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Consumer Support for Green Energy Drops

Consumer support for clean energy declined significantly between 2009 and 2011, according to a report by Pike Research. The cleantech market intelligence firm’s annual Energy & Environment Consumer Survey found that the average percentage of consumers with an “extremely” or “very” favorable view of 13 clean energy concepts, ranging from renewable … Read more »

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 »

Level 3 Buys 100% Renewable Power for Three Data Centers

Level 3 Communications has taken three colocation facilities 100 percent renewable. The communications services provider has signed up to a 100 percent green energy product with the electricity providers for one colocation center in Amsterdam and two facilities in London. The green power product sources its energy from hydroelectric, wind … Read more »

Starbucks Misses Energy Consumption Goal, Succeeds on Renewables

Starbucks Misses Energy Consumption Goal, Succeeds on Renewables

Starbucks has missed a target to cut energy consumption at company-owned stores 25 percent by 2010, and has pushed the target back to 2015, according to its Global Responsibility Report. The company reduced energy consumption in company-owned stores 1.6 percent from 2008 to 2010 – compared to a 1.7 percent … Read more »

Japan Quake and Nuclear Crisis Could Push Up Emissions, Delay Electric Vehicles

The Japanese earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis may cause wide-ranging reverberations for corporate environmental efforts, from alternative-fuel vehicles to renewables. Japanese auto makers reported factory closures, with Toyota – manufacturer of the world’s most popular hybrid car, the Prius – saying that its plants would be closed at least … Read more »

Smart Grid, Renewables to Drive Canadian Sustainability Market Up 38%, Report Says

Smart Grid, Renewables to Drive Canadian Sustainability Market Up 38%, Report Says

The Canadian sustainable business market will grow from US$2.3bn in 2010 to US$3.7bn in 2014, a 38 percent rise, according to an analyst report. The Verdantix report Canadian Sustainable Business Spending 2009-14 found that the market will experience a 12 percent compound annual growth rate from 2009 to 2014. Sustainability … Read more »

Cox Installs Fuel Cells

Cox Communications has completed an 800kW fuel cell installation in Orange County, California. The installation at Cox’s Rancho Santa Margarita facility provides nearly 60 percent of the building’s electricity requirements. It joins a 100kW photovoltaic rooftop array. Combined, Cox’s two alternative energy installations in Rancho Santa Margarita offset the annual … 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 »

IBM, Deloitte, Logica Praised for Sustainable IT

IBM, Deloitte, Logica Praised for Sustainable IT

Deloitte, IBM and Logica stand out as the most capable companies in sustainable technology services, according to a report by analyst firm Verdantix. The study of the 15 largest global IT services firms, with combined revenues of $324 billion, evaluated companies’ capabilities in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, intelligent … Read more »

Vermont, Nevada Add Incentives for Renewables

Vermont, Nevada Add Incentives for Renewables

Despite federal efforts to boost incentives for renewable energy, some states are taking an even more aggressive stance in promoting implementation of wind and solar. A new law in Vermont, for instance, establishes a method for paying providers of renewable energy a rate that guarantees a modest profit, reports RenewableEnergyWorld.com. … Read more »

Dell Gets 26% of Global Energy From Renewables

Dell has boosted the proportion of electricity derived from renewable sources, up to 26 percent globally, as compared to 20 percent in 2008. The bulk of the increase results from renewable energy partnerships in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Norway, with deals struck with utilities Swalec, Scottish Power Energy … Read more »