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Distributed Energy Resources  -  April 14, 2021 - By NRG Energy, Inc.

Turning Sustainability Goals into Action: DER Survey Insights, Part 4

Emissions reduction goals are increasing in significance as a driver for organizations to install DERs. Part 4 of this series from NRG Energy, based on results of the 2020 State of Distributed Energy Resources study conducted by Smart Energy Decisions, explores how creating objectives and measuring progress is especially important to establish stakeholder approval for the implementation of DERs.
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April 7, 2021 - By Constellation

Developing Energy Solutions For Your Company's Needs

Listening to customers is the first step to delivering a comprehensive, innovative, and strategic vision for energy management strategies. In this blog post from Constellation's series on Sustainability, Efficiency and Technology, the company explains why the conversation must start with a series of questions to determine what a customer is looking for in order to effectively meet their energy, sustainability, and budgetary needs.
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April 5, 2021 - By ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR’s Certification: The Path to a More Efficient Data Center

Over the past 12 years, manufacturers of computer servers have shown leadership through the ENERGY STAR® program to improve server energy efficiency and help reduce data center energy consumption. In this column from ENERGY STAR, a team of experts explores the use of SERT™ (Server Efficiency Rating Tool), the benefits of enabling power management, and the use of SERT data to estimate data center power demand.
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Finance  -  March 29, 2021 - By David Solomon, Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs Update on its 2030 Sustainable Finance Commitment

One year in on Goldman Sachs' plan to target $750 billion in financing, investing and advisory activity towards climate transition and inclusive growth, Chairman and CEO David M. Solomon provides an update on progress and new initiatives. Surpassing a fifth of the goal in a single year, he says, demonstrates that sustainable finance has already become a core offering from Goldman Sachs – and the demand among clients shows no signs of slowing down.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  March 24, 2021 - By NRG Energy, Inc.

The Value of Partnerships: DER Survey Insights, Part 3

In order to make the most of the opportunities afforded by DERs, it is important to join with partners who can help to evaluate your operations as a whole, explain potential complexities, and recommend the best DER fit and strategy for your business. Part 3 of this series from NRG Energy based on results of the 2020 State of Distributed Energy Resources study conducted by Smart Energy Decisions, looks at a variety of partnerships and business models being used to deploy DERs.
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March 9, 2021 - By Larry Fink, BlackRock

Larry Fink’s 2021 letter to CEOs

In his annual letter to CEOs, Larry Fink noted that the pandemic has presented such an existential crisis that it has driven us to confront the global threat of climate change more forcefully and to consider how, like the pandemic, it will alter our lives. Read the letter to find out why there is no company whose business model won’t be profoundly affected by the transition to a net zero economy and how sustainability and deeper connections to stakeholders will drive better returns.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  March 8, 2021 - By Catherine Paquette, Cisco

EnergyOps: Reducing Cisco’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions

Within Cisco’s direct operations, the main source of emissions is the energy required to operate labs and data centers. Catherine Paquette of Cisco explains in this column how the unique approach of the company's Global Energy Management and Sustainability (GEMS) team has driven progress toward achieving their Scope 1 and 2 GHG reduction goals.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  March 3, 2021 - By NRG Energy, Inc.

Choice and Flexibility: DER Survey Insights, Part 2

As the modern grid evolves away from large central generation towards smaller on-site electricity production, the new electric paradigm has spurred the growth of an incredible array of on-site distributed energy resources. In Part 2 of this series from NRG Energy based on results of the 2020 State of Distributed Energy Resources study conducted by Smart Energy Decisions, NRG looks at which technologies are gaining ground and five steps to consider when evaluating the selection of DERs that are right for you.
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GHG Emissions  -  February 26, 2021 - By Stacie Haas, Fifth Third Bank

How a Focus on ESG Led to a Bank’s Carbon Neutrality Achievement

Public companies have a responsibility to deliver long-term sustainable value, but the definition of that value has evolved beyond a return on investments for institutional and individual investors. In this column, Stacie Haas explains how Fifth Third Bank became the first regional commercial bank to achieve carbon neutrality, an achievement that wouldn’t have been possible without a strategic focus on ESG.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  February 24, 2021 - By NRG Energy, Inc.

Energy Cost & Control: DER Survey Insights, Part 1

As the U.S. energy landscape continues to undergo a transformational shift, how and where power is generated has emerged as a key driver in the transition. In Part 1 of this series from NRG based on results of the 2020 State of Distributed Energy Resources study conducted by Smart Energy Decisions, NRG looks at drivers and challengers among organizations who are currently deploying or considering the deployment of DERs - as well as ways to overcome those challenges.
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