EarthTechling report: floating wind turbines, a high-end EV and more
EarthTechling is a Portland-based online consumer publication focused on all things green technology that aims to bring different voices to the cleantech revolution discussion. From clean energy and electric vehicles to green gadgets and green buildings, our passionate team, contributing partners and readers weigh in on the latest green news, services and products.
Here's a roundup of what was popular over at our friends website EarthTechling this week:
1. Los Angeles Shines as Energy Star Building Leader — For the fourth year in a row, LA has taken the title of the city with the most Energy Star-certified buildings in the US with 659, saving them nearly $150 million in energy costs. On average, Energy Star buildings use 35 percent less energy and emit 35 percent less carbon than conventional buildings.
2. Floating Wind Turbines Get Joint US-UK Focus — The US and the UK are teaming up for research and development of floating wind turbines, which could reap the benefits of superior winds in deeper waters, where traditional turbines cannot be moored. The projects will be co-chaired by the US Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and the UK Energy Secretary Edward Davey.
3. The 1 Percent's Electric Car: The $980,000 Rimac Concept One — Available to only 88 people, the Rimac Concept One has 1,088 horsepower and 250 kilowatt electric motors in each wheel. Its range is an impressive 370 miles, and can reach a top speed of about 310 MPH, but Rimac doesn't recommend doing that.
4. How Walmart Learned to Go Green — EarthTechling interviews Walmart's director of sustainability communications Brooke Buchanan about the ways in which Walmart is greening their stores across the globe, using renewable energy and considering offering more sustainable products for sale. Buchanan also discusses the regulatory hurdles Walmart has faced in other countries when trying to access renewable energy sources, and how they're working on revamping their image.
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