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LIPA Issues Historical RFPs

LIPAThe Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is receiving praise for moving forward with plans to purchase renewable energy for Long Island. LIPA has issued two separate requests for proposals (RFP) -- one for variable-sized renewable energy projects and another to begin replacement of Long Island's fleet of "peaking" generation facilities, installed as early as the 1960s and nearing retirement.

Grant allows West Union to Raise Awareness on Community Energy Efficiency Projects

Iowa Energy CenterIn March 2008, West Union, Iowa was selected as an Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Green Pilot Community. Over the past five years, the community was the first of its size to revitalize its historical downtown district with cutting-edge energy efficient components such as geothermal heating and cooling, LED streetlights, electric vehicle plug in, and building energy efficiency audits.

NYSERDA and East Irondequoit Show New Combined Heat and Power Project

NYSERDAThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), along with the East Irondequoit Central School District, unveiled a new combined heat and power (CHP) system installed at the districts Eastridge High School. NYSERDA contributed $666,000 to the $1.6 million, 325 kilowatt project.

PNNL Awarded $1.1 Million for Advancing Transportation Technologies

PNNLThe Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been awarded $1.1 million to perform research into technologies and materials that can save fuel in vehicles. The funding comes as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s suite of over 38 projects totaling $45 million to advance transportation technologies. 

National News

Utilities preparing for another Sandy

A year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged and devastated the Mid-Atlantic, utilities like Con Edison and PPL Electric Utilities are making improvements to the reliability of critical infrastructure and protect customers from major storms.

Tucson Electric Power on the cutting edge of predictive maintenance

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has received an international award for predictive maintenance at the Springerville Generating Station (SGS).  TEP received the Emerson Process Experts 2013 Reliability Program of the Year award for the use of effective reliability and maintenance practices that saved the utility more than $1.4 million in 2012 alone, using technology to monitor and identify equipment in need of repair or replacement.

CA adopts game-changing energy storage targets

The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has unanimously passed a decision to build high-tech energy storage systems that will further enable California's renewable energy future and move the state closer to building a modern, sustainable power grid, establishing an energy storage target of 1,325 MW for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric by 2020, with installations required no later than the end of 2024.

Intelligent efficiency savings could reach $50B by 2020

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimates that the annual energy cost savings of intelligent efficiency for the commercial and manufacturing sectors could reach more than $50 billion by 2020 and that system optimization will bring non-energy benefits including better services and quality control, and lower operating costs which free up capital for additional investments in productivity and capacity.

Funding Opportunities

RFI – Building Technologies Office Prioritization Tool

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) developed the Prioritization Tool to improve its programmatic decision-making by evaluating the long-term impact to energy consumption by technologies and activities. The tool provides an objective framework for most energy-saving measures and scenarios as well as methodology comparing long-term benefits and end-user costs applied to various markets, end-uses, and lifetimes. BTO seeks comments and information related to the Prioritization Tool that improves the tool's accuracy, applicability, and influence technology planning within BTO. Specifically, this notice solicits comments and information on data, assumptions, and outputs of various energy efficiency technologies and activities analyzed by the Prioritization Tool.

Notice of Intent: Certification and Rating of Attachments for Fenestration Technologies (CRAFT)

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Building Technologies Office (BTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Certification and Rating of Attachments for Fenestration Technologies (CRAFT)." The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice of the proposed upcoming FOA.

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