National Grid Ventures has finalized its $100 million purchase of Geronimo Energy, which oversees 2.2 gigawatts of installed wind and solar capacity. "We believe in the long-term growth potential of renewable generation, driven by consumer demand and technological advances," says NGV President Badar Khan.
American Electric Power has applied for regulatory approval to buy three Oklahoma-based wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,485 megawatts. If authorized, Southwestern Electric Power would get 810 MW of the capacity and Public Service Co of Oklahoma would receive the remaining capacity.
The wind industry has become more competitive since the introduction of the Production Tax Credit in 1992, but after the incentive's phasedown will face competition with federally backed coal, gas and solar, writes Benjamin Silliman, research associate for energy and American foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. "A new set of federal support mechanisms that expand transmission infrastructure, research and development, and energy storage while reducing investor risk through a loan guarantee program would create a more equitable market environment that will promote the wind energy buildout," he writes.
Xcel Energy has launched the 239-turbine Hale Wind Project outside Lubbock, Texas. "There's a lot of local appreciation and interest in this type of wind facility because this is going to be a major investment in the communities of Plainview and Petersburg, Abernathy," says executive David Hudson.
Lincoln Land Wind has launched a business directory that wind farm construction teams can use to source potential subcontractors. "This program helps local businesses get a jump-start on the process, ensuring that the project construction contractor knows who they are and has the opportunity to reach out directly when hiring begins," says Holly McCoy-Nelson, the company's senior development manager.
Argentina may hold another renewables leasing round in November that could include a tender for 750 megawatts of installed wind capacity.
The Missoula Interfaith Collaborative's pickup service Recycling Works is running an online campaign to reduce glass waste in landfills and lower costs by increasing community engagement. "The more people we have, the cheaper it will get," says operations manager Sarah Nesci.
Almost every Democratic candidate for president in 2020 has expressed interest in Flint, Mich., and its lead-related water crisis. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., visited the city on Friday and shared a three-point plan to ensure funding for similar municipal emergencies in cities.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler pledged to address PFAS contamination in New Mexico, but the agency has failed to act, New Mexico Environment Department Secretary James Kenney wrote in a July 2 letter.
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