Greg Peterson, IBM's manager of global energy and environment, said the company uses cognitive solutions and analytics to create smarter buildings that save money and energy. Self-adjusting building control systems will become more commonplace, he said.
The Amazon wind farm near Elizabeth City, N.C., has been a huge success and greatly contributed to Avangrid Renewables' 2017 earnings report, said Avangrid CEO Jim Torgerson. Gov. Roy Cooper is meeting with stakeholders and has yet to decide on an 18-month moratorium on new wind development proposed by the state legislature, said Samantha Cole, spokeswoman to the governor.
Vaisala and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have entered the final year of a three-year, $5 million study into the causes of wind speed variability and what that means for wind development in areas with mixed terrain, said the groups. "The resultant data, much of it related to seldom measured atmospheric phenomena, will enable the profound enhancement of current forecasting methodologies, with applications throughout the wind energy sector, both in the US as well as overseas," said Vaisala Manager of Advanced Applications James McCaa.
The Long Island Power Authority has completed a review of more than a dozen clean energy projects and decided not to partner with Deepwater Wind on a second offshore wind farm that would have been located next to their joint 90-megawatt South Fork project, said the agency. It said it already has enough renewables in its pipeline.
If technological advances drive costs down, floating offshore wind could change the face of renewables by opening new, deeper parts of the ocean to energy production, according to Statoil. The company has been testing the technology for six years and recently began operations at the first of five floating turbines at a site off the coast of Scotland.
Siemens Gamesa has won a contract to supply Fuerza y Energia Limpia de Tizimin with 36 G114 2.1-megawatt turbines for its 76-MW Tizimin project in Mexico, said the companies. Siemens Gamesa said the machines will use a new type of turbine base that involves the use of braces and can increase output.
India plans to add at least 5 gigawatts of installed wind capacity annually through monthly tenders, positioning the country to exceed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 60-gigawatt by 2022 installed wind goal, said New and Renewable Power Secretary Anand Kumar. Modi is also working to grow India's installed renewable energy capacity to 175 GW by 2022.
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. has submitted a pair of revised environmental applications for its $126 million, six-turbine Icebreaker Wind offshore wind pilot in Lake Erie. The Ohio Power Siting Board must approve the plans before the project can earn state certification.
Scotland's Inner House of the Court of Session will not hear an appeal against Mainstream Renewable Power's proposed 450-megawatt Neart na Gaoithe project, clearing the way for Mainstream to move forward with the offshore wind farm. Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director Andy Kinsella said the project would create more than 100 permanent jobs.
Jackson Family Wines, which owns wineries throughout California's Napa and Sonoma counties, recently added to its growing collection of awards with the Luther Burbank Conservation Award for its sustainability efforts. The company first considers the environmental impact, then the economics -- because "sustainability forces you to think about how viable it would be to do something long term -- and the third area ... is social equity," sustainability chief Katie Jackson said.
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