Shuttering all of Dynegy-Vistra's coal-burning power plants in central and southern Illinois by 2025 wouldn't threaten grid stability, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, challenging a claim made by the utility. Instead, the duo argue, replacing those plants with wind and solar projects could save utility customers between $12 billion and $14 billion from 2018 to 2030.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management signed off on Orsted's site assessment plan for its proposed offshore wind farm in New Jersey on Thursday, giving it the first permit needed to advance the project, said Thomas Brostrom, president of Orsted North America. The company launched its new headquarters in Atlantic City, N.J., the same day.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has opened a review into the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act and may consider how it affects renewable energy and its purchase contracts. "Today's energy landscape is profoundly different from late '70s, and because of this, many have rightly voiced a desire for a fresh look at the existing policy to better align PURPA with the needs we have today," said Commissioner Neil Chatterjee.
A bill under consideration in the Ohio Senate would relax the state's setback distance for wind turbines. The bill would also enact a renewable energy mandate requiring utilities to source 8.5% of their total electricity from renewables by 2026.
Innogy Consulting, an international firm that offers strategy services for renewables, grid and infrastructure and other projects, has formed a new subsidiary to serve the US market. "The US energy market is the largest and most dynamic in the world," says Managing Director Klaus Grellman.
Takoma Park, Md., has signed an agreement with US firm CleanChoice Energy to provide residents and businesses with an option to buy electricity from renewable energy sources. "CleanChoice Energy can help Takoma Park residents and businesses make the switch to clean energy simply and affordably," said Mayor Kate Stewart.
Reinford Farms was honored as a 2018 US Dairy Sustainability Award winner after recycling up to 12,000 gallons of food waste each day and preventing 35,000 tons of waste from entering landfills during the last decade. Other recipients include Kroger, whose dairy plants have diverted more than 1.46 billion pounds of materials from landfills in recent years while achieving a 97% diversion rate in 2017.
MGM Resorts International is working with Invenergy to create a solar array outside Las Vegas that will be capable of producing 100 megawatts of power. "Protecting the planet is a business imperative for MGM Resorts and it is our responsibility to find innovative ways where we can use clean energy to power our resorts," said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.
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