Commercial

Demand Management  -  June 10, 2019

A look at this summer's Texas electricity market

Summer heat, rising demand, and tightening supply increase the price risk for electricity consumers this summer. This white paper from NRG Energy shows both the challenges and opportunities for Texas businesses as a hot summer can encourage refocused energy planning for a smart energy future.
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Energy Efficiency  -  June 7, 2019

2019 Better Buildings Progress Report

The 2019 Progress Report from Better Building highlights the accomplishments of the 900+ partners working with the Better Buildings Initiative to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency while also creating jobs and increasing market competitiveness in the commercial, industrial, government, and residential sectors.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  June 6, 2019

Walmart adds 120+ charging stations nationwide

Walmart and Electrify America announced that more than 120 plus ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now operational and open to the public at Walmart stores in 34 states across the U.S.
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Energy Efficiency  -  June 3, 2019 - By Sal Alhelo, JCPenney

The Blind Spot in Efficiency Management

To enjoy an energy efficient building, your overall strategy must address two different areas of energy efficiency: the regular routine (automation) and the irregular (anomalies). In this column, Sal Alhelo of JCPenney warns that addressing only one of these two areas - or worse, applying the same strategy to both - means you are likely wasting energy.
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Energy Efficiency  -  June 3, 2019

Union Pacific posts energy consumption decline

Union Pacific’s utility conservation projects reduced energy consumption by 3.1 million kWh in 2018, which is enough to annually power more than 280 U.S. homes. The company reported that many conservation projects were employee-driven solutions such as retrofitting lights with LED bulbs and upgrading air compressor systems.
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Utilities  -  May 31, 2019

Costco denied aggregation in Virginia

Virginia regulators on May 30 denied Costco’s request to buy electricity generated by someone besides Dominion Energy, the state's largest electric monopoly.
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Commercial  -  May 28, 2019

Starbucks issues $1 billion Sustainability Bond

Starbucks has issued a $1 billion, 30-year Sustainability Bond that will fund its ethical coffee sourcing and Greener Retail Initiative, the company announced. The sustainability bond is the largest of its kind that the coffee giant has issued to date. 
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Energy Efficiency  -  May 21, 2019

General Mills hits efficiency targets ahead of schedule

General Mills has exceeded its 10-year goal to improve energy efficiency at its 26 largest U.S.-based plants by 20% four years ahead of plan.
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May 20, 2019

Chevron adds EV in CA

Chevron is adding EV fast charging to select company owned and operated gas stations in California. To date, more than a dozen fast chargers – ranging from 50 kW to 100 kW capacity – are already operational or under construction at five Chevron stations in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.
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GHG Emissions  -  May 16, 2019

Chubb sets global GHG reduction goals

Chubb announced a new companywide goal to reduce its global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 20% on an absolute basis by 2025. The company also established a long-term goal to reduce absolute GHG emissions 40% by 2035.
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