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India Emerges as Solar Energy Hotspot

A growing host of India’s business conglomerates is leveraging the Indian government’s national solar energy program and investing in the sector, that latest being the Bhanshali group’s Talma Chemical Industries. Talma’s Visual Percept Solar Projects intends to invest in building 100-MW of solar energy generation capacity.

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Abu Dhabi to Power Scotland’s Renewable Energy Revolution

Last week we reported on Scotland’s ambitious target to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2020.  It turns out a major component of the plan may derive from another ambitious development – a tight partnership with Abu Dhabi on technology development and investment.  Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond outlined the agreement today at the World Future Energy Summit … Continued

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Ban Ki Moon Talks Big About Future Energy

As an American, I’m always a little doubtful about how much good the United Nations can actually accomplish – especially when it comes to radically changing the face of worldwide energy production. Nonetheless, Ban Ki Moon gave a motivated and well-thought-out talk this morning at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.  Even if it … Continued

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Sprint Sets the Bar for Sustainable Phone Design

At the highly anticipated Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this week, Sprint, who earned the No. 3 spot on Newsweek’s Green Rankings last year, revealed new evaluation criteria for its environmental scorecard. The scorecard is updated annually and is used to guide the design decisions of Sprint’s device manufacturers and vendors to ensure that … Continued

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OriginOil has a Green Algae Biofuel Alternative to Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. company OriginOil has just announced that its signature algae biofuel product will be developed as a drop-in renewable crude oil feedstock that can be processed by existing petroleum refineries. That, alone, is big news because it brings renewable biofuel closer to the mass market and closer to cost-competitiveness with petroleum products. The even bigger news, … Continued

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California Renewable Energy Off to a Good Start in 2012 with Five Big Projects

Renewable energy is getting off to a good 2012 start in California with the approval of 5 renewable energy projects that will bring more than 1-GW of clean electrical power and more than 2,900-GWh per year of clean energy on-line. California’s Public Utilities Commission approved investor-owned utility contracts for three SunPower solar, one NextEra Energy wind and one Pattern Energy wind energy project with Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Ryanair Passes on Carbon Tax to Passengers

Beginning on January 17, Ryanair will charge a €0.25 fee on every seat to cover what the company says will be a €15 to 20 million bill. And the airline is complaining loud and clear.

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Scotland’s Ambitious 100% Clean Energy Target by 2020

One country that is really galvanizing wind energy to increase its renewable energy profile is Scotland. 2011 was an epic year for Scottish energy companies. The Department for Energy and Climate Change released figures recently demonstrating that the renewable energy sector saw more than £750 million of investment last year. Currently seven gigawatts (GW) of renewable … Continued

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Electric Bicycle Trailer From Ridekick Offers a Useful Boost

Fort Collins, Colorado-based start-up, Ridekick, has a new take on the electric bicycle: they offer something that’s not a bicycle at all. Instead, they think an electric powered trailer that can be easily attached to most conventional bikes is a better solution. The Ridekick is an option for the cyclist who wants either full time, … Continued

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MIT’s New Perspectives on Energy Innovation

When MIT spends three years studying something, it’s probably worthwhile to pay close attention to the results. In this case the university is calling for a new framework for spurring innovation in how energy is produced, delivered and used. Basically put, think regionally for solutions because the federal government is “structurally unable” to be the … Continued

Dupont Building Innovations Achieves Zero Landfill Status

Dupont Building Innovations, Dupont’s building unit, achieved zero landfill status, the company announced on January 11, 2012. The company managed to send nothing to landfills by reducing, reusing and recycling manufacturing byproducts and waste at its manufacturing sites globally. Through its Drive to Zero landfill program, which began three years ago, the company reduced its … Continued

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UPS Earns LEED Gold Status for Corporate Offices in Atlanta

Despite UPS headquarters being 20 years old, the company just announced that it has become the first in the package delivery and logistics industry to gain LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. UPS submitted the building for review in May 2011 (shortly after the appointment of Chief Sustainability Officer Scott Wicker) and … Continued