North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership Action Plan

Washington, DC – The North American Climate, Energy, and Environment Partnership was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto on June 29, 2016, at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, Canada. This Action Plan identifies the deliverables to be achieved and activities to be pursued by the three countries as part of this enduring Partnership. Advancing Clean and Secure Energy Advance clean energy and integration of energy resources, including renewables: Strive to achieve a goal for North America of 50% clean power…

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EU market design must tackle innovation gap in power networks

ENTSO-E and EDSO for Smart Grids call for an innovation push in the European power system. “System operators are in the starting blocks to plug in the reservoirs of flexibility that demand response, storage, digitalisation and link up between distribution and transmission represent”, stated ENTSO-E Chair of the Board, Bente Hagem as she opened in Brussels the EU conference on innovation in grids, InnoGrid2020+. “We count on the Commission to anchor innovation in its upcoming legislative proposal. It’s a necessity”. “Distributors of electric power, transmission system operators, and the entire…

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Climate Change: The Large Scale Impact of Small Scale Change

By Nisha Chandra The reporter’s voice blares through the television, impassioned by a need for change and an anger at the world’s stubborn ignorance. Sea levels rising at an alarming rate. A global surface temperature that won’t stop increasing. Warmer oceans. Shrinking ice. Ocean acidification. A teenager sits reclined, listening to the broadcast with an open but weary mind. “I know”, they think. “I know. But what do you want me to do about it?” For many, the often discussed task of ‘combating climate change’ seems like a distant and…

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Six steps to energy sustainability and security

The International Chamber for Commerce (ICC) has produced a set of business recommendations on energy sustainability and security for G20 Energy ministers preparing for the Hangzhou G20 Leaders’ Summit scheduled to take place in September. Developed by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) G20 CEO Advisory Group, the recommendations aim to help maintain momentum in the wake of increased focus on energy and climate change in the 2015 Antalya G20 Leader’s Communiqué. “The Hangzhou Summit has the potential to ensure that energy and climate issues continue to receive appropriate attention…

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KIC InnoEnergy seeks new education ideas

KIC InnoEnergy, the knowledge and innovation community for sustainable energy in Europe, has launched its call for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The Europe-wide call seeks applications from universities, research institutes or companies with ideas for products or services relating to sustainable energy that can be used in education. Any applicant requiring funding and a network of partners to develop and commercialise the ideas is especially encouraged. KIC InnoEnergy sees education as vital for a future with sustainable energy, and is therefore launching the call to increase educational options for…

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Going Further, Faster

On June 15, 2016, Sustainable Energy for All held a meeting of its Advisory Board in Brussels in order to introduce a new strategic framework that would drive action on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. The new framework, which ushers in a new period of action and policy development for SE4All, aims to meet the dual energy challenge: how do we ensure modern, reliable energy access to all without contributing to climate change? SE4All has acknowledged that reducing the carbon intensity of energy while making it…

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SunPower and Clean Solar Help Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose Save Energy While Changing Lives

  SAN JOSE, Calif., June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Downtown San Jose’s iconic purple museum is going green. Clean energy, education, and job training are uniting four local partners on a mission to save energy, educate youth, and rebuild lives. SunPower®, one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable companies, is donating 90 solar panels to Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose,and one of the Bay Area’s leading solar installers and a SunPower Elite Dealer, Clean Solar, is providing installation services with the help of students from San Jose Conservation…

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Ceres Ranks U.S. Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

A new analysis released today by Ceres shows that many of the nation’s largest electric utilities and their local subsidiaries are moving toward lower carbon fuel sources and that ambitious state policies and strong corporate demand for renewable energy are key drivers of this trend. The 2016 Benchmarking Utility Clean Energy analysis ranks the 30 largest electric utility holding companies and their 119 subsidiary companies, which collectively account for about 60 percent of U.S. retail electricity sales. The results show overall advances on renewable energy and energy efficiency in 2014,…

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[INTERVIEW] ‘It comes down to IT going green’

[THE INVESTOR] Gary Cook, a senior IT analyst at Greenpeace, said that he has noticed a particular trend among the younger generation in the United States — they delay getting their driver’s license after they turn 20. “It’s interesting. America, very much defined by car culture, is seeing lowering importance of getting a car. An interesting shift over the last five years,” Cook said in an interview with The Korea Herald. He explained that many drivers in the U.S. are choosing electric vehicles as the first option, wanting to move…

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ENGIE Selects C3 IoT for Its Enterprise-Wide Digital Transformation

C3 IoT and ENGIE announced that ENGIE, a global energy leader, has selected the C3 IoT Platform and applications as the technology foundation for its enterprise-wide transformation plan. C3 IoT enables ENGIE to harness the power of elastic cloud computing, big data, analytics, machine learning, and the Internet of Things to enhance and accelerate ENGIE’s lead in digital innovation. By standardizing its global business units on the C3 IoT Platform, ENGIE will unlock unique business insight from the vast data across its global infrastructure to realize operational efficiencies and better…

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