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SDG&E Landscaping to Slash Water Use 40%

San Diego Gas & Electric expects its new water-wise landscaping project at Century Park, its Kearny Mesa headquarters, to save the utility more than 4 million gallons of water a year, a 40 percent campus reduction. Previously, SDG&E’s landscaping at Century Park was 71 percent turf that required irrigation and regular maintenance. The existing landscape […]

Environmental Executive Moves: Aquarius, Cambrian, Tomi, SERI

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Aquarius Technologies: The wastewater treatment provider has appointed Deborah K. LaVelle (pictured) president and CEO. She succeeds former president and CEO Tom Pokorsky, who stepped down to pursue other interests. Show More Summary

CDEnviro Sludge Screening Technology Improves Pharmaceutical Efficiency

Waste reduction and recycling equipment manufacturer CDEnviro says its sludge screening technologies are improving operational efficiencies for the UK pharmaceutical industry. The company says its S:MAX more efficiently separates solid waste material from liquids, minimizing waste and maximizing the opportunity for material reuse. Show More Summary

Business and Carbon Pricing

At the UN Climate Summit last September, the World Bank and others put the carbon pricing discussion back on the agenda, first with a Statement on Carbon Pricing signed by over 1000 companies and 70 governments and then with a series of side events and meetings which also carried through to COP20 in Lima. read more

The World Loves The Smartphone. So How About A Smart Home?

My coffee maker is texting me again. It’s scheduled to make coffee tomorrow, the message says, but I need to refill its water tank. Welcome to the future. The Mr. Coffee Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker with WeMo — yes, that is its official...Show More Summary

Collaboration Summit 2015 – The Future of IoT Panel (VIDEO)

The promise of an Internet of Things has become the reality the connected product. Today there are more things connected to the Internet than there are people on the planet. Awesome, right? In a word, no. We have billions of Internet-connected...Show More Summary

Petrodollars: Chinese investors second-guess Canadian projects

The trans-Pacific partnership of China and Canada promises to diversify product access for one of the biggest oil consumers in the world, but it also comes with problems, as Ashok Dutta explains in this week’s Oilgram News column, Petrodollars.   With customary dragon dance and street parades, the 150,000-odd members of the Chinese community celebrated their […]

Wind Generates More than 10% of Texas Electricity in 2014

In 2014, more than 10% of the electricity used in the grid covering most of Texas came from wind generation, according to the grid's operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Wind's share of the ERCOT generation mix grew from 6.2% in 2009 to 10.6% in 2014. read more

Energy Quote of the Day: On Utilities' Role in the EV Charging Market

Power utilities are starting to get into the EV charging business. Utilities are motivated to make electric cars viable and in doing so shore up demand for the power they sell. But growth of EVs has been hampered by a lack of charging infrastructure. read more

Clean Energy is Just Smart Business for Leaders like Apple, Google

Recently, Apple announced plans to spend nearly $2 billion on European data centers set to run entirely on renewable energy, and invested $848 million to secure power from 130MW of First Solar’s California Flats Solar Project under a 25-year power purchase agreement. read more

Internet of Things to get own lab in Boulder as part of Boomtown

When five of its graduates built companies based on smart devices last year, Boomtown Boulder took the hint and embraced the Internet of Things. By May, the tech accelerator plans to open what is likely the area’s first IoT lab to help startups build devices and apps that connect to the Net. Show More Summary

New Frontiers: Price drops could reset African crude production expectations

With spending cutbacks already taking their toll on global upstream activity, oil companies are being forced to rethink their approach to Africa’s vulnerable high-risk, high-reward exploration frontiers. Low oil prices have only added to the mounting challenges for the host of companies which have pumped billions of dollars into African hotspots over the last decade. […]

US ethanol industry excitement boiling over at 2015 RFA conference

Come for the ethanol, stay for the conversation. The Renewable Fuels Association’s 20th annual National Ethanol Conference was jam-packed with fascinating discussions over issues and obstacles the US ethanol industry faced in 2014 and is expecting in 2015, including whether it’s possible to top a record for exports. At the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, a […]

Why News Reports Miss The Climate Change Story

Maybe he should check in with NewEnergyNews and Utility Dive. From RealTime via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Climate Change In Two Minutes, Version 2

Here's a new version of what to say about climate change when there is very little time to explain. From greenman3610 via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

How To Make Doubt

A terrific new entry from Peter Sinclair’s This Is Not Cool series that documents the strategies used to undermine the increasingly irrefutable science of climate change. From YaleClimateForum via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){varShow More Summary

Desperate times call for inventive measures in Japanese crude buying

Huge inventory losses brought on by the plunge in oil prices in the second half of last year prompted Japanese refiners, desperate to eke out margins, to switch away from some of their staple heavy crude imports from the Middle East in favor of spot barrels from Russia and even far-away Mexico. Japan has been […]

Another Week, Another Big Advanced Energy Business Deal, This Time with Google

Following last week’s announcement that Apple partnered with First Solar to build new solar to power its headquarters and a huge portion of its California operations, Google announced that it would be lighting up the Googleplex – its Mountain View, CA, headquarters – entirely with wind power. read more

First Solar's Top Production Lines Averaged 15.8% Conversion Efficiency in February

First Solar missed the low end of its sales guidance but the company posted a net income of $397 million on sales of $3.4 billion over the past year. Other areas such as production, capacity utilization, and conversion efficiency showed overall positive results. read more

Energy Quote of the Day: Oil Sands Industry Must Cut Costs or Face ‘Death Spiral’

The President of one of Canada’s biggest oil and gas producers warned the oil sands industry that they must cut costs or face a “death spiral”. The drop in oil prices is an “opportunity” for every part of the industry to cut costs and eliminate inefficiencies that crept into the system during years of high prices. read more

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