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Thursday, October 26, 2017

U.S. Geothermal Power Potential | U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Just like oil and gas, advances in technology have expanded the geothermal power potential in the Western United States. Our assessment of geothermal resources shows that identified resources can yield around 9,057 Megawatts-electric (almost ¾ of it in California), with undiscovered resources adding about 30,033 Megawatts-electric (most of it in California and Nevada). 

However, another 517,800 Megawatts-electric geothermal resources could be added through the use of enhanced geothermal systems, spread fairly evenly across Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah, with smaller amounts in Montana, Washington & Wyoming.

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We're spending the entire month of October focusing on our #energy research! Check back here every day or follow us on Twitter @USGSEnergy to follow along!

Image shows a map of the Western United States with relative levels of geothermal potential. Warmer colors equate with higher favorability. Identified geothermal systems are represented by black dots. Credit: USGS #USGS #Science #Geothermal

Monday, April 17, 2017

100 Tips for Recycling and Reducing Energy Use in Your Business

Are you looking for ways to help your small business be more environmentally friendly? There are a number of ways you can do this while also enjoying other potential benefits like helping your business’s bottom line and improving your company’s efficiency. Here are 100 simple things you can do to help reduce waste and energy use in your small business.

100 Tips for Recycling and Reducing Energy Use in Your Business

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bristol-Myers Squibb Earns ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for Third Consecutive Year

FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017 6:00 PM EDT
(NEW YORK – April 10, 2017) – For the third consecutive year, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) with an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for outstanding efforts to improve the energy efficiency of facilities worldwide.  The award reaffirms Bristol-Myers Squibb’s commitment being a good global citizen through driving sustainable and impactful improvements in energy performance across all of our sites worldwide, resulting in energy reductions, avoided costs and lowered emissions.
"We are very pleased that our environmental efforts have been recognized for the third year through the ENERGY STAR Partner program", said Carol Ryerkerk Powell, global head and vice president of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability, Bristol-Myers Squibb.  "This recognition is a testament to our employees who work every day across our company to promote environmental sustainability.  Our corporate energy program, with the support of Energy Star tools and resources, has made a significant positive impact to the environment, to our communities and to our employees.  Bristol-Myers Squibb looks forward to furthering our commitment with Energy Star as we strive to continuously improve our corporate energy management program."   
The Energy Management designation is awarded to organizations for adopting a continuous energy management strategy across the organization's entire portfolio of buildings and plants.
BMS was recognized for the following accomplishments, among others.
  • Achieving an annual energy intensity improvement of more than three percent globally, contributing to an 11.4 percent reduction in energy consumption since 2010.
  • Implementing 36 major energy projects in 2016, bringing the total number of projects implemented since 2009 to 302. The annual average savings of these projects is $16.2 million based on an investment of $36.9 million.
  • Earning ENERGY STAR Certification for the energy performance of four of its buildings.
  • Engaging over 320 employees in energy treasure hunts. Since 2015 the treasure hunts have identified energy savings opportunities worth more than $9 million with the potential to reduce energy use, on average, by over 19 percent per site.
  • Actively participating in the ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and the ENERGY STAR Industrial Partnership.
  • Entering three major facilities in the Energy Star Challenge for Industry.
In addition to the company’s recognition as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, the Bristol-Myers Squibb research and development site in Hopewell, New Jersey, earned the 2017 Challenge for Industry recognition.  The ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry is a national call-to-action to improve energy efficiency ofAmerica’s manufacturers by 10% or more.  By taking the ENERGY STAR Challenge, sites set a goal to reduce their energy intensity by 10% within 5 years.  To earn this recognition, the Hopewell site upgraded and optimized its chilled water plants, retrofitted two main boilers and the HVAC systems and performed full LED lighting upgrades, among other improvements.

ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions—including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at

About Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at or follow us on LinkedInTwitterYouTube and Facebook.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

CanWEA Awards GE for Work on Pan-Canadian Wind Integration Study

From GE:

  • Study Finds Canada Can Integrate Large Amounts of Wind Energy Reliably and Cost-Effectively
  • GE’s Energy Consulting Group Recognized at Annual CanWEA Awards Dinner

Gatineau, QC, Canada — April 6, 2017 — Recognized as a leader in its field, GE’s Energy Consulting business (NYSE: GE) has been awarded the 2017 R.J. Templin Award from the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) for its work on the Pan-Canadian Wind Integration Study (PCWIS). CanWEA — Canada’s leading source of information on wind energy’s social, economic, health and environmental benefits for Canadian communities and provincial economies — presented the award to GE at the annual CanWEA Awards Dinner in Gatineau, Quebec.

The R.J. Templin Award, first awarded in 1985, recognizes an individual or organization that has undertaken scientific, technical, engineering or policy research and development work that has produced results that have served to significantly advance the wind energy industry in Canada.

“Anyone who has had a chance to take a close look at the Pan-Canadian Wind Integration Study knows, first, what a monumental undertaking it was, and second, how important its findings are to the continued growth of wind energy in Canada,” said Robert Hornung, CanWEA President. “GE Energy Consulting was a critical part of its success, leading a team of expert, specialized firms to produce a comprehensive analysis that will be a valuable source of data and information for our industry for years to come.”

The study considered four scenarios in which wind energy supplied between 5 percent and 35 percent of the forecast system load. Based on the scenarios, GE determined that more than one-third of Canada’s electricity could be generated from wind energy without compromising grid reliability. It also would be able to reduce emissions and generate new export opportunities if it were to integrate more wind power into its energy mix.

“Canada is equipped with vast, high-quality wind resources from coast to coast, yet, only about 5 percent of the country’s energy mix comes from wind generation,” said Bahman Daryanian, technical director, GE’s Energy Consulting business. “The PCWIS helps pave the way for Canadian utilities to make the most of their wind resources for future power generation by outlining scenarios at various levels of renewable penetrations. This insight will help ensure that future integration of wind generation into the power mix is optimized for efficiency and reliability. This prestigious recognition from CanWEA demonstrates how valuable this information will be as Canada looks to modernize its electrical grid in the years to come.” 

The full PCWIS study, conducted by GE’s Energy Consulting business, was released July 6, 2016, by CanWEA. GE team members, Bahman Daryanian and Gene Hinkle were on-site to receive the award from CanWEA.

GE’s project partners included Electranix, EnerNex, Knight PiĆ©sold, and Vaisala, who made valuable contributions to the study.

To learn more about renewable integration from GE’s Energy Consulting group, visit

About GE’s Energy Consulting group

For nearly a century, GE’s Energy Consulting experts have focused on solving the electric power industry’s most pressing challenges—driving the evolution of electric power systems with greater affordability, reliability and efficiency. Today, GE’s Energy Consulting team continues this tradition by providing innovative solutions across the entire spectrum of power generation, delivery and utilization. With our cross-company resources, GE’s Energy Consulting business is able to serve a diverse global client base with a strong local presence.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.

First nacelle for Merkur Offshore windfarm has left the assembly line

From GE:

Paris, April 4th 2017 – GE Renewable Energy announces that the first nacelle (out of 66) that will be part of the Merkur Offshore windfarm has recently left the assembly line. According to planning, this nacelle will be stored at GE’s Saint-Nazaire (France) site while new ones continue to be manufactured, and then be shipped to our logistical operations hub in Eemshaven (Netherlands) where the installation process will start in spring 2018.
“Merkur is a very important project and a strategic windfarm for us because it allows us to continue our export ramp-up activity in Saint-Nazaire while we keep on moving into new strategic projects. Just last week we announced our first China offshore deal that will make GE the only supplier to have installed offshore wind turbines in the Americas, Europe and Asia”, said John Lavelle, CEO of GE’s Offshore Wind business.
Merkur windfarm is located approximately 35km north of the island of Borkum, Germany, in the North Sea, and consist of 66 turbines that will generate approximately 1,750 GWh annually, enough clean energy to power around 500,000 homes. When completed (end 2018), Merkur will be one of Germany's largest offshore wind farms.

GE Renewable Energy Selected by Lincoln Clean Energy and I Squared Capital for 250 MW Texas Wind Project, $330 Million in Project Financing Closed

From GE:

  • Project features 100 of GE’s 2.5-116 model wind turbines
  • Wind farm will be supported by a 20-year extended full service agreement
  • Expected to generate approximately 1,000,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy per year, or enough to power the equivalent of 90,000 U.S. homes.
Schenectady and New York, NY – April 3, 2017 – Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE), a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, announced today the financing of its Willow Springs project, a 250 megawatt wind farm in Haskell County, Texas. GE Renewable Energy (NYSE: GE) will supply the project with 100 of its 2.5-116 wind turbines. Upon entering commercial operations, the wind farm will be supported by a 20-year, extended full service agreement performed by GE.
The $330 million project will receive construction and term financing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) and Rabobank as well as long-term tax equity from BAML and BHE Renewables, LLC. Power from the project is contracted under an agreement with Merrill Lynch Commodities.
Lincoln Clean Energy is also currently constructing the 253 megawatt Amazon Wind Farm Texas.
Pete McCabe, President and CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind business said, “GE is excited to build on our relationships with Lincoln Clean Energy and I Squared Capital. Once Willow Springs is complete, GE will have commissioned 1,363 megawatts of wind capacity across six wind farms developed by LCE over four years. We look forward to extending our relationship with LCE and I Squared Capital in the future.”
Declan Flanagan, Founder and CEO of Lincoln Clean Energy commented, “We are delighted to build on our successful relationship with GE and are well-positioned to execute on our pipeline of more than 1,000 megawatts of advanced-stage development projects across Texas and the Midwest.”
“I Squared Capital is proud to be at the forefront of the transition to renewable energy in the United States,” commented Adil Rahmathulla, Partner at I Squared Capital. “Part of that requires using proven and reliable technology to maximize generation at our facilities. When fully operational, the new wind farm is expected to generate approximately 1,000,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy per year, or enough to power the equivalent of 90,000 U.S. homes.”
GE’s 2X platform is compatible with GE’s Digital Wind Farm technology, powered by GE’s Predix software. With varying generator ratings, megawatts and various rotor diameter options, the 2X platform is well-suited for a variety of U.S. wind conditions.
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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a 10 billion dollar start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 12,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world’s first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
About Lincoln Clean Energy
Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) is a leading developer of U.S. wind and solar projects with offices in Chicago, IL and Austin, TX. Since 2011, LCE has developed over 1,500 megawatts of renewable power projects in California, New Jersey, and Texas. LCE is a portfolio company of I Squared Capital and expects to deploy up to $250 million in equity investments through 2018.
About I Squared Capital
I Squared Capital is an independent global infrastructure investment manager focusing on energy, utilities, and transport in the Americas, Europe, and select high growth economies. The firm has offices in New York, Houston, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
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