The Trump administration's changes to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act hinder Maryland's ability to protect the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways, writes Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake. "State and tribal authority over our waterways is essential to ensuring clean water for all Maryland residents," she writes.
Renewable energy, energy efficiency, grid modernization and energy storage workers in 2019 earned a median wage of $23.89 per hour, significantly higher than the national median wage of $19.14, according to E2, the American Council on Renewable Energy and the Clean Energy Leadership Institute's "Clean Jobs, Better Jobs" study. The report was developed to show how clean energy creates well-paying jobs and can support economic recovery.
Orsted will begin construction on four US offshore wind farms later than expected due to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management permitting delays. "Even assuming the permitting process starts moving within the first quarter next year, it appears highly likely that Revolution Wind, Ocean Wind, Skipjack and Sunrise Wind will be delayed beyond the previously expected 2023 and 2024 construction years," said Orsted President and CEO Henrik Poulsen.
Rhode Island is preparing to launch a request for proposals in early 2021 to add 600 megawatts of installed offshore wind capacity, according to the administration of Gov. Gina Raimondo. The added capacity will bring the state to 82% of its goal to source 100% of its power from renewables by 2030, says state energy official Nicholas Ucci.
Renewable energy has begun to dominate new electric generation capacity additions over the past several years for a variety of reasons -- plummeting technology costs, increasing efficiency, and corresponding demand from the public and private sector, among others. However, to fully realize a 21st century clean energy economy we need to update our electric system to meet today's needs, modernize the grid, and expand access to renewables through transmission infrastructure. Now, two new studies show how transmission investments can accelerate clean energy growth while saving money for American families and businesses.
Transparency and communication are important for securing local support for the Skipjack offshore wind farm in Delaware, which is why Orsted is using virtual meetings to share information with the community, writes Orsted executive Brady Walker. "Our region has a chance to play a significant role in building a new American industry: one that will create jobs, provide new opportunities for local businesses and help fight the effects of climate change," he writes.
Scout Clean Energy has finished building the 130-megawatt Bitter Ridge wind farm in Indiana and finalized tax equity financing for the site. The site, which features 2.82-MW machines from General Electric, has a 15-year power purchase agreement with Constellation.
The Energy Department appears to have buried or concealed more than 40 studies lauding the merits of clean energy by letting the reports stall at the agency level or including them in documents not available to the public, according to InvestigateWest and Grist analyses and interviews. "Many investors, inventors and companies use those reports to guide their decision-making about how, where and when to deploy capital, so the politicization and adulteration of this critical scientific process introduces the risk of slowing down investments or causing companies to make bad bets," said Michael Webber of ENGIE.
The 20-megawatt Silver Maple Wind farm and 16 other wind and solar projects have secured contract approvals from the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The projects have a combined capacity of 492 MW.
Garnier Philippines will be using packaging made from cassava starch, honeycomb and other similar biodegradable materials for items purchased from its official store on online shopping platforms like SainBags, EcoNest and Shopee.
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