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ACEEE State Scorecard: Massachusetts Edges Out California As Most Energy-Efficient State, Maryland Among Most Improved

Top 10 States Ranked in Energy Efficiency Scorecard: MA, CA, VT, RI, OR, CT, MD, WA, NY ... With MN and IL Tied for 10th; Five Most Improved States: MD, IL, DC, CA, and TX; and Five States in Most Need of Improvement: MS, LA, SD, WY, and ND.

Energy efficiency measures continue to flourish in states across the country, with several states -- including California, Maryland, Illinois, Texas and the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. -- taking major steps that improved their scores in the ninth annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The State Scorecard ranking of the states is issued annually with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy. This year, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan participated in the release of the ACEEE report.

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The University of Maryland Receives $50,000 Grant from Dominion Foundation

Award supports new research on high efficiency solar-powered cooling systems.

Dominion Foundation presented the University of Maryland (UMD) with a $50,000educational grant. The grant, part of Dominion's Higher Educational Partnership, was one of 40 awarded to colleges and post-secondary schools to fund projects in energy, environmental studies, engineering and workforce development.

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USDA Commits $4 Million to Improve Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

Federal-State Partnerships will Accelerate Stream and Riverside Tree Plantings

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that in a first round of funding, USDA will commit $4 million to several states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to help agricultural landowners with accelerating stream and riverbank tree plantings that can reduce soil sedimentation, field and animal waste runoff, improving water quality.

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Empower Energies Retains Marathon Capital to Raise Equity for Distributed Generation Fund of Solar and CHP Assets

Empower Energies, Inc., a leading clean energy project solutions company, announced it has retained Marathon Capital as its financial advisor to raise cash equity financing consisting of limited partnership interests for the Company's Distributed Generation (DG) Fund. The DG Fund is being formed to acquire and aggregate commercial and industrial (C&I) photovoltaic (PV) solar and combined heat and power (CHP) projects originated and developed by Empower and its co-development partners over the next 24 months.    

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Building Energy awarded preferred bidder status for 16.8 MW photovoltaic plant in Annapolis, Maryland

The Annapolis Solar Park will be the largest solar project installed entirely on a capped landfill in the United States.

The 21.8 GWh of electricity generated by the plant are estimated to offset the equivalent amount of carbon captured by 12,334 acres of U.S. forests in one year.

Building Energy, an Italian independent power producer from renewable sources, has been selected as preferred bidder for the development of the Annapolis Solar Park. The 16.8 MW photovoltaic system, stretching over the 80-acre area occupied by a land-fill in the city of Annapolis, Maryland, will be the largest solar park located entirely on a capped landfill in the United States. Building Energy and ABM Government Services, a leading provider of facility solutions, will develop the project in partnership with BQ Energy, a leading US developer of renewable energy systems built over landfills or other contaminated sites. The Annapolis Solar Park project, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2016, has an estimated value of 36 million dollars.

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