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The real cause of rising food prices

June 21 -- As restaurant owners and managers in D.C., we have a healthy appreciation for the vibrant role restaurants play in our economy. We take pleasure and pride in providing the highest quality service, freshest ingredients and best menu options for our customers. >>View Article

Energy efficiency expert's view: Efficiency saves jobs and money

June 20 -- A major energy resource exists in Minnesota — somewhere you’d least expect. This resource protects the environment and creates jobs.

It is Minnesota’s manufacturing sector and the way manufacturers use energy. Energy efficiency is considered the largest source of new energy. With investments in proven energy-efficiency measures, Minnesota’s largest manufacturers could conserve 20 percent to 25 percent of the energy they use. Realizing this potential, the Minnesota Legislature recently prioritized energy efficiency as a resource for utility planning, saying cost-effective energy-efficiency projects should be done before spending hundreds of millions on power plants. >>View Article

Free Solar Electricity Service Could Unplug Electron Thievery

June 20 -- Electricity in the U.S. is just too cheap for electron-bootlegging to weigh on the conscience of the urban polite, or on the energy bills of global retail franchisees. A project unveiled yesterday in Brooklyn’s Fort Green Park would improve this informal culture of power sharing by giving away solar-generated electricity for free.

The park’s new Street Charge tower stands 12.5-feet tall and offers six USB charger ports and cables that allow mobile users to charge up as quickly as if they were at home (or at Starbucks). >>View Article

HECO aiming to develop more renewable energy resources to provide lower electricity rates


June 20 -- Hawaiian Electric Company has asked the Public Utilities Commission for permission to negotiate with five proposed projects that could quickly provide low-cost electricity for Oahu. If the PUC approves, HECO will negotiate agreements directly with the developers of the five projects, which include a mix of solar and wind technologies across Oahu with a combined capacity of 64 megawatts. HECO anticipates negotiating long-term, 20-year contracts with each project.

All the combined projects have committed to sell electricity to HECO at an average price of 15.9 cents per kilowatt-hour. This is about one-third less than prices paid to existing solar and wind energy projects on Oahu and the current cost of generating electricity from oil. >>View Article

IKEA Surges to Second-Largest Private Producer of Solar Energy in the U.S.

June 20 -- What business do retail chains like IKEA have getting into the world of electricity generation?

Years ago, the answer would be “none.” But here we are in 2013, and it’s a different game. In a recent sustainability overview, IKEA announced it has jumped ahead of Costco and Kohl’s Department store to become the second largest private user and producer of solar power in the United States. Now second only to Walmart, the store intends to keep ramping up renewable energy installations until it produces more power than it uses by 2020. The famous maker of inexplicably well-packaged, well-priced designer furniture plans to become a net PRODUCER of renewable energy! >>View Article

Walgreens to add solar power to 200 more stores


June 20 -- Walgreen said Wednesday it will install solar systems at 200 stores across several states, bringing its total solar-powered store total to about 350.

The systems are being designed by Chicago-based solar developer SoCore Energy, who will own, operate and maintain them. The newest installations will be in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. >>View Article

Heather Zichal: Obama’s climate plan to focus on efficiency, renewables and EPA

June 20 -- President Barack Obama is poised to flesh out in the coming weeks his second-term climate change agenda, a three-part plan that will focus broadly on energy efficiency, renewable energy and Environmental Protection Agency regulations, a top White House adviser said Wednesday.

White House energy adviser Heather Zichal said the president is “going to be speaking about climate change in the weeks ahead.” POLITICO reported last week that the plan is likely coming in July. >>View Article

Will Renewables Continue to Grow? International Energy Agency to Release 5-year Forecast for Renewable Energy at REFF-Wall Street

June 19 -- The International Energy Agency (IEA) said in April that renewable energy is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of overall progress toward cleaner energy, but will the renewable growth trend continue for the next five years? That is among the many questions that will be answered next week at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street (REFF-Wall Street) when IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven releases her agency's latest five-year forecast for the global market for renewable energy. >>View Article

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