Responsible Battery Coalition Applauds University of Michigan Research on Lithium-Ion Battery Degradation Calls Research “Important…

The Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC) — a leading coalition of companies, academics and organizations dedicated to the responsible management and environmental sustainability of batteries — applauded research published today by the University of Michigan (U-M) in the Journal of Energy Storage on best practices for consumers for extending the life of lithium-ion batteries, as well as the cost savings associated with minimizing degradation.

US Now Has Over 1,000 “Bicycle Friendly Businesses”

Originally published on Bikocity. Bicycling is enjoying a renaissance with high growth worldwide, and certainly notable growth in the US. Things have improved in the 21st century, with more than 1,050 visionary local businesses now included in the “Bicycle Friendly Businesses” program of the League of American Bicyclists. These top bicycle-friendly businesses are located in 47 states and … [continued]

HP Will Power Texas Data Centers With Renewable Energy

Originally published on RMI Outlet. By Laurie Guevara-​Stone One of the largest information and communication technology (ICT) companies in the U.S. will soon power its five Texas data centers with 100 percent renewable energy. Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently announced a 12-year contract to buy 112 megawatts of wind power from a … [continued]

Obama & Fed Contractors Cut Emissions Today

Today, President Obama has once again set an example for corporate America by formally issuing an executive order that will cut the government’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% (from 2008 levels) over the next decade. The order also specifies increasing the share of electricity the government consumes from renewable sources … [continued]

Why Owning Your Own Power Plant Might Not Be Crazy

Originally published on Rocky Mountain Institute. By Leia Guccione  It’s been three months since we released The Economics of Grid Defection exploring when off-grid solar-plus-battery systems could reach economic parity with retail electric service.  These systems could become competitive with retail electric service within the next decade for many commercial customers and … [continued]