Renewable Energy

St. Petersburg Aims to be 100% Renewable

Carl Weinschenk

St. Petersburg, FL, is the first city in Florida to agree to use 100 percent clean and renewable energy, according to a Sierra Club announcement reported at Yahoo News. The city has allocated $250,000 of settlement funds from the BP oil spill to create the roadmap to total renewable energy. The story says that only   …Continue Reading

The McCoy Solar Energy Centers Launch

Carl Weinschenk

The McCoy Solar Energy Centers have been commissioned in Riverside County, near Blythe, CA. The projects, which are in the Mojave Desert, are the result of a $1.2 billion investment. They collectively feature more than 4 million solar panels and trackers. The total generating capacity is 485 MW, which will serve customers of Southern California Edison   …Continue Reading

18 Companies Ask VA for Regulatory Clarification

Carl Weinschenk

Microsoft, Walmart, Best Buy, IKEA, Staples and 13 other companies have asked the Virginia State Corporation Commission to create “an explicit legal framework” for expanding access to renewable energy from utilities and third party suppliers, according to The request came in a letter that was a public comment on a request by Appalachian Power   …Continue Reading

GHG Reduction and Energy Efficiency Go Hand-in-Hand

Carl Weinschenk

The good news is that helping the environment helps the bottom line.

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

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.

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.

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

Drama Aside, Tesla’s Acquisition of SolarCity Makes Sense

Carl Weinschenk

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.