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5 years in, how does General Mills’ regenerative agriculture commitment measure up?

GreenBiz

General Mills aims to spur ‘systems change’ and advance regenerative agriculture on 1 million acres of land by 2030.

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Virtual power plants: the importance of integrating smart-enabled tech with microgeneration

Envirotec Magazine

Jordan Brompton is co-founder of myenergi, a UK designer and manufacturer of renewable energy products. Jordan Brompton explains how developments in smart tech are enabling increasingly eco-conscious consumers to more easily and effectively transition towards off-grid renewable energy. During last year’s COP climate conference, the world agreed to triple its renewable capacity by 2030.

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Time for a Different Approach to Building Upgrade Programs

NRDC onEarth

One size does not fit all, building retrofit programs should be designed at a community level to ensure low-middle income homes don’t get left behind. A new guidelines doc co-authored by NRDC with partners helps set up community-driven retrofit programs.

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Rein In DOE Distribution Transformer Efficiency Standards

POWER Magazine

A bipartisan group of 12 U.S. senators is poised to introduce a bill that could freeze the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) implementation of updated energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers. […] The post Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Rein In DOE Distribution Transformer Efficiency Standards appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Insurers hope new policies covering carbon credits will restore trust in a battered market

GreenBiz

Cloverly is selling coverage that will compensate carbon credit buyers in the event of fraud or invalidation.

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Chart: The world is building renewable energy faster than ever before

Canary Media

Canary Media’s chart of the week translates crucial data about the clean energy transition into a visual format. Renewable energy didn’t just grow last year — it expanded at a pace not seen in years.

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Tesla big battery replaces Hawaii’s last coal plant

Renew Economy

A 185MW/565MWh Tesla Megapack battery has been brought online in Oahu, effectively replacing Hawaii’s last coal power plant. The post Tesla big battery replaces Hawaii’s last coal plant appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Israel’s climate tech sector plummeted in 2023

GreenBiz

The war and infighting over Netanyahu’s moves wreaked havoc on the country’s sustainability startups.

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China’s Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Shows Significant Growth in 2023

FuelCellsWorks

Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle Sales Surge by Over 72% in China during 2023 On January 11, 2024, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers released the national fuel cell vehicle production and sales.

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New York will repurpose gas pipelines to pump clean heat into buildings

Canary Media

Last month, utilities in New York state submitted plans for 13 pilot projects meant to transform fossil-gas pipelines into infrastructure that can power clean, carbon-free heat pumps.

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Electrofuels Are the Future: The Driving Force to Decarbonizing Heavy Transport

Speaker: Ayesha Choudhury - Senior Vice President, Head of Capital Markets at Infinium

With the first wave of the energy transition, renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) have begun replacing coal power generation. However, some sectors are lagging behind and struggling to decarbonize more than others, including large-scale transportation like commercial aviation, shipping, and rail transit. Electrofuels (aka eFuels) are the next generation of solutions to help the hardest-to-abate sectors pivot from their reliance on fossil fuels.

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Fossil lobby claims voters want nuclear. Grid simulation shows it’s the last thing Australia needs

Renew Economy

As the Coalition goes nuclear in its opposition to solar and wind, data modelling 100% renewables on Australia's NEM reminds us why SMRs are not part of the picture. The post Fossil lobby claims voters want nuclear. Grid simulation shows it’s the last thing Australia needs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How EV maker Rivian plans to halve the carbon footprint of its vehicles by 2030

GreenBiz

The company has published its strategy for ‘zero materials waste and zero pollution.

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First Zeroe Engine Fuel Cell Successfully Powers On

FuelCellsWorks

Checking off a key milestone on the path to achieving hydrogen-powered flight. In late 2023, the ZEROe teams powered on the iron pod, the future hydrogen-propulsion system designed for Airbus’.

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OPG, Capital Power to Explore Small Modular Nuclear Reactors in Alberta

POWER Magazine

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and North American power producer Capital Power Corp. will jointly examine the feasibility of developing small modular reactors (SMRs) in Alberta, including possible ownership and operating […] The post OPG, Capital Power to Explore Small Modular Nuclear Reactors in Alberta appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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Ark progresses plan for solar farm next to world’s largest eight-hour battery

Renew Economy

With plans locked in for a battery that could be the largest of its kind in the world, Ark Energy is seeking approval for a 500MW solar farm to go with it. The post Ark progresses plan for solar farm next to world’s largest eight-hour battery appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Microsoft will buy enough U.S.-made solar panels to power 1.8 million homes

GreenBiz

The deal will fund 12 gigawatts from Qcells over the next eight years.

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How GM’s Investment in Fuel Cells Is Paying Off

FuelCellsWorks

General Motors wants to make hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEVs) a reality, and the only way this can happen is by making them more cost-effective for a wider population.

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Increasing extreme heat is hurting Kansas farmers’ bottom line

EDF + Business

During the summer of 2023, Kansas endured a historic heat wave with temperatures soaring above 110°F in some areas. As climate change continues to intensify, the frequency and severity of extreme heat are projected to increase. Are Kansas farmers at risk of losing money in the face of these extreme growing conditions? A new study by EDF, Kansas State University and Cornell University aimed to answer this question by examining the impacts of extreme heat over the last four decades.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?

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Surge in heat pumps and rooftop solar drives record uptake for UK homes

Renew Economy

Installation of solar panels and heat pumps in UK homes soared in 2023, driving the country to its highest-ever level of domestic low-carbon technology upgrades. The post Surge in heat pumps and rooftop solar drives record uptake for UK homes appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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We can do better: Redesigning climate change, biodiversity and plastic waste negotiations

GreenBiz

Global negotiating processes must shift to achieve more meaningful climate results.

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European Parliament endorses call for EU geothermal strategy

ThinkGeoEnergy

The European Parliament’s Plenary voted overwhelmingly positively on a resolution to support a European geothermal energy strategy. 531 of the 553 Members of the European Parliament present (96%) voted in favour of the resolution with 20 abstentions and 2 voting against. The resolution, led by Professor Krasnodebski MEP from the European Conservatives & Reformist Group (ECR), calls for: A European strategy for geothermal energy to reduce administrative burdens and aid investments in building

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries to Issue Transition Bonds for Clean Hydrogen Transport and Energy Projects in Japan

FuelCellsWorks

Tokyo– Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today its first transition bond issuance as a means of financing via the Master Framework,* which the company established in November 2023 as the.

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Queensland funds another 12 “solar soaker” batteries, plus two locally made flow batteries

Renew Economy

Energy Queensland gets new funds to install another 12 network connected batteries across the state – including two flow batteries made by local manufacturers. The post Queensland funds another 12 “solar soaker” batteries, plus two locally made flow batteries appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Government-Backed Meat Ad Campaign Targets Gen Z Over Veganuary

DeSmogBlog

A £4 million multimedia ad campaign aimed at boosting British meat and dairy consumption among Gen Z “flies in the face of science”, experts have warned. Timed to coincide with Veganuary – the popular January campaign to promote plant-based eating – “Let’s Eat Balanced” will target cinema screens, TVs, newspapers, social media channels and major supermarkets over the next two months, to communicate health benefits of lamb, beef, pork and dairy produce.

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Private 5G/4G cellular networks gain popularity as grids modernise

Smart Energy International

It’s estimated that private cellular networks for utilities will account for nearly $2 billion in cumulative infrastructure spending between 2023 and 2026. This is according to the latest report from ResearchAndMarkets.com, which shows private 5G/4G cellular networks – also referred to as NPNs (Non-Public Networks) in 3GPP terminology – are rapidly gaining popularity across a diverse range of vertical industries.

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Ikea Group Sets Sights on World’s Largest Offshore Wind-to-Hydrogen Hub in Baltic Sea

FuelCellsWorks

Ingka Investments and OX2 Propose 3.1GW Offshore Green Hydrogen Production Facility, Eyeing 370,000 Tonnes Annual Output and Marine Environmental Revitalization OX2 and Ingka Investments apply for permit to construct the.

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Court rejects solar farm for wrecking a town’s view, poor consultation

Renew Economy

NSW court rules the solar project didn't take into account its impact on the landscape's character and fell short on community consultation. The post Court rejects solar farm for wrecking a town’s view, poor consultation appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Federal Resources Minister opens AVL’s flow battery electrolyte plant in Western Australia

Energy Storage News

An official opening took place this morning for the new vanadium flow battery electrolyte factory in Western Australia build by Australian Vanadium (AVL).

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New studies indicate that battery-electric aircraft with 800 km range could be practical

Charged

Several companies are working on battery-electric aircraft , but electric aviation is a tougher nut to crack than electric cars, for physical reasons. It simply takes a lot more energy to keep an aircraft aloft than it does to propel a vehicle along a road, and every additional pound of battery weight takes a steep toll on an e-aircraft’s range and/or payload.

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Using Idle Trucks to Power the Grid With Clean Energy

FuelCellsWorks

Waterloo researchers investigate how fuel cell powered vehicles can reenergize overworked electricity grids. University of Waterloo researchers are tapping into idled electric vehicles to act as mobile generators and help.

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Stick to the plan: Lights won’t go out when Eraring closes on schedule

Renew Economy

Consistent with AEMO's own modelling, our new analysis reconfirms there is no material electricity reliability gap for NSW if Eraring closes on schedule. The post Stick to the plan: Lights won’t go out when Eraring closes on schedule appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Hawaii used rooftop solar to shore up the grid. New rules threaten that

Canary Media

For a moment there, it looked like Hawaii had found the ideal resolution to the rooftop solar wars raging around the country. Ever since rooftop solar took off, utilities, installers and regulators have fought over how much to compensate this consumer-led form of energy production.

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The heavy-duty electric truck market could break out in 2024

Charged

Electrifying heavy-duty trucks is essential if we’re to fight climate change and air pollution, but the pace of the transition has been painfully slow—many, many pilots, but few truly large-scale orders. For example, shipping giant Schneider acquired 92 Freightliner eCascadias in 2023 —a good start, but only that, considering that the company currently operates over 10,000 tractors.