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New report says Virginia could be a leader in coming offshore wind boom - Virginia Mercury
A new report says Virginia’s port infrastructure, experienced maritime workforce and geographical advantages make it an ideal candidate for becoming a hub for the East Coast offshore wind supply chain.
wind-energy  virginia  green-economy  Around-the-web  this-week-437 
12 weeks ago by areadevelopment
From Rooftops to Algae Pools: Orlando’s Vision for Carbon-Free Energy - The New York Times
You can see its aspirations in the thousands of ponds all over the city that collect the runoff from Central Florida’s frequent downpours. Floating solar panels rise and fall in the water, sending power to the grid.
green-economy  sustainable-development  urban-planning  government-policy  utilities  energy  orlando  Florida  Around-the-web  this-week-436  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
New Jersey Is Now The United States' Hottest Clean Energy Economy - Forbes
Other states in the 50x30 club are thriving economically.  Each state with this target has generated higher annual GDP growth than the U.S. average since 2009 and they boast some of America’s largest clean energy job workforces per capita – led by California’s 520,000 green jobs and an economy that’s grown faster than the U.S. average for six consecutive years.
green-economy  new-jersey  government-policy  wind-energy  green-facilities  Around-the-web  this-week-429 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Manufacturing Goes Carbon Negative - strategy+business
A growing number of innovative companies is capturing CO2 and using it to create materials and products for human consumption.
green-economy  Around-the-web  this-week-423 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
The only U.S. polysilicon supplier is still reeling - Crain's Detroit Business
Saginaw County-based Hemlock Semiconductor is the only U.S.; Supplier of polysilicon to the semiconductor industry; Hemlock lost 700 jobs, $500 million in revenue after 2012 tariffs imposed on Chinese solar manufacturers; Impact of Trump tariffs remains to be seen
energy  solar  supply-chain  trade-agreements  tariffs  china  green-economy  Around-the-web  this-week-420-top 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
Imperium3 New York Picks Up Alevo's US Factory Assets for Battery Gigafactory - Greentech Media
A battery development consortium called Imperium3 New York (IM3NY) has fast-tracked plans for a gigafactory after picking up Alevo’s North Carolina factory machinery in auction.

Australian consortium member Magnis Resources, which is planning to launch three gigafactories worldwide, said IM3NY bought the assets, worth more than $200 million, for just $5 million. 

The consortium now plans to move forward with plans for a 1-gigawatt-hour-a-year lithium-ion battery production factory that will be located on Huron Campus, in the Greater Binghamton area of New York state. 
batteries  green-economy  gigafactory  new-york  Around-the-web  this-week-413 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
JinkoSolar Set to Build a US Factory, the First Planned in Response to Tariffs - Greentech Media
Taiwanese solar manufacturer United Renewable Energy is also planning to launch a new U.S. module facility in the wake of Trump’s tariff decision.
solar  green-economy  business-globalization  fdi-USA  free-trade-agreements  Around-the-web  this-week-412 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
The Complex Interplay of Cities, Corporations and Climate - Brookings
Pittsburgh shows the power of networks, where both strategic planning and project governance are steered by coalitions of public, private, and civic entities, with an outsize role for private philanthropy.
Metros  public-private-partnerships  green-economy  Around-the-web  urban-planning  this-week-407 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
The New Water Wars Reshaping America - OZY
Increasingly across the nation, water concerns are bubbling up, affecting millions in their wake. The political ramifications of water were amplified during the North Dakota Access pipeline protests of last year, in which protesters coined the phrase “Water is life.”
water-availability  infrastructure  Around-the-web  green-economy  climate-change  risk-management  this-week-406 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Trump is right to protect U.S. manufacturers. Here’s how he could help us. - The Washington Post
The U.S. solar industry needs help fighting unfair competition from China.
Matt Card is executive vice president at Suniva, a Georgia-based solar cell and module manufacturing company.
u.s.-manufacturing  energy  green-economy  solar  Around-the-web  this-week-405 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Bid to Revive U.S. Solar Factories Faces Familiar Job-Killer - Bloomberg
A bankrupt Georgia company is pushing to revive U.S. solar manufacturing with a trade case that’s headed for the president’s desk. The simmering dispute from Suniva Inc. stands a good chance of leading to import tariffs, but don’t expect that to bring the jobs back.
solar  energy  green-economy  free-trade-agreements  government-policy  business-globalization  china  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-404 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Possible tariff on imported solar panels makes the industry nervous - LA Times
The U.S. International Trade Commission is scheduled to start considering a tariff on imports of the most popular photovoltaic generating panels used in the booming U.S. residential and utility-scale solar markets. A stiff tariff could double the price of imported photovoltaic panels made from crystalline silicon, an outcome that is either calamitous or full of opportunity for the burgeoning solar industry, depending on how you look at it.
business-globalization  Around-the-web  solar  green-economy  free-trade-agreements  this-week-402 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
Sky's the limit for clean-energy jobs in Minnesota, across U.S. - StarTribune.com
As wind and solar energy have grown, they've created a tide of jobs nationwide in fields from construction to manufacturing. Renewable energy jobs, most of which are in wind and solar, grew by 16 percent to around 6,200 in Minnesota from 2015 to 2016, according to a recent study by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, an industry-led nonprofit. 
minnesota  midwest  regional-reports  industry-reports  industry-clusters  green-economy  energy  solar-power  wind-energy  industry-organizations 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
Why the US Solar Industry Doesn't Want Government Protection - WIRED
Suniva and SolarWorld have petitioned the US International Trade Commission calling for strong tariffs against foreign manufacturers claiming that foreign governments, like China, have subsidized competing solar cell manufacturers abroad, undercutting the US solar industry. But much of the rest of the US solar industry finds those figures far-fetched, and calls the tariff a terrible idea.
solar  energy  green-economy  trade-agreements  business-globalization  china  u.s.-manufacturing  free-trade-agreements  Around-the-web  tariffs  industry-reports  this-week-395 
august 2017 by areadevelopment
The red state with an energy blueprint - Kim Reynolds, Governor of Iowa - TheHill
Right now, the reliability of the electric grid with renewable energy increases is under review. But I believe Iowa is a red state with a blueprint for the United States’ next steps. 
Around-the-web  green-economy  sustainable-development  iowa  wind-energy  energy  this-week-395  insider-8-31-2018 
august 2017 by areadevelopment
Can Offshore Wind Power Revive U.S. Ports? - Scientific American
Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Maryland are all eyeing up manufacturing and maintenance businesses that would support wind energy
supply-chain  parts-suppliers  green-economy  wind-energy  ports  mid-atlantic  new-england  regional-reports  Around-the-web  this-week-391-top 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching. - The New York Times
In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity.
green-economy  sustainable-development  infrastructure  Around-the-web  this-week-390  seaports  netherlands 
june 2017 by areadevelopment
Pittsburgh’s Transformation Is a Model for Clean Energy Innovation - HBR
nstead of suffering from the Paris accord, Pittsburgh and its corporate partners stand to profit as pioneers of a clean and green energy future. As Bill Peduto, mayor of Pittsburgh, said after the announcement, the city has already done what the Paris agreement calls for. What Pittsburgh is doing has implications, not just for policy, but also for business strategy and the future of public-private collaboration.
green-economy  pittsburgh  urban-planning  sustainable-development  Metros  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-389-top 
june 2017 by areadevelopment
U.S. cities gear up for renewable power - JLL Real Views
n May a group of U.S. mayors announced a Mayors for 100 percent Clean Energy initiative that encourages other cities to shift to sustainable energy sources. It builds on the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, which aims to achieve 100 percent renewable energy nationwide by 2050.
sustainable-development  green-economy  urban-planning  Metros  energy  Around-the-web  this-week-389 
june 2017 by areadevelopment
Beyond carbon-neutral: What 'net positive' means for real estate - JLL Real Views
As fast-growing cities exert greater environmental impact than ever, truly sustainable urban development depends on companies that do more than erase their carbon footprint.
green-facilities  facility-planning  sustainable-development  green-economy  Metros  urban-planning  Around-the-web  this-week-386-top 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Wind energy - pro: North Dakota pioneers wind-powered Midwest - Grand Forks Herald
Today, North Dakota is one of America's wind power leaders, using wind to generate more than 20 percent of the state's electricity in 2016. And that has created a lot of business.

Wind development has attracted more than $5 billion and counting into North Dakota's economy. It has also created more than 4,000 well-paying jobs.
regional-reports  Around-the-web  this-week-386  north-dakota  wind-energy  green-economy 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Will The Third Industrial Revolution Create An Economic Boom That Saves The Planet? - FastCompany
Jeremy Rifkin’s thinking about how to build a clean-energy powered, automation-filled future is inspiring major infrastructure plans in Europe and China. Can his new Vice documentary convince American business leaders to buy in?
sustainable-development  government-policy  green-economy  infrastructure  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-384 
april 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
States Expected to Continue Course Toward Clean Energy Future - Stateline - The Pew Charitable Trusts
While Republican President Donald Trump has said his focus will be on reviving the long-struggling coal industry by stripping federal environmental regulations, governors and legislatures — even in some coal-producing, conservative states — have their sights set elsewhere.
green-economy  energy  sustainable-development  clean-energy  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-375 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
The irreversible momentum of clean energy - Science
Private-sector incentives help drive decoupling of emissions and economic growth, putting to rest the argument that combatting climate change requires accepting lower growth or a lower standard of living.
government-policy  taxes-incentives  sustainable-development  green-economy  cleantech  clean-energy  energy  Around-the-web  this-week-373-top  this-week-408 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
U.S. Department of Energy announces MIT Energy Initiative will join new Manufacturing USA Institute - MIT News
MITEI faculty affiliates to contribute clean energy expertise to national coalition that will address manufacturing challenges in energy-intensive processing industries.
public-private-partnerships  government-policy  advanced-manufacturing  university-economic-development  research&development  clean-energy  green-economy 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
Tesla starts battery cell production at gigafactory - Reuters
Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc has started mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at its gigafactory in Nevada along with Japan's Panasonic Corp, the company said on Wednesday.
Around-the-web  gigafactory  nevada  tesla  panasonic  electric-vehicle  green-economy 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
Opinion: Renewable energy key to economic growth in Ohio - The Columbus Dispatch
Wind turbine towers in farm fields let farmers benefit from two “crops” (one from the soil, the other from the wind) coming from the same land. And, the harvest of wind power in Ohio is feeding another important new and growing business, the data centers that houses the “cloud."
green-economy  data-centers  economic-development-news  ohio  wind-energy  this-week-372  Around-the-web 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Make Solar Great Again – pv magazine USA
In the most recent election, Populist candidates issued thinly veiled calls to return to an America that makes tangible goods. But can solar be part of a manufacturing renaissance in the United States? And what would be needed to make solar in America?
u.s.-manufacturing  solar  green-economy  sustainability  energy  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-371 
november 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
Major Food Companies to Tackle Water Risks In Their Global Supply Chains - Ceres
One-third of the world’s food is grown in areas of high water stress or competition, and agriculture is a leading cause of water pollution worldwide. The food sector, which uses 70 percent of global freshwater supplies, primarily for growing crops, can play a critical role at protecting limited freshwater resources by working with farmers to become more water smart.
sustainability  green-economy  food-processing  water-availability  agribusiness  industry-reports  Around-the-web  this-week-368 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
The One and Only Texas Wind Boom - MIT Technology Review
Wind power has transformed the heart of fossil-fuel country. Can the rest of the United States follow suit?
texas  wind-energy  industry-clusters  green-economy  energy  Around-the-web  this-week-366 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
Could America’s smallest state lead the way toward the next energy age? - Brookings Institution
The tiny state of Rhode Island is at a crossroad, facing major decisions on investing in fossil fuel infrastructure or turning sharply to renewable energy.
green-economy  rhode-island  energy  sustainable-development  wind-energy  Around-the-web  this-week-366 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
The Auto Industry’s Real Challenge - strategy+business
While automakers pour millions into winning the autonomous vehicle race, they run the risk of ignoring the more imminent threats that could sink them before the technology becomes pervasive.
automotive-industry  autonomous-vehicles  advanced-manufacturing  green-economy  Around-the-web  this-week-364 
september 2016 by areadevelopment
L'Oréal USA to build state's largest commercial solar array - PV-Tech
The projects set L'Oréal on target to achieve an 80% CO2 emissions reduction and it plans to achieve 100% renewable electricity for its manufacturing in the US through these commercial projects and the purchase of additional renewable energy certificates (RECs).
cosmetics-industry  facility-planning  asset-management  sustainable-development  solar-power  green-manufacturing  green-economy  Around-the-web  this-week-364 
september 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
Sustainable Manufacturing Credits & Incentives to Know in 2016 - BDO Manufacturing Output Newsletter
Many states have implemented incentive programs to offset the costs incurred by manufacturers who integrate sustainability initiatives in order to better the communities in which they work, live and play. The nature of these incentive programs varies by state and is generally tailored to a specific environmental issue. For those manufacturers looking to reap the benefits of making 2016 green, the following are a few of the notable credits and incentives that can help soften the financial and tax burden associated with the investment:
this-week-348  Around-the-web  advanced-manufacturing  sustainable-development  green-economy  green-manufacturing  taxes-incentives 
april 2016 by areadevelopment
These Old-School Companies Are Going Big With Solar and Wind - National Geographic
Businesses made deals to acquire 3.4 gigawatts of renewable energy in 2015, equivalent to half of North Dakota’s entire power capacity. Of that amount, two-thirds came from first-time buyers, according to figures from the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), which facilitates such deals through its Business Renewables Center. 

Those newbies include the 77-year-old building materials manufacturer Owens Corning, veteran U.S. government contractor Lockheed Martin, and Dow Chemical, founded in 1897.
wind-energy  green-economy  sustainable-development  dow  lockheed-martin  Around-the-web  this-week-345 
march 2016 by areadevelopment
Austin plans to build the [re]Manufacturing Hub at former landfill - Austin American-Statesman
Austin Resource Recovery, the city’s trash and recycling department, is working to make that happen by developing the [re]Manufacturing Hub at the site of the city landfill off FM 812, which no longer accepts materials. The city’s plan for those 95 acres is to house about a dozen businesses, all involved in the work or research of making recyclables into goods. Those companies would lease land from the city at or below market rate and build their own facilities.
Austin  texas  urban-revitalization  industry-clusters  public-private-partnerships  green-economy  Around-the-web  this-week-343 
february 2016 by areadevelopment
Now IBM Watson wants to look after your office, too - ZDNet
Siemens and IBM have announced they are working together to integrate software from IBM's Watson IoT Business Unit, including analytics and asset management, into Siemens cloud-based Navigator energy and sustainability management platform to make it easier to manage smart buildings.
internet-of-things  smart-buildings  green-economy  asset-management  Around-the-web  green-buildings  this-week-343  IBM  siemens 
february 2016 by areadevelopment
Rooftop Solar Providers Face a Cloudier Future - The New York Times
But it is local rate policies, like the sharp cut in net metering credits in Nevada, that pose a threat to SolarCity and its ilk.
energy  green-buildings  green-economy  solar  Around-the-web  this-week-341 
february 2016 by areadevelopment
A Renewables Revolution Is Toppling the Dominance of Fossil Fuels in U.S. Power - Bloomberg Business
Solar, wind power accounted for 68 percent of new capacity.
Natural gas on pace to overtake coal as biggest power source.
green-economy  clean-energy  economic-analysis  energy  STUDIES  Around-the-web  this-week-341 
february 2016 by areadevelopment
Why There Aren't Many Rooftop Solar Panels in the South - Stateline - The Pew Charitable Trusts
Just seven states, all below the Mason-Dixon Line — Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia — ban such third-party power purchase agreements, according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University. Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee don’t have rules governing how utilities reimburse customers for the excess electricity they generate.
government-policy  solar  green-buildings  green-economy  regional-reports  south-atlantic  Around-the-web  this-week-341 
february 2016 by areadevelopment
Panasonic Will Bet Big on Gigafactory - WSJ
Panasonic Corp. President Kazuhiro Tsuga said the company will spend up to $1.6 billion on an advanced battery factory with electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc., an investment it hopes to cement its future in automotive electronics.
batteries  electric-vehicle  panasonic  tesla  gigafactory  Nevada  Around-the-web  green-economy  this-week-336 
january 2016 by areadevelopment
Nevada is officially a hub for energy tech. Here's why - Fortune
It’s not just about Tesla. The state has unique characteristics that make it ideal for this growing industry.
regional-reports  energy  industry-clusters  green-economy  Around-the-web  this-week-334  natural-resources 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
The Clean-Energy Revolution Gathers Speed - Scientific American
Less polluting energy sources are proliferating in the U.S. If other nations join in, the results could have global impact
green-economy  green-facilities  facility-planning  sustainable-development  Around-the-web  this-week-331 
november 2015 by areadevelopment
These industries are going to cancel out entire countries’ carbon savings - Quartz
As individual countries commit to cuts, the runaway emissions of industries that operate across borders is becoming more apparent.
green-economy  sustainable-development  industry-reports  logistics  Aerospace  this-week-331  Around-the-web 
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
ACEEE State Scorecard: Massachusetts Edges Out California as Most Energy-Efficient State, Maryland Among Most Improved - ACEEE
Top 10 States Ranked in Energy Efficiency Scorecard: MA, CA, VT, RI, OR, CT, MD, WA, NY … With MN and IL Tied for 10th; Five Most Improved States: MD, IL, DC, CA, and TX; and Five States in Most Need of Improvement: MS, LA, SD, WY, and ND.
energy-efficiency  sustainable-development  rankings  state-rankings  Around-the-web  green-economy  this-week-328  energy 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Backed by venture capital and a massive federal loan, the region's newest solar facility is looking to scale - Buffalo Business First
1366 Technologies may not be SolarCity – but it is a nationally prominent company with many stakeholders. It was even named one of the world’s top 10 most innovative energy companies of 2015 by Fast Company.
With the announcement Oct. 7 that 1366 will build a manufacturing facility in Genesee County, the company also became a vital piece in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s strategy to lure solar companies to Western New York as they expand into manufacturing.
university-economic-development  research-commercialization  solar  green-economy  new-york  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
New Report: "Tectonic Shift" in U.S. Energy Use--Renewables Surging; Coal, Oil, and Electricity Down - Switchboard - NRDC
I recently heard the CEO of the nation's largest utility tell a roomful of mostly conservative Midwest business and government leaders, gathered at the University of Missouri, that she was optimistic about prospects for cutting the nation's carbon pollution and meeting the goals of the nation's new Clean Power Plan to limit power plant emissions. Duke Energy's Lynn Good could -- and did-- base her optimism in part on a well-documented record of U.S. achievement.
green-economy  energy  utilities  Around-the-web  this-week-326  industry-organizations 
october 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
US Falling Behind In Offshore Wind Power - CleanTechnia
Members of the faculty at the University of Delaware have claimed that the US has fallen behind in offshore wind power. Which might come as something of a surprise to many, who weren’t aware that this was news.
industry-reports  wind-energy  green-economy  sustainable-development  energy  Around-the-web  this-week-324 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Give Transportation Technology a Lift - National Journal
Steph­en Ezell and Rob Atkin­son of the In­form­a­tion Tech­no­logy and In­nov­a­tion Found­a­tion—a think tank fo­cus­ing on tech policy—have an idea that they be­lieve would im­prove U.S. in­fra­struc­ture: cre­ate a “Race to the Di­git­al Top” to pi­lot in­tel­li­gent trans­port­a­tion tech­no­logy in six cit­ies. Like its edu­ca­tion­al coun­ter­part, the pro­gram would be a com­pet­it­ive grant run by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment.
government-policy  infrastructure  transportation  green-economy  Around-the-web  this-week-323 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
U.S. DOE Offers $70M for Smart Manufacturing Institute - Energy Efficiency Markets
The U.S. Department of Energy is offering up to $70 million in funding for a new institute that will focus on smart manufacturing research and development.
The Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing will work on reducing the cost of sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50 percent.
The institute will demonstrate the technologies as part of a larger goal to increase energy efficiency by at least 15 percent and improve energy productivity by at least 50 percent.
energy-efficiency  government-policy  green-economy  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-323 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
NM Unveils Plan to Create Energy Jobs, VT Claims Green Jobs Victory - SSTI
While the New Mexico plan mostly continues the state’s emphasis on oil and natural gas, the Vermont report highlights the success the state has had in boosting employment in a diverse set of clean energy fields.
new-mexico  vermont  energy  clean-energy  natural-gas  green-economy  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-322 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
This Silicon Valley startup is heading to China to make its batteries - Fortune
If Amprius can figure out how to mass produce its batteries at a lower cost, it could be an important break through. Not only could the company make cell phones and gadgets function longer on a single charge, but it might also one day be able to expand into the electric vehicle market and increase car driving ranges.

But Amprius won’t be building a U.S. factory to churn out its batteries, at least not initially.
china  energy  batteries  green-economy  this-week-316  Around-the-web  startup 
july 2015 by areadevelopment
What Tesla is doing in America’s newest smokestacks-free manufacturing city - Fortune
Fremont, California is reinventing what it means to live in a factory town, and the electric car giant has joined in what could be a new era of U.S. manufacturing.
regional-reports  factories  u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  green-economy  green-manufacturing  tesla  california  this-week-315  Around-the-web 
july 2015 by areadevelopment
Energy 101: Clean Energy Manufacturing - Department of Energy
Clean energy and advanced manufacturing have the potential to boost the U.S. manufacturing industry and open pathways to increased American competitiveness. So what does clean energy manufacturing look like?
clean-energy  cleantech  advanced-manufacturing  energy  green-economy  this-week-314  Around-the-web 
july 2015 by areadevelopment
Clean Energy Champions - The Importance of State Programs and Policies - Clean Energy States Alliance Resource Library
A comprehensive look at the ways in which states are advancing clean energy and suggests how to further encourage growth. The report describes the many important ways that states across the nation are supporting clean energy generation and markets.
industry-organizations  government-policy  green-economy  cleantech  industry-reports  Around-the-web  this-week-311 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
How U.S. companies can fill the skills gap - Fortune
The jobs the nation has been creating in the past two years are very different in nature from the ones that were lost following the 2008 financial crisis.
skills-gap  this-week-310  Around-the-web  economic-recovery  green-economy  high-tech 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
America’s Unconventional Energy Opportunity - bcg.perspectives
A divisive and often misinformed debate about unconventional gas-and-oil resources is jeopardizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change America’s economic and energy trajectory.
government-policy  energy  green-economy  natural-gas  this-week-310  Around-the-web  natural-resources 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
Nevada Electric Highway to make drive between Reno, Vegas possible with electric car
Gov. Brian Sandoval and NV Energy have unveiled the Nevada Electric Highway, a network of charging stations planned along U.S. Route 95 that would finally make it possible to drive between Reno and Las Vegas with an electric vehicle (EV).
Nevada  electric-vehicle  energy  green-economy  tesla  reno  las-vegas  gigafactory  this-week-310  Around-the-web 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
Elon Musk's biggest challenge yet: Recharging Buffalo, NY - CNBC
SolarCity’s new factory is linchpin of a $1 billion plan to bring back a third of Nickel City’s lost manufacturing jobs.
buffalo  solarcity  green-economy  solar  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-309  Around-the-web 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
Prison labor helps U.S. solar company manufacture at home - Reuters
One of the largest companies to manufacture solar panels in the United States uses a surprising resource to keep costs low and compete against producers from China: prison labor.
workforce-development  labor-costs  Georgia  solar  green-economy  this-week-309  Around-the-web  labor 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
Eastman Business Park announces partnership with national laboratory - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
The agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the largest science and energy laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, is focused on accelerated manufacturing and commercialization of the next generation of batteries.
kodak  research&development  research-commercialization  researchparks  batteries  green-economy  national-laboratories  oakridge-national-laboratory  energy  rochester-ny  Around-the-web  this-week-309 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
Wind Energy Jobs on the Rise as U.S. States Chart a Clean Path to Fight Climate Change - Susan Casey-Lefkowitz - Huff Post
States are already gearing up to reduce carbon pollution and create local jobs. Many are turning to one of the best and most cost-effective ways to cut carbon pollution: America's abundant clean energy resources.
green-economy  wind-energy  this-week-308  Around-the-web 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
Green skills - VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
The greening of the economy brings with it changes in the demand for certain skills in the labour market. Understanding these changes has important implications for policy aiming to support sustainable industry. This column uses US data to identify key green jobs and the skills of import for them. Environmental sustainability regulations are shown to affect the demand for green skills in the labour market. Labour market policies should target labour supply, for instance through education, to avoid potential skill gaps down the line.
STEM-workforce  skilled-labor  workforce-development  green-economy  this-week-307  Around-the-web 
may 2015 by areadevelopment
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