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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 »

AK Steel Energy Project Hinges on Ohio Definition of Renewables

An Ohio Senate Bill would allow local steel maker AK Steel Corp. to convert waste gas released by its manufacturing process into power it can sell on the state’s renewable energy market, the Middletown Journal reports. Senate Bill 289 would widen the legal definition of “renewable energy resource” to include … 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 »

Detroit Edison Offers $25m in Solar Incentives

Detroit Edison has provided more than $1 million to customers in Southeastern Michigan to help power their homes and businesses with solar energy through its SolarCurrents program, according to a company press release. There’s more money still available to help customers reduce their monthly electricity costs, as well as their … Read more »

Intel Cuts Emissions by 45%, Water Use Rises 3%

Intel Cuts Emissions by 45%, Water Use Rises 3%

Intel has reduced its absolute global-warming emissions by more than 45 percent below 2007 levels and more than 40 percent below 2004 levels on a per chip basis as of the end of 2009, according to the company’s 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report. Intel also reduced its PFC emissions by more … Read more »

CH2M Hill Cuts Paper Use by 21% from 2006 to 2008

CH2M HILL, a global consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, has decreased per employee paper usage 21 percent between 2006 and 2008 and increased electronic waste recycling by almost 4 percent in 2008, according to the company’s 2009 Sustainability Report (PDF). Here are some highlights of the company’s environmental performance … Read more »

UC Merced Campus to Generate 20% of Electricity from Solar Energy

Helping California meet its renewable energy goal by 2020, the University of California Merced campus has unveiled the university’s 1-megawatt (MW) solar power system. The system, consisting of 4,900 solar panels, will provide two-thirds of the campus’ electricity on summer days and 20 percent of the campus’ annual electricity needs. … Read more »

Pitney Bowes Cuts CO2 Emissions 4.5%

Pitney Bowes Inc. has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 4.5 percent and increased its waste recycling/prevention by 45.5 percent, according to the company’s Corporate Responsibility Report for 2008. Pitney Bowes’ online report covers topics such as environmental initiatives, ethics and governance, employee diversity and development, philanthropy and voluntarism. Here … Read more »

Weyerhauser Generates 75% of Energy Needs from Biomass Fuels

Weyerhauser Generates 75% of Energy Needs from Biomass Fuels

Weyerhauser Company, a forest products company, has met 75 percent of its operations’ energy needs through the use of renewable and greenhouse-gas-neutral biomass fuels including wood residuals and other organic byproducts in 2008, according to the company’s 2008 online sustainability performance report. Weyerhauser said biomass fuel from sustainably managed forests … Read more »

More Federal Incentives Needed to Drive Solar Growth

More Federal Incentives Needed to Drive Solar Growth

Although the United States has become one of the more aggressive nations in promoting renewable energy thanks in part to support from the Obama Administration, it is still lagging behind solar market leaders like Spain and Germany, according to a new report from Pike Research. A key finding reveals that … Read more »

Sunglass Maker Costa Del Mar to Offset 100% of Electricity Use

Costa Del Mar has partnered with Renewable Choice Energy to offset 100 percent of the electricity use at its Daytona Beach headquarters facility with the purchase of 422,896 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy credits (RECs) from U.S. wind farms. The sunglass manufacturer and retailer also purchased carbon offsets to … Read more »

Detroit Edison Inks Wind Power Deal

The Detroit Edison Co. has entered into a $90 million, 20-year agreement with a Michigan-based wind power company to purchase wind power and renewable energy credits, reports Crain’s Detroit Business. The agreement with Heritage Sustainable Energy is the first that Detroit Edison has signed, following the passage of Michigan’s energy … Read more »

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