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Manufacturer’s perspective on the new U.S. emissions reduction target

The United States manufacturing sector may be opting for a more diversified way of doing business paired with energy efficiency in preparation for the recently announced emissions reduction target. The U.S. has recently announced that it will be setting a huge emissions reduction target in the future. Specifically, the country aims to reduce its emissions by a range of between 26 percent and 28 percent by 2025 from its 2005 levels (see related story). However, with the new emissions reduction comes challenges that need to...

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Ford Motor dealerships to be powered by wind-solar energy system

The Ford Motor Company and Wind Energy Corporation will be bringing clean energy generation to four Ford dealerships in the United States. Under a pilot program exclusively for Ford, Wind Energy is going to install wind sail and solar panel systems at four chosen Ford dealerships: Dana Ford Lincoln in Staten Island, New York; Tom Holzer Ford in Framington Hills, Michigan; The Ford Store in Morgan Hill, California; and Fiesta Ford in Indio, California. The installations represent...

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U.S. smarter on energy use – N.R.D.C. report

The United States is smarter when it comes to energy use with reduced oil dependence, slowing increase in electricity needs, and more affordable energy service, according to a new report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council. According to N.R.D.C.’s second annual energy report, “Positive Energy Trends Bode Well for U.S. Security and the Economy,” the country’s optimized energy efficiency will help meet its energy needs more than any other resource –...

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New Sharp energy storage system to help Californians save on energy bills

Sharp Electronics Corporation has announced that they are launching a new energy storage solution in California. The SmartStorage energy solution can be used as a stand-alone supply of energy or deployed together with a solar electric installation. It keeps a large amount of electric energy stored in reserve, which it then selectively releases in order to limit the energy that a facility will take from the grid. The system can dramatically cut utility demand char...

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IKEA to use geothermal in Kansas City, solar in Sweetwater, Florida

Home furnishings giant IKEA has completed the underground geothermal work at a site in Kansans City. IKEA plans to build the largest single building with geothermal heating/cooling in Kansas. By completing the geothermal work on the site, they are now clear to advance with the stores development. “Tapping into geothermal technology is another way IKEA can maintain our commitment to sustainable building...

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"A River Changes Course" exposes Cambodia’s environmental woes

LOS ANGELES — Cambodian-American filmmaker Kalyanee Mam illustrated the plight of Cambodians striving to survive in the midst of deforestation and other aspects of globalization via a screening of her 2012 film "A River Changes Course" at the University of Southern California (USC) on September 17, 2013. Mam, who fled her homeland with her family to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide, also discussed her Sundance World...

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UCLA hosts conference uniting cleantech inventors and investors

LOS ANGELES — The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Office of Intellectual Property & Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR) is gathering leading innovators and investors in the cleantech industry at its Cleantech & Advanced Materials Industry Partnering Conference today at the UCLA Covel Commons. The conference exemplifies OIP-ISR’s quintessential goal of “driving innovation to market” because...

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Massachusetts's green efforts are creating jobs

This year, the number of clean energy jobs in Massachusetts has boomed to about 80,000, marking a 24 percent increase since 2011. According to a report by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), these jobs focus on renewable energy, carbon management, alternative transportation and related green technologies, with positions ranging from engineers to assembly workers.In addition, MassCEC...

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USC students raise awareness of environmental inequality in LA

LOS ANGELES — Students at the University of Southern California (USC) are partnering to use transmedia technology to advocate for environmental justice in their city and South LA neighborhood this weekend. Thanks to the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism Innovation Lab, USC students will have access to a futuristic video technology called RIDES this Friday and Saturday as they compete...

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New Generation Power to develop geothermal projects for U.S. Army

The United States Army has awarded Chicago-based New Generation Power Inc. a contract to develop geothermal power generation projects for Department of Defense installation. New Generation Power Inc., was awarded a Multiple Award Task Order Contract for renewable and alternative energy projects for the Department of Defense. The geothermal company will join a pool of qualified contractors...

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