Former Pres. Bill Clinton and other dignitaries help Duke, Cisco and Charlotte, N.C., launch commercial efficiency initiative; AEP signs 20-year MOU to buy solar output from New Harvest plant; Wartsila expands gas-fired generator in Turkey; U.S. DOE awards geothermal RD&D grants; GE acquires Dresser for $3 billion, and also acquires Calnetix industrial cogen technology; SunEdison sells 70 MW Rovigo PV plant; Ford Motor Co. and Oncor coordinate to install electric vehicle infrastructure; ABB and GM investigate uses for EV batteries after their transportation usefulness is depleted; plus contracts and announcements from EnerNoc, Echelon, Sensus, HP, 3TIER and more.
Duke Energy, Cisco and Charlotte Center City Partners announced the creation of “Envision: Charlotte,” first-of-its-kind public-private collaboration to make commercial buildings in Charlotte’s urban core more energy efficient. The initiative was announced by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. President Clinton was joined by Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Charlotte Center City Partners CEO Michael Smith and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. A primary focus of Envision: Charlotte is to reduce energy in commercial buildings. The initiative will seek to partner with the owners of 60 commercial buildings and deploy a combination of digital smart grid and building automation technologies, as well as energy tracking tools, to provide building owners and office workers with near real-time information about the buildings’ collective energy use. It also will suggest specific actions office workers can take to reduce energy consumption.
Turman Group , a major lumber firm in Virginia, will use EnerNOC’s CarbonSMART application to manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. CarbonSMART will be deployed throughout Turman’s 10-location network, providing the company with a thorough inventory of its GHG emissions, as well as insight into common practices for additional energy efficiency.
Wärtsilä was awarded an engineering and equipment contract for extension of the Aksa Samsun power plant in Samsun, Turkey. The plant will be extended to incorporate the latest addition to Wärtsilä’s gas engine portfolio, the Wärtsilä 18V50SG engine. The engine has an electrical output of 18,321 kW, making it the largest gas-powered generating set in the world. This will be the first installation of the Wärtsilä 18V50SG unit, which features the high power-plant efficiency rating exceeding 50 percent in combined-cycle mode.
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced agreements to create Turning Point Solar, a 49.9-MW solar array to be built on strip-mined land adjacent to The Wilds nature conservancy. American Electric Power (AEP) CEO Michael G. Morris signed a memorandum of understanding with project developers New Harvest Ventures and Agile Energy to enter into a 20-year purchase agreement for the facility’s power.
Pending approval of state and local government incentives, two Spanish solar power component manufacturers, Prius Energy S.L. and Isofoton, have agreed to open new manufacturing facilities in Ohio to help build the 239,400 panel solar array. If operating today, Turning Point would be the largest photovoltaic solar array in the United States. Prius and Isofoton have agreed to locate their North American operations in Ohio, creating more than 300 permanent manufacturing jobs.