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Debrief Top 5 Cannabis Industry Challenges

Thu, May 25, 2017 11:10 AM – 12:10 PM PDT


Cannabis continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in the country. As support and legalization continue throughout the states, so do new challenges. This interactive webinar will cover the top 5 challenges the cannabis industry currently faces. Gain the latest insights on how to overcome these industry issues & get ahead of those coming in the near future such as: – The new administrations’ hard stance against marijuana – Coming up with uniform testing standards for legalized states – Difficulties with testing potency, homogeneity, pesticides and contaminants Join the conversation and overcome hurdles to be successful in the cannabis industry. Speaker Amanda Borup Policy Analyst, Recreational Marijuana Program Oregon Liquor Control Commission Moderator Cathie Bennett Warner Director, Public Relations, and Steep Hill.


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Top 5 Cannabis Industry Challenges

Thu, May 25, 2017 11:10 AM – 12:10 PM PDT


Cannabis continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in the country. As support and legalization continue throughout the states, so do new challenges. This interactive webinar will cover the top 5 challenges the cannabis industry currently faces. Gain the latest insights on how to overcome these industry issues & get ahead of those coming in the near future such as: – The new administrations’ hard stance against marijuana – Coming up with uniform testing standards for legalized states – Difficulties with testing potency, homogeneity, pesticides and contaminants Join the conversation and overcome hurdles to be successful in the cannabis industry. Speaker Amanda Borup Policy Analyst, Recreational Marijuana Program Oregon Liquor Control Commission Moderator Cathie Bennett Warner Director, Public Relations, and Steep Hill.

 

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Cannabis Insights from Green Flower Media CEO Max Simon

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast Events

Green Flower Media CEO Max Simon is determined to teach the world about cannabis. His recent free online cannabis seminar was dubbed “the TED talks of Cannabis.”

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Overcoming Inventory Allocation Obstacles in an Omnichannel World

José Chan | Celect

Having the right product, in the right place, at the right time and the right price in retail, is one of the oldest and greatest challenges retailers and brands face. The logistical complexity of this problem is magnified when we consider that retailers must address this issue in an omnichannel environment where consumers expect the physical and digital worlds to be seamlessly integrated.

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5 Ganjapreneurs Give Their 2017 Industry Predictions

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast Events

It’s the rise of cannabis in North America. With more and more US states making cannabis legal, and Canada’s recreational cannabis bill passed, the cannabis industry is poised for exponential growth. 

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6 Step Checklist for Omnichannel Marketing Success

Babar Khan Javed | customerTHINK

An omnichannel marketing experience is a bit of a contradiction for some because it is often spoken of as a short-term tactic, while its name is implicitly about having a constant omnipresence over the targeted customer.

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How Technological and Environmental Changes are Altering the 3PL Landscape

Press Release | Research and Markets

A new report titled “Global Contract Logistics 2017” was released by Research and Markets. The report provides analysis and evaluation of future practices expected in the industry.

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3PL Market: Flourishing Ecommerce Industry Augmenting Demand

Press Release | Transparency Market Research

A recent study by Transparency Market Research (TMR) has detected that government initiatives to improve infrastructure across several emerging economies is the primary factor that is augmenting the demand in the global third party logistics (3PL) market.

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Third Party Logistics Market is Expected to Reach 1.24 Trillion USD by 2025

Press Release | Reportlinker

The global Third Party Logistics (3PL) market is expected to reach USD 1.24 trillion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The increasing outsourced-logistics functions availed by middle market companies to address their logistics challenges, are expected to positively impact the industry growth.

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New York City Receives its First Lithium-Ion Battery Based Microgrid

Press Release | Demand Energy

Demand Energy recently announced the start of construction for the company’s groundbreaking renewable-energy-plus-storage microgrid at Marcus Garvey Village, NYC.

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Exelon Generation Buys FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant, Increases Carbon-Free Electricity within State

Press Release | Exelon Generation

Exelon Generation, owner of the nation’s largest nuclear energy fleet, announced on Mar. 31 that it has assumed ownership and management of operations of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, NY.

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These Residential Battery Storages Will Help Power New York City

Press Release | Con Edison

Con Edison has filed a project that will bring battery storage technology to New York City neighborhoods in order to ensure service is reliable during the hot summer months. By the summer of 2018, the company will deploy batteries capable of sending 1 megawatt of power for four hours into the grid to serve homes and businesses.

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Air Force Develops New, Deployable, Energy Systems

Donna Lindner | Air Force Research Laboratory

Today’s expeditionary military forces require steady, reliable energy sources to power worldwide missions.

Diverse field environments and a move towards cost-effective, resilient and agile energy supplies are driving a new look at the way the Defense Department powers a mission — and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office leads the innovation from the front.

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New York City Receives its First Lithium-Ion Battery Based Microgrid

Press Release | Demand Energy

Demand Energy recently announced the start of construction for the company’s groundbreaking renewable-energy-plus-storage microgrid at Marcus Garvey Village, NYC.

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Global Revenue for Fixed Cost Microgrid O&M is Expected to Exceed $4 Billion in 2026

Press Release | Navigant Research

A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market potential for the provision of operations and maintenance (O&M) services for key microgrid enabling technologies.

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Oaklanders Previously Caught for Marijuana Possession Will Be First in Line for Cannabis Permits

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast Events

Oaklanders who were previously incarcerated for marijuana possession in the last decade will be the first to receive legal cannabis permits under the Equity Permit Program.

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California Studies the Energy Impact of Cannabis Cultivation

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast Events

As California prepares for the implementation of Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana, state regulators hurry to figure out how much energy will be used from recreational cannabis growers.

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As Satellite Business Continues to Boom, So Does Space Junk Problem

Andrew Rosenblum | Freelance

With OneWeb announcing a mega-constellation of some 2,000 satellites and SpaceX  planning another 4,500 to provide Internet service to remote regions around the globe, the business of satellite-delivered data continues to boom.

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The Omnichannel Experience Consumers Are Craving

Alice Chen | Payfirma

Aided by technology and accustomed to instant connections, consumers are craving an omnichannel experience when they’re shopping. Omnichannel means the holistic way that a brand’s channels and touch points interact with a customer. It boils down to a cohesive, continuous, and seamless experience across all channels — no matter the way a consumer connects with a brand.

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Ohio Cannabis Entrepreneurs Must Stay Cautious of Latest State Medical Marijuana Law

Press Release | Ohio Cannabis Association

A medical marijuana law in Ohio (HB 523) could change the legal landscape for cannabis entrepreneurs.

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New Report Cites Widespread Improvement in State Marijuana Laws Nationwide

Brett Abrams | Americans for Safe Access

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) released a new report on medical marijuana access in the United States.

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West Virginia Is Now the 29th Medical Marijuana State

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast

Governor Jim Justice signed a new measure in West Virginia to legalize medical marijuana.

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Industry Urges EPA to Put the Brakes on TCE Ban

Kelly Franklin | Chemical Watch

Solvent’s TSCA workplan risk assessment comes under fire.

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Senator Calls on FDA to Require Companies to Remove 1-4 Dioxane From Products

Press Release | US Senate

Senators Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand want to ban 1,4-Dixoane from beauty products.

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Advantages of Omnichannel Marketing Over Multichannel Marketing

Yash Vardhan | Boomtrain

The surge in modern technology coupled with new marketing strategies, brings  a new wave of marketing jargon that every marketer has to get acquainted with and adapt accordingly.

Today, people consume information via various screens and devices. The early 2000s used to be so comfortable, right? Online information and media consumption wasn’t so scattered. Desktop was our only way to the world wide web and all the information was available on a single window.

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Omnichannel Retail Strategies: Everything You Need to Know

Patrick Antinozzi | RapidWebLaunch

Omnichannel is one of those buzzwords you’re going to be hearing a lot. (if you haven’t already) Your first question is naturally going to be “What is omnichannel?” Your follow up to that is probably “Why should I care?”

The short answer? If you’re involved in the retail industry in any way, you should care a great deal.

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Three Ways Omnichannel Support Helps Boost Customer Loyalty

Robert C Johnson | TeamSupport

The phrase omnichannel support continues to evolve. Simply offering support through one channel—be it phone, email or live chat—isn’t good enough anymore and doesn’t meet the needs of your customers. Omnichannel support, when utilized properly, can be a boost to your customer loyalty and the overall long-term satisfaction of your customer relationships.

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The Factories of the Future Could Float in Space

Andrew Rosenblum | Popular Science

Orbital manufacturing is already paving the way for better solar panels, faster internet, cleaner computer chips, and lab-grown human hearts.

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The Top 100 Omnichannel Retailers of 2017

Press Release | Total Retail 

One hundred publicly traded retailers were ranked on their omnichannel efficiency by Total Retail. Each retailer was scored based on the omnichannel experiences they currently offer their customers.

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Transitioning into Omnichannel: What You Need to Know

Press | Port Logistics Group

Everyone recognizes that the retail industry is in the midst of a phenomenal transition driven by always-on digital consumers who are molding the shopping experience to fit their lifestyles. They expect speed, convenience, multiple product choices and ease of use. They want to shop whenever, wherever and however they choose and demand fast delivery and no-hassle returns. And while they may not recognize it yet, they want all of this delivered in a seamless, consistent brand experience.

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Are You Ready for an Omnichannel Transformation?

Press | Fortna Inc.

Companies are investing in omnichannel distribution operations to drive competitive advantage and grow revenue.  Omnichannel DCs promise better utilization of labor and inventory by leveling off the peaks and valleys of individual channels.  And they often make it easier to justify automation.  But omnichannel transformations are often complex, multi-year projects.

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How To Win Big Investing In The Space 2.0 Boom

Brandon Farwell | CASIS

Space 2.0 is upon us! But how should we think about operating and investing in it?

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Why Omnichannel Consumers Are So Valuable

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast Events

Retailers are finding that supplying different touch points help create a new shopping experience. Consumers are quickly figuring out how to integrate this experience into their daily lives. From this, a new breed of shopper was born: the omnichannel consumer.

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California Could Soon Become a Safe Haven for Cannabis Entrepreneurs

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast

A new proposed bill in California could protect legal cannabis enterprises from federal prosecution.

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Is Your Company Prepared for the New TSCA Chemical Reporting Rule?

Jessica Lyons Hardcastle | Environmental Leader

Almost all companies across most industries are subject to a new, one-time reporting requirement imposed by the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Scientists Propose First Astrophysics Mission to the Moon

Tomasz  Nowakowski | Astro Watch Blog

A team of researchers led by Richard Miller of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has recently proposed a next-generation mission to the moon called the Lunar Occultation Explorer (LOX) which is now under review by NASA. If accepted by the agency, it will be the first dedicated astrophysics lunar mission.
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CNT-Modified CFRPs Offer the Possibility of Sensing Structures to the Aerospace Industry

Jerrold Wang |  Lux Research

Researchers at the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), the University of Bristol’s Advanced Composite Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), and aerospace company Bombardier teamed up to develop a carbon nanotube-based material that is to replace the polymer sizing in carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) for aerospace applications.

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President Trump Plans to Monetize Space

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast Events

The Trump Administration is considering a bold and ambitious vision for the U.S. space program.

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The Private Sector Gives Critical Endorsement to NASA’s Deep Space Rocket

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast Events

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) – an enormous rocket set to launch astronauts into deep space – got a crucial endorsement from the private sector.

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The Satellite Analytics Market

Nicholas Brown | SpaceKnow

There’s a new way for firms to analyse global economic developments and events, by viewing them from space. While satellite analytics have been available to governments for decades, high-resolution satellite imagery is fast becoming the last Cold War technology to be made widely available for commercial use.

Despite previous obstacles in efficiency, developments in

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Reduce, Reuse… Recycling in Space?

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Going green is no longer just an Earth thing. The need for sustainability in space extends beyond the scope of picking up geospatial refuse. Soon, recycling will play a key role in stimulating and growing the extraterrestrial economy, by maximizing resource availability through converting mission waste into useful commodities. The staggering costs of re-supply missions require all resources on board be

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I Believe this New Digital Standard will Change the World

Perry R. Peterson | President & CEO | Digital Earth Thought Leader

Humanity’s ability to measure, monitor, and communicate over the vastness of the entire Earth is unprecedented. Trends point to ever growing volumes of rich data describing the planet. People, from scientist to citizens, expect this information in a form that can answer their pressing questions…instantly.

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Start-up NewSpace: What Entrepreneurs Should Know, Because (the Real) Mark Watney Needs You

Space Frontier Foundation

“The Martian” depicts a future most space-enthusiasts would drool over. But in reality, a future where humans make regular trips to other planets will require a lot of help from entrepreneurs, not just NASA. Fortunately, things are moving quickly.

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The Rapid Rise of the Space Investor and the Reinvention of NASA

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Up until a few years ago, space largely fell within the realm of a few major aero defense groups and government agencies. No one in their right mind, save for a few individuals that fit the “eccentric billionaire” archetype would even consider making investments in this “space.” However, the tides have turned. 

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The Coming Age of the Smart Green City Building

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

What kind of buildings will be in the smart cities of tomorrow? While the cities of the future will still be home to older historical and other buildings that are not energy-efficient good citizens of the power grid, the move will increasingly be to smart green buildings.

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New Survey Finds that 75% of U.S. Drivers Are Excited about Driverless Cars

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

We have to admit that we are developing a slight case of whiplash from watching recent surveys of opinions about autonomous cars. Some surveys report that very few drivers are attracted to self-driving cars, while others report just the opposite. Perhaps opinions are varied because drivers don’t yet understand what self-driving cars really are and what they can do.

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Four Unexpected Ways Self-Driving Cars Will Change the World

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

“Here is What the Future Looks Like in a World of Self-Driving Cars,” an article that Venky Ganesan wrote for AlleyWatch.com on October 7, is a real eye-opener. Ganesan points out four major ways that the world will change if self-driving cars become commonplace.

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Will Hydrogen Be the Savior of Overloaded Microgrids?

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Nevada Issues America’s First Quadriplegic Driver’s License

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Where Batteries and Water Meet . . . Irvine, CA, Equips its City Water System with Tesla Batteries

Date: Oct. 11, 2016 –

What happens when you equip a city’s water system with advanced batteries made by Tesla? We don’t know for certain yet. However, we do know that Irvine, CA, is partnering with Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to do it.

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New Kelley Blue Book Survey Finds Most Americans Have Reservations about Self-Driving Cars

Date: Oct. 11, 2016 –

Kelley Blue Book and the market research firm Vital Findings recently asked more than 2,200 Americans between the ages of 12 and 64 what they thought about self-driving cars.

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Is George Hotz’s $1,000 Self-Driving Car Kit for Real?

Date: Oct. 4, 2016

If a 26-year-old entrepreneur named George Hotz has his way, it will soon be possible to buy a $1,000 kit on Amazon Prime that will convert your car into an autonomous self-driver. How soon? By the end of the year.

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Teaching Self-Driving Cars to be “Polite”

Date: Oct.4, 2016

Steering, accelerating, braking, parking and avoiding collisions are all abilities that self-driving cars are learning. But now something else has been added to the list of what autonomous cars are supposed to be. They are supposed to have good road etiquette and be “polite.”

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American Cities and Highways Counted on LED Lighting. Were They Wrong?

Date: Oct. 4, 2016

Thanks to their long life and low power consumption, light emitting diodes (LEDs) have become the lighting source of choice on about 13% off all American streets and highways. That might not be such a wise choice, according to “Human and Environmental Effects of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Community Lighting,” a report issued in June by the American Medical Association. 

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Columbus OH Thinks that Mass Transit Is Going Away

Date: Oct. 4, 2016

City planners in Columbus, OH had some thinking to do in June when their city won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. The Challenge gave Columbus $40 million to invest in transit. Where would that grant money go?

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The Role of Passive Radiation in Smart Grid Design

Date: Sept. 27, 2016

The smart cities of tomorrow will be increasingly powered and heated by the sun. But not all solar-generated power will come from solar panels located on buildings or in fields nearby. A lot of the energy will be passively collected by the buildings themselves. And thanks to increasingly intelligent designs, smart self-heating buildings are posed to have a bigger impact on the design of smart grids.

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Self-Driving Cars Edge Out Brad and Angelina on the Nightly News

Date: Sept. 27, 2016

Two big news stories broke on September 20, 2016. The first was that the DOT had issued a new policy about self-driving cars. The second was that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were getting divorced. Which story got more coverage? The story about autonomous cars, at least on the news outlets that I monitor. Apparently they are even sexier than Brad and Angie.

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Quick View: Inside The Department of Transportation’s Automated Vehicles Policy

Date: Sept. 21, 2016

The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, released on September 21 by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is a 116-page document that has the potential to shape the cars we own, the roads we drive on, competition in the automotive industry, and lots more.

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The World Starts to Light Up with Battery Power

Date: Sept. 21, 2016

Lots has been happening in the world of batteries since July, when Tesla opened its $5 billion Gigafactory in the Nevada desert. Battery production is ramping up there in two distinct product areas: batteries for use in Tesla automobiles and sleek-looking new Powerwall batteries for use in buildings. According to Tesla, each Powerwall battery can store up to 6.4 kilowatts, enough to provide overnight power to most homes.  

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Is the Age of Supergrids about to Dawn?

Date: Sept. 21, 2016

As the “make electricity here, use it here” philosophy takes hold, many trend-watchers are focused on microgrids.

But supergrids are attracting attention too. The MIT Technology Review, named them one of its “10 Breakthrough Technologies,” because of their ability to utilize high-voltage direct current power lines to carry electricity much further than AC power cables can.

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Inside Arpa-E’s $30 Million NEXTCAR Program

Date: Sept. 19, 2016

What kind of automotive projects are being funded by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency for Energy (Arpa-E)? If you scroll through a list of the projects, you’ll see that most of them have to do with the development of new automotive fuels and batteries.

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There Once Was a Van that Swallowed a Drone….

Date: Sept. 19, 2016

Tapping the Power of Combined Technologies

Companies that combine two cutting-edge technologies are discovering some surprising benefits and possibilities.

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Why Microgrids Will Become Cheaper, Smarter and More Agile in the Next Two Years

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

How are microgrids changing?

Let’s take a quick look at how microgrids that will be installed in two years could be dramatically different from today’s advanced installations.

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Government’s Projects to Enhance the Grid with Advanced Technologies

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

“ARPA-E: The First Seven Years,” an extensive new 135-page report from the U.S Department of Energy, offers a comprehensive overview of the U.S. Government’s many programs to enrich the efficiency of our nation’s power grid.

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Astonishing Facts and Predictions about Self-Driving Cars

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

Most of us realize that self-driving cars will have an immense impact on the experience of driving. But many of us overlook the immense scope of the changes that advanced vehicles will have in other areas of our lives.

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Do Consumers Want Self-Driving Cars?

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

Over the years, lots of products have been successfully marketed to consumers who didn’t understand them, didn’t think they needed them, and just plain didn’t want them. Who needed cable TV, for example, when an antenna on the top of a TV set worked just fine?

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Three Non-Automotive Industries that Will Have a Big Impact on Self-Driving Cars

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

Computer scientists have joined forces with car makers to develop self-driving cars and the technology that will drive them. But not all technologies need to be developed specifically for automotive applications – they are actively adapting technologies that come from other sectors.

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Why a Renewable Energy PPA is one of the Most Powerful Tools in Your Sustainability Toolbox

By: Amy Haddon, VP of Communications & Engagement, Renewable Choice Energy

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that seismic shifts have been underway in how we’re generating energy worldwide, and how those actions play into international goals around carbon emission reductions.  What you may not know is the important role businesses have played in the renewable energy tipping point or why corporations are pursuing renewables so doggedly.

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Canadian Solar Enters into New Distribution Agreement in Mexico

Sam Pothecary | PV Magazine

The Chinese company has signed the agreement with local wholesale distributor of solar products DM Solar, for the company’s popular modules that will be mainly used for small and medium-scale projects, as Canadian Solar raises its profile in the Latin American country.

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The David vs. Goliath Factor: Why Micro Beats Macro in the World of Power

Date: Sept. 1, 2016

We all know stories about little characters who beat bigger ones. David beat Goliath. In a famous children’s book, a “Little Engine That Could” climbed a high mountain when bigger locomotives refused to try. The slow-moving tortoise outsmarted the faster, more powerful hare . . . and the list of stories where the little guy or gal wins could go on and on.

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Nine Embarrassing Problems to Avoid in Your Self-Driving Car

Date: Sept. 1, 2016

It’s one thing when you tell Siri to find you a pizzeria in Portland, Maine and have her direct you to Portland, Oregon. By the time you’ve driven 300 or 400 miles, you start to suspect that something is wrong . . .

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Why the American Power Grid Is Still at Risk

Date: Sept. 1, 2016

“13 Years After Northeast Blackout, U.S. Power Grid Remains Vulnerable,” an article by Karen Weigert in the August 17th Wall Street Journal, spells out some sobering reasons why the American power grid is still susceptible to catastrophic failure.

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New Smart Cities on the Rise in Florida and Colorado

Date: Sept. 1, 2016

“How Florida and Colorado Are Trying to Build Smart Cities from the Ground Up,” an article that Matthew Wheeland wrote for The Guardian on August 9, offers some tantalizing insights into microgrid- enhanced smart cities that are being built in Florida and Colorado.

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Regulated & Deregulated Energy Markets

By: Customer First Renewables

If your company operates in more than one state, or electricity grid, you might also be operating in both regulated and deregulated energy markets. When you are making decisions about purchasing energy, it is important to know the difference between these markets and develop a plan that will make sure your company gets the right renewable energy solution.

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Eight Reasons Security-Conscious Consumers Will Use More Microgrids

Date: Aug. 26, 2016

When you boil it down to the basics, every domestic consumer in America who installs a backup electrical generator is already making use of a microgrid to protect his or her home from the dangers of electrical outages.

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Mexico’s Largest Solar Energy Project Aims at Sustainability

Franc Contreras | CCTV America

Mexico has set an ambitious goal of switching to clean energy by 2024. Sources like wind and solar are expected to make up more than one-third of the country’s electricity. And foreign companies are playing a role to help meet that goal.

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Infocast Blockchain Team Interviews Microsoft’s Yorke Rhodes

In this blog, we chat with Yorke Rhodes III, the Global Blockchain Business Strategist at Microsoft. He will be speaking at the Blockchain World Congress this September in NYC.

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Do Uber’s Self-Driving Cabs in Pittsburgh Offer a Glimpse of the Future?

Date: Aug. 25, 2016

A century ago, the introduction of the electric starter – which was really nothing but an electric motor fitted with a gear wheel and a solenoid – looked like little more than a small engineering advance.

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What NMVCCS Tells Us about the Projected Safety of Self-Driving Cars

Date: Aug. 25, 2016

The first death caused by a self-driving car occurred on May 7, 2016, when Joshua Brown’s auto-piloting Tesla plowed into a truck at an intersection in Williston, FL.

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Coverage of the Cannabis Quality, Strategies & Solutions Summit by Everything420, an Online Marijuana Company

By: Matthew Lopez, Everything420 |

Events such as the High Times Cannabis Cup, Chalice, and the various mini expos that spring up throughout the cannabis community continue to grow and gain popularity and as the cannabis movement continues to thrive. As they do, so too will the growing demand for more events that cater to the daily consumer and enthusiast. However one aspect of the cannabis industry that has not been addressed as much as it should, is the professional event in which individuals can network with the movers and shakers of this evolving industry.

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CEQ Issues Final Greenhouse Gas Guidance Directing Federal Agencies to Consider Climate Change in their NEPA Reviews

By: Craig P. Wilson, Cliff L. Rothenstein, Sandra E. Safro, Ankur K. Tohan, David L. Wochner, Michael L. O’Neill, K&L Gates |

On August 2, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) published a final version of its guidance to federal agencies requiring the consideration of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and effects on climate change when evaluating potential impacts of a federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). 

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New Council Inaugurated by U.S. Departments of Commerce and Energy and Mexican Government Appoints Suniva Executive 

By: Keryn Schneider, Suniva, Inc. |

Suniva, Inc., a leading American manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells and modules, with headquarters in metro-Atlanta and manufacturing facilities in Georgia and Michigan, recently announced that Suniva’s Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations, Matt Card, has been appointed by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Energy to the U.S. Section of the recently launched U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council.

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A Blockchain Q&A with Dell’s Shishir Vadhavkar

In this blog, we chat with Shishir Vadhavkar, Director Industry Solutions – Banking and Financial Services at Dell about IoT, the future of blockchain and more. Shishir will be speaking at the Blockchain World Congress this September in NYC.

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A New Generation of Big Names in Space – Here’s Who You Should be Watching

New players are entering the commercial space industry en masse, bringing much-needed fresh blood to an industry long dominated by incumbent aerospace primes and underfunded government agencies. Thanks largely in part to SpaceX, the industry is the midst of a major overhaul. New stakeholders with novel business ideas and trends toward commercialization are presenting incumbent aerospace companies with major challenges. As it stands, 2016 is poised to be the year that companies from the startups to big box retailers make major strides in space.

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Puget Sound Energy Reports to the Washington UTC on the Progress of its Efforts to Join the CAISO Energy Imbalance Market; CAISO Releases Study Chronicling Benefits of a Regional Energy Market

Eric Jay and Kari Vander Stoep | K&L Gates

Puget Sound Energy (“PSE”) recently presented to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) regarding the steps it is taking to join the California-based Energy Imbalance Market (“EIM”) this coming fall. WUTC Docket No. 151425 (July 20, 2016).

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New Study Unlocks Potential for Ultra-Lightweight and Flexible 3D-Printed Metallic Materials

Jeremy Thomas | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) engineers have achieved unprecedented scalability in 3D-printed architectures of arbitrary geometry, opening the door to super-strong, ultra-lightweight and flexible metallic materials for aerospace, the military and the automotive industry.

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Mentoring the Machines

Daniel O’Connor | TCT Magazine

As I was ushered into a private room in the Ritz Carlton in Berlin, resplendent with fruit platters, pastries, French press coffee, and premium bottled waters, the interview that I’d arranged with Autodesk’s Chief Technology Officer began to feel more like I was interviewing Jeff Bridges than Jeff Kowalski.

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Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement Survey Insights

Brian Carey, George Favaloro | PwC

One of the biggest developments in the renewable energy marketplace in the last 12–24 months has been the rapid growth in corporate renewables purchases.

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A Corporate Renewables Q&A with John Powers of Renewable Choice Energy

In this blog, we’re talking to John Powers, VP of Strategic Renewables at Renewable Choice Energy, and a speaker at our upcoming Corporate Renewables 2016 event.

John, what’s happening today in the corporate renewables landscape?

Globally, thousands of companies are pursuing renewable energy as a means to meet their economic and environmental goals. 

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Energy Strategy for the C-Suite: from Cost Center to Competitive Advantage

Brian Carey, George Favoloro | PwC

An Introduction to the Unified Approach to Energy Transformation

Leading companies are looking at energy as a strategic issue, a potential path toward growth and competitive advantage. In fact, some companies have found that treating energy as a low-level issue can be a costly mistake.

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Corporate PPAs: Market Trends and Opportunities

Giji John, Rohit Sachdev, Les Sherman, David Spielberg | Orrick

Corporate and industrial buyers have dramatically increased their purchases of renewable energy in recent years, with contracted capacity under corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) doubling year-over-year from 2012 to 2015. 

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Here’s What’s Driving Corporate Renewable Purchases

George Favaloro | Managing Director at PwC Sustainable Business Solutions

The growth of the renewable energy marketplace in the last 24 months has been breathtaking.  Billions of dollars have been invested in building renewable generating capacity, which is in turn, lowering costs and creating more demand.

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The Future of Solar Continues to Shine Bright—At Least in the US

If you thought 2015 was the year of the sun— get ready to see solar power break some more records. The US solar market shows no signs of slowing down, and appears to be on track for another record shattering year amid falling prices and an uptick in installations.

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Mixed-use Projects Find Foothold in Latin America

Bryan Wroten | Hotel News Now

GLOBAL REPORT—Latin America is finding its appetite for hotels developed in combination with residential and commercial spaces.

In a webinar hosted by Jones Lang LaSalle’s Hotels & Hospitality Group titled “Latin American hotel design, technology and project trends:

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New York State Business Council Conference on Renewable Energy

Bernays T. (Buz) Barclay

Leaders from a State that is itself leading thought and action in growing the contributions of renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, and re-forming the entire utility-customer interface, met last week at beautiful Marist college in Poughkeepsie for spirited and constructive discussion about how to enable, unfetter and facilitate free market, competitive solutions that will help to achieve the goals we share.

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Optimarin successfully completes USCG testing and looks to take ‘significant’ share of global BWT market

Tore Andersen | Optimarin

6 July 2016, Norway: Ballast water treatment (BWT) system specialist Optimarin has successfully completed the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) environmental test and all land-based and shipboard testing for marine, brackish and fresh water.

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Google Secures Nordic Wind Power for Data Centers

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Google just signed an agreement that will enable them to acquire 235 megawatts of renewable energy from wind farms in Sweden and Norway respectively. The announcement builds on the significant number of power purchase agreements (PPAs) Google signed last year, accounting for a whopping 842 megawatts of renewable energy used for powering the company’s global data centers.

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Are Nuclear Closures a Bad Sign for Renewables?

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Closures like the San Onofre and Diablo Canyon power plants in California may throw a wrench in state plans to lower emissions. A recent Forbes article points out many modern environmentalists are reluctant to pull the plug on the Diablo Canyon plant.

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Blockchain: Using Bitcoin’s Robust Architecture to Secure the Internet of Things

Isaac Brown | Lux Research

When we think of Bitcoin, we tend to think of clandestine marketplaces, along with the speculative frenzy and resulting disillusionment that took place a few years ago. What most people don’t think about is the fact that Bitcoin was built on an incredibly innovative set of technologies.

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A Closer Look at Blockchain for IoT

Isaac Brown | Lux Research

In our last article, we discussed the use of blockchain to improve the security and scalability of Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. Buzz around blockchain is picking up rapidly as innovators in every field apply the concept to different applications – while the value proposition for blockchain is strong for the IoT, there are unique challenges that will delay its implementation.

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Study Finds Building Internal Support is Biggest Hurdle to Corporate Renewable Adoption

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

A recent report by PwC confirms the marked change we’ve seen over the past few years in the renewable energy sector, particularly with commercial and industrial companies. After years of stagnation, attacks from climate change deniers, and naysayers citing high prices as an immovable barrier, it appears renewables have finally made it.

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The First Big Company to Say It’s Serving the Legal Marijuana Trade? Microsoft.

By: Nathaniel Popper, The New York Times |

As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government.

But Microsoft is breaking the corporate taboo on pot this week by announcing a partnership to begin offering software that tracks marijuana plants from “seed to sale,” as the pot industry puts it.

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What Do Willie, Snoop and Whoopi Have in Common? They’re all Cannabis Investors

Jason Keehn | Infocast 

Everyone knows cannabis is HUGE. Arcview Group projects USA legal cannabis sales to hit $24 billion by 2020. According to the State of Colorado, 2015 sales reached nearly one billion bucks ($996,184,788).

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Time to change

Hapag-Lloyd

In more and more regions of the world, ships have to change to low-sulfur fuel before being allowed to sail into Emission Control Areas. But how does one make this switch with a gigantic ship? The procedure is more complicated than you might expect.

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Optimarin wins 15 unit BWT order for Topaz vessels from VARD

By: Tore Andersen | Optimarin

22 June 2016, Norway: Optimarin is continuing its strong 2016 performance with the announcement that the ballast water treatment (BWT) system specialist has picked up an order covering 15 vessels from VARD shipyards.

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Deloitte Study Confirms Widespread Support of Renewable Energy

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Going green is going mainstream. Deloitte’s sixth annual “Resources 2016 Study” shows a dramatic shift in how consumers, both corporate and residential view environmental responsibility. The report points out the change taking place is likely due to this idea that a collective goal to reduce emissions is now “ingrained” in our culture, despite this year’s plummeting gas prices. The change can be attributed to the rising influence of the millennial generation, who have been warned against the adverse effects of climate change for most of their lives.

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CDP and the Scope 2 Guidance: What Companies Need to Know for 2016

Amy Haddon | Renewable Choice Energy

With the CDP Climate Change reporting deadline less than two weeks away (June 30), reporting organizations are deep into the 2016 questionnaire.  This year, CDP has made some material changes to its questions in order to line up with the GHG Protocol’s Scope 2 guidance —released in 2015—and to place greater emphasis on climate action.

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The Call for Climate Action: Environmental Impact of PPAs

Hans Royal | Renewable Choice Energy

Responding to CDP in 2016? If so, you’ve probably seen that CDP has increased its emphasis on the value of climate action and how that translates into disclosure leadership.  CDP respondents are now being asked to set science-based goals and utilize renewable energy to take an active role in reducing—rather than just reporting—emissions, and related environmental impact.

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Blockchain for Enterprise – Focus on KYC, AML, and Regulatory Compliance – Are We Calling it RegTech?

Nitin Gaur | Director at IBM Blockchain Labs

In this long overdue post, I would like to focus on KYC, AML, and regulatory compliance. When discussing the design of the transaction systems of the future, it is necessary to consider the existing systems as a reference point.

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Five Things Blockchain Must Get Right to Realize its Full and Transformative Potential (Full White Paper)

D+H

Introduction: Heralding a New Era in Financial Services

In recent months, hardly a day has passed without news of further initiatives and investments in blockchain. With growing numbers of banks and other institutions now developing and trialing blockchain capabilities and applications in their innovation labs, venture capital funding is continuing to flow into blockchain start-ups around the world.

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Diablo Canyon Closure—What Does it Mean for the Future of Renewables

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

The impending closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plan marks the end of a chapter for energy in California. PG&E has renounced plans to renew contract’s on the facility’s two reactors. Which will expire in 2024 and 2025 respectively. In the meantime, California will need to get its renewable contracts in place, so we don’t run into a power shortage when the time comes.

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The Corporate Renewables Revolution is Coming—Are You Ready?

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

So, maybe your organization isn’t making the kind of sweeping pledges we’ve seen in the news as of late to reduce emissions, save the planet and cut energy costs all at the same time. More corporations from Google and Facebook to Macy’s, Walmart and Costco are getting into the clean energy game, integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) into existing business strategies, as reliance on fossil fuel becomes increasingly unattractive for large swathes of the population.

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Blockchain for Enterprise? Not so Fast!

Nitin Gaur | Director at IBM Blockchain Labs

This is a long overdue post, because I have been immersed in many workshops and client conversations around use case identification and identifying hurdles (both technical and political) for the adoption of blockchain in an enterprise. In this post I intend to outline the challenges around enterprise adoption of blockchain technologies.

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Embattled Emissions Plan Gets Corporate Support – Will Lawmakers Get it Together?

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Back in February, the US Supreme Court halted the implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), setting a June 2nd court date for the DC Circuit Court to hear oral arguments. Despite the minor setback, the agency stated they would still help states reach compliance targets for lowering carbon emissions whether or not the stay remained in effect.

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CBD Lab Raid Shines Light on Cannabis’ Legal Grey Zones

Jason Keehn | Infocast

Cannabis prohibition – be patient, it’s not quite over yet!

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Public and Private Sectors Team Up to Fight Climate Change

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

On the heels of the Paris Agreement, energy ministers and the world’s largest companies adopted major commitments to scale global deployment of clean energy. The June 2nd 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) meeting in San Francisco, gathered top energy leaders together to unveil a new campaign, aimed at increasing the number of companies

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A Blockchain for the Enterprise – A Technical Perspective

Nitin Gaur | Director at IBM Blockchain Labs

This post is long overdue, but better late than never. In my last post I discussed facets of blockchain technology and their potential benefits to enterprises. In this post I would like to dig a bit deeper and discuss the technology fundamentals.

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Amazon and Dominion Virginia Power Reach Breakthrough Renewable Energy Agreement

Laurie Guevara-​Stone | Rocky Mountain Institute

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon.com’s cloud computing division, has signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with its retail electric utility, Dominion Virginia Power (DVP). Recently, RMI met with members of AWS to better

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Considering Blockchain for an Enterprise?

Nitin Gaur | Director at IBM Blockchain Labs

As I examine the facets of blockchain technology and their potential benefits to enterprise applications, I realize that the blockchain landscape is fragmented, with many innovative approaches in use to apply this

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How to Get Blockchain Tech on Data Regulators’ Radars

Steve Ehrlich | Spitzberg Partners

I do not envy data protection authorities (DPAs).

Although virtually everyone from the top leadership to the rank and file of these

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Tech Leads the Charge in Renewables—Green Data Centers the New Norm

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Solar is in the midst of a big moment, enough so to say that it’s much more than a passing trend. Corporations across all industries and nations are entering the space at unprecedented rates, and we’re even starting to see unlikely players—Shell or Walmart, for example getting into the mix, so as to not get left behind.

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Crowd Funding for a Workshop, to Design “A City on Mars”

Nicholas McCay | Mars City Design

Los Angeles, CA – Imagine for a moment what it would take for not just one human to live on Mars, but an entire city of people. Now imagine how humanity even begins down the long journey of making that dream a reality. Designing Mars’ cities will be the first crucial step to creating a sustained human presence on the red planet.

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Blockchain – A Platform for Disintermediation

Nitin Gaur | Director at IBM Blockchain Labs

In this post, I would like to focus on an interesting emerging technology. Not only is this technology complex and difficult to understand, but it also is adding additional layers of complexity as it

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Today’s Corporate Renewable Landscape—Where Do We Stand?

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Corporate renewable initiatives are dominating in the wake of the Paris Agreement, growing concerns over worsening environmental conditions and a change in societal expectations that go hand in hand with today’s level of expected transparency. No longer can big corporations easily get away with exploiting low wage workers, cutting

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How Nonprofits Are Helping Corporations Lower Carbon Emissions

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

As we inch closer to the brink of disaster, companies are under increased pressure to cut emissions exponentially. With the Paris Climate Talks behind us, dire predictions of impending disaster are no longer interpreted as fear mongering, but a reality we may come face to face with sooner than expected.

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The Most Important Challenge in Locating a Retail Distribution Center

By: E Smith Realty Parnters

In the past when selecting a site location for a distribution center the first considerations would be inbound/outbound transportation costs, rental rates, number of existing buildings, price of land, taxes, incentives, and cost of labor. 

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Colorado’s Cannabis Industry Growing Pains Provide Lessons Learned for California

Nearly 20 years after California jump-started a national dialogue on medicinal cannabis, the Legislature and the Governor have succeeded in negotiating a set of new bills to bring law and order to the Wild West economy of legal cannabis in California.

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Obama’s Monetary Woes

By: The Infocast Water Team

Last year was one of the hottest ever recorded in the United States. California, in particular, has been affected more severely than other regions due to the longstanding drought. Residents have been concerned over the availability of drinking water. Govt. officials have two approaches to ensuring reliable access to water.

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GOODBITES launches monthly subscription box

Delivers the first raw, organic, and all handmade snack box straight to your door, making healthy snacking easier and more delicious than ever

GOODBITES, the superfood snack company best known for its acclaimed 100% organic, gluten free, raw and vegan snacks, today launched a subscription box service. 

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The Uncertain Cost of Energy: PPA Risk & Opportunity

Hans Royal | Renewable Choice Energy 

This blog is the first in a four-part series on mitigating risk through your power purchase agreement (PPA) procurement process. Each blog in the series will focus on a different risk: market risk (cost of energy), operational risk, execution risk, and reputational risk.  

Energy price risk affects all businesses.  Across every sector, organizations 

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US Medical Marijuana Advocacy Organization Launches International Research Center

Today members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), KOPAC and Dioscorides Global Holdings (DGH) were joined by the Minister of Health for the Czech Republic, Svatopluk Němeček to announce the establishment of a new research center, the International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute (ICCI) – intended to foster evidence-based exploration with a modern scientific approach to refine the therapeutic applicability of cannabis-based medicines in the Czech Republic.

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Who Says Food Products Can’t Be Experiential?!?

by: Mitch Koulouris

Let’s face it. Most food product packaging is dull. I mean they commonly include all the visual “cues” you’d expect, but for the most part, many simply fall into the category of “more of the same”. The same is true with chocolate.

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301 Inc. Invests in Food Startup Good Culture

by: The Infocast Food Team

301 Inc, the venture capital arm of General Mills, just announced it has made an investment in cottage cheese maker Good Culture.  Good Culture is a startup that sells high-protein, low-sugar cottage cheese made without any gums or thickeners.

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James Richardson of The Hartman Group commenting on current trends in organic food

By: The Infocast Food Team

In preparation for our upcoming Food 2.0 Summit this June, the Infocast food team had the chance to speak with James Richardson of the Hartman Group and get his comments on the current trends in organic food. Read his comments by clicking the link below.

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Green Giant 3M Signs First-Ever PPA With Invenergy

David Labrador | Rocky Mountain Institute

3M, the global manufacturing and technology giant, announced its first-ever power purchase agreement (PPA) in February for the total production from the Gunsight wind farm in Texas, a hefty 120 MW of power. The power was procured from Invenergy, North America’s largest independent renewable power generation company. Invenergy is a founding sponsor of the 

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The Rise of the Corporate Energy Buyer

John Powers | Renewable Choice Energy 

A sea change happened in 2015 as the momentum of renewable energy reached and surpassed a tipping point that many of us in the industry had envisioned but never fully realized would happen.

Yet here we are. Rapid technological advancements, price parity, broad-based consumer and NGO support, and coal’s inevitable demise finds us at the frontier of a new electricity landscape 

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Floods and Droughts, Cautionary Tales

By: The Infocast Water Team

The five-year drought has California residents hoping for rain and snow, thanking El Nino for the promised precipitation with hope that if every drop of rain and ounce of snow can be gathered and stored, the water can be used to relieve environmental stresses around California brought by the drought. 

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Interview with Jan Marx, Mayor of San Luis Obispo

By: The Infocast Water Team

As Infocast’s 3rd Annual California Water Summit draws near, the Infocast Water Team had the pleasure of recently interviewing Jan Marx, Mayor of the City of San Luis Obispo on her thoughts regarding the future of the coastal California city’s water challenges. We welcome you to read the interview below.

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Background and Effects of California’s Drought

By: The Infocast Water Team

The past decade overall has been very dry, but the years 2012-2014 were especially concerning. Water year 2011 was the first wet year of any significance since 2006, and it helped to improve statewide reservoir storage, which in turn helped ameliorate the effects of a very dry 2012.  

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New Certification Program Brings Quality Assurance to the Medical Marijuana Industry

Independent certification will benefit patients, healthcare providers, and regulators implementing medical marijuana laws

Washington, D.C. — Patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) launched a new nationwide program today that will certify the quality and reliability of medical marijuana products sold at licensed businesses.

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What’s the Difference Between a Traditional and Renewable PPA?

Hans Royal | Renewable Choice Energy 

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is a broad term which covers many types of contracts involving the purchase of energy between two parties.

When we talk about renewable PPA deals, we’re specifically talking about long-term, on- or off-site purchases of energy and RECs from a renewable energy project which is not yet built.

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Growing Sophistication of the Renewable Buyer

Amy Haddon | Renewable Choice Energy

When I began my career at Renewable Choice Energy almost a decade ago, the idea of companies buying renewable energy was in its infancy. Renewable Choice had only just completed the brokerage of the Whole Foods 100% wind power deal, which at the time was the first of its kind (we went on to receive an EPA Beacon Award for our role in that deal). Renewables were not on the radar of most companies; 

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Business Renewables Center and RE100 Cement Partnership

David Labrador | Rocky Mountain Institute

The Business Renewables Center (BRC) is working together with RE100, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, to accelerate the procurement of renewable energy by some of the world’s most influential companies. The partnership aims to increase renewable demand (buyers), find renewable opportunities

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Analysts Predict Mass Global Uptake in Renewables and Continued Reliance on Fossil Fuels Through 2040

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Just last week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released their annual International Energy Outlook, predicting energy consumption from renewable sources to rise by an average 

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A Game Changer in Renewables: How Corporations are Shaking Up “Business as Usual”

Infocast Corporate Renewables Team

The history between fossil fueled utilities and renewable energy developers is a contentious one.  Consistently at opposite ends of the spectrum, both politically and at the very core of their respective missions, you would be hard pressed to find two industries more at odds with each other

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Big Box = Big Potential? Solar-Powered Retail Rooftops Could Change Everything

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events
The United States has an overabundance of energy from the sun that could easily exceed the entire nation’s electricity needs. With all that untapped energy comes the potential to produce more than 100 times as much electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) installations than the entire nation consumes in a year. We’ve started to see a shift from solar power being this niche market to

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RE100 Grows- Corporate Responsibility No Longer Just For Show

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

BMW. Starbucks. Microsoft. You can’t make it far without hearing these names. But aside from ubiquity, what do they all have in common? These companies, and 50+ others have come together as part of the RE100 initiative, an initiative that emerged as a result of 2014 Climate Week. RE100 aims at transitioning corporations away from traditional power sources like coal or oil and gas, and toward 100 percent 

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Labeling GMO/Non-GMO: Will More Food Companies Follow Campbell’s Lead?

By the Infocast Food 2.0 Team

Campbell’s has announced that it will label all its products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and the company has also indicated that the move will not come with a price increase.

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Drought Insurance Under Our Feet

By: The Infocast Water Team

Despite the recent bouts of rain, recent drought conditions have been frightening for some time. A desperate need for water coupled with an unprecedented shortage has caused communities and government agencies to look for new means of acquiring water and for new ways of ensuring a reliable water source.

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