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Schneider Electric Commits to Tackling Inequality by Joining G7 Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) Coalition Powered by the OECD

Summary: 
  • B4IG business coalition to be launched in connection with the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz, France
  • Companies joining forces are investing a combined total of over 1 billion USD in more than 50 current and future initiatives, benefiting 100 million people to date
  • Call to action for other companies to join first-of-a-kind B4IG coalition
Press Release
  • B4IG business coalition to be launched in connection with the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz, France
  • Companies joining forces are investing a combined total of over 1 billion USD in more than 50 current and future initiatives, benefiting 100 million people to date
  • Call to action for other companies to join first-of-a-kind B4IG coalition

Gap Inc. Signs Renewable Energy Agreement to Achieve 2020 Goal

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Global apparel retailer Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) announced that it has signed a 90 Megawatt (MW) virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for the Aurora Wind Project with Enel Green Power North America, marking one of the largest offsite renewable energy contracts by an apparel retailer. The 12-year agreement is Gap Inc.’s latest renewable energy deal and will enable the company to reach its 2020 goal to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for its owned and operated facilities by 50 percent compared to 2015.

How Did Massachusetts Blossom Into an Environment Ripe for Energy Storage, Pushing Technology and Business Models to the Cutting Edge?

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It created a market that demands and allows for value stacking.

Today's energy storage technology can help power the country more efficiently and sustainably, and it's getting better all the time. However, this resource's greatest strength—the ability to both take in and let out energy rapidly—can be complicated to properly value. It's also been a bit of a headache to equitably work into the country's many mechanisms governing electricity generation and transmission.

More Renewable Energy Options Available Under Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage

Summary: 
  • Allows large energy users to secure renewable energy from new facilities
  • 600 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity approved in N.C.
Press Release
  • Allows large energy users to secure renewable energy from new facilities
  • 600 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity approved in N.C.

eBook - Energy Storage and Load Management for Cooperative and Public Power Utilities

Multimedia with summary

Charges for peak demand on the distribution system are an increasingly vexing line item for cooperative and public power utilities. The charges are rising, understandably, due to higher transmission and capacity costs. Yet customers still rely on you to keep their energy affordable. This eBook explains the factors behind peak demand charge hikes and how you can manage them effectively:

When Water is the Product, How Do We Afford Sustainability?

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By Andrew Chastain-Howley, Director of Water Solutions, Atonix Digital

Few appreciate the cost of water like commercial facilities and industrial manufacturers. Many of them are selling a product that requires water as part of the larger infrastructure setup that ultimately results in consumer goods. Take for instance food and beverage makers, for whom water is the good. Or paper and pulp companies, whose dry products rely almost exclusively on water.

Sustainability Group Awards Two Wind Energy Projects in Iowa With Highest Ratings

Alliant Energy projects, with Black & Veatch as Owner’s Engineer, recognized for environmental and community impacts by Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure
Press Release

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., August 15, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Of the many wind energy projects in the United States, only three are verified as sustainable by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Recently, two of them -- developed by power generation and distribution provider Alliant Energy with support from Black & Veatch as owner’s engineer – were the first wind projects ever to achieve the Envision Platinum rating, the highest rating from the Institute.

New Ceres Analysis Calls on Power Sector to Decarbonize Before 2050

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August 15, 2019 /3BL Media/A newly updated climate scenario analysis framework released today underscores the need for the U.S. power sector to completely decarbonize before 2050 in order to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius and stave off the worst impacts of climate change.

How Business is Protecting Scarce Natural Resources

by Denise Lana Molina, Director Global Sustainability Communications at Schneider Electric
Article

In 2018, the World Health Organization noted that specific populations are more vulnerable to climate change. People living on small islands, flat coastal regions, megacities, and mountainous or polar regions are especially at risk. As are children, particularly in underdeveloped countries, as are elderly people and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Ecocentricity Blog: The Energy-Water Collision

By: John A. Lanier
Summary: 

Sometimes the water is too hot in the first instance to be effectively used as coolant. Know when that is? In the heat of the summer, which will only get worse as our planet warms. Another challenge is droughts, like the kind also predicted to be more frequent as the climate changes.

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Sometimes the water is too hot in the first instance to be effectively used as coolant. Know when that is? In the heat of the summer, which will only get worse as our planet warms. Another challenge is droughts, like the kind also predicted to be more frequent as the climate changes.

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