UK discount retailer Lidl will only use sustainably sourced soy for its own-brand products. The company will buy Roundtable for Responsible Soy credits for its complete soy footprint.
The race for offshore wind leadership is heating up, and around the country a flurry of recent announcements from states and offshore developers are shaping the future of the industry. As the offshore wind community convenes for AWEA's Offshore WINDPOWER Conference, it's a good time to take stock of where things stand.
Microsoft has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with TransAlta Renewables for its 90-megawatt Big Level wind project under development in Hector Township, Pa. "Working with companies like TransAlta to bring new projects online, especially wind projects in states outside the Wind Belt, is good for our business, the community and the clean energy economy," says Microsoft General Manager of Energy Brian Janous.
Alaska's Kodiak Island, Kauai, Hawaii, and Greensburg, Kan., are examples of American communities that have adopted wind or other renewables due to economic challenges such as physical isolation or natural disasters, writes Charlie Wood. He argues that their success adopting renewables will serve as a model for other communities in similar positions.
Growing demand, falling costs and advocacy efforts are paying off for Ohio renewables, resulting in a record surge of proposals, says Natural Resources Defense Council Policy Director for Energy in Ohio Daniel Sawmiller. American Electric Power and Invenergy are both planning to add more wind and solar in the state.
General Motors officially began sourcing 100% of the total electricity used at its manufacturing site in Arlington, Texas, from wind energy on Oct. 9. The power comes from the 148-megawatt Cactus Flats Wind Farm in Concho County.
ULC Robotics' recent drone-based inspection of Deepwater Wind's five-turbine Block Island offshore wind farm in Rhode Island was a success, says ULC President Gregory Penza. "Using drones, ULC Robotics' aerial services team was able to deliver more detailed data without the risks associated with climbing up to the platform, improving the safety of our team," adds Deepwater Wind Manager of Operations and Maintenance and Marine Affairs Captain John O'Keeffe.
Midcontinent Independent System Operator has secured federal approval to create a process that allows for the addition of merchant high-voltage direct current transmission lines. MHVDC lines facilitate the flow of renewables, such as a proposed project from SOO Green Renewable Rail that would carry wind between Iowa and Illinois.
Illinois' potential for wind development and the industry's benefits were a hot topic during an Illinois Commerce Commission policy meeting last week. "Wind energy is one of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy in the United States and, in 2017, provided more than 6% of Illinois' electric generation," says acting Commissioner Anastasia Palivos.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has extended the deadline for NextEra Energy Resources to resolve an airspace-related issue for a proposed wind farm with the Defense Department. The company will have until Monday to arrange a mitigation plan.
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