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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.

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Coal Industry Rallies Against Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations

Nearly 3,000 miners and workers from across the coal industry descended on Capitol Hill late last month to protest President Obama’s alleged “War on Coal” — more specifically the carbon emission rules the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released for new power plants, and will release for existing plants in 2014.

The rules, pursuant of the Clean Air Act, cap carbon emissions at future coal-fired power plants at 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour and 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour for new natural gas power plants. With the average coal-fired power plant emitting around 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour, naturally the Coal Lobby was displeased.

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Mexico to Follow Carbon Tax with Region’s First Carbon Offset Market

Launched by Bolsa Mexicana de Valores and wholesale financial markets broker SIF ICAP, the MEXICO2 platform seeks to promote and foster private and public sector investment and collaboration in climate change mitigation initiatives that reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable forestry and agricultural projects.

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IKEA Canada Wind Farm Investment Turns Retailer Clean Energy Positive

IKEA Canada recently announced its purchase of a 46 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Alberta. The 20 turbine wind farm will be the largest owned by a Canadian retailer and is expected to generate 161 gigawatt hours (GWh) every year, more than double the total energy consumption of IKEA Canada.

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PlugInsights Says More Fast Chargers Will Alleviate EV Range Anxiety

PlugInsights believes the solution to overcome the BEV leash problem lies in greater deployment of level 3 fast chargers which would allow a mid-range BEV to be recharged in as little as 30 minutes. The report says this would begin to approach the “pit-stop practicality” of gasoline stations, and 93% of those drivers who have used fast chargers agree that they are easy to use.