The proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) has resulted in a wide range of technologies that are impacting today’s power grid. Distributed solar energy, wind generation, energy storage, electric vehicles, demand-side management (DSM), combined heat and power (CHP), fuel cells and microturbines are all influencing today’s power grid, affecting affect every level of utility operations and business processes.
We continually monitor the environmental effects of our business, not only by creating many new and innovative products that consume less water and energy, but also by improving our manufacturing processes. Our expanded use of clean, renewable wind energy in Ohio is one example of how we work to minimize our impact on the planet.
2017 report outlines the retailer’s milestones in creating shared value for people, business and society
Walmart today released its tenth annual Global Responsibility Report, which looks back at the company’s progress during fiscal year 2017 in advancing the key areas of opportunity, sustainability and local communities. The report also looks ahead at the retailer’s role in helping rewire whole social and environmental systems as it strives toward a new era of trust and transparency.
There’s more evidence that the trend lines for renewable energy will continue to rise, despite the Trump administration’s focus on coal and other carbon fuels. The numbers tell the story. Five states now get at least 20 percent of their electricity from wind. All five are traditionally Republican: Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Hanes continues making progress toward 2020 goals for energy use, carbon dioxide emissions, water use, renewable energy and landfill diversion
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., April 17, 2017 /3BL Media/– HanesBrands (NYSE: HBI), a leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel under world-class brands in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, today released the company’s 2016 environmental performance data on energy use, carbon dioxide emissions, water use, renewable energy and landfill diversion.
El Lago, Texas, and Green Mountain Energy celebrate recognition of green power usage
EL LAGO, Texas, April 19, 2017 /3BL Media/ –The city of El Lago, Texas, has been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a “Green Power Community.” El Lago, the only city in Texas to currently hold this recognition, is collectively using more than 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually from Green Mountain Energy. El Lago and Green Mountain partnered on the EPA application to be recognized as a Green Power Community. They announced the recognition at El Lago’s City Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt on April 8, 2017.
Answering the call for increasing energy self-reliance, a grassroots electricity-sharing model is emerging. “Community microgrids,” comprising community-owned or subscribed solar PV and other renewable energy sources, offer participants and surrounding consumers the security of energy resilience in times of grid failure and protection from energy price increases driven by volatile energy markets. They also give energy producers/consumers (aka “prosumers”) more control over the renewable energy they generate.
We are at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, defined by its velocity and volume, scope and scale, and systems impact. The foundation of this new era is squarely built upon the success of the "digital grid." The first three revolutions—defined by the introduction of steam and mechanization, electricity and computing, respectively—all had profound societal impacts, but they lacked the exponential rate of technological breakthroughs and complexity that define the fourth.