June 21 -- Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HE), owner of the state’s largest utility, has asked regulators to waive competitive bidding rules and allow it to negotiate directly with the owners of five renewable-energy projects. >>View Article
June 21 -- Trumpeting the economic benefits of renewable energy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told a receptive Boulder audience June 12 that a good U.S. economic policy would include valuing natural resources as assets to the community, not as resources to be cashed in hastily. >>View Article
June 21 -- If it weren't for the Army, sustainability might still be an obscure topic discussed mostly by tree huggers. Instead, it's a way of life, as we find ways to use less energy, consume fewer resources - and save money. >>View Article
June 21 -- Tesla Motors Inc on Thursday unveiled a system to swap battery packs in its electric cars in about 90 seconds, a service Chief Executive Elon Musk said will help overcome fears about their driving range. >>View Article
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
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
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
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
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
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
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