Apple has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with the 200-megawatt Montague project in Oregon to partially power its data center in Prineville. It added that the project marks the "first Apple-created wind project" and is expected to begin operations next year.
The Energy Department has named 38 small businesses that will participate in its latest Small Business Vouchers program, giving them access to equipment and technical support from eight national laboratories, including the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Thirteen of those vouchers will go to wind, solar and other renewable energy businesses.
The Danish Energy Agency has released a report offering guidance on Denmark's offshore wind industry and how it has managed to cut costs over the past 25-year period. The report argues that preliminary surveys can help cut costs because they offer investors insight into a prospective site's potential for wind production and a more accurate forecast of pricing.
EDP Renewables has given up its spot in the ISO New England Interconnection Queue and canceled a meteorological tower slated for Alexandria, N.H., but that doesn't mean the Spruce Ridge Wind Farm is dead, said Project Manager Jeffrey Nemeth. He said it would be easy for the developer to resume work on the project, which features up to 29 turbines.
Denmark has been gradually shifting away from offering federal support for renewable energy projects and is expected to accomplish that goal "in just a few years," said Energy Minister Lars Christian Lilleholt. "Everything suggests that technology will help make renewable energy more and more competitive," he said.
Vestas has added two new turbines with rotors measures 116 meters and 120 meters, respectively, to its 2-megawatt platform, said the company. It added that the models, dubbed the V116 and V120, have a steeper power curve that is suited to medium to very low wind speeds in China, India and the US.
Saudi Arabia will offer contracts for up to 1 gigawatt of installed renewable energy capacity during its energy auction in the fourth quarter of the year, said Turki al-Shehri, head of renewable energy project development at the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources. He said the auction will likely seek 400 megawatts of new installed wind capacity.
Workers are being snapped up for jobs in the renewable energy sector 12 times faster than workers in other sectors, according to a report from the Environmental Defense Fund. The number of solar- and wind-related jobs has risen by 20% each year since 2011, the report noted.
The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general found that the donation of funds to an outside agency did not violate any laws. The EPA gave $15.7 million to support the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission's "What's Upstream?" campaign, which encouraged constituents to oppose water pollution.
Apparel-maker Kenneth Cole has joined the effort to recycle used clothing through the online Give Back Box platform. The company is partnering with Goodwill Industries to help support the organization's jobs programs, reduce landfill waste and support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
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