Renewable energy is a key job creator in the US and must be protected during the tax code overhaul, according to Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and other Senate Democrats in a news conference on Tuesday. The lawmakers called on Senate and House of Representatives negotiators to remove the wind energy Production Tax Credit phaseout repeal and other anti-renewables provisions from the pending tax bill.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry has announced $18.5 million in funding that would finance research and development geared toward driving down offshore wind costs in the US. "This work will further [the Energy Department's] goal to accelerate the development of offshore wind technologies by supporting fundamental research to reduce the costs of offshore wind energy to successfully compete in regional energy markets," he said.
RES Americas Senior Development Manager Sean Bell shared his company's updated plans for the Skookumchuck Wind Energy project with the Board of Lewis County, Wash., Commissioners on Monday. The project, pending approval, would be solely located in Lewis County, feature 38 turbines for a capacity of 136.9 megawatts and sell its output to Puget Sound Energy, said Bell.
Vestas has received an order to supply Ostro Kutch Power with 125 V110 2-megawatt turbines for a 250-MW project under development in Gujarat, India, said the companies. "Our extensive experience from more than 100 turnkey projects across the globe has been key in securing this order, marking a major milestone as our largest project in India since pioneering the country's wind energy market in 1986," said Vestas Asia Pacific President Clive Turton.
Vaisala and WindSim have partnered on a new study that tests the reliability and accuracy of remote sensing units as a way to measure wind in areas with complex terrain. Vaisala said the technology may offer several benefits over traditional meteorological towers, especially on ridgelines, hillsides and other varied terrain.
Renewables hold a lot of potential for Minnesota, both in terms of their ability to create reliable, permanent jobs and as a clean energy source for businesses and localities, writes Sharon Planer of Annandale, Minn. She argues that a proposed oil pipeline project from Enbridge would only create temporary jobs and urges renewable energy supports to share their sentiments with legislators.
Rising temperature related to climate change may result in weaker wind speeds in the Northern Hemisphere and stronger wind speeds in in the south, according to a new study from scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder. "Most of the human population and wind farms are in the Northern hemisphere," said lead author and climate scientist Kristopher Karnauskas.
Irish food brand Nobo's new range of plant-based and milk style chocolate will use Parkside's compostable plant-based wrapper. The packaging is composed of biobased materials, such as corn starch and wood pulp, biopolymer sealant web and NatureFlex paper.
Braskem's I'm green Polyethylene, a biopolymer made from sugar cane, will be used by Canadian skin care firm Buhbli Organics for the packaging of its Himalayan Bath Salts line. "By choosing to incorporate bio-based polyethylene in the pouches for our Himalayan Bath Salts, we were able to make a more eco-friendly choice, because the resin has an environmentally beneficial life-cycle assessment," said Buhbli co-founder Michelle Gojkovich.
The US ethanol industry produced an average of 1.108 million barrels per day in the week ending Dec. 1, a new record high that breaks the one set last month, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration. The EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook for November predicted that the US will produce an average of 1.03 million barrels of ethanol per day this year, which will rise to 1.04 million barrels per day in 2018.