Congratulations Oak Ridge, TN: 1st Green Power Community in Southeast

3Degrees In The News | July 14, 2014

The WDEF-TV Chattanooga, TN (7/14, 3K) website reported that Oak Ridge in Tennessee is the newest member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s “national Green Power Communities initiative.” In order to qualify for such membership, the “Oak Ridge Electric Department relied on a partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority and its Green Power Switch program, which offers consumers and businesses the opportunity to purchase 150-kilowatt-hour blocks of renewable energy. ‘The community’s enthusiasm for the program was infectious and generated more than 300 new Green Power Switch enrollments – more than triple the original goal,’ said Rob Manning, TVA Executive Vice President and Chief External Relations Officer.” Manning added, “It was an honor to play a role in their efforts.”


Faraday Raises $880K Series A to Reinvent Customer Acquisition

3Degrees In The News | March 20, 2014

MIDDLEBURY, Vt., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Faraday, a cloud software provider delivering better customer acquisition to the home improvement industry, announced today the close of a $880,000 Series A round of financing. The oversubscribed financing was led by FreshTracks Capital, with renewable energy services provider 3Degrees, seed-stage venture investor LaunchCapital, environmental opportunities focused investor ARB, and a number of individual investors including several cleantech executives also participating. Cairn Cross, Managing Director of FreshTracks Capital, and Richard Graves, Co-Founder and VP of Corporate & Business Development at Ethical Electric, joined the company's board of directors.

Faraday's software-as-a-service (SaaS) application improves its users' customer acquisition metrics by revealing the best strategies for winning new business. The application helps users generate targeting hypotheses, facilitates multi-channel outreach through a network of vendors, and tracks results to highlight the best-performing approaches. Also included is a predictive analytics engine that identifies customers most likely to convert.

In 2013 Faraday worked with seven clients in five states, analyzing over 800,000 households for their propensity to invest in home upgrades.

"One thing we've learned in the Big Data era is that there are no more rules of thumb, and that holds true with customer acquisition," said Andy Rossmeissl, Faraday...

Power Plant Carbon Pollution Drops 10% in Two Years

3Degrees In The News | October 24, 2013

Carbon pollution from power plants has decreased 10 percent from 2010, according to EPA data.

The agency yesterday released its third year of greenhouse gas data detailing carbon pollution emissions and trends broken down by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region and individual facility. The data, required to be collected annually by Congress, highlight a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions as more utilities switch from coal to cleaner burning natural gas for electricity generation. They also shows a slight decrease in electricity production, according to the EPA.

For reporting year 2012, more than 8,000 facilities and suppliers reported to the EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting program. Among these reporters, 7,809 facilities in nine industry sectors reported direct emissions to the atmosphere, with emissions totaling 3.13 billion metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), or about half of total US greenhouse gas emissions.

Fossil-fuel fired power plants remain the largest source of US greenhouse gas emissions. With just under 1,600 facilities emitting more than 2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2012, these plants account for about 40 percent of total US carbon pollution.

Greenhouse gases emitted through human activities such as transportation and power generation are the primary driver of recent climate change, the agency says.

The EPA’s reporting program collects annual greenhouse gas information from facilities in...