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
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
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.
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.
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
Whether it closes or not, Tesla’s proposed acquisition of SolarCity is a tangible example of how technology crosses industry borders. Musk and Tesla, of course, made their biggest mark in the electric vehicle arena, not building energy management. But a key element of Tesla’s portfolio – advanced batteries – is increasingly important in buildings, which seldom go for a Sunday drive.
Energy-as-a-service is growing as an option as organizations seek a way to cut through the intense complexity of energy procurement.
Improving energy performance is the responsibility of everyone at General Motors — but a particularly important group for managers to tap into are those closest to the products the company makes, according to Mari Kay Scott, the, Executive Director of GM’s Environmental Compliance and Sustainability.
It’s long, hard and expensive fight for any city to takeover their local utilities. Boulder has discovered that as it has sought to municipalize Xcel Energy’s local operations there.