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“Siemens Energy, a unit of German industrial giant Siemens AG (SI), said Wednesday that it has signed a $15 million contract with a unit of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HE) to build a “smart grid” system in Honolulu.” — Dow Jones Newswires

Siemens Wins $15M Smart Grid Contract in Hawaii: “Siemens Energy, a unit of German industrial giant Siemens AG (SI), said Wednesday that it has signed a $15 million contract with a unit of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HE) to build a “smart grid” system in Honolulu.” — Dow Jones Newswires

Spain May Pull Back on Solar Subsidies: “Spain’s government, after using subsidies to spur more than 18 billion euros ($24 billion) in solar-power projects since 2008, may reduce the premium power rates that attracted clean-energy investors.” — Bloomberg

Immigration vs. Climate Legislation: “Democratic leaders in Congress may try to win passage of contentious immigration reform legislation this year in a move that could further harm prospects for a climate-change bill, congressional aides said on Wednesday.” — Reuters

Cash for Efficient Appliances on Deck: Starting Thursday, “consumers will be able to vie for rebates on Energy Star-rated appliances: $200 for refrigerators, $100 for clothes washers and $50 for air conditioners.” Retailers are “bracing for a swarm of shoppers” during the first four days of the rebates. — LA Times

Hitachi and Airbiquity Team Up for EV Telematics: “Hitachi and Airbiquity have announced a partnership to develop new telematics systems aimed at plug-in vehicles…..No specifics have been provided yet, but we would expect to see systems similar to what GM is doing with its OnStar smart phone application for the Volt and what Ford announced for the Focus Electric.” — Autoblog Green

By Josie Garthwaite

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