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CDP Climate A List Revealed: Which Firms Lead in Reducing GHG Emissions?

General Motors, Johnson Controls, Apple and Microsoft are among the 193 companies on CDP’s Climate A List 2016, meaning they receive an “A” grade for their actions to mitigate climate change.

Utilities Have Their Guards Up to Protect Their Grids Against Physical Attacks

Whether they be cyber attacks or physical assaults on their assets, utilities have their guards up. The latest news on this front is that someone armed with a rifle caused $1 million dollars worth of damage to utility equipment in Utah, and knocked out power to 13,000 people there.

Three Amigos Work to Cut Carbon while California’s Amigos Work to Cut Carbon-Free Nuclear

Three Amigos Work to Cut Carbon while California’s Amigos Work to Cut Carbon-Free Nuclear

While the “Three Amigos” are meeting in Ottawa to discuss ways to limit their carbon emissions, a different group of friends — or shall we say ‘adversaries’ — are meeting in California to ditch its remaining nuclear plant — that provides 8 percent of the state’s electricity and that is also carbon free.

68 Major Companies Join Climate Action Pledge

As the UN climate talks in Paris near, 68 additional companies have joined the White House-led American Business Act on Climate Pledge. Companies making the pledge have set greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy sourcing goals for 2020 and beyond, and are focusing on increasing energy efficiency, boosting low-carbon investing. … Read more »

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Major Firms Call for Climate Agreement in Paris

Fourteen major companies based or with large-scale operations in the US have voiced strong support for a new global climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. In a statement organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the companies — Alcoa, Alstom, … Read more »

Power Sector Emissions Continue to Drop

The largest electric utilities in the US — including Entergy, Hoosier Energy and Xcel — have seen significant reductions in global warming pollution in recent years, according to an analysis of power plant air pollution emissions. The report — a collaborative effort between Ceres, Bank of America, four power producers … Read more »

PG&E Supports California GHG Reduction Goal

California Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday announced an executive order establishing the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target in North America — a goal to reduce emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. PG&E said it applauds the new goal and says it is attainable “with the right structures.” The … Read more »

Report Ranks Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

Report Ranks Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

NV Energy, Xcel, PG&E, Sempra and Edison International rank the highest for renewable energy sales, with renewable resources accounting for nearly 17 to 21 percent of their retail electricity sales in 2012, according to a report from Ceres and Clean Edge that ranks the US’ largest electric utilities and their … Read more »

PG&E, Xerox on Natural Capital Leaders Index

PG&E, Xerox on Natural Capital Leaders Index

Carnival,  Kimberly-Clark, Intel, PG&E and Xerox are among 34 companies named to the Natural Capital Leaders Index, which recognizes companies that have grown their revenue between 2008 and 2012 while reducing their environmental impacts during that same period. The index also includes a separate list of efficiency leaders — companies … Read more »

Big Oil, Major Firms Plan for Carbon Price

Big Oil, Major Firms Plan for Carbon Price

Walmart, BP, ExxonMobil, General Electric and about two dozen other major US companies have already integrated a price on carbon emissions into their long-term business plans, according to a CDP report. In 2013, 28 companies based or operating in the US disclosed that they use an internal carbon price in … Read more »

PG&E SUVs with gas leak detection tools

PG&E Laser Technology Tracks Down Gas Leaks

Pacific Gas & Electric has begun using a natural gas leak surveying technology that it says is 1,000 times more sensitive than traditional leak detection equipment, and has trained its first batch of five employees in using the new tools mounted on SUVs. The utility worked with Silicon Valley-based scientific … Read more »