Every time the heat or air conditioning cycles on inside your home or office there’s a good chance the electricity powering it is coming from a dirty power plant, which contributes to mercury and carbon dioxide pollution, harming the environment. What if there was a way to select the power plant your energy comes from, so your house could run on green, clean energy? Today, that’s finally a reality.
WattTime, the nonprofit creating technology that makes using clean energy as simple as tapping your smartphone, is announcing a closed beta pilot in partnership with Energate, creator of the H?lH?m smart thermostat, as a critical first step in its mission to give any thermostat the ability to selectively use clean energy.
Source: WattTime Partners With Energate to Launch Green Smart Thermostat Solution to Automatically Power Homes on Clean Energy
Environmental non-profit WattTime has launched a new smart thermostat solution that will allow consumers to selectively use clean energy. WattTime, “the nonprofit creating technology that makes using clean energy as simple as tapping your smartphone,” revealed today that it is starting a closed beta program in partnership with Energate, creator of the the H?lH?m smart thermostat. Specifically, a $600,000 grant from The Great Lakes Protection Fund will allow WattTime to integrate its software directly into
Source: WattTime Launches New Smart Thermostat Solution To Fight Climate Change
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 33 small businesses to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation to a clean energy economy. The selected businesses will be given access to world-class laboratory resources to help move these innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace.
Source: Small Business Vouchers pilot a pathway to a clean energy economy – SmartGridNews
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced that wind led the clean energy sector in terms of progress in 2015. “This American success story is not only helping us build a better world for our children, it’s also helping consumers save money,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “Wind energy’s continuing growth is something that should make all Americans proud.”
Source: Top 5: Wind led clean energy progress in 2015 – SmartGridNews
Five companies have committed to investing a total of $150 million towards the development of clean energy in Singapore.The money will be spent over the next five years across the fields of solar, fuel cells, smart grids and testing services. It will also create more than 100 jobs here.
Source: Singapore boosting efforts to develop clean energy, Business News & Top Stories – The Straits Times
As part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to increase energy productivity, reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil and cut harmful emissions the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing nearly $55 million in 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that will strengthen the U.S. clean energy economy.
Source: $55M more: DOE betting on EVs to strengthen clean energy economy – SmartGridNews
The clean energy sector will finally face certainty after the parliament passed legislation to slash the renewable energy target.A bipartisan deal – agreed to last month after a lengthy political stalemate that hamstrung the clean energy sector – will slash the target from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000.Legislation inscribing that deal passed the Senate during an extended sitting late into Tuesday night.
Source: Renewable energy target slashed, wind farm commissioner to be established
NRELs Integrated Network Testbed for Energy Grid Research and Technology Experimentation (INTEGRATE) will address specific grid integration challenges that allow clean energy technologies to be deployed at scale. The program will demonstrate the use of clean energy technologies to increase the hosting capacity of the grid by providing grid services in a holistic manner and using an open source, interoperable platform. Projects that are part of INTEGRATE will increase the viability, penetration, and deployment of renewable energy technologies by ensuring the reliability and efficiency of electricity generation and use.
Source: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Selects Smarter Grid Solutions Active Network Management Technology for Ground Breaking INTEGRATE Project.
Congress has a tremendous opportunity right now to address our nation’s rapidly changing energy systems and upgrade aging transmission, storage, and other infrastructure to set the United States on a stronger path to a more sustainable and clean energy future. As the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee wraps up its fourth and final hearing on energy bills today, NRDC submitted a letter to committee members urging them to prioritize policies that embrace clean energy and energy efficiency while modernizing our grid and ensuring it is resilient in developing their final energy bills package.
Source: Time for Congress to Power Up Smart Energy Policies | Elizabeth Noll’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York recently announced a $160 million investment designed to grow large scale clean energy projects statewide. As part of the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, this funding is being made available to support public-private sector partnerships in clean energy projects. Funding will be administered competitively, and proposals are seen as improving energy affordability and reliability, while also expanding new economic development opportunities and protecting the environment.
“This funding is a crucial resource for the development of New York’s clean energy infrastructure, and by supporting large scale projects we are ensuring that the grid can meet the needs of a growing economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “Investing in these kinds of projects is another example of how we are building a cleaner and more sustainable future in New York State, and I look forward to seeing that progress unfold in the years ahead.”
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