General Mills: We’ll Invest $100M to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Carl Weinschenk

General Mills will invest more than $100 million in energy efficiency and clean energy across its business – “from farm to fork to landfill,” in the company’s words – during the next ten years. The goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent in ten years. Steps will take include investing more than $100   …Continue Reading

2014 Better Than 2013 for Distributed Wind Turbines, But Far Below 2012

Carl Weinschenk

Several factors made 2014 a down year for distributed wind turbines compared to 2012, though it was far superior to 2013. The factors that saw demand sink include relatively low prices for electricity, competition from other sources and high permitting and other nonmaterial costs. The report on the status of the industry was put together by   …Continue Reading

Bridgewater, MA, Gets $231,000 Efficiency Grant

Carl Weinschenk

The town of Bridgewater, MA, has been awarded a $231,000 Green Communities Grant. The grant will pay for efficiency improvements leading to estimated annual savings of $55,000, according to The Raynham Call. The town is part of the Green Community state program that has a stated goal of reducing energy use by 20 percent over five   …Continue Reading

GE, Coachella Energy Building a Big Lithium-Ion Battery

Carl Weinschenk

General Electric and Coachella Energy Storage Partners will build a $38 million battery for the Imperial Irrigation District in California. The 30-megawatt power source will be one of the largest lithium-ion batteries in the state, according to The Desert Sun. The project’s genesis was a blackout in September, 2011, which impacted 2.7 million people and   …Continue Reading

Windset Farms Flip Switch on 1 MW Solar Array

Linda Hardesty

REC Solar activated a 1 MW solar energy system for Windset Farms, a greenhouse grower in Santa Barbara County, California. REC Solar installed the 4,032-panel array on the roof of the farm’s shipping and packing building. The system was designed to maximize energy production and offset peak demand. REC Solar installed a custom racking system   …Continue Reading

USDA Invests $63M to Support 264 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Agriculture announced $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). These REAP projects are expected to generate and/or save 207.8 million KWh per year. For example, Bradley Phillips, owner of A.B. Phillips &   …Continue Reading

DOE Helps Colorado Dairy Industry Slash Energy Use

Karen Henry

Last year, the Colorado Energy Office invested $240,000 in funding from the US Department of Energy’s State Energy Program (SEP) to help reduce the dairy industry’s electricity demand. Through the Colorado Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Pilot, eight dairies received a free energy audit and energy-saving recommendations. If the farms followed the recommendations, the DOE covered   …Continue Reading

Irrigation Company Generates Hydro Power

Linda Hardesty

Rentricity, an in-pipe hydropower energy company, has commenced a project in Utah for the Richmond Irrigation Company (RIC), which will use its own irrigation flows to also create clean energy. Rentricity’s Flow-to-Wire system captures excess pressure and flow within gravity-fed water distribution pipelines, converting it into energy for the electric grid or for the customer’s   …Continue Reading

Tomato Growers Test GE Cogeneration Software

Linda Hardesty

GE’s Distributed Power business says that Prominent Growers Association, a commercial tomato greenhouse growers collective in the Netherlands, will serve as a pilot customer to showcase how GE’s myPlant 2.0 can increase the efficiency of on-site cogeneration plants. The new myPlant 2.0 software is powered by Predix, GE’s Industrial Internet asset performance management platform. Prominent   …Continue Reading

USDA Invests $6.7 Million in 544 Energy Projects

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Agriculture is investing more than $6.7 million in 544 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide. The awards list is contingent upon the recipients meeting the terms of the grant agreement. USDA Secretary Vilsack made the announcement during a visit to the Snake River Brewing Company, in Jackson, Wyoming. The company   …Continue Reading