Nike has signed a long-term power purchase agreement to buy 86 megawatts of energy from Avangrid Renewables' 286-MW Karankawa Wind Farm in Texas. "With this agreement, Nike will source 100% renewable energy across our owned or operated facilities in North America," said Hannah Jones, Nike chief sustainability officer and vice president of the Innovation Accelerator.
Supermarkets in the UK have to report their annual plastics footprint, but this number isn't made public. Labour leaders and activists are trying to change those rules to better identify the who is driving plastics waste and to pressure them to change.
Global investments in clean energy hit $333.5 billion in 2017 and are expected to reach $330 billion in 2018, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance Chief Editor Angus McCrone and his analysts. Senior Analyst for Wind Tom Harries added that the global market for wind would continue a slow climb in 2018, with new installations likely totaling 59 gigawatts.
Legislation recently signed into law by President Donald Trump sets new rules for wind development near military installations, and specifically gives military leaders more influence over the siting of turbines within designated air corridors. American Wind Energy Association spokesman John Collison said the industry supports the legislation, and that wind developers already work carefully with the military to ensure the two sectors can coexist.
The Juniata Township Planning Commission in Michigan has granted NextEra Energy a special land use permit for its proposed 156-megawatt, 63-turbine Pegasus Wind Energy Center slated for Juniata and Fairgrove townships. "The Pegasus Wind project has the potential to bring significant economic and clean energy benefits to the area, and we look forward to continue to work through the permitting process so we can build the project and bring it online this year," said NextEra Energy Resources Manager of Communications Bryan Garner.
Ukrainian firm DTEK has ordered 26 3-megawatt turbines from General Electric for the first phase of its 200-MW Primorskaya wind farm, said the companies. "As part of its commitments to the European Energy Community, Ukraine has to increase the share of renewable energy generation in the national energy balance to 11% by 2020," said DTEK Chairman and CEO Maksym Timchenko.
MHI Vestas has tapped Philippe Kavafyan as its new CEO and Lars Bondo Krogsgaard for the role of co-CEO, succeeding Jens Tommerup and Tetsushi Mizuno in their respective roles. The change goes into effect April 1 and supports the company's plan to change its leadership every four years.
Acciona Energia has secured a contact to supply Unilever with 23 gigawatt-hours of renewables for its Spanish operations in 2018, said Acciona. "We are delighted to work with them to reduce their carbon footprint as part of an ever-increasing strategy in the business world on a global level," said Green Energy Developments Director Santiago Gomez Ramos.
The French government unveiled a 10-point draft proposal Thursday that would streamline and accelerate the process for adding new wind farms. Ultimately, the government said it aims to double France's installed wind capacity by 2023.
The Good Food Institute says meat-free foods sell better when advertisers focus more on what it is than who it's for. Removing the vegetarian or vegan label and instead using terms like "plant-based" can broaden the products' appeal and improve sales.
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