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$16 Million Storage System Helps Consumers Energy's Campbell Plant Protect Environment

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Consumers Energy recently completed construction of a $16 million concrete tank system to process and collect bottom ash at the Campbell generating plant on the shore of Lake Michigan near Holland.

The five-tank system helps protect groundwater and promote beneficial reuse of about 50,000 tons of coal ash generated by Campbell’s three coal-fired units each year.

“This is a major leap forward in groundwater protection,” said Brad Runkel, supervisor of the company’s Coal Combustion Residuals group.

How IoT Is Transforming the Energy Industry

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As the cost of sensors, devices, edge networks, machine learning, and analytics decreases, the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a new industrial paradigm that impacts every industry, energy included. Energy has been evolving in terms of generation and distribution, and the IoT stands to be the most transformational aspect of this brave new world. Here’s how we expect it to affect corporate energy users in the next decade.

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Tried-And-True Methods for the C-Suite to Cut Energy Costs

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In a world of diminishing resources, increasingly unpredictable supply chains, and global competition, energy management must become a board-level area of focus. However, HBR research indicates that energy is "often the largest inadequately monitored part of a company’s cost structure."

For many executives, the myriad of ways in which to enact energy savings are too varied and not succinct enough to be actionable. Here, we present four different tried-and-true methods for saving on energy expenditures. 

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Duke Energy Using North Carolina-based Renewable Natural Gas in First-of-its-kind Project

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  • Innovative effort producing pipeline-quality biogas from North Carolina hog farms

  • OptimaBio's project in Duplin County to spur more renewable energy

     

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  • Innovative effort producing pipeline-quality biogas from North Carolina hog farms

  • OptimaBio's project in Duplin County to spur more renewable energy

     

Restoring Power in Puerto Rico was ‘Experience of a Lifetime’

Duke Energy workers reflect on what they gave, what they received in Puerto Rico
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For Duke Energy lineworkers who helped restore power in Puerto Rico, the nearly two months they spent on the hurricane-ravaged island changed them in ways they never expected.

Some returned home with a refreshed outlook on life.

“You realize what you’re blessed with back at home, as far as family, work and friends – the things you hold dear to your heart,” said Craig Mustard of Lebanon, Ohio.

Others learned to become more resourceful on the job.

INFOGRAPHIC | The Energy Landscape Is on the Brink of Disruption, Which Direction Is the Business World Headed?

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The energy ecosystem and electricity system is on the verge of disruption. Energy is becoming decentralized and new technologies are enabling business to both produce and consume energy. Many companies are looking at these megatrends to find new ways to save money, meet sustainability goals and build resiliency. Every year, companies spend more than $450 billion on energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives. Plus 63% of Fortune 100 companies have set one or more clean energy targets.

SCE and Other Power Companies Across the Country Transform

Utility leaders agree, customer expectations and new technologies are demanding an industry evolution.
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Electric utilities across the country are seeing an industry change, driven by evolving customer demands and technological advancements.

Modern Landfills Convert Waste to Energy

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Responsible landfill management involves the proper handling of landfill gas and liquids, which are byproducts of the decomposition of waste. It requires considerable science, engineering and technology to manage an evolving waste stream in a manner that is protective of the air, land and water for generations to come. It also involves a relentless commitment to innovation.

Connecting to an Energy-Efficient Future

by Philippe Delorme, EVP, Building & IT Business
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As the world continues through large transitions, including increased digitization and the seemingly endless demand for more energy, accurate data collection has become a priority — the foundation of successful innovation and collaboration. Realizing this need, many companies have initiated efforts to collect energy data. This admirable and critical first step is not enough, however.

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