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Childhood Memories Lead to Career-long Conservation at Safeway

Safeway's corporate director of energy utilization helps inspire actionable sustainability at the company
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Victor Munoz, ‎corporate director of energy utilization, brings to Safeway a long history of sustainable living. His family owned a restaurant serving local foods in the 1960s, and they spent weekends on California’s Sonoma County beaches where his parents taught him to respect the earth and leave no trace behind.

His upbringing led him to a career where he gets to educate colleagues about energy and water conservation best practices, helping to ensure that future generations can also grow up appreciating the planet’s natural beauty.

From Waste to Fuel

PepsiCo’s Tropicana facility in Fort Pierce, Fla., is making both orange juice and advances in sustainability.
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A stinging acronym has often attached itself to the placement of facilities where municipal solid waste gets sent: NIMBY, as in “Not In My Back Yard.”

But for a PepsiCo business on the east coast of Florida living next door to this sort of site, proximity proved key to cultivating what has become a genuine environmental asset.

Tropicana’s juice-producing facility in Fort Pierce, Fla., borders the St. Lucie County Baling and Recycling Center, a complex that receives more than 600 tons of household waste during an average day.

More Choices Help Lower Household Carbon Emissions

Terrapass Introduces Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) For the Individual Customer It’s Not Just for Businesses Anymore!
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SAN FRANCISCO, August, 26, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The average US household consumes around 11 MWHs of electricity annually; the emissions that are generated are equivalent to cutting down 194 trees. With these figures it is important to find ways to support clean energy that helps sustain our planet. By expanding its Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) portfolio, Terrapass is pleased to be able to offer a REC option to individual customers, in addition to their carbon offsets on Terrapass.com.

Hurricane Sandy Is Ushering in a Smarter Power System

Posted by Daniel Kammen of University of California, Berkeley
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It’s ironic that a storm whose widespread blackouts left millions of Americans in the dark is finally helping us see the light.
 
Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world.
 

GreenBiz Workshop to Explore the Business of the Electric Grid

Industry stakeholders to address electric grid reliability and resilience
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OAKLAND, Calif., July 30, 2014 /3BL Media/ - On October 27, 2014, Rocky Mountain Institute and GreenBiz Group are joining forces to produce eLab Ignite, a half-day working session at VERGE San Francisco focused on addressing the challenges and capturing the value created by our rapidly evolving electricity system.

Cat® Power Generators Bring Hope to Africa (Video)

Only about one in 10 Tanzanians do not have access to reliable electricity. Cat® engines help improve that number.
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A region of Africa long burdened by poverty, disease and malnutrition due to underdevelopment is now being powered into a new era of prosperity, thanks to Cat® generators. Home to nearly 2 million people, Mtwara and Lindi are the southernmost regions of Tanzania and would experience frequent and prolonged periods without power.

CRS Releases Guide to Using Renewable Energy Tracking Systems to Assist States in 111(d) Compliance

New report outlines ways current clean energy infrastructure can assist states in meeting goals of EPA Clean Power Plan
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San Francisco, July 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) today released a guide to help states comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s recently proposed Clean Power Plan, which directs states to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. The CRS report, Tracking Renewable Energy for the U.S.

National Geographic Society Names Winners of Terra Watt Prize Competition for Innovative Energy Solutions

India’s Mera Gao Micro Grid Power and Tanzania’s EGG-energy each win $125,000 for their energy proposals
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WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 /3BL Media/ —India-based Mera Gao Micro Grid Power (MGP) and Tanzania-based EGG-energy (EGG) are the winners of National Geographic’s first Terra Watt Prize, a competition aimed at developing innovative solutions that address on energy poverty. National Geographic launched the Terra Watt Prize to support entrepreneurs and investors in the quest to bring basic access to electricity to people worldwide. MGP and EGG will each receive grants of $125,000 to implement their proposed projects to provide energy solutions to off-grid communities.

Prepay Plans for Electricity Offer Alternative to the Usual Monthly Power Bill

Proponents see opportunity for conservation, but critics warn of risks for consumers.
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During the summer, temperatures in the Dallas suburb of Seagoville often approach triple digits. "If you add 15 degrees to the Dallas high, that's how hot it is," says Cameron Donaldson, a Seagoville resident.
 
Donaldson is among a growing number of electricity users around the country who are buying power for their homes up front, as they would buy minutes on a phone card, rather than paying monthly for power after they use it.
 

ReportAlert.info - Hydro-Québec Publishes Sustainability Report 2013

The report highlights the company's 2013 sustainability achievements
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May 12, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Hydro-Québec is one of the leading electric utilities in North America and ranks among the world's largest hydropower producers.

Key 2013 achievements highlighted in the Sustainability Report 2013:

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