President Donald Trump continues to contradict himself regarding support mechanisms for energy, writes David Roberts. Roberts believes Energy Secretary Rick Perry summed it up when he recently tweeted that all energy sources receive support, and the important thing is to "pick good."
ENGIE North America has arranged financing to advance its 200-megawatt Live Oak wind farm in Texas. The project is expected to feature 76 2.625-megawatt turbines from Siemens Gamesa.
Norway has agreed to open two sites for offshore wind or floating offshore wind projects. Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Soviknes says the sites will likely feature an offshore wind demo and pilot project that will help the country learn about the technology.
Canadian firm Clir Renewables has introduced new software that monitors turbine blade erosion and offers companies insight into its various causes. "Detecting leading edge erosion during a project's warranty period, so maintenance is able to be planned and scheduled, has a huge and positive financial impact," Director of Data Science Andrew Brunskill says.
Texas utility Bryan Texas Utilities will launch a new program Oct. 1 that gives ratepayers the option to purchase electricity entirely sourced from renewables. "For the folks that just want to use green energy, it gives them that option and they can buy green energy," Executive Director of Business and Customer Operations David Werley said.
Alaska is already sourcing clean energy from wind farms and the state legislature should lend its support to the ongoing growth of the industry, writes Jake Naimark. "We have the tools to power our economy with clean, safe, renewable energy," Naimark writes.
Officials in Madison County, Neb., must adopt fair wind regulations that protect the county yet don't bar it from advantageous wind projects, writes the editorial board of The Norfolk Daily News. "[W]e want Madison County to be a place where it's natural wind energy potential can be developed in order to provide additional property tax revenue, and jobs during the construction period and once operating," it writes.
BioLogiQ has designed a plastic compound shown to be 97% biodegradable in ocean water within one year. The company hopes to see widespread use of the compound cups, straws and grocery bags.
Newly appointed leaders may feel eager to bring their ideas to fruition, but teams can resent too much change attempted too quickly, writes Jennifer V. Miller. People are more accepting of change when you learn what the culture will support and associate your ideas with something that's already successful, she writes.
The US should adopt a national clean-energy standard as a means to curb greenhouse gas emissions and give states flexibility to encourage the use of low-emitting energy sources, write Justin Gillis and Jameson McBride. If Congress can't pass such a standard, they argue, then advocates must turn to states for support as they have more control over the electrical grid anyway.