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In 2011, Microsoft launched its pilot program to install Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) around the Redmond Campus. The move was an effort to create an environment that welcomed increased usage of electric vehicles in the Puget Sound region. Two years later there are now a total of 11 EVSE locations on the Redmond Campus with 18 stations, and adoption has progressed consistently. In the past three months we’ve seen the greatest number of increases per month since the program began. The stations can accommodate both electric cars and scooters, so there are a variety of vehicles that utilize the service.
Is everything we know about renewable energy about to change? SmartPlanet and other outlets are reporting on an innovative renewable energy project led by UCLA researchers that could potentially allow your cell phone to be powered solely through solar energy. Consuming electricity is a daily occurrence in our homes, offices and cars, and we’re just starting to scratch the surface in terms of finding the most efficient ways to produce it. Also this week, a new report shows that 2012 marked an all-time high for renewable energy production in the U.S. Read on to learn more about the ways in which renewable energy can have a positive impact on sustainable practices.