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World famous recording studio Abbey Road to run on green energy

The world famous Abbey Road Studios in London, United Kingdom, is to run on wind and solar power as its owner Universal Music UK switches to green energy supplier Ecotricity.

Abbey Road – where the Beatles recorded most of their music around half a century ago – is the oldest, purpose-built recording studio in the world.

As well as the studio, Ecotricity will be powering the Universal Music UK head office in Kensington High Street and two other buildings the music giant occupies in London.

‘Biggest step a business can take to fight climate change’

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince says:

“Simply by switching to green energy, Universal Music UK will reduce the environmental impact of their own operations – while also supporting Britain’s energy independence and the green economy.”

He says switching over to green energy is the “biggest single step that any business can take to cut the emissions that cause air pollution and climate change.”


Industry Green award

In September 2016, Universal Music UK was awarded three-star certification under the Industry Green scheme – an environmental sustainability scoring system specifically designed for the creative sector.

The scheme – run by Creative Green is compatible with other environmental certification schemes including the Carbon Trust Standard, and British and ISO standards.

David Sharpe, Chief Operations Officer at Universal Music UK, says like many of their artists, the company is committed to sustainability and hopes “other organizations will follow our lead and take similar steps to power their operations with green energy.”

One of Britain’s ‘most disruptive companies’

Ecotricity was recently named one of Britain’s “top 10 most disruptive companies.”


The Virgin Media Business Disruptor 10 recognizes 10 companies that are “rewriting the business rule book.” and have a “business model, product or service that is creating a new market, or transforming existing markets and rapidly taking market share from competitors.”

Ecotricity made the top 10 in December 2016 because it can claim to be the world’s first green energy company and because its “electric highway” of 300 charging points in service stations around the UK is Europe’s largest. The green energy supplier is now pioneering production of carbon-neutral gas.

The supplier offers a number of ways for businesses to switch to green energy, from a simple 100 percent green energy tariff for small businesses to bespoke pricing for larger firms. They also install on-site wind energy schemes.

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Ecotricity say switching to green energy is the biggest single step a business can take to fight climate change.  Image: Abbey Road studios.

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Amazon Wind Farm to Help Power Iron Mountain’s Underground Data Centers

Iron Mountain, the company best known for its document storage and data center facilities in underground caverns, has become the fifth major US data center provider to make a big direct investment in renewable energy to power its operations. The company has agreed to buy 10 percent of energy that will be generated by the enormous Amazon wind farm that’s currently under construction in Texas.

As the deal illustrates, big energy users, such as data center operators, can benefit from both energy cost savings that are now possible when making utility-scale power purchase agreements and from helping their customers meet their corporate sustainability goals. Iron Mountain said it expects the deal to help it save $1.5 million in costs and that its renewable energy efforts to date are helping it open new doors with customers.

“We’ve discovered that it’s also helping us to open meaningful dialogue and collaboration opportunity with our customers who are seeking to understand and mitigate their own environmental impact,” Ty Ondatje, senior VP of corporate responsibility and chief diversity officer at Iron Mountain, said in a statement.

Representatives from multiple major data center providers have said that big collocation customers are increasingly interested in data center services powered by renewable energy. A recent survey of collocation customers by Data Center Knowledge confirmed that renewable energy is playing a growing role in companies’ decision making when it comes to selecting data center providers.

Source: Iron Mountain

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Energize CT Accepting Entries for 7th Annual Zero Energy Challenge

Participants compete to prove high efficiency homes are achievable with current technology.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – June 9, 2016 – Energize Connecticut partners, Eversource, The United Illuminating Company (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas are now accepting entries for the 7th annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC), a statewide design/build competition for single and multi-family homes. 

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Storing Energy and Mitigating Cooling Costs with Ice

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Alot of attention in the booming energy storage market is focused on battery technology. Batteries are dominant across a range of applications, and more than anything, decreasing battery prices are driving storage adoption. But a number of other approaches – including pumped hydro, flywheels, and thermal storage -- can complement batteries or fill market niches just as effectively, if not more.

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