Fortune 500 companies are seeking renewables, and virtual power purchase agreements with projects in Kansas are a great way for them to meet that need, says American Wind Energy Association Deputy Director of Electricity Policy and Demand Hannah Hunt. "[I]t's happening at a very opportune time, when wind and other forms of renewable energy have reached cost parity," she adds.
The American Wind Energy Association and various industry groups have filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend the Dec. 24 comment period for Order 841 for an additional 45 days. "The filings are voluminous and contain proposed revisions to several tariff provisions and market rules," the groups said.
City council members in Cheyenne, Wyo., are considering leasing additional acreage to NextEra Energy Resources for the construction of the $335 million Roundhouse Renewable Energy Project. The city says the lease would provide it with enough funds to move forward with a recreation area expansion.
Vineyard Wind has agreed to a proposal from fishermen in several East Coast states and the US Coast Guard that would establish a transit corridor for commercial fishing through offshore wind tracts. "Wind developers must recognize the importance of locating transit lanes through their lease areas when those plans will accommodate the fishermen who work out of ports like Point Judith in Rhode Island and Montauk on Long Island," Chief Development Officer Erich Stephens says.
Three turbine blades developed by a consortium of industry partners at the Fraunhofer IWES in Germany have been shipped to the Energy Department's National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colo., for a pilot project. The blades have smart features such as a bend-twist coupling that may allow them to self-adjust for wind conditions.
Electricity wholesaler Guzman Energy in Denver has launched a request for proposals to add up to 250 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity. The company is seeking 200 MW of wind and 50 MW of solar.
Countries worldwide plan to add more than 680 gigawatts of new installed land-based and offshore wind capacity over the next 10 years, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. "With 16 GW of offshore wind power capacity installed in Europe by the end of 2018 and more than 47 GW expected to come online in the region from 2018 to 2027, the European offshore sector continues to be a focal point of growth for the wind power industry," lead author Luke Lewandowski says.
The House of Representatives has advanced the Offshore Wind for Territories Act, potentially allowing Guam, Puerto Rico and other American territories to develop offshore wind projects. The bill now moves on to the Senate for consideration.
Luxury boutique hotel company 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts has reduced its plastic waste by using reusable woven bags in place of plastic garbage bags, conserved energy through LED lights and reduced water usage through a two-step toilet flushing system in many of its properties, among other initiatives. "Our next objective is to eliminate individual plastic shampoo, conditioner and lotion containers," the company's Anne Arrowsmith says.
Democratic governors in states where energy plays a large role in the economy are more likely to advocate increased renewables than cap-and-trade approaches to curbing climate change, writes Reid Wilson. Governor-elects in New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada and Maine have all called for the greater use of renewables.
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