Starting Jan. 1, full-service restaurants will not be allowed to provide plastic straws unless customers ask for them. The law, signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown, calls for restaurants that violate the new law to receive two warnings before being fined.
Four new maps out from the Energy Information Agency detail the evolution of energy production in the US from 2007 to 2017. One map tracking renewables shows wind was the dominant renewable energy source in seven states in 2007 and in 16 states by 2017.
New Jersey is preparing to host a leasing round to add 1.1 gigawatts of offshore wind, the largest single-state solicitation of its kind in the nation. "This is the kind of action that spurs investment and job creation at the scale needed to launch this new American energy industry," says American Wind Energy Association Director of Offshore Policy and Siting Nancy Sopko.
Offshore wind is a low-carbon, reliable energy source that would bring more jobs and many other benefits to Virginia and the rest of the US, writes Bryan Stephens, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. "The significant economic development opportunities for Virginia cannot be overstated," he writes, touting a two-turbine pilot project proposed by Dominion Energy and Orsted.
Intermountain Wind is seeking approval to build two new wind farms in Wyoming that would have a combined capacity of 780 megawatts. If approved, the projects would begin operation in 2020 and 2022, respectively.
Alliant Energy's Interstate Power and Light Company will hold an inaugural public offering for $500 million worth of green bonds to finance future wind and solar projects in Iowa. It has already secured regulatory approval to add 1 gigawatt of new installed wind capacity in Iowa by 2020.
Indiana utility Northern Indiana Public Service expects to submit a proposal to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission by Nov. 1 outlining plans to accelerate the closure of coal plants with a combined capacity of roughly 1.8 gigawatts. The Sierra Club says early analyses indicate the utility may offset the loss by adding more renewables, including 150 megawatts of new wind capacity.
Sempra has agreed to sell roughly 980 megawatts of US generating capacity to Consolidated Edison, including one wind farm. In June, Sempra committed to selling US renewable energy projects totaling 2.6 gigwatts and two natural gas plants as part of a restructuring.
China's National Energy Administration released draft guidelines Sept. 13 outlining plans to help wind and solar projects reach "grid price parity" with coal and other energy sources. The plan includes new government support mechanisms for renewables in less-competitive regions.
Important conversations have a lot of variables to keep tabs on, and one action that can help is creating a framework, writes David Hiatt. "[T]he conversation should have an agreed upon purpose, confirmation of the time allotted, agreed upon agendas and expectations of people engaged in the conversation, and a goal or outcome at the end of the conversation," he writes.
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