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World Bank Steers Clear of Coal

In a recent policy directive, entitled, “Toward a Sustainable Energy Future for All,” the mega-financial institution said that they would focus on the poor, offering financial solutions or guarantees, while helping “client countries realize affordable alternatives to coal power.”

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When it Comes to Distributed Solar Photovoltaics, the Devil’s in the Details

Earlier this month, the decision of APS—Arizona’s largest electric utility—to propose two major changes to its net metering program, one which would do away with the program entirely, has become the latest lightning rod fueling the growing tension between utilities and solar PV.

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Green Sells: Ford’s Commitment to Sustainability Drives Sales Success

Ford’s sales growth is proving that competitively priced, well-designed products that are more sustainable will outsell less-sustainable products. Ford’s line-up of fuel-efficient cars and trucks that deliver lower tail pipe emissions are selling at a record pace.

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Power Africa Aims to Light Up the Dark Continent

President Obama announced his pledge on his recent African visit, to develop 10 GW of electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The move would bring power to 20 million households and businesses for the first time. The development would be of the all-of-the-above variety including everything from oil and gas, to hydro, wind, geothermal and solar. Both on and off-grid would be included as well as transmission infrastructure. Initial investments will be in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Uganda and Mozambique will also receive assistance in developing their oil and gas reserves responsibly.

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New Buyers Give Better Place One Last Chance

Some ambitious green dreams fail and just fade away (Solyndra for example). Others fail but get a second chance. Better Place is lucky enough to be included in the second group. Less than two months after the company filed for bankruptcy, Israeli court approved the recommendation of the company’s liquidators to sell all of its operations and assets in Israel to a group of U.S. and Canadian businessmen backed up by the Association for the Promotion of the Electric Car in Israel.

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PNW Ports Set Ambitious Clean Air Goals

The Pacific Northwest ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, BC want to reduce diesel particulate matter emissions by 75 percent per ton of cargo by 2015, rising to 80 percent by 2020.

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How is Sustainable Computing Like Gardening?

By Paul Smith What comes to mind when I say sustainable computing? Solar powered web hosting? Energy efficient machines? These certainly play their part, but thinking more broadly, the way software runs the machines we use and the websites we visit mirrors what’s happening in the world at large. The difference between open source and proprietary … Continued

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Interview: CEO Masdar on the Largest Offshore Wind Farm Ever Built

The London Array is interesting in its own right, but the involvement of the UAE’s Masdar makes the project even more fascinating. Longtime readers know we’ve been covering Masdar for years, others may be scratching their heads and asking – why would a middle eastern energy company, overflowing with oil wealth, be investing in renewables?

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The Issue is Trust, Not Pipelines vs. Railways

Keystone XL pipeline advocates have been quick to use the Lac-Mégantic disaster to bolster their oil pipelines vs. railways safety argument, but they could be causing the oil industry more harm than good.