The time has arrived for the US to cast off outdated energy sources, such as coal and nuclear, and embrace new clean energy options that are good for the environment and enjoy the broad support of states, businesses and educational institutions, write Bruce Speight and Kim Rice. "The organizations and governments that are setting goals for a clean-energy future are acknowledging a crucial truth: The future we dream of is only possible if we get our energy systems out of the past," they write.
The creation of an interstate Western power grid would help California and its neighbors accelerate their clean energy transition in a cost-effective and efficient way, writes V. John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. "By participating with the Western power grid, we can create sustainable jobs and lower rate payers' electricity bills while helping the state reach its ambitious climate goals," he writes.
The Public Service Company of Oklahoma is working with the city of Bixby, Okla., to resolve concerns about PSO's proposed Wind Catcher Energy Project, says PSO spokesperson Stan Whiteford. Despite a Bixby City Council decision Monday to advance the city's opposition to the project, Whiteford says the project has broad support in Oklahoma and would deliver huge tax benefits to Bixby and other cities.
Vestas has won a contract to supply Spanish construction firm Elecnor with 20 V117 3.3-megawatt turbines for its 66-MW Toabre project in Panama, said the companies. "Vestas continues to build its footprint in Latin America through its market-leading wind energy solutions and hereby support the many Latin American countries that are accelerating the transition to renewables," noted Vestas LatAm Senior Director of Sales Enric Catala.
Dutch firms GustoMSC and Barge Master are working on a new Jones Act-compliant, motion-compensated feeder tool that they say will make it easier to install offshore wind turbines in the US. "By offering this steady top feeder barge, GustoMSC and Barge Master offer the capability to overcome current hurdles and make the successful development of the first US offshore wind projects possible within time and budget constraints," said GustoMSC.
Aspen Electric in Colorado achieved 100% renewables in 2015 and recently upgraded one of its projects in Nebraska, realizing a cost-savings of roughly $475,000 annually. Special Projects Director Phil Overeynder says the savings will either be passed on to customers or used to offset future rate increases.
The wind energy Production Tax Credit, new renewable energy buying-mandates from states and other factors created the perfect storm for NextEra Energy Resources, allowing it to grow into one of the nation's leading clean energy companies, writes Russell Gold. He touts NextEra's smart business sense, such as securing power purchase agreements before making final investment decisions in various projects.
DNV GL has completed a multiyear study into India's feasibility for offshore wind, paving the way for the country to begin considering the energy source, says the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. "India has a specific offshore wind policy, a government actively 'gearing up' for offshore and local and overseas stakeholders pro-actively considering this new endeavor," adds DNV GL CEO Ditlev Engel.
Tennessee-based startup Hytch provides commuters with financial incentives to carpool through partnerships with corporate sponsors. Initial sponsor Nissan offers anyone in Tennessee a penny per mile for carpooling with another person or 5 cents per mile during peak commuting hours.
Foxconn Technology Group plans to spend $30 million to install a recycling system that will reduce water intake by 3.5 million gallons per day at its forthcoming Wisconsin manufacturing complex. The investment will also include a "zero liquid discharge" system to effectively eliminate the return of waste water into Lake Michigan.
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