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FedEx Freight Debuts New LNG Tractors in Dallas

FedExFedEx Freight, a leading U.S. provider of less-than-truckload (LTL) freight service and a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), has begun beta testing two new tractors powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG)-only engines.  The pre-production engine used in the new tractors is slated for limited release in 2013 and is currently the only all natural gas engine that begins to meet the size and power needs of Class 8 trucks.

“FedEx Freight has a long-standing commitment to minimizing environmental impact, and natural gas—a cleaner burning fuel than diesel—has the potential to translate into lower greenhouse gas emissions,” stated John Smith, vice president, Safety, Fleet Maintenance and Facility Services for FedEx Freight.  “We are proud to be the first fleet to receive these new tractors fitted with natural gas-only engines that are powerful enough to meet our long-haul needs.”

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TVA, Local Power Companies Increase Energy Efficiency Savings in 2012

Tennessee Valley Authority energy efficiency initiatives in 2012 saved enough energy to power more than 35,000 Tennessee Valley homes for a year, TVA’s top energy efficiency official said Thursday.

Bob Balzar, TVA vice president for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, said the programs reduced electric power usage by 560 gigawatt-hours for the second straight year; exceeded TVA’s annual energy efficiency goals for the fifth year in a row, and raised total energy savings to more than 1,600 gigawatt-hours since 2007.

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Suppliers Partnership for the Environment Shares Strategies for Integrating Sustainability into Manufacturing Performance at 2012 Southern Automotive Conference

Members of the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) – an innovative collaboration between automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), their suppliers and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) working to green the automotive supply chain – led a breakout session at the 2012 Southern Automotive Conference (SAC) in Chattanooga, TN last week on integrating sustainability into manufacturing performance.

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Watts Bar Unit 2 Performance On Track With Estimate to Complete

The Tennessee Valley Authority released Friday its quarterly update on construction progress on the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor. The report verifies performance is consistent with detailed completion cost and time estimates approved in April by the TVA board of directors.

This first quarterly update to the Watts Bar Unit 2 Estimate to Complete (May-July 2012) shows the project is on track for completion between September and December of 2015 and within a total cost range of $4 billion to $4.5 billion. The update also verifies safety and quality remain high, and there are no new risks in the short term that could compromise project completion.

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Climate Reality Project Issues Urgent Request for Videos of Extreme Weather, Climate Change

The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, has issued an urgent call for videos from people all around the world to join the global movement and share their stories about how extreme weather and climate change is affecting their lives and their communities. Top videos will be included in the nonprofit organization’s upcoming live Web broadcast, 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report.

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Threadless and The Climate Reality Project Launch T-Shirt Design Challenge to Bring Awareness to Climate Crisis

It feels like every week, the news is reporting on extreme weather conditions like high heat indexes and massive flooding. Carbon pollution from dirty energy is causing climate change, altering our weather before our eyes. The results – flood, drought, forest fires, crop and livestock devastation – are impacting everyone, everywhere. To help inform the world about how climate crisis affects everyone, Threadless, the international community-based design company, and The Climate Reality Project, founded by former Vice President Al Gore and dedicated to creating a global movement of action on the climate crisis, have teamed up to challenge artists worldwide to create a t-shirt design inspired by the theme “Dirty Weather.”

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