Apple Hits 96% Renewable Energy Worldwide as Suppliers Join Pledge for 100%

By: Greg Barbosa

In an interview with Bloomberg, Apple’s Lisa Jackson has announced that the company has achieved 96% worldwide renewable energy up from 2015’s 93%. Already having been at 100% renewable energy in the United States, three more of the company’s worldwide suppliers have pledged to follow suit.

In the interview, Jackson mentions that the company won’t stop until it hits 100% everywhere. Within the United States Apple is at 100% renewable energy usage, alongside 23 other countries. The current 96% of renewable energy sources includes Apple’s offices, data centers, stores, and distribution centers. The last few percentage points to reach 100% will come from the supply chain, companies Apple doesn’t explicitly own.

Biel Crystal Manufactory Ltd., Sunwoda Electronic Co., and Compal Electronics Inc. are the three new supply chain companies pledging to join Apple’s sustainability goals. With these additions Jackson states that, “We’re now at seven members of our supply chain who have committed to making their Apple operations renewable too.”

Apple states it will continue with its renewable energy plans that were pledged under President Obama’s administration. Although President Trump may have rolled back some of the EPA’s rules, Apple will continue forward. From Bloomberg’s previous reporting:

“We believe that strong clean energy and climate policies, like the Clean Power Plan, can make renewable energy supplies more robust and address the serious threat of climate change while also supporting American competitiveness, innovation, and job growth,” the companies said in a joint statement after Trump’s order was signed.


Chicago Wants to Become a Renewable Energy Powerhouse

By: Anmar Frangoul


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City buildings in Chicago are to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2025, the city’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced.

In a release over the weekend Emanuel – along with figureheads from Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Park District and City Colleges of Chicago – said that when implemented, the commitment would make Chicago the “largest major city” in the U.S. to supply its public buildings with 100 percent renewable energy.

“By committing the energy used to power our public buildings to wind and solar energy, we are sending a clear signal that we remain committed to building a 21st century economy here in Chicago,” Emanuel, who previously served as White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, said.

The Mayor’s Office said that the commitment would be met in a number of ways, including on site generation and the acquisition of renewable energy credits.

Jack Darin, president of the Illinois Sierra Club, welcomed the move. “By moving boldly to re-power its public buildings with renewable energy like wind and solar, Chicago is leading by example at a time when local leadership is more important than ever,” he said.


Air Liquide Installs First of Eight Clean Energy Stations in France

By: Jemima Owen-Jones

Air Liquide has inaugurated a new clean energy station in Servon, Ile-de-France, in partnership with Carrefour.

This station, designed and installed by Air Liquide, will provide fuel on bio natural gas for transport vehicles (bio-NGV).

The Servon station is the first of eight multi-clean energy stations that Air Liquide will roll out in France throughout 2017. They will join the six multi-energy stations that have already opened in France and in the UK.

Designed mainly for the transport of goods, these stations supply compressed and liquefied bio-NGV, as well as the Air Liquide’s liquid nitrogen (N2) solution blueeze™ for trucks equipped with a cryogenic refrigerating unit, instead of diesel. The station that just opened in Servon, like all of Air Liquide’s multi-energy stations, can fuel 80 trucks a day.

Through its biogas purification units in Europe, the group is present in the production of biomethane for natural gas networks and bio-NGV for transport fleets. Biomethane injected into the natural gas network can be used to supply stations that distribute bio-NGV. Bio-NGV is a form of clean and renewable energy that reduces CO2 emissions by 90% and noise by up to 50% compared with diesel fuel.

At this time, Air Liquide operates more than 60 bio-NGV stations in Europe, principally supplied by its biogas purification units in the UK, France, and Sweden.


Okanagan Wind Farm Up and Running

By: Kimberly Davidson

After many years of development, and nine months of heavy lifting, the 10 Sevion 3.2 M114 CCV wind turbines are now providing power to the province’s electricity grid.

The Pennask project is located just west of Pennask Summit, north of Highway 97C and the Shinish Creek project is located 30 kilometres west of Summerland.

The two facilities are on Crown land and were developed in connection with the Penticton Indian Band, and the Westbank First Nation, Upper Nicola Band.

“Through the Okanagan Wind projects, we are pleased to continue a commitment to clean energy initiatives. We are proud to be a part of the process since development, through construction and now in operations alongside other local contractors to ensure the best results for our future,” Chief Roxanne Lindley of the Westbank First Nation said.  “Our partnership and collaboration on these facilities helps to harness the natural wind energy supplied by our region, while bringing tangible benefits for our community members.”

The clean energy generated by Okanagan Wind is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in B.C by 60,000 tonnes a year.

“I would like to thank Okanagan Wind, the past PIB leadership and our staff who worked hard to conclude this agreement. The Penticton Indian Band affirms our responsibility to take care of the land and all living things within our ancestral Title lands,” Chief Chad Eneas of the Penticton Indian Band said.

The projects represent about six per cent of the province’s wind energy, enough to power approximately 9,000 homes.


Solar Panels to Help Cut Office Tower’s Energy Costs by 80 Per Cent

‘Edmonton has a great amount of sunlight. The panels get sunlight the entire day.’

Five-hundred solar panels on the south wall are expected to help generate 80 per cent of the building’s energy. (Dub Architects Ltd.)

A narrow building on a single lot across from MacEwan University is in the architectural limelight for its innovative, energy-efficient design.

Dubbed the Edge, the 10-storey office tower on 107th Street and 104th Avenue has a south-facing wall with 500 solar panels — enough to power 25 houses, says Gene Dub of Dub Architects Ltd., the Edmonton company behind the design.

“Edmonton has a great amount of sunlight,” Dub said. “The panels get sunlight the entire day.”

The solar panels, which together cost about $400,000, are expected to save on energy costs and pay for themselves within five years, Dub said.

In addition to the solar panels, several large floor-to-ceiling windows capture indirect light from the north to help cut down on interior lighting costs. About 80 per cent of the building’s would-be energy consumption is replaced by the two design choices.

“What it means is you don’t shut your curtains down to keep out the direct glare of the south sun and you can have light almost all day long during the summer,” Dub said.

“It’s why artists in Paris used to want those north garrets,” he said. “Garrets with north skylights … provided the kind of light that was great for painting and it’s also good for working in the office.”

Dub would like to see more businesses and developers adopt solar power.

“So far, the solar panels haven’t caught on nearly as well as I would have hoped,” he said.

However, Dub lauded the Alberta government for helping businesses and residents incorporate solar panels into buildings with a rebate program reducing installation costs by 30 per cent.

The Edge office tower is set to open in June.