Coronavirus: Falling power demand is impacting clean energy

March 26, 2020 by  
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With the pandemic spurring a dramatic drop in economic activity across Europe, electricity, renewables and carbon prices have also plummeted

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What mobilizing innovation for COVID-19 can teach us about catalyzing climate tech

March 26, 2020 by  
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By now, I hope you’ve heard the uplifting story of an Italian 3-D printing startup, Isinnova, that stepped in produce respirator valves for a hospital in Lombardy after the regular supplier was unable to provide them.

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ENGIE North America’s Ken Cowan on its transformation and integration of acquired companies

March 3, 2020 by  
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Ken Cowan, vice president at ENGIE North America, says the energy company, which has a legacy in traditional energy sources, is committed to renewables, “both wind, solar and services to really meet our customers’ needs.”

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Dow’s Julie Zaniewski on its partnership with recycling leader Avangard Innovative

March 3, 2020 by  
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Julie Zaniewski, North America sustainability director at Dow, says that the company’s plans for 2020 include living out its sustainability strategy. That includes keeping plastic out of the environment and bringing circular economy solutions to life.

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Dow embraces circularity . . . and fossil fuels

February 7, 2020 by  
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Dow is looking to lead on the circular economy — not so much on moving away from fossil fuels.

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Clean Energy Deal Tracker: Don’t say Amazon isn’t doing anything — international PPAs on the rise

January 16, 2020 by  
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The corporate renewable procurements disclosed in the fourth quarter of 2019 were remarkable for being unremarkable.

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New tool from Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to help companies measure circularity

January 16, 2020 by  
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Circulytics was created to go where no other business service has gone before, in terms of exploring and advancing circularity at every level.

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Raining fire: It’s time for a tech reckoning

January 16, 2020 by  
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There remains such a disconnect between what the world needs and what Silicon Valley is producing.

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Offshore wind is gearing up for liftoff

January 9, 2020 by  
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The source of electricity has enormous potential that has yet to be tapped in the U.S.

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Honda makes largest renewable energy purchase of any automaker

September 25, 2019 by  
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Multinational auto manufacturer Honda Motor Company, headquartered in Tokyo, recently made the largest renewable clean energy purchase by any car maker. The electricity will be utilized to offset emissions from its United States factories, thus enabling Honda to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent in its North American manufacturing plants. With widespread public debate and mounting regulatory pressures, automakers have no choice but to shift their business models to address the carbon dioxide reduction challenge. It is no wonder then that a growing number of automobile companies are turning to renewables, like wind and solar, to achieve sustainable returns. Related: Beautiful, solar-powered EV charging stations promise to charge a vehicle in 15 minutes According to Honda, it currently obtains about 21 percent of its North American operations’ power from low- or zero-emission power sources.  But it hopes to improve upon that, thanks to clinching the car industry’s largest renewable energy purchase. Honda’s new clean energy deal involves the purchase of wind power from an Oklahoma wind farm as well as sourcing energy from a Texas solar farm. Projections show that, with this clean energy purchase, Honda can annually offset 800,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s equal to “100,000 U.S. households’ worth of CO2-emissions from household energy usage,” as described in Honda’s press release. Honda revealed, “Two Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) will secure 320 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power totaling over 1 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable electricity annually.” How do VPPAs operate? Honda explained that VPPAs are “a way for Honda to purchase renewable energy in locations where it is unable to purchase renewables from the local electric utility.” The automaker buys “electricity from a renewable energy supplier, but the clean energy does not go directly to Honda’s facilities; instead, it is sold into the electricity grid where the clean power is generated.” In effect, Honda’s ‘virtual purchase’ of that “renewable energy adds more clean energy into the nation’s grid,” which decreases fossil fuel dependency and any accompanying carbon dioxide emissions. Honda’s VPPA purchase essentially “de-carbonizes” the electricity grid. Analysts say VPPAs are becoming an ever-popular means for large corporations seeking to meet carbon dioxide emission reduction goals.  Tech giants, like Google and Microsoft, for instance, have historically purchased VPPAs as well. Business industry pundits forecast an uptick of VPPA procurements in the next couple of years as renewable energy policy intensifies. Aligned with its revitalized green mission, Honda’s long-term plans go far beyond clean energy purchases, as it continues its commitment to sustainability. The company similarly announced plans to electrify two-thirds of its manufactured vehicular fleet so that they are charged via renewable energy by 2030. + Honda Motor Company Image via Honda Motor Company

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