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Big Bucks Saved If Aging Hanford Nuclear Plant Closes

The study is not recommending the immediate closure of the Hanford nuclear plant, rather it recommends that the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) issue a request for alternatives, “to see if the unit can be replaced with long-term options that are less costly, less risky and better fitted to regional needs.”

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How to Cut Your Fuel Costs by 15 Cents Per Gallon

If you drive 10,000 miles a year with under-inflated tires then you are not only emitting money out of your tailpipe but also releasing approximately 500 pounds of additional greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

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Delta Air Lines Joins Oil Industry Groups to Fight EPA Biofuel Mandates

Delta Air Lines recently joined other oil industry trade groups to fight the U.S. biofuel mandate that requires refiners to meet an annual biofuel quota, either through production or through the purchase of credits.

The airline filed a lawsuit through its year-old refiner, Monroe Energy, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that challenges the EPA’s 2013 renewable fuel requirements, according to FuelFix.

Under the EPA policy, refiners generate renewable identification numbers (basically, compliance credits) for every gallon of biofuel they incorporate. Monroe’s status as a “merchant refiner” that sells unblended products to wholesale marketers means it must always purchase credits. The refiner, in its Oct. 4 federal court petition, claimed this forces it to spend millions of dollars to acquire compliance credits at what it says are “artificially inflated” prices.

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Success in Emerging Markets Requires a Values-First Approach

Smart investments in the nexus of technology, sustainability, and skills-building pay off big returns – financial and social – for both Arison Investments and the countries where they work. It invites other companies to explore similar sustainability-oriented solutions and partnerships in some of the fastest growing markets in the world.

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Climate Change and the Insurance Industry

Insurance industry leaders are beginning to embrace the concept of climate change- and recognize the benefits of sustainable building on claims severity.

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What Does Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles Mean for the Grid?

In a Texas study, only 22 percent of weekday EV charging occurred during peak demand hours, and better still, those participants in the study who were taking advantage of time-of-use rates – favorable charges for using power at off-peak times – only plugged in during peak times 12 percent of the time

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Duke Energy Renewables to Pay $1M Penalty for Wind Farm Bird Deaths

Duke Energy Renewables, a part of Duke Energy, announced it reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for $1 million over the deaths of golden eagles and other migratory birds at two of the company’s wind power generation sites in Wyoming.

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Ontario, Canada Moves Toward Outlawing Coal Power Plants

The Canadian province of Ontario is pushing legislation that would outlaw the use of coal for power generation. As part of that plan, last week it announced the end of two of its coal-burning plants – with more closures to come.