SUN DAY Campaign provides evidence that 16% of renewables will be used in U.S.-sooner than predicted

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Washington, DC/Tuesday April 15th 2014/Green Technology Newswire– In a new 32-page study released today, the SUN DAY Campaign challenges assertions by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) that renewable energy sources will provide only 16% of the nation’s net electrical generation by the year 2040. Using EIA’s own previously published data, the analysis shows that it’s more likely the 16% level could be reached within five years.

In its “early release overview” of the “Annual Energy Outlook 2014″ (published December 16, 2013 with the final release of the full AEO2014 now slated for April 30, 2014), the EIA’s Reference Case foresaw renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounting for just 16% of the nation’s net electrical generation by 2040.

However, EIA’s own published data for the 11-year period January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2013 reveal that the percentage of the nation’s net electrical generation represented by renewable energy has expanded from less than 9% in 2004 to nearly 13% in 2013 – i.e., within a decade. Given the relatively consistent growth trends of the past decade or longer for most renewable energy sources and  their rapidly declining costs, it seems improbable that it will require another 27 years to grow from 13% to 16%. Thus, EIA’s forecast is not just unduly conservative; it is almost certainly, simply wrong.

In fact, if the trends reflected in EIA data from the past decade continue, renewable energy sources could increase to as much as 13.5% of net U.S. electrical generation in 2014, to 14.4% in 2015, to 15.3% in 2016, and reach or exceed 16.0% no later than 2018 — i.e., within five years and not the 27 years forecast by EIA. At worst, they would reach 16% by 2020.

“Inasmuch as policy makers in both the public and private sectors – as well as the media and others – rely heavily upon EIA data when making legislative, regulatory, investment, and other decisions, underestimation can have multiple adverse impacts on the renewable energy industry and, more broadly, on the nation’s environmental and energy future,” noted Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign. “Consequently, EIA is doing a serious disservice to the public by publishing analyses that are inherently inconsistent with its own historical data and near-term projections.”

The full 32-page report (i.e. Sunday Forecast link above) includes the assumptions and projections made, on a technology-by-technology basis, using EIA data. In addition, following the projections provided for each technology is a listing of recent studies and news reports that offer alternative or complementary scenarios – many of which are more aggressive than those provided by the SUN DAY Campaign. These additional studies suggest that even SUN DAY’s analysis may prove to be unduly conservative.

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 The SUN DAY Campaign is a non-profit research and educational organization founded in 1992 to promote sustainable energy technologies as cost-effective alternatives to nuclear power and fossil fuels.

Contact:  Ken Bossong, 301-270-6477 x.11

Source: Green Technology Newswire

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Poplars “Designed for Deconstruction” A Major Boon to Biofuels

Madison, WI/Thursday April 3rd, 2014/ Green Technology Newswire-What began twenty years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel.

 

Michigan State University associate professor and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) scientist, Curtis Wilkerson, describes his and University of Wisconsin-Madison colleagues’ paper, appearing in the April 4 issue of Science, as, “a rare, top-down approach to engineering plants – in this case poplars – for digestibility.” Poplars, a fast-growing crop widely planted throughout the United States and Canada, are particularly valuable to the bioenergy, bio-products, and fiber industries.

 

“By designing poplars for deconstruction,” Wilkerson says, “we can improve the degradability of a very useful biomass product. Poplars are dense, easy to store, and they flourish on marginal lands not suitable for food crops, making them a non-competing and sustainable source of biofuel.”

 

The idea to engineer biomass for easier degradation first took shape in the lab of University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and GLBRC Plants Leader John Ralph, who was then working at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center. In the mid-1990s, Ralph’s group was looking for ways to reduce energy usage in the paper pulping process by more efficiently removing lignin – the polymer that gives plant cell walls their sturdiness – from trees. The group surmised that if they could introduce weak bonds into lignin they could simply “unzip” this hardy material, making it much easier for chemical processes to break it down.

 

Ralph’s approach had clear benefits for the biofuels industry as well, where difficulty in removing and processing lignin remains a major obstacle to accessing the valuable sugars contained within biomass, adding energy and cost to the production of biofuels. Seeing an opportunity to carry out Ralph’s concept in poplar, GLBRC researchers pooled their expertise to successfully engineer poplars highly amenable to degradation and, by extension, to industrial processing.

 

To produce the poplars, Wilkerson first identified and isolated a gene capable of making monomers with bonds that are easier to break apart. Next, University of British Columbia professor Shawn Mansfield successfully put that gene into the poplar. The group then determined that the plants not only created the monomers but also incorporated them into the lignin polymer, thereby introducing the weak links into the lignin backbone and transforming the poplars’ natural lignin into a more easily degradable version.

 

“We can now move beyond tinkering with the known genes in the lignin pathway to using exotic genes to alter the lignin polymer in predesigned but plant-compatible ways, essentially ‘designing lignin for (chemical) deconstruction,” Ralph says. “This approach should pave the way to generating more valuable biomass that can be processed in a more energy efficient manner for biofuels and paper products.”

 

The research is also noteworthy for being the direct result of a collaboration funded by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, one of three U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Centers created to make transformational breakthroughs in new cellulosic biofuels technology. Realizing the collaborative project called for a wide array of expertise, from finding the gene (Wilkerson) and introducing it into the plants (Mansfield), to proving—via newly designed analyses—that the plant was utilizing the new monomers in making its lignin (Fachuang Lu, Ralph).

 

“I guarantee that John [Ralph] and I would never have met without the GLBRC, “Wilkerson adds. “When I first met John at a group retreat, I knew very little about lignin. But I ended up sharing some techniques I’d been using for totally different projects that I thought might be useful for his ‘zip-lignin’ research. The collaboration really grew from there.”

 

This technology is also available for licensing.

 

“We’re excited about commercializing this breakthrough technology that will more efficiently allow biofuels and other products to be produced from poplars,” says Leigh Cagan, the chief technology commercialization officer at Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). For more information, contact licensing@warf.org.

By Krista Eastman

CONTACT: John Ralph

e-mail: jralph@wisc.edu

Curtis Wilkerson

e-mail: wilker13@msu.edu

phone: 517-353-5554

Source: Green Technology Newswire

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Econais Launches World’s Smallest, Smartest WiFi (SiP) Module

Highly Integrated Hardware/Software and Low Standby Power Requirements Simplify Smart Home, M2M and IoT Device Design and Development

SAN JOSE, Calif./April 2, 2014/Green Technology Newswire – Econais Inc., the technology leader in smart, ultra-low power miniature Wi-Fi module solutions for the Internet of Things, today announced the EC19W01, the world’s smallest, smartest, and most integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module.  The EC19W01 offers low power drain and features fully integrated MCU, Wi-Fi, cloud connectivity, flash and antenna that is fully certified FCC, EC, IC, and TELEC.  Think WiSmart.

The EC19W01 incorporates the latest Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n standards and features to give designers a full array of options for embedding the module in their designs to get their devices on the internet and in the cloud as smartly as possible.  Fully certified with FCC, EC, IC, and soon TELEC.  Features include AirPlay, Wi-Fi Direct, ProbMeTM configuration, full TCP/IP stack, HTTPS/SSL, DHCP Client/Server, WPS, legacy Wi-Fi Client and SoftAP modes with WPA/WPA2 support, Serial to Wi-Fi, Cloud Service Support, and more. Very compact, the EC19W01 is 14x16x2.8mm in size.

“The EC19W01 makes it easy to quickly design a Wi-Fi equipped device that connects to the cloud,” said Dimitris Leonardos, VP of Product Management of Econais Inc. “With Econais’ extensive libraries of software to shorten the design cycle and customize connections, our plug and play modules enable device developers to quickly, inexpensively, and globally get their products connected to the internet.”

Engineering samples and production quantities of the EC19W01 are available now. The EC19W01 Development Kit (EC19W01EVB) is also available from Econais and through their global representative and distribution network of partners.

About Econais Inc:

Econais is a module manufacturer and solutions company building ultra-low power connectivity module-based solutions to address the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) markets. WiSmart modules integrate 32bit MCU, Wi-Fi, and cloud connectivity with full libraries of software.  Econais’ easy-to-use modules and software enable customers to leverage the globally installed base of Wi-Fi access points and smartphones to create connected smart products for healthcare, smart energy, audio, consumer and control/monitoring in industrial, commercial and residential markets. http://www.econais.com

Company Contact
Brent Ward
Marketing
(919) 345-2336
bward@econais.com

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Building Owners in Kentucky Embrace New Energy Technology

NEWPORT, KY/(MARCH 25, 2014)/Green technology newswire – Experimental Holdings has had a commitment to earth-friendly practices by recycling waste paper, installing energy efficient HVAC equipment, lighting, and insulation.  In an effort to be even greener, the company recently installed a 44kW solar electric system on the roof of the three story building located in the historic district of Newport, KY.  This space is currently occupied by an auction house and various artists specializing in mediums ranging from oil, pastel and jewelry.  The third floor of the building is currently available for lease.

Commenting on their new solar system, owner Matt Stephens stated, “We have always been concerned with energy efficiency practices and recycling, so adding solar was the next logical step for us. Dovetail took the time to understand our needs and gave us excellent customer service.”

Experimental Holdings is a commercial and residential real estate development firm specializing in renovating and improving historic properties in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as well as professional management and maintenance services. Currently their available portfolio consists of properties in not only Newport, but also Cincinnati, OH, Montgomery, OH, Springfield, OH, and Covington, KY.

The 44kW solar array designed by Dovetail Solar consists of 176 Canadian Solar 250 watt modules and several SMA TL and Solectria inverters.  Monitoring is inverter direct.  The racking is east and west facing thereby maximizing the total number of solar modules and production.  The 44kW solar array is estimated to provide over 48,562 kilowatt hours of electricity per year or enough to power 200% of the building’s load.  This will reduce emissions by 952 tons of carbon dioxide over 25 years– the environmental equivalent of 3,098,482 miles of driving or 16.3 acres of trees planted.

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Experimental Holdings is a Cincinnati based commercial and residential real estate Development Company. We provide professional management and a full service maintenance staff. Visit Experimental Holdings online at www.ehllc.com or phone at 513-979-5395. 

Dovetail Solar and Wind is one of the oldest, largest, and most experienced renewable energy firms in Ohio providing all three major technologies: solar electric, solar thermal, and wind.  Dovetail has completed over 360 system installations across Ohio and surrounding states including more than 6MW of solar and wind systems. With five Ohio locations, and offices in Michigan and North Carolina, Dovetail is uniquely positioned to support clients in the region.  Visit Dovetail Solar and Wind online at www.dovetailsolar.com.  The Southwestern Ohio phone number is 513-535-7445.

Contact: Siobhan Pritchard
spritchard@dovetailsolar.com
(513)535-7445

 Source: Green Technology Newswire

 

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PACE Program to Launch Program for Homeowners to Make Saving on Energy Bills Easier

Renewable Funding will run program providing low-cost, 20-year financing in 17 Counties and 167 Cities this summer

Oakland, California/March 24th, 2014/Green Technology Newswire/ – With the decision to launch the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, California homeowners will soon be able to save money by reducing their energy and water use through an innovative public-private financing partnership. Operated under the auspices of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA), the CaliforniaFIRST residential PACE program will launch this summer, in 17 California counties and 167 cities, energy and water efficiency projects that are more affordable and accessible for millions of California homeowners.

“We are thrilled to launch the PACE residential program to help homeowners keep more money in their pockets,” says Cisco DeVries, CEO of Renewable Funding. “We especially want to thank Governor Brown and State Treasurer Lockyer for their work to, again, make this public-private partnership possible. With California in a severe drought, and facing higher energy costs, this is a win-win in the truest sense. Homeowners throughout the state will now have more options to lower their energy and water bills, and generate clean energy.”

Under the CaliforniaFIRST program administered by Renewable Funding, homeowners will be able to choose a contractor and install a custom-tailored, clean energy project—including the purchase and installation of HVAC systems, solar panels, low-flow toilets, home insulation, windows, and roofs. Through PACE, property owners’ repayment is secured through a special tax assessment repaid by the homeowner through the property tax bill over up to 20 years.  

Earlier this month, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and State Treasurer Bill Lockyer announced key actions to create a PACE mortgage loss reserve program to address concerns raised by mortgage entities.  Administered by the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA), the loss reserve program will refund mortgage holders from losses associated with a PACE lien on the property.

In announcing the reserve program, Governor Brown commented, “PACE enables homeowners to buy solar panels, install low-flow toilets and make other smart investments that save energy and water without breaking the bank. As California confronts a severe drought and a rapidly changing climate, this program gives homeowners another opportunity to do their part.”

The PACE financing mechanism was first pioneered by the City of Berkeley for its residential owners in 2008 and has since spread to over 30 states. PACE has transacted over $200 million in commercial and residential financing – a number poised to grow dramatically with the launch of CaliforniaFIRST.  

“PACE financing is both simple and affordable,” said Ori Skloot, President of Advanced Home Energy, one of the Bay Area’s largest and most successful home performance contractors.  “We’re eager to be able to offer it to our customers because it makes the value proposition of efficiency and solar projects even better.”

Numerous studies, including the Johnson Controls annual Energy Efficiency Indicator, and market analyses in recent years have pointed to the lack of attractive financing options as one of the key barriers that prevent owners from making deep energy efficiency upgrades on their buildings.  With CaliforniaFIRST, many people view the state of California as having the greatest potential to unlock the promising energy efficiency market.

CaliforniaFIRST is a program of the CSCDA, which was created in 1988 to provide California’s local governments with an effective tool for the timely financing of community-based public benefit projects. CSCDA is sponsored by the California State Association of Counties and the League of California Cities.  More than 500 California cities, counties, and special districts are members of CSCDA.

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Contact: Cliff Staton
Ph: (415) 203-2471

Source: Green Technology Newswire

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Documentary Chronicles Energy Efficient Homes

OHIO-March 12, 2014/Green Technology Newswire/-A new documentary film, “Passive House Revolution,” chronicles the most significant development in energy-efficient construction in a generation. For 20 years the passive house standard has been spreading across Europe, applied both to residential and commercial buildings.

Now, leading-edge architects and builders are bringing this standard to the United States in order to realize the benefits of creating and retrofitting buildings that will use 80 to 90 percent less heating and cooling energy—a reduction far greater than any other available construction standard can deliver, according to the film’s director, Faith Morgan.

This standard is the only method of building that is designed to meet and even exceed the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent, a goal climate scientists say we must to reach by 2050. “We don’t need to wait for improvements in technology to build and retrofit structures that safeguard the climate,” said Morgan. “We have what we need right now in the form of the passive house standard.”

In “Passive House Revolution” you will see builders in action as they construct some of the first passive house buildings in the United States. You will also meet Wolfgang Feist, the creator of the passive house standard, and Katrin Klingenberg, who brought the passive house to the United States from Germany. In addition, the film takes you through existing homes that are being retrofitted to this standard. And, the movie features architects and builders discussing their reasons for constructing passive house buildings. Finally, satisfied owners describe life in homes that don’t require a conventional heating and cooling system—which results in very low energy bills.

“Passive House Revolution” was produced by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions based in Yellow Springs, Ohio. DVDs are available through the film website at www.passivehouserevolution.org. The institute previously produced the award-winning documentary, “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.” Post Carbon Institute is a major sponsor of “Passive House Revolution.”

Trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN5-MOeB2j4
Film Website:  http://passivehouserevolution.org/

Source: Green Technology Newswire

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Proterra Sells Seven Battery-Electric Transit Buses to Nashville MTA

The Tennessee capital continues the trend
of cities adding electric buses to their fleets

 GREENVILLE, S.C./February 26, 2014/Green Technology Newswire/– Proterra Inc, the leading provider of zero-emission battery electric transit solutions, recently announced the sale of seven buses and an electric charging station to Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (Nashville MTA).  The buses are slated to be built at Proterra’s manufacturing facility in Greenville, S.C. and delivered to Nashville this year.

The funds for the zero-emission electric buses and the electric charging station are the result of Nashville MTA’s successful application for a federal Clean Fuels grant and local matching funds from the city.  The Proterra buses will serve the free downtown Music City Circuit, which is designed to help residents and visitors reach sports and entertainment venues, downtown hotels, residences and offices more quickly and easily.

“We are committed to investing in transit improvements that better our community by reducing harmful emissions and improving fuel economy,” said Paul J. Ballard, CEO of Nashville MTA and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA). “By incorporating the Proterra buses into our fleet, we are moving in the right direction to ensure Nashville MTA’s transit services benefit the environment for years to come.”

With this purchase, Nashville becomes the latest city to reduce operating costs, decrease emissions and improve the area’s quality of life through the purchase of zero emissions transit buses. Proterra was selected through a competitive procurement process, which included bids from Wave, New Flyer, EV America, and BYD.

 “We are extremely pleased that Nashville MTA has selected Proterra as their provider of electric transit solutions,” said Garrett Mikita, President and Chief Executive Officer, Proterra Inc.  “Our company has proven our ability to provide long-term cost savings and improve an authority’s dependence on fossil fuels, as evidenced by our growing list of customers.”

 About Nashville MTA
The Nashville MTA operates bus and van services in Metro Nashville/Davidson County. With 46 bus routes and its AccessRide vans, the transit system is connected to all major corridors, businesses, and tourist attractions. In the last fiscal year, for the second year in a row, the Nashville MTA and RTA recorded more than 10 million passenger trips in the Middle Tennessee area. Nashville MTA’s management team also manages the regional transit services for the RTA. For more information, visit www.nashvillemta.org.

About Proterra
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of clean technology and clean energy, providing zero emission vehicles that enable bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating cost while delivering clean, quiet power to the community.  The EcoRide™ is the world’s first battery electric bus with fast charge enabled infinite range.  With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous industry testing at Altoona, the Proterra product is proudly made in America and based in Greenville, SC.  For more information about Proterra, please visit www.proterra.com.

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GE Launches New Distributed Power Business & $1.4 Billion Investment for on-Site Power

  • GE Targets Global Energy Shift to Faster, More Affordable and Efficient on-Site Power
  • Growing Investment to Go into Gas Engine, Turbine Technology, Products and Services for Customers

GE White Paper, “The Rise of Distributed Power,” Predicts Distributed Power will Grow 40 Percent Faster than Global Electricity Demand Between Now and 2020

JAKARTA, INDONESIA/February 25, 2014/Green Technology Newswire-GE (NYSE: GE) Vice Chairman John G. Rice and Lorraine Bolsinger, leader of GE’s new Distributed Power business, gathered today with business and government officials in Jakarta to launch GE’s Distributed Power, a new business that combines three product lines—Aeroderivative Gas Turbines, Jenbacher Gas Engines and Waukesha Gas Engines—aimed to better serve the distributed power space. GE announced an investment in the newly created business of $1.4 billion over four years to help meet the world’s growing demand for on-site power systems that are easier to finance, faster to install, and more efficient and reliable for customers.

 

In a white paper released during the event, “The Rise of Distributed Power,” GE highlights that distributed power has become increasingly popular in countries that are seeking more reliable, efficient energy options near the point of use—on or off the grid. According to the report, distributed power will grow 40 percent faster than global electricity demand between now and 2020.

More communities and businesses are installing distributed power technologies to improve access to electricity in remote areas with poor or non-existent electric grids, according to the paper. In addition, in both developing and developed economies, the industry is using distributed power to improve industrial and residential energy efficiency and ensure they have emergency power in the event of natural disasters and other unplanned outages. At the same time, the oil and gas industry relies heavily on on-site power to provide electricity to remote operations as well as mechanical power to pump and compress gas.

Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE’s Distributed Power business, said, “With more than 1.3 billion people lacking access to reliable power today, our Distributed Power business is ideally positioned to serve communities in both developing and industrialized countries where we see a growing demand for distributed power solutions to improve local energy security and comply with more stringent environmental regulations. The proliferation of distributed power systems is benefitting people and industries around the world because power is crucial to improving the quality of life and economic development.”

GE also announced a number of agreements during the launch event, including:

  • Two memoranda of understanding (MOU) with Clean Power Indonesia (CPI) and PLN for the development and deployment of its integrated biomass gasification power system in Indonesia, with potential to further diversify Indonesia’s fuel mix by creating power from sustainable, local bamboo and wood sources.
  • Two major Southeast Asia gas engine supply and service agreements with distributed power project developer Navigat Energy Pte Ltd to provide 100 new Jenbacher gas engines that will generate a total of 330 megawatts at a number of independent power production sites in Indonesia and Thailand.
  • A separate 10-year material stream agreement under which Navigat will provide preventive maintenance on GE’s installed fleet of 100 J620 Jenbacher gas engines that are driving on-site power projects in Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.
  • A MOU for GE to supply Navigat with two J920 FleXtra natural gas-fueled engines.
  • A contract for GE to provide four Waukesha 12V275GL+ gas engines and two VGF48GL units to help upgrade Pertamina’s Lembak gas compression station facility near Palembang City. This project will increase the gas transmission pressure to the customer’s liquid stripping plant and fertilizing plant.
  • An agreement between GE and Malaysian company Green & Smart Sdn Bhd (GNS), which entails providing a proven solution for waste-to-power using GNS’ patented technology in anaerobic digestors and GE’s Jenbacher gas engine technology to produce power and supply to the Malaysian electricity grid.

GE Oil & Gas and GE’s Distributed Power businesses signed a memorandum of understanding with PLN Enjiniring to develop an integrated virtual pipeline power generation pilot project in remote islands of Indonesia. The project will pull from GE Oil & Gas’ Distributed Gas Solutions portfolio of small-scale, modular natural gas fueling solutions combined with Distributed Power’s power generation gas turbine and engine technology to offer a comprehensive marginal gas-to-power solution with no pipeline infrastructure, known as a “virtual” pipeline.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation, and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world-not just imagining, doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company’s website at
About GE Power & Water
GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar, biogas and alternative fuels—coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Power & Water’s six business units include Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Products, Power Generation Services, Renewable Energy and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.

Follow GE Power & Water on Twitter @GE_PowerWater and on LinkedIn. To hear the latest news and conversations for Distributed Power, use the Twitter hashtag #DistributedPower.

Media contacts:
Martina Streiter
GE Gas Engines
Phone: +43 5244 600 2470
Email: martina.streiter@ge.comLaura Aresi
GE Power & Water
Phone: +39 335 6978871Source: Green Technology Newswire

 

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Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to Join Proterra Board of Directors

GREENVILLE, S.C./February 13th, 2014/Green Technology Newswire/ – Proterra Inc., the leading provider of the most cost effective zero emission battery electric bus, is pleased to announce that former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will join the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.

LaHood’s government experience and leadership in transportation policy innovation make him an excellent fit for Proterra.  Prior to serving as Secretary of Transportation, he served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for six years and on the House Appropriations Committee for nearly eight years, giving him strong knowledge of the transportation sector and of the funding issues at play in the industry. During his time as Secretary, LaHood was an avid supporter of EV transit, leading the Federal Transit Administration’s Clean Fuels Program, which was used to help fund the purchase of EV buses by several cities across the country.  He also visited Proterra in early 2011, calling the bus company, “a model for the rest of the country.”

“I believe in the need for dependable, lower cost, more sustainable transit options,” said LaHood. “EV is the future of transit, and I am pleased to lend my knowledge and support to building this future with Proterra – the clear industry leader and the only American EV bus manufacturer.”

“We are incredibly fortunate to work with an expert like Secretary LaHood, who can offer insight into so many of the key issues facing our industry,” said Garrett Mikita, president and chief executive officer, Proterra Inc. “He is a true and long-standing supporter of cost effective and sustainable transportation and an advocate of both transit agencies and manufacturers.  We look forward to having the benefit of his wisdom and counsel as we work to advance the American transportation system and enable better solutions for taxpayers in transit.”

About Proterra

Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of clean technology and clean energy, providing zero emission vehicles that enable bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating cost while delivering clean, quiet power to the community. The EcoRide™ is the world’s first battery electric bus with fast charge-enabled infinite range. With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous industry testing at Altoona, the Proterra product is proudly made in America and based in Greenville, SC.  For more information about Proterra, please visit www.proterra.com

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Agency contact:
JoAnne Laffey Abed, director of public relations
Jackson Marketing Group Marketing for Proterra
864.272.3014 or joanne.abed@jacksonmg.com

Source: Green Technology Newswire

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LAEDC Awarded Energy Commission Funds to Drive Clean Vehicle Innovation

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 13th, 2014/Green Technology Newswire – The California Energy Commission has awarded funds to a consortium of Southern California-based organizations led by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) to establish a Southern California Center for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technology. The Center will consist of one virtual hub and two physical locations-one in San Diego, which will be managed by the California Center for Sustainable Energy, and one in Los Angeles, which will be managed by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. The Center will serve the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

“Southern California already boasts tremendous assets in driving the consumer-side of the advanced transportation market,” said Bill Allen, President and CEO, LAEDC. “Our goal with this critically important Center is to also leverage these assets to ensure that we’re a leading developer, designer and producer of these lower-emission technologies to add the high-value jobs and wages as well as the tax revenues that will result from a thriving advanced transportation cluster.”

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), a nonprofit organization that administers the statewide Clean Vehicle Rebate Project for the California Air Resources Board, will operate the San Diego Center. “Southern California already leads the state in the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles, but we are a long way from where we need to be to reach the state’s ambitious goals for reducing petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions,” said CCSE Executive Director Len Hering, RADM, USN (ret.). “These two new centers and the online component will help municipalities, government agencies, and industry partners to better focus and direct their efforts [on growing] the market for cleaner transportation throughout the region.”

The Los Angeles Center will be managed by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) at the La Kretz Innovation Campus in downtown Los Angeles. “LACI is thrilled to leverage its incubation programs and state-of-the-art campus to further advance the commercialization of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies in Southern California,” said Fred Walti, Executive Director of LACI. “The deeply committed and capable partners cooperating in this initiative represent an economic development powerhouse.”

“This project will be a great asset for our region,” said Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “Not only will they be developing alternative fuels and clean technology, they’ll be creating jobs that will drive economic growth for years to come.”

 Additional partners receiving funding include the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center. the Luskin Center for Innovation, Advanced Sustainability Institute, California State University-Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.

The California Energy Commission contract is scheduled to begin in June 2014. The project will also use $1.6 million in matching funds from advanced transportation industry leaders. For more information about the Center, visit: http://www.AdvancedTransportationCenter.org.

ABOUT THE LAEDC

The LAEDC, the region’s premier economic development leadership organization, is a private, non-profit organization established in 1981 under section 501(c)(3). Its mission is to attract, retain, and grow business and jobs for the regions of Los Angeles County. Since 1996, the LAEDC has helped to retain or attract over 190,000 annual jobs in Los Angeles County with an estimated labor income, including wages and benefits, of approximately $12 billion. Learn more at: www.laedc.org.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES CLEANTECH INCUBATOR

The LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private nonprofit that accelerates the commercialization of clean technologies in the Los Angeles region. Located in the center of the City’s Cleantech Corridor, LACI offers flexible office space, CEO coaching and mentoring, and access to a robust network of experts and capital. Incubated companies operate in a range of sectors including Smart Grid infrastructure, energy efficiency, energy storage, transportation, and materials science. LACI works closely with the region’s utilities, universities, business community, government institutions, capital markets to foster innovation, and to grow the region’s green economy. Learn more at: http://www.laincubator.org.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is an independent, nonprofit organization that accelerates the transition to a sustainable world powered by clean energy. CCSE helps consumers, businesses, governments and others adopt energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation technologies. Learn more at: http://www.energycenter.org.

Media Contact
Lawren Markle, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
213-236-4847
lawren.markle@laedc.org

Source: Green Technology Newswire

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