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Wind Energy Protects Water Security, Says Report

How do we measure water usage? Well, one way, says wind energy experts, is in our power. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and its counterpart in Europe, EWEA, share stats on where that precious water is really going — just in time for U.N. World Water Day.

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Investment Fund Launches Model For Energy Efficiency Financing

“What is missing in the energy efficiency industry is akin to what is allowing solar to take off now,” says Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets, “There has been no ability to create investments, which can be re-bundled and sold to investors down the line.”

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Big Ben May Get a Solar Face Lift

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions by 34 percent by 2020, the U.K. Parliament may add solar panels to Big Ben in an iconic solar installation.

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Cut the Cord On Your Utility? It Could Be Possible Sooner Than You Think

With performance improving, production volumes rising and costs on the decline, the combination of solar PV and intelligent battery storage systems — dubbed “utility in a box” — will enable more and more electric utility customers throughout the U.S. to cut the cord linking them to utility grids and usher in the end of the centralized electric utility business model, according to a new study.

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Smarter Energy: Zero-Down Financing For Intelligent Power Storage

Developments are coming hard and fast and events unfolding quickly in the U.S. energy storage and power markets. Evidence that intelligent energy storage-demand management systems are primed for commercial use, TIP Capital and Green Charge Networks announced zero-dollars-down financing for new commercial, industrial and municipal customers to deploy GCN’s GreenStation platform.

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ConEd’s Energy Storage Program Will Allow Renewables to Offset Nuclear

A lot of attention has been focused on the Indian Point nuclear plant, in Buchanan N.Y., just 38 miles from New York City. The license for Unit 2 actually expired last September, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would like the plant closed.

In the meantime, ConEd and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), have developed a program to reduce energy demand, reducing the need for generating capacity and making the prospect of eliminating the plant more feasible.

A supporter of climate action holds up a sign at the Walk Against Warming in Melbourne, Australia in 2007. A great deal has changed in clean tech since then.

3p Weekend: 8 Clean Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

The clean tech market exploded in 2013, and experts expect this year to be even bigger. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, this week we rounded up 8 clean tech trends to watch in 2014.

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Carbon Capture Technologies More Welcome in U.S., Norwegian Firm Says

Carbon capture and storage technologies, designed to reduce emissions, are getting a better reception in the U.S. than in Europe, according to Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), a Norwegian firm that tests the technology. A CNBC report based on interviews with TCM executives says the U.S. is a “more welcoming place” for CCS technology, at least at the moment, because Europe is recovering from a debt crisis and recession.

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Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’ To Produce More Than Car Batteries

Last week, Tesla announced that it would build a new “Gigafactory” to produce lithium-ion batteries at a rate able to support the manufacture of 500,000 electric cars per year. Additionally, documents filed with the SEC indicted that some of the batteries will be used for “stationary storage applications,” or storing energy for use in homes, commercial sites and utilities.