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Green Fleet Roundup: Fisker Karma, BMW ActiveE, Nissan Leaf

Fisker Automotive has issued a voluntary recall of its Karma (pictured) following a roadside fire in one of the luxury plug-in hybrids this month. According to the company, a cooling fan overheated and started the fire. Fisker says its investigation determined the fire wasn’t caused by the lithium-ion battery pack, … Read more »

FirstEnergy Overpaid by Millions for Renewable Energy Compliance

Audits show that utility FirstEnergy spent millions of dollars more than it should have to comply with Ohio’s renewable-energy mandates, and passed the cost on to consumers, The Plain Dealer reports. The state law mandates a percentage of the power every electric company sells to be generated from renewable sources. … Read more »

Geothermal Energy’s Implications for Buildings and Homes

Did you know that the US spends between $30 and $50 billion every month on foreign oil?  I find that number to be huge and think that we need to reduce that amount if we want to remain competitive, independent, and environmentally friendly. It doesn’t make long-term economic sense to … Read more »

Green House Data Doubles Renewables Purchase

Cloud data hosting firm Green House Data doubled the amount of renewable energy credits it purchases. The company has purchased 1.8M kWh in 2011 – twice the amount it purchased in 2010. This annual electricity purchase is equivalent to avoiding 1,303 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, Green House Data says. … Read more »

NYSE Euronext Goes Carbon-Neutral

NYSE Euronext has become the first carbon-neutral global exchange operator, the company has announced. The parent company of markets including the New York Stock Exchange said it reached carbon neutral status for 2010 through energy efficiency and conservation efforts, plus purchase of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets. … Read more »

Green Power Marketer Saves Customers $7m

Green Power Marketer Saves Customers $7m

Green energy retailer Viridian prevented more than 46 million pounds of carbon emissions in its first full year of operations, according to the company’s inaugural sustainability report. The report (pdf)  says that Viridian’s services saved its customers almost $7 million. The carbon emissions saved are equivalent to taking 4,000 cars … Read more »

Intel Makes Green Power Push, Keeps EPA Top Spot

Intel has increased its annual green power purchases by 75 percent, retaining the top spot in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ranking of Green Power Partnership companies. The chip manufacturer has increased its annual green power usage to more than 2.5 billion kWh (2.5 TWh), the most of more than … Read more »

Mohawk Paper Focuses on Energy Efficiency, Offsets

Mohawk Fine Papers began adopting environmental practices focused on energy efficiency in the early 1990s initially as a way to reduce costs, reports Timesunion.com. Since then it has morphed into a commitment to continuously cut its energy use, offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and develop eco-friendly products. Mohawk Paper now invests … Read more »

Becker Underwood Buys RECs to Offset 100% of Electricity Use

Becker Underwood plans to reduce its carbon footprint by offsetting 100 percent of its electricity use by purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) that fund wind farm development. The producer of specialty bio-agronomic and colorant products plans to purchase 7,851,879 kilowatt hours of RECs annually for three years from Renewable Choice … Read more »

Dannon CSR Report: Cuts Carbon Footprint by 10%

The Dannon Company has cut its overall carbon footprint by 10 percent in 2009, according to the company’s 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. The food and beverage company has been named one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s top green power partners this year for using the most renewable electricity. … Read more »

CEC Throws Out Edison’s Claim to RECs from Mountain View Wind Projects

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has ruled that Southern California Edison (SCE) should not be allowed to claim renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated from the Mountain View I & II wind facilities toward its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goals during the period covered by the 2006 RPS verification report, reports … Read more »