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February 16, 2019

Weekend reads: Can big oil ride RE & EV waves?; The unsexy part of climate policy

It's the weekend! Kick back and relax with these must-read energy stories from around the web:
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Solar  -  February 14, 2019

Carolina Panthers add solar to stadium

Installation will begin within the next few weeks to add solar panels on the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, home of the Carolina Panthers. The panels are being added to reduce energy costs as well as the stadium's carbon footprint.
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GHG Emissions  -  February 13, 2019

The Home Depot announces new targets and RE initiatives

The Home Depot has declared new emissions targets, along with commitments to wind and solar projects in 2019. The announcement came as CDP, an environmental impact non-profit, named the company to its Climate Change “A” list for its actions to cut carbon emissions and mitigate climate risks.
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GHG Emissions  -  February 13, 2019

Power sector efficiency up despite emissions increase

The electricity sector continued to improve its carbon intensity in 2018 due to increased renewable energy and natural gas power generation and investments in energy efficiency, even as a stronger economy and volatile weather boosted energy demand and contributed to a rise in economy-wide carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions.
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Solar  -  February 12, 2019

Comcast adds carport to call center

Comcast announced the completion of a 1,170-panel carport solar installation that will help power its regional call center in Plymouth, Mass. The system will generate enough onsite clean energy to offset more than 95% of the facility's annual energy consumption.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  February 6, 2019 - By BloombergNEF

Corporate Clean Energy Buying Surged to New Record in 2018

Corporations bought a record amount of clean energy through PPAs, in 2018, shattering the previous record set in 2017, according to this column from BloombergNEF. Moving forward even at this accelerated rate, will RE100 companies meet their 2030 targets?
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GHG Emissions  -  February 6, 2019

Business combine to cut emissions, save $19.3B

Ten years of the world’s biggest purchasers – including Bank of America, Dell, Kellogg Company, Unilever and Walmart – requesting transparency from their suppliers has triggered a step-change in environmental action, leading to 633 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions reductions and collective cost savings of  $19.3 billion reported by over 5,500 suppliers in 2018.
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GHG Emissions  -  February 6, 2019

C&Is in Illinois, Massachusetts lead with LEED

Illinois achieved the lead position on the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2018 list of Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The ranking of states based on the number of LEED-certified square feet per person placed Massachusetts in second place
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Sourcing Renewables  -  February 4, 2019

Facebook, Google, Amazon lead RE procurements

Tech giants Facebook, Google, and Amazon are leading the charge for corporate procurement of renewables within the U.S., combining for market share of just over a third (35.1%). After announcing 1.5 GW of procurement in 2018, Facebook is the largest
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Sourcing Renewables  -  January 28, 2019

Corporations shatter record for clean energy PPAs

Corporations purchased 13.4 gigawatts (GW) of clean power through PPAs in 2018, more than double the 6.1GWs recording in 2017. The PPAs were signed by 121 corporations in 21 different countries, positioning corporates alongside utilities as the biggest buyers of clean energy globally.
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