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Siemens Partners with AECOM and Bechtel for the U.S. Army’s $7-Billion Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production Program

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In April 2012, the White House announced that the Defense Department was making one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history, by setting a goal to deploy 3 gigawatts of renewable energy — including solar, wind, biomass or geothermal — on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025.

Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., the prime contractor, along with partners AECOM and Bechtel have been awarded four contracts to help the U.S. Army meet its goal of 1 gigawatt of that total — enough energy to power 250,000 homes.

Terra Watt Prize: New Competition Seeks Affordable Energy Solutions for the Poor

Posted by Chad Lipton
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More than 1.3 billion people, or approximately one-fifth of the world’s population, live without access to an electrical grid. That is roughly five times the number of people living in the United States, a country that is so plugged-in that access to electricity is all but taken for granted.

Why Does the Power Go Out When It’s Cold?

Posted by Erich Gunther of IEEE
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The extreme cold temperatures experienced by a large part of the United States this month have highlighted the vulnerability of power systems equipment in such extreme weather. This week’s snowstorm led to power outages in the Northeast, but cold weather alone can be enough to cause problems: The Tennessee Valley Authority, which serves 9 million people in the Southeast, urged customers Thursday to conserve energy to prevent a cold-weather outage. The average person might ask, why would my power go out when it’s just cold outside?

Ohio Facility Increases Efficiency by Reducing its Lighting

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When it comes to making our facilities more energy efficient, it’s no secret that upgrading the lighting can do wonders for the energy bill.

Lighting is one of the features of a facility that is always on, so it makes sense to investigate ways to cut down on how much energy those fixtures use.

When Seeking the City Solution on Climate, Don’t Forget the Suburbs

Posted by Daniel Kammen of University of California, Berkeley
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Our cities have the potential to be a key climate change solution. Already they are hot-beds of innovation in local and global approaches to the nexus of sustainability and quality of life.  People who live in cities drive less, use less energy to heat, cool, and light their homes, and even their water and sewer lines are shorter and require fewer resources. But all of those advantages – and the ability to save more land for nature and agriculture – will be cancelled out if our cities are ringed with suburbs that are profligate in their use of energy and resources.

TransCanada and Enbridge Partner on Pipeline Safety R&D

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As North America’s leading oil and gas pipeline companies, TransCanada and Enbridge agree that improving the safety and reliability of pipelines is in everyone’s best interest. That’s why both companies have affirmed their ongoing commitment to safe operations by signing a Joint Industry Partnership agreement to conduct groundbreaking research in the area of leak detection.

LG Electronics Expands French-Door Energy Star® Certified Refrigerator Portfolio with Three New ‘Door-in-DoorTM’ Models

Award-Winning Design Saves Energy, Provides Quick, Convenient Access to Most Commonly Used Items Including Beverages and Snacks
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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Oct. 29, 2013 /3BL Media/ – LG Electronics, a long-time leader in French-door refrigerator technology, has expanded its popular “Door-in-DoorTM” refrigerator line in the United States to include three new styles: a mega-capacity model, a 4-door model with double freezer drawers and a model with dual ice makers for enhanced convenience. These new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators are all designed to bring consumers a new level of convenience.

Verizon Foundation and Pecan Street Inc. Bring Energy Management Solutions to Underserved Communities in Austin

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AUSTIN, Texas, October 21, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Verizon Foundation has teamed up with consumer-energy research organization Pecan Street Inc., to launch a new program that will provide low-income communities with energy management solutions that empower consumers to make smarter choices about their energy use and save money.

Energy Efficiency on Display

TransCanada's Cancarb plant uses waste heat recovery to provide emission-less power for the city of Medicine Hat, Alberta
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The students donned their high visibility smocks, safety glasses and gloves, and with that they were ready to tour the plant.

Cancarb had been chosen as an ideal touring site for members of the University of Calgary’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy Students’ Association (ISEEESA), a student club that emphasizes the need for a cleaner energy supply, a healthy environment and an efficient economy.

Elsevier Announces the Launch of a New Journal: Energy Research & Social Scienceisco Recognized by EPA as Green Power Partner of the Year

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Oxford, UK, September 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of the Energy Research & Social Science, a new journal dedicated to examining the relationship between energy systems and society.

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