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Reading the Wind = Using Less Coal

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Have you ever been on a sailboat when the wind kicked up and a big gust tossed you into the water? (Not that I have, of course. My friend maintains that he is an “expert captain.”) Or have you experienced the wind dying down and it’s like you’re going nowhere fast? (He’ll deny that one too.) Wind has a similar effect on the power grid – but if you know when the gusts are coming, you can adjust accordingly.

American Carbon Registry Presents Annual Awards for Outstanding Environmental Achievements

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Arlington, VA - March 28, 2011 - On March 16th, American Carbon Registry (ACR), a nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International, hosted its annual dinner in Washington DC. ACR presented awards to three outstanding ACR member companies. As has been the tradition since ACR joined Winrock, awards are based on the ACR guiding principles of excellence, innovation and quality.

Xcel Energy to Discount Over 2.4 Million CFLs in 2011

Discounts available to customers in Colorado, Minnesota and New Mexico
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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) March 29, 2011 - Xcel Energy will discount more than 2.4 million compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for Colorado, Minnesota and New Mexico residential electricity customers in 2011. Xcel Energy aims to help customers use less energy to reduce the need to build additional power plants and help diminish the impact on the environment.  

Good Sun: Finding the Best Place for Solar

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Some places actually have “better” sun than others for producing solar power, but identifying those places isn’t always intuitive.

Contrary to what I would have guessed, Hawaii does not have the best sun for solar energy production. Factors like cloud cover, water vapor and atmospheric pressure determine how effectively the sun’s energy can be converted into electricity, so even places one might consider to be “sunny” aren’t necessarily the best for electricity production.

Xcel Energy and SunPower Complete 19-Megawatt Solar PV Plant, Colorado's Largest to Date

Additional 30-MW PV solar power plant underway
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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) DENVER - March 24, 2011 - Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB) today announced the completion and commissioning of a 19-megawatt (ac) photovoltaic solar power plant in Colorado’s Alamosa County. The Greater Sandhill installation began generating power on December 22, 2010 and is currently the largest operating PV solar power plant in Colorado.

As Water Scarcity Risks Grow, Investors Persuade Electric Utilities to Disclose Water Management Plans

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Boston - March 23, 2011 - In response to shareholder requests, three leading electric utilities, Dominion, Southern Company and PPL Corporation, have agreed to significantly expand reporting and disclosure on water availability risks and plans for mitigating those risks.

White House Announces New World Environment Center Initiative in Chile

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) March 22, 2011 - The World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-governmental organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., applauds President Obama’s successful visit to advance the U.S.-Chile bilateral relationship and expand efforts to promote more sustainable economic development.  The U.S.

A Clean Energy Standard and the Voluntary Market

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Making sure that lawmakers preserve and protect the voluntary renewable energy market is a worthwhile exercise,  since 

it is business and entrepreneurs who have created this market to meet the demands of customers who don’t believe that policy at the state or federal level goes far enough toward building a clean energy future for the nation.

While Washington back-and-forths on a clean energy standard, let's not forget the voluntary market is what really gets renewables moving.
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Making sure that lawmakers preserve and protect the voluntary renewable energy market is a worthwhile exercise,  since 

it is business and entrepreneurs who have created this market to meet the demands of customers who don’t believe that policy at the state or federal level goes far enough toward building a clean energy future for the nation.

General Electric Poised for Growth in Africa

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GE recently appointed Jay Ireland CEO and president of GE Africa to carry out the GE business goal of providing cleaner water and energy efficiency, as well as improved healthcare. GE looks to work alongside the governments and other organizations in Africa to improve quality of life throughout the continent.

 

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GE recently appointed Jay Ireland CEO and president of GE Africa to carry out the GE business goal of providing cleaner water and energy efficiency, as well as improved healthcare. GE looks to work alongside the governments and other organizations in Africa to improve quality of life throughout the continent.

 

GE Expands Solar Portfolio with Inverters, Thin Film Panels

Summary: 
  • GE is expanding its renewable energy portfolio to include solar thin panels, inverters, and systems that can be used worldwide

  • According to Victor Abate, GE’s Vice President of renewable energy, it was GE’s strong technical expertise and global service network that were the foundation of their solar systems solutions 

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  • GE is expanding its renewable energy portfolio to include solar thin panels, inverters, and systems that can be used worldwide

  • According to Victor Abate, GE’s Vice President of renewable energy, it was GE’s strong technical expertise and global service network that were the foundation of their solar systems solutions 

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