Category Archives: Alternative Energy

Demand Response Is the Best Cure for Texas Ailing Grid

The Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has, yet again, kicked the can down the road on securing reliable energy to power the state’s growing population. The PUC, the state agency charged with managing electricity rates, meets to securely plan for the future, yet they continue to delay planning meetings. This will benefit no one in the short or long-run. To secure reliable power and safeguard against threats of blackouts, the PUC needs to keep pace with the times and leverage technologies that require little to no water, generate negligible carbon emissions, and can respond to the call for electricity.

Last week, the PUC decided to postpone indefinitely an important meeting, originally scheduled for May, to discuss Texas’ recent blackout scares. The PUC has been in a heated debate over Texas’ electricity market structure, and in the midst of backlash from stakeholders, they have decided to push the decision onto the Legislature in 2015. This is not necessarily in the best interest of the state. Texans were asked to conserve energy several times this winter after colder temperatures forced heating units to ramp up. This request to turn down thermostats for threat of rolling blackouts came at the same time the state power grid operator assured Texans that reliability is on the upswing. But it’s time Texas faces the facts. 

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In British Columbia, Mulling the Role of Natural Gas in a Sustainable Energy Future

British Columbia finds itself at the forefront of the global debate on natural gas, and its role in the future of energy.
Some 15 energy company consortiums are vying to build massive export terminals on the Pacific coastline of Canada’s westernmost province, with an eye to shipping gas to energy-hungry Asia. British Columbia, in other words, is second only to the Gulf of Mexico in plans for establishing an international gateway for North America’s new energy riches. (See related, “North American Natural Gas Seeks Markets Overseas.”)

That’s why National Geographic chose the seaport city of Vancouver for the latest in a series of roundtable events in its Great Energy Challenge initiative, sponsored by Shell. On March 25, we convened a diverse group of stakeholders on the issue—project backers, critics, academics, government officials, and First Nations representatives—to discuss what role natural gas should play in shaping a more sustainable energy future. (Read about our previous forums, Biofuels at a Crossroads, The Arctic: Science of Change, and Powering Our Urban Future: Spotlight on Turkey.)

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Barrier-Breaking $10 Cree LED Bulb Now Even More Affordable with Utility Rebates

DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its ongoing mission to drive 100 percent adoption of LED lighting, Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) has earned ENERGY STAR® qualification for the game-changing soft white Cree® LED Bulbs. ENERGY STAR qualification signifies these Cree LED Bulbs now qualify for incentive rebates through certain local utilities. Not only do the ENERGY STAR qualified Cree LED Bulbs look and light like traditional incandescent bulbs, use 84 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than typical incandescents, but now they will be even more affordable in select markets with utility rebates.

“ENERGY STAR qualification can enable the Cree LED Bulbs to be purchased with an instant utility rebate delivering consumers a quality LED bulb for under $5”

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KYOCERA Solar Gives Small Business an Edge with Energy Savings

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–()–Kyocera Solar Inc. today announced that 117kW of Kyocera photovoltaic (PV) modules are installed on the roof at Pizza Port’s new Carlsbad, CA restaurant, corporate office, and beer production, canning and distribution facility. The latest Pizza Port location, part of a family-owned San Diego chain of five restaurants and breweries, expects to reduce energy costs by as much as $30,000 annually, resulting in significant operational savings and reduced environmental impact.

“We selected Kyocera modules because of their high quality and proven reliability, both important factors for small businesses.”

San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power began installing the custom PV system in July 2013, after Pizza Port’s owners installed a 10.7kW PV system on their home in 2011. The owners cited rising energy costs, a desire to reduce environmental impact and an increasingly environmentally aware customer base as motivators to go solar at the new Pizza Port facility.

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Eco-Energy Strengthens and Expands its Leading Global Ethanol Platform

FRANKLIN, Tenn.–()–Eco-Energy, the leading biofuel supply chain company, is pleased to announce additional growth to its global ethanol platform with the signing of a new multiyear marketing agreement with Heron Lake BioEnergy, located in Heron Lake, MN. Eco-Energy will begin ethanol marketing at Heron Lake on November 1st. “Our team is excited to partner with the great team at Heron Lake. We continue adding partners to our platform and generating value for our independent ethanol producers. We look forward to working with their team for years to come,” stated Chad Martin, CEO of Eco-Energy.

Eco-Energy is also announcing the execution of multiyear extensions of their ethanol marketing agreements with both Granite Falls Energy, located in Granite Falls, MN and Central Iowa Renewable Energy, located in Goldfield, IA. “Our long standing relationship with Eco-Energy has been beneficial to our company. I believe the Eco team shares the same set of values and resolve as our CORN, LP team. This is one of the major ingredients in our successful partnership,” stated Brad Davis, GM at Central Iowa Renewable Energy.

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Smart USA Unveils Three New Free EV Chargers In Long Beach

Long Beach, CA, September 28, 2013 /3BL Media/ – In celebration of the launch of its new smart electric drive vehicle, smart USA today dedicated three new Level II, 240-volt EV Chargers as the lead sponsor of National Plug In Day at the California State University Chancellor’s Office area in Long Beach.  Over 500 enthusiastic attendees were on hand throughout the day to get a first-hand look and test drive the smart electric drive and several other plug in vehicles available to the public.

The Long Beach Plug In Day was part of National Plug In Day being held in 95 different cities across the country.  The third annual Plug In Day celebrates the clean-air emission-free benefits, significant cost-savings and sheer thrill of driving EVs.

Plug In America and Adopt a Charger organized this Los Angeles-area Plug In Day, featuring Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White, California Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal of District 70, Plug In America co-founder Paul Scott, environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., Adopt a Charger Executive Director Kitty Adams, alternative-fuel vehicle advocate Chelsea Sexton.

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A Sustainable Energy Plan: What & Why

Creating a Sustainable Energy Plan is a simple, systematic way to examine, refine, and act on one of the most important aspects of a sustainable business. A plan lets you see where you are, decide what immediate positive changes your company can make, and create long-term practical and actionable goals.

Why create a plan specifically about energy?

Energy use is your most important environmental impact.

For many companies, if you draw a line around your operations – ignoring suppliers and ignoring physical products – your largest potential to do environmental harm comes from your company energy use. Your energy use includes electricity, employee travel, employee commuting and natural gas. And usually, they’re in that order from standpoint of environmental harm.

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The North Face Partners with National Outdoor Leadership School to Provide Solar Installation at Pacific Northwest Campus

Alameda, Calif., Sept. 18, 2013 /3BL Media/– The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) today announced the completion of a 9.54 kilowatt solar-electric installation at the NOLS Pacific Northwest campus located south of Mt. Vernon, Wash. The new installation will provide 20 percent of the electricity needs for the campus and will serve as an education tool for NOLS students and the community, complete with an on-site solar data monitoring system that will provide live updates on energy production.

“NOLS has been a partner of The North Face and we are very aligned with their efforts to get more people outdoors,” said Adam Mott, senior manager of corporate sustainability at The North Face. “When they approached us with the opportunity to provide power at their Pacific Northwest campus through the BEF Solar 4R SchoolsTM program, we gladly signed on as a sponsor. This solar-electric installation will not only decrease their energy bill but will introduce students and staff to the positive effects of energy conservation and raise awareness about the impact of climate change.” Continue reading

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