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Report sees big uptick in use of ‘smart’ electricity meters

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Scottsdale, Ariz. “Smart” electricity meters, which enable two-way communication between the meter and the utility, and may enable greater consumer control over consumption, are being deployed at an increasing pace, especially in North America and Europe.

According to a new study from ABI Research, the number of smart electric meters deployed worldwide will rise from a 2009 level of 76 million to about 212 million in 2014.

“As momentum for infrastructure renewal grows, a number of factors are driving the process,” said Sam Lucero, practice director, ABI Research. “High on the list are government regulators. In the United States, $3.4 billion in federal economic stimulus funding was directed to smart grid development in November 2009. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) directly encourages smart grid technology adoption by the states, and funds NIST’s [National Institute of Standards and Technology] efforts to develop a standards-based technology framework to facilitate smart grid adoption.”

Other drivers include: efficiency and reliability gains; environmental concerns; improved customer service; and increasing energy market competition.

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Kohl’s achieves 100% green power

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Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores announced Tuesday that the company has purchased enough green power to meet 100% of its purchased electricity use with an annual green power purchase of nearly 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh).

With this latest purchase of renewable energy, Kohl’s increased its ranking to No. 2 overall and among Fortune 500 companies on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s listings of top green power purchasers.

Kohl’s retains its top ranking among retailers.

According to the EPA, Kohl’s green power purchase of 1,367,376,000 kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon-dioxide emissions of nearly 188,000 passenger vehicles per year or the amount of electricity needed to power nearly 128,000 average American homes annually.

Kohl’s purchases a combination of renewable-energy certificates and utility green power products in the areas of solar, wind and biomass generation. Several Kohl’s initiatives reflect the use and support of green power, including the rollout of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified store prototype and a progressive solar program that generates solar power on-site at nearly 80 locations in six states.

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Starbucks looks to overcome recycling barriers

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Seattle Starbucks Coffee Co. is asking U.S. mayors and other municipal leaders to improve local commercial and residential recycling systems. Currently, recycling capabilities vary considerably from city to city and county to county, which presents a significant barrier for a business with more than 11,000 retail locations across the country, the chain said.

Starbucks said it is working with municipal governments, raw-materials suppliers, cup manufacturers, retail and beverage partners, recyclers, environmental NGOs and experts from the academic sector to develop a comprehensive recyclable cup solution by 2012.

“Scalability is critical,” said Jim Hanna, Starbucks director of environmental impact. “We can only achieve it if we take a holistic approach and join forces with our entire value chain. Mayors are uniquely positioned to mobilize stakeholders at a grassroots level and help drive solutions that will make our cups and other packaging more broadly recyclable in form and in practice.”

Currently, approximately 70% of Starbucks North American stores that control their own waste removal are recycling one or more items; however these are typically items behind the counter that are widely accepted for recycling, such as cardboard. Starbucks and other organizations now believe cardboard may be one path to scalability.

The company is participating in a pilot sponsored by Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery to test the recyclability of Starbucks paper cups with old corrugated cardboard, the most extensively recycled material in the United States.

In addition to participating in and initiating recycling tests, Starbucks is aligning its operations with municipalities that are launching progressive recycling programs, such as San Francisco, where the company implemented front-of-store recycling and composting in November 2009.

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