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How Sacramento Kings Plan to Make Arena Fully Powered by Solar

October 21 -- The Golden 1 Center will get essentially all its electricity from solar power, the Sacramento Kings announced Monday.

The Kings organization said it entered a 20-year purchase contract with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District to buy electricity through SMUD's SolarShares program from a new 10.9-megawatt solar farm near Rancho Seco. >>View Article

More Companies Commit to Obama's Climate Pledge

October 21 -- WASHINGTON — The White House is enlisting Fortune 500 CEOs in its attempts to reach a breakthrough agreement on climate change, announcing agreements with 68 more companies committed to reducing their greenhouse gasses ahead of international talks in Paris.

The CEOs are among the 81 major companies that have now made specific commitments on climate. But just as important for President Obama, they're also putting a business-friendly face on his clean energy initiatives. >>View Article

Kerry Calls for 'Ambitious' Paris Climate Deal

October 21 -- Secretary of State John Kerry is urging world leaders to come together on climate change ahead of a major United Nations conference in Paris this year.

“We need every country on the same page, all pushing for an ambitious, durable, and inclusive agreement that will finally put us on the path towards a global clean-energy future,” Kerry said Saturday during a speech to the Milan Expo in Italy.

“The kind of agreement that we’re working toward will prove that world leaders finally understand the scope of the challenge that we are up against.” >>View Article

Businesses Look to Renewable Energy to Cut Costs

October 16 -- For years now, the United States has been adding more electricity generation from renewable sources than from fossil fuels such as coal, and there is probably no looking back, business people were told Wednesday during the NIPSCO 2015 Energy Symposium.

During a panel discussion on renewable energy, Kevin Moore, of Midwest Wind and Solar, told listeners the East and West coasts now have mature renewable energy markets, particularly for solar, and now it's our turn. >>View Article

Camp Pendleton Improves Energy Security with the Fractal Grid

October 16 -- There is new technology helping the military become more energy independent, all while improving our national security. It’s called the Fractal Grid; the system was installed over the summer and is 100% renewable. It allows Camp Pendleton to remain fully functional in the event of a utility grid interruption or worse, if the base is under attack. With just a touch of a finger Camp Pendleton is keeping a close eye on its new 1.1 mega watt micro grid. >>View Article


National Security and Climate Change

October 16 -- As Americans we honor our troops and respect our military. Thousands of lives have been lost to protect this great country and keep it free. And yet, why do we ignore their warning about climate change? Over the years, every branch of the military has said that climate change is a major issue America must address. Many studies are coming out saying as climate change continues, more countries around the world will become politically unstable.

As governments around the world become less stable, organizations like ISIS find footholds and create international turmoil. Severe droughts, sea level rise and food scarcity will be catalysts for both mass migrations and even war. Climate change has been considered by some a threat multiplier, in that it will compound major issues in the world today. It is considered a direct cause of instability in some regions of the world. Imagine a world without the Mississippi River. Americans would have some serious problems to deal with. >>View Article

Energy, Mining Companies Begin to Back Climate Talks

October 16 -- A major international agreement to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions is starting to draw in major energy and mining companies.

Some global companies, especially those that face heavy environmental regulation, say they are supportive of nearly 200 countries' efforts to teach an accord in Paris in December at negotiations sponsored by the United Nations. >>View Article

Why Solving Climate Change Will Be Like Mobilizing for War

October 16 -- As the 19th century entered its final decade, the War of Currents was nearing its peak. On one side of this war was Thomas Edison, who had invested heavily in direct-current (DC) technology. Tesla and Westinghouse backed alternating-current (AC), which they believed (correctly) to be more efficient.

In the spring of 1891, a seemingly small event in Telluride, Colorado, decisively turned the tide in favor of AC. The Ames hydroelectric-power plant, financed by mining entrepreneur L. L. Nunn, and built around equipment supplied by Westinghouse, began transmitting AC power to Nunn’s gold-mining operations 2.6 miles away. >>View Article

Gov. Brown Signs Climate Change Bill to Spur Renewable Energy, Efficiency Standards

October 9 -- California launched an ambitious effort Wednesday to expand renewable energy and increase energy efficiency, advancing Gov. Jerry Brown's plans for battling climate change.

Brown signed the new goals into law at Griffith Observatory, where the panoramic view of smog across the Los Angeles Basin provided a reminder of the work to be done.

Although the state's air quality has improved over the years, Brown said, more must be done to improve Californians' health, and the state must continue setting the standard for halting global warming. >>View Article

Renewables Shrug Off Slumping Oil as Investment Remains Steady

October 9 -- Renewable energy investment held firm in the third quarter, indicating the industry is weathering a slump in the cost of oil and coal.

Financing for projects including wind, solar, biofuels and biomass fell 1 percent to $70 billion worldwide, compared with the same period a year ago, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. For the first nine months of the year, investment eased 2 percent to $197.9 billion, the London-based researcher estimated. >>View Article

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