The AEG-owned Los Angeles Kings will no longer need to use municipal water systems while preparing for hockey games, thanks to BluEco Liquid Crystalline Turbex technology. The system produces pure water for ice creation and maintenance and helps reduce energy costs for the Staples Center by cleaning the indoor air, according to AEG.
General Mills is paying more attention to the health of the soils that grow its ingredients, said chief sustainability officer Jerry Lynch. "If the front end of that engine -- Mother Nature and farming communities -- starts to break down, our business becomes either really expensive to operate, or sometimes impossible to operate because we can't get what we need in order to make those products," he said.
The wind industry is poised for strong growth in 2018, mitigating any fears that the Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax and other aspects of the tax code overhaul would impede the energy source's progress, argues Norton Rose Fulbright partner Keith Martin. In the first quarter of 2018, the industry arranged a record-breaking 3,500 megawatts worth of power purchase agreements, and has 33,449 MW of projects under construction or in the later stages of development, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
Pattern Development has purchased Clean Line Energy Partners' 1-gigawatt Mesa Canyons wind farm and corresponding transmission line in New Mexico, according to the company. "New Mexico is home to one of the strongest wind resources in the country and Pattern Development is committed to developing and constructing these new projects as excellent additions to our portfolio, expanding our investment in this enchanting state," says President and CEO Mike Garland.
EDP Renewables North America has secured a 15-year power purchase agreement with an undisclosed client for its 50-megawatt Hidalgo 2 project in Texas, says the company. "We are immensely proud to continue signing new PPAs as they contribute towards changing the energy system through the creation of new renewable energy sources," adds CEO Joao Manso Neto.
Vineyard Wind has installed a floating lidar device at the site of its proposed offshore wind farm in Massachusetts to gather more information about the area, according to the company. "Deployment of this measurement equipment is an important part of our plan to obtain permits, finalize the project design and begin construction in 2019 so that we can be fully operational in 2021," said Chief Development Officer Erich Stephens.
Siemens has signed a cooperation agreement with Swedish firm SeaTwirl to jointly develop floating offshore wind technology using the latter's vertical-axis floating turbine, according to the duo. They hope to introduce a commercial-size machine in 2020.
Iowa firm XL Specialized Trailers has introduced the BladeMate Flip Extension, a 27-foot-long attachment that hooks onto the back of any blade-hauling trailer and helps transports longer turbine blades. "This solution will be very beneficial to our customers because they will not need to buy an entirely new trailer to accommodate the load," said Vice President of Sales Rodney Crim.
Columbia, Mo., sourced nearly 16% of its total electricity needs from renewables in 2017, surpassing the city's goal of 5%, according to a report by Columbia Water and Light. Wind energy accounted for 12% of energy produced in the city last year.
Snowboard maker Burton has started using ReRez, a recyclable epoxy resin, that makes it easier to reuse metal, wood, plastic and other components of their products. "Doing life cycle assessment and using software to really hone in there allows us to understand where our highest impact is as a manufacturing company across all of our product lines," Burton executive Ali Kenney says.