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How the Top-Rated Colleges for Sustainability Are Raising the Bar: From Princeton Review's Annual 'Guide to Green Colleges'

April 22, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Green Colleges Raising the Bar

More colleges are offering sustainability majors, have greenhouse gas reduction programs underway, and are ramping up interaction with administrators about sustainability. But the percentage offering locally grown and organic foods actually dipped slightly from last year. -Princeton Review's Davie Soto[read more]

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Here is How the Economics of Privately-Held LNG from Frigid Siberia are Shaping Up to Compete in European and Asian Natural Gas Markets

March 21, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

LNG from Siberia

Here’s a peak at what might be the second most cost-effective natural gas resource in the world -- and it doesn’t involve hydraulic fracturing. Technically, it is a conventional gas play in Russia but not in the customary use of the word, and it does not involve Gazprom.[read more]

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Wonder How the Next Generation Wants to Drive Sustainability? Check out These "Future Influencers" from Siemens

March 14, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Sustainability and Ideas

Siemens AG has brought together what its leaders consider to be likely “future decision makers and thought leaders” to exchange ideas, participate in live dialogues and otherwise collaborate on how best to create a more sustainable energy future.[read more]

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'Mechatronics' is Central to How Siemens Recruits and Trains Qualified Engineers for its Combined-Cycle Gas Turbine Manufacturing Plant

March 11, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Siemens Manufacturing Plant

When Siemens AG decided to focus the manufacturing of state-of-the-technology combined-cycle natural gas turbines, it encountered difficulty securing the needed technicians and skilled machinists and welders. It moved quickly to fill the gap with a relatively unique combination of initiatives.[read more]

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How the PJM Power Grid in the US Skirted Very Close to Blackouts During January's Polar Vortexes

March 3, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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PJM Power Grid Stress

 

The eastern portion of the PJM power grid in the U.S. narrowly avoided rolling blackouts during the period of January's 'polar vortexes'. Several steps are needed to reduce the risks, including those dealing with the shift to natural gas-fired generators.[read more]

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Don’t Hold Your Breath for Any Progress Stemming from the Joint Statement by NRDC and EEI

February 17, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

NRDC/EEI Joint Statement

In their widely heralded recent “joint statement” last week, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) articulated a “path-breaking” agreement to enable more efficiency and clean energy from utilities.[read more]

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Want to Sustain Utilities? Decouple Profits from Revenues, Assign Costs Where they Belong and Enable Customers to Make Smarter Energy Choices

February 10, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Decoupling and Utility Profits

The challenge and opportunity to craft rules that can stop any utility ‘death spiral’ while enabling users to control their energy costs and clean up our air and water is staring us straight in the face. It’s only going to get more challenging, and more compelling with each passing year.[read more]

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How About a Wiki for Clean Energy to Share Best Practices for Improving Energy Efficiency, Boosting Renewables and Reducing Emissions

January 27, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

A Wiki for Clean Energy

There is no shortage of ideas on how businesses, governments and households in the U.S. and other industrialized countries can become more energy efficient; same applies on how to grow cleaner supplies of energy while lowering harmful greenhouse gas emissions and doing so in ways that create sustainable jobs.[read more]

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Calculating the Social Cost of Carbon and Value of Rooftop Solar: The Movement Has Begun

January 15, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Social Cost of Carbon

How much value should owners of rooftop solar systems receive credit for in reducing their use -- and the environmental impact -- of utility-generated electricity? That is THE question Minnesota is tackling this month, the first state ever to do so.[read more]

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Exploring Microsoft's Carbon Price and Its 5 Steps to Carbon Neutrality

December 30, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Microsoft and Carbon Pricing

The number of companies taking tangible steps to prepare for and prosper in a lower-carbon economy is growing, even absent a national carbon tax or cap-and-trade regime. Their actions speak louder than the hyperbole that advocates are using to argue for and against paying for carbon emissions.[read more]

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Know your LEDs: Light-Emitting Diode Bulbs Set to Go Mainstream in Households Globally

December 17, 2013 by Jim Pierobon
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LEDs and Global Growth

If you’re not up to speed on LED bulbs, the time to get smart is now. Light-emitting diode bulbs are set to become household words in the U.S. and much of Western Europe, and soon will be in China and other countries, as competition heats up below the $10 (U.S.) price point.[read more]

Fast Fix: The List of Companies Preparing for a Carbon Tax Keeps Growing, But . . .

December 6, 2013 by Jim Pierobon
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Carbon Tax and Companies Preparing

The companies preparing for a carbon tax keeps growing, but whether Congress will act to inspire and refocus America’s economic priorities on cleaner energy future and the new investment and sustainable jobs that come with it seem as bleak as ever.[read more]

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Lower Threshold to End Filibusters in Senate Boosts Odds for Aggressive Emission Limits by Obama

November 25, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

US Senate Rules and Emissions

The battle over existing and future nominations to the D.C. Circuit – not in Congress, not inside a regulatory agency per se – has become the defining energy / environmental policy contest for the next three years, and perhaps beyond.[read more]

Fast Fix: Opower's 5 Universal Truths About Utility Customers - Do You Agree?

November 21, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Utility Customers

Customer Service Week hosted a discussion this morning with Opower‘s VP-Analytics Nancy Hersch and Customer Insights Senior Manager Lauren Llewellyn about five truths about utility customers the company is finding in its quantitative and qualitative research.[read more]

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Mapping Whole Communities and Their Homes with Thermal Images to Reduce Heat Loss

November 19, 2013 by Jim Pierobon
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Home Efficiency and Thermal Imaging

What if you could determine how much heat your home is losing, how much it’s costing you in higher energy bills and what insulation and other improvements would fix it? Oh, and you could accomplish without an energy audit, free-of-charge and from a mobile device no less?[read more]