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GE Announces Winners of Ecomagination Challenge, Invests in 10 Home Energy Start-Ups

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GE announced $63 million of investments in 10 home energy companies as part of its ecomagination Challenge. The initiative, announced last July, is a $200 million commitment to invest and develop partnerships with promising clean technology start-ups. 

The $63 million in investments and commercial partnerships in phase two include ten new concepts from consumer clean tech sectors including solar, communications and software and building efficiency. This phase of the GE challenge, “Powering Your Home,” was launched in January as part of the company’s efforts to improve household energy efficiency through new technologies.  
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GE announced $63 million of investments in 10 home energy companies as part of its ecomagination Challenge. The initiative, announced last July, is a $200 million commitment to invest and develop partnerships with promising clean technology start-ups. 

The $63 million in investments and commercial partnerships in phase two include ten new concepts from consumer clean tech sectors including solar, communications and software and building efficiency. This phase of the GE challenge, “Powering Your Home,” was launched in January as part of the company’s efforts to improve household energy efficiency through new technologies.  

Portland Trail Blazers Join BICEP Business Coalition Advocating for Strong Clean Energy, Climate Policies

BICEP’s First Sports Franchise, a Low-Carbon and Clean Energy Innovator, Highlights the Business Case for Strong Policy Among Major Sports Teams
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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Portland, OR - June 29 - The Portland Trail Blazers today became the first professional sports franchise to stand up publicly for comprehensive energy and climate policies in the U.S. by joining BICEP - Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy - a coalition of consumer brands organized by Boston-based Ceres.

Honey, We Shrunk the Electric Bill: REI and the Path to Sustainability

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“When it comes to the environment, can business be part of the solution? Conventional wisdom says that growing a business means increasing environmental and social impacts. More sales must mean more trash to the landfill and burning more coal to make the electricity that keeps our lights on… right? 

GE Secures $130 Million Wind Deal in Western Australia

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A $130 million contract has been awarded to GE Energy and Leighton Contractors to supply and install 22 GE 2.5-100 wind turbines for the Mumbida Wind Farm in Australia.

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A $130 million contract has been awarded to GE Energy and Leighton Contractors to supply and install 22 GE 2.5-100 wind turbines for the Mumbida Wind Farm in Australia.

Xcel Energy announces 2011 Efficiency Partner Awards

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Xcel Energy recognizes customers every year for outstanding efficiency achievements. This is a top line summary of the companies who have saved the most energy and money through Xcel Energy efficiency programs.

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Xcel Energy recognizes customers every year for outstanding efficiency achievements. This is a top line summary of the companies who have saved the most energy and money through Xcel Energy efficiency programs.

New Wind Farm to Serve Colorado Customers

Xcel Energy to add 200 megawatts of wind
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Taking advantage of market conditions favorable to the development of additional wind projects in Colorado, Xcel Energy announced that it will add 200 megawatts of cost-competitive generation through a contract with NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, near Limon, Colo. The Limon Wind Energy Center will have turbines located in both Lincoln and Elbert counties near Limon.

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Taking advantage of market conditions favorable to the development of additional wind projects in Colorado, Xcel Energy announced that it will add 200 megawatts of cost-competitive generation through a contract with NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, near Limon, Colo. The Limon Wind Energy Center will have turbines located in both Lincoln and Elbert counties near Limon.

Cenovus donates $600,000 to student-led solar home project

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Cenovus, a Canadian oil company, has donated $600,000 to a University of Calgary student-led team building a solar-powered home for the Solar Decathlon, an international competition sponsored mainly by the U.S. Department of Energy. Cenovus is joining Team Canada's project as title sponsor of the custom-built solar home, the “Cenovus TRTL.”

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Cenovus, a Canadian oil company, has donated $600,000 to a University of Calgary student-led team building a solar-powered home for the Solar Decathlon, an international competition sponsored mainly by the U.S. Department of Energy. Cenovus is joining Team Canada's project as title sponsor of the custom-built solar home, the “Cenovus TRTL.”

Cheap Gas Will Overtake Renewables, Energy Chief Warns

Steve Bolze of General Electric unable to say if a glut of gas power stations would undermine 2050 global emissions targets
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A glut of cheap gas will see the fuel overtake renewable sources in the global race to build new energy generation, says a senior energy industry executive.

L'Oréal USA Converts Piscataway Manufacturing Facility to Solar Power

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) New York, NY - June 16, 2011 - L'Oréal USA announced today that its Piscataway, New Jersey manufacturing facility is partnering with GeoPeak Energy in a Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) to install a 1.4 Megawatt Photovoltaic Solar System at that facility. Although this is the first solar powered, green energy application for L’Oréal in the US, the company uses solar technology in its manufacturing and distribution plants in India, Spain, Mexico and China. Today, twenty percent of the company’s electricity used globally is from renewable sources.

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