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EPA Grants nearly $80 million to Clean-up Brownfields Properties

Communities across the nation are receiving $78.9 million in federal brownfields grants to clean-up abandoned gas stations, old textile mills, closed smelters, and other abandoned industrial and commercial properties. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the grants to communities in 40 states, four tribes, and one U.S. territory, which … Read more »

9 PA Firms Share $5.7M Solar Incentive

Nine Pennsylvania companies will receive financial assistance toward installation of solar arrays at their businesses, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The state’s overall investment of $5.7 million should help recipients save about a cumulative $500,000 a year on energy costs, according to the Pennsylvania governor’s office. In all, the new solar … Read more »

ACEEE Releases Energy-Efficiency Program Guide for Cities

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) covers more than 40 municipal energy-efficiency programs in a new report as a guide for cities and counties preparing to implement federally-funded energy efficiency and conservation plans. The nonprofit research organization says it’s essential that cities and counties use proven energy-efficiency programs … Read more »

From Sewage to Fuel and Other Biofuel Developments

A new process being developed at the University of Kansas aims to turn treated sewage into biofuel. Meanwhile, the Department of Energy and USDA are putting $24 million into research of other biomass and biofuel projects. At KU, researchers are testing a process by which microbes munch through treated sewage, … Read more »

DOE Awards $155M to Make Industrial Sector More Energy Efficient

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding more than $155 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for 41 industrial energy-efficiency projects across the country. These awards include funding for industrial combined heat and power systems, district energy systems for industrial facilities, and grants to support … Read more »

DOE Awards $338M for Geothermal R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $338 million in Recovery Act funding for geothermal research and development. The grants were awarded to 123 projects in 39 states, across private industry, academic institutions, tribal entities, local governments, and DOE’s national laboratories. The grants will be matched more than one-for-one … Read more »

NJ Health Care Facility to Add 1.8 MW Solar Array

The Carrier Clinic in Montgomery, N.J., plans a 1.8 megawatt solar array under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with enXco, reports MyCentralJersey.com. The ground-mounted solar array, spread out over 14 acres, will cost about $10 million to install, with enXco owning and operating the system. Carrier Clinic has agreed to … Read more »

Oil Stakeholders Rally against Low-Carbon Fuel Standard

A 125-member group, comprised of oil companies, retailers, trucking and transportation groups, and industry organizations, are stepping up efforts against a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), reports The Trucker. Some are also protesting the Obama administration’s multi-million grants to industry groups to promote clean alternatives to petroleum. A LCFS will raise … Read more »

Feds Add $300M to Boost Commercial Trucking Sector

Feds Add $300M to Boost Commercial Trucking Sector

The nation’s supply chain is getting an energy-efficient shot in the arm that will make transporting goods more cost-effective, energy efficient and environmentally friendly. A series of cost-sharing grants from the Department of Energy, totaling $300 million, should help 25 separate projects add more than 9,000 alternative fuel and energy … Read more »

Ports, Distribution Centers Tab More Than $55M to Cut Emissions

The federal/state program is putting up to $50 million toward purchase of alternative-fuel trucks for Southern California ports, while the government is spending nearly $6 million on separate projects to reduce emissions at three of the nation’s most-traffic intensive distribution centers. The Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, … Read more »

Green Mountain Coffee Tests Solar Power Potential

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is planning to install 530 solar panels on top of its distribution center in Waterbury, Vt. The company says it will be the largest solar array in Vermont. The project is expected to generate only 1 percent of the power the plant uses, but it is … Read more »

Coffee Maker Offers $800,000 in Climate Change Grants

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is encouraging organizations to apply for grants to help respond to climate change. Green Mountain Coffee will award four $200,000 grants, each payable over five years. The grants will be part of Green Mountain Coffee’s campaign, “Changing Climate Change,” which includes operational changes, employee incentives to … Read more »