A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- The U.S. Department of Energy features Whole Foods and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. in their Better Buildings Challenge SWAP. The SWAP is shown as a reality-style series complete with behind-the-scenes footage and sets out to help large organizations find opportunities to save energy.
- The Solar on Superstores report analyzes 96,000 big-box retailer stores, shopping centers and grocery chains in the U.S. and finds that there is nearly 4.5 billion square feet of available rooftop space that could be used to generate solar energy, enough to triple current U.S. solar capacity. In Texas, more than 11,000 football fields could fit on top of the state’s big box retailers, enough to power 33 percent of the state’s superstores.
- The governors of 17 states have agreed to sign the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future which commits these governors to diversify energy generation and expand clean energy sources; modernize energy infrastructure; encourage clean transportation options; and collaborate on transformation policy changes. The states signing this accord include; California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.