16 December 2009

Industries cut 20% no problem, and other smartgrid, industry, information access and government news

Top Stories

U.S. Dairy Industry Plans 25% GHG Emissions Cut by 2020.reliability high.
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy are working together to help the U.S. dairy industry reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent over the next decade. One part of the strategy is to turn methane gas from livestock manure into electricity. Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the USDA and the dairy group identified a variety of projects that can help the dairy industry meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals, while increasing its financial and environmental sustainability." From Environmental Leader.

U.K. Food Companies Cut CO2 Emissions 19 Percent, Make Progress on Waste, Water Goals.reliability high.
According to its own report, "Members of the U.K.'s Food and Drink Federation (FDF) are well on their way to cutting their carbon emissions, waste, packaging and more." "the companies reduced CO2 emissions by 19 percent by the end of 2008, compared to 1990." More on actions of members and tools they have developed. See GreenBiz. Access report here.
Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Silver Spring becomes the smart grid’s golden goose with new $100M.reliability high.
Silver Spring Networks has announced  "it's secured $100 million more in equity to continue expanding in the U.S. and overseas." "The news also says a lot about which segments of the smart grid will grow the fastest." Further discussion about various smart-grid segments and their prospects. Other companies mentioned. See GreenBeat. Press release here.

Cisco, NASA launch climate monitoring venture.reliability high.
Cisco Systems and NASA have launched a $100 million plan "to monitor the earth's resources, aiming to boost transparency of national commitments under a new climate treaty." The non-profit "Planetary Skin Institute is to help existing public and private, academic and government institutions share their data and analysis, for example through new online resources." From Reuters.

U.S. Smart Grid Market Projected to Double by 2014.reliability high.
"By 2014, the U.S. smart grid market is expected to double from its 2009 value of $21.4 billion to $42.8 billion, according to research from Zpryme." More highlights of report. Also, "The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has laid out guidelines for establishing a smart grid in a newly released white paper at the Copenhagen Climate Conference." See Environmental Leader. Zprime press release; AHAM report PDF.

Government and Regulation

DOE Adds Comprehensive Energy Web Site, Building Energy Use Lab.reliability high.
A new website funded by the Department of Energy "is making energy data and resources more available to the public." From Open Energy site: "Open Energy Info is a platform to connect the world’s energy data. It is a linked open data platform bringing together energy information to provide improved analyses, unique visualizations, and real-time access to data." See Environmental Leader. See site here. [This is an extremely cool and potentially useful site.]

Environmental Groups and EPA Reach Agreement on Updating Nationwide Limits on Air Pollution from Oil and Gas Drilling.reliability high.
"WildEarth Guardians and the San Juan Citizens Alliance today announced a legal settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that promises to lead to a major overhaul of federal regulations limiting air pollution from oil and gas drilling operations nationwide." "Current regulations for oil and gas drilling have faced to keep pace with science and technology. Some are more than 20 years old, and they fail to limit emissions of several toxic chemicals or greenhouse gases. Today’s agreement secures a commitment from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review and, if appropriate, update these federal clean air regulations." More on impact of outdated regulations. See WildEarth Guardians site.


Energy-saving traffic lights blamed in crashes.reliability high.
"Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don't burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm — a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death." See MSNBC from AP. [File under department of not-thought-through consequences, or we-hoped-it-wouldn't-be-a-problem department.]

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