Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages; announced on May 4 that it has joined Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) – the largest electric utility in Illinois, serving the Chicago and Northern Illinois area – in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support the study and development of new energy efficiency programs, smart streetlights, and community and residential solar; and other infrastructure projects.

Microsoft Seals Deal with Puget Sound Energy to Buy Carbon-Neutral Power at Wholesale Prices

Microsoft Seals Deal with Puget Sound Energy to Buy Carbon-Neutral Power at Wholesale Prices

Puget Sound Energy that will enable the software giant to buy its own power directly from the open market at wholesale prices. The accord is subject to the approval of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission in the coming weeks, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported on April 13.

Boeing Launches VC Division, Invests in Electric Airplane Developer

Boeing Launches VC Division, Invests in Electric Airplane Developer

Chicago-based aerospace company Boeing has formed a small venture-capital division called HorizonX to “turn new ideas and businesses into reality” – among them, a pioneering enterprise to develop a small hybrid-electric aircraft that would be suitable for regional consumer travel, “out to a thousand miles,” and that could be built “by the 2020s.”

Archer Daniels Midland Starts Operations on Second Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Project

Archer Daniels Midland Starts Operations on Second Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Project

Global food processor Archer Daniels Midland, headquartered in Chicago, announced on April 7 that the $200 million Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) project – a partnership to safely and permanently store more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide annually – has begun operations by injecting CO2 into a large saline reservoir.

OSU Trustees to Vote This Week on $1B Energy Outsourcing Deal

OSU Trustees to Vote This Week on $1B Energy Outsourcing Deal

Ohio State University officials want to clinch a deal to lease the university’s energy facilities to a contractor that will make a $1 billion, up-front payment to the OSU endowment fund, The Columbus Dispatch reported on March 30.

Gaz Métro Enters U.S. Commercial Market with Standard Solar Acquisition

Gaz Métro Enters U.S. Commercial Market with Standard Solar Acquisition

Gaz Métro – a Québec-based natural gas distributor has made an acquisition that will enable the company to expand its competitive base in the U.S. energy market. The company announced the acquisition of Maryland based Standard Solar on March 7, through its subsidiary, Vermont-run Green … Read more…

A London Startup Called Squeaky Offers SMEs Cheap Green Energy

A London Startup Called Squeaky Offers SMEs Cheap Green Energy

When Google decided to shift to 100 percent renewable energy back in 2010, the search giant began negotiating deals directly with wind and solar farms. Now, a new London-based startup called Squeaky is offering to smooth the way for small businesses that want to do the same thing at a lesser scale, according to a February 23 report by Fast Company’s Co.Exist: Business owners can choose a wind farm to support, and then start buying renewable electricity at the same price they were paying for energy from fossil fuels.

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs by 20% with Brownfield Solar Project

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs by 20% with Brownfield Solar Project

In Massachusetts, four schools districts and one town are drawing energy from a 3.68-MW ground-mounted solar project on a brownfield site in Billerica, 20 miles north of Boston that went online on February 23, utility scale developer Soltage has announced.

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