Winston Churchill led Britain through World War II by making tough decisions, projecting a sense of confidence to the country and being personally affectionate even as he was often severe about the work, writes Steve McKee. "He could get very emotional, but after bitterly criticizing you he had a habit of touching you, of putting his hand on your hand -- like that -- as if to say that his real feelings for you were not changed," British wartime official Lord Beaverbrook said of Churchill.
The wind and solar industries will continue to push for changes to the wind energy Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit in the next economic stimulus package, after such provisions failed to make it into the last $2.2 trillion measure. "Making these adjustments to existing tax credits would provide the industry the flexibility needed to accommodate COVID-19 delays, without costing the federal government any additional money," says American Wind Energy Association President and CEO Tom Kiernan.
The US wind industry will thrive in the long-term, but it's facing some delays due to the coronavirus that could be offset with congressional support, says American Wind Energy Association President and CEO Tom Kiernan. "We're at near-record levels of wind farms under construction," he says, adding the industry's ongoing growth is linked to reducing carbon intensity in the US.
Wyoming has some of the best wind resources in the country, but the industry has been slow to take off in a state where the economy has been deeply rooted in coal, writes Chris Outcalt. The tide is turning, he writes, as technological advances drive down wind costs, former coal workers find new jobs in the industry and coal production continues to decline.
BayWa r.e. has finalized a tax equity deal to finance its 250-megawatt Amadeus Wind project in Texas. The project, which will feature General Electric turbines, is expected to begin operations in the fourth quarter.
Brayton Point, the former site of a coal-burning power plant in Massachusetts, has been upgraded to feature heavy-lift port infrastructure and re-opened as the Brayton Point Commerce Center, which will serve as an offshore wind hub. "We have seen significant interest from prospective tenants wishing to use the port for offshore wind operations, said executive vice president Stephen Collins of Commercial Development Company, which owns the site.
Juan Gutierrez succeeded Darnell Walker as CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's service division for the Americas on March 30. The company has 32 gigawatts worth of turbines installed in the US and has service agreements for 20 GW of that total.
House Democrats may use the next economic stimulus deal to advance an infrastructure package proposed in January, which earmarks $34.3 billion for grid modernization and security. The package includes a five-year, $4 billion provision for funds to make the grid more resilient against climate change and better integrate renewables.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend the public comment period for PJM Interconnection's Compliance Filing, which addresses the implementation of the FERC's Minimum Offer Price Rule, from April 22 to no sooner than June 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The request is under review, write Donna Bobbish and Robert Freedman of Shearman & Sterling.
LafargeHolcim, HeidelbergCement, Solidia and Hoffman Green Technologies are among the companies exploring multiple methods to reduce embodied carbon dioxide in their products, David Perilli writes. Low carbon cement and concrete products will escalate once markets receive sufficient stimulus, Perilli predicts.
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