All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Energy’

Earth Hour: Throwing Shade At Poor Or Good Cause?

The lights went out over many of the globe’s major landmarks last night. From the Great Wall of China and pyramids of Egypt to the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben, there was worldwide participation in the name of the annual trend called Earth Hour. Initiated by the World Wide Fund for Nature in 2007, the act is meant to be …

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Propane Shortage Leads to Price Surge in Midwest US

Much fuss has been made about the polar vortex that swept across the US this winter, bringing with it the lowest temperatures the United States has seen in decades. The Midwest, Northeast, South are the areas which have been hit the hardest. Because of these unnaturally cold temperatures and above-average amounts of snowfall, everyday life in these areas has essentially …

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American Attitudes Toward Clean Energy Softening

As renewable and clean energies have begun to proliferate across the globe, consumer attitudes toward different energy types have been a bit unpredictable. In recent years, American opinions of new and different energy-generating technologies have been dropping slightly. Now, market research firm Navigant Research has found that U.S. Adults are coming around on clean energy, if only for the most …

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Wind Farms Granted Permits to Kill Bald Eagles

The Obama administration is under heat again, but this time the pressure is unrelated to the Affordable Care Act. On Friday, it was revealed that wind power companies will be able to accidentally injure and kill bald and golden eagles for 30 years without fear of penalty or recourse. Wind farms with large rotating turbines have inadvertently killed the national …

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Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Be 100% Wind-Powered

When Facebook first announced their newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, they said that it would be among the “most advanced and energy efficient facilities of its kind.” Now, the company says that it will powered, in full, by a new wind project in nearby Wellsburg. The project is being developed by MidAmerican Energy. Facebook first began work on the …

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Francois Hollande Travels to South Africa

Perhaps in an effort to avert his plunging approval ratings, Francois Hollande, president of France, is currently visiting South Africa. The aim of this trip seems to be multi-fold, with the emphasis being on the creation of an African peace-keeping unit and the strengthening of economic ties between France and South Africa. Earlier today, Hollande commented on the recent collapse …

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IKEA to Sell Solar Panels to Customers in the UK

IKEA may be known for its moderately priced, Swedish-inspired furniture – but the company also devotes a large portion of their time to sustainability practices. And starting soon, the company will sell solar panels directly to customers in the UK. Reuters reports that the panels should come to all of its 17 UK-based stores within the next 10 months. The …

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Google Inks Another Big Wind Energy Deal In Texas

Google announced today that it has inked a deal with the Happy Hereford wind farm outside of Amarillo, Texas. Google is purchasing the farm’s entire output, calling it part of its quest to power its operations 100% with renewable energy. The wind farm is expected to start producing energy late next year, and is being developed by Oklahoma-based Chermac Energy. …

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$1.5 Trillion In Oil Discovered In Gulf Of Mexico

Good news for the oil industry and big business! Nearly $1.5 trillion worth of crude oil was just discovered through drilling pipes in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Ryan, a geologist working with Texaco Inc. had no way of predicting that he would be changing the future of energy that exists in the Gulf of Mexico when he set it …

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Cisco To Acquire IT Energy Management Firm JouleX

Cisco announced on Wednesday its intent to acquire IT engergy management company JouleX. Cisco says the Atlanta-based company complements its existing portfolio by using capabilities of its network to gain visibility into and control energy usage across global IT environments. Under the terms of the deal, Cisco will pay about $107 million in cash and retention-based incentives in exchange for …

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Google Gives $2.65M Grant To Energy Foundation, Pushes For Policy Reform

Google announced today that Google.org, the company’s philanthropic arm, is giving a $2.65 million grant to the Energy Foundation to support policy reforms that will “lead to more intelligent energy use”. Specifically, the grant will focus on electricity rates, access to electricity markets, and open data policies. The aim is for consumers to make more efficient use of their electricity, …

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Google Puts $200 Million Into Texas Wind Project

Google has been investing in clean energy for years, and today, the company announced that it has made a $200 million equity investment in a wind farm in west Texas, which the company says generates enough energy to power over 60,000 average U.S. homes. “Spinning Spur Wind Project is located in Oldham County, a wide open, windy section of the …

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