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Biogas: When What You Flush Comes Back to Warm You

With the heightened interest in biofuels for clean energy, bioethanol tends to take a lot of the spotlight, though another biofuel - biogas - is making strong inroads to sustainability as well, with installations all over the world. Biogas may not be as sexy: it's what's produced when organic matter breaks down - rots and ferments, basically - in the absence of oxygen (the fancy word is...

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Product Spotlight: The Modlet Saves Energy at the Plug

Have you heard of vampire appliances, those that suck up electricity by just being plugged in all the time when not in use? Like the tv, the dvr, or the coffee maker. These appliances, which go into 'standby mode' when switched off, draw electricity 24 hours a day. The modlet is designed to eliminate this wasteful use of power by intelligently scheduling outlets to automatically shut off power to...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: GM Launches Landmark IPO

Plus: Manufacturing Outlook Strengthens, Economic Indicators Rise and "Small Business Saturday" Introduced. GM Launches Largest IPO in U.S. History After years of turmoil and failure, General Motors Co. pulled off the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in United States history last week, highlighting a massive turnaround for the Detroit automaker and setting the stage for Washington to...

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Light Friday: The End of E-Mail?

Plus: Hone Your BS-Detecting Skills, the World's Stupidest Robots and a Seriously Fun-Looking Workspace. Work E-Mail in 140 Characters or Less By 2014, e-mail will be replaced by social networking applications like Twitter as the primary vehicle for business communication among 20 percent of employees, according to Gartner last week. "In the past, organizations supported collaboration through...

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Using Social Science Behavioral Programs to Improve Customer Energy Efficiency

The American Council for and Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has published a report that looked at behavioral programs whose goal it was to improve customer energy efficiency. Entitled "Visible and Concrete Savings: Case Studies of Effective Behavioral Approaches to Improving Customer Energy Efficiency", covers industry, buildings and utilities, and transportation sectors and showcases ten...

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Downturn Highlights Supply Chain's Importance

Economic pressures force companies to contain costs and boost revenue throughout the supply chain. It comes as little surprise, then, that the economic downturn caused firms to turn to their supply chains for help. When asked what happened to the emphasis on supply chain performance during the global economic downturn, executives resoundingly reported it had increased, according to recent...

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Sustainability Spotlight: South Carolina's Recycling Efforts Recognized by EPA

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling, has received a Notable Achievement Award from the U.S. EPA. The award recognizes their contributions towards achieving the goals of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge, which is a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more...

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Ener1 Inks Deal to Modernize Grid and Ensure 2014 Olympics Stay Lit

U.S. lithium-ion battery maker Ener1, Inc. has signed a deal worth $40 million with a division of the Russian Federal Grid Company (FGC) to co-develop storage systems under a nation-wide grid modernization program. The initial phase will involve grid integration of large-scale emergency power back-up systems in the Black Sea port city of Sochi, selected as the official site of the XXII Winter...

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