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A $1billion bet on clean energy

With its new “Green Bank”, New York aims to boost solar, wind, and smart-grid technology. The solution to global warming is obvious—reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Accomplishing that goal, however, requires radical action. Few understand that better than Richard Kauffman, an ex–Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley banker whom New York Gov. Show More Summary

Silicon Valley Goes Long on Nuclear Fusion

Valley venture capitalist explains investment in Helion Energy

Regulators Approve Major Upgrades to California's Largest Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program

The California Public Utilities Commission today unanimously adopted significant program enhancements for the state’s largest energy efficiency program dedicated to cutting bills and electricity waste for low-income households. read more

Smart home market: security, energy saving and media streaming driving the biz

Employing electronics technology as your security guard at home is one of the key factor driving smart home market. Another important factor in smart home market growth is saving/tracking energy consumption. However small is your home, you would like to safe guard the house from fire, theft and such incidents. Also spending some money on Continue reading ?

Utility 2.0: NY Utility Regulators Should Consider Change to "Formula for Success"

Acquire more customers, sell more electricity. This primary formula has fueled the runaway success of utility companies. But in an era when customers are technologically savvy, price conscious, and environmentally aware, more families are pursuing opportunities that will cut electricity bills and carbon emissions. read more

3E Company Adds GHS Enhancements to SDS Authoring Platform

Environmental health and safety compliance and information management services provider 3E Company has released MSDgen 6.54, the latest version of its safety data sheet (SDS) authoring system. With this latest release, customers have...Show More Summary

Microsoft Quits Anti-Renewables Lobbying Group

Microsoft has cut its ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an anti-renewables lobbying group, Electa Blog reports. The Sustainability Group, a socially responsible investment advocacy group, and portfolio management...Show More Summary

Building Skills Among Renewable Industries' Workforce

With increased global demand for energy and concerns over climate change, renewable energy industries worldwide are projected to be in a growth phase for the foreseeable future. That creates not only funding, political and infrastructure challenges, but workforce challenges as well. read more

TODAY’S STUDY: IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND NEW ENERGY

South-South trade in renewable energy; A trade flow analysis of selected environmental goods June 2014 (United Nations Environment Programme) Executive Summary This study analyses trends and opportunities for trade among developing countries (i.e. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, August 20: COURTS DISMISS 98% OF WIND HEALTH COMPLAINTS; TURNING OLD CAR BATTERIES INTO NEW SOLAR PANELS; OCEAN ENERGY PIONEERS

COURTS DISMISS 98% OF WIND HEALTH COMPLAINTS Anti-wind 'experts' failing legal test John Conroy, August 17, 2014 (The Australian) “…[Wind Health Impacts Dismissed in Court from the Energy and Policy Institute]found that of the 49 cases...Show More Summary

Renewable Energy Could Hit 36% Of Global Energy Use, But There's A Biomass Catch

Would you pay $2.50 to double sustainable energy’s share of the global energy market, reduce carbon dioxide emissions 8.6 gigatonnes (Gt), and create 900,000 new net jobs in the energy sector by 2030? Unless you’re firmly rooted in the fossil fuel industry, the answer is probably yes. read more

In a Puff of Solar Smoke

One could use a story like this to slag solar energy, but that’s not the point: According to the Associated Press, up to 28,000 birds per year might be meeting an early death after burning up in the focused beams of sunlight, with birds dying at a rate of one bird every two minutes. Show More Summary

Ivanpah Solar Power Tower Is Burning Birds

A federal lab tallies the dead and makes recommendations for future solar power towers

‘Smart’ energy grid planned in Potsdam to keep community powered during emergencies

Research is underway on a new smart energy grid for the village, which intends to keep emergency services online in the event of a severe-weather power outage. Clarkson University, partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, National Grid and others, is designing a grid that will provide renewable and conventional electricity Continue reading ?

Data Analytics: What Utilities Are Investing in Now

Are data analytics the most important frontier for utilities seeking to modernize their businesses? Or, it just another buzz phrase pushed by companies selling software? GTM Research has been collecting some hard data on the subject, through its Grid Edge Deployment Tracker data service. read more

LEED Certification Boosts Hotel Revenue

LEED-certified hotels make more money in average daily rates and revenue per available room than their non-LEED competitors, according to a study by Cornell University. This is a change from a 2013 Cornell study that stated hotels, on average, don’t see a revenue boost from going green. The new study compared the performance of 93 […]

A Quiet Confession: China Cuts 2020 Shale Gas Goals in Half  

China quietly cut its 2020 goals for shale gas, a goal that was so ambitious that few took the number seriously. The goal – to ramp up from zero commercial production of shale gas to 60-80 billion cubic meters by 2020 – was met with skepticism both inside and outside China when first announced. read more

More non-nuclear prescriptions from Shell

Shell, one of the world’s largest natural gas and oil companies, is spending large sums of money creating and distributing beautifully produced propaganda aimed at convincing us all that natural gas can provide increasing supplies of clean electricity, clean heat, and clean transportation fuel. Show More Summary

Shale Oil Benefits Could Pay for Smaller Carbon Footprint

The US could see about a 27 percent reduction in its carbon footprint if just half of the unanticipated economic benefits of shale gas and oil production were used in the efforts, according to agricultural economists at Purdue University. The researchers estimate that shale technologies annually provide an extra $302 billion to various sectors within the […]

BJ’s Wholesale Club joins EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge

BJ’s Wholesale Club is the first wholesale club and the most recent participant in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, a national initiative aimed at encouraging businesses and institutions to prevent food waste. BJ’s operates 203 Clubs in 15 states from Maine to Florida. Sending food waste to a landfill represents a missed opportunity for businesses to […]

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