Ben & Jerry's is supporting 10:10, a UK petition calling for more land-based wind, by releasing five of its top flavors with new, wind-inspired names and selling them for half price on "windy Wednesdays." The ice creams will carry names such as Strawberry Breeze-cake, Caramel Blew Blew and Cherry Gale-cia.
Renewables' global footprint is expanding, with the world's installed renewable energy capacity expanding from 18.5% in 2008 to about 25% today, writes Maxx Chatsko, citing the International Renewable Energy Agency. Other facts, such the efficiency of the US' wind farms compared with other nations and growing support among oil and gas producers indicate the energy source is only gaining momentum on the global scale, he asserts.
Capital Power is considering building a wind farm in Warren County, Ill., that would feature 20 turbines and attended a Warren County Board meeting on Wednesday to discuss the project. Senior Manager of Business Development Matthew Martin said the firm hopes to have a formal motion to present to the board by its next meeting in September.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will host a public meeting in Tarrytown, N.Y., on Thursday to talk about last year's safety inspection results from Entergy's Indian Point nuclear power plant. The plant is set to stay under regular oversight after receiving "green" marks all year.
The number of people graduating from US nuclear engineering programs is rising, with many citing a desire to help the climate through nuclear's carbon-free energy. "The reason that almost all of our students come into this field is climate change," says Dennis Whyte of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico broke ground on a new ventilation system that will increase underground air flow and filtration. The project is scheduled to be finished by 2021.
The US nuclear energy industry is struggling to be price-competitive despite providing about 20% of annual electricity use and operating a fleet of well-maintained plants, writes Maggie Koerth-Baker. "Natural gas from fracking has gotten so cheap, [nuclear plants] aren't as high up in the dispatch stack" for utilities, says Granger Morgan of Carnegie Mellon University.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said US sanctions against North Korea would not be lifted until the country denuclearizes. President Donald Trump has halted joint military drills with South Korea, but Pompeo said they could be restarted if North Korea stops negotiating.
Researcher Marissa Bell of the University of Buffalo is looking into the process the Nuclear Waste Management Organization is using to determine whether Bruce County in Ontario, Canada, would be a suitable site for a nuclear repository. She is studying whether all community voices are heard in the process.
A fourth licensing round for five deepwater oil blocks covering 31,653 square kilometers off the coast of Sierra Leone will end Sept. 27. The country, which extended the deadline from June 28, has not yet had any oil or natural gas discoveries suitable for commercial purposes.