A new frontier in wind energy on Native American land, cultivated by six Sioux tribes

October 17, 2018 by  
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Wanted: corporate backers for two massive new projects in South Dakota.

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Microsoft has figured out a way to reduce risks associated with PPAs

October 16, 2018 by  
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A new sort of contract known a volume firming agreement could insulate corporate buyers from weather-related hiccups and the intermittent nature of solar and wind power production.

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Big companies seek more holistic energy management

October 16, 2018 by  
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They also want better tools for collecting and understanding data, according to new research by GreenBiz and Siemens.

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Ricoh is determined in its zero-carbon vision

October 16, 2018 by  
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In Japan, the electronics brand stands out with its ambitious goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions.

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How we can crash car culture

October 16, 2018 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. This episode: Transportation experts talk about how to decarbonize transportation, as emissions continue to grow.

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Can we innovate our way out of this mess?

October 16, 2018 by  
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There’s power in asking such questions — and creating the conditions for them to be thoughtfully considered.

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Greek island Tilos is showing the world how to go 100% renewable

October 11, 2018 by  
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The Greek island of Tilos is nearing 100 percent energy independence using only renewable sources with the help of EU funding. The investment, which has helped the island establish the TILOS (Technology Innovation for the Local Scale, Optimum Integration of Battery Energy Storage) Project, will make the Greek landmass the first island in the Mediterranean to achieve energy independence using only renewable energy. The small island, more specifically located in the Aegean Sea, is home to merely 500 people. The population doubles during the summer months when the beautiful seascape is home to a flood of tourists from all around the globe. Despite renewable integration on such a small scale, however, the island is gaining international recognition for the adoption of a solar-and-wind-based energy system that has proven fault-free. Related: This massive Sun Ray could sustainably power 220 homes in Melbourne Originally, the island received its electricity through an underwater cable connected to the adjacent island of Kos. The neighbor’s diesel power plant proved unreliable because of tectonic activity that led to power outages for both islands. Aside from problem of being fossil fuel -dependent, the existing power grid’s blackouts were disrupting the island’s main income source — tourism. The hybrid system taking over the island’s energy needs includes an 800-kW wind turbine and a 160-kW solar photovoltaic system. Together with a 2.4 MWh capacity battery storage, islanders and their sight-seeing guests will benefit from a consistent energy supply that will operate regardless of weather conditions or time of day. Experts say the project is so efficient that the oil-powered island of Kos will soon be importing energy from its small neighbor instead of supplying it. According to project partners, TILOS “will set the foundations for the future development and replication of similar hybrid systems in island regions and remote communities facing energy-related problems.” Other countries with islands participating in the project are Germany (Pellworm), Portugal (La Graciosa) and France (Corsica). A flyer for the German-based TILOS extension explained, “The overall idea is to create a special platform that will enable technological know-how transfer between islands, by also exploiting the experience gained from the smart grid system of Pellworm, and that will designate new opportunities for the development of similar systems in other islands.” The island’s new system will start by supplying  renewable energy  at 70 percent of Tilos’ needs, and it will reach 100 percent in the near future — undoubtedly serving as a successful model for islands in the region and hopefully worldwide. + TILOS Via Treehugger and PhysOrg Images via Chris Cherf and Ulrich Scherf

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Why 100 percent renewable energy pledges should cover internet infrastructure

October 11, 2018 by  
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Addressing the consumption implications of data centers, routers, servers and software coding techniques should be a hotter topic.

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Can cooperatives save America’s small farms?

October 11, 2018 by  
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Amid a nationwide rise in worker-owned businesses of all types, small farms across the country are foregoing traditional farm ownership and reaping the benefits of cooperative farming.

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RE100: Greener companies are outperforming their peers

September 27, 2018 by  
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A new report shows financial success for businesses leading in renewables, but it’s unclear if they’re already market leaders or if it’s due to their climate-friendly policies.

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