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TriplePundit is a tripod of resources surrounding the Environment, Society and Business. You can't have a successful economy without a healthy environment and a healthy society, and vice versa. That concept is called the triple bottom line, which is where the triple part of the name comes from. It's a new and broader way of looking at business and the world.
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Extreme Winter Weather Puts Strain on Power Systems, Lets Wind Energy Shine
February 10, 2014 08:20 AM - Sarah Lozanova, Triple Pundit
The North American cold wave has wreaked havoc on energy systems this winter, plagued by natural gas shortages, rising peak power demand and power plants going offline due to extreme weather conditions. The displaced polar vortex, with its frigid temperatures and strong winds, has caused energy use to soar—creating supply shortages and rising energy costs.
Empresas reducen sus demandas pico de energía para tener grandes ahorros
7-Eleven, Avis, Walgreens Reduce Peak Power Demand For Big Energy Savings
February 4, 2014 11:58 AM - Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit
Revenue growth and profits for U.S. power utilities have always been predicated on increasing demand, regulatory framework and relationships with regulators. Though still highly regulated, that business modus operandi is being turned on its head. Rapid growth in distributed solar, wind and other renewable energy resources and the development of smart grid and demand-response systems are two factors driving these changes. The movement to put a price on carbon emissions — based on the polluter pays principle — is another.
EPA Releases Annual Climate Protection Partnerships Report
February 3, 2014 08:51 AM - Tina Casey, Triple Pundit
The Environmental Protection Agency has just released its annual Climate Protection Partnerships report, and it indicates that the U.S. is in a strong position to achieve economic growth — in other words, job growth — as it transitions to safer, healthier and more sustainable forms of energy. The report comes on top of great news for job growth in the solar industry, with as-yet untapped offshore wind energy and vast reserves of geothermal energy offering potential for even greater growth in the green jobs sector.
US Solar Employment Growing at 10 Times the National Average
January 30, 2014 01:16 PM - Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit
When it comes to job creation, it appears that the U.S. economy has undergone radical change over the past couple of decades as the full extent of neoconservative economic, trade and tax policies, along with rapid technological change, have been more fully realized.
DOE Helps Sprint Put Fuel Cells on Cell Towers
January 29, 2014 08:27 AM - RP Siegel, Triple Pundit
What do you get when you cross a fuel cell with a cell tower? Would that be a fuel tower? Or perhaps a fuel cell cell tower? Probably the best people to ask would be the folks at Sprint since they just received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) technology as backup power to a number of their network sites.
Popularity of plug-in vehicles on the rise
January 13, 2014 09:30 AM - Eric Justian, Triple Pundit
Good news for those living at the intersection of manufacturing and environmentalism. Here in the U.S., sales of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles almost doubled between 2012 and 2013 with an 84 percent jump to 96,600 of the vehicles sold. That’s 49,000 plug-in hybrids (like the Volt) and 47,600 pure battery powered plug-in vehicles sold.
West Virginia Chemical Spill Still Disrupting Local Infrastructure
January 13, 2014 08:58 AM - Jan Lee, Triple Pundit
Think of it as another practice run for local and federal crisis management. The chemical spill into the Elk River that breached the containment walls of one of Charleston, W.Va's largest industries last week has closed schools, stopped commercial flights and converted the state capitol's downtown core to a "ghost town." It's also painted an unnervingly clear picture of what can happen to a city's infrastructure when a chemical spill shuts down its main commercial facilities. After evidence of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM), a foaming agent that is used to clean coal of impurities, was picked up by local water distribution plant West Virginia American Water last Thursday, state and county officials went into high drive to alert some 300,0000 residents of the pollution and to close access to drinking water.
EPA's New Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards Now Open for Public Comment
January 10, 2014 02:39 PM - Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit
Politically contentious as ever, climate change is back in the headlines, as a brutal, deep and prolonged southward shift in the polar vortex has put much of the continental U.S. in a deep freeze. In stark contrast, people living in the Southern Hemisphere — in Australia, Argentina and Brazil, for example — are trying to cope with heat waves, the threat of drought and power outages in major cities. While many are scrambling with the immediacy of such problems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with longer term, structural fixes to address climate change conceived by the Obama Administration. On Jan. 8, the EPA issued proposed new performance standards that would put an upper limit, or cap, on carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new, stationary power plants under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act.
Newlight Makes Plastic Out of Thin Air Instead of Oil
January 7, 2014 11:34 AM - RP Siegel, Triple Pundit
Imagine if you were given one wish to do anything you could about climate change, what would you do? Resetting the atmospheric carbon concentration back to pre-industrial levels would certainly be a big help.