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Apple's £1.25bn Europe Data Centres Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy

February 24 -- Apple has announced £1.25bn plans to build two data centres in Europe powered entirely on renewable energy.

Chief executive Tim Cook said the developments in Galway, Ireland and Jutland in Denmark would be Apple’s largest-ever European project and would “introduce some of our most advanced green building designs”. At 120,000 sq m each, the centres will be among the largest in the world. >>View Article

Citi Turns Green

February 24 -- Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat announced last week that Citi is going deep in green technology. Citi “will lend, invest and facilitate $100 billion over 10 years for projects ranging from energy, to clean tech, to water, to green infrastructure. Simply put, it is a $100 billion investment in sustainable growth.” That all this reflects the No. 1 domestic priority of the Obama Administration is no doubt a coincidence. >>View Article

Community Reinvestment Act Can Boost Energy Efficiency, Funding for Low-Income Schools

February 24 -- One in five Americans spends his or her days in our nation’s 140,000 K-12 schools. Those schools spend close to $8 billion a year on energy costs, the second-largest line item in a school budget after personnel costs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 25 percent of the energy used in schools is wasted. In a world of shrinking budgets and resources, energy-efficiency savings in utility costs could be used for desperately needed funding for additional teachers and school resources. >>View Article

Citigroup Sets $100 Billion Funding Goal for Green Projects

February 19 -- Citigroup Inc. plans to lend, invest and facilitate deals worth $100 billion by 2025 to support projects that will fight climate change and protect the environment.

Citigroup expects the effort to lead to deals supporting renewable power, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation opportunities, Chief Executive Officer Michael Corbat said in a speech in New York Wednesday. >>View Article

Kaiser Joins Google, Apple in Buying Clean Energy

February 19 -- Google and Apple are not the only big companies harnessing California's sunshine and wind to power their workplaces.

Health care giant Kaiser Permanente will announce Wednesday that it has signed deals to buy electricity from a new wind farm to be built at the Altamont Pass, a vast solar plant in Southern California, and more than 100 smaller rooftop solar arrays to be installed at its hospitals, parking garages and medical offices, all of which will reduce its carbon emissions by 30 percent. >>View Article

Three Wrongs Don't Make the Right Right

February 19 -- Anyone can be wrong once. But it takes talent to be wrong twice. And genius to be wrong thrice.

Eight years ago, California passed AB 32, a landmark law combating climate change. In an effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels, the law caps carbon emissions and provides incentives for green technology. Republicans and big oil lobbyists prophesied that AB 32 would spell doom and devastation for the Golden State. >>View Article

Low Fossil Fuel Prices Embody Their Inherently Risky Volatility

February 19 -- Plunging oil and natural gas prices are creating elation at the pump, winter gas bill relief, and unpredictable swings in the stock market. They also serve as a sharp reminder of one of fossil fuels’ inherent characteristics — price volatility. Instead of basking in the temporary glow of cheap fuel, America should remember this volatility and direct current savings towards increasing efficiency and developing renewable energy resources with reliable and secure input costs. >>View Article

Energy-Efficient Buildings Unite Left and Right

February 18 -- With the 114th Congress newly underway, leaders from both political parties have said they want to work together. All they need are issues that both sides can agree on. Here's one — energy-efficient buildings.

Energy efficient green buildings are a model of bipartisan consensus. On the one hand, buildings that save energy help the environment by reducing carbon emissions that lead to global warming. On the other hand, energy efficiency also cuts costs and enhances the bottom line — and global competitiveness — for real estate developers and American companies. The increased bottom line, in turn, results in greater tax revenues without raising taxes. >>View Article

RFA's Dinneen Offers Blistering Critique of Searchinger Research, Talks Future of RFS Policy Reform

February 18 -- Following the release of a controversial paper by the World Resources Institute's Timothy Searchinger on the land-use and climate change impacts of bioenergy production, the renewable fuels industry is pushing back against the research. During today's OnPoint, Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, gives his take on the efficiency of feedstock production and the impact of biofuels on food costs. He also talks about the ongoing efforts in Congress to reform the renewable fuel standard. >>View Article

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