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February 2020

DOE invests $74 million for energy performance projects
The Energy Department announced it would invest $74 million in 63 projects conducted by national laboratories, universities and industry partners with the aim of improving the country's buildings and electric grid's energy performance.


Initiative could move several large Maine electricity users to solar power
A consortium of Maine businesses, the University of Maine and, possibly, the city of Portland could band together to procure a glut of solar energy that could power as many as 40,000 homes.

Massachusetts Senate passes 'Next-Generation Climate Policy' act
The Massachusetts state senate passed "An Act Setting Next Generation Climate Policy," which sets a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 and establishes a Climate Policy Commission to oversee the government's handling of the climate crisis, according to the Framingham Source. The bill now moves to the house.

Hawaii is a test bed to see if renewables can meet peak energy demands
Can a device given the somewhat baffling name of "PV peaker plant" begin to solve some of the nation's most pressing climate-related energy problems? That is a question that utilities, some states and most recently the Department of Energy have begun to wrestle with. Among the leaders in this technology exploration are the sun-drenched islands of Hawaii.

UPS adds to alternative fuel investments with 2 more renewable natural gas deals
UPS is again upping its ante on renewable natural gas. UPS said recently that it entered into a pair of multi-year RNG deals — with Kinetrex Energy and TruStar Energy — that supply UPS with up to 80 million gallon equivalents of RNG, according to a news release.

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