Tenaska Clear Creek Wind has secured approval from regulators in Nodaway County, Mo., to move forward with a wind farm that will have a total capacity between 200 megawatts and 300 MW, according to the company. Director of Strategic Development and Acquisitions Monte Ten Kley said the project would create jobs, benefit the area's economy and help local farmers.
Companies can use their brands to encourage consumers to advocate for the environment, says Kirk Myers, senior sustainability manager for REI. "We all -- especially mission-based brands and organizations -- need to be focused on creating Loraxes, to quote the venerable Dr. Seuss," Myers says.
Sustainability must guide the rebuilding of the Caribbean islands following the "utter devastation" wrought by Hurricane Irma, writes Caribbean diplomat Dessima Williams, special adviser for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. With SDGs as a foundation, the region can reemerge with "more resilient infrastructure" and "more robust social institutions," she writes.
San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., have filed separate lawsuits against five giant oil and gas companies -- Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP -- over climate change. The two cities join other jurisdictions in the state that claim fossil fuel companies have known about and covered up the effects of climate change for years to protect their profits.
Trump administration policies geared toward improving electric grid reliability shouldn't prioritize one energy source over another, including the government's new baseload-first strategy for coal and nuclear, said the American Wind Energy Association. AWEA Senior Director of Research Michael Goggin added that wind can help with resiliency because it can increase or decrease output rapidly depending on demand.
As the government cuts support for various federal research programs, wind firms and other private companies are stepping up to ensure critical cost-cutting research and develop continues, said American Wind Energy Association Deputy Director of Industry Data and Analysis John Hensley. "We're striving to continue to drive these costs out of the turbines and the energies we produce so that when these tax credits do go away, we are able to stand on our own two feet and move forward as an industry," he said.
A northern jet stream and the Gulf Stream meet in a 1,000-square-mile area off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., resulting in strong winds year-round that are ideal for offshore wind development, said Paul Vigeant, executive director of the New Bedford Wind Energy Center. He said post-tropical cyclone Jose's path up the Eastern Seaboard to New England illustrates his assertion, adding that it's currently spinning in the wind zone off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Siemens Gamesa has won a contract to supply the Arauco wind farm in La Rioja, Argentina, with 28 of its G132 3.465-megawatt turbines for its third and fourth phases, according to the company. The deal "reinforces our position in a market that presents tremendous upside in wind power," said Siemens Gamesa.
E.ON has installed the last of 116 MHI Vestas V112 3.45-megawatt turbines at its 400-MW Rampion offshore wind farm off the coast of England, according to the firm. "We now look forward to Rampion's first generation of electricity later this year and to working towards completion and full operation in 2018," said Development Manager Chris Tomlinson.
Morgan Stanley has joined the ranks of Citigroup, Bank of America and others banks by pledging to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy, this time by 2022. "Morgan Stanley has been committed for over a decade to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions through strategic energy efficiency in our buildings and adding new renewable energy capacity to the grid from on-site power generation at our own properties," Vice Chairman Tom Nides said.
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