Wind is a homegrown energy source and a valuable economic driver in the US, says Philip Warburg, former president of the Conservation Law Foundation. Just as Kansas built wind farms on its prairie, he says Massachusetts and New England can also learn to be open-minded about integration and add projects where they have the smallest impact.
Orsted's purchase of Deepwater Wind won't hinder a planned project under development off the coast of Maryland, says Deepwater CEO Jeff Grybowski. "The new company is committed to building the Skipjack wind farm just as Deepwater Wind planned," he says.
Southern Power has secured a 12-year power purchase agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises for a proposed 200-megawatt wind farm in Kansas, confirming plans to build the project. It will co-build the project with Renewable Energy Systems, likely beginning in the second quarter of next year.
MHI Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Vestas are participating in a research project with the Danish wind industry to bring standardization to the turbine design and production process. "The industry needs to find common ground on future cost reduction," according to the Danish Wind Industry Association.
Selsam Innovations' US Windlabs has secured a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a floating offshore wind turbine that features a single vertical tube and "spar buoy" top. The company says the technology is already in use in European territory.
PJM Interconnection has the time and resources to conduct its own review of grid reliability and should be able to do so without the government stepping in, CEO and President Andrew Ott told a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Thursday. In the interim, Ott says he doesn't support a proposed bailout for aging nuclear and coal-burning power plants.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory at the Energy Department has launched a request for proposals seeking higher education institutions to participate in a 2020 wind competition. The agency's Collegiate Wind Competition will feature 10 to 12 teams and take place at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER Conference in 2020.
Officials in Nodaway County, Mo., hosted a meeting on Thursday to gather feedback and share information about Tradewind Energy's planned 238-megawatt White Cloud Wind Project. Tradewind officials say the company will work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and take other precautions to mitigate any concerns regarding the project.
The Environmental Protection Agency has selected the annual winners of its Green Power Leadership Awards, naming Microsoft its Green Power Partner of the Year for its environmentally friendly power consumption practices. Procter & Gamble, Anheuser-Busch, Starbucks, Google and others were recognized for their own green leadership.
The need for speedy supply cycles is making nearshoring and automation more important for apparel manufacturers, argues a McKinsey analysis. "Some 78 percent of respondents to our survey state that sustainability is also somewhat or highly likely to be a key purchasing factor for mass-market apparel consumers by 2025," this article notes.
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