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General Motors Cuts Energy Consumption and Costs with LED Upgrade from Current, powered by GE Across

GM saving $2.3 million annually with installation of 45,000 efficient LED lighting fixtures from Current across 32 global locations Combination of sensors and LED systems expected to help companies improve future productivity and better manage energy use Two historic U.S. "generals" are joining forces to combat energy inefficiency and wasted productivity across the globe. Over the last year, General Motors installed 45,000 efficient LED lighting fixtures with motion sensors from Current, GE's digital energy startup. The installation includes 32 GM sites around the world and reduces lighting-related energy consumption by 60 percent, saving the company an estimated $2.3 million in annual energ

Anheuser-Busch, World’s Largest Beer Maker, commits to 100 percent clean, renewable energy

Anheuser-Busch InBev today announced a commitment to secure 100% of the company’s purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In total, this will shift 6 terawatt-hours of electricity annually to renewable sources in the markets where AB InBev operates and will help transform the energy industry in countries like Argentina, Brazil, India and South Africa. This increased renewable electricity generation – which is the amount of energy produced in one year by solar panels covering the area of more than 400 soccer pitches – will support efforts to achieve climate targets under the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) agreements. “Climate change has profound implications for our compa

Binghamton, New York, Mayor Richard David wants to make sure his city continues to be at the forefro

In his State of the City address in late February, he announced the roof of City Hall will be going green. The project is expected to cost approximately $1.7 million and includes plans to add greenery to sidewalks around City Hall. The city will apply for state environmental grants to provide up to 90 percent of the funding. The roof and added greenery are expected to reduce stormwater runoff by roughly 835,000 gallons. The roof will be covered with 22,500 square feet of sedum. The plants require little maintenance and will regrow each year. “It will showcase to our entire community advanced green technology that can reduce pollution and enhance urban landscapes,” said Mayor David. Click her

Arctic’s Winter Sea Ice Drops to Its Lowest Recorded Level

A research plane surveying ice thickness in the Arctic in August. Much of the ice in the region appears to be thinner than normal. Credit Esther Horvath After a season that saw temperatures soar at the North Pole, the Arctic has less sea ice at winter’s end than ever before in nearly four decades of satellite measurements. The extent of ice cover — a record low for the third straight year — is another indicator of the effects of global warming on the Arctic, a region that is among the hardest hit by climate change, scientists said. “This is just another exclamation point on the overall loss of Arctic sea ice coverage that we’ve been seeing,” said Mark Serreze, the director of the National Sn

Governor Cuomo Launches $70 Million Electric Car Rebate and Outreach Initiative

Drive Clean Rebate Provides Up to $2,000 for Each Eligible Buyer Supports Governor's Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030 Largest Contributor to Greenhouse Gas Emissions is Transportation Sector; Accounts for Nearly 40 Percent of Emissions in New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a $70 million electric car rebate and outreach initiative to encourage the growth of clean and non-polluting electric car use in New York and promote the reduction of carbon emissions in the transportation sector. The Drive Clean rebates are now available to all New York residents who buy eligible cars through participating new car dealers. "Reducing vehicle emissions is

How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps

Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by Yale researchers gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming. Americans want to restrict carbon emissions from coal power plants. The White House and Congress may do the opposite. Percentage of adults per congressional district who support strict CO2 limits on existing coal-fired power plants A majority of adults in every congressional district in the nation support limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. But many Republicans in Congress

Spring Came Early. Scientists Say Climate Change Is a Culprit.

After a mild winter across much of the United States, February brought abnormally high temperatures, especially east of the Rockies. Spring weather arrived more than three weeks earlier than usual in some places, and new research released Wednesday shows a strong link to climate change. By the 2017 calendar, the first day of spring is March 20. But spring leaves arrived in mid-January in some parts of the South, and spread northward like a wave. The map above plots the date of “first leaf,” a temperature-based calculation of when vegetation that has been dormant starts to show signs of life. This year, with the exception of a few small areas, the wave has arrived much earlier than the 30-yea

North Country senator calls for energy savings account program he says would create jobs, reduce pow

Proposed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, “would help businesses create jobs, lower energy costs and take advantage of the state’s economic development initiatives,” he said in a news release. Griffo’s bill would create a new Energy Savings Account program to help larger businesses save on energy costs and promote energy efficiency. An additional bill that he supports would require the state to give small businesses preference when awarding economic development assistance. “The industrial sector saves more energy-per-program-dollar than any other customer class, but due to the unique needs of large-scale energy customers, larger businesses are often unable to meet t

Solar power makes rapid advances across New York

Credit: MorgueFile ALBANY -- Rooftop and commercial solar projects getting state support are mushrooming in New York, with the Cuomo administration pushing hard to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and get to an energy diet of 50 percent renewables by 2030. State officials report that state-supported solar energy projects increased in 2016 to 795 percent more than the number that was in the pipeline just five years earlier. "The residential market for solar is thriving in New York state," said David Sandbank, director of the NY-SUN, an arm of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The state says the solar projects fostered by the program account for nearly 744 megawatts

New York state to launch electric vehicle rebate

2013 Chevrolet Volt (Los Angeles Times) ALBANY, N.Y. – New York state will soon launch a rebate intended to make electric vehicles more price competitive with traditional cars. Officials said Friday they'll launch the initiative by April 1. The rebate of up to $2,000 will be available for zero-emission and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. It's part of an effort to reduce automotive carbon emissions, the state's largest climate change contributor. "We want to make electric vehicles a mainstream option," said state Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, a Westchester County Democrat who leads the Assembly energy committee. "They are becoming more affordable and we need to encourage them." Environmentalis

How will subsidies for Upstate NY nuclear plants affect your electric bill?

New surcharges will appear on NY utility bills starting in April to subsidize three Upstate nuclear plants, including the reactors at Nine Mile Point on the shore of Lake Ontario. (Mike Greenlar) SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Residential customers will start paying an extra $1.50 to $3 a month in April as utility companies begin collecting a controversial state-mandated surcharge to keep three Upstate nuclear plants running. The dollar amount is based on a customer's electricity consumption. A hospital could pay a monthly surcharge of $4,000 or so. A large factory could pay as much as $10,000. Onondaga County likely will face increased costs of more than $25,000 a month, judging from the county's histori

NRC approves transfer of FitzPatrick plant from Entergy to Exelon

SCRIBA, N.Y. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of the operating license of the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear-power plant in Scriba in Oswego County from Entergy Nuclear Operations (NYSE: ETR) to Exelon Generation Co. (NYSE: EXC). The transfer will become effective March 31 once the NRC amends the license to reflect the plant’s new ownership, the NRC said in a news release issued Friday. The agreement to continue operation of the plant saves about 600 jobs. The NRC staff’s review of the license-transfer application concluded that Exelon is “financially and technically” qualified to conduct the activities under the license; has satisfied the NRC’s decommissioni

Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming

A highway in Los Angeles last month. The E.P.A. will begin legal proceedings to revoke a waiver for California that allowed the state to enforce tougher tailpipe standards for its drivers. Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected to begin rolling back stringent federal regulations on vehicle pollution that contributes to global warming, according to people familiar with the matter, essentially marking a U-turn to efforts to force the American auto industry to produce more electric cars. The announcement — which is expected as soon as Tuesday and will be made jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, and the transp

Sydney’s Swelter Has a Climate Change Link, Scientists Say

A wildfire in New South Wales in February. Australia has been hit by brutal heat waves in the last two months. CreditNSW Rural Fire Service, via Associated Press Southeastern Australia has suffered through a series of brutal heat waves over the past two months, with temperatures reaching a scorching 113 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the state of New South Wales. “It was nothing short of awful,” said Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, of the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney. “In Australia, we’re used to a little bit of heat. But this was at another level.” So Dr. Perkins-Kirkpatrick, who studies climate extremes, did what comes naturally: She looked

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