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Microgrids Can Significantly Lower Operating Costs for Water Utilities

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Energy is one of the most significant operating costs for a water or wastewater utility. Microgrid implementation at certain water or wastewater utility sites can produce sustainable energy that provides significant long-term cost savings. A new white paper outlines these benefits, water utility microgrid design considerations and ideal facility criteria for utilities to get the most out of this innovative energy management solution.

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Prepay Energy as a Gateway for Customer Engagement

Prepay energy services have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional utility services, with notable benefits for both the utility and the customer.
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The concept of prepay, even in the utility space, is not new. Historically, these solutions have been viewed as very utility-centric by nature, focused on solving very specific challenges that were seen as problematic or negative. It was challenging for customers to keep track of their balances, and they had to put forth a relatively high level of effort to make payments and recharge their accounts. The result is that prepay was seen as complex and cumbersome.

Microgrid Design to Boost Energy Resilience at Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Black & Veatch to bring engineering expertise to NYSERDA NY Prize project
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OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, 23 March 2017 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch is partnering with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to design and assess the financial and energy efficiency impacts of a microgrid in Buffalo, N.Y. The microgrid will provide resilient, clean energy for the 120-acre campus, long-term cost-savings and potential monetization opportunities for member institutions.

T-Mobile Arena Becomes First Sports & Entertainment Stadium in Las Vegas to Achieve Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

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Joint venture partners AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) announced today that in 2016 the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Gold certification to T-Mobile Arena, a 20,000-seat sports and entertainment venue that will host the NHL expansion team, Las Vegas Golden Knights. LEED is the preeminent rating system for design, construction & operation of high-performance green buildings.

Tetra Pak Announces Science Based Targets for Climate Impact Reduction

First in food packaging industry to receive SBT approval
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, 2 February 2017 /3BL Media/ - Tetra Pak today pledged that by 2030, the greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations will be at least 40% lower than in 2015.

Working with the Science Based Targets initiative, the company also set a goal that by 2040, emissions will be down 58% compared with a year ago.

In doing so, Tetra Pak becomes the first company in the food packaging industry to have its climate impact reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative.

Canada’s Moving Towards a Circular Economy – Business Must Prepare Now

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We are in the middle of a mega trend driven by climate change, resources scarcity, urbanization, social media and unbridled consumerism. Change will come, either a time of our choosing or at a time that is ecologically thrust upon us. Our best hope to get ahead of the curve is to shift towards a less wasteful and more circular economic model.

Regulators Examining Whether Performance-Based Incentives Could Be the Key to a Modernized Grid

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Utility regulators in some U.S. states are considering the adoption of performance-based regulation to replace the traditional cost of service regulation.

Energy-Efficient Operations Save GM $73 Million in 2016

16 facilities earn recognition from U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® program
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DETROIT, October 24, 2016 /3BL Media/ — The installation of 186,000 LED bulbs and fixtures is one of many steps helping General Motors save $73 million in energy costs in 2016. Global efforts to increase energy efficiency play a significant part in GM’s goal of meeting the electricity needs of its worldwide operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

GM China Engages Suppliers in Energy Projects that Saved $1.3M

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General Motors China engaged eight of its parts suppliers in a yearlong “Green Supply Chain” initiative designed to reduce energy consumption. The suppliers implemented 64 projects that resulted in emissions and facility noise reductions, as well as optimized lighting and energy management system improvements.

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