Clean energy buyers team up to reshape policy landscape

September 14, 2017 by  
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Amazon, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Salesforce and Walmart flex muscle in the new Advanced Energy Economy trade group.

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Microsoft on the value of power purchase agreements

July 19, 2017 by  
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The energy market has changed dramatically since Microsoft signed its first power purchase agreement (PPA) in 2012, according to Brian Janous, the tech company’s director of energy strategy. Back then, the idea of signing a 20-year PPA was novel, but now there is a massive uptick in companies participating in energy agreements. However, the risks of market fluctuation and falling prices are all material to designing electricity markets in the future. “More companies are signing a shorter PPA,” said Janous. “These things are not a free lunch.” 

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Tesla’s Musk to quit White House councils if Trump pulls out of Paris climate deal

June 1, 2017 by  
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Back in February,  Tesla  CEO Elon Musk defended his decision to stay on President Donald Trump’s business advisory council after facing a barrage of criticism, including from customers who claimed to have canceled their Model 3 orders. His reasoning was that there needed to be more moderate voices advising Trump on issues such as climate change and clean energy. Now with the president reportedly on the verge of pulling out of the landmark Paris climate agreement , it appears that Musk has had enough of Trump — threatening on Twitter to quit the two advisory councils he sits on (business and manufacturing jobs) if the president abandons the Paris accord. Trump is announcing on Thursday his decision about whether to keep the United States in the global pact, with a source saying he intends to exit the accord. If the US does withdraw from the Paris accord, it would join Syria and Nicaragua as the world’s only non-participants in the agreement signed by 195 nations and so far ratified by 147 parties . The agreement to significantly reduce planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions entered into force on November 4, 2016. Related: Elon Musk says Trump administration may be “positive on renewables” Don't know which way Paris will go, but I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2017 Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2017 Musk is joining other corporate CEOs in a last-minute push to convince the president not to cede US leadership on climate. The list includes Tim Cook of Apple Inc., Dow Chemical Co.’s Andrew Liveris, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon and General Electric Co.’s Jeffrey Immelt. Twenty-five companies, including Intel and Microsoft, signed onto a letter published as a full-page ad in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal on Thursday. “By expanding markets for innovative clean technologies, the agreement generates jobs and economic growth,” the letter reads. “U.S. companies are well positioned to lead in these markets. Withdrawing from the agreement will limit our access to them and could expose us to retaliatory measures.” Via LA Times Image via Facebook

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Tim O’Reilly on the WTF economy – What’s the future?

September 30, 2016 by  
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What’s the future of work? While engaging some of the world’s smartest people in fields as diverse as robotics, AI, the on-demand economy, and the economics of labor, Silicon Valley’s leading intellectual describes the key drivers of some of today’s most successful startups and about what technology like driverless cars, Siri, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana, and IBM Watson teach us about the future; specifically, how he’s starting to see their connections and how this will catalyze positive action across all industries.

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How affordable solar energy is transforming lives in India

July 12, 2016 by  
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SELCO Solar Energy Access has teamed up with Microsoft to support carbon financing that brings the sun’s power to developing economies.

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HP Enterprise CSO Lara Birkes on the sustainability computation

July 12, 2016 by  
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In a Twitter chat with the VP at HPE, technology is a driving force in the future health of the planet.

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Episode 29: A star-studded clean energy collective; green private equity?

May 12, 2016 by  
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The week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: Facebook and Microsoft back a new clean energy buyers’ group and private equity firms Carlyle Group and KKR talk sustainability.

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Are fuel cells worth the investment?

May 2, 2016 by  
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Technology finds comfy niche at companies such as Microsoft, Morgan Stanley and Legrand.

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Community solar: An unlikely utility savior?

May 2, 2016 by  
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There are many definitions and benefits of community solar. Start with fulfilling customer acceptance.

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Can superfoods boost the planet’s health, too?

May 2, 2016 by  
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As demand for African and Asian tree-based superfoods grows, researchers and entrepreneurs eye ways to maximize benefits for the environment.

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