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A Look at Wind and Solar Energy, Part 1: How Far We've Come

After decades of incipient growth, it seems that wind and solar power are finally ready for prime time. These two renewable energy resources are growing rapidly and are beginning to move the needle in global energy supplies. read mo...

ORIGINAL REPORTING, MAY 27: HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC'S PLAN TO END SOLAR NET METERING, EXPLAINED

Hawaiian Electric's plan to end solar net metering, explained; The utility says it needs a new valuation scheme to fairly compensate distributed generation Herman K. Trabish, January 26, 2015 (Utility Dive) click to enlarge HawaiianShow More Summary

QUICK NEWS, May 27: BUFFETT’S NEW ENERGY DIVISION BUYS MORE; MINNESOTA CUTS EV CHARGING RATES; ALASKA COMMUNITY GOES 99.7% NEW ENERGY

BUFFETT’S NEW ENERGY DIVISION BUYS MORE Berkshire buys more wind projects May 22, 2015 Lincoln Journal Star BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of the Berkshire Hathaway Energy company that is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.,...Show More Summary

Carbon Footprint Analysis: An Interview with Aegon Asset Management and Trucost

Aegon decided to gain a better understanding of the CO2 impact of its investments as a first step in deciding on possible future actions regarding climate change and carbon emissions.  Aegon selected three actively managed GA investment portfolios, which are managed against a recognized benchmark. Given its strong emphasis on fixed income investing, Aegon selected fixed […]

What Put California at the Top of Residential Solar?

California leads the nation in residential solar photovoltaic installations. In fact, nearly half of all systems installed have been in the Golden State. So why is California the leader? Sure, California has plenty of sunshine, but there are many other states that can compete on that dimension. read more

Wants Versus Needs: The Struggle to Realize New York's Energy Vision

In 2009, National Grid chose ABB for a SCADA/EMS system that would allow for more modern and integrated visibility into its electric transmission and distribution networks in Massachusetts and New York. Earlier this year, the system went into service. read more

Big Question About Industry's Newest Climate Effort

Europe’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It remains to be seen if they will take the action needed to effectively tackle some of our most immediate climate threats – or to seize a major untapped opportunity. read more

China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost when the government issued documents on power sector reform, which were published in rapid succession, came from several different ministries and outlined long-awaited upgrades to the functioning of the world's largest utility. read more

Drug Take-Back Laws Stand, Pave Way for More EPR Laws

Drug manufacturers will be required to fund and manage medication disposal programs, following the US Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the pharmaceutical industry’s case against a drug take-back law in California. The Pharmaceutical...Show More Summary

How Water Treatment Plants Can Manage Harmful Algal Blooms

Harmful algal blooms can be a big problem for water utilities. According to a Water World article, the city of Toledo, Ohio, lost access to drinking water for three days due to a sudden deluge of microcystin — a cyanotoxin found in some of the blue-green algae blooms that grow on surface water in warm […]

Solutions-IES Completes First RCRA Risk-Based Remedial Action Project

Environmental and engineering company Solutions-IES, on behalf of a Fortune 500 international corporation with former manufacturing operations in central North Carolina, has successfully obtained a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Permit Termination Decision from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR). Show More Summary

JDA Improves Office Depot France’s Supply Chain Efficiency, Profitability

JDA Software Group has helped Office Depot France improve its supply chain efficiency and become a more profitable business, winning JDA a place on Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s list of the 100 Great Supply Chain Projects for 2015. Office Depot France sells more than 9,000 products and operates 56 stores across France. The retailer […]

MillerCoors Partnership to Benefit Great Lakes

As part of its continued efforts to more effectively manage its water use and ensure the availability of clean, high-quality water, MillerCoors has partnered with the nonprofit Alliance for the Great Lakes. For every case of 12-ounce cans sold this summer in select states, Coors Light will donate 25 cents (up to a maximum of […]

US Recycling Industry Generates $105bn Annually

The scrap recycling industry in the US generates more than $105 billion annually in economic activity and accounts for nearly half a million jobs, according to a study released by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. The study was performed by the independent consulting firm of John Dunham and Associates to explore the size and […]

Toro Irrigation Helps California Golf Courses Meet Water Reduction Mandate

The Toro Company, with its irrigation business based in California, is helping the state’s golf courses meet the mandated 25 percent statewide reduction in water use. Monterey, California’s Poppy Hills Golf Course, owned and operated...Show More Summary

Plastics-to-Fuel: Creating Energy from Non-Recycled Plastics

Companies are transforming used, non-recycled plastics into oil, fuels, and petroleum-based products. These plastics-to-fuel technologies, which complement ongoing recycling efforts, are a way to recover clean energy from plastics that cannot be economically recycled, the American Chemistry Council says.

A Look at Wind and Solar

This post is co-authored by Alex Trembath and Jesse Jenkins. After decades of incipient growth, it seems that wind and solar power are finally ready for prime time. These two renewable energy resources are growing rapidly and are beginning to move the needle in global energy supplies. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: NEW ENERGY AND ELECTRIC RATES

Understanding the Impact of Electric Choices on North Ivan Urlaub and Kacey Hoover with Jim Kennerly May 2015 North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association Introduction North Carolina’s Electric Industry In North Carolina, there areShow More Summary

Internalized Costs of Storage Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

This article summarizes the findings on the internalized costs of various energy storage technologies. The selected technologies include such things as pumped hydro, compressed air, synfuels, and various battery technologies (lead-acid, Li-ion and flow). read more

ISIS Victories and Oil

Right now, oil prices seem under pressure from any number of forces: Saudi market share strategies, Iran’s quiet sales from floating stocks, historically high U.S. and Chinese inventory levels. But over the longer term, the situation on the ground with ISIS could render some of that surplus necessary. read more

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