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Yearly Archives: 2015

14 12, 2015

7 Reasons Businesses Should Accelerate Their Renewable Energy Strategy Now

By | 2016-03-03T10:51:26-07:00 December 14th, 2015|Corporate Renewables|

Yet again, Congress has been working furiously to pass a year-end version of the "Tax Extenders" bill, something that has become an annual ritual to forestall the executioner on a variety of wide-ranging temporary tax incentives. Meanwhile, those with a vested interest in the U.S. renewable energy market wait with bated breath. The bill includes [...]

24 11, 2015

The What, Why, and How of Corporate Involvement in COP21

By | 2016-03-03T10:51:42-07:00 November 24th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, Policy|

In a Nutshell: Corporate sustainability leaders are making smart business decisions in alignment with COP21 to mitigate climate impact in a way that bolsters reputation, improves operations, and manages regulatory risk. What?  In less than a week, delegates from over 190 countries will convene in Paris to commence COP21: a series of climate talks with [...]

20 11, 2015

Corporate Renewables Just Passed a Historic Threshold

By | 2017-07-17T09:24:16-07:00 November 20th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, News|

Renewable Choice partner Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) announced earlier this week that corporate acquisition of long-term renewables via power purchase agreements (PPAs) has surpassed the 2 gigawatt (GW) mark for 2015, with six weeks yet to go before the end of the year.  The announcement was made at RMI’s semi-annual gathering of the Business Renewables [...]

13 11, 2015

Strong 2015 Performance Has Wind Energy Developers Looking to the Future

By | 2016-07-12T13:58:39-07:00 November 13th, 2015|Industry Trends|

With 2015 turning out to be a record-breaking year for renewable energy generation--utility-scale renewables making up 60% of new energy capacity--we can’t help but speculate how past variability in federal support for wind energy will fare for future wind development projects. Since the finalization of the Clean Power Plan, industry analysts have juggled the possible [...]

28 10, 2015

Top Three Benefits of Long-Term Power Purchase Agreement for Your Business

By | 2017-04-04T13:33:57-07:00 October 28th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, PPA|

A power purchase agreement (PPA) is the energy source of the 21st century. But what is so alluring about these agreements for large commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) buyers? Why are businesses like Google, Amazon, and Walmart placing PPAs at the center of their energy strategy? PPAs create an energy delivery agreement between C&I buyers [...]

7 10, 2015

Corporate Renewables; An Unlikely Partnership

By | 2016-03-03T10:52:46-07:00 October 7th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

Think of the longest standing superhero-villain rivalry you can. You most likely come up with something like Batman and the Joker, or Superman versus Lex Luther. What if those arch nemeses changed their minds and decided to work together towards a common goal? Seems unlikely, but this tale is all too real when it comes [...]

28 09, 2015

Should Solar Energy Subsidies Continue?

By | 2016-03-03T10:52:55-07:00 September 28th, 2015|Policy|

Should Subsidies for Solar Energy Production Continue? Debate over whether tax credits for solar and wind energy (ITC and PTC) should be extended is intensifying with potential sunset of these credits on the horizon. Opponents of federal support for renewables argue that market forces should determine our energy mix, not the government. The flip side [...]

25 09, 2015

Sustainability Champion Erin Decker Joins Market Leader Renewable Choice

By | 2016-07-12T13:58:57-07:00 September 25th, 2015|Press Release|

We're pleased to announce that sustainability champion Erin Decker, most recently of Salesforce, has joined our growing power purchase agreement (PPA) division as a senior director of business development.  Decker's hire is the result of a rapidly expanding market opportunity for commercial & industrial (C&I) buyers to acquire renewable energy through a long-term PPA transaction. [...]

16 09, 2015

Hans Royal speaking at a Conference You Don’t Want to Miss

By | 2016-03-03T10:53:42-07:00 September 16th, 2015|Corporate Renewables|

  After a summer of outstanding performance of renewable energy sources, with consumer prices for wind and solar power hitting all time lows, the business case for purchasing renewable energy is stronger than ever before. Rather than accepting the volatility of traditional energy markets, businesses like Google have realized the benefits that sourcing their electricity [...]

14 09, 2015

The Fate of Renewable Energy Tax Credits

By | 2016-03-03T10:53:50-07:00 September 14th, 2015|Policy|

How will the renewable energy market develop now that Obama has finalized the Clean Power Plan (CPP)? While much of this is still to be determined as legislative processes unfold, understanding the policies that support the growth of renewable sources will give you a better idea of what is to come. Wading through the alphabet [...]

27 08, 2015

World Water Week: The Interconnection of Climate, Energy, and Water

By | 2017-03-22T08:47:12-07:00 August 27th, 2015|Climate Science, Environmental Blog|

The incentives for commercial and institutional (C&I) organizations to move toward greater adoption of renewable energy through power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other carbon-reducing technologies are stronger than ever. Likewise, the consequences of ignoring this opportunity continue to deepen. There is an inherent connection between water, energy, and climate. An as it turns out, renewable [...]

25 08, 2015

Dropping Prices Spur US Wind Power Growth

By | 2016-03-03T10:55:02-07:00 August 25th, 2015|Industry Trends|

New studies show that the future of renewable energy heavily rests on the proven potential that wind power is showing in the market. As turbine technology improves and development costs rapidly drop, prices for wind-generated electricity are finally at the point of parity with traditional power sources in the U.S., according to a study by [...]

25 08, 2015

U.S. Clean Power Plan to Spur Renewables Growth

By | 2017-07-17T09:22:57-07:00 August 25th, 2015|Industry Trends, Policy|

Since President Obama announced the finalized Clean Power Plan on August 3rd, there has been much speculation on what the final plan will mean for states, and who will become “winners and losers” as a result of the eminent changes in our energy portfolio as a country. An article, via Chadbourne, gave a concise and [...]

24 08, 2015

The Energy-Water Nexus: How Excess CO2 is Killing Our Oceans

By | 2017-04-25T17:09:32-07:00 August 24th, 2015|Climate Science|

{This is the third blog in our series on the interconnection between energy generation and water} While most attention surrounding climate change is the effect global warming is having on Earth’s atmosphere, recent research is revealing the devastating effects fossil fuel-based energy generation has on marine environments. An abundance of CO2 in our atmosphere is [...]

23 07, 2015

US adds 2.5 GW of wind and solar capacity in H1 2015

By | 2015-12-14T15:58:06-07:00 July 23rd, 2015|News|

July 23rd, 2015 | posted on www.renewables.seenews.com The US added 1,969 MW of wind and 549 MW of solar power generation capacity in the first half (H1) of 2015, with wind and solar accounting for 65% of all new capacity put online over the period. The country now has 67,820 MW of operational wind farms, newly released figures by [...]

21 07, 2015

HP to Power Texas Data Centers With Wind Energy

By | 2015-12-14T15:59:54-07:00 July 21st, 2015|News|

    July 21st, 2015 | posted on www.nytimes.com For years, clean energy developers could look to only a small handful of corporations as project partners or customers for their power. Mostly, there was Google, and a few other high-tech companies that worked directly with wind and solar developers to help green their energy use. Now, that appears [...]

20 07, 2015

The Energy-Water Nexus: The Linkage of Big Ag, Water Use, and Carbon Emissions

By | 2016-03-03T10:55:37-07:00 July 20th, 2015|Climate Science|

{This is the Second blog in a series on the intersection and interdependence of energy and water} In our first post on the intersection of water and energy, we introduced how renewable energy generation not only reduces carbon emissions, but how it can also be used as a tool to save water. In recent years, [...]

17 07, 2015

Amazon gets serious on wind power

By | 2016-03-03T10:55:54-07:00 July 17th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, News, PPA|

Amazon.com announced this week that it would purchase its electricity from a new 208 megawatt wind farm in North Carolina, the largest wind farm in the entire southeastern United States. The deal confirms two things: First, that Amazon is serious about its goal to power its Amazon Web Services division with 100% renewable energy, and [...]

16 07, 2015

Iberdrola Renewables and Washington DC Strike Groundbreaking Wind Power Purchase Agreement

By | 2016-03-03T10:56:06-07:00 July 16th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, News|

To demonstrate her commitment to lowering the District's carbon footprint and saving taxpayer money, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced today a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Iberdrola Renewables, LLC that will supply 35 percent of the District government's electricity with wind power. This PPA is the largest wind power deal of its kind ever entered [...]

15 07, 2015

Amazon Announces Largest Renewable Energy Project To Date

By | 2016-03-03T10:56:13-07:00 July 15th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, News|

Amazon Web Services has announced its largest renewable energy project to date, a 208 MW wind farm that will supply current and future Amazon cloud data centers. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is responsible for hosting many of the internet’s most popular websites, where “the cloud” most assuredly meets the ground in one of thousands, if [...]

14 07, 2015

The South to get its first big wind farm

By | 2015-07-14T17:00:50-07:00 July 14th, 2015|News|

On a vast tract of old North Carolina farmland, crews are getting ready to build something the South has never seen: a commercial-scale wind energy farm. The $600 million project by Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, with plans to add about 50 [...]

13 07, 2015

Facebook is building a big wind-powered data center in Texas

By | 2015-07-13T16:26:35-07:00 July 13th, 2015|News|

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it’s building a large $1 billion data center in Ft. Worth, Texas. The facility, which is already under construction, will be Facebook’s fifth data center, and will be built on land purchased from a real estate company run by the eldest son of former Presidential candidate Ross Perot. The data [...]

7 07, 2015

Renewable Choice Staff Honored by USGBC Volunteer Service Award

By | 2015-07-07T16:28:28-07:00 July 7th, 2015|News|

Renewable Choice Energy announced today that a technical expert from its staff has been recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) 2015 Convergence Event. Renewable Choice’s Director of Green Building, Lana Carmichael, was selected in 2014 to serve as the green power & carbon offset subject-matter expert on [...]

6 07, 2015

Saudi King opens LEED Certified Madinah airport with a passenger capacity of 40 million per year

By | 2015-07-06T16:29:55-07:00 July 6th, 2015|News|

Dubai - UAE - King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques officially opened the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, a city renowned as the second holiest place in Islam after Mecca. Phase one of the new airport which spans a total area of 4 million square meters [...]

4 07, 2015

Facebook hosts Levi's, Walmart to hack sustainability growth

By | 2015-07-04T16:41:55-07:00 July 4th, 2015|News|

Where can you find a self-proclaimed DOUG (Dumb Old Utility Guy) from Kentucky hobnobbing with executives from the world's trendiest Internet companies to a backdrop of neon green signage and daylight-friendly house music? At the famously lavish Silicon Valley headquarters of Facebook, which on Tuesday hosted its second-annual gathering on "Sustainability@Scale" — a wide-ranging conference [...]

2 07, 2015

U.S. commits to 20 percent non-hydro renewables by 2030

By | 2015-07-02T16:43:20-07:00 July 2nd, 2015|News|

The United States and Brazil announced in a joint statement today that both countries would increase the amount of electricity generated by renewable sources other than hydropower to 20 percent by 2030. “The U.S. wind energy industry applauds the administration’s latest commitment today to increase renewable energy in America,” stated AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan. “We [...]

29 06, 2015

The Energy-Water Nexus: Renewables May be the Answer to Widespread Drought

By | 2016-09-21T13:42:32-07:00 June 29th, 2015|Climate Science, Environmental Blog|

{This is the first blog in a series on the intersection and interdependence of energy and water} As global warming heats up, water scarcity is the latest hot topic in climate and energy conversations (no puns intended).  The first five months of the year saw record high temperatures and widespread drought affecting large swathes of [...]

23 06, 2015

How Tesla is Partnering with Jackson Family Wines to Disrupt the Energy Market

By | 2015-06-23T20:44:40-07:00 June 23rd, 2015|Business Blog|

The world was rocked earlier this spring with Tesla’s announcement that it would begin marketing a stationary energy storage solution to both residential and corporate energy buyers. As we have identified in a previous post, the growth of renewables has been inhibited by issues with the storage and recycling of renewable energy.  Tesla’s solution, however, [...]

28 05, 2015

Beaverton Toyota unveils remodeled LEED-certified sales lot with mini putting green, art gallery

By | 2015-05-28T16:45:59-07:00 May 28th, 2015|News|

Beaverton, Ore. -- Beaverton Toyota on Wednesday unveiled its roughly $10.5 million remodel featuring service and sales buildings with LEED Gold designations. With the redesigned 15-acre campus on Murray Boulevard, the car dealership doubled its building size while cutting energy costs. The new digs feature solar panels, energy efficient lighting and a 50,000-square foot service building [...]

24 05, 2015

Ten climate solutions with a big impact

By | 2015-05-24T16:47:21-07:00 May 24th, 2015|News|

Finally good news for our climate: Over the next five years, it’s actually possible to drive down greenhouse gas emissions in significant ways. What will it take? EDF staff crunched the numbers and our analysis left us optimistic. We already have the solutions we need to make it happen, and some are underway, from China’s [...]

22 05, 2015

Wyndham Vacation Ownership Sales Center Receives LEED Certification From U.S. Green Building Council

By | 2015-05-22T16:48:53-07:00 May 22nd, 2015|News|

Wyndham Vacation Ownership (PRNewsFoto/Wyndham Vacation Ownership) ORLANDO, Fla. -- Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world's largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN) received LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for the company's Wyndham Branson [...]

21 05, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy to Exhibit at Canada Green Building Conference 2015

By | 2015-05-21T16:50:13-07:00 May 21st, 2015|News|

Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy will join other leading exhibitors at the Canadian Green Building Council’s annual conference, Building Lasting Change, June 2-4 in Vancouver, BC. Since 2003, the firm has supplied more than 6,000 green building projects in more than 22 countries with Green-e® Energy certified renewable energy credits (RECs) and Green-e Climate certified emission [...]

3 05, 2015

Wind power industry touts strong growth

By | 2015-05-03T16:51:19-07:00 May 3rd, 2015|News|

The wind power industry says new turbines are bringing a near-record amount of power capacity to the United States. The American Wind Energy Association released a study Thursday reporting that 100 wind power projects with a generating capacity of 13,600 megawatts are under construction in 23 states during the first quarter of the year. Three [...]

2 05, 2015

Jackson Family Wines Collaborates with Tesla Energy to Pilot Stationary Energy Storage Systems

By | 2015-05-02T16:52:34-07:00 May 2nd, 2015|News|

SANTA ROSA, Calif.-- Today Jackson Family Wines (JFW), the family-owned California luxury wine collection best known for its acclaimed Kendall-Jackson winery, announced it has installed one of the first large-scale Tesla stationary energy storage systems across a number of its wineries. Earlier this evening at a private unveiling in Los Angeles, Tesla introduced its energy storage [...]

28 04, 2015

Green House Data Joins EPA Top 30 Tech & Telecom List of Green Power Users

By | 2015-04-28T16:53:50-07:00 April 28th, 2015|News|

Cheyenne, WY.-- Green House Data, a national provider of cloud hosting, colocation, and managed data center services, as well as an EPA Green Power Partner and a certified B-Corporation, today announced that for the first time it appeared as No. 29 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Top 30 Tech & Telecom list of the [...]

23 04, 2015

The Weitz Company Announces LEED Certification of Broken Sound Spa and Fitness Expansion Project

By | 2015-04-23T16:55:30-07:00 April 23rd, 2015|News|

April 23rd, 2015 | posted on www.uk.finance.yahoo.com WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Weitz Company, a national full-service construction firm, is proud to announce its client, Broken Sound Club, in Boca Raton, Florida, has been awarded LEED® Certification for New Construction for the recent expansion of the club’s Spa and Fitness Center. Broken Sound Club is one [...]

21 04, 2015

Earth Day 2015: Celebrating Renewables

By | 2015-04-21T20:46:44-07:00 April 21st, 2015|Environmental Blog|

This Earth Day, we invite you to join us in celebrating the explosive growth in renewable energy. When we started Renewable Choice back in 2001, our aspiration was three-fold: an energy landscape where renewables and energy derived from fossil fuels would compete on cost; an increased amount of clean power added to our overall national [...]

18 04, 2015

New Buffalo Grove pool LEED certified

By | 2015-04-18T17:04:39-07:00 April 18th, 2015|News|

April 18th, 2015 | posted on www.dailyherald.com The newly renovated natatorium at Buffalo Grove High School received LEED Silver certification, making it the first facility in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 to achieve the environmentally friendly rating. The swimming pool project was completed in August 2014, but the LEED Silver certification was presented to District 214 [...]

15 04, 2015

Changing the Business Climate In 2015

By | 2015-04-15T17:21:02-07:00 April 15th, 2015|News|

April 15th, 2015 | posted on www.climaterealityproject.org Six years ago, when an international climate treaty in Copenhagen seemed distinctly possible, there was still a discernible gap between the concept of a low-carbon global economy and the capital market’s ability to deliver it. Nascent and costly clean energy technologies, skepticism of climate science and a still deeply-embedded reliance [...]

14 04, 2015

Recycling Energy Forum is Now Carbon Neutral Thanks to Renewable Choice Energy

By | 2015-04-14T17:23:02-07:00 April 14th, 2015|News|

April 14th, 2015 | posted on www.recyclingenergyforum.com Recycling Energy Forum is very excited to announce that our Expo & Education event on April 24th will be carbon neutral thanks to the great sponsorship of carbon offsets by Renewable Choice Energy. We are very grateful to Renewable Choice Energy and their dedication to marketing carbon offsets and renewable [...]

14 04, 2015

21st century energy: What you need to know about power purchasing

By | 2015-04-14T17:22:02-07:00 April 14th, 2015|News|

April 15th, 2015 | posted on www.recyclingenergyforum.com When it comes to renewable energy, one thing is abundantly clear: New generating sources aren’t coming online fast enough to suit the needs of companies that have a made a serious commitment to it. The availability of renewable energy certifications (RECs) has helped, but more organizations are looking beyond offsets [...]

13 04, 2015

Breckinridge Takes Steps to Reduce Carbon Footprint

By | 2015-04-13T17:29:47-07:00 April 13th, 2015|News|

April 13th, 2015 | posted on www.breckinridge.com BOSTON – Breckinridge Capital Advisors today announced that it has purchased 195,339 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset 100 percent of its estimated electricity use. In addition it has purchased 307.96 metric tons of carbon offsets. The offsets were purchased through Renewable Choice Energy, a leading [...]

13 04, 2015

Wind power helping water-constrained areas of Minnesota

By | 2015-04-13T17:28:32-07:00 April 13th, 2015|News|

April 13th, 2015 | posted on www.aweablog.com Last Sunday was World Water Day. What does that have to do with wind power? A lot. Every year, wind energy saves America billions of gallons of water by displacing other forms of generation that rely on water. While droughts in the West have gotten the most press coverage, Minnesota [...]

10 04, 2015

AWEA: Corporate Wind Trend Continues

By | 2015-04-10T17:30:54-07:00 April 10th, 2015|News|

April 10th, 2015 | posted on www.nawindpower.com As the cost of wind energy has dropped by more than half in just five years, there has been a steady increase in U.S. businesses, governmental agencies and universities making direct investments in wind power to lock in low prices and reduce their carbon footprints, according to data from the [...]

8 04, 2015

York Hospital Green Team Conserving Environment

By | 2015-04-08T17:44:55-07:00 April 8th, 2015|News|

April 8th, 2015 | posted on www.seacoastonline.com YORK - From single-sort recycling to renewable energy credits, York Hospital has been busy working toward turning “sustainability” into savings. With a volunteer “Green Team” whose mission considers conserving the environment by ensuring that sustainability becomes an integral component of daily operations, while also ensuring excellent ‘far above par’ patient [...]

1 04, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy Partners with Rocky Mountain Green Conference

By | 2015-04-01T17:45:56-07:00 April 1st, 2015|News|

April 1st, 2015 | posted on www.prweb.com Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it will partner with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Colorado chapter to provide clean energy and emission reductions for the Rocky Mountain Green conference held this week in Denver. The event is the premier green building conference in Colorado, bringing together professionals and [...]

30 03, 2015

President Obama Ups the Sustainability Ante with a New Executive Order

By | 2015-03-30T20:48:06-07:00 March 30th, 2015|Environmental Blog|

On March 19, 2015, President Obama revoked Executive Order 13514 in favor of a broader, more stringent federal requirement, an Executive Order titled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.”  The new order, which calls for an aggressive 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions among federal agencies and improved environmental performance in the supply [...]

27 03, 2015

How One Texas Town is Upsetting the Fossil Fuel Apple Cart

By | 2015-03-27T20:49:40-07:00 March 27th, 2015|Business Blog|

Last week, Georgetown, Texas, population 56,000 and an hour north of Austin, announced that it has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with solar giant SunEdison for a total of nearly 150 MW of clean energy.  Combined with its 2014 purchase of 144 MW of wind power from EDF last year, the city has [...]

26 03, 2015

Why GM Wants To Buy Wind Energy

By | 2015-03-26T17:47:41-07:00 March 26th, 2015|News|

March 26th, 2015 | posted on www.forbes.com For those who love downplaying or discounting renewable energy as something on the fringe of mainstream economic interests, General Motors’ recent decision to back construction of a Mexican wind farm should come as a wake-up call. About 75% of the energy generated by the project, which gets under way next [...]

20 03, 2015

Texas city to go 100% solar, wind – because it’s cheaper, more reliable

By | 2015-03-20T17:49:06-07:00 March 20th, 2015|News|

March 20th, 2015 | posted on www.reneweconomy.com.au A city in Texas – home to the “Gusher Age” of American oil – is aiming to become 100 per cent renewable within two years, after finalising a deal with SunEdison to supply it with solar power for 25 years. Georgetown – population 56,000 – will take the output from [...]

18 03, 2015

EPA Region 7 Achieves LEED Platinum Certification for Regional Office Facility in Lenexa, Kan.

By | 2015-03-18T17:51:44-07:00 March 18th, 2015|News|

March 18th, 2015 | posted on www.yosemite.epa.gov EPA Region 7 has achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Platinum level under the Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance standard for its Regional Office facility in Lenexa, Kan. The Platinum level is the highest LEED designation awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. In October [...]

16 03, 2015

Climate Leadership Conference Highlights Successes

By | 2015-03-16T20:51:06-07:00 March 16th, 2015|Environmental Blog|

At the end of February, I was able to attend the Climate Leadership Conference, a collaborative effort of The Climate Registry, Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and the EPA.  The conference provides an opportunity for annual exchange for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, collaboration, and [...]

16 03, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy Hires Technology Industry Veteran CEO as New President

By | 2015-03-16T17:52:54-07:00 March 16th, 2015|News|

March 6th, 2015 | posted on www.prweb.com Boulder-based Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has hired Pete Dignan to occupy the newly created position of President & COO. Dignan is the former founder and CEO of ProtoTest, a Denver-based software consulting business. During a sabbatical from the company in 2010-2011, Dignan served as the Executive Director [...]

6 03, 2015

California's drought is a multinational business problem

By | 2015-03-06T17:55:00-07:00 March 6th, 2015|News|

March 6th, 2015 | posted on www.greenbiz.com California’s drought is more than a California problem. That point was underscored Thursday when General Mills, the Coca-Cola Company, Driscoll's and others dependent on California supply chains joined forces with Ceres to press state lawmakers — and inhabitants — towards more urgent and innovative responses to water scarcity. “We rely [...]

2 03, 2015

P&G, Constellation to build $200M biomass plant in Georgia

By | 2015-03-02T17:56:15-07:00 March 2nd, 2015|News|

March 2nd, 2015 | posted on www.einnews.com The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) and Constellation Energy announced the development of a 50 megawatts (MW) biomass plant in Albany, Georgia. Under a 20-year steam supply agreement with Constellation, P&G will purchase the steam to meet all of its steam needs for the company's paper manufacturing facility also in [...]

27 02, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy Joins RMI Business Renewables Center

By | 2015-02-27T17:57:38-07:00 February 27th, 2015|News|

February 27th, 2015 | posted on www.prweb.com Boulder-based Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has joined the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center as a founding transaction service provider with an emphasis in power purchase agreement (PPA) brokering. The Center, which is comprised of renewable energy buyers, project developers, and service providers like Renewable Choice, will [...]

26 02, 2015

Solar PV Will Be Cheapest Form Of Power Within A Decade

By | 2015-02-26T17:58:55-07:00 February 26th, 2015|News|

February 26th, 2015 | posted on www.cleantechnica.com A major new study from a leading German think tank and renewable energy specialist says the cost reduction potential of large scale solar is still misunderstood, and predicts that solar PV will be the cheapest form of power within a decade, and cost less than $US0.02/kWh by 2050. The study [...]

25 02, 2015

Citi to Finance $100bn Climate Change Projects

By | 2015-02-25T18:00:07-07:00 February 25th, 2015|News|

February 25th, 2015 | posted on www.environmentalleader.com Citi says it will lend, invest and facilitate a total of $100 billion in the next 10 years to finance activities that reduce the impacts of climate change and benefit the environment. The banking giant’s previous $50 billion goal, announced in 2007, was met three years early in 2013. Citi [...]

23 02, 2015

Falling Prices and Tax Incentives Driving Explosive Renewable Growth

By | 2015-02-23T20:53:01-07:00 February 23rd, 2015|Business Blog|

Within the past two weeks we’ve seen power purchase agreement (PPA) announcements from Google, Apple, Kaiser Permanente, and GM, that, when combined with an earlier announcement from Amazon Web Services, amount to nearly 600 megawatts (MW), or just shy of half of 2014’s total corporate PPA commitment. If you’ve been paying attention, you know that [...]

19 02, 2015

Kaiser Permanente joins Apple, Walmart in clean energy buying spree

By | 2015-02-19T18:01:50-07:00 February 19th, 2015|News|

February 19th, 2015 | posted on www.greenbiz.com Healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente plans to buy enough solar and wind energy to cover half of its electricity consumption across all of its California facilities, the company plans to announce on Wednesday. That commitment comes in the form of several massive power purchase agreements (PPAs), making it the latest high-profile [...]

17 02, 2015

Corporate Demand for Renewables Could Double U.S. Wind and Solar Capacity by 2025, says Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center

By | 2015-02-17T18:13:50-07:00 February 17th, 2015|News|

www.pressreleaserocket.net / February 02, 2015-- Today, Rocky Mountain Institute announced the launch of the Business Renewables Center(BRC), a collaborative platform aimed at accelerating corporate renewable energy procurement. The BRC’s goal is to add another 60 GW of wind and solar by 2025, which will nearly double installed U.S. capacity. Nearly two-thirds of Fortune 100 and nearly half of Fortune [...]

13 02, 2015

The Unstoppable Force of Renewables

By | 2015-02-13T20:54:13-07:00 February 13th, 2015|Business Blog, Environmental Blog|

At the 11th hour in 2014, a lame duck Congress pulled a lame duck move, extending the Production Tax Credit (PTC) by a mere two weeks.  The PTC grants tax relief to wind projects and can often be the difference between a project getting off the ground and not.  Without it, there is real fear [...]

12 02, 2015

Google Will Soon Use Wind Power to Run Its HQ

By | 2015-02-12T18:07:02-07:00 February 12th, 2015|News|

February 12th, 2015 | posted on www.wired.com Google is going greener. Today, the internet giant announced that it’s buying power from California’s Altamont Pass, an iconic 7-square-mile wind farm between the San Francisco Bay Area and the state’s Central Valley. The company has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Florida-based NextEra Energy, which owns the wind farm, according to [...]

12 02, 2015

What Apple's PPA With First Solar Could Mean For The Utility-Scale Solar Industry

By | 2015-02-12T18:04:23-07:00 February 12th, 2015|News|

February 12th, 2015 | posted on www.forbes.com On Tuesday, First Solar announced that Apple had committed $848 million towards clean energy from the company’s California Flats Solar Project. Apple will receive electricity from 130 megawatts AC of the solar project under a 25-year power purchase agreement, in what will be the largest agreement to provide clean energy to a commercial end-user. [...]

10 02, 2015

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport Achieves LEED Silver Certification

By | 2015-02-10T18:08:33-07:00 February 10th, 2015|News|

February 10th, 2015 | posted on www.azocleantech.com Winnipeg Airports Authority and Stantec Architecture proudly announce that the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is the first airport terminal in Canada to become LEED certified. The airport achieved LEED Silver certification, which is beyond the category initially targeted. Looking beyond Canada, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is one of only 17 [...]

9 02, 2015

Collaborative corporate project launched to support 'watershed decade' for renewables

By | 2015-02-09T18:09:41-07:00 February 9th, 2015|News|

February 9th, 2015 | posted on www.edie.net Wind and Solar capacity in the United States could double by 2025 as demand increases from corporations seeking to fulfil commitments to shift to renewables. That's the outlook of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), which has this month launched the Business Renewables Center (BRC) in response to this growing demand. The BRC [...]

3 02, 2015

Wind Energy To Power Portion Of Whirlpool's Ohio Facility

By | 2015-02-03T18:12:37-07:00 February 3rd, 2015|News|

February 3rd, 2015 | posted on www.nawindpower.com Add Whirlpool to the list of corporate purchases of wind power that have come to the realization that on-site wind generation can significantly reduce electricity usage. According to Whirlpool, the $18 million Finday Wind Farm, powered by five Goldwind GW 87/1500 wind turbines, is expected to begin in the spring. [...]

30 01, 2015

WRI’s New Guidance on Scope 2 Emissions: What Does it Mean?

By | 2016-03-14T16:30:40-07:00 January 30th, 2015|Business Blog|

Last week, WRI released its anticipatedguidance on Scope 2 emissions.  The new guidance provides greater clarity on emissions produced via purchased energy (in the form of electricity, steam, heating, and cooling), and specifically takes into account the various low-carbon means by which companies obtain their electricity, including power purchase agreements. The overall aim of the [...]

27 01, 2015

Sustainability is in the DNA at Jackson Family Wines

By | 2015-01-27T20:57:34-07:00 January 27th, 2015|Business Blog, Environmental Blog|

We’re delighted to share a new case study with you featuring our client Jackson Family Wines (JFW). The private, family-owned company operates under three core values that have formed the basis for its operations since it was initially founded by Jess Jackson 32 years ago:sustaining our lands, crafting our wines, and advancing the field.  As [...]

26 01, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy Announces Partnership with Montage Deer Valley

By | 2015-01-26T18:15:53-07:00 January 26th, 2015|News|

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) January 26th, 2015 -- Renewable Choice Energy today announced that Montage Deer Valley, an elite hotel-residence property under the management of Montage Hotel & Resorts, has purchased green power from the Boulder firm to offset 100% of the company’s electricity use in 2015. In total, the company has purchased more than 11 [...]

23 01, 2015

Artis Real Estate Investment Trust Receives LEED® Certification at Eight Office Properties

By | 2015-01-23T18:18:02-07:00 January 23rd, 2015|News|

January 23rd, 2015 | posted on www.marketwired.com WINNIPEG, MANITOBA-- Artis Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:AX.UN) ("Artis" or the "REIT") announced today that, as part of its commitment to promoting the use of energy efficient landlord and tenant practices and reduce potential adverse effects on the environment, it received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification [...]

14 01, 2015

Energy Storage & Recycling: The New Frontiers of Energy Efficiency

By | 2015-01-14T20:59:01-07:00 January 14th, 2015|Business Blog|

Over the past decade, renewable technology has rapidly advanced, resulting in cheaper panels and turbines that also work more efficiently. These advances have led, in part, to the dramatic decline in the cost of solar and wind power production that has given rise to the grid-parity between brown and green energy.  However, several fundamental problems [...]

12 01, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy Founder and CEO Quayle Hodek to Speak at GreenBiz Forum

By | 2015-01-12T18:23:34-07:00 January 12th, 2015|News|

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) January 12, 2015 Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy announced today that founder and CEO Quayle Hodek will be a speaker at the upcoming GreenBiz Forum event held February 17-19, 2015 in Phoenix. Hodek will join representatives from Salesforce.com, Facebook, and Johnson & Johnson on a panel entitled “A CSO’s Guide to Renewable Energy.”Hodek [...]

12 01, 2015

Mosaic Sustainability Clients Neal Mast & Son Greenhouses Inc. and Mast Young Plants Receive Top CDP Score

By | 2015-01-12T18:19:19-07:00 January 12th, 2015|News|

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) January 12, 2015 Mosaic Sustainability announced today that its clients, Neal Mast and Son Greenhouses, Inc. and Mast Young Plants, have collectively received a disclosure score of 99 out of 100 on the 2014 CDP supply chain program questionnaire. The companies also received a climate change mitigation performance score of “A-,” the [...]

8 01, 2015

Could 2015 Be the Tipping Point for U.S. Renewables?

By | 2016-01-07T10:45:24-07:00 January 8th, 2015|Environmental Blog|

  2014 was an extraordinary year for renewable growth and global climate change awareness. As the impacts of climate change—including record temperatures that have resulted in flooding, drought, superstorms, and loss of life and property—continue to grow internationally, sensitivity to controlling greenhouse gas emissions is on the rise. Climate change deniers are increasingly viewed in [...]

8 01, 2015

EPA recognizes RVCC among leading green power users

By | 2015-01-08T18:24:57-07:00 January 8th, 2015|News|

www.mycentraljersey.com / January 08, 2015-- Raritan Valley Community College has been commended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership for using wind power to meet all of the Branchburg campus’ electricity needs. The college is now using nine million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind power — enough to meet 100 percent of the electricity needs for [...]

5 01, 2015

Velocity Print Solutions Renews Commitment to 100% Wind Energy

By | 2015-01-05T18:26:05-07:00 January 5th, 2015|News|

 www.myprintsource.com / January 05, 2015--  Velocity Print Solutions has partnered with Renewable Choice Energy to support the growth of renewable energy projects in the US and reduce the environmental impact of the electricity we use. By purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) from Renewable Choice, Velocity is taking responsibility for the emissions generated from its electricity [...]