Vestas has entered into a global cross-license agreement with General Electric following a dispute in which each company accused the other of infringing on various patents. "The cross-license applies globally to the parties' and their affiliates' respective onshore and offshore wind businesses and ensures that they can use the technology covered by such patents," the agreement reads.
Lawmakers in North Carolina have dropped a provision from Senate bill 377 that would have placed a moratorium on wind development. They also added an amendment to the state's permitting process that would require the military to weigh in on projects more.
The Ohio Power Siting Board is still reviewing Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.'s six-turbine Icebreaker offshore wind pilot proposed for Lake Erie and doesn't have a timeline for a vote, says OPSB member and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz. "I need to wait until the facts are put before the board," she says.
Wind is a reliable and affordable option for scaling renewables and curbing greenhouse gas emissions, writes Jeff Tittel, director of the NJ Sierra Club. New Jersey is making strides in encouraging offshore wind and could accelerate its transitioning by placing a moratorium on fossil fuel projects, he writes.
The Food and Drug Administration says that food and dietary supplements marketers can make qualified health claims linking consumption of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid with reduced risk of hypertension and coronary heart disease. While the agency said that the link remains "inconclusive," there is "credible evidence" to support the qualified health claim.
A South Korean team has engineered a strain of the bacterium Rhodococcus opacus that generates high levels of fatty acids, fatty acid ethyl esters and long-chain hydrocarbons. The work, intended to assist commercial purposes, is published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.
German pharmacology researchers have discovered that Mortierella alpina, a fungus used to produce fatty acids for infant dietary supplements, also generates a natural surfactant. "Even very tiny amounts of malpinins form a head of foam on the top of the sample vial," said Florian Baldeweg, a research team member.
Indiana Michigan Power wants to upgrade the Cook nuclear plant's infrastructure to the tune of $478 million. The utility is requesting permission from the Michigan Public Service Commission to set a 19% customer rate increase to fund the improvements.
Consultants hired to review buyout bids for Santee Cooper could cost up to $20 million, and Santee Cooper could be responsible for paying $15 million of it, wrote State Sen. Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence) to the utility. Board members weren't aware that the utility might have to cover some costs.
MOX Services' lawsuit against the National Nuclear Security Administration is close to being settled, said US Court of Federal Claims Judge Thomas Wheeler. An agreement in principle on the over $200 million lawsuit was reached on June 18.