President Barack Obama's flagship Clean Power Plan is facing a key legal challenge, with oral arguments beginning Tuesday as state governments, utilities, environmentalists and coal companies line up to support or oppose the emissions-busting policy. "On one level, it's a political issue over the power of the executive branch, and on another, it's pivotal for different stakeholders in the clean tech and coal industries," says Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis.
American consumers are growing more eco-conscious -- and data show they are changing their shopping behavior as well. "Creating consistent behaviors over time can lead to habits, and creating widespread sustainable habits could be the key to a truly sustainable future," Susannah Enkema writes.
The best business leaders aren't just trying to shield their businesses from climate change -- they're using resilience as a way to foster positive opportunities, writes Ann Goodman. "They identify opportunities to create new products, markets and ways of operating their business that can help not just the bottom line but also the world," she explains.
One turbine standing southeast of Traer, Iowa, provides about 40% the Traer Municipal Utilities' total electricity needs, according to the company. General Manager Pat Stief said the project holds promise for smaller utilities and cities that cannot afford to invest in large-scale wind farm operations like those of MidAmerican Energy and Alliant Energy.
European offshore wind leaders have begun eyeing opportunities for growth in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and other US states, leaving the outlook for the European industry in limbo, according to this analysis. Dong Energy Chief Strategy Officer Martin Neubert said that the Massachusetts coast alone could support an installed offshore wind capacity of 5 gigawatts.
Sixty out of almost 200 nations representing 47.5% of the world's total carbon dioxide emissions have ratified the Paris climate accord, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The rule will go into effect once 55% of the world's emissions are represented.
IKEA is planning to give "circular capabilities" to all its products by 2030 in a bid to reduce waste. "Over the coming years we will support customers to care and repair, rent, share, bring back, and resell their IKEA products to prolong product life," sustainability manager Jonas Engberg says.
Xcel Energy has issued a request for proposals to add up to 1,500 megawatts of installed wind capacity to its network in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to the company. "We're already the nation's leading utility wind energy provider, but today, we take another major step to transform our energy fleet to cleaner, more renewable energy sources; reduce our carbon footprint; and do so at an affordable cost," said Chris Clark, president Xcel Energy -- Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
Wind, solar and energy efficiency measures are becoming increasingly mainstream and relevant in the lives of political conservatives, according to a report from the Young Conservatives for Clean Energy Reform and the Christian Coalition. "It's a regular and growing part of their lives, and they want their elected leaders to support renewable energy in common-sense ways that grow the economy, promote energy independence and defend American families from pollution," Young Conservatives founder Michele Combs said.
Clean Line Energy Partners' Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project has been a boon for Oklahoma's growing wind industry, according to this analysis. Observers say the 700-mile project, which has generated more than $1 billion worth of investments in the state, will strengthen Oklahoma's position as a national leader in wind development.
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