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Ithaca Goes 100% Renewable

The City of Ithaca, N.Y., is to purchase 100 percent of its electricity consumption from renewable energy sources through a contract signed with Integrys Energy Services of New York Inc. Beginning in January 2012, the city will be purchasing Green-e Energy-certified renewable energy certificates for all its electricity. These RECs … 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 »

Advantest Buys RECs to Offset 100% of Electricity Use

To reduce its environmental footprint, Advantest America plans to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) over the next two years to offset 100 percent of the electricity used by its corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Advantest America also has a corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability program in place, which includes … Read more »

LA Business Group Calls for Feed-in Tariff

LA Business Group Calls for Feed-in Tariff

The Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) has called the creation of a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for the city of Los Angeles in a new report. The goal of the tariff would be to create 600 MW of solar power capacity by 2020, or three percent of Los Angeles’ electricity needs. … Read more »

2009 REC Prices Ranged from a Buck to $650

2009 REC Prices Ranged from a Buck to $650

U.S. companies paid anywhere from a little more than a dollar on up to $650 for renewable energy credits (RECs) in 2009, according to the Renewable Energy Certificates report from Pike Research. The cheapest RECs were offered by Texas Wind and New Jersey Class I. Meanwhile, RECs from Massachussets Vintage … Read more »

College Facilities Make the Green Grade

Several colleges including Bellevue College and Hamilton College have earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Cornell University also recently teamed up with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help more colleges achieve greater energy efficiency and lower … Read more »

Feed-in Tariffs May Push Renewables More Than RECs

By establishing a set price, feed-in tariff (FiT) policies reduce the need for multiple incentives and complex financing through tax liabilities currently used to supplement renewable portfolio standard (RPS) targets in the U.S., according to a white paper from Greener Dawn Climate. The report also indicates that FiT policies may … Read more »

Baxter Cuts GHG Emissions by 21%

Baxter Cuts GHG Emissions by 21%

Baxter International Inc. outlines its sustainability priorities and progress in greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions, waste generation, water usage and energy consumption as part of its 10th annual sustainability report. In 2008, the Deerfield, Ill.-based healthcare company extended its commitment to reduce GHG emissions from operations from a 20 percent … Read more »

DC Hotelier Buys RECs for 100% Wind Energy

Great Addresses, an independent hotel management company, has purchased 100-percent green energy portfolios for its flagship properties in Washington, D.C., by partnering with World Energy Solutions Inc., which operates online exchanges for energy and green commodities. The hotel management company worked initially with World Energy to procure a 36-month electricity … Read more »

World Energy Creates “Virtual Mall” for Carbon Offsets

World Energy Solutions has created a “virtual shopping mall” to put buyers of carbon offsets in control of their trading by allowing them to browse for the offset or compliance unit of their choice. The Worcester, Mass.-based company’s flagship trading platform, the World Green Exchange, now combines new technology with … Read more »

NextEra Unveils Renewable Energy Trust

NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of FPL Group Inc., has launched its EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust and associated renewable energy products to help businesses offset the energy impact of their operations or to meet other sustainability goals. A group of businesses and institutions has already committed more than $5 million … Read more »

U.S. Businesses Purchased Record Amount of Renewable Energy in 2008

In 2008, businesses in the Green-e Marketplace program voluntarily purchased more than 2.8 million megawatt-hours of Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy, which is a record, according to the Center for Resource Solutions. Intel made the largest purchase of renewable energy in history, with a 1.3 million megawatt-hour purchase in January. … Read more »