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Duke Wants to Charge Customers for Ash Pond Emptying

Duke Energy expects its customers to pay the costs of emptying the utility’s 31 coal ash ponds in North Carolina, chief executive Lynn Good said, according to the Charlotte Observer. The company is outlining options for dealing with the ash ponds, a document that governor Pat McCrory has requested by … Read more »

Best Buy Launches Instant Rebates on Take-Back

Retailer Best Buy has launched a buy-back program aimed at the frequent electronics buyer. For a fee, customers can join the Buy Back Program when they purchase laptops, netbooks, tablets, televisions and cell phones at Best Buy. The retailer will then buy the product back from the consumer at any … Read more »

Greenpeace: Electronics Cut Chemicals, Recycling Still Poor

Greenpeace: Electronics Cut Chemicals, Recycling Still Poor

Electronics companies have made significant environmental improvements to their products in the last two years but still have some ways to go, according to a Greenpeace report. Rankings by the non-profit found that more electronics products than ever are free of potentially hazardous chemicals, and most products evaluated meet or … Read more »

EPA to Limit Power Plant, Refinery Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued its plan for moving forward on GHG limits for fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries—which represent nearly 40 percent of the GHG emissions in the US. EPA’s schedule calls for it to propose limits for power plants in July 2011 and for … Read more »

Fireman’s Fund Expects Bloom Boxes To Meet 60% of Energy Needs

Joining a prominent list of customers such as Bank of America, Coca-Cola, E-Bay, FedEx, Google, Staples and Wal-Mart, insurance company Fireman’s Fund will install six high-tech fuel cells from Bloom Energy technology at its Novato, Calif., site. The technology will allow the insurance company to produce 60% of its energy … Read more »

Poor Economy Helps Xerox Advance on Sustainability Targets

Poor Economy Helps Xerox Advance on Sustainability Targets

Xerox has released its  2010 Report on Global Citizenship Summary and 2010 Environmental Health & Safety Report, which together provide environmental overview and detail on strategic objectives and course of progress with data sets from 2006 through 2009. Energy Xerox targeted a GHG reduction goal of 25% total GHGs from … Read more »

Share Your Environmental Insider Knowledge

Environmental Leader invites you to share a quote about the result of a sustainability initiative, environmental or energy management lesson or other insight you gained in 2010 for our Insider Knowledge Report – the top reference for Environmental, Sustainability and Energy Managers. The best lessons we receive will be used … Read more »

Large Wind Projects Get Ready to Roll in Arizona, California

Two large wind projects are getting set to boost the wind energy output in the states of Arizona and California over the next several years. While Terra-Gen Power plans to officially break ground today (July 27) on the Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC) in Mojave, Calif., the Perrin Ranch Wind … Read more »

Senators Push for a Renewable Energy Standard

Senators Push for a Renewable Energy Standard

Although Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wouldn’t include a renewable energy standard (RES) in his energy bill, which mandates that a certain percentage of the nation’s electricity come from renewable energy sources, some Democrats and a Republic senator said they are open to including a RES, reports Time’s … Read more »

Kapolei Arenas Turn to Solar for 80% of Energy Needs

The Kapolei Inline Hockey Arenas on the island of Oahu in Hawaii announced they have installed two solar power systems on their roofs that will provide 80 percent if their energy needs, according to a company press release. These two systems produce over 400,000 kWh, equivalent to offsetting 287 metric … Read more »

Global V2G Market to Reach $26.6 B by 2020

Global V2G Market to Reach $26.6 B by 2020

The global vehicle-to-grid (V2G) market is expected to reach $26.6 billion by 2020, according to a recent study by Zpryme and sponsored by the ZigBee Alliance. From 2015 to 2020, global V2G vehicle unit sales are projected to grow from 103,900 to 1.06 million, respectively. The V2G vehicle unit sales … Read more »

Seafood Industry Seeking Sustainable Solutions

Seafood restaurants are looking for new sustainable solutions for their supply chain amid worries that overfishing could threaten the viability of the industry, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. According to a recent study by the United Nations, current commercial fishing practices could almost completely exhaust the … Read more »