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Bold Ideas for Financing and Regulations to Close the Energy Gap

by Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Strategy Officer
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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 calls for universalaccess to affordable, reliable and modern energy services by the year 2030. 1.1 billion people worldwide still have no access to electricity. That’s nearly equivalent to the U.S and European population combined.

Duke Energy's Renewable Energy Portfolio Grew Almost 20 Percent in 2017, According to New Report

Summary: 
  • Company added more than 1,000 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass

  • Almost 40 percent of the company's electricity produces no greenhouse gas emissions

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  • Company added more than 1,000 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass

  • Almost 40 percent of the company's electricity produces no greenhouse gas emissions

Work Better - Aim high - Build the Future

Hydro-Québec, a world leader in hydropower generation, publishes its Sustainability Report 2017
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Hydro-Québec, a world leader in hydropower generation, publishes its Sustainability Report 2017

Opportunities and Challenges in the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program

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This will be a hot summer for solar and storage developers in Massachusetts as the Commonwealth kicks off its SMART program, providing tiered incentives to promote solar with an additional kicker if there is storage attached. It’s an exciting program—the first of its kind outside of California, and one of the first ever in the U.S. to promote energy storage coupled with community solar (direct contracts between solar arrays and residents).

Duke Energy's $62 Million Solar Rebate Program Approved for North Carolina Residential, Business and Nonprofit Customers

Summary: 
  • Savings potential of $4,800 for a typical residential solar array

  • Program resulted from collaborative solar law in North Carolina

Press Release
  • Savings potential of $4,800 for a typical residential solar array

  • Program resulted from collaborative solar law in North Carolina

Solar Desalination Technology in Coastal Regions - Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Impact Project

Erb student Iulia Bleanda-Mogosanu talks about the genesis of the idea and her role in identifying the commercial opportunity. (Part I)
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At the Erb Institute, our students collaborate with students across campus—from both other schools and other programs. By nature, they are curious and driven to make a difference in the world using their business acumen and sustainability smarts. We sat down with ‘Erber’ Iulia Bleanda-Mogosanu, who has been working on a team that is building a prototype single-stage distillation unit. This apparatus has the potential to desalinate water in coastal communities that are deteriorating because of insufficient access to fresh water.

Cisco’s Bangalore Campus Now Powered by Solar

by Andy Smith, Global Sustainability Manager
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I am very excited to announce that Cisco’s Bangalore campus is now using solar power generated by two new offsite solar installations located in Karnataka, India. Cisco recently signed two solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) that will collectively deliver 85,000 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity every year to the local electric grid where our Bangalore campus is located.

Holistic Distribution Modernization Programs Require More Than Only Information Technology Upgrades

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Electric utilities are realizing that distribution modernization programs, also referred to as grid modernization, can no longer be put off. Overhauling the electric distribution system will require upgrades to OT, as well as to the networks that allow IT and OT components to communicate to improve reliability. The benefits are clear: Grid operators need advanced sensors, communications and automation so they can see what’s happening in real time, which will lessen disruption while enhancing efficiency, reliability, security and safety.

Walmart Announces 20 MMT of Supplier Emission Reductions through Project Gigaton; Unveils Plans for Expanding Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Doubling U.S. Wind and Solar Energy Use

Continued progress underlines company’s aspirational goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and value chain.
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BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 18, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Today, Walmart announced that suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of the company’s Project Gigaton initiative. Walmart launched Project Gigaton last April, seeking to work with suppliers to reduce emissions from the company’s value chain by a gigaton, or one billion metric tons, by 2030.

Texas State Students Win Shell and Net Impact's International Competition to Design Renewable Energy Solutions

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OAKLAND, Calif., April 18, 2018 /3BL Media/ - A team of students from Texas State University was honored as the winner of the Net Impact Future of Energy Challenge at Shell’s Powering Progress Together event. Their research applied blockchain technology to local solar grids.

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