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Utility Adds 38.5 MWs Energy Storage, Efficiency Projects

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has added 20-megawatts of energy storage and 18.5 MW of energy efficiency projects that will allow the California utility to supply more renewable energy to its customers and help them reduce energy usage in commercial buildings. The 20-MW lithium ion battery project — the largest … Read more »

Water Shortage Puts Companies, Investments at Risk

Water Shortage Puts Companies, Investments at Risk

Both US assets and entire companies — including UNS Energy, Black Hills Corporation, MGE Energy and Sempra Energy — are at risk due to choices soon to be made over whether to use water for crop production or electricity generation, according to a report from MSCI’s Environmental, Sustainability & Governance … 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 »

Climate Change Response a ‘Competitive Advantage’

Climate Change Response a ‘Competitive Advantage’

In a state-by-state analysis of the business response to climate change, a CDP report shows companies across America are factoring global warming into their business planning because they see climate action as a prudent way to build competitive advantage for their firms nationally and globally. The new report examines the … Read more »

Hurricane Sandy

Climate Change Costing Companies ‘Millions’

Gap, HP and Dr Pepper Snapple Group are among the S&P 500 companies facing climate change related risks and costs, according to a CDP report. The report, which reviews findings from CDP 2011-2013 disclosures, finds reported risks affect companies in all economic sectors and include damage to facilities, reduced product … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Rule Goes to White House, Ryan Budget Attacks ‘War on Coal’

The White House has received the EPA’s draft regulations on carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to Office of Management and Budget records cited by The Hill. President Obama set a June deadline for the proposal, a cornerstone of his climate change plan. An EPA finding from earlier this … Read more »

Freeport LNG

DOE Approves Natural Gas Export Facility

Mitsui and Mitsubishi of Japan, and GDF Suez of France have invested in a US liquefied natural gas (LNG) project following the Energy Department’s Friday decision to end a freeze on natural gas exports and conditionally approve a Texas LNG project. The decision allows the Freeport LNG Terminal (pictured) on … Read more »

Waterfree Urinals to Save Bard Over 500,000 Gallons

Bard College has replaced its flushing urinals with Falcon Waterfree Technologies urinals, which will save more than 500,000 gallons of water a year, according to the waterfree urinals maker. These water savings, the school says, will increase Bard’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) score, which measures how environmentally … Read more »

Sempra Energy Sustainabililty Report: Normalized CO2 Levels Drop 11%

Utility company Sempra Energy cut its carbon intensity by almost 11 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the firm’s fourth annual sustainability report. In 2010, the company produced 731 lbs of CO2 per MWh of energy it produced. In 2011, this figure dropped to 651 lbs of CO2 per … Read more »