Wind, solar and other green technology gives people who disagree with the government's climate agenda an opportunity to do something about it, said Al Gore while promoting his new documentary in San Francisco on Monday. "There's a legitimate hope the US is likely to meet the commitments made by former President Obama in the Paris agreement," he said, citing a growing Republican interest in low-cost wind and other trends.
Business leaders should follow the US Navy's lead to ensure their organizations can survive the battles of a future affected by climate change, two Harvard professors say. Businesses should examine the resilience of their operations and supply-chain, and design and operate in ways that integrate new and existing processes.
The Principles for Responsible Investment initiative, which brings together 35 investors controlling $3.8 trillion, wants oil and gas companies calculate their methane emissions, reveal them to shareholders and find ways to capture them. "To reduce financial, regulatory and reputational risk associated with methane, investors need to understand companies' relative performance in managing methane risk," PRI's Gemma James.
Wind plays an important role in North Carolina's economy and an 18-month moratorium on the industry wasn't the original intent of state legislators, said Southeastern Wind Coalition President Katharine Kollins. Rural communities affected by this are in eastern North Carolina, "where the vast majority of the wind development and the wind resource has been concentrated so far and those communities are nearly all some of the lowest income counties in the state," she said.
The US Gulf Coast is home to strong wind speeds that blow reliably and during periods when electrical demand peaks, making the region ideal for wind development. Duke Energy and other companies have taken note and begun building out the region's wind industry, resulting in new projects that create jobs and infuse local schools with revenue.
Dominion Energy has issued a request for information to find companies offering renewable energy power purchase agreements. "In recent years, large energy users have become increasingly interested in renewable energy," Senior Vice President of Generation Katheryn Curtis said, adding that the utility is primarily looking for renewables within Virginia, but would consider other options.
Enel Green Power Brasil Participacoes has kicked off operations at its 90-megawatt, 45-turbine Cristalandia project in Bahia, Brazil, said the company. "In Bahia, where Cristalandia wind farm is located, we manage as much as [1.3 gigawatts] of renewable capacity both in operation and under construction, leveraging on the state's huge wealth of green energy sources," said Brazil Country Manager Carlo Zorzoli.
Vattenfall has signed a deal with 8.2 Consulting in which the latter will offer turbine project engineering and management services for Vattenfall's European portfolio of offshore wind projects. The companies said the four-year deal is the third framework agreement they've signed.
Wind is not a threat to US electrical grid stability and it's ludicrous that the Energy Department suggested otherwise in conducting its recent grid reliability study, writes Mark Ahlstrom. "Adding new wind and solar power plants may increase the variability to some degree, because the wind and sun that 'fuel' these power plants also vary, but this has been well studied and grid operators have sound approaches for forecasting and incorporating this additional variability," he writes.
Wind variability in Europe is the result of poor planning by individual governments and has nothing to do with the equipment itself, according to experts from ETH Zurich and Imperial College London. The team said that instead of building more turbines in the North Sea, projects should be added in the areas where the wind blows at opposite times, such as the Balkans or Greece, and countries should collaborate to encourage a reliable flow of power.
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