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Technology from Emerson to Help Manage Clean Energy in California

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PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has been selected to provide its Ovation™ control and optimization technology for two renewable energy projects being developed by EDF Renewable Energy, the U.S. unit of French energy company EDF Energies Nouvelles. The contract was awarded by global engineering, project management, and construction company Bechtel.

The 110-megawatt (MW) Catalina Solar and 140-MW Pacific Wind projects are located in Kern County, California.

Emerson’s Ovation system will play a key role in adjusting electrical output as directed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) – a task that is becoming more important as renewable energy sources provide an increasing share of electricity to the grid. For example, if CAISO needs to curtail the output of the coordinated operation to maintain grid stability, the Ovation system will calculate the most economical way to achieve the new megawatt target. Continue reading

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SCA and E.ON sign agreement on wind power joint venture

SCA (STO:SCAA)(STO:SCAB) signed a joint venture agreement with E.ON today, through which E.ON will develop a number of wind power projects together with SCA.

The joint venture includes the areas operated by SCA Vind up until the licence application: Hästkullen and Björnlandhöjden in Härnösand, and Kramfors and Timrå municipalities. The agreement also covers wind power projects in southern Ånge and in Ljusdal.

“The joint venture includes approximately 270 wind power stations and a total energy production of more than 2 TWh, corresponding to the electricity required for warming 100,000 Swedish households,” says Head of SCA Energy, Åke Westberg.

Future investment decisions can be expected by 2014 or 2015 at the earliest. The project is expected to be in operation by 2016 to 2017 at the earliest. Continue reading

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Clean Energy Completes First Stage of Natural Gas LNG Fueling Stations

SEAL BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the completion of its LNG truck fueling station in Matthews, Missouri this month, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE) concludes the first stage of America’s Natural Gas Highway® (ANGH), a network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck fueling stations to support long-haul, heavy-duty goods movement along major interstate corridors throughout the United States.

“We are truly at the cusp of a potential revolutionary change in the trucking industry”
Speaking at last week’s American Trucking Associations Summit on Natural Gas in Trucking, Andrew Littlefair, Clean Energy President and CEO, said, “We have created America’s Natural Gas Highway® to support the growing number of long-haul truckers and shippers who are deploying factory-built, heavy-duty trucks powered by natural gas fuel. LNG-fueled trucks can now travel the country and reap the benefits of fuel cost savings, reduced dependence on foreign oil, and the lower emissions profile that characterizes this abundant American resource.” Continue reading

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Dioxide Materials Awarded $4 Million to Advance CO2 Recycling Technology

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dioxide Materials has been awarded $4 million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). The award will advance further research into Dioxide Materials’ technology that will produce transportation fuels and industrial chemicals electrochemically from carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. Dioxide is collaborating on the project with 3M (NYSE:MMM), a subrecipient of the ARPA-E award.

Although electrochemical recycling of carbon dioxide is not a new technology, Dioxide Materials has patented a catalyst that makes carbon dioxide recycling energy efficient for the first time ever, using three times less electricity. The technology’s scientific principles have been demonstrated, but the risks need to be lowered before the technology can attract the funding needed to move into the marketplace. ARPA-E funding will allow Dioxide Materials to create the first industrially relevant prototype and lower the risks so that substantial development funding can be obtained. Continue reading

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GE, Clean Energy Fuels Partner to Expand Natural Gas Highway

(3BLMedia) GE, Clean Energy Fuels Partner to Expand ‘Natural Gas Highway’
GE and Clean Energy Fuels announced a collaboration to expand the infrastructure for natural gas transportation in the United States.

The agreement supports Clean Energy’s efforts in developing America’s Natural Gas Highway, a fueling network that will enable trucks to operate on liquefied natural gas coast to coast and border to border.

Clean Energy Fuels will initially purchase two ecomagination-qualified MicroLNG plants from GE Oil & Gas. The plug-and-play modular units, which are designed to rapidly liquefy natural gas while minimizing a site’s physical footprint, will support fueling stations along critical transportation corridors that run across the U.S.

GE Energy Financial Services is providing up to $200 million in financing for the two GE MicroLNG plants. Continue reading

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Energy Vision Publishes New Report Documenting Renewable Natural Gas as the Solution to a Major U.S. Transportation Challenge

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A newly released publication, Renewable Natural Gas (RNG): The Solution to a Major Transportation Challenge, reports that the use of renewable natural gas as a vehicle fuel is a technologically viable alternative to relying exclusively on petroleum-based fuels for transportation. The new publication was prepared by Energy Vision, a noted, national, New York-based energy research organization, and CALSTART, a California-based leader in clean transportation technologies.

“Today we can turn this country’s expensive organic waste burden into a clean vehicle fuel solution,” said Energy Vision President Joanna Underwood. “Waste biogases can also be used to generate power and heat homes; but other renewable energy sources can meet those needs. Fossil-based and renewable natural gas used as vehicle fuels are the only options for displacing significant amounts of oil. By aggressively embracing this strategy as part of an overall energy plan, the new Obama Administration and the 113th Congress can achieve measurable progress in moving toward this country’s key clean air, climate change, energy, national security, economic and job creation goals. For many reasons, RNG is just what the doctor ordered.” Continue reading

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Smart Grid Deployments are Driving a Revolution in Utility Customer Information Systems

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The electric utility industry is engaged in a massive buildout of smart grid infrastructure, but the full benefits of this investment will only be realized if there is a similar transformation in customer engagement.  Many utilities have realized that they need to dramatically change the way the way they view and manage customer relationships.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the deployment of smart meters is the key driving force in this revolution, enabling new consumer services and providing new insight into customer behavior.

As a result, the study concludes, the electric utility billing and customer information systems (CIS) software and services market will nearly double in the next 5 years, growing from $2.3 billion in 2011 to $4.0 billion by 2017.

“Large U.S. investor-owned utilities looking to develop new revenue streams, European energy retailers working in a deregulated market, and utilities in the developing world seeking to improve revenue collection and energy auditing are all taking a new look at their requirements for billing and CIS,” says research director Eric Woods.  “This shift requires utilities to master the product development, marketing, and customer relationship skills to ensure competitive success.  In turn, the billing and CIS systems underpinning these business processes will have to step up to the challenge.” Continue reading

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Broadwind Energy Wins $14 Million in Wind Tower Orders

NAPERVILLE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A U.S. wind turbine manufacturer has selected Broadwind Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWEN) to supply approximately $14 million of wind towers for delivery in 2013. This order includes an option to purchase up to $27 million of additional towers which would have to be exercised in early 2013. The towers will all be delivered in 2013 and will be produced in the Company’s facilities in Manitowoc, WI and Abilene, TX.

Peter C. Duprey, president and CEO of Broadwind Energy, Inc., stated, “We are very pleased that Broadwind’s improved competitive position has led to new wind tower business, particularly given the regulatory uncertainty around the extension of the production tax credit. Assuming the option is exercised, orders for 2013 deliveries will exceed the low end of the production range guidance we previously provided. With wind tower supply and demand coming into better balance and the ongoing trade case, we have seen continued market share gains, and are increasingly optimistic about the outlook for the tower business in 2013.” Continue reading

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