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Apple Adapts Quickly to a Coal-Free Future

The Apple renewable energy strategy has paid off, with the company achieving 75% renewable energy worldwide and 100% at data centers and other facilities. The strategy also demonstrates how forward-thinking companies are locking in rights to local renewable energy generation.

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Methane Hydrates: Energy Salvation or Worst Thing Yet?

Last week, energy researchers in Japan made a dramatic breakthrough that could have huge implications for the entire world’s energy, and since these two things are now inextricably linked, climate, future.

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Nascent U.S. Marine Energy Industry Can Benefit from UK Know How

As the U.S. looks to grow its emerging marine energy industry, the UK can serve as both a model of how to support industry growth and as a potential partner for gaining the necessary know how and expertise to jumpstart the U.S. market.

BMW Offers a Simple Cure for EV Range Anxiety: Rentals

BMW made a big splash in the electric vehicle market earlier this month, when word leaked out that the company’s new i3 EV might come with the offer of conventional loaner cars for i3 EV owners who need to go on long trips outside of their battery range. That’s a pretty tempting enticement for potential … Continued

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How Smart Climate Control Benefits Employee Wellness

Indoor air pollution can pose a greater risk to those who work in offices and other buildings than that outdoors. Fortunately, enhancing the energy efficiency of and building intelligence into today’s climate control and HVAC systems goes hand in hand with enhancing employee wellness.

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Reagan-Era Secretary of State Calls for Carbon Tax

Addressing an SRO crowd on Capitol Hill, Shultz,now an advisory board member of Partnership for a Secure America, spoke of an energy revolution as he urged Congress to overcome partisan rancor and take strong action on global warming.

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Interview: Adam Werbach on Why Sharing is the New Shopping

Adam Werbach has déjà vu when discussing the sharing economy. It reminds him of talking about corporate sustainability in 2005 when people didn’t really get it yet. Fast forward to 2013 and corporate sustainability is a natural part of the conversation in the business world, at least at the GreenBiz forum, where he spoke last month. Now, he’s trying to bring the sharing economy into the mainstream.

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Solar Power to Hit Cost Parity Next Year

Like the little engine that could, or the middle aged rock star that, after twenty years of struggling in sleazy dives has suddenly become an overnight sensation, solar power, has finally arrived and is good to go, in many places, without subsidies.

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Why Materials Matter in Sustainable Product Design

Start with a sustainable model and then find a product made from safe materials that will fit your goals. Locking yourself into a specific product can lead to an unsustainable determination to force-fit it into green credentials.

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U.S. Solar Record Set in 2012

Installations of solar photovoltaics in the United States grew by 76 percent in 2012, making solar the fastest growing energy source in the country, according to a new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industry Associations (SEIA).

The report, U.S. Solar Market Insight: Year-in-Review 2012, shows that the U.S. installed 3,313 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012, setting a new industry record.

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‘Cloud Computing King’ Salesforce to Power Data Centers with Renewables

Salesforce, the software-as-a-service company that Bloomberg Businessweek recently called “a cloud computing king,” announced last week that it is “committing to work to steadily increase the amount of renewable energy we use in our data center operations, to reach our goal to be fully powered by renewable energy.”

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Growth of Commercial PACE in California

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing of clean technologies is making a comeback by targeting commercial properties. PACE is a financing program where cities or counties allow property owners to pay the financing cost for upgrading their building with clean technologies through property taxes.