The Interior Department must provide the offshore wind sector with the policy certainty needed to plan for and advance projects, which will create a $70 billion business opportunity and tens of thousands of U.S. jobs, writes American Wind Energy Association President and CEO Tom Kiernan. "This administration has made job creation and business opportunity a priority. Offshore wind will help achieve these goals and put us on a path to energy dominance if given a chance," Kiernan writes.
Connecticut is in an excellent position to embrace offshore wind, given its strong labor and environmental foundation and the state's new request for proposals to add up to 2 gigawatts of the energy source, says Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs Executive Director John Humphries. "Offshore wind has the potential to significantly reduce the electric grid's dependence on fossil fuels, improve grid reliability in the winter, and advance clean energy jobs," adds state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes.
ENGIE has begun operations at the 15-turbine, 50-megawatt Tres Mesas III Wind Farm in Mexico, just south of the Texas border. The company plans to add about 10 gigawatts of new wind and solar capacity over the next decade.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has released a state-specific tool that users can use to project the levelized cost of electricity from wind, solar, coal and other energy sources. "This tool will provide important additional data to help shape the planning process for meeting our energy needs on a local, state or regional level," says Power Sector Director Sheryl Carter.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., unveiled a $16.3 trillion, 10-year Green New Deal on Thursday that would help the US decarbonize its grid by switching to 100% renewables by 2030. "We are going to invest massively in wind, solar and other sustainable energies," he says.
Making supply chains visible and transparent helps companies gain consumers' trust, which can improve revenue, according to a study. "Even small investments in supply chain visibility can make a big difference for a company," said Y. Karen Zheng of the MIT Sloan School of Management.
The Detroit Zoo has signed on to DTE Energy's MIGreenPower program and will use it to source all of its power from wind energy by next year. DTE it ramping up wind and solar and retiring coal-burning power plants as it works to curb its carbon emissions 80% by 2040.
The US can source all of its power from renewables by building out wind, solar and other energy sources in locations where the right resources are available, writes David Timmons of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Policymakers and the public must embrace the transition as a solution for curbing carbon emissions, he writes.
US District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood ruled in favor of 10 states that challenged the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule, saying in her decision that the rule overstepped the boundaries of the Clean Water Act. The ruling remands WOTUS to the Environmental Protection Agency and US Army Corps of Engineers to consider the scope of the 2015 rule and the definition of the waterways it seeks to protect.
St. Petersburg, Fla., released 6.6 million gallons of wastewater that exceeded pollution limits into a state aquifer on Saturday, violating the state Department of Environmental Protection's limit for the seventh time since January 2018. The city, which has agreed to invest $326 million in its wastewater infrastructure, attributed the problem to high rainfall.
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