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Microsoft: Data Centers to Use 50% Renewables by 2018

Carl Weinschenk

Microsoft said it will use 50 percent renewable energy to power its data centers worldwide by 2018 and will reach the 60 percent level by the early 2020s. The announcement, according to Computerworld, was made at the Verge 16 conference last week. Microsoft has run its global operations completely on renewables since 2014. The story   …Continue Reading

GM to Use All Renewable Energy by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

General Motors announced yesterday that it will get its electricity from renewable sources across all of its 350 worldwide operations by 2050. The company said that it also is joining RE100, which is a global collaborative of businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electric power. GM says that it saves $5 million annually from use of renewable   …Continue Reading

AEEE: Efficiency Rising as an Energy Resource

Carl Weinschenk

It’s a bit counter-intuitive to think of energy efficiency as a resource. But the AEEE did just that – and found that it is third in the electric generation segment. And it may top the list in 2030.

Small Businesses Gingerly Approach Community Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Business people think that community solar is a great thing. That is, once they know it exists and what it is. The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), in conjunction with the Shelton Group, recently conducted two research studies on the topic. One is focused on the attitudes of consumers (2001 participants) and the other on   …Continue Reading

The World is About to See Whether Apple’s Solar Investment Pays Off

Ken Silverstein

Apple Inc. is taking a bigger bite out of the energy market. It will soon begin selling the output from its $850 million investment in a 130-megawatt solar farm in northern California.

Technology Evolves – And So Do Incentive and Grant Programs

Carl Weinschenk

Delaware has upgraded a key energy efficiency grant program. The goals are to increase the sophistication of elements that deal with LEDs and help businesses see the broader energy efficiency landscape.

Zero Net Energy Initiatives Taking Root

Carl Weinschenk

It’s no surprise that California is the leading state in creating buildings that generate as much or more energy than they use. The Golden State is not alone, however.

Major Energy Upgrade to Marine’s Camp Lejeune

Carl Weinschenk

Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in Jacksonville, NC, is replacing its steam plant with natural gas boilers, according to JD News. The goal is to decentralize hot water and heat generation. The steam plant that has long provided hot water and heat at full operation uses about 36,000 tons of coal annually. It currently is burning   …Continue Reading

New York State Aggressive on Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved a clean energy standard that requires half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. The phase-in schedule, which is characterized as “aggressive” in the press release, requires 26.31 percent of energy used to be from renewable resources by 2017 and 30.54 percent by 2021.   …Continue Reading

Schneider Electric’s NEO Network: Helping Make Efficiency Projects Real

Carl Weinschenk

Helping organizations get to the point at which they will benefit from emerging energy efficiency and renewable technology is the goal of The NEO Network, an online platform from Schneider Electric.