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  1. Micro-CHP moves in the UK

    Is micro-CHP technology really taking root in the UK at last? Not yet; progress to date has been disappointing for a technology which has been talked-up for at least a decade now. But the last couple of weeks have seen a couple of announcements that suggest change is in the air. Probably most significant is the entry onto the market of the ‘electricity-generating boiler’ from Flow Energy, which can generate 1 kW of electricity and up 18 kW of heat. Ten years in development, the unit is designed and manufactured in the UK . Crucially, the company has launched the unit with a range of payment options, including a ‘pays for itself’ deal in which customers finance the up-front cost through a five-year loan agreement. Flow Energy is also an energy supplier, and says its micro-CHP customers can also benefit from reduced energy payments by switching their energy supply contracts to Flow and assigning electricity feed-in tariff payments to the company for five years. After then, the cost of the unit is paid for and customers continue to benefit from the unit’s A-rated efficiency. While no-capital financing for CHP units is nothing new in the UK and Europe, its adoption in the domestic sector is novel; time will tell how well it works. However, the lesson from commercial sector CHP customers is that no-capital deals have been immensely important in getting the technology into, particularly public sector, applications for many years. Or how about a micro-CHP unit based on fuel cell technology ? Manufacturer Viessmann has installed in the UK the first of what it calls the first mass-produced domestic fuel micro-CHP system, albeit in the home of the company’s technical director. Combining proven PEM fuel cell technology from Panasonic with Viessmann’s heating know-how, and already on sale in Germany, the unit produces 0.75 kW of electricity and up to 19 kW of thermal energy. Both Flow Energy and Viessmann naturally point to significant energy cost and net carbon emission savings for householders. Flow suggests that six million homes could benefit from its technology, so there’s much to play for. Traditionally dominated by individual gas-fired (heat only) boilers, Britain has waited a long time for micro-CHP to gain some traction – government statistics suggest that only a few hundred units have been installed to date. Perhaps the financial and technical innovation offered by these two manufacturers will make the difference.

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    Tue, 27 Jan 2015

  2. Former Miller Energy Resources CFO, current COO, charged with accounting fraud

    Charges of accounting fraud and falsely inflating asset values are being brought against Miller Energy Resources Inc. and certain related parties by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Thu, 6 Aug 2015

  3. Operators of coal-fired power plants decide how to meet MATS 2015 deadline

    Operators of coal-fired power plants throughout the U.S. are creating strategies to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) by the April 2015 deadline.

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    Fri, 28 Mar 2014

  4. First Capital provides credit facility to Advanced Pipeline Services

    First Capital, a national commercial finance company, has provided a $6.8 million credit facility to Advanced Pipeline Services LLC, a provider of construction, installation, and maintenance services for oil and gas pipeline and field processing infrastructure.

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    Tue, 10 Dec 2013

  1. Energy Provisions of Obama Stimulus Plan

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    Sun, 1 Feb 2009

  2. Renewable energy companies to merge

    Westinghouse Solar, Inc. said it has signed a letter of intent to pursue a business combination with CBD Energy, a renewable energy company based in Sydney, Australia.

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    Thu, 16 Feb 2012

  3. H.I.G. Capital to buy Comverge

    The offer price represents a premium of about 18 percent over Comverge's average closing price of $1.48 over the last 30 days

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    Mon, 26 Mar 2012

  4. New joint venture to keep Philadelphia refinery in operation

    A once-doomed 330,000-b/d refinery in Philadelphia will remain in service and receive an upgrade helped financially by the government of Pennsylvania.

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    Mon, 2 Jul 2012

  5. Kinder Morgan to buy carbon dioxide-helium assets

    A unit of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP will buy carbon dioxide and helium holdings on the St. Johns dome in Arizona and New Mexico from Enhanced Oil Resources Inc., Houston, for $30 million.

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    Thu, 17 Nov 2011

  6. Westinghouse Solar signs LOI for merger with CDB Energy

    Westinghouse Solar, Inc. has signed a letter of intent to pursue a business combination with CBD Energy, a diversified renewable energy company based in Sydney, Australia.

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    Thu, 16 Feb 2012

  7. Carlyle Group and Sunoco agree to form Philadelphia Refinery joint venture

    850 jobs are saved by the joint venture, and hundreds more permanent and construction jobs will be created.

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    Mon, 2 Jul 2012

  8. Solar association releases utility procurement study

    The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released a new report, "Utility Procurement Study: Solar Electricity in the Utility Market," the first in a series of research reports to be released in 2009.

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    Thu, 19 Mar 2009

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