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Why First Energy is Interested in SMRs

Greg Halnon The following guest post was submitted by Greg Halnon, Director of Regulatory Affairs at First Energy.The SMR market is just emerging. We see it as an essential technology for future baseload generation. Greenhouse gas reduction goals cannot be met with renewables alone. Show More Summary

THE SOLAR CELL TURNS 60, Part 1

Bell executives presented the first practical solar cell to the world... For the 60th anniversary of the silicon solar cell, PV60 – History Becoming the Future, is being organized by the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto on April 18, 2014. Show More Summary

THE SOLAR CELL TURNS 60, Part 4

So how did the scientific community come to accept photovoltaics... For the 60th anniversary of the silicon solar cell, PV60 – History Becoming the Future, is being organized by the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto on April 18, 2014. Show More Summary

Russian Gas Exports and Western Encroachments on Russia

According to Russian leaders, after the demise of the USSR, when Russia was in disarray under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, Europe and US leaders, brushing aside historic Russian geo-political interests as irrelevant, took geo-political advantage by steadily expanding NATO and the EU into East Europe. read more

Abbot's Systematic Destruction of Solar Energy Support in Australia Continues

The rationale behind the Abbott Government’s incessant unravelling of support for solar power is unclear. What is clear is that almost every single day, we find another example of their systematic destruction of an opportunity that many countries would be jumping at. read more

The Ethical Nuclear Solution and the IPCC Report

The IPCC report on mitigating climate change is now out and, it is, as you’d expect, a bone dry read considering how alarming it is.  But one section that probably won’t get much attention is on ethical considerations when considering a world response to climate change. Show More Summary

Merged Company Launches Reforestation Program

Touchlink Communications has changed its name to Asia Green and signed a merger agreement with Asia Green, a Vietnamese company, to launch its agroforestry and reforestation program in Vietnam. Asia Green’s Vietnam-based subsidiary has acquired 75 percent equity ownership in Hoan Vu LLC, a Vietnamese company that has been granted 1,400 hectares of land for the […]

EL PRO Subscribers Get New Website

Dear EL PRO Subscribers: Today and tomorrow we will be transitioning your subscription to a new platform, EnvironmentEnergyPro.com. We’re very excited about this move. We’ve worked hard to develop new content that will help energy and environment professionals do their jobs. We’re looking forward to a great year as we introduce even more content to […]

European Parliament Requires Sustainability Reporting

A new law passed by the European Parliament will require the largest companies to include sustainability as part of their annual financial report.  A 599-55 vote applies to publicly-traded with more than 500 employees that must address ”policies,...Show More Summary

GHG Emissions Fell 10% From 2005 to 2012

Greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, according to the latest national emissions inventory released by the EPA. Reuters reports that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due decreased energy consumption and the switch from coal to natural gas for power generation. The 19th annual emissions tally to […]

One Million Households Added to Carton Recycling

The Carton Council of North America says that just over one million households had cartons added to their recycling programs between January and March. That brings the total of US households with access to 56,970,294. The Carton Council is a group of carton manufacturers united to deliver long-term collaborative solutions in order to divert valuable cartons […]

Climate Preparedness Task Force Should Use Water Infrastructure Funding to Protect Communities from Climate Risks

Recent disasters in U.S. communities illustrate risk from flooding and drought events. Downpours swept across the South recently, causing at least one death and widespread flooding. More than 60 percent of the West, including greater than 99 percent of California, now is facing drought conditions. read more

Solar EV Station Installed

Solar-generated power charged to electric vehicles can be used in an emergency as backup energy in a station installed by Kyocera and its subsidiary Kyocera Communication Systems (KCCS) at the headquarters of Shintec Hozumi. in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The companies installed a Solar Cycle Station for EV designed to the produce of clean energy and […]

Shareholders Seek Removal of Duke Board Members

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the New York City Pension Funds are urging fellow shareholders in Duke Energy not re-elect four members of the company’s regulatory policy and operations committee at the May 1 annual meeting. The four directors — G. Alex Bernhardt Sr., James B. Hyler Jr., James T. Rhodes and Carlos […]

Tea Company Claims First 100% Biodegradable Package

Carrington has launched Carrington Organics Tea to its existing roster of products, which it says is the first-ever tea to feature 100 percent eco-friendly packaging that will fully and safely biodegrade when composted. All components of the Carrington Organics Tea from the packaging to the tea bag and tea itself are recyclable.

Fossil Fuels are for Making Stuff

The IPCC has just recently released its third assessment report on mitigating climate change. I have spent the morning reading the full summary, and to help you save a little time I have whittled it down to a six word summary: Fossils fuels are for making stuff. read more

The Smart Grid and Multifamily Dwelling Challenges

There are many disconnects and dysfunctions in the multifamily real estate market that are beyond the ability of renters or property owners alone to resolve. There are multiple challenges in a market segment that includes stakeholders with sometimes vastly different financial perspectives. read more

Company Gears Up Cellulosic Ethanol Production

Spanish company Abengoa Bioenergy is gearing up to produce cellulosic ethanol in the US heartland just in time to face a glut of bio-based fuel in the market and waning government support, the New York Times reports.  The company has bet $500 million in Hugoton, Kan., by building a plant on 38 acres for the […]

Smart Corporations Partner for Sustainability, Business Growth

This article is sponsored by Procter & Gamble. Smart corporations see sustainability not only as an environmental responsibility but as an opportunity to build the business, and partnerships with other organizations multiply the benefits of their sustainability initiatives. Show More Summary

‘Polar vortex’ fuels political whirlwind

This winter’s deep freeze, also known as the “polar vortex,” continued to fuel energy debates in the Senate yesterday as conversation about grid reliability spilled into fretting over the closure of large baseload coal and nuclear plants across the country. “We’re setting ourselves up for a major reliability crisis,” warned Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat Continue reading ?

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