Utilities are accelerating microgrid investments in innovative and strategic ways

December 26, 2018 by  
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In particular, keep tabs on several programs from Duke Energy.

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7 ways startups can collaborate more successfully with utilities and corporates

December 20, 2018 by  
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Entrepreneurs prize nimbleness. Established companies emphasize stability. Here’s how to harmonize those two agendas.

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Crafting your sustainability resume for success in 2019

December 20, 2018 by  
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Here’s how to make your sustainability team skill set transferable.

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Why Bloom Energy deserves more scrutiny in 2019

December 20, 2018 by  
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The company is attracting attention by talking up a favorite cause célèbre for companies and utilities: resilience in the face of climate change.

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Tracking the CSO role: New findings show major promise for field of sustainability

December 20, 2018 by  
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An executive recruiter shares insights about chief sustainability officers at publicly-traded U.S. companies.

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Can cities and utilities work together to make impactful emissions reductions?

December 19, 2018 by  
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Just take a look at Minnesota.

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Major utility company Xcel Energy commits to go carbon-free by 2050

December 13, 2018 by  
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A major utility company is making history. Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest utility company, has pledged to go completely carbon-free by 2050. The company serves eight states, and its ambitious new carbon reduction goal far exceeds its current target of a 60 percent reduction in Colorado by 2026. “Our biggest energy source in a few short years is going to be renewable energy . We’re going to absolutely integrate as much of that as we can into the grid,” said Xcel CEO Ben Fowke. The company said that it will be 80 percent carbon-free by 2030 before reaching the goal of 100 percent carbon reduction in 2050. These changes should mean more solar and wind energy  along with a reduction of coal. Fowke said that there will also be other technologies needed to meet the 100 percent carbon goal, including battery storage technology and maybe even carbon sequestration. Related: Blue dye could be the next key to harnessing renewable energy Xcel serves 3.6 million people in Colorado, Minnesota, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. For years, those customers have been demanding that the company make some changes. The utility company said that it really does listen to its customers, and with citizens of cities all over Colorado deciding that they want 100 percent renewable energy, Xcel decided it would be in its best interest to give the customers what they have asked for. Xcel’s commitment is the latest in announcements by large utility companies regarding huge new carbon reduction goals. Indiana’s NIPSCO sped up the retirement of multiple coal plants in favor of renewable energy, and Midwestern Utility MidAmerican announced that it would reach its 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2020. With companies turning away from fossil fuels in favor of renewables like wind and solar, the U.S. Energy Information Administration expects America’s coal consumption to soon be at its lowest level in four decades. Via CPR Image via Laura Lee Dooley

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Green-roofed eco resort on Easter Island designed to blend into the landscape

December 13, 2018 by  
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Easter Island is world-renowned for its monolithic Moai statues and incredible natural beauty. Now, visitors to the unique Polynesian island can enjoy a responsible stay in one-of-a-kind beautiful eco-resort , the Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa . Located in the village of Hangaroa, the sustainable solar-powered retreat was designed to provide a luxurious stay for guests without harming the surrounding natural landscape. Circular buildings covered with lush green roofs and natural wood throughout the hotel reflect the textures of the island. According to the hotel description, the inspiration for the design was based on a village concept, where small singular buildings can be reached via a short walk along stone paths. The hotel’s commitment to sustainability was driven by the owners’ desire to support responsible tourism to the increasingly popular island destination, “The vocation of the Schiess family, is to create tourism experiences that support the social development of the environment in which they operate, care for the environment and leave a legacy.” Related: Eco-resort in Tulum features luxury beach huts made of natural materials The eco hotel design was meant to offer all of comforts of a luxury hotel, while reducing its impact on the environment. Additionally, the hotel has a number of passive and active energy-saving features . Each of the structures within the hotel compound run on highly efficient electrical equipment, a solar lighting system and a self-sustaining water irrigation system. Additionally, all of the detergents and cleaning products used in the daily upkeep of the hotel are non-toxic. The interior design schemed used the local vernacular as inspiration, namely the island’s most prominent geographical features. Small round buildings mimic the rolling hills that lead out to the sea, while lush green roofs blend the buildings into the environment. Natural light floods the interior community spaces, providing a strong connection with the surrounding nature. + Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa Images via Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

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Asim Haque, chairman and CEO of the PUC of Ohio, on why renewable energy is bipartisan

November 6, 2018 by  
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Asim Haque, chairman and CEO of the PUC of Ohio, on why consumer choice in electricity matters

November 6, 2018 by  
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Asim Haque is the chairman and CEO of the Public Utilities Commission for Ohio. There, the company regulates the energy market for the state, which includes electric, natural gas, telecoms, trucking, rail, movers and towers.Still, electricity takes most of his time. Ohio, a fully deregulated state, has a large mix of power dynamics, as coal fades, nuclear shakes and shale gains. 

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