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Kennecott Copper Opts for Renewables to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
Rio Tinto
Date: 2019-05-03
London, UK-headquartered Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining giant Rio Tinto reports it will reduce the annual carbon footprint associated with its Kennecott Utah Copper operation by as much as 65 pct by purchasing renewable energy certificates and permanently shutting its coal power plant.

Kennecott's electric power needs will now be paired with 1.5 million MWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) supplied by Rocky Mountain Power, primarily sourced from its Utah allocated portfolio including wind power from Wyoming. The RECs are Green-e Energy certified and meet the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.

The move to using renewable energy certificates at Kennecott is subject to regulatory approval by the Utah Public Service Commission. (Source: Rio Tinto, 2 May, 2019)Contact: Rio Tinto,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Rocky Mountain Power,  Rio Tinto,  Renewable Energy,  

Univ. of Calif. Lauded for Sustainability Initiatives (Ind. Report)
Excellence in Green Power Use Award
Date: 2017-10-27
In the Golden State, the University of California's Daily Calofirnian reports the school has been awarded the EPA's Excellence in Green Power Use Award for its efforts to reduce emissions and consistently generate sustainable energy.

The award, presented in conjunction with the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, recognizes partners that both exceed the minimum benchmark requirements for green power usage and "demonstrate a distinct market impact through innovation, communications, and stakeholder engagement." Other award winners include Google and Microsoft.

The UC had previously entered into long-term purchase agreements for power from two solar farms in California's Central Valley, the largest solar purchase ever made by a university system in the country. There are currently five solar locations on campus, Additionally, some buildings on campus use the US Green Building Council LEED, to evaluate the environmental performance of a building. The campus is also on track to become carbon-neutral by 2025 (Source: EPA, Daily Californian, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: EPA Excellence in Green Power Use Award,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  

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