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Winds of Change are Blowing in Africa: GWEC

The African continent is set for growth, the population is expected to grow by 1.4 percent each year until 2030. GDP is expected to grow by 4 percent. This development is demanding huge investments in infrastructure including the energy markets to keep up with the growth, access to electricity being one of the main challenges African citizens consider to…

Ford Test Driving Blockchain for Energy-Efficient Vehicles

Ford is giving a little more road to a blockchain pilot program aimed at improving fuel efficiency. On Tuesday, the auto-giant said it will use blockchain to monitor and automatically implement fuel-efficient driving modes for a fleet of vehicles in Cologne, Germany. This is part of a wider pilot program also happening in London and Valencia, Spain…

Security, trust and transparency of emissions data are of paramount importance to all stakeholders in this project, and are key for our vision of cleaner air in the city.

Gunnar Herrmann, chairman of the management board, Ford-Werke GmbH

Tesla Battery Storage: Growth Is Limited

When people think of Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) battery technology, they think of the tech used in their electric vehicles (“EVs”). However, this is just a part of where Tesla puts their battery tech to good use, the other part being electrical storage systems. Whether these are for massive energy projects for utilities serving entire cities, or for just a single household…

Arlington Officials Not Satisfied with Amazon’s Plans for Going Green

Arlington officials are asking Amazon to go back to the drawing board for its proposed headquarters in Pentagon City to put a greater emphasis on sustainability. The 2.1 million-square-foot proposed office complex at the corner of 15th Street S. and S. Eads Street, is currently pending review by Arlington’s Planning Commission and County Board. If plans are finalized…

We are working to secure renewable energy for the campus which means our Arlington buildings will operate on 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Amazon Vice President of Global Real Estate John Schoettler

Warren Buffett’s firm is building an Alberta wind farm that can power almost 80,000 homes

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada is breaking ground on a wind farm in southeast Alberta in 2020 it says will produce enough energy to supply 79,000 homes. The $200-million Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project will be located southwest of Medicine Hat. Privately financed by BHE Canada through a combination of equity and debt, the project will be…

BHE Canada is excited to take this first step into the Alberta market, providing low-cost, renewable energy.

William Christensen, vice president corporate development of BHE Canada

You Can Hike, Fish and Even Ski at These Visitor-Friendly Power Plants

Denmark is one of the world’s flattest countries, but as of last week, it’s got its own ski spot…on top of a power plant. Copenhagen’s CopenHill, also known as Amager Bakke, is a green energy facility-slash-recreation area. It’s got hiking trails, the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall at a dizzying 279 feet, a roof garden and, the pièce de résistance, an artificial ski and…

Visitors to CopenHill can ski or snowboard on four artificial slopes, a slalom course, and a freestyle park. (BIG)

Partnership Develops a Shared Energy Management Platform

Can utilities work in partnership with firms that design, construct, operate, and maintain high-performing buildings? Can they work together to push energy management to the next level? A partnership between two private companies — Avista and McKinstry — is tackling some of the utility industry’s biggest challenges. The South Landing project, an innovative…

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