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The Games Begin: Battle of the Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The Environmental Protection Agency launched the 2014 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge, with more than 5,500 buildings nationwide competing to save energy in commercial buildings. This is the fifth year for the competition, but 2014 is the first year with the theme, “Team Challenge.” Teams of five or more buildings will work   …Continue Reading


Clean Power Plan Will Shrink Electric Bills 8%, Says EPA

Linda Hardesty

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its anxiously-awaited proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which the agency crafted on instruction from President Obama, will cut carbon emissions from the power sector 30 percent by 2030, based on 2005 levels. While opponents of the plan say it will raise electric rates,   …Continue Reading


ACEEE: Leverage Efficiency in Emissions Standard

Leon Walker

Energy efficiency could be used in an upcoming standard by the EPA to reduce CO2 levels with no net cost to the economy, according to a report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The standard, currently under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget and likely to be released in   …Continue Reading


Intel, City of Houston Top Green Power Rankings

Leon Walker

Intel has maintained its place as the nation’s largest energy user to be powered entirely by renewable energy, according to the EPA Green Power Partnership’s latest rankings. The GPP rankings highlight the annual green power use of Green Power Partners within the United States and across individual industry sectors. Lists include the top 30 local government green   …Continue Reading


Climate Declaration Means Opportunities for GM

William Opalka

General Motors remains the only automaker among 750 signatories of the Climate Declaration, organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition. GM’s investments are reducing its energy costs by at least $170 million. For the second consecutive year, the EPA recognized GM with a 2014 Energy Star Partner   …Continue Reading


Food Distributor Finds Renewables to be Marketing Benefit

Linda Hardesty

Testa Produce has been an EPA Green Power Partner since April 2012. The produce distribution company occupies a 91,300-sq-foot facility in Chicago’s Industrial Stockyards Park, where 18 percent of the facility’s annual electricity needs are supplied by an on-site 750-kW wind turbine and about 180 solar panels. In addition, all water is heated by means   …Continue Reading


PepsiCo, Sears, Samsung Among Energy Star Winners

Leon Walker

PepsiCo, Sears Holdings and Samsung are among the 127 recipients of the 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award, the EPA and the Energy Department has announced. Winners demonstrated innovative strategies to help their customers, partners and stakeholders save energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA says. The winners were selected from 16,000 Energy Star partners,   …Continue Reading


EPA Releases Energy Treasure Hunt Guide

Leon Walker

The EPA‘s Energy Star program has launched a guide book that details how to use “energy treasure hunts” to engage employees in finding low cost energy saving opportunities. Energy Treasure Hunts: Simple Steps to Finding Energy Savings explains how companies can use improvements in behavioral, operational, and maintenance actions to find energy efficiency low hanging fruit. By   …Continue Reading


134 Small Pennsylvania Businesses Win Energy-Efficiency Grants

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $996,713 in grants to help 134 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects. Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant program, funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, helps businesses with 100 or fewer employees. It provides 50-percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 to implement   …Continue Reading


Power Purchase Agreements Put Google on EPA’s Green Power List

Linda Hardesty

Google has been added to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Top 100 list of Green Power Partners.  At No. 6 on the list, Google is using more than 737 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, the bulk of which is supplied by two 20-year bundled Power Purchase Agreements. Intel Corporation continues to top the   …Continue Reading


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