Intel Leads Green Power User List; Minneapolis to Use Energy Star to Measure Energy Efficiency; GM Joins Solar Energy Industries Association; Investors Call on Oil Companies to Disclose Fracking Data - Energy Minute for February 13, 2013
Intel has been recognized for using more than 3 billion kilowatt hours of green power annually by the EPA in its latest Green Power Partnership rankings. That amount of green power equals 100 percent of the company’s U.S. electricity use. Intel leads the list as the largest voluntary purchaser of green power in the country for the fifth consecutive year.
The city of Minneapolis is considering an energy benchmarking and disclosure rule for commercial buildings. The city council’s energy and environment committee has approved a proposal to require large commercial building owners to measure and report energy consumption data on an annual basis. Under the proposal, the Energy Star program’s free Portfolio Manager reporting software would be used to record the information. The software has helped 35,00 buildings realize an average annual savings of 2.4 percent from 2008 to 2011, according to the EPA.
General Motors has joined the Solar Energy Industries Association. The company was ranked as the number one automotive solar user in the U.S. last month by SEIA. Among all companies ranked, including Walmart and IKEA, GM placed 13th. GM expects to double its solar-power electricity capacity this year.
Investors have called on nine oil and gas companies to disclose information about how they are managing and measuring the risks associated with hydraulic fracturing operations and shale gas transmissions. Shareholders have organized a campaign through the Investor Environmental Health Network to file resolutions that focus on quantitative risk reporting. The filings urge companies to issue reports that include specific data such as the sources and amount of water used for shale energy operations by region.
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