Vestas has received a conditional order for turbines for an undisclosed company's 300-megawatt wind farm in North America, according to the company. It said it would release additional details when the deal becomes unconditional.
Coca-Cola European Partners says that it plans to work with regional and local government authorities to achieve its goal of collecting and recycling 100% of its packaging in its territories by 2025. "It will require us to drive a step change in packaging collection, especially in those markets where recovery rates have stalled and where we know that our packaging does not always get collected for recycling," said European Partner's sustainability VP Joe Franses
Starbucks wants green bonds to be as much about smart investing as they are about corporate social responsibility. "At the end of the day, if investors want it, everything follows the money," said the company's Vice President Treasurer Drew Wolff.
The US remains committed to clean energy development and will help other nations "adapt to the impacts of climate change," said State Department Acting Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science Judith Garber during the climate talks in Bonn, Germany, on Tuesday. "Irrespective of our views on the Paris agreement, the United States will continue to be a leader in clean energy and innovation," she said.
The House Committee on Natural Resources has advanced the SECURE American Energy Act, a bill that would encourage states to pursue offshore energy development, including offshore wind energy. "With this legislation, we can unlock our vast energy potential, advance American energy dominance and generate revenues at all levels of government," said bill co-sponsor Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah.
ConEdison Development has purchased BayWa's 25-megawatt Big Timber project in Montana, according to the firms. "This acquisition plants a Con Edison Development flag in the state of Montana, supporting our continued growth across the region," said ConEdison President and CEO Mark Noyes.
Avangrid Renewables has purchased the 400-megawatt Golden Hills Wind Farm slated for Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, but has filed a request with state regulators to extend the site's construction start date from June 2018 to June 2020, said the firm. President and CEO Laura Beane added that the project awaits a power purchase agreement before starting construction.
Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology is expected to release a new 6-megawatt offshore wind turbine class next year that will feature three models rated at 6.7 MW and two 6.45-MW styles, one with 164-meter rotor diameters and another with a diameter of 171 meters, said the company. It added that it would market the 6.7-MW model in Japan, South Korea and eventually Europe.
Avangrid will list 3.15% of its notes in an effort to raise $600 million to refinance and expand its US renewable energy footprint, according to the company. The funds will be used, in part, to reimburse costs from building a 208-megawatt wind farm in North Carolina.
The House of Representatives passed its version of the tax bill including an immediate end to the wind energy Production Tax Credit. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., criticized the passage of the bill with that provision, saying, "wind energy got the rug pulled out from under them."
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