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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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BrightFarms to Build the World’s Largest Urban Greenhouse for Giant Food Stores

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Giant Food Stores has inked a deal with BrightFarms, a pioneer in constructing greenhouses attached to supermarkets, to build the world’s largest urban greenhouse. The greenhouse will extend over an area of 100,000 square feet. It will deliver nearly one million pounds of fresh produce a year to about 30 Giant supermarkets in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

BrightFarms specializes in building as well as operating greenhouses, and expects the new greenhouse to open this fall. In addition to providing produce through the greenhouse, the company plans to open this massive facility to schools as an educational tool on urban agriculture and sustainability.

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IBM, PYXERA Global, and U.S. Trade and Development Agency Discuss Shared Value and the Pathway to Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ -  Stan Litow, President of the IBM Foundation, Leocadia I. Zak, Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and Deirdre White, CEO of PYXERA Global, will explore partnerships that each of their organizations has forged to effect real change and positive business impact. TUNE IN HERE on Monday, April 7 from 2 – 5, EST for this live-streamed conversation, Shared Value – Forging the Pathway to Partnership, at the Public Private Partnership Forum, moderated by Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton.

There’s a lot of lofty talk these days about “creating shared value.”  The topic is perpetually featured in business and leadership journals and across the spectrum of conferences.  There is broad agreement that this is the way forward—the right approach for business, and for society at large.

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Life Cycle Thinking: Helping Our Stakeholders Help The Earth

When it comes to being good stewards of the earth, we all want to do the right thing.  We strive to reduce our carbon footprint, avoid products that harm the air and water, and use recyclable materials whenever possible. But, good intentions only get us halfway.  It also requires strategic thinking.

Waste Management is proud to join its business, academic and community partners in the Sustainable Materials Management Coalition which last week released an important new guidance document entitled, “Guidance on Life-Cycle Thinking and Its Role in Environmental Decision Making.” Continue reading

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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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Waltham® Hosts International Gathering Of Veterinary Specialists And Nutritional Scientists

WALTHAM® International Nutritional Sciences Symposium brings together over 200 leading experts to discuss key issues in pet health and nutrition

Leading international experts in the field of veterinary and nutritional sciences will come together this week at the WALTHAM® International Nutritional Sciences Symposium (WINSS) to discuss critical issues in the field of pet health and nutrition, such as healthy ageing and tackling pet obesity. WINSS is hosted by the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition, the state-of-the-art petcare science centre for Mars Petcare that provides the science and expertise underpinning leading Mars brands.

“Since the publication of our first original research in 1963, we have pioneered a number of important breakthroughs in the field of pet nutrition”, commented Dr Denise Elliott, Head of Research, WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition. “Forums such as WINSS are an opportunity to share this knowledge and advance understanding by fostering dialogue among the scientific and veterinary communities. In this way, we ensure that we are at the forefront of the latest scientific developments and that the broader field of research continues to move forward for the benefit of both pets and their owners.”

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GM’s Energy Stars: Bob Griffith, Spring Hill Manufacturing

All this week we will be recognizing GM employees from across the globe who helped the company achieve the U.S. ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry earlier this year. Without their diligence and commitment to the goal, we wouldn’t be able to tout the fact that 63 plants across the globe have reduced 1.6 million metric tons of CO2 respectively.

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