Demand response (DR) programs, which aim to achieve stability on the grid by ensuring that demand does not exceed supply of electric power, have been offered to many electric customers in the United States for decades. In the last ten years, utilities and grid operators have adopted new technologies and practices to move demand resources to the next evolutionary phase, offering more advanced types of DR schemes. According to a new tracker report from Navigant Research, at least 1,342 DR programs are now underway worldwide – 95 percent of them in North America. Continue reading →
DETROIT, April 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ — General Motors is transforming corporate lands at its global facilities into tailored areas for wildlife habitats.
Together with the Wildlife Habitat Council, dozens of companies, including GM, are foregoing cement buildings for a different sort of structure: the kind that house animals.
“We strive to increase biodiversity around the world at our facilities, and we have 25 habitats certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council,” said Sue Kelsey, GM biodiversity program manager. “Within these sites, 16 percent of the land mass is actively managed as wildlife habitat.” Continue reading →
SAN FRANCISCO, May 14, 2013 – Sustainable Brands® announced today a partnership with Global Reporting Initiative’s Focal Point USA for its G4 Guidelines release in North America to follow its official launch in Europe this coming May, 2013. The North American G4 Masters Class Series will make its debut as the official “Local Launch of G4” during the Sustainable Brands 2013 (SB’13) conference on June 3, 2013 in San Diego, CA. This will mark the first opportunity for individuals to receive an acknowledgment from GRI for those who have completed the unique G4 Master Classes.
GRI’s Focal Point USA has organized a North American G4 release campaign that includes a series of three (3) GRI Master Classes to educate companies and other stakeholders on their new Guidelines. All Master Classes will be organized by GRI, its Certified Training Partners, Sector Leaders and a G4 Campaign Sponsor. Sustainable Brands 2013 will feature Master Class sessions 2 and 3, running back-to-back pre-conference workshops on June 3rd. Master Class session 1 is being offered remotely and online. Conference attendees who complete all 3 Master Classes in the series will be among the first to be acknowledged for completing all three by GRI in North America. “We are excited to partner with Sustainable Brands on this” states Mike Wallace, Director of GRI’s New York office, “It is great to see how GRI can work through collaborations network –we are happy to join hands for their inspiring Conference program in San Diego. This is the beauty of GRI’s multi-stakeholder nature”. Continue reading →
KYOTO, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its traditional environmental protection and sustainability activities, Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) plants Green Curtains every spring at its sites in Japan and select Kyocera Group companies in other parts of the world. Through the hot summer, curtains of foliage are grown on trellises in front of office windows and walls at company sites. This not only provides shade but also shields the buildings from heat radiation — decreasing inside room temperatures by approximately 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit*, which contributes to a reduction of energy consumption from air conditioner usage. Continue reading →
WIGTON IN CUMBRIA, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The town of Wigton in Cumbria is proud to announce it has completed the first stage of an initiative to become a ‘Smart Energy Community’. The initiative was launched by the town’s Member of Parliament, Rory Stewart, as part of a town celebration day on 11th May, 2013.
Wigton has a vision to trial and realise communal benefits from the possibilities of innovative technologies. The town was previously a pilot area for the introduction of rural broadband and through this initiative the community seeks to become empowered to take control of its energy needs. The initiative will introduce growing awareness, insight and control of energy costs through proactive adoption of smart metering, information displays, online portals and sharing of learning about benefits achieved. Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI), a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, is committed to bringing benefits to UK consumers from its global experience in smart energy and has partnered with the town to showcase how communities can become empowered in their energy use. Continue reading →
ERLANGEN, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Siemens Energy has recently opened a facility in Charlottesville, Virginia for the innovative commercial production of airfoil ceramic cores for gas turbine blades and vanes using the TOMOSM technology, initially developed by Mikro Systems, Inc. The advancements are expected to improve the cooling capability of gas turbine blading, thus enabling higher levels of engine performance and efficiency for future Siemens Gas Turbines. This technology is available to Siemens as a part of the Technology License agreement with Mikro Systems.
With support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Mikro Systems was funded via Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. Mikro Systems and Siemens Energy partnered to develop the application of its patented Tomo-Lithographic Molding (TOMOSM) manufacturing technology to a range of gas turbine components. Continue reading →
BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–China is in the midst of its latest national development strategy, better known as the 12th Five-Year Guideline, which will continue through 2015. One of the Guideline’s primary goals is “strengthening the construction of [the] smart grid.” With the support of the government-owned State Grid Corporation of China, as well as many provinces and cities, this effort is rapidly progressing. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, annual revenue from smart grid deployments in China will reach $15.4 billion by 2020.
“The area of strongest smart grid growth in China will be transmission upgrades, anticipated to reach more than $72 billion in revenue by 2020 on a cumulative basis,” says Bob Lockhart, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Overall, smart grid development in China will generate $127 billion in cumulative revenue from 2012 to 2020.” Continue reading →
Sustainable Tulsa’ s Business Council is bringing together businesses to learn from other businesses about the benefits of sustainability.
Former Tulsa Mayor Susan Savage
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Director Business Management for
Sustainability for communities and companies, and how Energy from Waste plays an important role in delivering Zero Landfill strategies.
National Manager of Sustainable Solutions for
Opportunities and challenges of a sustainable supply chain, with regard to manufacturer partnerships, energy, recycling, environmental reporting, and associate engagement.
VP / Sr. Design Engineer for Crossroads LED LLC
Trends in the LED lighting industry are changing the way American businesses illuminate their facilities and how the LED benefits of energy and maintenance savings make bottom-line sense for today’s business leaders.