The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued a rule allowing the ongoing use of open, unlined coal ash ponds on the condition that utilities use groundwater monitoring data to gauge the risk of leaks. "When ponds without lining leak, it's often more aggressive, faster and harder to control," says attorney Lisa Evans of Earthjustice, which is preparing to challenge the rule.
The nonprofit 501CThree has been using a mobile water filtration system known as the Water Box to increase access to water in Flint, Mich., and has expanded the project to Newark, N.J. The organization, co-founded by actor/musician Jaden Smith, teamed up with the Newark Water Coalition to provide the device to the community.
General Motors is dedicating its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to electric vehicle production, spending $2.2 billion and using renewable energy to power that plant and others by 2023. Separately, the automotive industry continues to troubleshoot problems with electric vehicles' lithium batteries, which can catch fire.
The New College Institute in Martinsville, Va., will serve as the home of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance, which includes the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy and Centura College. NCI plans to begin adding wind technician training classes next year.
NextEra Energy has installed more than half of White Hills Wind Project's 126 machines and expects to bring the 350-megawatt site online in December, says spokeswoman Lisa Paul. Clean Power Alliance has a power purchase agreement for most of the Arizona wind farm's output.
WPD and Scout Clean Energy plan to combine two wind farms in Washington to form a single 850-megawatt site that also features solar and energy storage components. "By combining assets and advancing a hybrid project Horse Heaven can bring low cost, flexible, renewable resources to the local grid, and reach another milestone for clean energy supply in the region," says Jeffrey Wagner of WPD.
Orsted will use Pict Offshore's Get Up Safe system to make the technician transfer process safer at its Hornsea Two project. The technology allows workers to move between transfer vessels and foundations without using ladders.
Portland General Electric closed Oregon's last coal-burning power plant last week and plans to replace the capacity with wind, solar and battery storage. PGE will source 300 megawatts of output from NextEra Energy Resources' Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility.
National Grid has formed National Grid Renewables to pursue wind, solar and battery storage projects in the US. "In addition to being positive for our planet, developing new renewable energy projects creates jobs and spurs economic development in communities across the U.S.," said executive Daniel Westerman.
The Energy Department has deployed two buoys off the coast of California to evaluate the area's potential for offshore wind development. The buoys are located near Humboldt County and in Morro Bay.
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