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Field to Market, TSC Form Sustainable Agriculture Partnership

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has partnered with The Sustainability Consortium in a move aimed at creating a common framework to measure and report the sustainability of US agriculture. In a memorandum of understanding, TSC and Field to Market have agreed to work toward greater harmonization of metrics in overlapping product categories, […]

QUICK NEWS, November 24: NEW ENERGY DOMINATES THE U.S. NEW BUILDS AGAIN; SIERRA CLUB, UNITED STEELWORKERS WANT WIND JOBS; THE ABUNDANCE OF SOLAR

NEW ENERGY DOMINATES THE U.S. NEW BUILDS AGAIN Wind Energy Provides Over Two-Thirds Of New U.S. Generating Capacity In October 2014; For Eighth Time In Past Ten Months Renewables Dominate New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity Ken Bossong,...Show More Summary

NEW ENERGY DOMINATES THE U.S. NEW BUILDS AGAIN

Wind Energy Provides Over Two-Thirds Of New U.S. Generating Capacity In October 2014; For Eighth Time In Past Ten Months Renewables Dominate New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity Ken Bossong, November 24, 2014 (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission/Sun Day) "…[W]ind power provided over two-thirds (68.41%) of new U.S. Show More Summary

SIERRA CLUB, UNITED STEELWORKERS WANT WIND JOBS

Congress must not let wind energy jobs blow away Sierra Club Exec Dir Michael Brune and United Steelworkers Pres Leo Gerard, November 20, 2014 (The Hill) "The winds that froze Americans a week after the midterm elections could [could...Show More Summary

THE ABUNDANCE OF SOLAR

Report: America could power itself 100 times over with solar energy Chris Mooney, November 20, 2014 (The Washington Post) "…Staggering amounts of solar radiation strike the Earth each day; the only trick is capturing more of it…[ AnShow More Summary

Coal Ash Waste Disposal by Utilities Set to Improve December 19th, But What About the Growing Risks of‘ 'Legacy' Pits?

140 million tons of waste ash is dumped by utilities along major waterways every year throughout the United States. Recent ruptures have done a great deal to underscore the growing public health and safety risks to both human beings and wildlife. read more

Inside SoCal Edison's Groundbreaking 2.2GW Grid Modernization Plan

SoCal Edison announced it would buy hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar, behind-the-meter batteries, automated demand response and targeted energy efficiency as part of its 2,200-megawatt Local Capacity Requirement procurement for its grid-stressed West Los Angeles Basin region. read more

Nest’s new commercials introduces its home automation gear to the rest of the world

Nest recently rolled out a barrage of new commercials to promote its collection of home automation gadgets and we have to say they’re pretty entertaining. The Google-owned company has produced four adverts: one for its smart thermostat, two for Dropcam and a single piece for its swanky smoke alarm. via Nest’s new commercials introduces its home Continue reading ?

AT&T to Pay Almost $52M for Environmental Violations, Cleanup

AT&T has agreed to pay California authorities $23.8 million as part of a settlement to resolve allegations that hundreds of AT&T facilities in the state unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and material over a nine-year period. In addition, AT&T will spend an estimated $28 million over the next five years to implement environmental compliance measures […]

Industry Spotlight: M/C Partners’ Gillis Cashman Looks Ahead

As the holidays loom large, so does the urge to look ahead and speculate on what will come in 2015 and beyond.  With us today to opine about where the internet infrastructure industry is headed and why is Gillis Cashman, Managing Partner at the private equity firm M/C Partners.  M/C Partners is very tightly focused on communications […]

EPA Delays Renewable Fuel Mandate

The EPA on Friday delayed finalizing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard until next year. The rule tells refiners how much biofuels must be blended into the US fuel supply. Last year the agency proposed reducing the amount of ethanol blended into the US fuel supply for the first time since the renewable fuel requirements were […]

China to Cap Coal Use in 2020

China plans to set a cap on coal consumption in 2020 as part of its efforts to achieve a recently announced goal of having carbon dioxide emissions peak by 2030. According to the New York Times, the State Council, China’s cabinet, released details of an energy strategy last week that includes capping coal consumption at […]

Contraction and Convergence in Practice?

The in-tandem announcement last week by the USA and China caught many by surprise, resulted in lots of applause and back slapping and then raised questions as to which country has the tougher or easier deal. A bit of simple analysis offered below may help answer that question. read more

EPA to Help Utilities Increase Climate Change Resilience

The EPA is providing up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance to help water utilities in more than 20 communities increase their climate change resilience and readiness. Utilities for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater will participate in a multi-year program to prepare for potential impacts from climate change. Show More Summary

Smart City App, Sustainable Group Buy Website Launched

GreenStar Hub has launched a smart city mobile app to help New York City businesses achieve their sustainability goals. GreenStar NYC allows businesses to access a database of tenders or bidding opportunities, energy incentive programs, and news feed that showcase sustainability practices throughout New York City. Local businesses can use the app or visit the […]

Joint Ventures Develop North Dakota Crude Transportation Infrastructure

Phillips 66 Partners and Paradigm Energy Partners have formed two joint ventures to develop midstream logistics infrastructure in North Dakota to transport crude oil in the Bakken region. The two joint ventures — The Sacagawea Pipeline...Show More Summary

Sustainability Reporting ‘Now the Norm’

The quality of corporate nonfinancial reporting among leading companies is improving and sustainability reporting is now the norm for the world’s leading companies, according to research from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Show More Summary

The false dichotomy of competition vs. investment

I spent last week in Europe, in between Stockholm, Brussels and Paris and most of the topics I discussed, heard or addressed in public were in one way or another about policy. One thing that struck me is how the false dichotomy of competition vs. investment in the market is alive and well. We know […]

Apple to Donate Unspecified Portion of Holiday Sales to Global Fund to Fight AIDS

At the end of this week, the holiday shopping period will officially kick off, and Apple is ready with a new campaign: You buy certain products from Apple, and you will support World AIDS Day 2014 through donations derived from app purchases from the App Store. This is a two-week campaign, beginning this Monday, November [...]

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