Aldi Sees Competitive Advantage with Energy-Efficient Upgrades in the US

German discount supermarket chain Aldi seeks an edge in the United States over new competitors through energy efficient upgrades to hundreds of stores. This year, Aldi announced a $1.6 billion investment in remodeling 1,300 US stores by 2020. Changes include creating open ceilings, adding natural lighting, LED fixtures, using energy-saving refrigeration, and relying on environmentally friendly building […]

China Is Adding Solar Power at a Record Pace

  China, the world’s biggest investor in clean energy, is on pace to install record amounts of new solar this year after adding 24 gigawatts of capacity in the first half amid a push by policy makers to locate electricity production near the point where it’s used. Distributed solar-power projects — the kind of solar found on industrial […]

Washington regulators approve Microsoft deal to buy clean energy on open power markets

Dive Brief: The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved a settlement allowing Microsoft to fulfill its clean energy goals by buying power on the retail power market, rather than purchasing energy from Puget Sound Energy. PSE created a tariff last year to allow for the new retail service for large industrial or commercial customers, and Microsoft agreed to […]

On Nelson Mandela Day, UN celebrates South African leader’s service to humanity

Marking what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday, the United Nations today honored his lifetime of service and dedication to justice and equality. “The best tribute we can pay this great man is not words or in ceremonies, but actions that improve our world,” Secretary-General António Guterres told a meeting of the General Assembly on the occasion of […]