Renewable Energy
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12/12/2017

Increases in wind energy and decreases in coal-burning generation have helped Iowa cut its greenhouse gas emissions 2% from 2015 levels, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Since 2016, wind generation in the state has increased 12.18%, it added.

12/12/2017

Weakened tax credits for solar and wind power and numerous efforts by the Trump administration have worked to or could derail the growth of renewable energy in the US, with the recent tax-cut packages out of Congress being the most immediate threat, writes Justin Worland. Many analysts, however, such as BNEF's Stephen Munro argue that the industry is a proven innovator and will continue to thrive in the long run regardless of these short-term challenges.

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12/12/2017

Good leaders listen, follow through on promises and treat others as they'd like to be treated, writes Dennis Miller. "It may take some practice, but by learning to build trust and respect among your colleagues, you will dramatically increase your leadership potential," he writes.

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12/12/2017

The US is losing its status as a global leader in clean energy due to the Trump administration's agenda, including its decision to exit the Paris climate accord, writes Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill. To retain its status, Krishnamoorthi argues that Congress should make community bonds more accessible to clean energy projects and measure infrastructure investments in terms of their economic and environmental returns.

12/12/2017

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, Xcel Energy and other interested parties have submitted an agreement for regulatory review that would add more installed wind energy in New Mexico and Texas. If approved, Xcel would build the 520-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County, N.M., and another 480-MW project in Texas, pending additional regulatory approval.

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Fox Business
12/12/2017

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has reviewed a proposal from Rocky Mountain Power and agreed to lower the utility's wind integration rate, said the parties. Rocky Mountain argued that wind and integration costs have declined significantly since 2008 and need to be updated.

12/12/2017

Principle Power and Redwood Coast Energy Authority, a local government agency based in Eureka, Calif., have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly study the state's feasibility for floating offshore wind development. RCEA said the parties are only beginning to explore the matter and that it would take "a number of years to complete" a project.

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12/12/2017

Trucks are drawing more power than ever, with the trailers themselves equipped with lift gates, pumps and sometimes refrigeration units, while drivers have cooking surfaces, TVs and cellphones to charge. Solar panels are an increasingly popular way to meet these demands, and they have the added benefits of significantly extending battery life and slightly improving fuel economy for a direct return on investment -- and a more sustainable fleet.

12/12/2017

One year after the Courtauld Commitment 2025 was signed, the first WRAP review shows that food and beverage companies are making strides to reduce food waste. Accountability tools like the Your Business Is Food calculator have helped some businesses slash their food waste by up to 72%.

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Sustainable Brands
12/12/2017

Tom Cridland's 30-year sweaters and 50-year jeans have made him a major player in the sustainable fashion world. The products' longevity is a major marketing advantage, and it means a lot less waste going into landfills.

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