The clean energy industry has created almost 10,000 jobs in Rhode Island, according to the state Office of Energy Resources and the Executive Office of Commerce. The industry has added 613 positions in the past year, said the report. Many of those jobs are in energy efficiency, about 11% are in renewables, like wind and solar. An offshore wind farm from Deepwater Wind and other potential offshore development will likely create even more jobs, said state Energy Commissioner Marion Gold.
It takes strong, iconoclastic leadership to spark the shift to more sustainable business practices, writes E. Freya Williams of Futerra in a new book. "[T]he decision to either start or change course to a sustainable strategy can almost always be traced back to one specific individual," she argues.
Many people fail to advance because they think they cannot achieve more, but that is often a mindset and not the reality, writes Naphtali Hoff. Training and encouragement can help people strive beyond their perceived limits. "Leaders who promote growth mindsets at work will find that their team is more learning-oriented and adaptive, two crucial qualities of the 21st-century worker," he writes.
President Barack Obama could do more to support renewable energy expansion, like pushing for the extension of the wind energy Production Tax Credit, according to this analysis. The Center for American Progress said the president could also drive renewables by creating a formal leasing process for renewable projects, developing community-based projects on federal land and creating new solar energy zones. The Bureau of Land Management oversees more than 260 million acres of land that could be used for solar and wind energy, some say.
Duke Energy Renewables has purchase a 50% stake in a wind farm in Texas. The Mesquite Creek wind farm has a total capacity of 211 megawatts. The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Mars, and features 118 1.7-MW GE turbines. "We're proud to partner with Sumitomo to provide emissions-free wind energy to Mars and help them achieve their goal of carbon-neutral operations by 2040," said Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy’s Commercial Portfolio.
Iowa should encourage the growth of the clean energy because it would drive economic growth in the state, writes Tim Dwight, president of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association. The wind industry has already created 7,000 jobs in the state, which is also home to 13 wind-related factories. "We need to urgently transition to clean energy sources in order to grow our economy, create a healthy environment, provide good-paying jobs for Iowa's families that lead to a clean energy future," he writes.
Dong Energy and ESG have finished testing 28 piles for offshore wind turbines in the UK. The companies conducted the tests across two different land-based sites with the goal of development new technology for offshore projects. "The results indicate that in these site conditions there may be opportunities for savings identified by reducing the quantity of steel in the foundation," said Dong Lead Geotechnical Engineer Alastair Muir Wood.
Vestas has won a contract to supply the Mombyaasen Wind Farm in Sweden with turbines. The project will feature 10 Vestas V126 3.3-megawatt turbines. It will have a total capacity of 33 MW. The deal also includes a 10-year service and maintenance agreement, said Vestas.
Transitioning to clean energy sources like wind power would improve human health and, in turn, could save a region $5.7 million to $210 million per year, according to Harvard University. Wind farms in Chicago could yield $210 million annually in health benefits, while a project in a less-populated region like southern New Jersey could save $110 million per year. "This study demonstrates that energy efficiency and renewable energy can have substantial benefits to both the climate and to public health," said lead author Jonathan Buonocore.
The Alabama Public Service Commission has unanimously approved a proposal from Alabama Power to add 500 megawatts of installed renewable capacity over the next six years. The company said it would add projects of up to 80 MW each of wind energy and solar energy, in addition to other renewable sources.
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