U.S. Agriculture Secretary announced $280 million in new Renewable Energy for America Program grants and loans. Two recipients — Arkansas’ Supersave Foods and Maine’s Cozy Acres Greenhouses — gave accounts of how REAP funding enabled them to rebuild and expand their businesses while reducing energy bills and carbon emissions.
Author: Andrew Burger
More than 35 cities, towns and metropolises are participating in Urban-LEDS initiatives with a goal of realizing sustainable, low-emissions urban development. All eight Urban-LEDS “model cities,” as well as several satellites, have completed or are in the final stages of key greenhouse gas emissions inventories.
Two planned projects highlight the benefits of advanced energy storage systems, including reducing operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing efficiency and resiliency of power grids.
Renewable energy continues to garner larger shares of U.S. and global energy supply. Cumulative solar generation capacity rose nearly 68-fold in the U.S. from 2000 to 2013, according to NREL’s latest annual renewable energy data book.
Smart energy and connected home startups, such as Bidgely, aim to leverage smartphones and cloud-based platforms to analyze utility customer data, engage customers and boost energy efficiency.
China’s Huaneng Renewables will install 151-megawatts worth of GE’s Brilliant 2.7-120 wind turbines at a site in southwestern Yunnan province. The contract marks the largest of its kind for GE in China to date and will help China realize its renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.
A new, cleaner-burning combustion technology promises to cost-effectively lower nitrous oxide emissions at oIl and gas facilities in California’s San Joaquin Valley. ClearSign’s Duplex Burner technology is proving it can lower NOx emissions, as well as boost performance and safety.
Climate risks and vulnerability across telecoms, data centers and critical ICT supply chains are poorly understood. Recent trends in which companies are sharing IT resources — such as PaaS and IaaS — are compounding the risks, a report for the GSA concludes.
Wind power saved electricity consumers across the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic at least $1 billion over just two polar-vortex days last year. However, opportunities for market manipulation and price gouging are opening up, according to recent reports.
Timberland and the Smallholder Farmer Alliance’s community agroforestry project has put down deep, solid roots in Haiti. Over 2 million trees have been planted, agricultural output and productivity are up significantly, farmers can put all their kids through school, and community members are reconnecting to build on the success.
Deforestation plays a big role in the recurring cycle of environmental degradation and poverty in Haiti. An innovative, five-year community agroforestry project on the part of Timberland and Haiti’s Smallholder Farmers Alliance is helping turn the tide.
A confluence of powerful trends shaped up in Germany in 2014. Renewable energy production rose, greenhouse gas emissions and power prices fell while the economy expanded, according to Agora Energiewende’s 2014 annual report.
From manufacturing to universities, schools, communities and government facilities, renewable energy is expected to continue its rapid rise, despite the recent sharp drop in world oil prices.