Missouri Western State Partners with Schneider Electric

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Missouri Western State University is partnering with Andover, Mass.-based Schneider Electric to help the institution save nearly $400,000 in energy costs over 15 years. The university expects an additional $400,000 in utility incentives will help offset campus-wide upgrades across its building, lighting, water and mechanical systems.

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New Lab Tests Building Efficiency

BERKELEY — A new lab in California opened by the Department of Energy (DOE) will test building efficiency using real-world simulations and advanced technologies.

DOE established the FLEXLAB at Berkeley National Laboratory on July 10. The facility’s test beds can examine HVAC, lighting, windows, building envelope, control systems and plug loads in any combination. The lab gives building owners and tenants the ability to test alternatives, perform cost-benefit analyses, and explore other building efficiencies before construction or retrofitting.

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Energy Efficiency Bill Heads to the Senate

WASHINGTON — A new bipartisan energy efficiency bill, introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), lists several measures to help raise energy efficiency levels in the U.S., while creating more private-sector jobs, reducing global warming pollution and reducing the country’s dependence on oil.

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California Group Files Suit Against U.S. Energy and Treasury Depts

SOQUEL, Calif. — Californians for Renewable Energy (CARE) and its founder Michael Boyd filed a lawsuit on Nov. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to challenge more than two dozen federal loan guarantees that the group alleges were illegally issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under Section 1705 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

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Department of Energy Finances Rooftop Solar, Hydro Power Projects

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy (DOE) granted SolarCity Corp. a conditional commitment for a $344 million loan to support a record expansion of residential rooftop solar power in the United States.

Under the conditional commitment for the partial guarantee of the SolarStrong Project, the San Mateo, Calif.-based solar service provider will install, own and operate up to 160,000 rooftop solar installations on as many as 124 U.S. military bases in up to 33 states.  

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DOE and Appraisal Foundation Memorandum Addresses Building Technologies

WASHINGTON — A memorandum of understanding was signed on June 10 between the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Appraisal Foundation, to establish a series of activities focused on ensuring the current federal appraisal standards are applicable for energy performance and green valuations.
The memorandum with the foundation, a congressionally authorized non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of professional valuation, also aims to ensure that appraisers are trained in the applicat

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