The American Wind Energy Association "will work with legislators to see what makes good sense, said CEO Tom Kiernan while speaking on the topic of a carbon tax or dividends program for the US during an energy forum on Thursday. He also commented that more offshore wind farms are coming to the US, while utilities in attendance highlighted their focus on emissions reductions.
Pittsburg, Calif., has accepted an Environmental Protection Agency grant worth $800,000 for the cleanup of commercial and industrial sites that may contain pollutants and contaminants. The city will use the Brownfield Grant Program funding, along with an EPA assessment grant worth $300,000, to address brownfield sites along its waterfront and in its downtown.
Miami plans to update its aging stormwater system as part of a climate resiliency plan unveiled on Thursday. "Water quality is an enormous issue, not only in terms of drinking water, but certainly in terms of our bay and the health of our bay, which is a tremendous economic engine," Mayor Francis Suarez said.
Amazon, AT&T and other carbon-heavy companies are partnering under sustainable-investing advocate Ceres to spur electric-vehicle innovation via the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance, which aims to send the market signals on corporate interest in EVs. In addition to reducing emissions, companies can save money by using EVs, which aren't at the mercy of oil prices, don't need as much maintenance and even cut personnel costs.
The High Court in Bangladesh has called for the closure of 231 factories, including many that were not approved to operate, to protect a portion of the country's main river. A recent report links the factories to high levels of pollution in the Buriganga River, and the court has asked officials to submit "a complete list of illegal factories or factories without effluent treatment plants."
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Offshore wind is one of the top five technologies "set for more mainstream success," says BP. Oil majors Shell, Equinor and Total are already investing in the industry, and BP has the potential to follow suit.
The American Wind Energy Association, American Council on Renewable Energy and two other groups petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider applying a Minimum Offer Price Rule to PJM Interconnection's market. The MORP exceeds FERC's authority in regulating clean energy and would hinder projects from participating in the market, they say.
New York might not have operational offshore wind farms and completed port infrastructure for the industry, but its goal to add 9 gigawatts of installed capacity by 2035 is a big draw for companies, says Wood Mackenzie Senior Analyst Anthony Logan. "The certainty afforded to potential manufacturers by the scale of [New York's] offshore mandate in my opinion is more valuable than the advantages other states have attempted to secure for themselves by more direct manufacturing incentives and support," he says.
Vestas Wind Systems has won a contract to supply Eurowind Energy with 29 V100 2-megawatt turbines and one V90 2-MW machine for its 60MW Janikowo project in Poland. The project is expected to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2021.