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Lawyers Warn of Fuel Cell ‘Black Boxes’

From the c-suite perspective, a $250,000 fuel cell is essentially a “black box” posing significant operational risk, two lawyers have warned in the latest issue of Executive Counsel. Roy Palk and Samuel Brumberg of LeClairRyan write that companies may turn their fuel cells on or off, but can’t open the … Read more »

Up to Half of Solar Costs are Administrative, DOE Says

Between 40 and 50 percent of the cost of ownership and operation for a rooftop solar system is contributed by administrative costs such as permitting, financing and connecting to the grid, according to the Department of Energy (via the New York Times). Ramamoorthy Ramesh, the manager of the DOE’s SunShot … Read more »

Identifying Hidden Energy and Sustainability Costs

Join Environmental Leader for a webinar on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 10am PST/1pm EST, discussing hidden energy and sustainability costs. Learn first-hand how organizations are gaining comprehensive visibility of their overall energy spend with a single, enterprise-wide system of record. Register now to join Tom Harrington, senior program manager, workplace … Read more »

Obama Axes Ozone Rule; Could Have Cost Business $90bn

President Obama climbed down this morning from proposed national ozone standards that have been heavily criticized by industry and the GOP. In a statement released this morning, Obama said that “after careful consideration,” he has requested that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air … Read more »

Solar PV Could Cost Less than Fossil Fuels in 10 Years

The cost of solar photovoltaic systems could become cheaper than even fossil fuels over within the next ten years, according to technology advancement association IEEE. But IEEE said that to achieve this cost parity, the solar industry must continue to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic cell technologies and create economies … Read more »

AEP Says EPA Rules Will Raise Businesses’ Rates 10-35%

Proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations would cost AEP $6 billion to $8 billion by the end of the decade and raise electricity prices for its business customers by 10 to 35 percent or more, the utility said today. AEP said that cumulative costs of EPA regulations have been “vastly … Read more »

Deloitte: Companies Seek Big Cuts in Energy Costs

Deloitte: Companies Seek Big Cuts in Energy Costs

Companies are targeting, on average, a 25 percent reduction in their energy consumption or cost, according to a survey by Deloitte. The study, “reSources 2011,” found that 90 percent of companies have set specific goals for their electricity and energy management, and 76 percent have or are setting goals related … Read more »

Study: Most Companies Now Measure Green Savings

Study: Most Companies Now Measure Green Savings

Three out of five employers (60 percent) are measuring their cost savings from environmental programs, up from 39 percent last year, according to a survey by Buck Consultants, a subsidiary of Xerox. “The Greening of the American Workplace 2010” found that savings are widespread at American companies, with 78 percent … Read more »

Cadbury

Cadbury Factory Cuts Energy 60%, Costs 50% With Dehumidifier

A Cadbury chewing gum factory in Thailand reduced its energy use by 60 percent and operating expenses by 50 percent with a new dehumidifying system, the company reports. The Cadbury Adams (Thailand) Co. facility replaced a solid desiccant wheel dehumidifier with an Advantix Systems DuCool liquid desiccant unit. This not … Read more »

Tradestation, Xilinx Sanguine on Energy Prices

Xilinx and Tradestation are among companies that have reported little negative impact of rising energy costs on their business. Moshe Gavrielov, CEO of semiconductor maker Xilinx, told The Street that energy is only a small part of the company’s product costs, and rising energy costs have not had a significant … Read more »

Johnson Controls: Efficiency Projects Will Save Governments $4.7bn

Johnson Controls has announced that its current public sector building efficiency projects are “guaranteed” to save more than $4.7 billion in energy, water and operational costs over the next ten years. The Fortune 100 company said that the future savings are on top of over $19 billion in energy savings … Read more »