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Green-Tech: Bio-fuels High Growth Strategy

Authors: Berruti, Federico M.; Liu, Heng-Yih (Gordon)
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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Green-Tech, a Canadian company founded in 2006, was dedicated to developing, manufacturing and marketing portable and stationary systems for the production of bio-oils and bio-char from biomass residues and wastes. Although quite well-positioned and focused, Green-Tech has to deal with relationships with large companies such as Shell that in effect control a large and complete supply chain of oil-related business, as well as small firms and clients that are unable to manage their waste effectively...

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Envision Charlotte: Building an Energy Cluster

Author: George, William W.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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On October 28, 2011, 1,500 people, including many civic and business leaders, gathered outdoors in a Charlotte, North Carolina city square to celebrate the launch of Envision: Charlotte, a first-in-the-nation smart grid plan aimed at reducing energy use in the central business district. The initiative called for a 20% reduction in energy consumption in the city while promoting the region's burgeoning energy sector by attracting green-minded companies...

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Verengo Solar Plus!

Authors: Sahlman, William A.; Lassiter, Joseph B.; Kind, Liz
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Aided by favorable regulatory changes and a consumer financing partnership, Verengo's solar business took off and became the company's primary focus. Eager to expand to markets outside of Southern California, Verengo's owners knew that they had to carefully assess the firm's many opportunities and tightly manage its growth.

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Sykue Bioenergya

Author: Hiatt, Shon R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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It was a hot, fall day in May 2011. The three founders of Sykué Bioenergya had traveled 1500 kilometers from São Paulo, Brazil to inspect their company's 30-­megawatt biomass power plant, which had become operational six months earlier. While they had experienced a number of problems in starting their company, they had addressed many of them. However, they had now reached a crossroads...

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Husk Power Systems: Scaling Up a Start-Up

Authors: Chao, Raul O.; Sinha, Manoj
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Business Publishing
Publication Year: 2011

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Since 2007, HPS has installed 60 mini power plants that power 25,000 households in more than 250 villages, impacting the lives of approximately 150,000 people in rural India. This case details the operational and strategic challenges associated with scaling up HPS...

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Fortis Inc. and the Chalillo Dam

Author: Sexty, Robert W.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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Fortis Inc., a company with interests in various North American electric utilities, is proposing to build the Chalillo dam on the Macal River in Belize, Central America. The company believes that the dam is the most feasible, reliable and cheapest supply of electricity. Environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) oppose the project because of the destruction of wild animal and plant life and the adverse downstream impact, and allege that there are more viable and more cost effective sources.

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LumiSmart (A, B): Answering the Call for Negawatts

Authors: Thornhill, Stewart; Brown, Ellen M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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The CEO is intrigued by the potential of a radical new clean technology, but must decide whether he and this firm will back it given that they have only verbal confirmation that the technology can be proved and certified.

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The Lessons of Fukushima

Author: Gusterson, Hugh
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Truthout.org
Publication Year: 2011

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What lessons will we learn from the nuclear accident at Fukushima, an accident thought to be impossible?

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U.S. Energy Policy after Japan: If Not Nuclear, Then What?

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2011

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As the crisis at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant continues to unfold, every bit of news that trickles out deepens the debate about nuclear energy.

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CNOOC: Building a World-class Energy Company

Authors: Bower, Joseph L.; Dai, Nancy Hua; Chen, Michael Shih-ta
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Fu Chengyu, CEO to lead China National Offshore Oil Company, believes that the way CNOOC has been managed, a blend of market orientation, sustainability, and concern for employees and the nation has contributed importantly to the success. His challenge is to select new areas to explore and new sources of energy, and to develop managers with the capability of leading those businesses in the face of world class competitors.

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