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Cox Installs Fuel Cells

Cox Communications has completed an 800kW fuel cell installation in Orange County, California. The installation at Cox’s Rancho Santa Margarita facility provides nearly 60 percent of the building’s electricity requirements. It joins a 100kW photovoltaic rooftop array. Combined, Cox’s two alternative energy installations in Rancho Santa Margarita offset the annual … Read more »

Cox Installs Fuel Cells

Cox Communications has completed an 800kW fuel cell installation in Orange County, California. The installation at Cox’s Rancho Santa Margarita facility provides nearly 60 percent of the building’s electricity requirements. It joins a 100kW photovoltaic rooftop array. Combined, Cox’s two alternative energy installations in Rancho Santa Margarita offset the annual … Read more »

Navy, Army Push to Meet Renewable Energy Goals

The Navy is making headway in meeting its alternative energy goals over the next decade as the service partners with technology companies to harness ocean thermal energy to generate electricity for its naval bases, reports National Defense magazine. A key reason: naval bases consume about 25 percent of the Navy’s … Read more »

Davos Roundup: Climate Deal is Dead, Long Live Big Oil

As world leaders gather to discuss economic problems during the Davos talks, energy execs are calling for a new peak in oil production, and others cite bleak hope for any global climate deal. Davos, a Swiss ski resort, is the location of the World Economic Forum, which runs through Jan. … Read more »

ATCO Cuts Emissions Intensity by 40% since 1990

ATCO Group’s emissions intensity has decreased by more than 40 percent since 1990, although ATCO Power’s generating capacity has doubled since that time period, according to the company’s first corporate sustainability report (PDF). Here  are a few environmental highlights in the report. ATCO Group says a significant portion of its … Read more »

Shaw Targets a 60% Reduction in Waste to Landfill by 2011

Shaw Industries Group Inc., a leading carpet manufacturer and floor covering provider, has reclaimed more than 244 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2007 through its nationwide carpet collection network, of which 85 percent was recycled carpet to carpet, according to the company’s inaugural sustainability report. Shaw’s goal is to … Read more »

Oregon Plans to Cut Renewable Energy Tax Credits

State lawmakers are expected to put new restrictions on a business energy tax credit (BETC) in Oregon when they meet for a special session in February, reports The Bulletin. The tax credit, which encourages investment in alternative energy, recycling and energy conservation, is estimated to cost the state $168 million … Read more »

Marketing Barriers Slow Adoption of Solar Power

Marketing Barriers Slow Adoption of Solar Power

A new report from the Clean Energy Group and SmartPower highlights several marketing initiatives across the U.S. that are driving growth and interest in solar power in several states. At the same time, the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center suggests that more investment in research and development for low-carbon … Read more »

Study Finds Consumers Ready to Pay for Electrical Grid Upgrades

Study Finds Consumers Ready to Pay for Electrical Grid Upgrades

Fifty-seven percent of Americans agree that the nation’s electrical grid infrastructure should be upgraded to support new generation and further deployment of alternative energy technologies, according to a new study. In light of the findings, solution providers already have energy optimization tools under development that are smart-grid ready to help … Read more »

GE to Showcase Smart Grid at U.S. Military Base

GE to Showcase Smart Grid at U.S. Military Base

Aimed at increasing energy security, energy efficiency and cleaner alternative energy at U.S. military bases, GE has been awarded $2 million in Federal stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for a smart microgrid demonstration project at the world’s largest Marine Corps Base, Twentynine Palms Base, in California. … Read more »

House Narrowly Passes Climate Bill – Reaction Roundup

The House narrowly passed landmark climate change legislation (H.R. 2454) with a 219-212 vote, delivering a major victory for President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), reports Roll Call. The cap-and-trade bill, called the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which mandates reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and … Read more »

Total Cuts Emissions by 5.2% in 2008

Total Cuts Emissions by 5.2% in 2008

Total, the world’s fifth largest publicly-traded integrated oil and gas company, has cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 5.2 percent in 2008, according to its recently published 2008 Environment and Society Report. The energy provider reduced the emissions of six greenhouse gases in metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent … Read more »

Philadelphia Strives to Be America’s No. 1 Green City

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and the mayor’s Office of Sustainability have released a comprehensive plan to make Philadelphia the greenest city in the United States by 2015. Encompassing more than 150 initiatives, Greenworks Philadelphia sets goals in five areas — energy, environment, equity, economy and engagement — all designed to … Read more »