Pacific Power achieved its goal to source 9% of its power from wind and other renewables in 2019, according to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. The state requires utilities to source a portion of their energy from renewables under the 2006 Energy Independence Act.
Mayflower Wind, Bay State Wind and Vineyard Wind are competing in Massachusetts' latest wind procurement round and the details of their respective proposals are now public. Six of the nine proposals are for 800-megawatt projects. The winning bids will be selected for further negotiation with utilities by Nov. 8.
Government mechanisms helped scale land-based wind and solar, resulting in reduced costs and allowing the energy sources to play a greater role in curbing carbon emissions, says Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Now that the industries are relatively mature, governments can use similar tactics to help offshore wind and battery storage grow and achieve further emissions reductions, he says.
Innogy's Baron Winds has secured approval from the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment to build a 242-megawatt wind farm in the state. "Appropriately sited wind farms, such as Baron Winds, provide clean and renewable energy and are essential as we continue on the road toward a zero-carbon emission electric sector by 2040," says Board Chair John Rhodes.
Tenaska has begun developing the 242-megawatt Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center in Missouri, which is being built by Mortenson and will feature 111 turbines from Vestas. Associated Electric Cooperative will acquire 100% of the output.
The Trump administration's Clean Power Plan replacement, the Affordable Clean Energy rule, "fails to acknowledge the ways in which they and others within the power sector have already reduced their carbon emissions while maintaining reliability," according to a legal challenge filed by nine utilities. Con Edison, Exelon and the seven other utilities are already taking steps to curb emissions as mandated by state-level policies.
Offshore wind development affects commercial fishing and fishermen need a greater say in the approval of projects, said fishermen during a House subpanel meeting on Monday. Orsted has worked closely with fishing interests, made modifications based on the industry's feedback and will continue to do so, said Orsted executive Frederick Zalcman.
Commissioners in Clinton County, Ind., have confirmed that the county's 2017 moratorium on new wind projects will remain in place, despite E.ON's efforts to advance a wind farm in the area. The moratorium was created with the intent to remain in place until the Indiana General Assembly or county updates their rules for development.
Walmart is providing $30 gift cards to parents in exchange for their children's old car seats through the end of September, which is National Baby Safety Month. The seats will be recycled by TerraCycle in conjunction with contractors nationwide.
Countries around the world need to phase out hydrofluorocarbons per the Kigali Amendment and establish action plans to ensure sustainable cooling, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. "As industry redesigns appliances to replace HFCs, it is also essential to improve their energy efficiency to further reduce their impact on the climate," Guterres said.
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