Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Sustainability Journal Vikram R Chari Volume 2012 Issue 39


Greenhouse gas rules vulnerable http://huff.to/xdmpxm
The balancing act of CSR Reporting: CSRjames gives us the back stage tour http://vsb.li/3WhVe9
Keystone Pipeline Permit Request to Be Renewed http://bit.ly/y85bmr The latest: TransCanada is proposing to split the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in 2, to get around U.S. process http://j.mp/zOa6K0 TransCanada to proceed with the Southern (Texas!) leg of the Keystone Pipeline latimes.com/news/nationwor…
Warren Buffett's company owns more wind power than any other in USA (over 3 gigawatts!)  http://goo.gl/F5Hsm
Beyond Blocks: Lego's Parent Spends $530M on Offshore Wind http://grn.bz/zjEMy7
Filling up an electric car battery like a gas engine http://ow.ly/1hG1Hf
Our daily roundup of news and views. We bring you the design issue. From green oscar winners to an Eco bottle battle. http://ow.ly/1Hf6hr
 Americans Listening to Politicians, Not Climate Scientists - Wired News http://ow.ly/1hG2CH
 Influential Women in Cleantech: Top 10 Women of Sustainability http://goo.gl/fb/KSzBZ
Tendril buys Recurve for energy analytics bit.ly/yd92Ey
Barnett Shale gas production hit record high in November, despite low gas prices star-telegram.com/2012/02/27/376…
Glidehouse Prefab Built on Vashon Island: jgrn.co/w8Uh30
Renewables Now Cheaper than Coal in Michigan, Could Be $5-Billion Industry dlvr.it/1FvJ5v
Warner Urges Companies to Lend Expertise to Strapped Nonprofits bloom.bg/zjnODH
Discover more about a common, global platform for companies to measure and report on product sustainability. ow.ly/98z8K
Eco-Travel Helps South Africa | Care2 Healthy Living: South Africa is a blend of first and third worl... bit.ly/yppWe3
Bill Gates: The lack of energy funding is crazy ow.ly/1hGYRo Bill Gates on changing the energy system: The IT revolution "warped people's minds" on how fast change can occur cnet.co/xMTSST
Shareholders' Top Priorities: Green Issues, Political Spending bit.ly/wI6cM6
Cisco enlists it’s employees to fight global hunger relief news-cs.co/Ai4CYn
For future cars, anything but gasoline smrt.io/xC0Jhs
2012 Plug-in Prius (95 MPGe) eligible for $4k rebates in California- bit.ly/zTdo1L

Solar in most conservative zip codes in state; number 1 area conservative senior citizens. When solar reaches grid parity, consumers will exit. Evolving role for utilities. Customer satisfying process, compete with vendors on distribution, generation and efficiency. Perfect storm in power industry--lower gas and solar prices, building efficiency technologies. Richard Kauffman, DOE, innovative business models, with that comes innovative technology. Students in school demanding solar on school rooftops. In theory, projects financable. Long term power purchase agreements, but source of funds not there. Challenge is that to use tax benefits have to get equity. Not market issue but tax equity and debt--tough to get for small projects. Can't get financing. More interest in lower prices, reliability--munis looking to do dist gen. Scaling an issue; make service model more efficient. Gen side-what should utilities do? Low demand growth with uncertain future investment in assets. What can utilities do to get bigger share of wallet? Services efficiency, increase value of product. Kris--commissions can pre-approve transmission, accept more technologies like storage, order 1000 good thing to find agreement on cost allocation.

Efficiency will save $9 billion in AZ. Storage business model, digitization, decoupling, Arizona citizens believe solar is their economic destiny.

Greenhouse gas rules getting their day in court -- today & tomorrow bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-2…
Are Container Houses the future? by futurecapetown goo.gl/fb/rC9KU
AEI Economist Zycher Makes Head-Exploding Claims About Cost of Renewables bit.ly/zkKsD1
Warming Arctic Means More Tundra Fires—And More Warming bit.ly/yIaJS8
Inventing the Energy Future: Bill Gates and Steven Chu Have a Plan : Greentech Media greentechmedia.com/articles/read/…
Update: Solar Firms Setting New Records in Efficiency and Performance greentechmedia.com/articles/read/…

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