Southeast Asian countries and China should provide more information on hydropower dams along the Mekong River, according to the Mekong River Commission, as its water levels have dropped to record lows for the second year in a row. "We call on the six Mekong countries to increase their sharing of data and information on their dam and water infrastructure operations in a transparent and speedy manner with the MRC," said An Pich Hatda, CEO of the MRC's secretariat.
Nineteen wind farms won contracts of up to 16.5 years to supply power under Ireland's Renewable Electricity Support Scheme in its first auction. The contracts still need to be approved by the government, but the Irish Minister for Climate Action and Environment Eamon Ryan said the auction will allow for rapid deployment of land-based wind projects.
Wood Mackenzie released a study on Tuesday that found increasing offshore wind leasing has the potential to bring in large capital investments between 2022 and 2035 -- $42 billion of which would be for wind turbine manufacturing and in the supply chain. "By not seizing this opportunity to demonstrate its unwavering commitment to offshore wind, the U.S. risks letting a once-in-a-generation economic development and clean energy opportunity slip through its fingers," said Brandon Burke, the policy and outreach director for Business Network for Offshore Wind.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India announced new guidelines requiring energy project developers to bundle wind and solar energy with thermal power to stabilize the energy grid. New projects must include at least 51% renewable energy.
Although NASA's Ares I rocket development effort has been discontinued, production for a device created to fix a vibration problem in the rocket lives on. Houston Offshore Engineering is now using the device on its offshore wind turbine platforms to make the turbines more efficient at producing energy at a low cost.
With renewable energy projects finding capital faster than fossil fuels, Lake Region State College's Jay Johnson is training former oil workers for new careers working with wind turbines. According to Johnson, the skills for operating fracking derricks translate directly into the skills required for operating and maintaining wind turbines.
Sembcorp Energy India has finished building 800 megawatts of wind projects in India and can now provide power for more than 600,000 homes. Sembcorp has the largest operational wind portfolio from auctions by the Solar Energy Corporation of India.
The San Antonio Water System awarded a $10 million contract to update wastewater infrastructure along Wurzbach Parkway to prevent wastewater overflows. Separately, SAWS awarded a $5.5 million contract to overhaul the electrical system at a water recycling facility.
The USDA awarded three rural mid-Michigan communities a combination of loans and grants to enhance infrastructure that treats wastewater and delivers drinking water. "Now more than ever, Michigan families are depending on consistent access to clean water and reliable utilities," said Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.