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Apple Defends 100% Renewable Energy Claim

Carl Weinschenk

Claims that a company uses 100 percent renewable energy make for good press. It is possible, though, to meet such claims with skepticism. reports that doubt was expressed at such a claim made by Apple, which is building a data center in Athenry, which is in County Galway, Ireleand. The story describes a gathering   …Continue Reading

Best Buy, Nordstrom Join New York Renewable Push

Carl Weinschenk

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that Best Buy and Nordstrom have agreed to a request from the New York State Common Retirement Fund that they increase the use of renewable energy in their operations and supply chain. The agreement of the two Fortune 500 companies  has led DiNapoli to withdraw shareholder proposals he had   …Continue Reading

Shell Quietly Starts Renewable Division

Carl Weinschenk

Shell, which is the largest oil company in Europe, has established a division to invest in renewable and low-carbon power, according to The Guardian. The New Energies division, the story said, will consolidate the company’s hydrogen, biofuel and electric initiatives. It also will be the base upon which a move into wind power will be   …Continue Reading

Facebook, Microsoft Push Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

Microsoft and Facebook are partnering with The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, according to a Bloomberg story. The goal is to drive development of 60 GW of renewable energy by 2025. That, the story says, is enough to replace the coal-fired plants the U.S. plans to retire during the next four years. Commentary in the story   …Continue Reading

PACE Financing Sets Its Sights on the Commercial Sector

Carl Weinschenk

This week, The YGRENE Energy Fund was lauded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge for facilitating more than $100 million in commercial energy efficiency projects through Property Assisted Clean Energy (PACE) financing. That’s a lot of money – but just the start of the firm’s involvement with commercial entities, said Louis-Philippe Lalonde, YGRENE’s new Chief Marketing Officer. Lalonde   …Continue Reading

Since June 2014, Energy Prices Less. Since March, Oil Prices Up.

Ken Silverstein

Oil and natural gas prices have fallen 1.2 percent since June 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

SunPower and the Army Work on Solar Project in Alabama

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, AL, the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and the Army Garrison have been working with SunPower Corp. to finalize details and construct a solar facility on Redstone Arsenal, according to The Redstone Rocket. The facility will generate about 18,000 MW of renewable energy. Since   …Continue Reading

Will Utilities Lease Rooftops of Commercial Buildings for Solar Power Generation?

Carl Weinschenk

Third-party leasing of rooftops or other spaces for solar arrays is a growing trend. Last month, for instance, Energy Manager Today posted a blog about a project being run by Soltage, LLC. The company is providing Quinsigamond Community College in West Brookfield, MA with about 2.4 MWh of energy. The 5,800 photovoltaic panels generating the   …Continue Reading

Will Co-Firing Natural Gas and Coal Meet Clean Power Plan Standards?

Ken Silverstein

When it comes to complying with the Clean Power Plan, FirstEnergy Corp. has some interesting thoughts: co-firing natural gas with coal. “Co-firing has several benefits,” says Todd Meyers, FirstEnergy spokesperson. “It provides fuel diversity and ensures our Mon Power coal units can continue to produce low-cost electricity while supporting both the abundant low-cost natural gas   …Continue Reading

Utilities Must Provide C-Level Execs with the Data They Need to Push Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Energy managers, especially those who work in heavily corporate environments  and support facilities that are served by multiple utilities, have a problem: CEOs and CFOs are reluctant to take steps to increase energy efficiencies and cut costs because utilities are not doing a good job of providing the very specific data upon which decisions are based. The   …Continue Reading

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