Beauty brands like Ethique and Loli Beauty have switched to sustainable packaging in the wake of consumer dissatisfaction with plastics. "You only have to look around to see the worldwide momentum behind banning single-use plastics, alongside the realization that recycling will not make our plastic obsession OK," said Brianne West, founder of Ethique.
California-based Green Toys turns recycled plastic into eco-friendly kids' toys, reusing nearly 56 million milk jugs since its launch in 2007. It also uses recycled cardboard and recycled plastic water bottles for its packaging.
Brewing company Molson Coors reduced absolute carbon emissions throughout its value chain by 6.2% last year. By 2025, the company plans to reduce carbon emissions in its value chain by 20% and in its own operations by half.
Grocers are among the retailers checking into alternatives for the plastics they hand out, looking for items that are more friendly to the environment. Retailers such as Pacific Coast Greens are looking to paper straws, which currently are four times the price of plastic but present less of a long-term litter risk.
It would cost between an estimated $16.7 billion and $17.2 billion annually to bail out the nation's ailing coal-burning and nuclear power plants, according to a Brattle study commissioned by the American Wind Energy Association and other groups. The report, which is based on a Trump administration memo, said annual costs could be as high as $35 billion, depending on the approved payout system.
The administration of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam should craft a master plan that will facilitate the development of offshore wind and help Dominion Energy bring a project to fruition off the coast of the state, writes Eileen Woll, offshore-energy program director of the Sierra Club Virginia chapter in Norfolk, Va. "Already, master plans adopted by other East Coast governors have inspired port investments that will net their states tens of thousands of jobs and deliver thousands of megawatts of clean energy to power their electric grids," she writes.
The wind industry's levelized cost of energy will continue to decline as turbines get larger and the technology becomes more efficient, says ONYX InSight. "But it's a mistake to think that all of these new technologies will be more reliable than their predecessors, thanks to lessons learned from older designs, or that operating costs will reduce naturally as the industry matures without increased understanding and streamlining of operations and maintenance processes," notes ONYX head of consultancy Evgenia Golysheva.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas has asked Southwestern Electric Power for more information regarding its proposed $4.5 billion, 2,000-megawatt Wind Catcher Energy Connection, which has also secured regulatory approval in Arkansas and Louisiana. Texas PUC Chairman DeAnn Walker expressed concern about the project's corresponding transmission line and its impact on ratepayers.
Orsted has successfully completed an automated inspection of the 32-turbine Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in the UK using drone technology from SkySpecs. "Bigger turbines have certainly helped in the rapid cost reduction we've seen in offshore wind, but [that] also means we face new technical challenges in terms of inspecting and maintaining the turbines," Orsted senior technical project lead David-Lee Jones said.
Montana's wind industry grew less than 4% while the energy source experienced a fivefold increase nationally over the same period, according to the Montana Research and Policy Center. "We're falling behind and missing huge opportunities to transition Montana's economy to a cleaner, healthier future powered by renewable energy," said the center's Skye Borden.