The U.S. wind power industry not only had its best year ever in 2012, but exceeded natural gas in the installation of new electric generating capacity.
Month: January 2013
Volkswagen has flipped the switch on a gigantic new solar park that will help power its ultra-green Diesel Passat factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The park is the largest solar installation ever built in Tennessee. A veritable ocean of solar modules – 33,600 in all – occupy 33 acres and produce enough electricity to power 1,200 homes each year.
The direct purchase of 50 MW of wind-generated electricity from the massive Blue Creek Wind Farm gives a big boost to Ohio State University’s drive to become carbon neutral.
Almost every manufacturer at the NAIAS was launching new cars equipped with electrification technologies that will turn driving into a digital engagement, delivering value by saving money at the pump, reducing tail pipe emissions and potentially hooking you up with your future significant other.
Eco-fanatics and rich people have made “green” into a status symbol that makes many women frustrated because they feel the bar is too high and they do too little, which doesn’t really count and hence they’re still part of the problem rather than the solution. Sounds a bit odd? Not to Green Works, which built an entire marketing campaign around these findings, proclaiming that “You Don’t Have to be Ridiculous to be Green.”
There are many popular notions surrounding soy ink. Some may be true. Some are blatant misconceptions. And most fall somewhere in between. This article sheds some light on the matter by exploring four common myths about soy ink.
One thread running through each company’s sustainability journey is customer engagement – from idea generation to initiative roll-out to product end-of-life. Both Levi Strauss and Patagonia are engaging with consumers on sustainability issues and incorporating their feedback into future iterations of the sustainability program.
Let me share some developments pointing to why I believe Detroit’s transformation is turning the city into an exciting sustainability laboratory.
Ford is now emerging as an auto industry leader in car electrification. Over the last 12 months, they have introduced a range of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars. Julie D’Annunzlo, Ford’s Global Electric Fleet Manager, outlines how electrification technologies will soon be delivering 3-10 percent fuel economy gains for many new Ford gasoline cars and how Ford car buyers are now being offered electrification technologies that will save money and reduce emissions by delivering 40 to 100 mile per gallon fuel efficiency.
The White House recently announced it would be raising the signature threshold for the We the People petition site – for a second time. Odds are, it won’t slow ’em down.
One potentially large source of renewable energy that has received very little attention is hydrokinetics, the production of energy from the flow of moving water. The term applies to both ocean tidal power systems as well as river flow systems. According to the EIA, this source of clean energy could produce as much as 23 GW by 2025 and 100 GW by the year 2050, and this just barely scratches the surface of its technically achievable potential.