ALDI has removed plastic packaging from five produce varieties at its Scottish stores in a six-week test designed to gauge customer reaction. "We're working hard to reduce plastic, but we also need to ensure that reducing packaging doesn't lead to unnecessary food waste," ALDI UK executive Fritz Walleczek says.
Best practices help organize companies and reduce risk, but they can also introduce rigidity and keep people from thinking about the best ways to approach a problem, argues Code and Theory CEO Dan Gardner. Instead, create teams with multiple perspectives and departments and designate a "directly responsible individual" on each project to facilitate creative problem-solving.
More new generating capacity in the US came from renewables than ever before, according to the Energy Information Administration. The report says US renewables including wind and solar increased nearly 90% from 2008 to 2018.
Countries around the world added 50.2 gigawatts of new installed wind capacity in 2018, marking a 4% increase from the previous year, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The US will likely add 48% of its 10-year forecast for new capacity from 2019 to 2021 as the wind energy Production Tax Credit phases out.
Lawmakers in Illinois are considering the Path to 100, a bill that would help the state shift toward 100% clean energy by increasing its renewable portfolio standard and other steps. Supporters say the measure could lead to 6,500 megawatts of new installed wind capacity, plus other renewables.
City leaders in Prairie Village, Mo., have pledged to enter into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Kansas City Power & Light, granted the wind farm in question garners enough support to move forward. If approved, the project could be operational by 2021.
A European Marine Energy Center-led consortium wants to build a $35.2 million floating offshore wind farm in the EU by 2022 and use it to test the technology's cost-competitiveness. The project is still in the approval phase.
Texas has 25,000 wind energy jobs, putting it ahead of any other state in the US in terms of industry jobs, says Environmental Entrepreneurs. California has the most general clean energy jobs, with about 513,000 positions.
People that live near energy sources strongly agreed that they'd rather live near wind turbines than coal, natural gas and other types of electrical generation, a University of Delaware study reports. "Even respondents in coal-mining states would prefer their local wind power project by more than 10 to one over a similarly sited coal-fired power plant," says co-author Jeremy Firestone.
Nevada state Sen. Chris Brooks has proposed a bill that, pending approval, would expand the state's 20% by 2025 renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2030. Environmental groups say the proposal has strong public support, noting voters response to a similar ballot question in the 2018 midterms.
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