Orsted is preparing to release a buoy off the coast of Atlantic City, N.J., that would provide data on the area's potential for offshore wind development. Depending on the results, Orsted and state officials said the company might build a project that could help the state meet its goal of 3,500 megawatts in wind energy by 2030.
NextEra Energy Resources recently teamed up with Future Farmers of America to take 16 FFA advisers on a three-day tour across Oklahoma, highlighting the complementary nature of wind and farming. "These advisors are also great role models for our next generation, so it's a wonderful opportunity to show them first-hand what it takes to be a wind technician, which is among the fastest growing jobs in the United States," said NextEra project director of renewable development Casey Moye.
The UK, Mexico, Germany and other countries are moving away from feed-in tariffs and other support mechanisms in favor of market-based competitive bidding for renewables, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. "As the sector evolves, the question for governments about what support level to provide is answered by: Let the market tell you," said IRENA program officer Diala Hawila.
Renewables were a hot topic during a debate held Thursday between Wyoming's Republican gubernatorial candidates. Green House Data Executive Chairman Sam Galeotos is currently running second in polls in the six-candidate GOP primary field, and he used his platform during the debate to assert the importance of renewables to corporate America.
Adidas will use recycled plastic in its shoe and apparel manufacturing and eliminate virgin plastics completely by 2024. The company also plans to remove virgin plastics from its retail locations, supply chains and offices.
Alappuzha, India, is working proof that municipalities can succeed using zero-waste models. The local landfill was closed in 2012 following protests from residents, and the city has adopted composting and recycling programs to virtually eliminate waste.
The harder a problem is to solve, the more it helps to take an experimental approach to solving it, writes Adam Kahane. Leaders need to allow teams to run tests without expecting to find solutions on the first try, he writes.
Technological advances, better manufacturing processes and declining installation costs resulted in a cost reduction by one-third for wind energy between 2010 and 2016, according to the Energy Department. The domestic production of wind-turbine components also increased during that period, it noted.
E.ON's 139-turbine Radford's Run Wind Farm near Maroa, Ill., will bring in $46 million in new property-tax revenue over the next 30 years, helping to offset potential funding cuts for area schools. E.ON held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 27.
Lincoln Clean Energy is in the early stages of developing the Helena Project near Mineral, Texas, and may ask for tax-related benefits. "They're just in the preliminaries," said Bee County Commissioner Dennis DeWitt.