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Branson’s Carbon War Room Merges With Alternative Energy Think Tank

Linda Hardesty

Carbon War Room, the global non-profit organization co-founded by Virgin Group Chairman Sir Richard Branson, has merged with alternative energy think tank Rocky Mountain Institute in an effort to combat climate change and accelerate demand and financing for low-carbon solutions that are technically feasible and cost effective today. The merger brings together CWR, a young organization known for   …Continue Reading

Sempra Energy Snags Top Award for Renewable Energy Production

Linda Hardesty

Sempra US Gas & Power has more than 1,500 megawatts of solar and wind generation in operation and another 308 MW under construction, milestones that helped the company earn the Industry Leadership – Electricity Generation award at the 2014 Platts Global Energy Awards in December. Sempra US Gas & Power has natural gas and renewable   …Continue Reading

190 Michigan Nonprofits Get Energy Efficiency Benefits

Linda Hardesty

About 190 nonprofit groups throughout Michigan will pay $350,000 less for energy next year after Consumers Energy provides them with energy-efficient upgrades for free. The nonprofits are receiving free installations of energy-saving items such as LED lights and programmable thermostats, financial incentives or free energy assessments to help them reduce their energy usage. Most of the   …Continue Reading

How Will the Clean Power Plan Benefit Small Business?

Marc Karell

This will likely go down as a banner year as the USEPA proposed, for the first time, national standards to limit emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from existing power plants: the Clean Power Plan. However this turns out in terms of the legislative process in Washington, the federal government has certainly provided the signals that clean   …Continue Reading

Bahamas Joins Carbon War Room

Linda Hardesty

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas joined the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge. The Carbon War Room, a global nonprofit co-founded by Sir Richard Branson and the Rocky Mountain Institute, will provide a range of technical, project management, communications, and business advisory support services to help The Bahamas implement clean energy projects. Through its participation in the   …Continue Reading

100 Massachusetts Businesses Join Electricity-Buying Group

Linda Hardesty

More than 100 businesses have signed on to the Massachusetts Manufacturing Energy Collaborative (MassMEC) to reduce energy costs by purchasing electricity and natural gas in bulk, reports Patch. MassMEC also provides no-cost renewable energy reviews and consultations. The group of business members includes metal manufacturers as well as restaurants, hospitals and real estate properties. MassMEC made   …Continue Reading

Small Businesses Don’t Understand Their Energy Contracts

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Research Council’s new brief “Buyer Beware: Early Contract Termination” finds that seven out of every 10 small-to-medium business owners are unaware of early termination provisions in their electricity supply contracts. Early termination occurs when a customer locks into a contract with an electricity supplier for a start date that overlaps with an existing   …Continue Reading

DOE Supports Clean Energy for Tribal Alaskans

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy announced the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program that assists Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects. Since its launch in December 2011, the START Program has helped 11 Alaska Native communities advance their clean energy technology   …Continue Reading

UK Allows Interconnectors to Participate in 2015 Capacity Market

Karen Henry

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that interconnectors linking Britain to other European countries will be able to participate in the 2015 second four-year-ahead capacity market auction. The first auction is scheduled to be held at the end of this year. An interconnector is a connection between the electricity transmission systems   …Continue Reading

E.ON Spins Off Conventional Energy Business, Focuses on Renewables

Karen Henry

European utility E.ON is spinning off its conventional generation, global energy trading, and exploration and production businesses as a new, independent company so that it can focus on three core businesses: renewables, distribution networks and customer solutions. According to the company, the change in strategic direction will allow it to be more responsive to changing global   …Continue Reading

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