As we welcome the new year, we are finishing up edits to the roadmap following input from our legal team at [www.bhfs.com BHFS] and are starting to develop mock-ups for the new and improved GRR web interface. We are thrilled to have had so much feedback and input from all of you this past year on what can be done to improve the usability of this tool, and will continue to solicit input and feedback from you as development progresses.
We have narrowed our focus of adding additional states for FY13 to include Colorado and Texas. This will allow us more time to focus on some of the suggested analyses we presented during the GRC Workshop in the summary of industry- and agency-identified issues. Stay tuned - we will be posting more information about these efforts as the project planning progresses.
Happy New Year to all of you!
President Obama recently signed into law the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act, a piece of legislation that includes provisions that are aimed at aggressively moving clean energy and energy efficiency forward.
For a more in-depth article, visit Smartgridnews.com
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Pike Research, part of Navigant, recently released a White Paper that takes an in-depth view at public perception of 13 energy topics.
The study uses a 1,000 person sample to show favorability and unfavorability energy topics such as transportation, renewable technology, nuclear, clean coal, and smart grid topics.
Some of the highlights of the study are as follows:
* Solar Energy had the highest number of respondents holding both "favorable" and "strongly favorable" opinions of any technology.
* Nuclear power, carbon offsets/credits, and cap and trade were the 3 most unfavorable, combining both "somewhat" and "strongly" unfavorable categories.
* LEED certification had the highest neutral opinion of any energy topic.
* Solar, Wind, Hybrid Vehicles, and Electric Cars have shown a steady decline in favorability since 2009.
To view the full paper, go to Pike Research. Once you register, you'll be able to download the report for free.
GE and Clean Energy Fuels announced a collaboration to expand the infrastructure for natural gas transportation in the United States.
The agreement supports Clean Energy's efforts in developing America's Natural Gas Highway, a fueling network that will enable trucks to operate on liquefied natural gas coast to coast and border to border.
Clean Energy Fuels will initially purchase two ecomagination-qualified MicroLNG plants from GE Oil & Gas. The plug-and-play modular units, which are designed to rapidly liquefy natural gas while minimizing a site's physical footprint, will support fueling stations along critical transportation corridors that run across the U.S.
GE Energy Financial Services is providing up to $200 million in financing for the two GE MicroLNG plants.
"GE is proud to be partnering with Clean Energy Fuels to develop natural gas infrastructure in the U.S.," said GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt. "With an abundance of cleaner, more affordable natural gas here in the U.S., this is an important opportunity for GE to join Clean Energy in changing the way America drives. Its also a critical step in developing a natural gas-for-transportation fuel model that can be easily exported to other countries interested in exactly these kinds of breakthrough projects."