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Bitcoin Miners Flock to New York’s Remote Corners, but Get Chilly Reception - The New York Times
A region that once attracted heavy industry is coping with an influx of Bitcoin speculators, lured by an abundance of cheap electricity.
energy-costs  adaptive-re-use  new-york  bitcoin  Around-the-web  this-week-437 
september 2018 by areadevelopment
Facebook commits to 100% renewable energy by 2020 - FastCompany
The social network is buying wind and solar power from sources all over the world–and helping grids get more clean energy for everyone in the process.
renewable-energy  green-facilities  data-centers  sustainable-development  solar-power  energy-costs  energy-efficiency  Around-the-web  this-week-435  insider-8-31-2018 
august 2018 by areadevelopment
Microgrid adoption could accelerate in the US in coming years - S&P Global Platts
Citing an increase in power outages, Silicon Valley manufacturing firm JSR Micro said Thursday it will install a microgrid system that can power its operations if the power grid fails, a solution that could proliferate in the coming years.
microgrids  energy-costs  energy-efficiency  sustainable-development  Around-the-web  this-week-435-top  insider-8-31-2018 
august 2018 by areadevelopment
Fuel Economy Freeze Will Leave U.S. Auto Industry in the Dust - Detroit Free Press
The car as Americans have known it since the days of Henry Ford is about to be transformed. That is the consensus of industry leaders. Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne predicts that “carmakers have less than a decade to reinvent themselves.”
automotive-industry  industry-reports  government-policy  green-economy  autonomous-vehicles  electric-vehicle  energy-efficiency  energy-costs  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-433  insider-10-5-2018 
august 2018 by areadevelopment
America's Power Grids Are Not Ready For Summer Heatwaves - BDO
Los Angeles has had blackouts and soaring electricity prices. Electricity prices across the nation have jumped to as much as double for late summer. The Secretary of Energy is calling for subsidies to make otherwise noneconomic coal and nuclear power plants available to the grid. The taxpayers of New York have stepped up with a $500 million bailout of two nuclear power plants. Electricity markets are supposed to be competitive and “de-regulated” to provide “choice” and lower prices to consumers, but now we have the characteristics of monopoly markets: reduced service and higher prices.
utilities  energy-costs  energy-availability  infrastructure  Around-the-web  this-week-432 
august 2018 by areadevelopment
Could microgrids change how real estate sources energy? - JLL Real Views
Whether they’re supporting developing countries looking to build up their electricity infrastructure or real estate developments looking to offer predictable utility bills, microgrids could have a big impact on the way people and businesses access power in the future.
micro-grids  energy-costs  energy-efficiency  facility-planning  Around-the-web  this-week-427  sustainable-development  insider-8-31-2018  insider-9-20-2018 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
This City Just Passed the First Bitcoin Mining Ban in the US - Motherboard
Plattsburgh, New York has imposed an 18-month moratorium on Bitcoin mining to prevent miners from using all the city’s cheap electricity.
energy-costs  bitcoin  high-tech  data-centers  Around-the-web  this-week-416  new-york  energy  insider-3-39-2018 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
Switch and Capital Dynamics Plan US Record-Capacity Solar Project - DataCenter Knowledge
Data center provider Switch will help clean energy investor Capital Dynamics build a large solar project in Nevada, promising future consumers a substantially lower solar energy rate than offered by NV Energy, the utility that serves a big portion of the state.

Las Vegas-based Switch will be the project’s “anchor” customer, the company said in a statement. Several of its data center clients, whose names were not disclosed, have signed up as well, and Capital Dynamics expects the data center company to apply the collective-buying approach it’s used with its customers to buy network services to buying renewable energy.
data-centers  Around-the-web  this-week-412  solar  energy-costs  insider-3-39-2018 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
Corporate tax cuts are holding the promise of lower utility bills - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
After the last major overhaul of the corporate tax system, in the mid-1980s, regulators in many states were slow to act — in effect allowing utilities to pocket tax savings until new rates took effect.

Some states are trying to prevent that from happening again.
energy-costs  energy  taxes-incentives  corporate-tax-reform  government-policy  utilities  Around-the-web  this-week-410 
january 2018 by areadevelopment
Why Low-Energy Solutions Are Needed To Power The IoT Revolution - GE Reports
As Moore’s Law diminishes in influence, what are some of the anticipated drivers of computing development – especially widespread IoT adoption? A key factor is energy – the expansion of IoT will require more power – a lot more.
energy-costs  internet-of-things  Around-the-web  this-week-398 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
American Companies Still Make Aluminum. In Iceland. - The New York Times
More than 30 of the giant factories once dotted the American landscape, sucking down huge amounts of electricity to produce the metal for car parts, beer cans and aluminum foil. Now there are just five smelters — all facing an uncertain future.
aluminum-industry  alcoa  iceland  business-globalization  energy-costs  Around-the-web  this-week-391 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
Toyota Installs Largest Corporate On-Site Solar Power System in Texas - Energy Manager Today
SunPower is deploying more than 20,000 solar panels at the new headquarters, which Toyota expects to occupy later this year.  Close to 1-MW larger than the 7.75-MW system originally planned, it is expected to be the Lone Star State’s largest corporate office on-site solar installation among non-utility companies.
solar-power  facility-planning  green-economy  energy-costs  sustainable-development  Around-the-web  automotive-industry  corporate-headquarters  texas  toyota  this-week-382 
april 2017 by areadevelopment
Hon Hai chief confirms $7 billion U.S. investment in works - The Japan Times
The head of Taiwan’s tech giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. confirmed Sunday he is considering a $7 billion investment to make flat panels in the United States in a joint project with Japan’s SoftBank.
this-week-375  Around-the-web  Matt  high-tech  tech  technology  apple  foxconn  electronics-industry  FDI  location-USA  trump  manufacturing  economic-development  site-selection  Pennsylvania  mid-atlantic  taxes-incentives  energy-costs 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
Meet the Chinese Billionaire Who's Moving Manufacturing to the U.S. to Cut Costs - MSN
Overall speaking, the tax burden for manufacturers in China is 35% higher than in the U.S., Cao Dewang told China Business Networkin an interview. He added that a combination of cheap land, reasonable energy prices and other incentives means that, despite higher manufacturing costs, he can still make more money by making glass in the U.S. than by exporting Chinese-made panes to the U.S. market.
china  u.s.-manufacturing  nextshoring  business-globalization  corporate-tax  corporate-tax-reform  taxes-incentives  energy-costs 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
States Shifting to Clean Energy See Progress - SSTI
Energy policies some states are pursuing include enacting strong renewable portfolio standards, taking steps to pursue power-purchase agreements to procure renewable energy on a long-term basis and using innovative financing mechanisms or tax policies to support clean energy development.
energy  sustainable-development  wind-energy  government-policy  energy-costs  green-economy  Around-the-web  this-week-370 
november 2016 by areadevelopment
Operations Extranet by McKinsey & Company - The future is now: How to win the resource revolution
Even though the hurricane-like “supercycle” of double-digit annual price increases that prevailed from the early 2000s until recently has hit land and abated, companies in all sectors need to brace for a new gale of disruption.
natural-resources  Around-the-web  this-week-370  global-supply-chain  energy-costs  water-availability  green-economy  sustainable-development 
november 2016 by areadevelopment
As Energy Use Rises, Corporations Turn to Their Own Green Utility Sources - The New York Times
Like other big companies before it, including Walmart and Google, Apple recently received a federal designation for its energy subsidiary that allows it to become a wholesale seller of electricity from coast to coast. In effect, Apple is creating its own green utility company, although the main customer is itself.
Around-the-web  this-week-362  green-economy  green-facilities  energy-costs  sustainable-development 
august 2016 by areadevelopment
How Industrial Firms Invest in Renewable Energy, Affordably - HBR
Industrial companies have had a hard time making it work for two key reasons: costs and accounting. First, due in large part to the scale and consistency of their energy purchasing, industrials already pay the lowest rates for power. Second, signing long-term power agreements for 15 to 20 years is hard for any company to swallow, and they often struggle with how to handle the accounting (is the contract a lease? Is it a liability, an asset, or something else?). This hurdle seems especially hard for old-school, more fiscally conservative entities.
industrial-real-estate  industrial-sector  renewable-energy  green-economy  energy-costs  energy  wind-energy  solar  Around-the-web  this-week-360 
august 2016 by areadevelopment
U.S. Utilities Boost Investments in Wind, Solar Power - WSJ
Power companies take advantage of government incentives that let them sell renewable electricity to other utilities at higher prices
utilities  energy  green-economy  energy-costs  wind-energy  solar-power  this-week-352  Around-the-web 
may 2016 by areadevelopment
Why companies like Google and Walmart are buying so much wind power - The Washington Post
Corporations and other non-utility customers — including some municipalities and universities  — accounted for more than half of the wind power capacity sold through so-called power purchase agreements in 2015, according to the AWEA. The group said that corporate and other non-utility buyers have signed contracts for more than 4,500 megawatts of wind power capacity, or enough to power the equivalent of about 1.2 million American homes.

Why does that matter?
green-economy  green-facilities  sustainable-development  energy-costs  Around-the-web  this-week-349  wind-energy 
april 2016 by areadevelopment
The Lure of Manufacturing in the U.S. - Area Development
Through its commitment to buy U.S.-made products, Walmart is leading the charge to encourage and help both U.S. and foreign manufacturers to set up operations on U.S. soil.
area-development-features  Matt  walmart  manufacturing  consumer-goods  economic-development  FDI  site-selection  jobs  reshoring  labor-costs  energy-costs 
april 2016 by areadevelopment
How to Better Manage Your Company’s Utility Bills - HBR
In general, managing energy bills has traditionally been a pretty low priority for most corporations. For all but a few process-focused companies or those with energy-intensive facilities such as data centers, the utility bill is generally filed under the list of uncontrollable, take-it-or-leave-it costs of doing business. Outside the hot topic of who gets to control the thermostat, most managers just want to know that the lights will turn on and the computer servers will not be interrupted.
energy-costs  asset-management  facility-planning  energy-efficiency  Around-the-web  this-week-332 
november 2015 by areadevelopment
Windy Upstate New York Sends Manhattan Power Prices Lower - Bloomberg Business
It’s a lot windier in upstate New York on Thursday. That’s turning out to be a boon for power users in Manhattan.
Spot wholesale electricity in the city slumped to a two-month low even as consumption exceeded the grid operator’s forecast. That’s in part because the 321-megawatt Maple Ridge Wind Project, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) northeast of Syracuse, is operating almost at full capacity versus just 70 megawatts on Wednesday, according to Genscape Inc.
wind-energy  energy  new-york  green-economy  energy-costs  Around-the-web  this-week-331 
november 2015 by areadevelopment
Technologies that could transform how industries use energy - McKinsey & Company
Energy accounts for a sizable share of company operating costs. Our new report details 33 technologies to improve energy efficiency—and your bottom line.
energy-costs  energy-efficiency  sustainable-development  Around-the-web  this-week-329 
november 2015 by areadevelopment
How Elon Musk’s Super-Efficient Rooftop Panels Will Help US Solar Thrive - Motherboard
SolarCity, the Elon Musk-chaired clean energy company, says it’s about to start mass-manufacturing “the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel.” Naturally, the combination of keyphrases “Elon Musk,” “World’s Most,” and “Solar Panels” have set the internet aflutter—and, for once, it’s probably warranted.
solar  SolarCity  new-york  gigafactory  green-economy  energy  energy-costs  Around-the-web  this-week-325 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
A Strategist’s Guide to Power Industry Transformation - strategy+business
The way we create, use, and manage electricity is finally changing, and the implications go far beyond the utility sector.
energy-costs  energy-efficiency  green-buildings  sustainable-development  energy  utilities  Around-the-web  this-week-316 
july 2015 by areadevelopment
The Future of Solar Energy - MIT Energy Initiative
Comprehensive MIT report highlights enormous potential and discusses technology and policy pathways towards affordable solar energy for the long-term future
solar  energy  energy-costs  sustainable-development  green-economy  green-facilities  STUDIES  Around-the-web  this-week-304 
may 2015 by areadevelopment
Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy - to save cash, not the planet - The Guardian
Georgetown, Texas decision not about going green: ‘I’m probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find,’ says city official
green-economy  energy-costs  wind-energy  solar-power  sustainable-development  texas  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Low Oil Prices Are Challenging Natural-Gas Markets - BCG
Natural-gas markets have already felt some impact from the slide in oil prices but will be affected to a much greater degree if prices remain low for an extended period.
economic-analysis  natural-gas  energy  energy-costs  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Impact of lower oil prices on the transportation sector: Is it all good news?- PwC Industrial Insights Blog
The drop in oil prices is having a dramatic impact on the transportation sector. With fuel costs down, transport companies are able to save money. Consumers are saving money, too, which adds to the positive effect on global trade and some modes of transportation. But such a big change in the environment also has a disruptive side because it opens up a new range of possibilities.
energy-costs  oil-prices  transportation-industry  logistics  supply-chain  this-week-298  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
In Focus: Utilizing Data to Enhance Energy Management Strategies - Area Development
As industrial organizations search for ways to reduce cost and improve efficiencies, energy invariably winds up in the crosshairs.
area-development-features  energy  energy-costs  economic-development  site-selection  data  facility-planning 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
U.S. Manufacturing: A Remembrance And A Look Ahead - NPR
Overall, most experts are bullish about U.S. manufacturing, citing these factors: Energy. The shale-gas revolution has cut natural gas prices by two-thirds since 2008. Technology. Wireless intelligence and data analytics are giving manufacturers better control over production. Additive manufacturing. With an additive process, manufacturers can layer on materials to build goods, leaving little waste.
u.s.-manufacturing  ICT  energy  energy-costs  natural-gas  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-279  around-the-web  competitiveness 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Reshoring: Why It’s Not Easy - Brookings Institution
In an era when clustered capabilities matter as much as labor or energy costs, the United States has a lot of work to do to rebuild its network of regional industrial ecosystems. Whether it can manage that will determine a lot about how the reshoring opportunities plays out, metro area by metro area.
innovation-hubs  industry-clusters  reshoring  industrial-ecosystems  labor-costs  energy-costs  this-week-279  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment

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