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ComCapp, Green Mountain Energy Announce Sustainability Partnership to Power Communities with Rooftop Solar and 100% Renewable Electricity

Real estate firm to avoid 4.7 million pounds of CO2 annually
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HOUSTON, July 11, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Private real estate management and investment firm Commerce Capital Partners (ComCapp) has teamed up with Green Mountain Energy to power 10 Texas apartment communities with 100% renewable electricity, add rooftop solar to one of its Corpus Christi communities, and offer renewable energy at a special rate to the residents of all ComCapp communities in deregulated markets.

Human Rights Risks From New Clean Tech – Complimentary Briefing

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Global supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, leading to a growing risk of Human Rights abuses. These mounting complications mean that even businesses in ‘clean’ sectors such as renewable energy producers and electric car manufacturers are facing questions around the human rights risks and challenges in their supply chains.

Sappi Sees Growth Opportunities to Meet Prosperity Goals

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Meet or Exceed 12% RONOA 

Return on net operating assets (RONOA) is a core measure of financial sustainability that measures how effectively we use our asset base to generate profit.

In 2017 Sappi North America achieved a 4.7 percent RONOA, down only slightly from the prior year due to very challenging conditions in graphics and release markets. Disciplined cost management and strong performance in our dissolving wood pulp helped to offset the impact of these headwinds.

SCE Helps Builders Build Energy-Efficient Homes

A new display shows a variety of materials and techniques for builders to use to meet the state’s new energy-efficiency residential construction standards
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Over the years, much has been done to improve the energy efficiency of refrigerators, washers and dryers and other home appliances, but California is now focusing on a bigger target — the construction of the house itself.

In 2020, new state standards will take effect with a goal that future residential construction will be zero net energy — housing that produces about the same amount of renewable energy over a year as it consumes.

Making the Case for Connecting Efficiency and Sustainability Teams

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Energy and sustainability are inherently linked. Energy efficiency pays dividends by trimming consumption and costs. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), implementing energy efficiency initiatives is the best way to act on climate change as it can reduce CO2 emissions by 38 percent. Companies that operate efficiency and sustainability initiatives in tandem improve productivity, maximize impact and see a greater return on investment.

Consumers Energy Named ‘Most Trusted Brand’ Among Midwest Utilities for Business Customers

Company No. 1 in Midwest Region; One of the Top Utilities in the Country
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JACKSON, Mich., July 9, 2018 /3BL Media/ – An independent national survey has named Consumers Energy as a “Most Trusted Brand,” ranking it as a top utility in the Midwest and in the top 15 in the nation among providers of electricity and natural gas according to business customers.

“At Consumers Energy, we work every day to help Michigan be more competitive and attractive to businesses. We know that when Michigan wins, we all win,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of customer experience.

Free Lightbulbs Part of Plan to Light Up Jackson Neighborhoods

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ConsumersEnergy donates 1,000 lightbulbs to help brighten up Michigan neighborhoods through the Light Up the City initiative.

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ConsumersEnergy donates 1,000 lightbulbs to help brighten up Michigan neighborhoods through the Light Up the City initiative.

NRG Energy Works with Sysco on 25MW Solar Farm in Texas

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NRG is proud to announce a planned 25 megawatt solar project for Sysco, to power their Texas operations and advance sustainability. Working together with Sysco, NRG is also helping meet the promise of the customer-choice market in Texas, with a truly distinctive, cost-effective solar energy plan – the kind sought by many commercial and industrial customers today. Read more about it from Sysco. 

NRG | Transforming the Future of Solar with a Solar Electricity Plan That’s Clean, Green, and Accessible

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The driving force behind NRG's new solar energy plan for businesses was – businesses. That revolutionary idea led to the development of something equally innovative – a solar energy plan made easy, simple and instantly capable of being added to any Texas company's energy approach.

To best understand the new plan, let's start at the beginning. And that starts with customers. Many told NRG's team that while they were ready to embrace solar, they weren't ready for all the logistics. These include investigating, building, sourcing, managing and financing a solar-based approach.

In Clean Energy Portfolios, Money Isn’t Everything – Research by Erb Institute Faculty Director, Joe Arvai

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People may be more willing to pay for clean energy and strategies that dramatically reduce emissions than previous studies have suggested, according to new research by Michigan State University Professor Douglas Bessette and University of Michigan Professor Joseph Árvai, “Engaging Attribute Tradeoffs in Clean Energy Portfolio Development,” published in Energy Policy. Árvai is the Erb Institute’s faculty director.

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