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BSR Fuels Report; Rezidor Hotels to Reduce Energy; Germany Caps Subsidies – 3BL Media Energy Minute

BSR has published a new report that analyzes the sustainability impacts of commercial transportation fuels. The report, the first in BSR’s “Future of Fuels” initiative, looks at six types of current and emerging fuels: gas and diesel, natural gas, biofuel, hydrogen and electric power, to determine the fuel that is most efficient. The report also assesses the market outlook for the complete range of fuels.

The Rezidor Hotel Group, parent company of Radisson Blu, Park Inn, and Missoni brands, will reduce its annual energy consumption by 25 percent by the year 2016. Called “Think Planet,” this initiative will reduce energy at Rezidor’s 350 hotels in 70 countries.

Germany plans to cap renewable energy subsidies when capacity reaches national targets. The state would end payments to wind and biomass as limits, which have not yet been set, are achieved. The German government is trying to cut the cost to consumers of its decision to phase out nuclear power following the nuclear plant accident in Japan.
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FedEx Express Breaks Ground On Solar At Newark International Airport

(3BLMedia) FedEx Express will break ground today on a huge new solar array at its facilities by Newark Liberty International Airport.

“It’s about finding diverse sources of energy as we seek to operate more efficiently,” said Mitch Jackson, the company’s vice president of environmental affairs, in an interview yesterday.

Jackson said the project, which will cover 3.5 acres of buildings at the airport, will supply 15 percent of the facility’s power needs at a lower cost than the energy currently provided from the grid.

“What we look at for each of these systems is almost a triple bottom line: lower cost, a lower environmental footprint and a sustainable model with respect to diversification of supply,” Jackson said. Continue reading

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FedEx Talks Fuel Economy, Sustainability at Green Fleet Conference

(3BLMedia) SCHAUMBURG, IL – FedEx has improved fuel economy by 16.6% and is on track to meet its goal of reducing fuel consumption by 20% from its 2005 baseline, said Mitch Jackson, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, during a keynote speech last week during the 2012 Green Fleet Conference.

Jackson started with a 30,000-foot view of how FedEx approaches sustainability efforts. He said the focus at FedEx is to make its business and the world more sustainable and efficient.

The three key areas the company focuses on are:

- practical environmentalism
- improving global access to goods and services
- a focus on tangible, long-term projects that benefit the environment and society rather than programs that provide a one-time benefit. Continue reading

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Lack of Subsidies and Transparency Hinder Renewable Energy in Russia

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Russia Renewables Report Q4 2012″ report to their offering.

BMI View: Despite favourable climatic conditions that are supportive of renewable energy generation, a vast electricity market and strong growth in GDP per capita, all factors which are indicative of the considerable potential in terms of renewables expansion, a whole host of challenges stand in the way of prospective investors. A distinct lack of renewable energy subsidies and questions over the transparency of the tendering process and the level of market liberalisation are likely to hinder project development across all renewable technology sectors.

Russia’s Energy Strategy 2030 aims to develop non-hydropower renewable energy sources so they account for at least 4.5% of the total electricity generation by 2020. Despite the significant potential for renewable technology, in particular wind energy, the fact there are no government subsidies will almost certainly dampen investment appetite. Continue reading

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Smart Meter Shipments Grew Sequentially in the Second Quarter of 2012

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rebounding from a soft first quarter, worldwide smart meter shipments picked up steam in the second quarter of 2012. According to a new tracker report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, global volumes in the quarter totaled 18 million units, up sequentially by nearly 19 percent. Even in North America, where the pace of deployments has slowed in recent months, meter shipments grew in the second quarter from the first three months of the year, the study concludes.

“The second quarter shipment gains are encouraging, but in North America shipments will start to dwindle as major smart metering projects reach completion this year,” says senior research analyst Neil Strother. “The next phase of growth is shifting to projects in Western Europe and Latin America, where sizeable deployments are expected in the next couple of years. And, of course, China continues to deploy at a rapid pace as it strives to fulfill its goal of some 300 million smart meters by mid-decade.” Continue reading

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Almost 23 Million Autogas Vehicles Will be Operating on Roads Worldwide by 2020

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As a vehicle fuel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), commonly known as propane or autogas, has some powerful positive characteristics. It is relatively clean burning, easy to store and transport, has high energy content, and is widely available in many countries. The cost per gallon of autogas is significantly lower than gasoline or diesel in many countries, but increasing interest in natural gas as a vehicle fuel is likely to constrain future growth in the autogas market. Nevertheless, according to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the number of autogas vehicles will rise steadily through the remainder of this decade. By 2020, the study concludes, there will be 22.6 million autogas vehicles on roads worldwide.

“The autogas market is caught in a classic chicken and egg scenario,” says senior research analyst David Alexander. “As with any fuel, availability is the key to market growth. Unfortunately, fuel suppliers have taken the view that no need exists to grow the infrastructure if not that many vehicles are equipped to use the fuel. Some form of incentive will be needed to kick-start growth if autogas is going to advance.” Continue reading

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Dow Powerhouse™ Solar Shingle Wins 2012 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award

MIDLAND, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle was recently honored as a recipient of a 2012 Breakthrough Award by POPULAR MECHANICS for pioneering an integrated solar roofing system that protects a home from the elements, while generating electricity to power it. The POPULAR MECHANICS Breakthrough Awards, now in their eighth year, uses this opportunity to salute the greatest innovations of 2012 as a celebration of world-changing ideas that will shape the future. POPULAR MECHANICS credits DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles with creating the new benchmark for roof design and engineering in the U.S.

“POPULAR MECHANICS recognizes companies and people who use science and technology to improve our lives, which is the cornerstone of Dow’s mission,” said Jane Palmieri, Vice President of Dow Solar. “It is an honor to be acknowledged for our work in creating a solar roofing system that allows homeowners to rethink what they should expect from their roof. In the spirit of this award, POWERHOUSE is truly game-changing.” Continue reading

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Investment in Green Telecom Could Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Investment in Green Telecom Networks Could Reduce Worldwide Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Network Operations by 32 Percent between 2011 and 2016

Telecommunications network operators are faced with the challenge of balancing their growing subscriber bases and rising mobile data usage with their public pledges to reduce both capital and operating expenditures, along with emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).  As such, robust alternative energy solutions to power fixed and mobile networks are increasingly important.  The goal of creating more efficient and sustainable networks is a top priority for nearly every telecom service provider today.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, investment in energy-efficient telecom network infrastructure will reach $194 billion annually by 2016.

All told, these investments could reduce GHG emissions from the telecom industry by 32 percent by 2016 compared to a business-as-usual scenario, the study concludes. Continue reading

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