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Energy efficiency opportunities in the manufacturing sector
By Alan Kelsky
One third of the energy consumed in the United States is by the manufacturing sector. Ninety percent of the manufacturing sector are small- and medium-sized businesses, or SMM, that use about half of the energy consumed in manufacturing. Electrical demand, also known as on-site energy consumption is a rich target for SMM businesses as they tend to pay more per kWh than their larger competitors. With savings easy to come by, why have small- and medium-sized manufacturers been slow to jump on the savings bandwagon?
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Buying into solar power, no roof access needed
The New York Times
Massachusetts passed its law enabling community renewable energy projects in 2008 and saw at least one town solar garden begin operating in Brewster in 2012. Now, Clean Energy Collective, a leading developer, is building systems that are due to start producing power in Massachusetts by the end of this month. The company has teamed with Next Step Living of Boston, a home energy-efficiency company, which is selling the product to consumers across Massachusetts.
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Cleantech in the developing world: From solar power to refrigeration
The Guardian
While decentralized energy solutions like solar offer promise for far-flung villages, there are pitfalls on the road to adoption. "Land and energy resources for agriculture will need to be used more efficiently," says Jeremy Foster, an energy adviser with the U.S. Agency for International Development. "Solutions will need to be low cost and able to get around the high overall upfront costs for renewable energy."
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Feds nix eagle penalties for California wind farm
The Associated Press via ABC News
A California wind farm will become the first in the nation to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. The Shiloh IV Wind Project LLC, 60 miles east of San Francisco, will receive a special permit allowing up to five golden eagles to be accidentally killed over five years. Previously, such a violation could potentially draw criminal charges and discourage private investment in wind farms known for catching birds in their rotors.
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Why implement a sustainability initiative?
By Ryan Moosman
A growing ecological awareness is beginning to emerge as we find that conventional methods of interacting with the environment and using natural resources has consequences that threaten our quality of life and the well-being of future generations. We are developing new ways of living, learning, working, playing and doing business that embody a spirit of environmental stewardship, concern for all living species and improved quality of life for everyone — today and into the future. All of our daily actions and choices — everything we do, buy, sell and make — are about sustainability.
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