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GE and Google to Invest in Wind Farm

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Alongside Google, GE is investing in a Arlington, Oregon wind farm, which is forecasted to be the largest wind farm in the world. Four investors (including two Japanese organizations) are supporting the farm with approximately $500 million. The wind farm is expected to produce 845 megawatts of energy, which will power over 235,000 homes. These two articles discuss the development of the wind farm, referencing the beneficial result it will have on the economic area of Oregon and the collective renewable energy goals of California. 

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Alongside Google, GE is investing in a Arlington, Oregon wind farm, which is forecasted to be the largest wind farm in the world. Four investors (including two Japanese organizations) are supporting the farm with approximately $500 million. The wind farm is expected to produce 845 megawatts of energy, which will power over 235,000 homes. These two articles discuss the development of the wind farm, referencing the beneficial result it will have on the economic area of Oregon and the collective renewable energy goals of California. 

GM Leads in Clean-Energy Patents

Ranking demonstrates GM’s commitment to sustainable transportation
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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) DETROIT, MI - April 15, 2011 – General Motors received more clean-energy patents last year than any other organization, according to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index of U.S. patents. GM’s 135 patents represent nearly 14 percent of the total 1,881 received by 700 entities.

Call for Public Comment - LEO 5000 - Standard for Emissions Inventories, Offsets and Reduction Credits

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Madison, WI - April 14, 2011 - Leonardo Academy is inviting all interested parties to provide comment on the draft Standard for Emissions Inventories, Offsets and Reduction Credits Standard (LEO-5000).

GE Plans to Build Largest Solar Panel Plant in U.S.

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General Electric announced plans to build the nation’s biggest solar panel factory, though it has not yet decided the location.  The move continues GE's expanding energy-focused work, particularly through acquisitions. The solar photovoltaic market is growing, driven in part by the U.S. government offering financial support to help American solar panel makers -- including loan guarantees for new factories -- to increase the amount of solar panel manufacturing.  Victor Abate, who is responsible for the solar, wind, and renewable energy units at GE, stated that the deciding factor to build the solar panel factory was enhancing the effectiveness of cadmium telluride-based thin film panels to a record 12.8 percent, which is also a factor in reducing costs. These articles discuss the project in more depth and touch on the ecological improvements this venture will bring, as well as the social advantage: the creation of more than 400 jobs within the plant.

 

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General Electric announced plans to build the nation’s biggest solar panel factory, though it has not yet decided the location.  The move continues GE's expanding energy-focused work, particularly through acquisitions. The solar photovoltaic market is growing, driven in part by the U.S. government offering financial support to help American solar panel makers -- including loan guarantees for new factories -- to increase the amount of solar panel manufacturing.  Victor Abate, who is responsible for the solar, wind, and renewable energy units at GE, stated that the deciding factor to build the solar panel factory was enhancing the effectiveness of cadmium telluride-based thin film panels to a record 12.8 percent, which is also a factor in reducing costs. These articles discuss the project in more depth and touch on the ecological improvements this venture will bring, as well as the social advantage: the creation of more than 400 jobs within the plant.

 

GE awarded ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from EPA

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award to GE Appliances & Lighting. GE has over 750 ENERGY STAR-qualified lighting and appliance products that help consumers decrease their energy usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, GE launched 131 new ENERGY STAR appliances, including the first electric water heater to be ENERGY STAR rated: the GeoSpring hybrid water heater. EPA introduced the ENERGY STAR award in 1992 as a voluntary association between companies and the EPA that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with energy use by providing more energy efficient alternatives for consumers.

 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award to GE Appliances & Lighting. GE has over 750 ENERGY STAR-qualified lighting and appliance products that help consumers decrease their energy usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, GE launched 131 new ENERGY STAR appliances, including the first electric water heater to be ENERGY STAR rated: the GeoSpring hybrid water heater. EPA introduced the ENERGY STAR award in 1992 as a voluntary association between companies and the EPA that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with energy use by providing more energy efficient alternatives for consumers.

 

Inside The European Union’s Aggressive 20-20-20 Renewable Energy Goals

Can Europe's fragmented renewable energy market get to 30% clean energy by 2020?
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With the lack of progress of a comprehensive federal renewable energy policy at the U.S. Capitol, it was heartening to hear about real progress being made in Europe during my recent trip to Brussels at the end of March. The European Union (E.U.) has adopted aggressive climate and energy goals—the “20-20-20” targets that aim to derive 20% of EU energy consumption from renewable resources by 2020. But the EU is struggling with developing an effective voluntary market for renewable energy to complement these government efforts, and without this market, may not make its goal.

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With the lack of progress of a comprehensive federal renewable energy policy at the U.S. Capitol, it was heartening to hear about real progress being made in Europe during my recent trip to Brussels at the end of March. The European Union (E.U.) has adopted aggressive climate and energy goals—the “20-20-20” targets that aim to derive 20% of EU energy consumption from renewable resources by 2020. But the EU is struggling with developing an effective voluntary market for renewable energy to complement these government efforts, and without this market, may not make its goal.

GE Report Finds Gas Flaring Wastes 5 Percent of Global Supply

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400 million metric tons of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere every year due to the burning of gas produced during oil drilling. New findings by GE show that nearly $20 billion in wasted natural gas could be used to generate reliable, affordable electricity and yield billions of dollars per year in increased global economic output. This GreenBiz article discusses the report by GE, referencing how the gas emissions vary depending on region and what objectives need to be set to resolve the issue.

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400 million metric tons of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere every year due to the burning of gas produced during oil drilling. New findings by GE show that nearly $20 billion in wasted natural gas could be used to generate reliable, affordable electricity and yield billions of dollars per year in increased global economic output. This GreenBiz article discusses the report by GE, referencing how the gas emissions vary depending on region and what objectives need to be set to resolve the issue.

Energy Conservation by Peer Pressure

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If you had proof that you use more energy than 78% of your neighbors, would you take steps to cut back?

Turns out that most of us would.

Continue reading about how social norms can affect energy conservation…

 

Integrating Renewable Energy into China’s Electrical Grid

The Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) addresses the challenges to adding wind generation to China's coal-powered grid
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Center for Resource Solutions and the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) is addressing the biggest challenges to wind integration in China, including revising grid codes, improving wind forecasting, increasing the size of balancing areas, and improving Grid and Generator Flexibility in dealing with intermittent sources.

 

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Center for Resource Solutions and the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) is addressing the biggest challenges to wind integration in China, including revising grid codes, improving wind forecasting, increasing the size of balancing areas, and improving Grid and Generator Flexibility in dealing with intermittent sources.

 

New Reports from Citi, Ceres See U.S. Auto Industry Boosting Profits, Sales with Higher Mileage Standards

Tougher Fuel Efficiency Standards, Electric Vehicle Push Will Accelerate Sales and Profits for U.S. Carmakers More than Global Competitors, Two Analyses Conclude
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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Washington, D.C. - March 30, 2011 - As the U.S ramps up vehicle fuel efficiency standards, two new reports from Citi Investment Research, Ceres and longtime independent industry experts conclude that U.S. automakers will be more profitable at a fleetwide 42 mile per gallon (MPG) average in 2020 – the strictest standard now proposed for that year and one seen as eminently achievable - and that by 2015 more than one in 20 cars sold in the U.S. will be hybrid, plug-in or full electric vehicles (EV).

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