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General Electric

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    A huge clean-tech bet pays off.

    It’s been more than a decade since GE launched its massive renewable business strategy, Ecomagination, with a pledge to double down on clean tech and generate $20 billion in annual revenue from green products. The ensuing 11 years have proved Ecomagination was more than just a PR ploy. Through the end of 2015, GE had invested $17 billion in clean tech R&D through Ecomagination while generating $232 billion in revenue from its products.

    Last year, GE Transportation began manufacturing its Evolution Series Tier 4 Locomotive, which the company says will reduce emissions by more than 70% from the previous model. Through Ecomagination, GE also launched a concept called the Digital Wind Farm, which the it sayscan boost a wind farm’s energy production by 20%. It uses GE’s Predix operating system, which monitors turbine performance and uses predictive analytics to find the best way to align the turbines. Ecomagination’s decade-long manufacturing of energy-efficient technologies like these—along with the acquisition of Alstom’s power division last year—has now made GE responsible for about one-third of the world’s electricity capacity, making its commitment to clean energy a critical step for the future.

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    Company Information

    Impact Segment
    Environmental Impact
    Sector
    Industrials
    Industry
    Industrial Machinery
    CEO
    Jeffrey R. Immelt
    Websitehttp://www.ge.com
    Employees333,000
    Company Type
    Public
    Revenues ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)$140,389
    Profits ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)$-6,126
    Market Value ($M)$280,218