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UPS Installs New Solar Power Projects; JustGreen Joins GreenWizard to Offer New App for Green Power Credits - Energy Minute for March 5, 2013

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UPS has installed two new solar power projects at its distribution facilities in New Jersey. The Parsipanny project was completed in fall 2012, and the Secaucus project is planned to go online this spring. Each installation is 1.2 megawatts in power, and, added to UPS’s existing solar power generating capacity, they will produce three million kilowatts of renewable energy per year. New Jersey is currently second in the U.S. for total installed capacity of solar energy technology.

Virgin Asks for Renewable Energy Proposals; Hydropower Gets Boost from U.S. House - Energy Minute for February 26, 2013

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Virgin Limited Edition is seeking proposals for a renewable energy project on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. Virgin is aiming to reduce and/or eliminate the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation on the island, home to entrepreneur and Virgin founder Richard Branson, and to install renewable energy systems to help reduce costs.

Intel Leads Green Power User List; Minneapolis to Use Energy Star to Measure Energy Efficiency; GM Joins Solar Energy Industries Association; Investors Call on Oil Companies to Disclose Fracking Data - Energy Minute for February 13, 2013

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Intel has been recognized for using more than 3 billion kilowatt hours of green power annually by the EPA in its latest Green Power Partnership rankings. That amount of green power equals 100 percent of the company’s U.S. electricity use. Intel leads the list as the largest voluntary purchaser of green power in the country for the fifth consecutive year.

CNT Energy and Community Investment Team Up to Retrofit Chicago Housing; Just Energy is certified by Green-e Energy - Energy Minute for February 8, 2013

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Ten thousand Chicago-area apartments have been made more energy efficient in the past four years through a partnership designed to reduce energy bills and preserve affordable rental housing. The Energy Savers Multifamily Program for privately owned buildings is supported by CNT Energy and Community Investment Corp, a non-profit.

IKEA Installs More Solar Power; Owens Corning Offers Eco Insulation; Halliburton Develops Non-toxic Fracking Fluid - Energy Minute for February 6, 2013

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IKEA has installed a new solar energy system at its South Florida store in the city of Sunrise. The new photovoltaic array is a 1,000-kilowatt system with 4,300 panels. It will produce 1,500,000-kilowatt hours of electricity annually, reducing the equivalent of 1,100 tons of carbon dioxide. Combined with IKEA projects already completed on top of its stores in Orlando and Tampa, the company is now the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.

Philips, United Nations Global Compact, and Cargill Choose Partnerships for New Corporate Responsibility Programs - Energy Minute for January 30, 2013

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Philips and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have announced a partnership to introduce more energy-efficient lighting in cities. The Mayor’s Lighting Partnership enables mayors to access free energy assessments from Philips to show how new lighting technologies save money, deliver greater energy efficiency, and help turn iconic landmarks into destination points.

New Reports Value Renewable Energy Economy at $1T, Predict Global Solar Market to Rise 22%, and Project Rapid Growth of On-site Power Generation - Energy Minute for January 25, 2013

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A report by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, a national association of businesses and business leaders for secure, clean,and affordable energy, have set the value of the “advanced energy economy” at a $1.16 trillion global market, as of 2011. The study finds that advanced energy in the U.S. generated $132 billion in revenue in 2011 and contributed $20.6 billion in combined federal, state and local tax revenue. The U.S.

California Records 1,000 Megawatts of Installed Solar Power; New Energy Efficiency Tech and Programs to Save 27% of Future Electricity Use - Energy Minute for January 18, 2013

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California regulators are reporting that the state has hit a major milestone in renewable energy: more than 1 gigawatt—1,000 megawatts—of solar power has been installed through the California Solar Initiative, which encourages homeowners, businesses, local governments and nonprofit organizations to install solar panels on their roofs. Launched in 2007, the California Solar Initiative is an ambitious road map that calls for 1,940 new megawatts of solar power to be installed statewide by 2016. The 1,066 megawatts installed by the end of 2012 put the state more than halfway to that goal.

Google Invests in Wind Energy; Progress Energy Teams Up with Transcanada on New Pipeline; Chrysler’s Fiat 500e EPA Top-rated at 108MPGe; NativeEnergy Sells Offsets to The Clymb - Energy Minute for January 16, 2013

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Google has invested $200 million in the Spinning Spur Wind Project in the Texas Panhandle as part of the company’s strategic plan to invest in renewable energy. The Spinning Spur wind farm delivers power to Southwestern Public Service. EDF Renewable Energy built the project and remains a co-owner and the manager. The 161- megawatt wind facility, located about 35 miles from Amarillo, generates enough electricity to power 60,000 homes. The Texas Panhandle is a major source of renewable energy in the state as the West Texas winds churn massive turbines.

Toyota Receives Highest Number of Clean Energy Patents; RE-volv Sets Up Crowd Funded Solar Project via Indiegogo - Energy Minute for January 10, 2013

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Toyota has received the highest number of clean energy patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the third consecutive quarter. The Office granted a record 798 clean energy patents in the third quarter of 2012, the highest total on record since the Cleantech Group at Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti began tracking the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index.

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