President Barack Obama will today designate almost 600,000 square miles of ocean off the coast of Hawaii as a national monument, creating the world's largest marine conservation area. Earlier in the week, Obama also designated 87,500 acres of Maine forest as a protected national monument.
Oklahoma is poised to overtake California as the No. 3 state in the US in terms of installed wind capacity, according to American Wind Energy Association Senior Analyst Hannah Hunt. She said the state, which has more than 1,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity under development, is ranked third for wind generation due to its excellent wind resources.
Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm in Rhode Island "is a very important symbol of the fact that tangibly offshore wind can work in the US," according to GE Renewable Energy Public Affairs Leader Tim Brown said. "It won't be a theoretical debate. People will see it in the water, they will see it working, and they will see it supplying electricity."
The upcoming presidential election could make a big difference in the US' renewable energy future, say observers. "[Hillary] Clinton has clearly spelled out an affinity for alternative energy in her campaign materials," said S&P Global Market Intelligence Director of Equity Research Stewart Glickman, adding that Republican nominee Donald Trump would lean toward a fossil-fuel-powered economy.
Research firm Make projects that about 60 gigawatts of installed wind capacity will likely be added globally from 2016-18, up 600 megawatts from its last projection. "Growth prospects in India continue to be a focal point for the industry, with the latest policy announcements triggering a 6% upgrade to the second-quarter analysis," the firm said in the report.
A new GMA report entitled "Environmental Success Stories in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry" indicates that CPG companies are making tremendous progress toward their sustainability goals. "The examples in this report can be a model for others on how companies can deliver on their commitment to sustainability by innovating to reduce their environmental footprint and preserve national resources, changing operations to reduce food waste, save energy or cut water usage," said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA's president and CEO.
A series of recent surveys and polls suggest that consumers are making sustainability and ethical production a priority when making food-buying decisions. "Consumers expect businesses and government to take action to ensure the fairness and long-term sustainability of food production," says Globescan's Abbie Curtis.
The California Assembly has passed a bill that would require the state to curb its greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. "With S.B. 32 we continue California's leadership on climate change," Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said.
The US and Canada are handling climate change in two very different ways, according to research group IHS. The report said that the declining cost of renewables and ample natural gas reserves are driving the US clean energy transition, while Canada, which is mostly powered by hydroelectric, is focusing more on carbon pricing schemes.
An investment fund overseen by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has purchased a pair of wind farms in Texas from TriGlobal Energy that have a total capacity of 516 megawatts. TriGlobal will continue to develop the projects, which are expected to become operational by 2018.
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