National Clean Energy Week, which kicked off Monday, is "an opportunity to recognize recent progress, highlight our potential, and promote the further proliferation of these innovations," write Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum Director of Policy and Advocacy Charles Hernick, Business Council for Sustainable Energy President Lisa Jacobson and Advanced Energy Economy Senior Associate for Federal and State Policy Dylan Reed. "Our capacity for safe and reliable energy generation from clean sources is driving an energy renaissance," they write.
A pair of renewable energy requests for proposals in New York state have attracted bids for 211 projects with a combined capacity of 13 gigawatts, according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York Power Authority. "New York is leading the nation in advancing clean energy projects to support our promise to achieve half of all electricity from renewables by 2030," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
MidAmerican Energy will upgrade and retrofit its wind portfolio in Iowa by 2021, keeping costs low and output reliable for it customer base in the state, according to the company. "Repowering our older wind turbines brings us closer to achieving that vision in a way that provides both economic and environmental benefits to our customers and the state of Iowa," said President and CEO Bill Fehrman.
Gilston Hill Wind Farm is seeking approval from the Scottish Borders Council to build a revised wind farm near Heriot, Scotland, that would feature seven turbines. Planning officers have recommended that the council reject the project due to its potential affect on the area's landscape.
Engineering research and development services firm L&T Technology is opening a new service center to help Vestas innovate in India, according to the company. "Vestas works with long-term partners like L&T Technology to help develop solutions that lower the cost of energy, ensure flexibility in product development, and shorten the amount of time needed to bring new products and solutions to market," said Vestas Senior Vice President of Power Solutions and Industrialization Andreas Burger.
Europe could attraction about $413 billion in additional investments by 2030 if countries in the EU set more aggressive goals for wind development, according to WindEurope. The report said that if EU's member states set a goal to source 35% of their total electricity from renewables within 12 years, they could also create 716,000 new jobs.
The Energy Department will allocate a total of $32 million to seven grid projects focused on building a more resilient system. "A resilient, reliable and secure power grid is essential to the nation's security, economy and the vital services that Americans depend on every day," said Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
The Ohio Senate is considering a pair of bills that would ease setback rules that wind advocates say are deterring investments in the state's wind industry. American Wind Energy Association Eastern Region Policy Director Andrew Gohn added that the current rules are "essentially a de facto zoning from the legislature, which is certainly something that that's not welcomed by a lot of communities that want to host wind projects."
Wind is a low-cost energy source that helps diversify Colorado's energy mix while protecting human health and the environment, writes Tom Darin, senior western state policy director for the American Wind Energy Association. "Wind continues to grow in places like Colorado because -- even accounting for government incentives -- it's the cheapest source of new electric generating capacity, since costs fell 66 percent since 2009," he writes.
Nike has developed Flyleather, a new leather material with a low environmental impact that eliminates the leather scrap waste stream. Nike reuses scrap leather to create fibers for Flyleather in a process that uses less water and produces lower carbon emissions.
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