the factors that are likely to influence the U.S. energy environment in the...more

USDA Offering Funding For Energy Efficiency Improvements

USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is providing funding for rural small business owners and farmers to make energy efficiency improvements or to install energy systems and is currently accepting applications for...more

How the Failure of Energy Efficiency Legislation Paves the Way for CO2 Regulation

Earlier this week, the United States Senate got itself tangled up in a debate over the structure of amendments to an energy efficiency bill. This hardly qualifies as news. But the inability of the Senate to come to agreement...more

Department of Energy Announces New Loan Guarantee Program for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

The Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office (the “DOE”) announced on April 16, 2014, a new loan guarantee program for up to $4 billion under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act. The announcement coincides...more

New Energy Benchmarking Law for California Borrowers

In the increasingly competitive lending market, how does a lender separate itself from the herd? By informing borrowers about new mandatory disclosure regulations and potentially saving them money in complying with such...more

Department of Energy Makes it Easier to Access Low-Interest Financing

The U.S. Department of Energy is overhauling a $16 billion low-interest financing program to fund new technologies such as efficient engines, lightweight materials, and low-friction tires. This program, titled the Advanced...more

“Tiny Houses:” A Panacea For Social And Environmental Ills?

Could the answers to crushing mortgage debt, homelessness and ecological degradation be one and the same? Across the globe, a ‘tiny’ movement is taking root....more

"Green" Light For Energy-Efficient Home Construction in Maryland

For those who believe that government programs may provide a stimulating effect on the private economy and promote positive changes in the ways in which we work and live, an enrolled bill, not yet signed into law, coming out...more

PUE, CUE and DCeP. Can Metrics Rescue Green IT?

Businesses’ technology estates consume ever-greater amounts of energy and, at the same time, the cost of that energy continues to escalate. Green IT initiatives seem to have little effect despite the fact that, on paper, the...more

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