Tech Titans Commit to Clean Energy

Tech Titans Commit to Clean Energy

Tech giants Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft plan to continue their clean energy initiatives even after President Trump’s executive action regarding the Clean Power Plan. The companies issued a joint statement late last week stating they would stay the course on their vow to focus … Read more…

Sea Change: Microsoft Plans to Submerge Data Centers

Sea Change: Microsoft Plans to Submerge Data Centers

Microsoft engineer Sean James – who honed his skills working on-board a U.S. Navy submarine before joining the tech giant – came up with a “watershed idea” several years ago: He said that submerging the company’s data centers could solve several problems by introducing a new power source, greatly reducing cooling costs, and closing the distance to connected populations.

18 Companies Ask VA for Regulatory Clarification

18 Companies Ask VA for Regulatory Clarification

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 Virginia.com. The request came in a letter that … Read more…

New Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Intends to Aggregate Corporate Procurement

The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) – a coalition of multinational companies that propose to aggregate their alternative energy buying needs to achieve competitive, predictable power prices for the long-term – announced its formal launch in a media conference call on May 12.

Consultant Splash Cold Water on Microsoft’s Project Natick

Consultant Splash Cold Water on Microsoft’s Project Natick

One of the more interesting recent news items was the announcement earlier this month by Microsoft of Project Natick, which is an experiment that focuses on underwater datacenters. Mark Monroe, the President of Energetic Consulting, raised some issues with the feasibility of the concept at … Read more…

PEBs Cost More But Save Over Time

PEBs Cost More But Save Over Time

Positive Energy Buildings (PEBs) – buildings that generate more energy than they use — is the pinnacle of green building design, according to Andrew Solberg, Coy Miller, and Keith Kibbee, authors of an article at Consulting-Specifying Engineer. The idea is to create buildings designing these buildings … Read more…

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