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Smarten up, people

Though it’s been brewing for a while, there was still something surprising about this recent article in the New York Times walking through the complaints mounting against California utility PG&E’s smart meter program. When reports broke during initial deployment that some meters were recording inaccurately, it was hard not to sympathize with both the consumers forced to appeal to PG&E… read more →

Project spotlight: Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy

I suspect most of us spent this past Sunday participating, albeit virtually, in that annual American ritual otherwise known as the Super Bowl. With the newly crowned Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers back at home in Wisconsin, it’s a good time to revisit the second-most important fact about Green Bay: it’s a mere 25 miles from Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy,… read more →

Love from TerraPass

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Hey Footprint readers! Look out for a special Valentine’s Day email coming your way next Monday. We’ve got a few surprises that we think you’ll be excited about. Stay tuned! read more →

Days away from cap and trade regulation

  • December 13, 2010
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The “No on 23” campaign might be over, but there’s still (at least) one more hurdle to jump over. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will hear -- and perhaps adopt this week -- the Cap and Trade regulation needed to implement AB32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. The draft Regulation is out for public comment, and opponents of greenhouse… read more →

Committed to reducing my impact

I was emailing with a friend the other day, bemoaning the way I've been flying much more than I want to. Lately I've become a fan of the new Skype beta, which allows 3-way video. The service is good enough that I have been able to cut out some air travel, which makes me think that even if they start… read more →

Update on California Propositions 26 and 23

By now most everyone paying attention to climate change knows that Californians rallied to hand Proposition 23 a smashing defeat. As a result, the state’s landmark greenhouse gas control law, AB32, will not be suspended. Many of you may also know that Proposition 26 passed, which isn't such good news from an environmental point of view, as I pointed out… read more →

Project spotlight: Worcester County Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

  • December 7, 2010
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It's that time of year again! The holiday season also signals the annual verification cycle for a number of our projects. We thought we’d get into some of the nitty-gritty details about what goes on in a verification, so that the next time you’re asked to explain “high quality” carbon offsets at the dinner table with all your relatives (wait,… read more →

Green your holidays!

The holiday season is the time to visit family and friends, eat our favorite seasonal dishes, and decorate our homes with festive decor. The inevitable downside of the season is of course the slightly larger carbon footprint we all produce as we indulge (er, celebrate). Here are some tips we liked - feel free to share yours! **Use LED holiday… read more →

Orbital satellite includes tiny digester

To follow up on what must be the most exciting topic to grace these electronic pages, the final frontier of anaerobic digesters is, of course, space. Only slightly different from the technology that powers all of our dairy projects, a new experiment by Florida Institute of Technology researchers will test whether a particular strain of bacteria that can convert human… read more →

Offshore wind getting some backbone

Google and a renewable electricity investment company are investing in an offshore, 350-mile long high-voltage transmission line off the coast of New Jersey, with spurs making landfall in Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and just outside of New York City. Each company is in it for about $200 million, which is about 75% of the total investment. New transmission lines aren't… read more →
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