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Virgin Australia Blames Carbon Tax for Financial Woes

The airliner Virgin Australia updated its financial guidance for the year ended June 30, 2013, indicating that the carbon tax, among other things, was having a negative impact on the company’s performance. The company said the pre-tax costs of the carbon tax for the 2013 fiscal year were between $40 … Read more »

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Green Fleet Roundup: BYD, GE, Virgin, SkyNRG, Alcoa

BYD will begin making electric buses (pictured) and large-scale batteries at two manufacturing facilities in Lancaster, Calif., the company says. These mark the first manufacturing facilities in the US for BYD Motors, a Los Angeles-based subsidiary of the Chinese firm BYD (short for Build Your Dreams) Company. Last month, the … Read more »

Boeing, American Airlines’ Protoype Plane Finds 2% Potential Fuel Savings

Fuel-efficient technologies tested on Boeing and American Airlines’ ecoDemonstrator airplane can cut fuel consumption by 2 percent, Boeing has told Environmental Leader. Technologies on the ecoDemonstrator include fuel-saving flight trajectory methods and a regenerative fuel cell that uses surplus energy — produced when the plane is cruising, for example — … Read more »

Contract Wins: Boeing and Virgin Australia, NYPA, Green Energy Renewable Solutions

The New York Power Authority has approved more than $25 million in contracts to several New York firms including a $6.6 million multi-year contract to Northland Associates for the design and construction of a large-scale distributed windpower system at the State University of New York at Canton. NYPA also signed … Read more »