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How Far We’ve Come: Energy in Africa, 20 Years Later

Making the case for increased private sector engagement in Africa’s energy industry
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David Keith, energy sector expert with Tetra Tech International Development Services, has worked on projects in the energy sectors of more than 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. In this post, he reflects on the growth in Africa’s energy sector and the need for increased private sector engagement. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Consumers Energy Proposes Long-Term Plan, Cleaner Energy Future for Michigan

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Fast Facts

  • Karn 1 and 2 would be retired in 2023
  • 37 percent renewable energy by 2030
  • 43 percent renewable energy by 2040
  • Significant investments in solar and increased use of energy efficiency and customer demand management programs

LEARN MORE: See more information about Consumers Energy's Integrated Resource Plan at www.ConsumersEnergy.com.

Plan includes retirement of coal plants; more renewable energy, energy efficiency
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Fast Facts

  • Karn 1 and 2 would be retired in 2023
  • 37 percent renewable energy by 2030
  • 43 percent renewable energy by 2040
  • Significant investments in solar and increased use of energy efficiency and customer demand management programs

LEARN MORE: See more information about Consumers Energy's Integrated Resource Plan at www.ConsumersEnergy.com.

California’s Solar Decree: Could Other States, Utilities Follow Suit?

Black & Veatch Expert: growth of California solar power shows complexity in electric market
Press Release

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 11, 2018 /3BL Media/ – California energy regulators recently passed a new building code requiring most newly constructed, low-rise homes constructed after 2019 to have built-in solar-powered energy systems, making that state the first to adopt such a mandate. That decree was part of other additions to the building code aimed at bolstering energy efficiency. Ryan Pletka, an innovation and strategy executive at Black & Veatch, a global leader in engineering and power solutions, details key things you should know:

Electrify America to Energize U.S. Highways, Selects Black & Veatch for Ultra-fast EV Charging Station Program

National network expands access, addresses ‘range anxiety’ through hundreds of high-powered DC charging stations
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Black & Veatch announced today it will design and construct hundreds of sites for Electrify America’s high-powered DC Fast Chargers, part of a nationwide network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that will dramatically reduce charging times and raise convenience for EV consumers.

CMS Energy Becomes First U.S. Company to Enter Sustainability-Linked Loan

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JACKSON, Mich., June 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ – CMS Energy and its primary subsidiary, Consumers Energy (collectively “CMS”), announced they have entered the first syndicated sustainability-linked revolving credit facilities for a U.S. borrower.

The aggregate $1.4 billion of new credit facilities allow CMS to reduce its interest rate by meeting targets related to environmental sustainability, specifically renewable energy generation.   

Home Charging Installation Rebates Make it Easier to Drive Electric

SCE announces the new rebate at a celebration of the utility’s 1,000th non-residential charging station
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Southern California Edison celebrated the installation of 1,000 electric vehicle chargers in more than 60 locations throughout the Southland, and also announced that it is starting a new pilot program to help customers install EV charging stations at home.

Texas A&M International to Save $15 Million Through Energy Efficiency Projects With Schneider Electric

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On May 16, 2018, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), located in Laredo, Texas, announced it has started construction on a comprehensive set of campus-wide energy efficiency projects that will streamline facility operations, encourage sustainable behavior and improve the quality of life for students and staff.

Schneider Electric VIDEO | The Future of the Energy Economy is Diversified

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Without a doubt, today’s electricity grid is the largest and most complex machine in the world. Flying over a city at night gives one an appreciation for just how sprawling and interconnected this modern marvel is. One can think about nearly every twinkling light on the ground below as an asset connected to the grid ecosystem.

Cisco Employees Are Earth Aware, Making a Positive Impact on the Planet

by Catherine Paquette, Business Analyst, Global Energy Management and Sustainability (GEMS)
Blog

We may not always remember to “stop and smell the roses,” but slowing down and appreciating the natural beauty all around us can serve as a reminder of lucky we are to call planet Earth our home. Last month, employees around the world came together to do just that; celebrating Earth Day throughout April as part of Cisco’s Earth Aware campaign.

Black & Veatch Brings Engineering Expertise to Santa Rita, California, Schools' Debut of Solar-Plus-Sharp SmartStorage® Microgrids

Project gives school district sustainable defense against grid outages, cuts utility bills
Press Release

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ – California's most abundant resource, combined with precedent-setting integration of battery storage, will help a school district dramatically reduce its utility bills and build new defenses against outages. Black & Veatch today announced its role alongside Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Energy Systems and Services Group in engineering six sites of solar photovoltaic (PV) and SmartStorage energy systems in the Santa Rita Union School District (SRUSD) in Salinas, California.

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