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Here’s the problem – raising the price of solar cells in America could have a significant chilling effect on demand for solar panels in this country. That’s bad for two reasons.

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Here’s the problem – raising the price of solar cells in America could have a significant chilling effect on demand for solar panels in this country. That’s bad for two reasons.

Massachusetts vs. New York and the Energy Storage Race

Jobs, State Investments and Innovation Leadership Hinge on Race to Be Number One
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State governments are increasingly recognizing the strategic and tactical benefits of legislative initiatives regarding energy storage. As a strategy, incentivizing or mandating energy storage helps states achieve their greenhouse gas reduction goals. This is because increased energy storage capacity allows for increased renewable production capacity, as any over production can be used at a later time. By serving as a buffer between production and consumption, energy storage also helps alleviate concerns about the effects of a rapid rise in renewable energy exports to aging grids.

NRG Energy’s Sustainable Customers Goals and Performance

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A key part of our business is enabling customers to achieve sustainable energy outcomes. In 2016,
 we provided more consumers and companies with access to cleaner, smarter energy choices through our Business Solutions team and our multi-brand retail business.

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Making sustainable attainable is a big part of what
we provide our business customers through a wide range of solutions in four main categories: renewables, services, distributed, and thermal.

Beyond Financing: Key Attributes of a Public-Private Partnership

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Public-private partnerships (P3s) are most commonly known for funding large-scale water infrastructure projects that a utility can’t support through traditional funding. However, other key attributes in the P3 model are often overlooked. In a P3, the private entity may provide the capital, but the true benefits go well beyond financing alone.

NRG Energy's Sustainable Operations Goals and Performance

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NRG always looks for ways to systematically improve environmental and community outcomes from our facilities’ operations while ensuring efficiency, reliability and stakeholder value. Focus areas within Sustainable Operations include safety, GHG emissions and carbon utilization, water, industrial waste and biodiversity.

Edge Computing Promises Significant Impacts on Data Center Planning

Black & Veatch white paper examines edge computing considerations for data networks
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OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, June 20, 2017 /3BL Media/ – A new Black & Veatch white paper examines the emerging deployment of edge computing and its impacts on data center infrastructure planning. Developed in partnership with DCD (formerly DatacenterDynamics), the white paper analyzes drivers, use cases and strategies to prepare for the edge computing evolution.

NRG Energy's Commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that United Nations member states – and, increasingly, businesses – are expected to use to frame agendas and policies surrounding development.

NRG's core business most closely aligns with:

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Without Energy, the Internet is Just a Black Hole

Creating Energy Solutions for Information and Communications Technology
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Nilmini Rubin, vice president for International Development at Tetra Tech, recently discussed the interdependence of internet access and affordable, reliable electricity on the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) blog. In her post, Nilmini explains the importance of both renewable and traditional energy sources and both grid-connected and off-grid energy to drive the connection of more than four billion people who do not have access to the internet.

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The Role of Independent Regulators in Bringing Power to Africa

Building an enabling framework to increase investment, transparency, and access to electricity across Africa
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Ignacio Rodriguez, director for power sector and energy reforms at Tetra Tech, was part of a Tetra Tech delegation that attended the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ignacio shared insights as part of a panel discussion of the importance of the regulator as an independent entity. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Commitment to Climate Action: Message from Michael W. Lamach, Chairman and CEO of Ingersoll Rand

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I’ve received many questions over the past few months about Ingersoll Rand’s commitment to reducing energy demand and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Those questions intensified this week with news of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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