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ENGIE North America Announces Largest Utility-Scale Energy Storage Installation in Massachusetts

3 MW/6 MWh energy storage system to be installed at Mt. Tom Solar, adjacent to former coal plant; benefits include lower utility capacity costs/demand charges, reduced stress on electric grid, and optimization of solar energy
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HOLYOKE, Mass., October 4, 2017 /3BL Media/ - ENGIE North America and Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) today announced plans for the largest utility-scale energy storage installation in Massachusetts. Green Charge, an ENGIE NA subsidiary, will operate the three-megawatt energy storage system at Mt. Tom Solar, which began operation in January of this year adjacent to the former Mt. Tom Power Station.

Trends in Integrated LNG and Gas Generation: A Timely Consideration for Indonesia and the Philippines

Planning for Liquefied Natural Gas Terminals and Gas-Fired Gen Can Balance Power Gen Mix in Asia
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For growing maritime nations like Indonesia and the Philippines, planning for integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminals and gas-fired generation is a timely solution to balance the power generation mix and help meet 2015 Conference of Parties (COP21) commitments.

Both nations are vast archipelagos together totaling some 350 million people. Prospects for economic growth remain strong while full electrification remains a focused goal for both nations. 

States, Local Government Step Up to Play Increasingly Critical Role in a Smarter Clean Energy Future

The federal government has long shaped U.S. energy policy, but today, we see states and corporations taking up the mantle
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The federal government has long played a central role in shaping U.S. energy independence and security. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). Over the last decade, federal programs have significantly influenced the energy sector, particularly in the development of smart grids and renewable energy.

All Regulations Are Local: States Surge to Help Set Clean Energy Agenda

Newest Strategic Directions report finds states driving energy policy
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Surface reads of recent headlines declaring the federal government’s about-face on energy policy might suggest a shift in recent trends for the power generation sector. A new administration has vowed to roll back numerous environmental regulatory policies aimed at reducing the nation’s carbon footprint and mandating improvements to existing fossil fuel plants. These announcements are leading some to believe that power providers have new impetus to rewrite their long-term planning to account for these changes.

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Announces Cox Enterprises and The Ray C. Anderson Foundation as Presenting Sponsors of the Climate Change Conference

Previous River Guardian Award recipient to sponsor event
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ATLANTA, August 7, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Chattahoochee Riverkeeper announces the 2017 Climate Change Conference with presenting sponsors Cox Enterprises and The Ray C. Anderson Foundation. The conference is set to take place on September 27-28, hosted by the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center.

Ecocentricity Blog: The Climate Divide and the Old Mason-Dixon Line

By Guest Blogger, Jim Hartzfeld
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A new study unveils the disproportionate negative economic impact of climate change on the “Old South.”

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A new study unveils the disproportionate negative economic impact of climate change on the “Old South.”

Pledge to Be Inconvenient

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A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

Ecocentricity Blog: Buy Local, Except When You Shouldn’t

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Here’s the problem – raising the price of solar cells in America could have a significant chilling effect on demand for solar panels in this country. That’s bad for two reasons.

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Here’s the problem – raising the price of solar cells in America could have a significant chilling effect on demand for solar panels in this country. That’s bad for two reasons.

Massachusetts vs. New York and the Energy Storage Race

Jobs, State Investments and Innovation Leadership Hinge on Race to Be Number One
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State governments are increasingly recognizing the strategic and tactical benefits of legislative initiatives regarding energy storage. As a strategy, incentivizing or mandating energy storage helps states achieve their greenhouse gas reduction goals. This is because increased energy storage capacity allows for increased renewable production capacity, as any over production can be used at a later time. By serving as a buffer between production and consumption, energy storage also helps alleviate concerns about the effects of a rapid rise in renewable energy exports to aging grids.

Beyond Financing: Key Attributes of a Public-Private Partnership

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Public-private partnerships (P3s) are most commonly known for funding large-scale water infrastructure projects that a utility can’t support through traditional funding. However, other key attributes in the P3 model are often overlooked. In a P3, the private entity may provide the capital, but the true benefits go well beyond financing alone.

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